JEFF BALES | DIRECTOR OF ACCOUNT STRATEGY + DEVELOPMENT + RESIDENT SPORTS FANATIC (AKA CHAMPION OF THE TAILGATE) DEVELOPMENT + RESIDENT SPORTS FANATIC (AKA CHAMPION OF THE TAILGATE)
What player’s poster did you have on your wall as achild? Dale Murphy, Atlanta Braves
What’s one NFL team you would get rid of right now? Houston Texans
What’s your favorite or impactful sports memory of all time? 1985 TennesseeVolunteers football team. That year, they beat Miami in the Sugar Bowl. This was obviously long before I was a UT alum, but it was a fun season and kind of solidified my trip into fandom.
If you could play a sport professionally, what would it be? Golf! You can play for a really long time and still excel. For most professional sports, you are tapped out in your 30s.
You line up to run the 40-yard dash. What’s your time? When isthe last time you tried to run a 40-yard dash? HARD PASS
What’s the one food that MUST be at a football tailgate? Good bourbon, good seasonal beer, and as far as food — depending on weather — chili and nachos later in the season, and smoked meats in the beginning of the year.
What one player’s jersey is hanging in your closet right now? A signed Dustin Colquitt, punter from University of Tennessee
Would you rather watch a big game at home or at a sports bar? I would RATHER be at event itself, but if that is not an option, being at home is better than being bombarded at a sports bar.
Do you think Peyton Manning ranks top five or top 10 greatest quarterbacks of all time? Top 5 (quick answer)
You get 10 shots from the NBA three-point line. How many do you make? Now? One. Probably could make two if I hit the rim — if I’m lucky. When I was playing more regularly, I probably could make at least four of 10.
You get a free trip to any sports Hall of Fame; which do you choose? None of above. I would absolutely go to the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame!