Carolina Panthers

Q&A: Carolina Panthers defensive end Kony Ealy

Ten questions about life away from football with Carolina Panthers defensive end Kony Ealy:

Q. What are some of your hobbies outside of football?

A. Sleep. Sleep may be my No. 1 thing outside of football. Eating is probably the second. And staying at home playing video games is my third.

Q. Where do you usually go to eat? Do you hit Chipotle like the rest of these guys?

A. Yeah, sometimes I go to Subway, too. I don’t like a lot of junk.

Q. If sleeping is No. 1, you have to have a good mattress, right?

A. Definitely. It cost enough, too.

Q. Well when you think about it, you spend basically a third of your life sleeping. So it better be good. Was that one of your first purchases once you made it to the league?

A. Yeah. That and some sheets.

Q. Do you know what your thread count is?

A. Nah, it’s just a basic sheet. I don’t get into all that. I just need something to wrap up with.

Q. Were you one of the rookies who forgot something at training camp? Maybe like a pillow or blanket or something? Or did you have everything you needed?

A. I took everything I needed. I don’t believe in forgetting or being lazy and all that.

Q. What all have you been able to do in your limited time in Charlotte?

A. I’ve been able to go out and see the city. I’ve been able to put my hand out a little bit as far as helping kids in the city. I’ve talked to youth groups and talked to Thomas Davis’ charity (Defending Dreams Foundation).

Q. You went to the children’s hospital recently with the other rookies. What was that like?

A. It was real fun. I think I had more fun than the kids in the hospital just because you don’t normally get to do that. It was really cool for us to get to do that. But also to get away from football for a split second and clear our minds so that when we get back to football, we’re ready to grind.

Q. You dressed up as Buzz Lightyear from ‘Toy Story.’ Did you pick that out and why?

A. I picked it. That was my favorite character growing up.

Q. Did you do anything like that at Missouri with the football team?

A. We did. During the bowl game weekend of the Cotton Bowl we went to a hospital in Texas and that was really rewarding.