Whether you’re a diehard New Orleans fan, casual football fan, or you just happened to have him on your fantasy team, it was hard to miss Alvin Kamara in 2017. The versatile running back made numerous highlight-reel plays and is sure to be a force in pro football for years to come. He also has a unique sense of style and is making a name for himself off the field as well. We got a chance to sit down with the rising star and talk about what makes him so unique on and off the field.
On-Field Game Changer
Saying that Alvin Kamara had an impressive rookie season is a massive understatement. In 2017, he was the definition of a dual-threat running back, tallying up over 700 yards each receiving and rushing and scoring 13 total touchdowns. He was the ultimate chess piece for the New Orleans offense, since he could line up anywhere in the formation and be a big play waiting to happen.
When we spoke to Kamara, we had to ask how he was able to succeed so much as a rookie. He gave us three key reasons:
An Intense Training Regimen: You may see him dominating on Sundays, but his success starts much earlier in the week with the extra work he puts in at the gym. “The preparation that I put in during the week gives me the security I need to make plays,” Kamara explained. And when he’s training, he doesn’t waste a second. “I make sure that everything I do has a purpose,” he said. “Every workout needs to translate onto the football field.”
The Perfect Mentor: When Kamara got drafted by New Orleans, some analysts didn’t like the pick because the team already had a great lead running back, Mark Ingram. But instead of the two of them fighting for playing time, they joined forces and became an unstoppable duo. “Mark definitely helped mentor me,” Kamara said. “I credit a lot of my success to him. He’s the veteran and we play the same position, but he treated me like an equal from day one and we just grinded together.”
The Right Gear: A versatile, speedy player like Kamara needs dynamic football cleats that can keep up. That’s why he laces up in the adidas adizero 5-Star 7.0. “The adizero fits my style of play,” he said. “They’re light and functional and I get everything I need out of them.”
Off-Field Trail Blazer
Kamara’s personal style is just as unique as his football skills. It doesn’t matter if he’s walking through the tunnel before a game or just chilling during an off day; he always stands out. Here are Alvin’s three keys to boosting your style:
Being Yourself: The biggest key to Kamara’s style is simple — he always stays true to himself. “I’m just me,” Kamara said. “Off the field, I stand out because I’m not scared to be me. Whatever I feel like wearing, that’s what I wear.”
Finding That Go-To Fashion Piece: If you want to stand out, you’ve got to have that one added piece that few others have. “Right now, I’m big on messenger bags,” Kamara explained. “So I’ve got a little Louis (Vuitton) messenger bag that I wear a lot.”
Grabbing The Right Kicks: That being said, before you rock that go-to fashion piece, you’ve got to make sure your shoes are on point. “When I’m choosing an outfit, I start with the shoes,” Kamara said. The adidas Deerupts are a great way to jumpstart your look. “I like them — they’re comfortable,” he said. “They look good. And when you look good and feel good, you play good.”
He may have only played two pro seasons, but Jacksonville cornerback Jalen Ramsey is already one of the most dynamic players in football. He regularly shuts down his opponent’s top receiving option thanks to his elite athleticism, high football IQ, and unflinching confidence. In only two years, he has already tallied 128 tackles, 6 interceptions, and 31 passes defended. So as he gets ready to dominate again in year three, let’s get to know one of football’s brightest stars.
1. His Biggest Strength? Everything
“I feel like what makes me more unique than other defensive backs is that I can kind of do everything,” Jalen said. “Play man, play zone, go up and make the tackle – I pride myself on having an all-around game.”
2. The Key To Jacksonville’s 2017 Success Was Their 2016 Failure
Jacksonville finished Jalen’s 2016 rookie season with a 3-13 record. He let that painful season stick with him and used it as motivation. “I took it upon myself to get better at my craft,” he explained. “I started taking things more seriously and locking in to everything I needed to do.” The result in 2017? A 10-6 record and an appearance in the conference championship game.
3. He Has The Ultimate Personal Trainer
They say no one knows you like family, and in Jalen’s case, no one trains him like family either. “My dad has been my trainer my whole life,” he said. “Every offseason I still come back home, because he knows me like no other. He knows my limits and will never let me slack.”
4. There Are Two Jalen Ramseys
Unrelenting trash talker on the field, mild-mannered, chill guy off of it. “I’m definitely a different person during those two, three hours where I’m playing,” Jalen explained. “Football is such an intense game, I feel like you’ve got to play the game that way.”
5. Football’s Not The Only Sport He Excels At
“Most people know that I ran track (at Florida State), but they may not know how much I love that sport,” Jalen said. “My girlfriend and I ran track together in high school and we both hold state records. We’re expecting a baby soon, and hopefully he or she will be a little track star!”
6. His Sneaker Game Is On Point
It makes sense that a Jordan Brand athlete has a serious collection of kicks, but Jalen started rocking Js well before he put pen to paper. “Before I was even with Jordan, I had probably over 100 J’s,” Jalen said. “My all-time favorite are probably the Retro 11 Gamma Blues.”
7. He Is Always Team Jumpman
“Jordan was the only brand that I wanted to sign with coming out of college,” Jalen said. “I feel like family with them instead of just another guy. It was the right choice for me on and off the field.”
8. He’s A Big-Time Movie Buff
“I chill with my family all the time,” he said. “I love going to the movies with them and we go like once a week when it’s the discount pricing. So it’s usually me, my girl, maybe my niece, nephew, and mom — and we’ll go with the senior citizens and watch whatever they’re watching.”
9. But His Video Game Skills Have Seen Better Days
“I still play some video games here and there, but I’m trying to get off that,” Jalen said. “My nephew has started beating me in games, so it’s time for me to go. It’s time for the new generation to take over.”
10. He Has Some Words Of Wisdom For You
For incoming rookies, like his friend and former Florida State teammate, Derwin James, Jalen hasn’t given them too much advice. “I feel like everyone needs to experience things at the pro level on their own,” he explained. “But the main thing I always tell people at every level is to just be yourself and everything will work out how it’s supposed to.”