Ten questions about life away from football with Carolina Panthers wide receiver Joe Webb:
Q. You’re a Southern guy, and you played in Minnesota for four years. Did you ever get used to that cold? Did you hate that cold?
A. Yeah (I hated it). That’s the only winter that I ever felt. In Birmingham, it gets cold but not to the point where you have to throw on two or three layers. It’s a bit different.
Q. Everyone says they have to play in it, too. Do they have some kind of advantage?
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A. The only thing is they live up there in the cold. You can’t get used to that cold. At the end of the day, you get on that field, and your adrenaline starts pumping. You don’t really feel it as much.
Q. Did you ever get frostbite?
A. I tried not to be outside long enough to get frostbite.
Q. Since you played both, is it harder for quarterbacks or wide receivers in that weather?
A. It’s all equal. But you have to make sure you dress properly. They have hand warmers, they have heaters on the sideline. There are ways to beat it. It’s all mental. If you go out there and say it’s going to be a cold game, you’re going to play like it’s cold. But you can’t do anything about it.
Q. That football is like a brick catching it, right?
A. Yeah, that’s why you have to have the hand warmers. If you keep your hands in your pockets, you’ll be OK.
Q. But really you played indoors at Minnesota, so you only experienced cold when you played at Green Bay, right?
A. Yeah, that was my first time experiencing the cold, cold. I didn’t wear sleeves because once I’m out there I don’t think about it. I don’t know how everybody else takes it but that’s what I tried to do.
Q. What was the coldest thing you did while in Minneapolis?
A. I made a snowman. It was nice. That was my first time making a snowman. It was pretty big, too. It was about (5 feet tall). It took me forever. I had to ask my neighbor how to do it because I didn’t know how to build one. I thought you had to pile it all up, but you have to start with a snowball and roll it all up.
Q. Did you do it by yourself?
A. Nah, my cousin came up there and helped me out. That was my first snowman.
Q. Did you put anything on it like a carrot for a nose?
A. I put some grapes as the mouth and a banana, and I had a Jamaican hat with the dreads that I put on top. It was nice.
Q. When you starting making it, was it falling apart on you?
A. It was falling. You have to pack it and make sure it stays. It was snowing, too. I didn’t have gloves so I would say that was close to frostbite. I had to put socks on my hands.