One on one

DAN TOTH -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 9:58 AM ET

HOW THE HECK ARE YOU?

I'm doing well but a little bit anxious as training camp starts.

IT'S SATURDAY NIGHT AND YOU'RE NOT PLAYING. WHAT DO YOU DO?

My wife (Tara) and I try to get out to dinner and a movie. Pretty low key.

FIVE WORDS THAT BEST DESCRIBE YOU?

I would say hard-working. Does that count as one word or two? Fun, sarcastic and, oh, the fifth one's tough ...

WHAT WERE YOU LIKE IN SCHOOL?

Not great. I don't think, other than going to class, my book ever left my locker.

WHAT'S THE MOST YOU EVER ATE?

Back when I was in college (Kent State), me and a few guys went to an all-you-can-eat pasta place and they kicked us out. The worst I've ever felt was a few years ago when myself, Duane Forde, Rocco Romano, Jamie Crysdale and Rohn Meyer went to a donair shop in Vancouver the day before the game. We spent over $30 apiece and the guy who owned the place said the average customer spends about five bucks. When we left, I thought my stomach was going to explode. I felt sick but, if you can believe it, we stopped at a Dairy Queen on the way back and got a Blizzard.

WHAT IS THE MOST OUTRAGEOUS THING IN YOUR WARDROBE?

I don't think I have anything too outrageous, although I wore an orange checked shirt to work yesterday and took a lot of heat for that one.

WHAT'S THE MOST RIDICULOUS THING YOU'VE EVER PURCHASED?

A thong bathing suit and I did that as a joke. We went to Mexico with another couple and I came out the first morning in my thong bathing suit. I wore my regular bathing suit over top of it and when I got to the beach, I took off the regular suit and went into the water. There's something about seeing a 300-pound man in a thong that just isn't right.

MOST CHERISHED PERSONAL POSSESSIONS?

That would have to be my two Grey Cup rings.

WHAT REPAIRS CAN YOU DO ON YOUR CAR?

I can barely put gas in it.

WHAT IS YOUR CULINARY SPECIALTY?

Probably the best thing I do is chili. That's a family recipe that has been handed down. I like to barbecue a lot but chili would be my No. 1 dish.

HOW HOT?

It depends. If it's me eating it, it's hot.

EVER INVITE THE WHOLE OFFENSIVE LINE OVER FOR THE SPECIAL MCNEIL CHILI?

That would break the bank!

WHAT'S THE BEST ADVICE YOU'VE EVER RECEIVED?

Probably the best advice was to always believe in yourself. Then you can do anything.

WHAT'S YOUR MOST UNPLEASANT CHARACTERISTIC?

For some people, it would be my sarcasm and for others, it's my impatience.

WHAT'S THE BEST PART OF CFL TRAINING CAMP?

The best part is just being around the guys again. We have a lot of fun and you look forward to that side of things.

WHAT'S THE WORST PART?

When you get to be my age, practising twice a day, you get beat up and sore. It's hard to deal with.

DO YOU COLLECT YOUR OWN FOOTBALL CARDS AND NEWSPAPER CLIPPINGS?

I try to collect everything I can. Right now it's just sitting in a box in the cupboard but when my career's over, I'll put it in an album.

WHAT'S THE FUNNIEST THING YOU'VE SEEN DURING A GAME?

One year we had a streaker on Labour Day. We had an intern working for the team and he was the one who caught the guy. He tackled him and the next day, I think there was a picture in the Sun. He made a good tackle but his face was buried in the guy's crotch. It was a good form tackle but that was pretty funny.

WHAT'S YOUR FAVOURITE PLACE TO HOLIDAY?

I'd probably say Maui. We've been there the last couple of years.

ANY PETS?

We have a yellow lab named Winston. Then we have two cats, Nike and Hogan.

DOESN'T HAVING A CAT NAMED NIKE CONTRAVENE THE CFL'S ENDORSEMENT DEAL WITH REEBOK?

She actually has a Nike check mark on her mouth.

WHAT'S THE STRANGEST PIECE OF FAN MAIL YOU'VE RECEIVED?

Offensive linemen don't get too much fan mail but occasionally there's something. A guy in Kentucky follows the CFL and wrote to me and said I'm the best offensive lineman he's ever seen, so it's kind of weird seeing something like that coming from Kentucky.

ANY MOVIES MAKE YOU TEARY EYED?

There's lots of movies that do that to me. The last one was Miracle, about the U.S. Olympic hockey team. I really get teary eyed about movies where I see teams winning and that was a good one.

COULD YOU BE CONVINCED TO KARAOKE AND, IF SO, WHAT WOULD YOU SING?

If I had a few beers, then for sure I would. Probably the Tragically Hip. I'm not that good of a singer. My wife thinks I'm tone deaf. I'd probably sing Locked in the Trunk of a Car.

WHY DO SO MANY PEOPLE THINK O-LINEMEN ARE THE BEST PLAYERS TO MEET?

Because we're just here to have fun. We're down-to-earth guys. We're not used to getting any publicity so there's no arrogance or anything like that.


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