Derek Jeter Covers GQ April 2011

Posted Tuesday March 15, 2011 8:37 AM GMT

He's been the face of America's most storied sports franchise for many years now, and Derek Jeter has been nabbed for the cover of the April 2011 issue of GQ magazine.

The Yankees star sat down with Seth Mnookin to talk about his private life, the press, and the specter of his final years in pinstripes while also partaking in a photo shoot with Terry Richardson.

Hitting newsstands on March 22, highlights from Derek's interview with GQ are as follows:

Jeter on keeping his nose clean:

“Don’t get me wrong, it’s not like I didn’t go out and have fun,” he says. “But there’s been a lot of players that come to New York and get caught up in the lifestyle, and before you know it, they’re sent away to another team because it affected their performance. My number one priority was on the field. I’ve had fun. It’s not like I’ve never gone out; I’ve done a lot of things. But I’ve always kept sight of my number one priority.”

...on his new contract:

“I always said I wasn’t going to talk about it,” he says. “I didn’t talk about it. I addressed it one time in the press conference, and I won’t bring it up again. In my mind, it’s over with, it’s done with. That’s how I’ve always been, and that’s how I’ll always be. I think when things linger, that’s when they become a distraction. I don’t want any distractions.”

...on his own future:

“I think it’s the wrong mind-set to prepare for the end,” Jeter said. “I think you know when you get there. But I don’t sit here and map it out and say, ‘Okay, five years from now I’m done’—’cause what if you don’t feel that way when you get there?”

...Jeter being Jeter:

“We’ve talked about my story—I’m very fortunate to be doing exactly what I want to do for the team I’ve always wanted to play for, playing the position I’ve always wanted to play. You talk about living a dream or someone living a dream—if I went back thirty years ago and someone told me, ‘Sit down and write out what your dream would be to do,’ I’d be sitting right here.”

Photo Credit: Terry Richardson/GQ

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