Q: How was your time staying close to home to play at Illinois?
MB: I had a great experience. I went there, a couple guys I had gone to high school were there already. I’m from the Chicago area so there were a lot of people I knew there. I enjoyed the coaches and enjoyed my teammates. It was really a good time.
Q: Are you a homebody, did that play into the decision to stay local to play?
MB: Yeah. I’m the oldest of four. So I wanted to be close to my younger brothers and sister.
Q: How is it with your siblings, now that you’re far away?
MB: I talk to them almost every day. My little sister calls me every day. I talk to them all the time.
Q: If you weren’t playing football, what would you be doing?
MB: I have interests with something in line with sports. I have some interest in sports medicine, so something like that. I was a communications major at Illinois but I came in with the thought of doing something with sports medicine. Maybe something involved with strength training. But something involved with sports.
Q: What’s your favorite movie of all time?
Q: How about your favorite TV show?
MB: Right now, it’s “Breaking Bad.” But it just ended. That’s probably my favorite series currently. But I’ll have to find something else to get hooked on.
Q: If your life were made into a movie, who would you want to play you?
MB: Will Smith.
Q: What kind of music are you into?
MB: I listen to a lot of different types of music. Rap. Hip hop obviously. R&B. I listen to a lot of different stuff on my iPod.
Q: What’s the most embarrassing song on there?
MB: I have that Mile Cyrus song. Somebody downloaded it on my phone and it’s kind of catchy.
Q: Who you could switch places with anybody for just one day, who would you swap lives with?
MB: President Obama.
Q: Who is the most famous person you’ve ever met?
Q: Do you have any nicknames?
MB: Everybody always calls me Buke.
Q: Has that caught on here?
MB: They’ve changed it up. Some of the coaches call me Buck, some of the guys call me Buck. But my whole life I’ve been called Buke.
Q: What teams and players did you root for as a kid in football?
MB: I liked Jason Taylor a lot growing up. I always played defensive end and outside linebacker. I really liked Jason Taylor. Probably, offensive wise, I used to love LT – LaDainian Tomlinson.
Q: Did you have a favorite team? Were you a Bears fan?
MB: No! I was always a Patriots fan! I’m a big Bulls fan, I’ll say that.
Q: What’s your favorite meal?
MB: My mother’s green pepper steak.
Q: Do you have a favorite vacation spot?
MB: I’ve never been on a vacation. That’s something I have to get to.
Q: Where do you want to go?
Q: Do you remember your first crush?
MB: Probably Mariah Carey. I used to love Mariah Carey. I still do. I think she’s a beautiful woman. I’m kind of mad Nick [Cannon] has her.
Q: Are you afraid to fly?
MB: I don’t like it much, because I’m not a fan of heights. I feel like that’s going to be my way to go. So I don’t enjoy it. I’m not scared, necessarily but whenever I’m up in the air and the plane starts moving I always have some doubts.
Q: What height do you start to get uncomfortable? A step ladder?
MB: Yeah. I just have a fear of falling off something…like balconies and stuff like that, I never want to get close to the edge.
Q: Are you a pet guy?
MB: I had one dog in my life, a Rottweiler named Diva. She was it. She ran away and ever since then I’ve never really liked animals. She scarred me for life.
Q: If you could have any talent that you don’t already have, what would it be?
MB: I’d love to be able to read minds. How about that?
Q: If you could be a singer or musician, who would you want to be?
MB: I’d say somebody like John Legend. I think he’s really talented. He plays his own music. He writes his own music. Obviously he’s a great singer.
Q: Finally if I gave you three wishes, like the genie in the bottle, how would you use them?
MB: To win a Super Bowl, to never have to work after my football career is over and for health for my family.