The man who gave us the phrase "you might be a redneck" returns to the spotlight next month with Blue Collar Comedy Tour: the Movie, which includes musings on motor sports. "If you think the last four words of the national anthem are 'Gentlemen, start your engines,' " he says, "you might be a redneck."
SI: Before starting in comedy you fixed computers at IBM. Could you fix the BCS computer?
JF: (laughs) No way. A lot of smart people have been working on it, and it's still messed up.
SI: You played against Heisman-winning running back George Rogers as a free safety at Hapeville (Ga.) High. How did that work out?
JF: George still bears the scar of the shoestring tackle I made on him in 11th grade. I failed to tackle him in the 9th, 10th and 12th grades.
SI: But you were captain of the football team, right?
JF: Yeah. I was a 123-pound safety. They sent me out there to intimidate the other team.
SI: You and John Smoltz often go bowling, play video games and have putt-putt competitions. Who wins?
JF: Smoltzie wins putt-putt, I dominate the video games. It was more fun to bowl with Smoltzie when he had elbow surgery in 2000, because he would bowl lefthanded and I had a chance.
SI: Do you still practice bow hunting off your back porch?