They [the tour operators] put food out so the sharks don't pay any attention to you. So there I was right there in the water with them.

Sounds like good training for a football player on defense!

[Laughs.] Yeah — you know, handle your fears.

How was the food?

The food was amazing. Everything … from the freshwater sushi … and fruits! Watermelon, mangos, pineapple. Amazing drinks. Really good restaurants. That's what made it so great — the food was so great.

What did you bring back with you?

I got my mom and sisters necklaces that were handmade. My wife got some summer wraps that were handmade — multicolored, really beautiful.

How often do you travel?

We try to travel in the offseason as much as possible because football season is so long, and you're so focused on that, and your family priorities, that once the season's done, we try to take a break. We're having a baby in March, but we're planning to go somewhere in the summertime — someplace beautiful.

What is the one item you will not travel without?

I don't bring any electronics with me. When I'm away, I Iike to relax, but I do have my cellphone because I want to be in touch with my family, to let them know how the trip's going and stuff.