On his favorite
I'm a math guy.
Calculus, all that stuff. My favorite subject in college [ N.C. State] was
statistics. Some people would be like, Gosh, I hate this stuff, but I used to
get fired up trying to figure out a problem. I get my math from my mother
[Joan]. She was a competitive swimmer and a math teacher. Me and her, we had a
blast doing calculus stuff.
On his favorite
It was about
things that were important to you, things you don't like, and you could make
three wishes. For things I don't like I put mayonnaise, and for things that are
important to me I said church and family and football. One wish was for a
brother--I was an only child at the time. My brother, Stephen, is now 14, and I
have a sister, Anna, who's eight. Another wish was to be an NFL player. I had
the cover of SI, with a Viking on it. I just cut out my little fifth-grade
picture and put it over his face.
On living with his
wife, Tiffany, and their three young daughters
Our two dogs, Lola
and Raleigh, are girls as well, so I'm really outnumbered. It's great. You're
buttoning baby clothes, trying to put a ponytail in. The puzzles and the
Barbies. I know how to do all those things. Not too many balls being thrown
On being a ball
boy for the Decatur ( Ala.) High teams that his dad, Steve, coached
I loved it when
the ball was inside the 30, because the coaches can't go down there. If it was
third and one, they didn't know how close they were, so I got to hold my hands
up and tell them, "Hey, you need this much." I felt like I had a say in
whether they were going to go for the first down or not. One game it was
absolutely pouring rain. The towels I had for the balls were all soaking wet. I
remember vividly my dad hollering, "Get us a dry ball!" and just
looking at him, like, Are you kidding me? He knew he could blame it on me and
I'd still go home with him.
On where he got
his distinctive three-quarters throwing motion
Me and my dad's
theory is that I was around his practices as a little kid, so I was throwing a
big ball--a high school regulation ball--as a five-, six-year-old. I had to use
all my might and do whatever it took. We think that's how the awkward motion
started. Obviously it hasn't been a problem to this point.