So Akiem Hicks tweeted this earlier on Tuesday:
You're right – that is a quote from 2000's Oscar-winning movie Gladiator, directed by Ridley Scott, scored by Hans Zimmer, and starring a young Russell Crowe. Who's Hicks talking about?! Is it Aaron Rodgers?! IS IT JORDAN LOVE?! It's also entirely possible that Hicks is just watching Gladiator, considering that Gladiator is, quite literally, never not on television. I will bet you five dollars that if you turn your T.V. on right now, Maximus Decimus Meridius is telling his generals to hold the line against the last warrior tribe standing in the way of the Roman Empire's conquest of Germania.
Akiem Hicks clearly loves Gladiator as much as your friend's Dad, and from the looks of it, probably more. Case in point: the Bears star has been tweeting famous lines from the movie for like, quite a while now:
They call for you, the General who became a slave, the slave who became a gladiator, the gladiator who defied an emperor— akiem hicks (@The_Dream99) March 17, 2020
Regardless of what comes out these gates we will have a better chance if we stick together— akiem hicks (@The_Dream99) March 17, 2020
Death smiles at us all, all a man can do is smile back— akiem hicks (@The_Dream99) March 17, 2020
We mortals are but shadows and dust, shadows and dust, Maximus pic.twitter.com/yva57DNT2N— akiem hicks (@The_Dream99) February 28, 2020
Save the bulls honor Maximus— akiem hicks (@The_Dream99) March 17, 2020
There are so, so, so many terrible shticks on Twitter. I'd even argue that 99% of them are bad. But this – this is not a bad schtick. I am fired up just from reading Akiem Hicks' tweets about the movie Gladiator. Don't ever stop, Akiem. Because without these tweets, we mortals are just shadows and dust. Shadows and dust.