Any view of K.J. Myers' social media accounts shows evidence of the "LowLife" culture movement. While that might not sound promising to an older generation, it is, in fact an extremely positive thing -- one that has changed the way Myers lives."It is an acronym for Lack Of Worries, Living Through Fearless Efforts," Myers explained. "You have to have no worries when you are out there on the field. It's going to be lack of worries through everything, through good, bad, whatever happens."
Numerous posts by Myers reflect the LowLife creed -- a way of not letting problems wear one down, and of approaching each challenge without fear. It might appear to be sort of a Zen thing, but there's more to it than that. Myers credits it with helping him emerge from "a dark place" which he said affected him in all areas of his life, both on and off the field.
"Mainly I feel like I was in the dark for a couple of years, he explained. "I had some personal issues and with life itself. Life is hard. But this year I have seen the light, and God has been blessing me, and I am forever thankful. In the Bible "low" means humble and you have to keep that. You have to stay level no matter what happens."
That might, from a first glance, appear at odds with the all-in, gung-ho mentality that football demands. Emotion and intensity are the fuel of the game, so is that in conflict with a "no worries" approach? Myers said no, noting that he is working harder than ever to earn playing time in his final season. It's simply that whatever the results are, they won't be the cause for stress and worry. However, if they aren't optimal, that doesn't mean that effort will be lacking -- that's the "fearless effort" part of the lifestyle.
"I feel like I have improved in those areas that have been lacking," Myers said of items that may have kept him from a bigger role in the offense. "I'm staying late, studying film, and trying to work on all of the little things. There is some pressure with our game plan [having more running backs on the field], so we know we have to fight and work harder to get on the field."
Myers has messages that he'd like to get out, and they have already been well-received. Several of his teammates, including defensive back Nana Kyeremeh, sport LowLife gear, and have hearkened to the call.
"When we saw how serious he was about it, that it was a way to live with no worries, it was good," Kyeremeh said. "It helped me with football, school, homework, and just taking one step at a time.""We're humans," Myers summed up. "This is our profession, and it is more of a business now, but no one is perfect. People that haven't played the game on this level, it's tough for them to understand. The time demands -- football, school, regular life -- and then you have family back home too. Some people may have family problems. You see these people and you don't know what they are going through. Everybody has their own struggles. I want people to unmask themselves. I wan them to talk with others and get to know them. Everyone has problems and struggles, and we need to help one another. We need to spread more love than hate. That's the big thing behind the Low Life approach."
No matter how Myers' senior season plays out on the field, it's clear that he has a great approach that will help him through the rest of his life wherever that leads him. And in the end, isn't learning how to live one of the biggest reasons for going to college in the first place?