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RandBall Q&A Part II: ESPN's Jenn Brown on sharks, Tebow and acting

Posted by: Michael Rand under College football Updated: September 10, 2010 - 3:13 PM

 

Let's roll right into Part II of our interview with ESPN's Jenn Brown. Some would say she's the next Erin Andrews. Some would say she wasn't ready for that Tebow-shark questions. Here was Part I. Here we go:
 
RB: An Esquire story described your softball career at Florida as you being a “four-year pinch runner.” Is that an accurate description?
JB: Well, what’s interesting is I played seven sports in high school. A lot of kids have the one-sport focus, maybe two, and you commit all your time to it. I, on the other hand, was playing a lot of sports. I knew my asset was my speed, and I had some Division I offers for softball, but they were much smaller schools. I decided when I got a full academic scholarship to Florida, I would try to walk on the team and hopefully my speed would get me on the team. Coach Larry Ray was there at the time, and the short game was one of his specialties. So I was able to use my speed. I did have a handful of pinch-hitting opportunities. But as a pinch runner – which you know, I played in every game – I captained the team my senior year. ... Going in at second to pinch run with less than one out, down by one run, can be just as important as all the other situations. Playing a D-I sport is such a great opportunity. I wouldn’t have changed it for the world.
 
RB: OK, “Two Tickets to Paradise,” I have to bring that up.
JB: (Laughs)
RB: Sorry I’m not familiar with that movie. Can you provide a quick synopsis and perhaps describe the process that you used to get inside of the head of your character, um, Hooter Girl?
JB: Well, there wasn’t much to it (laughs). It was just a couple of lines. But it is a sports movie. Hopefully any sports fan would love it. I’m friends with D.B. Sweeney, he was the producer and director. You might remember his bigger (movies) like “Cutting Edge,” my favorite. They were doing some re-shoots – they had already shot the movie – and it’s about three friends going through life’s issues, and they get two tickets to the Championship BCS game. They make a road trip down to South Florida, and it’s about the evolution of them finding themselves. They had already shot most of it, and he was doing re-shoots, and he said, “Jenn, would you be interested in being in the movie?” I said, “Well, I’m not an actor.” He said it was simple, just a couple of lines. … That’s probably going to be the extent of my acting career (laughs).
RB: You’re not going to fill up that column on the IMDB page?
JB: (Laughs) That’s right. It’s going to be a lone credit!
 
RB: Really quick: Maybe three things people might be surprised to know about you?
JB: One, I always travel with a pillow. If you ever see me in the airport, you’ll laugh. I have friends that give me a hard time, but I always have a pillow with me. The way I look at it is sleep is so important in this job, on the road five or six days a week, and I don’t like to leave it up to chance to have a good pillow.
RB: A specific type of pillow?
JB: It’s a very squishable pillow. Like a blankie, but it’s not a blankie as I’ve told people over and over. … Second, I’m kind of a jokester. If you follow me on Twitter, you see that I try not to take myself too seriously. And the other thing would be that I’m a total dorky gadget girl. … I’m the friend that everyone calls when they want to buy a computer, camera, cell phone – I don’t know why, but I love it. I always have to have the newest gadget. We were with Coach (Steve) Spurrier, and his right hand guy, I was giving him all this advice about the iPhone, iPad. It’s something I love, as you can tell. I get all excited about it when I talk about it.
 
RB: Do you think fellow former Gator Tim Tebow could subdue a shark with only his steely gaze, or would he have to use his muscles, too?
JB: Will you say that one more time? I didn’t hear you on that one.
RB: Could Tim Tebow subdue a shark with only his steely gaze, or would he have to use his muscles, too?
JB: (Long laugh … mostly comfortable? Slightly uncomfortable?) His steely gaze. I’m not sure I’ve heard it called that before. But well, you know, given that he’s an intense and passionate player, I’m going to think he could do it with just the gaze. That’s my guess. (Same laugh as before).
 
RB: Last thing -- ESPN College Football Primetime … College GameDay … what’s next in your vast and evolving empire?
JB: Oh, gosh, I don’t know. I’m really loving what I do. If you would have asked me two or three years ago, I mean I’m doing what I want and what I love. The only other thing I’ve ever thought about would be like a late night sports talk show or something. When I talk to bigwigs at ESPN, I make sure to drop that. If they ever decide to do one, that I’d love to be part of it. But I really mean with all sincerity that I really love what I’m doing right now.

 

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