Five questions with: Barry Church

IRVING, Texas -- With the players entering the downtime of the offseason, we offer up a Five Questions segment.

Today’s subject is Dallas Cowboys safety Barry Church.

Church led the Cowboys in tackles last year with 135. He had five tackles for a loss, one interception, six pass deflections, three forced fumbles and returned a fumble for a touchdown against the New York Giants. He did it after missing all but three games in 2012 because of a torn Achilles.

What is your first football memory?

Church: It would be playing Little League taking a kickoff return like 80 yards and I felt like I was the man on campus. I was maybe 12.

If you could play any other position, what would it be?

Church: I think I would be a cornerback just because they get put on an island and it’s just man to man. It’s the ultimate competition, so I’d definitely want to be a cornerback.

If you were NFL commissioner for a day, what rule would you change?

Church: Defenseless receiver. The penalty the defense gets hit for hitting a receiver. If you don’t hit him, he’s going to catch the ball and run whoever knows how far. I’d change that rule. That’s just me.

Who is the non-Cowboy you respect the most in the league?

Church: It’s got to be Peyton Manning just because the dedication he takes to the game. His knowledge of the game and how he studies each team and knows the ins and outs more than some of the players on that team do. I just respect his playmaking ability and also his love for the game, his study for it.

If you weren’t playing football, what would you be doing?

Church: I’d probably be at Fox Toledo broadcasting. I’d either be behind the scenes or I’d be an anchor over there. I had an internship with them when I was in college, but I got drafted, so I took that route instead.