Behind the Facemask: Antone Smith

Posted Oct 25, 2013

Learn more about Falcons running back Antone Smith as he speaks about his dogs, his love for the History Channel and his hidden talent as we take you Behind the Facemask

Frank Kleha: What are your favorite hobbies off the field?

Antone Smith: I like to go the movies and play pool. Those are my hobbies outside of football, mainly playing pool.

FK: How long have you had this hobby and where do you go?

AS: It goes way back to high school when I starting shooting pool and it carried on into college.  That’s how I spend my free time. I usually go with my friends to Dave & Busters.

FK: Do you consider yourself a pool shark?

AS: Definitely (huge smile).  If anybody wants to come see, just holler. I can shoot some pool.

FK: What’s something else different about you that nobody knows?

AS: I have a nine-month old Husky called Apollo and I have two dogs at home (in West Palm Beach).  Apollo is probably about 60 pounds right now, but looks bigger than that because of his fur.

FK: What’s your favorite TV show?

AS: I love to watch Martin, How It’s Made and anything dealing with the History Channel.

FK: What do you like so much about the History Channel?

AS: The crazy thing is I hated history in both high school and college. The thing about the shows on the History Channel is that they are unpredictable. They will come up with a documentary or a show and there’s something different going on each time. There’s always something new so it helps me grow as a person learning something new.

FK: Favorite actress?

AS: Gabrielle Union. She’s beautiful and makes you believe in her character.

FK: Do you have any pet peeves?

AS: A person that can’t be on time. I’m big on time. A person that says they are going to be somewhere on time and they’re not…it kills me and drives me crazy.  

FK: If you weren’t playing football what would you be doing?

AS: It could be a lot of different things. I probably would have pursued track. I ran track in high school and college. In college it was more demanding because of playing football. I had to keep my weight on in football and running track you had to lose weight to get to where you wanted to be. I love sports period.

FK: What did you run at Florida State?

AS: I ran 60 meters indoors and outdoors I did the 100 meters, 200 and 4x100 relay. I can’t put any times out there though (laughing).

FK: Since you are a sprinter, are you a fan of the world’s fastest man, Usain Bolt?

AS: Oh, yes. In a million years I would never have thought anybody could run that fast on two feet. It sounds like it’s impossible. But yet this guy gets it done time after time.

FK: Who was your favorite athlete growing up?

AS: Emmitt Smith (Cowboys RB). He was a short guy, not always the fastest or the strongest, but he just made it happen. They gave him the ball and he made it happen. He’s always been a low-key kind of guy and never had any conflicts off the field. He’s always been a guy that does his job. And that’s who I try to emulate.

FK: What’s the best piece of advice you could give someone?

AS: Hard work will beat an athlete when an athlete refuses to work hard. I live by that.

FK: Favorite indulgence.

AS: Butter pecan ice cream. I can sit down and eat a whole pint by myself non-stop. Breyers is my favorite but any kind that is authentic and good I’m down for.

FK: Which of your five senses would you say is your strongest?

AS: My sight.  As a running back you have to see it and hit it. The holes open and close and on special teams you see something you have to go take it. Vision is everything on the football field. As we say all the time in our running backs (meeting) room, ‘without vision you will perish.’

FK: Do you have any hidden talents?

AS: I can sing.

FK: Harry (Douglas) told me the same thing last week and was very bold about his talents. How do you measure up with the rest of the singers in the locker room?

AS: I’m more laid back about it, but honestly, I can sing.  I’m not going to be put on the spot and just start singing. I can’t do that. I sing around my immediate family all the time. I’m just too quiet to really come out in the locker room and say I can sing for everybody. That’s just not going to happen.

FK: Who are your five favorite musical artists?

AS: India Arie, Jennifer Hudson, Beyoncé,  Lauryn Hill and a little bit of Rihanna, depending on what she is singing about,














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