Earlier this offseason, Sports Radio 104.3 The Fan was able to catch up with Denver Broncos safety Will Parks during teammate Von Miller’s “Celebrity Bowling Bash,” and we obviously peppered him with questions about his home town of Philadelphia.
Here’s what Philly Will had to say:
Digital content producer Johnny Hart: How did your Twitter handle (@PhillyWill11) come about?
Denver Broncos safety Will Parks: So, I was at the University of Arizona, and I’m from Philadelphia. They called me Willy. It was the first time I had ever been called Willy out wherever. And then, the next thing I know, it was Philly Will. These two girls who were on our gymnastics team … they gave me the name Philly Will. And ever since then, it just carried over.
Hart: Will Smith is famously from Philadelphia as well. Considering he’s perhaps the original “Philly Will,” have you met him, spoken with him about your moniker?
Parks: Naw, I’m the original Philly Will. Will Smith has been gone for a very long time. I’ve not met Will Smith yet. Hopefully, one day, I’ll get to meet him. Man, he’s obviously a legend in our hometown. Everybody knows Will Smith is from Philadelphia. To have a guy like that from my hometown and for me to be where I’m at today, man, it just speaks kudos to our hard work and our upbringing and where we come from. It’s tough to make it out of there. Obviously, to have that guy to kind of start it off, it’s pretty exciting. It makes you want to do more.
Hart: Very important question here. How do you get your cheesesteak?
Parks: Salt, pepper, ketchup, mayonnaise, and fried onions. Plain and simple.
Hart: No Whiz?
Parks: No. I don’t even know what Cheez Whiz is. I swear I don’t. I’ll be confused if people say Cheez Whiz.
Hart: Have you ever run the steps at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, made famous by the “Rocky” movie series?
Parks: You know what, brother? I’ve walked the stairs but never run them. But now that you’re asking that, I’m going to do that just for you.
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