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Getting to Know...Myron Pryor

Posted by Shalise Manza Young, Globe Staff  September 26, 2010 08:00 AM

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A young child struggling with asthma and ADHD likely wouldn't be targeted as a future professional football player, but not all children are Myron Pryor.

The Patriots' defensive lineman dealt with both of those issues growing up in Louisville, but has overcome them (he ditched his asthma inhaler only a year ago) and earned a spot in the line's rotation as a tackle. As a rookie last year, the 6-foot-1, 310 pounder played in 13 games; this year, he has played in both games, earning his first career start against the Bengals when New England began the game in a 4-2-5 alignment.

Favorite meal: Hmm…that’s a hard one (laughs). I’d have to say jambalaya. Usually I make it, but normally I like it from where it comes from, New Orleans.

Favorite TV show: Man, I watch a lot of TV shows…Sons of Anarchy. It’s pretty good.

If my house was on fire, I'd grab...My car keys. I have a Dodge Charger SRT8; that’s my baby. Everything else in the house, I can replace that. I can buy another flat screen, another couch, the only thing I can’t replace is some football stuff.

First job: My first job was working at a jewelry store. I worked at a friend's jewelry store when I was in high school; I needed a small paying job for the summer. Cutting the grass, keeping up with the outside.

My hero: I'd have to say my grandma (Bell Johnson). We've been through a lot. She stuck with me. We did a lot of battles together, and she stuck with me and the best came out. I'd say my grandma's my hero.

Favorite breakfast cereal: Cookie Crisp.

Favorite athlete in another sport: I have to go with my boy Rajon (Rondo of the Celtics). Gotta represent for my hometown guys.

If they made a movie about my life...
I'll have to say someone funny (would play him), like Cedric the Entertainer or Faizon Love. It's be a comedy but slash "real," just about growing up, not really having the privileges, but really making the best out of what you got. Having fun, kicking back, making your boys laugh and just going through some of the hard times I've hard. I think the humor side of me really brought me along. Everybody tells me, 'you're so (darn) funny.'
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