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Detroit's Cheryl Ford
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What is your motivation when don't feel like working out, running that extra mile,
or waking up early?
"Just knowing that if I go into the season or training camp, it puts me a step behind everyone else, the rest of the players who are in shape. Also, your job is on the line. This is what I get paid for, so why not come in and stay in the best shape I can be in."
Was there a time in your life when you thought about giving up the game?
"This past June, when my grandfather passed away, there was a tough period that took a lot out of me. I thought about a lot of things, but my grandmother told me that he would not have wanted me to quit, but I definitely wanted to give up basketball at this point. And now I play for him."
are some other goals you've set for yourselves off the court that you are interested
in or pursuing?
"I really enjoy shopping and do that every day. But I also appreciate the opportunity to spend time with and enjoy my family. Summertime used to be about spending time with my dad, but now that I am playing, I have to see him whenever I can. Now that he is retired, hopefully I can see a lot more of him. "