Hey Jaken. Thanks for joining me.
When did you realize you had a talent and when did you decide that you could use your talent to make a living?
Wow. You’re going to get right into it. No softball questions like what’s you’re favorite color or what would I do if I wasn’t playing football.
We’ll get to that, but when did you figure out you were good.
To be honest, I don’t think I even appreciated that I was good at football until I got to college. Growing up in Texas, every guy played football. It’s just what you did. I was really close to my high school coach –
He later became your father in law?
Uh, yeah. He and my father were supportive and encouraging and guide me to be good at something and in college, I started my second year and started every game ever since.
Where did your discipline come from?
I think it came from having my son at such a young age. I knew I had to work hard and do what I needed to do in order to make a life for him. I was okay with having a nice life, but I wanted him to have an extraordinary life and to give him that, I needed to be disciplined in football.
What food do you hate giving up when you're in training?
Oh man. Not a food, but a drink. Jameson. I love it, but I don’t drink it during the season. My girl friend turned me on to Jameson with a pickle back and swears it prevents hang overs, but I still wouldn’t risk it during the season.
You’re girlfriend drinks Jameson?
Yeah, she’s an exceptional woman.
Any strange superstitions or pregame rituals you perform before you play a game?
Since my rookie season, Michael and I have rituals that have evolved over the years. We have to walk on the field together for warm up and intros. We run the field together during warm ups and have to be in step. We play catch during the opening kick off, stuff that like.
No lucky underwear?
No. Blushes from ear to ear.
What's you hype music?
My girlfriend, Emma, sends me a new song every week. Like for the Super Bowl, she sent me Fighter by Gym Class Heroes.
The songs mostly lean towards hip hop?
No, for the NFC Championship game, it was that song from Rocky IV. (Jaken Sings) Hearts on fire, strong desire. –Emma sitting in the back ground shaking her head and laughing.
Let's get back to some serious stuff. Would you let your son play football?
This is the hot topic isn’t it. I get it. I would love it if my son became a regular guy with a regular job where he didn’t get beat up every week, but I also know the passion I have for the game and would rather my son find something that evokes the same passion for him. If that’s football, then I am excited for him.
How do you find time be a father and a boyfriend and an NFL Quarterback?
He turns back to look at Emma and then back at me.
It’s hard. Emma has been a fan of mine even before we got together. She is super supportive and it’s important for me to be just as supportive of her. Plus, she and my son get along so well, we enjoy spending time together.
Yeah, but you need some time alone.
We find time.
Ok, since I’m not going to get anymore then that, let’s do some quick hits.
Chocolate or Vanilla?
Mixes better with stuff.
Beach or Mountains?
Emma in a bikini – hot.
Where I meet my girl for the last time.
Read or watch TV?
I’ve seen the process and respect the heck out of it.
If you weren’t a football player, what would you be doing?
It an awesome superpower to have, being able to teach someone something.
Dark deception has pushed Emma past her limits. She has no choice but to run again.
Back home, she falls in the arms of her childhood crush, sweet and sexy Jaken Tanner, NFL quarterback and publicly all around nice guy.
Emma is desperate to put her sordid past behind her and become the kind of woman worthy of the pure and passionate love Jaken offers.
Despite their immediate attraction and Jaken being the man of her dreams, Emma is afraid to get sucked into his famous guy life and lose herself all over again.
If only she could erase the last few years. If she could forget the pain and shame of her actions, Jaken is her second chance.
Will her past destroy her chance with the perfect guy or will Emma realize she may be perfectly created by her past to build a future with her one true love?
A New Season contains explicit scenes of a sexual nature and is not suitable for readers under 18 years of age.