Seahawks Mag minute

Michael Bennett, Cliff Avril, Bobby Wagner and Jermaine Kearse open up

Originally Published: February 8, 2014
By Amy Brachmann | ESPN The Magazine

seattle seahawksCourtesy of Shaun WymanThe four Super Bowl champs took a break from their Bristol, Conn., tour to sit down with The Mag.

FRESH OFF THEIR win over the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII, four members of the Seattle Seahawks took over the ESPN campus on Friday. Michael Bennett, Cliff Avril, Bobby Wagner and Jermaine Kearse helped host "SportsCenter," crashed "Numbers Never Lie" and answered countless questions about their remarkable season in a whirlwind tour of Bristol, Conn. But it wasn't all football talk. We caught them for a few minutes between takes to talk about everything else.

What is your favorite video game?
Bennett: Goldeneye.
Avril: I gotta go Contra.
Wagner: Sonic.
Kearse: I'll say FIFA.

What is your favorite dance move?
Kearse: The Dougie
Avril: Twerking [laughs] ... My fiancé is going to kill me.

Who would play you in a movie about your life?
Bennett: Is it okay if I say white people? [The others laugh at him.] I pick Bruce Willis ... No, actually, Leonardo DiCaprio. He could really do me from the 'hood.
Avril: Denzel.
Kearse: I'm going to go with David Hasselhoff.
Wagner: Jamie Foxx.

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AP Photo/Kevin TerrellIf Cliff Avril weren't busy celebrating a Super Bowl victory, he says he'd like to be a brain surgeon.
If you weren't a pro athlete, what would you be doing?
Bennett: I'd be a marine biologist. Really.
Wagner: An ESPN analyst.
Kearse: I'd probably be an analyst, too.
Avril: A surgeon. A brain doctor. What's that called? [Brachmann: Neurosurgeon?] Yeah, there you go! [Others laugh at him for wanting to be a "brain doctor."]

With which pro athlete or position would you never want to trade places?
Bennett: A punter.
Avril: Tony Romo. No, don't say that. That's mean. ... I wouldn't want to be a kicker.
Wagner: No comment.
Kearse: I wouldn't want to be a long-snapper.

If you were a talk show host, which celebrity would you want as your first guest?
Bennett: Bill O'Reilly. He has a lot of interesting thoughts. Sometimes he's racist, sometimes he's okay. I want to talk to him.
Avril: Obama. So I can talk to him about all these taxes. Make sure you get that: We're going to talk about his taxes.
Wagner: Oprah. Or Jay Z.
Kearse: I'd pick Michael Bennett. He's got so many things to say.

What is your guilty pleasure?
Bennett: I've got to be honest here ... "Real Housewives of Atlanta."
Avril: I love "Scandal." My fiancé got me into it. That's our thing on Thursday nights.
Kearse: "The Good Wife."

What is your most irrational fear?
Bennett: Whenever I drink out of a water fountain, I'm afraid someone is going to bump into me, and I'll hit my face on the fountain and lose some of my teeth. [Everyone laughs at how he has the most specific irrational fear ever.]

What game or reality show would you like to be a contestant on?
Bennett: I want to go on "Bill Maher."
Avril: "Family Feud."
Wagner: What's that one with the obstacles and stuff? "Wipeout."
Kearse: "American Gladiators."

What place in the world do you most want to visit?
Bennett: Brisbane, Australia.
Avril: Fiji.
Kearse: Sydney, Australia. I'm going there soon.

What was your best Halloween costume?
Bennett: I was George Bush Washington. I had a George Bush mask but with a George Washington wig. It was funny because I'm black.

Who is your celebrity crush?
Bennett: Eva Mendes.
Avril: My fiancé. I'm not falling into that trap ... But if not my fiancé, then Olivia Pope.

What movie have you seen more than any other?
Bennett: "Tombstone."
Avril: "Bad Boys II."
Wagner: "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles."
Kearse: "Hook."

