Most punters in football, are, you know, not really football players. And then there are the Australian ones that come over to laugh at the rest of the punters in the league, such as Sav Rocca, the Washington Redskins enormously large booter who stands some 6'5 and is built like a brick sh*t house. We recently caught up with Sav, a legendary Australian Rules Football player, to talk about being from a Communist land, why Fosters Lager kinda sucks, and how his abs got so damn chiseled.
Brobible: What was it like coming from Australia to the U.S.?
Rocca: I thought you guys were a bunch of fruit loops. Well, not really. Everyone thinks it’s so different, and there’s a couple differences food-wise and the way you do things but generally it’s the same.
Brobible: Was it strange going from a Communist country to a Democratic nation?
Rocca: No not really. I’m not into politics at all. As long as I can do my job that’s all I care about.
Brobible: You were an Australian Rules Football player there and you came over here to be a punter – a punter damn it! What the hell?
Rocca: I understand it’s not seen as an important role. Obviously the quarterback is the main position and can win games and the punter is thought of as a lower scale. We don’t win games but we’re important to games. And I understand that people rush to the hot dog stand when we come out.
Brobible: Do you ever just want to run to mid-field, rip off your shoulder pads and do a Hulk Hogan-esque flex down?
Rocca: Not quite because my abs aren’t showing right now and it just wouldn’t look too good.
Brobible: Are you working on an 8-minute abs program?
Rocca: No I’ve got the 6-minute abs because I don’t have 8 minutes in the day.
Brobible: How’s that working out for you?
Rocca: It’s doing not too bad but it always goes back to what you put in your mouth as opposed to energy expenditure. And if you put too much in, it won’t matter not matter what you do.
Brobible: So when you see these Foster’s commercials do you laugh or break down and cry?
Rocca: Yeah it is because Foster’s isn’t drunken too much in Australia. There’s a lot of other beers that people drink.
Brobible: Like gasoline?
Rocca: Yeah, exactly.
Brobible: I noticed you don’t have any facial hair and we had to ask – first, are you intimidated by people with mustaches and two what do you think of the mustache movement?
Rocca: I’m not too sure about the adult entertainment mustache.
Brobible: But are you familiar with the Movember movement since it started in Australia?
Rocca: Oh yeah, but I don’t think my Mo is too good but we’ll see how we go.
Brobible: Just remember, there’s no such thing as a bad mustache. Just bad people who don’t grow mustaches.
Rocca: Yeah. There we go.
This interview was conducted with the assistance of Brian Tinsman, who works in the front office for the Washington Redskins and owner Dan Snyder as the team’s associated writer and chief team blogger.