Five questions for Brian Bosworth
Brian Bosworth wouldn't allow an interview but said he'd consider questions from reporter Danny O'Neil.
Here are the five questions that Danny O'Neil e-mailed to Brian Bosworth. He's still waiting for answers:
1You entered the NFL at a time when free agency as we now know it didn't exist. You also entered as a brand unto yourself with business opportunities such as merchandising and acting. Was that the result of a conscious plan? If so, how/where did that plan originate?
2 Today players will constantly refer to football as "a business" whether they're talking about a specific transaction or a contract negotiation. It's a business, and they've got to take care of themselves. But back in the 1980s, players were generally more naïve about that reality that a team cared about a player only so much as he could help them. Did you understand football as "a business" very early on?
3 In many ways you created a larger-than-life persona, not necessarily a fabrication, perhaps embellished or exaggerated certain characteristics of your own personality. The result was that not only was Brian Bosworth a tremendous football player entering the NFL, but "The Boz" had its own value from a marketing perspective. Did someone ever lay that business plan out in front of you, did you come up with it on your own, or am I reading way too much into it and that larger-than-life image was fabricated by others and didn't really reflect you or how you acted?
4 Is there anything you regret having done in terms of the controversy you generated (making jokes about Elway, etc.)? Now, that's overly broad, but one component of the story discusses that the image of "The Boz" made everything bigger, and in some ways, it made people especially focus on any failures and overlook the fact you were not just an effective player, but a playmaking starter whose career was overshadowed by injury. So essentially, what I wonder is whether you regretted having the image become so big.
5 The last is just basic biographical information, whether you're still living in the house you had built in Malibu and what your immediate and future plans are.