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Bleu Fashion Feature: Walter Thurmond III

suit | SALVATORE FERRAGAMO

shirt | ASOS

tie | TITLE OF WORK

watch | CT SCUDERIA

Walter Thurmond III was a member of the Seattle Seahawks “Legion of Boom”, a top notch defensive secondary that knocked the air out of opposing NFL teams passing game, with their big hits and suffocating brand of defense during the 2013-2014 NFL season. While not everyone on that Super Bowl champ secondary is recognizable a star, such isn’t the case for Thurmond, who wears a razor sharp Kid ‘n Play, 90’s inspired haircut. But there’s much more to the former Oregon Duck standout cornerback besides tackles and interceptions. Spend just a short while talking to him and you’ll soon understand his character is his most valuable asset.
You had your share of suitors this off-season. What was it that made you choose to sign with the New York Giants?

There were a lot of things to consider when I was making my decision this offseason. One main reason for choosing the Giants was because the coaching staff and the franchise storied history. They’ve won 4 championships and are very competitive every year. Plus, the opportunities outside of football had a big impact on my decision as well. When considering my goals off the field, I felt like there was no better situation for me than New York City.

suit | SALVATORE FERRAGAMO shirt | ASOS tie | TITLE OF WORK watch | CT SCUDERIA

suit | SALVATORE FERRAGAMO
shirt | ASOS
tie | TITLE OF WORK
watch | CT SCUDERIA

How has New York City been treating you so far?

No complaints at all. It’s been a great experience so far. New York is one of my favorite cities in the country. There’s a lot of opportunity off the field here. It’s a great place to live and even better city for sports.

What’s been the biggest personal adjustment for you thus far?

Well, I’m originally from LA so I’m used to the big city life and atmosphere in those regards, getting to know my teammates and coaches and getting used to the system here has probably been the big adjustment. But we have such a great group of guys in our locker room and they have helped make my transition easy.

You mentioned more off the field opportunities in New York. In your opinion, how important is it that
athletes build their brand outside of their sport?

I think it’s very important because the lifespan  of a professional athlete is very short. Especially in the NFL, I believe the average player’s career is only three years. So, if you have the luxury of playing beyond that time frame it’s a great things but I do think that it’s key to maximize your full potential both on and off the field and understand your key worth as a business.

hoodie (worn inside-out) | ALIFE bomber jacket | G-STAR RAW pants | BROOKS BROTHERS brogue shoes | DR. MARTENS watch | CT SCUDERIA

hoodie (worn inside-out) | ALIFE
bomber jacket | G-STAR RAW
pants | BROOKS BROTHERS
brogue shoes | DR. MARTENS
watch | CT SCUDERIA

You have been quite the entrepreneur. Can you share some businesses you’ve gotten involved in outside of the field?

One thing I’ve done is launch my own film company called, Get More Films, back in 2011. Growing up I watched more movies then sports. My creative passion for films has always been there. With me encountering a couple of significant injuries through my years, like tearing my knee in college and breaking my legs two years later. Those injuries actually allowed me to help begin focusing on my second career while playing football instead of waiting to figure everything out when I was finished.

What work have you done with Get More Films Company?

So far we’ve made two documentaries through the company. One is based upon the history of Football and another is about spoken word poetry. I’m really big into history and I love history behind things. The two films we’ve produced are really a combination of two of my biggest passions in life. The film on Football really allowed me to do the research into the game produce a good film, and go further in depth for a better understanding about the sport I love to play, so what was cool. I don’t do poetry {Laughing} but I enjoy the artistry of spoken word, and I really appreciate the aspect of the power words have and how impactful they can be to somebody life.

So far, what has been one of your memorable moments with your film endeavor?

Recently, I got the chance to participate in the Tribeca Film Festival which was a great experience. It’s a great platform.
The festival allows independent film makers and those involved in the industry to showcase their ability. It has a rich tradition of generating breakthrough directors, actors, and producers. Getting the opportunity to witness first-hand how things work and being involved in something of those significances was very inspiring.

shirt & pants | BROOKS BROTHERS vest | H&M tie | TITLE OF WORK shoes | GIORGIO BRUTINI watch| CT SCUDERIA

shirt & pants | BROOKS BROTHERS
vest | H&M
tie | TITLE OF WORK
shoes | GIORGIO BRUTINI
watch| CT SCUDERIA

You are big into fashion, which has become a big deal amongst most modern day athletes. In the past, you’ve received attention for your style. Give us a little insight into your sense of fashion?

In terms of my style, I’m a big vintage person, and some of my style thrives from that. For me, I think fashion is all about you’re a reflection of your personality. It’s about having confidence and being creative. You have to be comfortable in your own, to feel confident with yourself and what you’re wearing.

What are some goals for you on and off the field for the remainder of 2014?

On the field I have some big goals. I want to be defensive player of the year. That’s something that’s going to take hard
work and being able to be consistent to make plays. Off the field (my goals), are to to film a few of these pilots that I’m in
pre-production for, and I hope to start filming for this TV show/Doc series I have in development right now. ★

Words | Adrian Jones-Jackson

Photography | SINEM YAZICI

Fashion Stylist | DARRYL GLOVER

Market Editor | CHRIS SANDFORD

Make-up & Grooming | RENEE SANGANOO

 

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