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- Aug 1, 1997
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- Lafayette, LA
Athleticism and ability got Akiem Hicks to the NFL but he's using his head to stay there.
The former Regina Rams star admits his rookie season with the New Orleans Saints was a whirlwind of constant adjustments to the nuances of pro football. But the biggest lesson the six-foot-five, 325-pound defensive tackle learned was the importance of mental preparation and focus.
"Everyone there is my size and my strength," Hicks said via telephone from Sacramento, Calif. "Although you're going 100 per cent each day in practice, you always must be mentally focused and prepared for anything so when it happens in a game, you know how to immediately react.
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