One on one with ... Anniston’s Raekwon Billingsley
by Brandon Miller
bmiller@annistonstar.com
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Anniston's Raekwon Billingsley is a force on the offensive and defensive lines. (Photo by Stephen Gross/The Anniston Star)
Anniston's Raekwon Billingsley is a force on the offensive and defensive lines. (Photo by Stephen Gross/The Anniston Star)
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Raekwon Billingsley is impossible not to notice on Friday nights.

The towering right tackle, who stands about 6-foot-4 and 270 pounds, has the responsibility of protecting quarterback Quint Dobbin’s blindside this season, and Billingsley makes an impact on the interior defensive line as well.

As a three-year starter, the senior is willing to do anything Anniston coach Eddie Bullock needs him to do for the team. During the last four years, he has played everywhere on the line except center.

Away from the field, Billingsley still enjoys football.

He likes watching Alabama and the Atlanta Falcons on the weekend and playing the newest NCAA Football video game — playing online, starting dynasties and creating players.

Billingsley creates himself on the game, but rather than playing in the trenches he has himself playing safety.

The football-minded senior isn’t interested in playing any other sports at Anniston, but does have an idea what he wants to do after graduation in May. Although Billingsley doesn’t know where he wants to attend college, he does know he wants to major in business and marketing and eventually own his own business.

Billingsley said he is undecided about the type of business.

Recently, Billingsley took a few minutes before hitting the weight room with his teammates to sit down with Anniston Star sports writer Brandon Miller and knock out 10 questions:

Question: What’s been the biggest highlight for you this season?

Answer: Going out there and playing with my teammates. We have some up-and-down weeks, but the highlight is when we come together and make that one play. The Handley game was a big one. (Anniston won that one 41-13 on Sept. 27.)

Q: You need to win Friday against Munford to get in the playoffs. Are you going to get in?

A: Yes, sir. We’ve been more focused the past three weeks.

With Munford being the team we have to beat to get in, it makes us want to work harder. In order to be the best you have to beat the best, our coach says.

Q: What’s your favorite holiday?

A: Probably Thanksgiving. You get to eat a lot of food and then have leftovers. I like turkey, dressing, macaroni, yams and that’s about it.

Q: Anniston has a lot of uniform combinations. Which is your favorite?

A: I don’t usually pay attention, I just want to win, but all black or the white jersey, red pants.

Q: What’s the best part of game day?

A: Just the atmosphere of game day. You get focused. Everyone can’t wait to see you play, especially if it’s a big game. People want to see what we’re capable of and if we can win or not. Then we actually go out there and play.

Q: What’s your favorite sport to watch other than football?

A: Basketball. The only team I watch is the Heat.

I like how they play up-tempo, and I feel that LeBron James is unstoppable. There’s another ring coming this year.

Q: Since Anniston doesn’t play its traditional rivals anymore, who is the biggest rival now?

A: Alexandria. They get up in the summer to play us and all the trash talking starts, so by the time the game comes, that whole week is nothing but trash talking. The atmosphere around the game when it comes is more intense than any other weeks. (Alexandria beat Anniston 21-12 on Sept. 20.)

Q: Which big city is your favorite to visit?

A: Downtown Atlanta. They have so many places to shop and eat. They have a ton of places to buy shoes, which I love doing. My favorites are my Jordan 3s.

Q: What’s the best thing about Anniston High?

A: It’s not what people say it is. Some of us are family, and the rest of us get along with each other well. We’re just a big group of friends.

Q: What’s your dream position to play?

A: Coach might laugh at me, but I’d like to play quarterback. I’ve always wanted to play there. I feel like I could take over the team if I’m at quarterback.
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