Are you a big Christmas shopper? And how much do you anticipate you'll spend on gifts?
Well, I normally just buy Christmas presents for immediate family and my girlfriend. There's about four people I have to buy for. I'll probably spend about $1,000 on each of them.
A lot of pressure when buying for the girlfriend?
Well, then again, my dad didn't exactly set a high bar. We have this famous story in my family. Remember when the Thighmaster came out? He bought one of those for my stepmom one year thinking that she'd really like it. It was so funny because it came in this huge box and she was so excited to open it. She ripped the wrapping paper off it and just said, "Are you (expletive) kidding me?"
That might be the worst gift purchase ever. In fact, it definitely is.
See, so that's why I get a little nervous about buying (a) significant other gifts. And there were others. He's bought some pretty bad ones over the years.
You couldn't wait for this one: What's playing the most on your iPod right now?
This is going to be a weird combo, but it's probably a tie between a few really good Hank Williams Jr. songs I listen to. But mostly, it's a lot of rap. My two most popular songs I listen to are probably A Country Boy Can Survive (Williams) and then Put On (by rapper Young Jeezy).
How do you explain that?
I just listen to a lot of different kinds of music. I listen to a lot of Korn, too, so I integrate the rock, rap and country.
The other weekly question is what Web site do you visit most?
Probably ESPN.com, by far. It's a four-times-a-day ritual. I probably go on there and look at the headlines, and then I click on the NFL tab.
I'm wondering where a guy your size shops. After all, you're 6-8 and a big guy.
Usually the big-and-tall store, but they're not exactly hip. Sometimes I go to Dillard's. They've got a good big-and-tall section. Or, I have Donald Penn pick me up some jeans when he's back home in L.A. He has some places out there where he goes to get stuff. He'll call me and ask me if I need anything. He helps me out. I would like to just go out and buy some new clothes. But I have to know that a store has what I need.
What a hassle. Are pants the hardest part?
They are. Pants are really tough. Most big guys, they figure you're either short and fat or tall and … fat. Me, I have a smaller waist than you probably think I do.
No, I would agree. And, is it just me, or did this conversation just get really awkward?
You're from Indianapolis. What do you think is the worst stereotype about Indiana?
That we're all hicks. Of course, listening to A Country Boy Can Survive doesn't help me. Going to Boston College, I got a lot of people stereotyping me as a hick because everyone there thought back to Larry Bird. You know, "The Hick from French Lick."
What would you be doing if you weren't playing football?
I'd be a teacher. I'd teach history. I was big on history. I was a history minor in college and almost made it my major.
What period of history are you most interested in?
A lot of the ancient Egyptian stuff. I couldn't get enough of it when I was in grade school. I used to drive my teachers crazy because I'd sit there and talk to them and ask them all these questions about pharaohs and stuff. Even now, I probably watch about four hours of History Channel per night. Of course, now I've seen all the shows, so I don't watch quite as much.
What level would you teach?
It would have to be high school. I couldn't deal with little kids.
Although, the high school kids can be aggressive. There have been teachers beaten up, not that they'd try that with you.
Well, you're right. I'd probably stick with the freshmen.
One thing Jeremy Trueblood won't buy anyone this Christmas: a Thighmaster. And did you know he's a history buff?