Random Questions With Nick Luchey


The Green Bay Packers don't open their first mini-camp of the year until the end of the month, but Lambeau Field is hardly desolate.

Several players have returned to Green Bay to continue their offseason conditioning programs, or to take part in opportunity sessions.

Among those in town is fullback Nick Luchey, who signed with the Packers in March after four seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals.

Recently, Packers.com sat down with the 6-foot-2, 270-pounder to see how well he took on our Random Questions.

Packers.com: What has this offseason been like for you?

Luchey: "It's been busy. I was a free agent this year, so I did a lot of traveling around to different teams and preparing for free agency. It gets to be a tiring process after a while, especially the flying, plus meeting all the different coaching staffs, that can get exhausting too."

So how did it feel when you came to terms on a deal with the Packers?

"Great! Great! I didn't want to be one of those guys still floating around, I wanted to know where I was going so I could get there early, get to know the guys quicker and everything."

What did you think when you got here and saw the facilities?

"Oh, I love it. Everything here is top of the line, first-class, grade-A. The facilities are good, the players are good, the coaching staff is good, so I'm happy."

What's your favorite movie?

"My favorite movie overall, ever was Gladiator. The way the music collaborates with the scenes in the movie is just right. And the guy in the movie, he just never quits. He wanted revenge, but he had to go a long way to get it. To me, it was just a fun movie. It had a couple funny parts in it too, so I like that movie best just because of how good it is overall."

What's in your CD player right now?

"50 Cent."

Do you watch any reality TV?

"A little bit. I watch the one where they make you do something gross for money -- Fear Factor."

Could you compete on Fear Factor?

"I could. I don't see what the big deal is. You know, sometimes you have to eat a little squid, or whatever, but they're trying to make like 20-Gs for doing it. I feel like, hey, I can close my nose and get it over with. I feel like the quicker you do it, the quicker it can be over."

If you could change an NFL rule, what would you change?

"I admit, defensive players have certain things they can't do, they can't hit the quarterback, and I think they got a little strict on that. But I feel like they let defensive players hold us or touch us a lot more than we can as offensive players, especially with pushing off. I think they need to balance that out."

Instant replay: More of it, less of it, or just right?

"Just right."

What's the strangest request you've ever gotten from a fan?

"I have some stuff I can't tell you, but I had one guy that wanted to take his shoe off and have me sign his sock. I'm talking about in the middle of the summer -- his feet were hot and nasty and everything, and he wanted me to sign his sock. That was a little different."

Which football position would you least like to play?

"I'd have to say cornerback, just because there's a lot of pressure that falls on those guys. It depends on what kind of scheme you're in, but if you're on a team that plays a lot of cover-1 and 1-man deep, that's a lot of pressure for them to stop the long ball by themselves."

Ever been to Disneyland? What's you're favorite ride?

"Yeah, I've been to Disneyland. I like any of the roller coasters. I'm a roller coaster fanatic. Ceder Point is my favorite one, in Sandusky, Ohio."

What are you hobbies?

"I like to shoot pool. I play basketball. I love just taking my dogs out to this park we have in Georgia where you can let your dogs run around free. I just love to take them there."

What kind of dogs do you have?

"I have an American bulldog and a boxer."

You grew up in Detroit, Mich. What's the best thing about your hometown?

"Where I grew up, there were a lot of kids my own age, and because of that I couldn't wait to go outside. God blessed me with my athletic ability, but by growing up in the neighborhood I did, we were constantly doing things related to sports. We always had something competitive going on."

Who were your sports heroes growing up?

"Billy Simms, Franco Harris and Magic Johnson."

What's the biggest misconception about you, if any?

"I've had a few people say that I didn't work hard because I'm a big guy. I don't think that's fair because I'm just a naturally bigger guy and I'm not going to be the same size as some other guys. And the reason why I move so well is because I work at it. So that would be the biggest knock, and the one that bothers me the most."

What are you most excited about with the coming season?

"Winning. I'm not trying to knock Cincinnati, but we just didn't get a lot of wins and I was there for four years. Now I know that I have a really good chance coming in here of possibly winning the Super Bowl."

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