Interview: Niles Paul Discusses The Redskins, Cuffing Season And Catfish
December 10, 2013 - 8:05 pm
It’s early early December so there’s another season beside football that’s in full swing: Cuffing Season. You’ve tweeted about it once or twice, so can you tell us your perfect cuffing season scenario and give us an example of cuffing season gone wrong?
(Laughs) I don’t really participate in cuffing season.
C’mon man, you’re lying (laughs). Everyone gets down with cuffing season.
I mean it gets cold out (laugh). If you find a chick with no drama, that’s laid back and likes to do things you like to do, that’s a perfect cuffing season situation. The worst case scenario is having a girl that nags you all the time, doesn’t give you any space, bothers you about every little thing. That’s a cuffing season no-no.
Speaking of twitter, have to ask... what was the whole situation with the catfish chick? She tried to Manti Te'o the team?
(Laughs) That happened my rookie year, man. This chick was hitting me up and she was bad. She kept showing love in my mentions, so I followed back and then she jumped in my DM’s. I told her lets Skype and she wouldn’t do it, so I knew something wasn’t right. When it came down to it, I let it go and even though I told my teammates I think she’s fake, and I won’t name any names, a few got caught out there.
The story goes that your uncle Ahman Green was instrumental in helping you decide to take football seriously. With you being so young in your career, does he still act as your mentor?
My uncle Ahman has always looked out for me and anything I needed, he’d hold me down. When I was in high school and about to go to college, he had me come up and train with him to get ready for the next level. I’m very grateful for what he did for me, but I saw the interview that said he was the one that steered me towards football but he wasn’t. My uncle Jimmy (Smith) was the one who did that.
With all your football success, you think Uncle Jimmy was right?
My uncle told me to play football because it’s in my blood. I didn’t intend on doing anything with it. The first day I went out for the team, I scored two touchdowns during a scrimmage. Everyone knew I’d be good at whatever I decided to play. I started on the varsity as a freshman on the basketball team, I ran track since age six. By the summer going into my junior year, I was getting scholarship offers from schools like Ohio State and Nebraska. I would have excelled at anything, I just fell in love with football.