KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Dontari Poe was a cute kid.
He was the youngest of three boys, and all he wanted to do was play the drums like his older brother.
Dontari was a good drummer; he was even in the band. One day at band practice before his freshman year of high school, the football coach saw Dontari out on the field with the band, went up to him, and recruited him to give football a try. Dontari never looked back.
He credits his brothers, but mostly is his mom, for where he is today.
“I was a competitive guy. When I was little I always tried to compete with my brothers. They would never give me a break. I would cry about it. I used to cry because they never let me win. It would frustrate me and made me mad all the time. But I guess it turned out for the best,” Dontari recalled.
He also credits his mother. “The best person, period. In my life. Ever. Big reason I’m doing what I’m doing,” he said.
In his second year in the NFL, Dontari is trying to figure out life as an adult. He’s learning to cook.
Here’s how a portion of his interview with 41 Action News anchor Christa Dubill went:
Christa: Do you cook?
Dontari: I’m trying to.
Christa: What’s the last thing you cooked?
Dontari: Grilled chicken.
Christa: What’s your trick?
Dontari: Follow directions.
He makes steam vegetables, too, but admits there they kind you buy frozen and through in the microwave.
Dontari spends a lot of time relaxing in bed to give his 6’3”, 340-pound body a break.
“I told my mom to get me the most comfortable bed she could find, in the world. I think she did,” Dontari said.
He watches film and plays video games in that bed – mostly Madden and Call of Duty.
When asked what he’d be doing if he wasn’t playing football, he responded, “Lord….” And there was a pause and moment of thought. He continued, “I’d be dreaming about playing football.”
Dontari has several tattoos. There’s a big one on his right forearm – My Brother’s Keeper; that’s what started it all. He and his brother were together when he got that one.
He also has a pink breast cancer ribbon for his grandmother and great grandmother – one currently battling and one who beat it, but died later.
He also has a big “901” tattooed on his inside wrist. It’s the area code for Memphis where he grew up.
Dontari still hasn’t found an easy place to find clothes to fit him. He’s a 46 pant size and XXXXL shirt.
He’s a beast, which is why 41 Action News Anchor Christa Dubill wasn’t sure how to respond when Dontari answered one of her questions.
Christa: If you were a superhero, who would you be?
Dontari: The Hulk. He’s a beast.
Uh, Dontari….you already are. You can watch Dontari Poe on game day. He’s number 92. He’s right in the middle of defensive line.
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