The NFL released their 2015 Kickoff Information Guide, with a variety of stories, interviews and features about the upcoming season. The guide includes information about the new head coaches for the 2015 season. The guide provides some basic background, and then goes into greater detail in a Q&A with each coach.
The Q&A covers some football topics, but also gets into plenty of random topics. We know a lot about Jim Tomsula, but this gets us into some of the nitty gritty about the San Francisco 49ers new head coach. It's safe to say my favorite piece of information in here is that his favorite movie is The Sound of Music. It's so random, but so interesting.
HOBBIES: Traveling, European football development, supporting Down Syndrome-related causes
LAST BOOK READ (& AUTHOR): Shackleton's Way: Leadership Lessons from the Great Antarctic Explorer by Margot Morrell, Stephanie Capparell and Alexandra Shackleton
FAVORITE MOVIE: The Sound of Music
FAVORITE FOOD: Anything my wife, Julie, or my mother, Betty Jo, make
FAVORITE VACATION SPOT: The Mediterranean
BEST FOOTBALL NICKNAME: Cowboy (Justin Smith)
FAVORITE COLLEGE TOWN: The San Francisco Bay Area
WHICH NFL TEAM DID YOU FOLLOW AS A CHILD: The Pittsburgh Steelers, but I was also a fan of the San Francisco 49ers because of Joe Montana and the DeBartolo family ties to the Pittsburgh/Youngstown, Ohio region
FAVORITE ATHLETE AS A CHILD: Jack Lambert
FAVORITE OTHER SPORT: Whatever my kids are playing at the time
PERSON YOU'D MOST LIKE TO MEET: Military veterans, because they are the real heroes
PERSON WHO INFLUENCED YOU THE MOST: Betty Jo and Jim Tomsula, Sr.
BEST ADVICE EVER RECEIVED: "Less is more"
GREATEST OVERACHIEVER YOU'VE EVER COACHED: Bill Barteld, Charleston Southern University - a 5-9, 210-pound nose guard. He overcame it all!
TOUGHEST PLAYER YOU'VE EVER COACHED: Justin Smith MOST
INSPIRATIONAL PLAYER YOU'VE EVER COACHED: Bill Barteld
FUNNIEST PLAYER YOU'VE EVER COACHED: Justin Smith
LOUDEST CROWD OF YOUR FOOTBALL CAREER, HOME OR AWAY: Amsterdam Arena where the Amsterdam Admirals of NFL Europa played. There couldn't have been more than 10,000 people there, but if I was standing next to you and screamed, you might not have been able to hear me. I don't know what they had going on there
MOST UNDERRATED ASPECT OF FOOTBALL: Mental toughness
WHO HAS THE HARDEST JOB IN FOOTBALL: The football operations staff - video operations, equipment, trainers, public relations, grounds crew and logistics
MOST MEMORABLE FOOTBALL MOMENT: Watching Devonte Peterson finally figure out the flat step with the breast plate at Catawba College. When it clicked... the look in his eyes. Those are the moments I remember
MOST EMBARRASSING FOOTBALL MOMENT: I like to jump in and demonstrate with the guys. Some say I get a little too enthusiastic while holding the bag. Every now and then the guys let me have it and I end up on my rear
ONE THING THAT SHOULD NEVER CHANGE ABOUT NFL FOOTBALL: What the game of football is truly about - the team. It's not just about collecting talent; it's about coming together as a team. The grind and how hard it is. You can live a life in one game
IF YOU WEREN'T COACHING, WHAT WOULD YOU BE DOING: I love helping kids overcome the struggles in their lives. Every spring I look forward to working with Camp For the Stars for young people with Down syndrome. Their excitement and enthusiasm is infectious.