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Mates of State’s Jason Hammel on football

Down. Set. Rock, baby.

You’d think that the drummer for one of the most acclaimed indie-rock acts of the 2000’s would quickly answer “uh, no.”

But if you’re thinking Jason Hammel of Mates of State, you’d be wrong.

“Football? I played football in high school,” Hammel says. “I was actually captain of the varsity my senior year. I watch the Vikings [he grew up in Minnesota]. I don’t have that kind of pride that some guys or musicians do, like, ‘I don’t like sports, dude, I’m a rock ‘n’ roller.’ I don’t like that s—. It’s silly to limit yourself, to limit your interests. Yeah, I played tight end and defensive end.”

Mates of State and Free Energy play July 10 at WorkPlay in Birmingham.

About Jeremy Henderson

Jeremy Henderson is the editor of The War Eagle Reader and co-host of Rich and Jeremy in the Mornings on Wings 94.3 FM in Auburn. Follow him on Twitter: @wareaglereader / @jerthoughts / @RichandJeremy

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