Ten questions about life off the field with Carolina Panthers DT Kyle Love.
Q. What were you doing during the three weeks you were gone?
A. I went to Mississippi. I was out there with my wife’s family. We own a business out there. So we were out there running our business. We just actually opened it.
Q. What kind of business?
A. It’s called Once Upon a Child. It’s a children’s clothing store (featuring gently used items). Charles Johnson owns a couple of them.
Q. Did he help you get started?
A. Yep, Chuck helped us.
Q. So were you in there helping out?
A. Yeah, I was helping them get toys off the shelves. And big items like kids’ beds and playpen. I was helping them take it to the car. People thought it was funny because they were like, ‘Aren’t you supposed to be playing football?’ People asked me for autographs. It was crazy.
Q. What did you tell them?
A. Just taking a little time off. I don’t really like to tell people, ‘Oh, I got released.’ People ask you a million questions, so I just say taking a little time off from football. And now I’m back to work.
Q. Is it a consignment shop?
A. Not really. It’s like barely worn. If you bring clothes to us, we search through it, make sure it’s not stained up or discolored or wrinkled or whatever. Or smelly. Then we’ll give you money for your items – whether it’s clothes, toys, shoes, whatever – and then we put them on the shelves and sell them back.
Q. Do you and your wife have kids?
A. Yeah, we actually have three little ones.
Q. You’re from south Atlanta. Was that near Cam?
A. Yeah, we played against him (in a jamboree).
Q. Did you ever sack him?
A. Nah, he was fast back then. Not to say he’s not fast right now. But he was a speedster.
Q. So were you a big Falcons fan?
A. (Laughs) I was a Falcons fan back when (Michael) Vick was playing, when Jamal Anderson was playing.