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Dhani Jones Tackles the Globe

Dhani Jones is big and fast and strong. But, beyond that, he doesn't much resemble an NFL linebacker. It's not just his fondness for bow ties, haiku, and Eastern philosophy. The Cincinnati Bengals standout has a working relationship with Al Gore through climate change educator 350.org, a sporty Travel..

Dhani Jones is big and fast and strong. But, beyond that, he doesn't much resemble an NFL linebacker. It's not just his fondness for bow ties, haiku, and Eastern philosophy. The Cincinnati Bengals standout has a working relationship with Al Gore through climate change educator 350.org, a sporty Travel Channel series ("Dhani Tackles The Globe" which debuted this week and airs Mondays at 9 p.m. EST), and a fixed gear bicycle that he much prefers to his old fleet of very fast-and very unsustainable-cars. He is, in a word, progressive. And how refreshing that is. GOOD talked to Jones about Barack Obama's first month in office, why he rides a bike, climate change, and rival TV host Bear Grylls.GOOD: So I hear you've been traveling the world learning new sports, like Russian sambo and muay thai, for your show. Aren't you supposed to practice football during the off-season?DHANI JONES: Probably, but all these exotic sports and fighting techniques are making me a more well-rounded athlete. I just got off a sailboat that Team New Zealand will race in the Vuitton Cup. I was their 18th man. Before that, I was playing rugby in England and hurling in Ireland. It's all cultural cross-training. Most of my Bengal teammates workout in a gym during the off-season, travel around to second homes, relax, do whatever they wish. But I love to see the world and experience new cultures, to push myself and learn. I like to let things get a little crazy and unconventional. This show is just a televised version of what I'd be doing anyway. Instead of Dhani the wanderer, I'm Dhani the host.G: What TV hosts do you admire? DJ: I always loved Bob Barker. Larry King is good. And Andrew Zimmern [of the Travel Channel's Bizarre Foods] ... Who eats things like that? I actually had bird's nest soup, made with real bird saliva, before the San Francisco game last year. I played horribly. But, really, there are a lot of incredible hosts out there. I'll say this: I could hang with Bear Grylls on Man Vs. Wild. The question is whether or not he could hang with me and do what I do in other countries.

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