For this edition of the Command Center, Robert “Bubby” Gill sat down to give us a deeper insight into his life in the AFL. He was placed on the injured reserve list on April 18th after tearing his bicep.
Q: First off, how is your bicep healing and how has the rehab time been going.
My bicep is healing quite well. We have an excellent training staff. So I attribute my healing towards their dedication to get me back as quick as possible.
Q: You went to Texas State but did not play football, instead specializing in track. What made you decide to pursue football after college?
When I went to Texas State the plan was to play both, but we had 3 head coaches in football during my time, so I decided to focus on track. It was a no brainer to pursue football with my speed. I knew the game I just needed to fine tune some things and dedicate my time to my craft. Also be humble enough to start from the bottom to get to the top.
Q: You are the self-proclaimed fastest man in the AFL and have been clocked at 4.26 seconds in the 40-yard dash. What would attribute most to you having such great field speed?
I think the self-proclaimed part can be removed. After last year, teams are very familiar with my ability to beat them deep if they relax at any point. I attribute that to my off season regiment, which is a lot of resistance work. In this league, you have to know what your game is. I know mine is speed and the ability to make a defense have to play certain coverages.
Q: What is your favorite part about playing in the AFL?
My favorite part about the playing in the AFL is it being an offensive driven league. You have the opportunity to score a lot. As you know, I love to score and give the fans some entertainment with some elaborate celebrations without costing the team of course.
Q: Besides the Command, what are your favorite sports teams and why?
I’ve always been a Kobe fan, so I tend to pull for the Lakers. But I’m a hometown kid, so the San Antonio Spurs always is a part of me. Grew up living in Dallas Cowboy country, so I like them as well.
Q: In your opinion, who is the so called “class clown”/prankster of the team?
The prankster of the team is probably OJ Simpson. In the morning, he is constantly yelling WAKE UP! And it has me dying laughing because everybody hates it.
Q: What is your favorite thing about living in Kansas City?
This is my second year living in Kansas City. I honestly like having 4 seasons, unlike Texas having straight heat. The people are very friendly and welcoming. It reminds of San Antonio being a big city, but has a small town vibe.
Q: What is a typical game day like for you personally?
Typical game day for me… I wake up and take a hot shower, while stretching in there. Eat. Put on my Beats by Dre headphones and just vibe to music while I enter the “zone”. I usually replay the typical game in my head that I want to have the whole day and try my best for it to come to fruition.
Q: Who is your biggest role model and why?
My biggest role model is my mother. She was born poor in Panama and came to the US with no money and couldn’t speak English. With all the adversity, she was able to stay strong, positive and live the American Dream. Her strength is instilled in me, that’s why I always bounce back stronger.
Q: What is one interesting fact about you that most people don’t know?
An interesting fact is that I’m a beast in Call of Duty. I usually play a couple of hours a day. TCO_BUBBY is my tag name for PS3 if any fans want to witness greatness.
The Command Center focuses on getting to know the players, coaches, and owners and allowing the fans to learn more about these tremendous individuals. It is authored by Tyler Derby, a diehard fan of the Kansas City Command going back to its Brigade days who has followed the Arena Football League for years. It is written by a fan for the fans!!