Thursday, 31. July 2008
You may notice a pattern with the Q&As. As I mentioned before, I used to work in the Oregon athletic department. Among other things, one of my jobs was to coordinate interviews between players/coaches and the media.
Some coaches and players were very good with the media. They would show up, be friendly, give good answers and be very gracious. That always made my job a lot easier. Certain athletes were not so good. I won’t mention names (Terrence Whitehead, Dennis Dixon, Jonathan Stewart) because I don’t want to embarrass them in case they are reading. It’s not that these are bad guys. It’s that they basically get 10 free minutes to themselves each day during football season and spending it with the media was NOT what they wanted to do.
Guys like Jordan Kent and Adam Snyder would always come to the office right on time. Guys like Dennis Dixon had me searching every nook and cranny of the Casanova Center trying to find them. I swear to this day, I don’t know where the secret hiding spot is. Or, Terrence Whitehead would call 15 minutes after he was supposed to be there and say, “I need a ride.”
I get it. Answering the same questions for every single media outlet gets very old. But, I must say that for every time a media outlet thought they were being creative by asking Jordan Kent to don (I think Jordan was actually a Don, by the way) his track uniform, his basketball uniform and his football uniform he always said yes. And, three costume changes makes for very long photo shoots.
He is one of my favorites because of how friendly, classy and easy going he is. Oh, and he watches the E! channel.
Here we go…Jordan Kent, Receiver, Runner, Guard extraordinaire.
photo courtesy Oregon Daily Emerald
1. Introduce Yourself: Hi my name is Jordan Kent. I am currently a Wide Receiver for the Seattle Seahawks and graduated from Oregon in 2006
2. How many sports are you currently playing? I play just football right now, and some golf during the offseason!
3. You were lucky enough to remain in the Northwest, but what do you miss most about Eugene? I miss all the great restaurants and places to eat. There’s no Burrito Boy or Original Pancake House up here!
4. What’s been the hardest part about transitioning from college football to the NFL? The hardest part about the NFL transition was mastering all the little route and technical intricacies. You really have to be sharp at every point to get open at this level!
5. I heard you have a web site (http://www.uojkent.com). Is it solely to show off your golf swing? Yes my website is to solely show off my golf swing!
6. You are obviously multi-talented, so can you talk about things you are doing in your life right now. Please try to keep the list to under 100. Well I’m in training camp right now, so there isn’t much going on with me!
7. Speaking of multi-talented. Would you be willing to be on my beach volleyball team if you are ever in LA? I need an intimidation factor. I would love to! Can I at least wear some long shorts?
8. Did you have any track envy when the trials came to Eugene or are you completely at peace with your decision to focus on football? Of course I had track envy but that was to be expected. I am always going to miss basketball and track, but I am completely at peace with my situation. I have a very rare and wonderful opportunity!
9. But didn’t you want to be a part of the 800? Even if you came in fourth you’d probably still be in the photos. If I were part of the 800, I would have been in the photo for the following event because that’s how long it would have taken me to finish the race!
10. What’s your guilty pleasure television show? Ugh my guilty pleasure TV show? I would have to say VH1′s Best Week Ever, or the E! Network’s Talk Soup. I love how they make fun of the over the top celebrity culture!