Ten questions about life away from football with Carolina Panthers quarterback Derek Anderson:
Q. Is there anyone on the team that can hang with you on the golf course?
A. Piggie (guard Geoff Hangartner) is getting there. Hes down near a five (handicap), he said.
Q. You a scratch handicap?
A. Yeah, I finished like 0-point whatever at the end of the summer. So working on it. Getting better.
Q. Youve played in the Lake Tahoe celebrity tournament three times. What was your coolest pairing?
A. I played practice rounds with Ray Allen, his good buddy, me and my good buddy. My buddy, Ray Allens like his favorite basketball player ever. It was cool for me because I know Ray a little bit, but more cool for him.
Q. Are you old enough to know who Jesus Shuttlesworth (Allens character in the movie He Got Game) is?
A. Yeah. Basketball was my thing, so I was all into that movie. I didnt even really play quarterback until high school. I wanted to play basketball. I put everything in that.
Q. Did you quit growing?
A. No. When I got to my sophomore year, I had a good year. I started getting letters and scholarship offers. And I had way more football offers. I was like, Uh, maybe I should take this a little more serious. I only had like three or four basketball (offers).
Q. Were they big schools for basketball?
A. No, mostly like Colorado State. Smaller schools Air Force. I went to Oregon State and was going to play both basketball and football. And then I almost failed out of school. I wanted to play both. Coach (Dennis) Erickson was like, Youre going to have to pick one because youre not going to make it (academically). It all worked out.
Q. Did you do anything exciting for Christmas?
A. My family was here. My brother and his wife came down from D.C. My mom and my stepdad came from Washington. We just hung out, had a good dinner on Christmas Eve and then hung out (on Christmas). Watched Chevy Chase (in) Christmas Vacation.
Q. Is that your favorite Christmas movie?
A. Probably that or Elf (laughs). We watched that the other night. It was good, nothing crazy. We were going to play the golf simulator in our building, but it wasnt working.
Q. Kyle Orton all of a sudden is the starter in Dallas, with a playoff berth on the line. Its an interesting life you guys lead, isnt it?
A. Its hard because, yeah, we get practice. But we dont necessarily get practice with the first team or the reps with our guys. So youve really got to be on top of your reads and watch how (Cam Newton) has been doing it. So if I needed to go in, I try to stay within the framework of what other guys are used to, too.
Q. Cam doesnt miss many snaps. Whats that like for you?
A. Ive been in other situations where I was backing guys up and I was in in the first quarter. And its like, Come on, the kid cant make it through the first quarter? But hes so strong and obviously he can get through a lot. He pushes himself and is very mentally strong, and probably played through some things that other guys might not have even tried to.
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