Music has always played a prominent role in Eric Striker’s life. The Oklahoma junior linebacker watched a made-for-TV movie on the Temptations when he was in third grade, and fandom soon morphed into fixation. He learned the lyrics to every song, and he still keeps a DVD of their live performances in his college apartment.
His musical library has since expanded. He discovered Marvin Gaye, Ray Charles and Smokey Robinson & the Miracles. Maze featuring Frankie Beverly, Barrett Strong and Teddy Pendergrass. During his career at Armwood (Fla.) High, Striker was known for commandeering the locker-room iPod; he even memorized the dance to Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” and performed it in front of his teammates.
Striker now prides himself on listening to everything from Frank Sinatra to Curtis Mayfield to his all-time favorite rapper, Jay Z. To give SI a better taste of his preferences, Striker put together a playlist featuring some of his favorite tracks.
*Warning: Explicit language in several of these songs.