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Sideline Spotlight: Kailee Wong

What's something most people don't know about you?
"I can play the Ukalali."

What's your favorite book?
"Three books. The Bible, The Al'Chemist and The Richest Man in Babylon."

What's your favorite NFL memory as a kid?
"Lawrence Taylor and the New York Giants winning the Super Bowl."

Do you have a specialty you cook up in the kitchen?
"No, my wife does all of the cooking. She makes so much but I'd have to say my favorite thing is spaghetti and meatballs."

What was it like growing up in Eugene, Oregon?
"It was awesome. It was a college town, a lot of fun. I spent my summers on the lakes, there were two rivers that ran through, did a lot of cliff-diving, rope swings. Everything I did was during the day and was outdoors. At night, it wasn't too exciting but the days made up for it."

What is the most rewarding thing about your S.A.C.K. Program?"Just teaching the kids in it about how lucky we are and them realizing how them getting out there to do different kinds of community service is such a rewarding and beneficial thing for not only the people you're doing it for but also for yourself."

Did you take an off-season vacations?"We went to Hawaii, Cancun twice, Seattle, San Diego, Las Vegas, Atlantic City. I like to travel."

You rushed for 1,658 yards as a tailback your senior year in high school, do you still have it in you? (Wong was also an outside linebacker)
"No, obviously not. I was more highly touted coming out of high school as a running back but for some reason, Lawrence Taylor was my favorite player growing up and I always liked the sack more than the touchdown."

In high school basketball, was what your strong suit?
"I wasn't a big three-point guy. I was usually a fast-break dunk, stuff like that."

What is the biggest hurdle you've had to overcome as an athlete?
"I guess just people doubting me in terms of my body type, especially coming out of college. Always fighting what I felt like I could do versus what I thought other people's opinions were."

Who is your closest friend in the NFL?
"My roommate Chris Draft, he plays for Atlanta, he's their starting linebacker. He was my roommate all through college."

What were your favorite college and professional teams growing up?
"Favorite pro team growing up was probably the Raiders because that was the closest thing to Oregon and favorite college team was probably the University of Oregon."

What disc is in your CD player right now?
"One thing I'll always have in my CD player is a guy named Israel Kamakawiwo'ole. He's a Hawaiin singer and he's such a talented musician."

Besides your S.A.C.K. Program, how do you like to spend your Tuesday off-day?
"I like to ride my motorcycle. It's a Chopper."

What's your favorite Houston restaurant?"I like Japon Cafe."

What's the worst job you've ever had?
"Picking blueberries. Talk about now getting paid at all. In high school, I picked blueberries in the summer and strawberries also. Once I got my drivers license, I got to work on a Filbert Farm and I got to drive a fork lift, that's why I liked it."

What's the best piece of advice you've ever received?"Never as good as you think, and it's never as bad as you think."

How has marriage changed you?
"I just feel complete with my wife. There's really nothing I need after that."

What would you do if you weren't playing in the NFL?"I would probably be in some kind of business venture and studying Aikido."

Who's the toughest quarterback to catch?
"Well, I've never played against him, but Michael Vick seems like he's pretty tough when he's healthy. Daunte Culpepper is not only tough to catch, but tough to bring down. He's bigger than most of the defensive linemen. There's quite a few. Steve McNair isn't easy either."

What made you start playing football?
"In high school, I played spring soccer, ran track, played AAU Basketball, and that was just my spring. Winter was basketball and football was the fall. The reason why I started was because that was the next sport that was about to start up."

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