Bar Stool Banter with Owen Schmitt: Seahawks' Fullback Mock Interview

Casey McLainSenior Analyst IMay 25, 2009

KIRKLAND, WA - JULY 25: Fullback Owen Schmitt #35 of the Seattle Seahawks stretches during training camp at the team's training facility on July 25, 2008 in Kirkland, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

Owen, my most important question needs to be asked before you and I sit on our bar stools. I’m on a Pabst Blue Ribbon and, well, vodka budget, and you aren’t, so who is picking up the tab?

In all seriousness Owen, you’ve got big shoes to fill. Leonard Weaver was something of a cult hero among fans in Seattle. You’re something of a cult hero in West Virginia, can you take over for Weaver both on the field and in the hearts and minds of the fans?

Weaver played tight end in college, and was considered a very good pass-catcher. You also took some snaps at tight end. Who is a better pass catcher, you or Leonard Weaver?

Lets talk about “The Legend of Owen Schmitt,” you’ve achieved a Chuck Norris like following with some of your antics. Is the helmet-bashing, coaster-eating, bleacher-jumping, band-following guy with a Mohawk a persona you keep off the field also? And if so, explain how it helps you as a football player from an intimidation or mental clarity standpoint.

The night the Seahawks drafted you were playing in a band with two of your college buddies, did you get the opportunity to watch any of the draft? How did it feel to be on stage with a guitar, rather than pads and a helmet?

Some fans have been critical of your commitment to football, citing a lack there of, very much related to your trip to Charleston, West Virginia to play music with your friends, explain to Seahawks fans why they shouldn’t be worried about your commitment to the game.

Explain what it feels like to be at the foundation of a West Virginia surge to prominence. Do you still talk to Steve Slaton or Pat White? If so, were you excited for White when he was drafted in the second round?

You were born with a cleft palate Owen. How did that effect you growing up, and do you have any plans to raise awareness of the condition in the public perception?

Thank you for your time Owen, we’re all hoping to see a seamless transition at the fullback position and hopefully you can be a large reason for that. (Whispering: Beer Pong at my place.)