In football, the kicker often plays the role of unsung hero or public scapegoat Monday morning.
Josh Brown is no exception.
The Rams got so tired of Brown beating them that they signed him to a five-year, $14.2 million contract after the 2007 season.
Hey, if you can't beat him, have him join you, right?
Now, after making a career-best 31 field goals in his first year as a Ram, Brown and the revamped Rams have hopes for better days in St. Louis.
With past achievements and future ones in mind, I came up with a list of questions I'd ask Brown in an interview"
"As an Oklahoma kid who went to the University of Nebraska, were there conflicting feelings within your family about your choice of college?"
"You majored in communications at Nebraska. What would you be doing if you weren't a football player?"
"When you were drafted by Seattle in the seventh round of the 2003 NFL Draft, you moved from the Midwest to the Pacific Northeast. What was the biggest shock about moving to the West Coast?"
"You played in a Super Bowl with the Seahawks in 2005, an experience all football players live for. What is the one thing about that week that you remember most?"
"You were arguably the biggest nemesis of the Rams in the last few years—it seemed every time Rams fans looked you were kicking a game-winning field goal against them. How were you received by the fans in your first year on the home sideline?"
"Speaking of game-winning field goals, you've kicked six in your career. Is one more memorable than the others?"
"When things don't go well, kickers often draw the ire of fans for their mistakes, maybe more than any other player on a football team. How do you stay mentally tough when you have a bad game?"
"With the Rams in 2008, you kicked a career-high 31 field goals. How much do individual achievements matter when the team is struggling as a whole?"
"Are kickers affected by coaching changes—like the one the Rams organization underwent this past offseason—as much as offensive or defensive players?"
"Athletes are notorious for being superstitious. Do you have any rituals or superstitions that you go through on gameday?"
"Finally, with the new additions and coaching changes, what do you think is a realistic expectation for the 2009 Rams?"