Editor’s note: Each week Ryan Powell interviews one current or former professional lacrosse player, asking them some quick hitter questions to better understand them as a person and lacrosse player. It is often these players that have driven, and continue to drive, the game of lacrosse to the next level. We hope you enjoy learning some fun facts that you might not have known about some of the greatest players to pick up a stick.
This week Rhino interviews DJ Driscoll, former Notre Dame All American and FIL 2010 US Men’s National Team gold medalist! _______________________________________________________________________________
Name: DJ Driscoll
Nickname: Dan Jr
Hometown: Downingtown, PA
College: Univ. of Notre Dame
High School: Malvern Prep
Awards: 4x all GWLL, 2x All American, Academic All American, 3x MLL All Star, member of 2010 US National team – Gold Medalist
Current Gig: Spine Specialist, Nuvasive (medical sales rep for all things spine)
Time to let it rip!
What was the first vehicle that you had? What kind of vehicle do you currently drive?
My first vehicle was a 1997 Acura SLX (suv), now I drive a 2003 Nissan Pathfinder.
Last meal, what is it?
Thanksgiving Feast with the family.
Who do you look up to most today and why (your idol or mentor)?
My parents, for always being there for me and by teaching me through their actions.
What is your biggest fear?
Letting those I care about down.
If you had to redo college and had to go to another school and you were going to play lacrosse at the new school, where would you go?
Ohio State – I love Coach Breschi and would love to have played for him.
What is the one thing that you need on a daily basis?
A positive attitude, I hate negativity.
What’s in your DVD collection?
Classic 90’s comedies mainly – the Chris Farley and Adam Sandler collection, Kingpin, etc…. Then the classics – Gladiator, Braveheart, The Last of the Mohicans, and I’m a big Planet Earth fan.
Are you a cat person or a dog person?
I am a huge dog person. I have a cat named Monster right now, but am slowly persuading my fiancee for our first dog.
What are some of your household chores?
Too many to list – all yard work, taking out the garbage, cleaning previously mentioned Monster litter, and chip in with the cooking here and there.
What is your favorite TV show?
Modern Family, The Killing, Law & Order: SVU, Pardon the Interruption, Amazing Race.
What is your favorite song?
Solsbury Hill – Peter Gabriel, Beast of Burden – Rolling Stones, and I’m liking Hootie now that he’s gone country – Darius Rucker.
What would you say if someone on the street asked you for 20 bucks?
I’d stop and ask them what they were spending it on. I’d be interested and give them the time of day since they went big and didn’t just ask for $1 or change.
What was the best lacrosse stick that you ever owned?
I know nothing about sticks, but my favorite had to be the Warrior Evolution on a Titan Classic strung up by Anthony Kelly.
If you could be a video game character, who would you be and why?
James Bond from N64’s Goldeneye – who wouldn’t want to be 007?
What kind of cologne do you wear?
If you could be any color of a crayon, what would you be?
What is your favorite quote?
The poem, “The Man in the Glass”. It’s a good one, look it up.
If you did not choose lacrosse as your sport, what sport would you have chosen?
Football, my dad played in the NFL and I had a few D1 looks.
What do you want to be remembered for?
Making a positive impact on as many lives as I can.
What is your favorite pizza topping?
Did you have a nick name as a kid?
DJ and it stuck.
If you were to play an instrument what would it be?
I always wished I could play the piano, but I have zero musical talent.
If you could visit anywhere in the world that you have not visited before, where would it be?
Machu Picchu – that is at the top of my list of places and things to do.
If you could have any animal as a pet, what would it be?
A lion with a huge mane.
If you could meet anyone in the world dead or alive who would it be and what would say?
Dr. Seuss would be great to chat with and hear his take on anything and everything.
What is the longest you’ve gone without a shower?
Oh geez, I’ve been on a 5-day camping trip, so maybe 5-6 days. I also remember during the summers of college I’d use our pool as my shower a lot too, ha.
If you knew you were going to be stranded on a desert island, what 3 items would you take with you?
I’m guessing I can’t take a boat, so the three would be: a good book, a hammock, and a fishing pole.
Tell us one random thing about yourself?
I can wiggle my ears.
Favorite restaurant of all time? Name and what city?
The Bull Ring in NW Portland. Every Valentine’s I’d go with my girlfriend at the time in our sweats and you’d get massive portions for $5. It closed a few years back and I haven’t been able to find a new go-to Mexican place – RP I hope you can help me out with this.
Who is your celebrity crush?
Jessica Biel is at the top of my “list”.
Do you have a pre-game ritual? If so, what is it?
Not really, I had dynamic stretches I’d go through by myself. I like to be very calm before the game and then be able to just turn it on.
On your day off, you wake up and…?
Hit snooze a few more times, make some scrambled eggs, and go for a hike.
Are you a good tipper?
I’d like to think so, but only when it’s warranted. I think servers’ jobs are very tough and when they earn it, I like to give them a little something extra.
What do you put on your hot dog?
Ketchup, grilled onions, maybe some form of cheese.
Why do you wear the # that you wear?
I bounced around with my number a little. I ended up with 31 and 36 in honor of my cousin who passed away our senior year of college. He was 31 in college and 36 in high school, so it was a way for him to be there with me and give me that extra motivation.
Do you have a questions that we could ask the next pro lacrosse players?
If you were a trucker with a CB radio, what would your call sign be? Feel free to insert fighter pilot for any Top Gun fans as well.
This question was asked by our last Lettin’ It Rip guest Matt Bocklet. If you had to be the leader of a foreign nation, which would you choose and why?
China, so I would have the US in my pocket, financially speaking.