Joe Gaiter: Why should any NFL team give you a chance?
Kaycee Ike: I come to work everyday and give 110 percent no matter what the circumstances are. When a NFL team takes me they are getting a guy who will always has something to prove. I’m willing to do whatever it takes to help the team out. I also feel like I can take coaching very well because I see it as constructive criticism, which is beneficial to becoming better as a player. This is has been my dream since I was little to play in NFL and any opportunity I get will be a blessing.
Joe Gaiter: Who is your favorite player in the NFL and why?
Kaycee Ike: My favorite player in the NFL is Aaron Rodgers. He always comes on the field to beat out anybody against him. He is a cerebral assassin on the football field. He plays with a chip on his shoulder and I feel like I do the same thing. People always told me I didn’t have some abilities to be good. I always remember them when I step on the field because without them I wouldn’t be in this position.
Joe Gaiter: What has been your biggest accomplishment so far as a player?
Kaycee Ike: I think my biggest accomplishment in my career is being able to say not giving any sacks up my senior year and starting the last two seasons of my collegiate career. Not letting defensive linemen to the quarterback is a must so I pride myself on that.
Joe Gaiter: What have you learned about yourself in your college football career?
Kaycee Ike: I am nowhere near the same player or person I was when I first stepped on campus. I’ve always been a hard worker when it comes to anything but I started to focus on doing the little things right which helps on the field but also in life. I have realized that I can do anything that I set my mind to on or off the field. It has been a life-changing experience that I will never regret.
Joe Gaiter: Describe how you play your position on the field?
Kaycee Ike: In our offense at UAB, our formation depended on the strength. There was a strong tackle and a quick tackle. The majority of the time I played strong tackle but I can play both sides so it shows versatility. I play this game with a passion that can’t be questioned. I am always trying to be more physical than the person across from me. I like to outsmart my opponents by knowing their next move before it comes.
Joe Gaiter: What will you miss most about UAB?
Kaycee Ike: What I’ll miss most about UAB is my teammates. I see my teammates as my brothers that I don’t have. Win or lose, we always have each other back no matter what happens. When times got rough, we never put the blame on anybody and that formed a bond that can’t be broken.
Joe Gaiter: What is your major and how will you use it?
Kaycee Ike: My major is Exercise Science. After football I plan to go to PT school and become a physical therapist. Hopefully I will be able to have my own physical therapy clinic one day and be able to help people recover from injuries or ailments that they have sustained.