Random Questions With Doug Pederson


For those of you who have ever wanted to peek inside the mind of a Packers player, here's your chance. For those who wish they knew more about a player than his statistics and position on the depth chart, this is for you.

It was with those desires in mind that Packers.com peppered several Packers players with a series of Random Questions. Here's what happened when we got quarterback Doug Pederson in the hot seat:

What's your favorite TV show?

"I like the entire Thursday night thing, Friends and E.R."

What's the best vacation you've ever been on?

"Hawaii. We took 10 days, my wife and I, this year. No kids. Best vacation I've ever had."

What's your favorite game day ritual?

"I enjoy a couple games of backgammon. I usually play some of the offensive linemen. I beat them from time to time. They're pretty good. Of course my usual competitor was Bill Schroeder, but I guess I've got to find a new guy to play this year."

Do you ever join in on any of the dominos games?

"My experience with dominos is mainly just setting up and knocking them down, kind of just watch them all fall. That's about all I know."

What is your favorite opposing stadium to play in?

"Well, I know what Brett's would be; it's the Metrodome in Minneapolis. I enjoy visiting San Francisco and Miami because they are ocean cities. San Francisco is nice because it's right on the bay and you can get some great seafood when you're down there. Miami, is just well, south Florida. The weather is so beautiful, and it's a great place to visit."

Who is the funniest player on the team?

"Brett Favre, hands down. No doubt, it's Brett."

Who is the best-dressed?

"LeRoy Butler. Gilbert Brown. He's no longer here, but Santana Dotson was a pretty sharp dresser, too."

What was your favorite toy as a child?

"I loved my Tonka truck, especially in the sandbox, yeah!"

Can you cook? And if so what's your specialty?

"I can cook -- breakfast food, like pancakes, eggs, and bacon. If that's what you call cooking, then yes."

Who is the first person you call on the telephone after a game?

"My parents. Whether it's a preseason game or a regular season game, whether I played or not, usually I call my parents just to talk about how the game was. They try to get up here most of the time -- they usually fly up on Delta, because my brother works for Delta, so they get to come to most of the games. They came up about three or four times last year."

Who would you like to see match-up in an episode of Fox's Celebrity Boxing?

"Man, that's a hard one. I'd like to see Jim McMahon -- he played here in Green Bay a few years ago. I'd have him fight somebody like Ryan Leaf. They'd match up pretty good with their size and reach and everything."

In a movie about your life, who would play you?

"I just watched Ben Affleck in The Sum of all Fears -- great movie! I think he'd be good at portraying me as a character. Or Keanu Reeves, I like him as an actor."

Who were your sports heroes growing up?

"Roger Staubach with the Cowboys and Dan Marino with the Dolphins. They were the two guys that I really kind of followed a lot. In 1983, when Marino burst on the scene, Staubach was still playing, and Dallas was in the Super Bowl a few times. I really enjoyed watching both of them."

If you weren't in the NFL, what would you be doing?

"Probably coaching and teaching. It would probably be at the high school level."

If you could have dinner with any three people (living or dead), who would they be?

"It would probably be the President of the United States, George W. Bush. I've never had a chance to meet him, but I've heard great things. Faith Hill, because of both her talent and her beauty, beauty first. Could I bring my wife? Yeah, okay, she's with me. If my wife was going to let me meet Faith Hill, I definitely think I'd have to take my wife."

What NFL team would you most want to beat 62-7?

"I'd say the Vikings, because they're our rival. It would have to be over there though. That is one of the hardest places to play by the way. I was there as a starter with the Eagles, very loud, and then of course with Green Bay, it's unbelievable."

What's in your CD player right now?

"Right now it's 'N Sync in my CD player. Their 'Celebrity' album."

Growing up, what's the worst job you ever had?

"Picking strawberries in the summertime for money. It was probably the worst job we had back home. We got paid per flat that you brought in. They'd weigh the flats when you brought them in and punch your ticket. That was the worst -- long hot days down on your knees, and you had to wear jeans! Yep, crawling around picking strawberries is the worst job for me by far."

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