EDIT: Even though you have to visit another site to get the full interview, we'll always celebrate anything that involves this much Chris Kluwe. Thanks for sharing, Max! --Eric
I've been here before to share my interviews with Albert Young, Brian Robison, Freddie Brown, Everett Lindsay, Cord Parks, Nate Burleson, and other Vikings players. I'm a high school senior and I work really hard to interview various NFL players on different NFL teams. I know you guys always bring a great amount of feedback to my work, so I'm hoping it happens again.
In our interview, Chris Kluwe talks about Donovan McNabb, Brett Favre, Christian Ponder, punting, his college experience at UCLA, chocolate ice cream, a new formula he is working on called the 'Punter Rating' and a lot more!
Here is the link to the interview: http://prointerviews.org/ChrisKluwe! If you want to read a teaser to the interview, use the jump.Here is an excerpt from the interview....
Strauss : Do you consider yourself one of the top punters in the league?
Kluwe : I do actually. I know a lot of people look at like gross average and say that I’m in the middle of the pack nearer the bottom, but people don’t realize that the special teams coaches of the Vikings of the last six years, have been telling me not to kick it over forty-two yards to help our coverage team cover the ball because we have struggled with that. I have had to sacrifice my personal numbers, I can’t go out and blast it down the middle like Andy Lee or Shane Lechler in order to help the team. Hopefully, the Vikings will remember that when it comes time for the next contract negotiation.
Strauss : That’s interesting that they tell you to not kick it as far…
Kluwe : Yeah exactly. It’s weird that being a punter is like the only job out there, that they will tell you don’t do this to the best of your ability because if I hit a fifty-five or sixty yard bomb, even with hang time our guys might not be able to get down there quick enough. With the returners that we have in the league now, like Hester and guys like that even a little space is enough for them to get it going and bring it back. It’s a team sport you have to sacrifice yourself for the good of the team.
Here is the link to the interview: http://prointerviews.org/ChrisKluwe