Have you ever wanted to be someone else? Wondered what it would be like to be George Clooney or John Mayer or President Barack Obama? Yep, Insights, too. Personally, Insights wouldn't mind trading places for a day with Judd Apatow, just to understand well, how he can be that funny (and being married to Leslie Mann wouldn't be a bad deal) and continually come up with completely hilarious dialogue.
Well, that question got Insights thinking, so some Notre Dame football players decided to chime in with their thoughts. What are yours? Who would you want to be? Send your best and reasons why to email@example.com and we'll publish the best in our next Mailbag. Be sure to include your first name and hometown.
Here's what the Notre Dame players thought:
Senior wide receiver Robby Parris: "Rock stars, that's what's up. If I was a rock star, I would, it'd be sweet to be Slash or something like that. I just want to be in an 80's rock band. Any instrument because they are all sweet at what they do. I'd like to be anyone in an 80's rock band, back in the day. You can't beat that. And their music is just the best." Junior linebacker Brian Smith: "That's a tough question. I would have to say LeBron James because he's on top of the world right now. He has the world by the throat. He can do whatever he want. And, he's the best athlete ever created by God. Just to be in his body for a day and jump out of the gym like he does, I would love to do it."
Junior tight end Mike Ragone: "It would be my dad. Either my dad, my grandpop or my grandma. They are the ones that raised me and pushed me through everything. If it was my dad or my grandpop or my grandma, I'd be any of them because they are the strongest people in my life. They were the people who made this happen for me, be on my back, pushing me in my life. Or it would be my brothers, Matthew and Anthony. They are my life. I wouldn't want to be them, I'd rather be someone else. I'm a big family guy. Italians, you know what I'm saying. I'd say my dad. He's cool."
Sophomore wide receiver John Goodman: "There's so many different people. That's a hard question to answer, you know. That's like 'What super hero do you want to be?' I'd probably want to be, I'll just go with Jeff Samardzija. He came through here, did really good, he's an All-American. Then, he just went to chill and play baseball. Get paid millions to play for the Cubs, at that, my favorite team. What better? How much better could it get?"
Senior special teams gunner Mike Anello: "Anyone in the world? You're hitting me with these tough questions. I like it. I'm trying to think of who just lives it up. Can I be Steve Tasker in his prime? That's my role model for this season. I've seen a little bit of his highlight videos and that guy was amazing, to say the least. Coach (Corwin) Brown actually showed me some of his stuff and said he gets double and triple teamed on punts and still makes big hits on the punt returner. He's great."
Senior right tackle Sam Young: "Tiger Woods, because I want to know what goes on inside of his head. It is un-freaking-real. The guy, honestly, the guy, if I could just learn, not even have to be the guy but to be able to sit down in a room and just learn from him, the focus he has is just unbelievable. The reason it comes to my mind is because we had the Masters on and guys are like 'I can't wait for summer golf.' But, not to mention, I picked up the darned sport last spring and I have a new appreciation for how good he is. But the idea to just be able to consistently, almost robotically, be able to break down any situation when the most pressure is on and be able to have ice water doesn't even really encompass what he has running through his veins. It's unbelievable.
"And then Jesus. Jesus would be nice. It's Easter. Why not? I want to know the big answers. Heck, why not, right."