Growing up, I wanted to become a police officer. I don't remember what exactly deterred my path, but I had become infatuated with sports. I started to root for the Green Bay Packers mostly due to Brett Favre. I played some basketball for fun, but I never got into recreational teams. I was a quiet supporter of my favorite soccer club Fenerbahçe S.K. my whole life up until Turkey qualified for the 2002 FIFA World Cup. I started to support them strongly and became a huge fan of soccer. I still play the game today, sparringly.