HOOVER, Ala. — SEC football players are well-coached on the answers to on-the-field questions during their whirlwind appearances at SEC Media Days.
But sometimes, there are off-the-field issues that bring the discussion away from the things that happen between the lines.
The current social climate brought a question to Arkansas defensive lineman Deatrich Wise Jr. during his Wednesday appearance in Hoover, and the answer he delivered was both simple and thoughtful at the same time.
When asked what people could take away from football, in terms of improving relationships between people from different walks of life, Wise offered this take:
“Food, music and sports can bring anybody together,” Wise said. “Your background doesn’t matter. It doesn’t matter who you know, where you’re from, what you look like. And on a football team, a person you can break bread with is pretty much a person you can have a relationship with in life.
“We all have a common goal. To win football games, to win national championship and win the SEC. We just put aside all that other stuff, because I believe in my brother beside me no matter what he is, no matter what he looks like, no matter what his background is, no matter what his political beliefs are. We believe in each other and we love each other.”
Wise, who earlier in the day guaranteed that he would match his career sack total in one season this fall, finished his take with a simple summary.
“Love can solve a lot in this world,” Wise said with a smile. “And listening to good music and eating good food.”