Texas Christian QB Andy Dalton stopped by the NFL Network studios Wednesday, and we took some time to get to know him as he prepares for the 2011 NFL Draft.
Adam Rank: Most of the guys I talk to are not following the mocks, how about you?
Andy Dalton: I don’t follow it. My family does, and they tell me I’m going somewhere new every day. But who’s to say what’s going to happen? It’s just not something I focus on.
AR: Is there an ideal situation you are looking to go to?
AD: There are advantages to having a guy to learn from. But I am also a guy who wants to play, too. So all I can do is to prepare as the starter, regardless of the situation.
AR: Who did you admire when you were growing up?
AD: I really admired Troy Aikman. He did so much as a quarterback. He won three Super Bowls, and that’s big. A lot of guys don’t get a chance to win one.
AR: Were you a Cowboys fan or did you root for the hometown Oilers?
AD: I did follow the Oilers, and the Titans for a while until the Texans started. But I never had a team that followed.
AR: Are you familiar with famed cricketer Andrew Dalton?
AD: I am not.
AR: Well, if you Wikipedia your name, he’s the first person who comes up.
AD: I knew about Andy Dalton the rugby player but never heard of Andrew Dalton. But Wikipedia is the most important thing. If you aren’t the first name that comes up on Wikipedia, you haven’t made it (laughs).
AR: Well, you have time. So you grew up in Texas and played football at Katy High School. Which movie do you identify more with, “Friday Night Lights” or “Varsity Blues”?
AD: “Friday Night Lights,” for sure. The whole town of Katy shuts down when there is a football game. A funny story, when we first moved to town when I was in the first grade, a neighbor asked my mom if we had already got our season tickets for the upcoming season. My mom said, ‘I only have children in fourth and first grade.’ But it didn’t matter because everybody went to the games.
AR: Did you get the tickets?
AD: We did. We were going to Katy games for as long as I can remember.
AR: Did you ever watch the series, “Friday Night Lights”?
AD: I have not.
AR: What TV shows do you watch?
AD: “The Office.” I watch that all the time. I also watched “Lost” when it was on.
AR: Are you still going to watch “The Office” when Steve Carell leaves?
AD: I will still watch because I heard that Will Ferrell will be on the show, and he’s really funny.
AR: And can you explain the finale of “Lost” in 30 seconds or less?
AD: They’re all dead.
AR: Hey, how about a spoiler alert!
AD: It’s been off the air for two years.
AR: Favorite movie.
AD: “Dumb & Dumber,” a classic movie.
AR: Jake Locker mentioned “Dumb & Dumber,” too. In fact, he said that he was called Lloyd Christmas when he first arrived at Washington. Fair comment?
AD: He resembles Lloyd Christmas a lot.
AR: Can I print that?
AD: Sure, I’m texting him right now.
AR: TCU is moving to the Big East. A good move?
AD: It is great for the school, a chance to get an automatic BCS bid and a chance to play for the national championship. There are a lot of benefits for this move.
AR: Alright, well San Diego State is playing Connecticut in the Sweet 16 on Thursday. Do you go with the Mountain West team or the Big East team?
AD: San Diego State. It is still in our conference right now.
AR: Are you a big Madden guy?
AD: Not really. I am more into the EA Sports NCAA Football, being in college. [TCU WR] Curtis Clay and I would get the new game at midnight every year.
AR: And you always used ….
AD: Of course, TCU. Always.
AR: Is it going to make it awkward if I said that I play with UNLV on dynasty mode and I beat TCU like a drum? I really get my troops motivated for that matchup of undefeated teams.
AD: Of course, you had UNLV undefeated (laughs). I bet they really responded to your motivational speeches. I never played a season, always an exhibition.
AR: How many interceptions did it take for you to hit the reset button.
AD: All right, I would hit the reset if I didn’t have good stats (laughs). One interception was fine, but come on.
AR: The game cheats, right?
AD: For sure, it cheats (laughs). I play it as a QB, and I read the defenses and know what defensive players can do and what they can’t. But sometimes a LB comes out of nowhere to pick it off. Or maybe I’m just not very good (laughs).
AR: At the video game, right?
AD: (Laughs) Yeah, at the video game.