What is your secret talent?
Wagner: I'm really good at basketball.
Avril: That doesn't count. We're all hoopers.
Kearse: You're an athlete. Of course you're good at basketball.
Avril: I'm bilingual. I speak Creole because I'm Haitian.
Wagner: [Reacts to Avril being Haitian. Apparently he didn't know this.] Okay, how about, I'm really good at pool.

What talent would you most like to have?
Avril: I wish I were taller so I could play in the NBA.
Wagner: I wish I could sing.
Kearse: I wish I could play an instrument -- piano or guitar.

What is your least favorite household chore?
Bennett: Changing diapers.
Kearse: Taking out the trash.
Avril: Rolling the garbage cans out to the curb. [Brachmann: Doing the dishes is my least favorite.]
Avril: Oh, I don't do dishes. We'll eat out before I'll wash dishes [Everyone laughs and agrees.]

What was the first thought in your head when you woke up this morning?
Avril: That I'm a Super Bowl champ.
Bennett: That Holiday Inn continental breakfast stinks, and I need some real food. Bagels aren't going to cut it.
Wagner: It was food for me, too.
Kearse: Mine was probably, "Man, it's early."

When was the last time you cried?
Bennett: When we won the NFC Championship.
Kearse: You did not.
Bennett: Yeah, I did. We all had tears.
Avril: When I was 2. I haven't cried since. ... Put "lol" after that so they know I'm joking.
Wagner: Never. [This is directed at Bennett.] Real men don't cry.

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AP Photo/Elaine ThompsonBobby Wagner's early-morning thoughts generally involve food.

How many times a day do you check Twitter?
Avril: Like every two minutes.
Kearse: That's impossible. I say every five to 10 minutes.
Avril: Ok, yeah, probably more like five or 10.
Wagner: As often as I check my text messages.

What is the first movie you saw in the theater?
Avril: "Ace Ventura."
Bennett: "The People Under the Stairs."
Kearse: I'm not sure. I'll say "Star Wars."

What was the oddest job you ever had?
Bennett: Picking strawberries.
Avril: I worked at Krispy Kreme.
Kearse: I delivered newspapers.
Wagner: I worked for the city, like recreation center stuff.

What is your favorite TV show?
Kearse: "Breaking Bad" is the best show ever.
Wagner: "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles."
Bennett: I love "Boardwalk Empire."
Avril: "The Wire" is my favorite.

[Avril and Kearse leave to do another interview.]

What is one thing you did in the past year that you never thought you'd do?
Bennett: Win a Super Bowl!
Wagner: Come to ESPN.

What is your dream car?
Bennett: A Rolls-Royce Ghost.
Wagner: I want to wake up in a Bugatti. [He laughs at his own joke.]

What is your pregame meal?
Bennett: Salmon and asparagus.
Wagner: Spaghetti and chicken.

What do you do to relax? You go home at the end of the day, what do you do?
Bennett: Go to Hawaii.
Wagner: You just got home, and you go to Hawaii? [laughs] ... I listen to music.

What is the most embarrassing music you have to admit you like?
Bennett: Hendrix?
Wagner: Is Adele embarrassing? I think she's dope. ... And I like that new girl -- Lorde.

What song is stuck in your head these days?
Bennett: Beyoncé's "Drunk in Love." [He sings it, badly.]
Wagner: I'll say that one, too.

What is at the top of your workout playlist?
Bennett: Rick Ross.
Wagner: Tity Boi.

What do you guys listen to in the locker room before games?
Wagner: He's in charge of the locker room music.
Bennett: I make a new playlist every week. But it always has lots of Rick Ross. And it always has "Do You Wanna Riot," "Gimme Dat," "The Devil Is A Lie."

What was the first album you bought?
Bennett: Lil Wayne's "Tha Block Is Hot."
Wagner: It was probably Cassidy.

What was your first concert?
Wagner: Schoolboy Q. I was 19.
Bennett: The Green. They're a reggae band.

If you were stranded on a desert island, which album do you want with you?
Bennett: "Thriller."
Wagner: Can I have something other than an album?
Bennett: Yeah, I'd probably ask for some company.

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