Posted: Wednesday October 11, 2006 12:27AM; Updated: Wednesday October 11, 2006 2:51PM
(Hall disappears. I walk around and peruse the items up for auction, immediately gravitating toward a display of electric guitars signed by various rock and country luminaries -- the Stones, Paul McCartney, Zeppelin's Jimmy Page and Robert Plant, Bob Dylan, Tom Petty and Jimmy Buffet. On another table there are acoustic models signed by Bruce Springsteen, Kenny Chesney and others. I walk toward a display of framed autographed jerseys and run into Kerney, the 6-foot-5 defensive end with an extravagant sense of humor. He's being interviewed by an Atlanta Journal-Constitution reporter.)
AJC reporter: What is the one fall fashion item you must own?
Kerney: Hmmmm. Let's see. I've gotta go with a suede coat. A brown one.
Kerney: Yes. And thanks to you, that is common knowledge.
Silver: You've got to be loving it here, as a single guy, with all these tall models mingling around.
Kerney:They're too tall for me. It's weird, but I don't like tall women. I like them medium height, like between 5-foot-5 and 5-7.
Silver: My wife is 5-6˝ but claims to be taller.
Kerney: No! Tell her not to; she's just right.
Silver: One football question, to justify your presence in Rollin' With: How much have newcomers John Abraham and Grady Jackson impacted your defensive line?
Kerney: A lot, though it's been frustrating, because we haven't all been healthy at the same time -- Abe and I have barely been on the field together, and when that happens, we'll have a chance to be something special. Grady's ridiculous. He completely ruins three or four plays a game, just by pushing his way into the backfield and blowing guys up.
(Kerney joins the other players backstage. I see superagent Jim Steiner, who joined forces with fellow big-timer Tom Condon -- and their respective partners, Ben Dogra and Kendell Kremer -- under the CAA umbrella. The drinks and hors d'oeuvres are free, but after this recent buyout by the rich Hollywood firm, I'd have had no problem letting Steiner pick up the tab.)
Steiner: Come on, let's go look at the auction items. I want to support Warrick's foundation. Maybe I'll buy one of his autographed jerseys.
Silver: Forget the jerseys -- you should buy a guitar. Let's check 'em out.
(We see that the Stones' guitar has already been bid up well over $1,000, as has McCartney's. The top bid, for $1,500? "D Hall.")
Silver: DeAngelo Hall bid on McCartney? Maybe he'll play Drive My Car.
Silver: Never mind. Anyway, you should get the Dylan. The top bid's only $700.
Steiner: I don't even like Dylan that much. Besides, where would I put it? It's not like my wife would let me display it in our living room.
Silver: My wife would. Especially that black Springsteen acoustic over there. She's the boss, and she loves the Boss.
Steiner: That would make a pretty cool Christmas present.