Five questions with: Cleveland Browns defensive lineman Billy Winn
Q: You used to be a big skateboarder, apparently. What was your best trick?
A: For my size, I think my 360 flip was probably the biggest thing I could do. It was off a small ramp, a kicker, that’s what it’s called. Back then I was a lot smaller than I am now. I was about 240 (pounds) so it was a lot different. I stopped probably in sophomore year of college, I was banned from riding and my skateboard was taken away from me. My D-line coach took it from me, didn’t want me to get hurt, so I was banned from riding it.
Q: You also were into weightlifting in high school. What did you do with that?
A: I did some competitions within the city, I bench-pressed, power-cleaned, stuff like that. Nothing too major. I might have been able to compete in the country if it was one of those things I did year-round, but weightlifting like that was just for football for me. It was fun to do, and in high school you have all that testosterone going, so it was fun to compete.
Q: Your dad is a chef at the Golden Nugget in Las Vegas. What’s your favorite meal he cooks?
A: Back when I was in high school, he cooked four times a week at the house. He’d cook at work then come home and cook again. His chili is pretty good. I haven’t tasted anyone’s chili that even compares to my dad’s. Only because it’s like a 10-year thing, it’s taken him probably 10 years to perfect it to exactly how he likes it. It’s just got a kick to it. It’s awesome.
Q: You played at Boise State, what’s your most memorable experience there?
A: The safety I got on LeGarrette Blount. We played them (Oregon) when they came to Boise and played us. That safety was the first one of my career.
Q: You grew up in Vegas. What’s the best part about growing up there?
A: There’s just so much there, you never know what to expect. There’s a lot to do there. I’d go to GameWorks, a little arcade that was probably the size of a shopping mall. That was the excitement of the downtown scene for me as a kid.
— Jodie Valade