Ten questions about life away from football with Carolina Panthers linebacker Dan Connor, who has returned to the team that drafted him in 2008:
Q. Had you kept your place in Charlotte?
A. I did. I kept it and just rented it out.
Q. Was that a function of the housing market at the time you left (in 2011)?
A. We wanted to keep it because we were thinking about living here, moving back. We like it and we have (a condo) right downtown. The citys booming, even since I left. That wasnt that long ago. Theres a new baseball stadium, buildings.
Q. Youre married with a child. Is that a new development since you were here before?
A. Yeah, a 2-month-old (son named Murphy). Thats a new development. Had him the day after I got hurt (in September).
Q. Were you in the delivery room in a neck brace?
A. I was hurting. I was in a lot of pain.
Q. Not as much as your wife. Were you eyeing her epidural?
A. I know I couldve used it. I was looking around to see what I could grab off the counters. She went into labor the day after (his injury) at about 3:30 in the morning. I had to text the trainer. I said, I cant make it to the doctor tomorrow. Im going to be in the hospital (in Hackensack, N.J.).
Q. You have a neck injury and a newborn. Have you gotten any sleep the past two months?
A. No sleep. Since I got here is the most sleep Ive gotten, and even my schedules messed up right now. Its hard to get to sleep at night because Im up with him, and then Im kind of tired during the day. So in meetings Im passing out. Its been amazing. Such a blessing for me and my wife. Hopefully, she can get down here. Its been an exciting year.
Q. What did you tell the people who were renting your condo?
A. I left them in there. I didnt want to disrupt them. Im staying in the hotel. Im not going to kick anyone out. And we have our stuff up in Jersey.
Q. What do you think of the job Bill OBriens done at Penn State (Connors alma mater)?
A. I think hes doing unbelievable. Theyre exciting to watch. Ive been watching a ton of them since Ive been hurt. You have Saturdays off, so Ive been watching them a lot. Its a different atmosphere. To get over what they went through a couple years ago and change the image. Theyre working it as good as you could do.
Q. Have you had a chance to meet OBrien?
A. I havent been back. Ive been in touch with my linebacker coach; hes still there. So thats been good. And he seems positive about it. Theyre rebuilding, like any team that goes through something. Theyve got to rebuild and rebuild the brand. And hes doing a great job.
Q. Wheres the first place you wanted to go eat when you got back to Charlotte?
A. Probably some barbecue, maybe Macs. In Dallas it was Mexican food. North Jersey it was Italian food. So down here its got to be the barbecue.
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