Carlin Isles Fastest Rugby Player On Earth Earth. The New Bo Jackson?
RugbyNation.com Interview with Carlin Isles, fastest rugby player on planet earth gives us his thoughts going into the IRB Rugby Sevens 2014 Tournament in Las Vegas, the decision to play for the NFL vs. his hunt for Olympic gold with Rugby, the importance of keeping a healthy body, and how not giving into peer pressure gives our young people a chance to stand out and be unique.
Location: 2014 IRB 7s Las Vegas International Rugby Tournament
Special thank you to: IRB and USA Rugby for providing us with the opportunity to conduct these interviews.
By: Michael Alvarez
Top takeaways from the interview:
– “You can practice a million times, but that don’t mean nothing unless you are able to get what you get in the atmosphere. For me, the more game time I get I get better and more confident.”
– About his decision of Rugby Olympic dreams vs. Pro NFL Football: “At this moment I’m as clueless as you are. It’s been stressful a little bit, but it is a blessing to have something to stress about like this. I’m just waiting for the right sign from God on which path to take. My main thing is, what’s going to help me keep inspiring people and keep changing the world.”
– On not drinking alcohol: “Your body is your temple. You have to take care of everything God has given you. My body is the key in running fast and show what I can do. There is no need to drink.”
– On the importance of young people to not succumb to peer pressure to drink: “You can’t do what everybody else is doing. You have to be different. For me man, I try to be different because you have to be different to make it in this world… Ultimately, for me, to not give into peer pressure makes you even stronger, and it makes you a better and wiser person. When people see that they start to respect it.”
@RugbyNation : Hi Carlin. The last time I saw you was in California. The time before that was in Vegas last year where you had those epic runs. You didn’t get a lot of playing time in the last few tournaments, but I believe you were on the field almost every minute during the last tournament in South Africa. How is you progress going?
Carlin Isles: My progress is going well. The more time I get to play, the better I get. And, that’s the way I see it. That is the biggest key to develop in a player. You can practice a million times, but that don’t mean nothing unless you are able to get what you get in the atmosphere. For me, the more game time I get I get better and more confident.
@RugbyNation : I know you have a goal for Olympic gold, but also there are also the Detroit Lyons NFL Football team has come knocking. What is your future looking like?
Carlin Isles: At this moment I’m as clueless as you are. It’s been stressful a little bit, but it is a blessing to have something to stress about like this. A lot of people wish they could stress about playing for the NFL and playing for their country in the Olympics. I’m just waiting for the right sign from God on which path to take. My main thing is, what’s going to help me keep inspiring people and keep changing the world.
I want to use my gift, and that is my speed of course. I want that to shine, no matter what direction I go to. I may end up trying football, and it may not even work, and go back to Rugby. But at least I gave it a shot. A lot of people don’t have that opportunity. For me to go up there and try out and get signed up is a blessing.
@RugbyNation : So now, track and field, rugby, and now football, does the name Bo Jackson mean anything to you? I was just watching his documentary, and couldn’t help but see a parallel. You have some incredible decisions ahead of you.
Carlin Isles: I’m very blessed. I’m looking forward to it.
@RugbyNation : One of the things that impressed me about you in a conversation we had in California was that you said you don’t drink alcoholic beverages. You also said you are glad you don’t drink because you want to be a good influence on young people. Mind expounding on why it is important for you to keep your body healthy?
Carlin Isles: Your body is your temple. You have to take care of everything God has given you. My body is the key in running fast and show what I can do. There is no need to drink. For me, I like to stay disciplined. My body is my job. If I take care of my body I can pay the bills. Even in High School I didn’t drink because I had goals and was determined to be somebody and climb the ranks. You can’t do what everybody else is doing. You have to be different. For me man, I try to be different because you have to be different to make it in this world. If you are not you are going to be a conformist.
@RugbyNation : And to not drink is different nowadays. Almost everybody does. You also told me you want to let young people know they don’t have to succumb to peer pressure.
Carlin Isles: For me, I stand on my own two feet. I don’t give into peer pressure since High School. Where I am from it is very popular to drink. A lot of people try to lure you into doing this or that. It’s OK to say no. You want to be different. You don’t want to give into peer pressure, because if you do give into peer pressure you are going to become someone you don’t want to be. You are going to elude to people who are doing what everybody else is doing. That don’t make you special. One thing about me, I want to be special. In order to be special you have to do things differently and think things differently. You can’t give into peer pressure the way the world is telling you. Ultimately we are here to serve God. You know that. Ultimately, for me, to not give into peer pressure makes you even stronger, and it makes you a better and wiser person. When people see that they start to respect it. When people who have been weak, and have given into peer pressure, say “you know what? If he can do it, I can do it.” And, they can change.
@RugbyNation : What would you like to tell the young people out there about Rugby? Now that you’ve gotten a chance to get a taste of Rugby, the passion, fans, and all that, what does “the heart of rugby” mean to you? What makes passion for rugby what it is?
Carlin Isles: What makes the hart of rugby is your teammates. Rugby is just a fun sport. There is no sport like it. It’s very different. Anybody of any body and any size, whatever speed or gifts you bring to the table, you are going to get a chance to showcase it. You are going to feel like you belong there. The comrodery and support you have from the community itself, it is so big and loveable, is a great atmosphere to be in. And, it’s going to draw you closer to it.