SK: When we first got here, we had to get used to everything. It was definitely a huge change from the Midwest. But moving up to Carroll County kind of brought us closer to home. It’s more spread out up there. There’s a lot more farmers and agriculture around there, which made us feel more at home. The pace of life there is a little different from Owings Mills and Baltimore, whereas in Nebraska — very slow.
There are so many good people up there, especially in our neighborhood. The boys have a lot of kids to play with, and there’s a lot to do. That was a nice thing about coming out here. Everything is so close in relation to where we live. When we were living in Nebraska you had to drive eight to 10 hours to get to a big city. We went up to New York for the first time this year, me and my wife. We’ve taken the kids down to D.C. They always like that, especially the older one because of the museums.
We’ll also try to find time to go to Ocean City to visit the beach. Up until we moved here, that was my wife’s first time ever seeing an ocean. So that was exciting for her. And we also vacation in Disney World. The boys love Disney World.
MF: Having been a Raven since 2006, you’re one of the most senior players on the team. What’s that like?
SK: It’s kind of crazy and surreal. I sat there and thought about that after Ray (Lewis) left, and basically it’s me and Haloti (Ngata) on the team from the 2006 draft class. You have (Terrell) Suggs of course. It’s just crazy to think back to my rookie year when I thought “OK, I’m just going to do whatever I can to try to make a positive impact, do the best that I can with this team.”
And here it is eight years later. It’s surreal, but I know I’ve put in my time. I’ve worked hard. We have such great coaches here who want us to succeed and do everything they can on the practice field and during game day to give us that opportunity to succeed. I’m excited for my future. I’d love to be here for the rest of my career, but you’ve got to take it one punt at a time, one year at a time and one kick at a time.
MF: Do your sons have “Punters are people too” T-shirts?
SK: Yes, they do. The whole family does. We ordered those quickly after the reporter (ESPN’s Rich Eisen) sent it to us — to me and Ed Reed — because Ed Reed had said it after the Raiders’ game last year when I had scored a touchdown. So he goes, “Punters are people too.” From there it kind of blew up.
MF: What was your family’s reaction to the Superbowl win and to your safety that helped run out the clock?
SK: It was one of those surreal moments, too. Here I was in the last two plays of Superbowl XLVII, and it’s cool to always know I’ll have that history to remember and the kids will always be able to remember it because of the safety. And the odds of ending a game in a safety is very, very rare — being able to use that play. I think the kids were more excited just to see the confetti fall and play out in the confetti.
But they also understand the significance of the Superbowl, so it was definitely a very cool moment. And I’m glad they were able to be a part of that.
MF: Are you prepared to have a daughter?
SK: That’s a good question. We’re experts at raising sons now, now that they’re all older and more independent. But the whole daughter thing, people are constantly giving us little tips about what it’s going to be like. It’s going to be totally different, because with your sons you can tell them no, it seems like, as a father, but with a girl you’re never going to be able to tell her no.
It’s going to be a change, with more girl stuff coming in the house. My wife will have somebody to go shopping with or do girl things with. When we found out it was going to be a girl, (my sons) were already drawing pictures, making signs for her and stuff like that. So they’re very excited. With other neighbors who have had newborns, they are always wanting to check them out and be involved with them. I think they’re going to be a great help, and they’re going to love the fact that it’s a little girl, somebody they can stick up for and be the older brother and have to protect her.