There have been digital reams of copy written about New Orleans Saints running back Alvin Kamara, but most of the focus has been on his on-the-field play rather than his personal life. Sports Illustrated's Ben Baskin spent a weekend in New Orleans with the man who's a shoo-in for Rookie of the Year, and came away with a great profile:
While most of his Saints teammates live near the team facility in Metarie or Kenner, Kamara decided to move downtown, into a ground-floor apartment, his floor-to-very-high-ceiling windows facing directly out to the street and the people on them. He walks home from games, from the Superdome to his front door, amid the revelry and the hordes of adoring fans; down Canal Street to high-end fashion stores to browse; around the block to get breakfast at the Ruby Slipper or to pick up groceries. He considers himself a foodie and has dined at the city’s most famous establishments and the hidden gems on every street, in fancy neighborhoods and not-so-fancy- he has tried beignets and oysters for the first time, and has grown to love the char-grilled variety of the latter.
[jump] • He has a kitchen drawer full of Airheads candy, his favorite.
• He has turned down free automobiles and didn't make any major purchases after he was drafted: (“I got my signing bonus and I put that s-- in the bank and I went and got some motherf--ing wings").
• He likes to watch The Lion King and The Little Mermaid.