Gritty, grimy, and tough

A Closer Look: Mark Barron
Position: Linebacker
Experience: Eighth Season
College: Alabama
Twitter Handle: @M_B_24

Most entertaining person you follow on social media?
I am not a big social media guy. I need to get into it more. I see stuff here and there when I am on it, but I am not a guy who is always on there so I don't know who a good follow is.

Must have food?
I love BBQ. Not a specific food, but I love BBQ sauce.

Celebrity crush?
J-Lo and Michele Obama.

Must see show?

Morning person or night owl?
Night owl for sure. Most definitely a night owl.

Who is your football mentor or inspiration?
I don't have a mentor. I respect anybody who is considered the best at anything they do, not just football, any sport. I have a lot of respect for you if you are the best at what you do.

What motivates you?
My family has always been one of my biggest motivator. I want to be the best in everything I do. That is always a big motivation.

Biggest challenge you had to overcome?
My initial obstacle was making it where I came from. Nobody ever did. I never grew up around anyone who went to college, let alone the NFL. A lot of the people I grew up around didn't even graduate high school. Making it to this point out of my initial circumstances in life, and being here, that was a big obstacle.

What is your football mindset/approach?
I want to be the best at what I do at all times. I am always striving to do that.

When did you start to dream about playing in the NFL?
For as long as I can remember. That has always been the goal.

Why do you play football?
Multiple reasons. I love the game. I was playing since I was six years old. It's a way to provide for my family. It's an avenue to display my competitiveness. There are a lot of reasons.

What is your proudest football moment or memory?
I have a lot, but it's hard to pick one. When I am done playing football I might be able to pick one. I won National Championships in college, was an All-American and a first-round draft pick. But I want to make the Pro Bowl, All-Pro and win a Super Bowl. I am still reaching for it.

When you hear Steelers football, what do you think?
I think defense, gritty, grimy, and tough.