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Friday, July 06, 2007

Detroit article on Ikaika Alama-Francis

Don't Worry, Be Happy
Alama-Francis Takes an Upbeat Approach to Life, but Knows when it's Time to Work
By Chrissie Zavicar
July 6, 2007

Due to a pectoral injury suffered prior to the NFL Combine, Alama-Francis has been unable to fully participate in team drills. (Photo: Gavin Smith)

ALLEN PARK, Mich. -- It seems that over the years, sports have been transformed from games into work.

Even at young ages, kids are approaching sports as though they are future job opportunities instead of a fun way to spend time with friends and exercise.

Obviously there is a time for intensity and hard work; after all, players at the professional level are getting paid for their services. But it seems as though having pure fun while playing professional sports is a dwindling trend.

This became ever-too apparent for those surrounding the Detroit Lions organization when they drafted defensive end Ikaika Alama-Francis out of Hawaii.

While Alama-Francis is as intense as can be when he is on the field during practice or on gamedays, he is never without a smile when he is at the team’s practice facility.

“You've got to love life (and) I really do – I love life,” he said. “I'm very blessed just to be here. There are so many people out there who would love to be in my spot and I'm going to enjoy it. I'm going to laugh (and) I'm going to have fun but there is a serious side that you have to have.

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