Carolina Panthers

Q&A: Carolina Panthers kicker Graham Gano

Ten questions about life away from football with Carolina Panthers kicker Graham Gano:

Q. You have two boys, 3 and 7 months old. On Tuesday you tweeted out a picture of a homemade obstacle course. How’d that happen?

A. My wife and I were watching American Ninja Warrior on TV with our oldest boy. It was her idea to put together an obstacle course. She brought all of our outdoor pillows inside and he was jumping on them. It was like the final part of the course. It gets him excited about it and he likes watching it. To be able to recreate something like that for him gets his imagination going.

Q. Were you able to compete with him in any of it?

A. The little obstacle course? No, no. I tried diving through it and my feet kept hitting it so they disqualified me. In that show once you fail you’re done. So my wife said, “No, you’re done.”

Q. So switching gears a bit, you guys have Bible study, right? What’s it like being able to have a fellowship with the guys?

A. Every other week, yeah. It’s good. We don’t just do a study the entire time. The first part is a fellowship and getting to know each other more. It’s fun to get to see guys outside of football and get to meet their spouses. It’s a good time but it’s also good to grow in our faith with one another.

Q. You went to Florida State and obviously Bobby Bowden is very devout. Was that part of the reason you went there?

A. Yeah it’s part of the reason. I remember he came to my house on a recruiting visit and he was probably there for an hour, hour and a half. He just sat on my dad’s recliner, threw his leg over the leg and the entire time he didn’t talk about football. He just talked about everything but football. It definitely played a role but I knew I was going to go somewhere that had a man of leadership and would also instill spiritual virtues in me.

Q. FSU is undefeated at No. 1 in the country. Think they’ll be able to repeat?

A. I hope so. I think every Florida State fan is hoping so. I think last year they didn’t have a really close game like they have had this year. It’s a good test.

Q. And they have N.C. State this week. That wasn’t just a good test two years ago, was it?

A. Not a good test but a good learning experience. It’ll be interesting. I don’t like seeing the games that close but it’s fun.

Q. They gave Chief Osceola a new look. What do you think of it?

A. Not a huge fan of it, honestly. I know a lot of people aren’t, and I know some people are indifferent. I’m not a huge fan. I’ll support Florida State no matter what the logo is but I don’t think I’m going to be wearing any gear with the new one.

Q. It looks like you’re changing out the logo in your locker underneath your name?

A. Yeah, I’m getting it changed out to the old one. I didn’t play under that.

Q. Do you and Kelvin Benjamin get to chat about Florida State?

A. It’s changed a lot. The facilities are different. We’re really excited because since he left, and especially since I left, they’ve made a ton of changes. He said he’s excited to see all the changes like the new locker room. It’s going to look completely different to me.

Q. If you had one piece of advice for Jameis Winston, what would it be?

A. Understand that he’s the leader of the team and just think before you act upon things. Think about the ramifications it can, whether positive or negative. Just think.