Coy Wire may look like your prototypical football player.
He's intense, he's built like a fire hydrant and he's bald—not sure whether or not that helps paint the picture but it looks awesome.
But once he opens his mouth, it's pretty clear that Wire isn't your everyday football player.
A Stanford graduate, Wire possesses a philosophical approach to the game of football that is unlike anything you've ever heard—especially from an NFL veteran.
"Ever since I was young, I've always known that there was a great power within each of us and I'm learning to tap into that," Wire says. "I've always been hungry for knowledge and had a desire to build my spirit [and] to strengthen my mind so I've read a lot of books—that's always been my way of training the mind."
Owner of his own online athletic training program, Wire relies on more than lifting weights to stay in shape as yoga and pilates are key facets of his physical—and mental—training regimen.
"Anybody can train the body," he says. "The mental and spiritual aspect is more important in my opinion because without the mind without a strong spirit, the body will not operate optimally.
"I think that training the mind and the spirit is paramount in anything you do in life especially in this game where you can be exposed for being weak mentally. I think that you can train your mind and that's one thing that I've always tried to focus on during the offseason."
Wire, who is listed at 6-feet, is shorter than most linebackers at the NFL level—and the college level for that matter—but his slight of stature has been a source of motivation for this philosophical footballer.
"Everyday I want to be better than I was the day before," he says. "I feel like we can either get better, stay the same or get worse as an individual—in life in general. My aim everyday when I wake up is to be a little better than I was the day before. [Better] at eating, at sleeping, at playing football, at being a husband, a brother, a son, a friend, everything."
Whatever his methods are, Wire has certainly made the most of his opportunities in the NFL.
After being drafted as nothing more than an undersized special teams player in the third round of the 2002 NFL Draft, Wire has become a consistent contributor on defense for the majority of his eight year career.
After spending his first six seasons with the Buffalo Bills, Wire was signed by the Falcons in 2008 and has stepped right in to help out wherever he can on the field.
But Wire's contagious and infectious love of football—and life in general—might be his most valuable asset.
"It's a blessing to have this opportunity," Wire said. "It's such a short window that we have and once it's closed, it's closed forever so I've just always taken the approach that I don't want to take any day for granted."
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