Mag Minute: Patrick Chung, Patriots safety

December, 9, 2012
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Patrick ChungStew Milne/USA TODAY SportsChung has recently battled back from injury to rejoin New England's secondary for the stretch run.
Born in Kingston, Jamaica, Patrick Chung was drafted in 2009 by the New England Patriots.

Unfortunately, for the second straight year, Chung has been banged up for much of the season.

Despite the injuries, the safety remains an important part of New England's defense as it looks toward the postseason.

What is the biggest misconception about you?

I can honestly say there haven’t been any misunderstandings. I’m humble and down-to-earth, and they get that.

Who would you say is the most media-savvy athlete?

Between Tom Brady and Matt Light. Because Matt Light is a clown, but he’s smooth and so smart that he can be a clown and also make a point. And Tom’s the same way.

Which professional athlete would you never want to trade places with?

In our sport, a kicker. You don’t get to hit anybody, and everybody’s out to get you. You kick the ball, and everybody’s out to get you. And field goal kickers ... that’s a lot of pressure. You can win some games, or you can lose some games.

Which scenario is worse for an athlete: making a critical mistake to blow a big game or tweeting something really inflammatory?

Tweeting. That’ll really get you in trouble. A mistake in the game you can maybe fix or make up for it, but if you mess up on Twitter, that’s it.

What was the last thing you Googled?

NFL stats.

If you were a talk show host, which celebrity would you want as your first guest?

Kevin Hart.

Who would you want to play you in your biopic?

Even though he’s older than me, Will Smith.

What do you like best about your job?

I love the game. I’m very passionate about the game, and there are not a lot of people who have the opportunity I have. I get to take care of my family and my mom and my dad, who took care of me.

What do you hate about it?

Your life totally changes. It changes for the better, but it’s also bad. I’m so goofy and like to talk to people, but sometimes you can’t do that. You can’t always be yourself.

If you could go to dinner with one person, dead or alive, who would it be?

I’d want to meet Lil Wayne. He’s a very smart man, intelligent guy and a lyrical genius. So I’d want to see how his mind works.

What is your idea of a perfect day?

Waking up, making a delicious breakfast, taking care of my little man and just chilling out.

If those gurus in India are right and we keep getting reborn until we learn to stop repeating the same mistakes, what do you think you’re supposed to be learning this time around?

Life’s too short not to smile. You’ve always got to be happy and realize that there are people in the world who have it worse than you.

Who is the one person you met who you wish you had spent more time talking to?

A Navy Seal came in and talked to us. He told us stories about his experience and put things in perspective. He talked about how you know what’s going to happen in 80% of your life -- you wake up, go to work -- but if you focus your energy on the other 20%, the problems and obstacles you’re about to face, it’ll increase your chances of success. I thought that was really interesting, and I would’ve liked to talk to him more.

What’s the one thing people consistently think about you that’s just not true?

People get me right on the head. Off the field, I’m humble and chill, and on the field I’m crazy.

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