Charlie Peprah has the distinction — I’m sure he’s telling all of his friends– of being the first Packers player I’ve interviewed since becoming packers.com’s editor in mid-February. Well, if they’re all as energetic and cooperative as Charlie was, covering the Packers will be like taking candy from a baby, to quote the late Hank Stram. What a delight it was to interview Charlie. I asked him to tell me about himself and he did, humbly, I may add. He even said he’d stop by my office to say hello.
A long time ago, I covered baseball. I did it in those months between the start of the baseball season and the start of football training camp. I loved baseball; I played baseball. I never realized, however, until I started covering baseball, what jerks baseball players could be. Interviewing them was fruitless. I seldom found more than one or two guys in a clubhouse that were worth interviewing. That’s one of the reasons I loved covering football. Football players are good interviews. They were good interviews back in the 1970’s when I started doing this, and they still are today. That part of the game really hasn’t changed. They have a passion for the game that they willingly express; that’s especially true for the Charlie Peprahs of the game, which is to say those players that have worked so hard against such great odds to get to where they are today.
Football players are good guys. Yeah, I know, sometimes they do mischievous things. Hey, so did I; never mind what they were. The bottom line is this: I’ve been asked quite often to name those players I’ve hated to interview. Honestly, I can’t think of any. I can think of guys who just weren’t good interviews because talking about the game wasn’t their strength, but I can’t think of any player I have covered in the 39 years I’ve covered the NFL that would legitimately qualify as a jerk.
I’ll think harder. There must be at least one.
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