Taking a page from his playbook Getting a read on

October 04, 1998

The Sun's Ryan Basen intercepted Baltimore Ravens' defensive back Kim Herring and found him ravin' about readin'. Here are his thoughts.

When did you start reading? I started reading in my mom's womb, it's been so long. Actually, I began reading consistently when I was in first or second grade.

Did anyone read to you when you were young? My mom always read to me. So did my aunts and cousins. My brother (who is two years older) also read to me.

What were some of your favorite books when you were a kid? In my day everyone was into the Dr. Seuss books. I liked "The Cat in the Hat" and "The Grinch Who Stole Christmas."

What books did you enjoy reading recently? I liked "To Kill a Mockingbird" and "It" by Stephen King. I haven't had the chance to read any books this year. I don't have time now during training camp. All I read is the playbook.

How important is reading in your job? It's very important. If you can't read, you won't be able to understand what is happening on the field. I have to put the words together with diagrams of the plays and coverages that we do.

Why did you get involved with promoting reading? Reading is the most important part of the world today. It's the key to basically everything. You need to read bills, checks, signs, news. If you can't read, you have a big disadvantage. You'll be lagging in your social life and with regard to business opportunities.

Did you read anything besides books when you were young? I used to read comic books. I collected them, too. I liked "Archie," "The Fantastic Four" and "The Outlaws." I wasn't ever into newspapers much. I don't see too many good things written in newspapers.

If you have any children, will you read to them? Of course. I'd like to give my kids a better education than what I had.

What advice do you have for young readers? Basically what I'd tell these kids who need help now is, "Stick with it, whether you read slow or fast. You'll need it later on no matter what you do. If you can't read the back of my jersey, you don't know who I am."

Pub Date: 10/04/98

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