Non-sports people talk about the sports world.
Monday, July 12, 2004; Page D02
Josh Gracin -- U.S. Marine, "American Idol 2" contestant and sports fan of all things Detroit -- is back, with a self-titled release that debuted as the No. 2 album on the Billboard country chart. Gracin, who will move to Nashville when he completes his service in September, says he wasn't traumatized by a high school experience that did not include athletics.
So why didn't you play sports in high school?
I tried, but being the only boy, my parents wouldn't sign the waiver to let me play. They kind of protected me. I had the football coach hounding me every day.
They let you join the Marines but not play football?
No, with the Marines they didn't let me go -- once I turned 18 I went. So they didn't have a choice in that one.
Do you get to play sports now?
I do play for fun a lot, especially since I've been in the Marine Corps. I play an hour and a half of full-court basketball every day.
Are you a better basketball player or singer?
Definitely a better singer, definitely a better singer. But I can pretty much hold my own on the court, unless you put me up against NBA players or something like that. Then I'd have a problem.
When you were a kid did you dream about being a professional athlete rather than a singer?
Well, I used to. Every kid does. Every kid plays football in the backyard, wants to go out there and knock some heads and score touchdowns and everything. But when you grow up you've got to realize maybe you're not so good at those kinds of things. You've got to do something you're good at.
-- Dan Steinberg
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