TIGER KICKOFF: Five questions for Markus Golden

Friday, September 27, 2013 | 6:00 a.m. CDT; updated 1:30 p.m. CDT, Monday, September 30, 2013
Missouri tailback Russell Hansbrough runs the ball as Indiana players Steven Funderburk, 27, and Christopher Cormier, 92, attempt to make a tackle during the Saturday game at Memorial Stadium in Bloomington, Ind.

Markus Golden scored his first career touchdown Sept. 7 against Toledo, when he returned an interception 70 yards to the end zone. We caught up with him to ask the tough — and weird — questions.

Gary Pinkel said his players should be paid. Do you agree?

I don’t really think about that too much. That ain’t me. I’m just a hard worker. Money ain’t never been a big thing to me when it comes to football. It’s a blessing just to be here playing. I would never let money ruin something that I’m enjoying.

But if you did get paid, where would that money go?

I care about my family a lot. I just want to be able to take care of my family back home (St. Louis). I’m in a better situation than most of my family members are in. My family back home isn’t in the best situation, so I’m working hard to put them in a great situation.

Is the NFL within your reach?

Yes, of course. That’s what you do it for. I’d be a fool to be out here doing all this work and not want to get to the NFL. Of course I want to make the NFL, and I’ve got a lot of confidence in myself that I will.

How do you feel about Miley Cyrus?

She’s growing up. Everybody grows up. You know how it goes. I feel like everybody is just messing with her because she was a kid once. She’s having fun. You know how people are when you get older and you have fun and people take it the wrong way.

Where is your favorite place to get food in Columbia?

I like the Waffle House because I like to go eat their breakfast. Just the basic meal: sausages, eggs. I usually tell them to add a little extra bacon.

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