Now here's a heartwarming story: kid plays football, kid gets drafted by the Dallas Cowboys, kid sees his first NASCAR race at Texas, kid turns redneck. Gotta love it.
Football season is right around the corner, which means that football players are getting barraged with waves of getting-to-know-you questions. And Cowboys cornerback Terence Newman obliged, giving the Fort Worth Star-Telegram a nice little NASCAR bump.
Newman went to his first race after his rookie season in 2003, and as he put it, "I became an instant redneck out there, and I'm not poking fun at anybody when I say that."
Newman — who jokes that he's a cousin of Ryan Newman — has hinted that he wants to try racing as a second career once this whole football thing falls through. "I want to drive," he said. "I might need to get behind the wheel and see what I've got. Test my skills."
Oh, and his favorite driver? As a member of the Dallas Cowboys? Why, Jimmie Johnson, of course.*
* — For the non-football-obsessed: Jimmy Johnson was a legendary Cowboys coach of a few years back. Though since Dallas is the favored team of bandwagon-jumping fans, I wouldn't have been surprised to see him pick Dale Earnhardt Jr., either.