Aug. 11, 2008
Throughout the Hoosiers' 2008 fall practice, IUHOOSIERS.com will sit down and get to know some of the freshmen football players a little better. In today's installment, we asked wide reciever Tyler Adetona 10 questions on a wide variety of topics.
What football player did you look up to growing up?
Probably T.O. (Terrell Owens) or Chad Johnson. I never was a big fan of Randy Moss or Jerry Rice. I feel like T.O. is one of the most powerful recievers and that is what I aim to be, one that can lower the shoulder and run someone over.
What is your best football memory?
Signing day. I knew I was starting a new chapter of my life. Getting up here to Indiana was something that was totally different, but I liked it.
Why did you choose to come to Indiana?
Coach Bobby Johnson. He came and recruited me hard. I was committed previously, but I came on my visit, and when I got here it was like my family. It was like big brothers. Something you can't refuse, you can't turn down. Also, IU has one of the top business schools in the country, so why not?
What person in your life do you look up to most?
My mom. She was my father and my mother. She has been there since day one. It kind of stays on you. Everything you do you just want to make her proud.
Is there anything you miss about home?
The warmth. I'm not used to these cool mornings yet. I get out here and I'm freezing. Every morning I get up, I come over and walk through breakfast and it is cold out here.
What has surprised you most since you've been at IU?
Did you have a nickname in high school? What's the story behind it?
The people here are nice. Everybody knows who you are everywhere you go. They are always trying to support you. The people here are all nice and generous. It is not like back home. People aren't as friendly where I'm from. I don't have to worry about anything, I feel safe here.
They called me Tunde. They took the last part of my second middle name. People just like to call me that.
If you weren't playing football what sport would you be playing?
Basketball. I played in high school.
What is something about you outside of football that would surprise most people?
I love to read. I'm a bookworm.
What are you planning on majoring in and why?
I definitely want to minor in international business and major in business management. My father deals with selling oilrigs over in Nigeria. I always wanted to get over there and work with my dad. I knew coming out of college with my degree, and my dad being the owner of a company, I'll have a job right away. I want a degree to help me with that.