Each week during the season, we'll chat with a different Detroit Lions player or coach for a look at their lives on and off the field in a feature called "Ten(ish) Questions With..."
ALLEN PARK, Mich. -- Tight end Joseph Fauria has one of the more outgoing personalities on the Lions. He's always got a story, always able to make someone laugh and made big plays during the first half of his rookie season.
A lot has been made of his red zone play and touchdown celebrations, but we caught up with Fauria to chat about life away from football -- a lot of it involving food and whether he's a typical California dude.
What’s your favorite thing to do away from football?
Joseph Fauria: Back at home I love some good beach volleyball, or even some indoor volleyball if I get a chance. Play at the high school or something like that where ever. I like to stay active and if not, shoot, eating. I like eating. Having a BBQ or something. I don’t know, just being outside in the L.A. weather and even out here, when it’s really nice here, being outside and not staying at home.
With the BBQing, is there a pit in the backyard?
Fauria: Well, my second family in Orange County, they always throw BBQs outside and when I’m over there, it’s always a good time.
Fauria: You know, I got my family, the blood. Then my best friend’s family, where I used to live a little bit during the summer, they’d take me in. It’s cool.
So they’d have a giant pit?
Fauria: Yeah, they’d do a giant pit.
What would you roast back there?
Fauria: Tri-tip, chicken, everything, man. Making my mouth water, I’m hungry now.
You also mentioned beach volleyball, do you feel like you’re just your typical California beach guy?
Fauria: I wouldn’t say that. I’m not your typical. However, I do have tendencies and I do get caught up in saying, like (Brandon Pettigrew) called me out today because I sounded like a Cali Bro, like, ‘Broo,’ or something like that. But I would like to think that I’m not that much of a beach dude. But I love the beach.
But you are?
Fauria: I’m not a beach bum. I’m not there all the time like a surfer dude, but nothing better than sand between your toes and the sun just shining on your face and freezing your (butt) off in the Pacific Ocean. I love that.
You’re not a surfer dude, but have you surfed?
Fauria: Two times. Too difficult for me to get up.
At 6-7, that could be a problem.
Fauria: Yep, and a big board. Yeah. That’s it.
You seem like you’re a different type of dude in that you have a pretty outsized personality, what do you think is the quirkiest thing about you?
Fauria: Man, my main thing is the way I was raised by my mom and my grandparents and my whole family, they raised me. I took different qualities from each person and I’m just that type of person that always seeks friendship and always seeks camaraderie and always seeks to have fun and have a good time and put a smile on someone’s face. So my biggest quality is trying to be happy and smile and make someone else smile.
How do you go about doing it?
Fauria: I’m just myself and people like that. Most people like that. But yeah, that’s really it, I guess. I can’t put my finger on it that there’s a certain word that’s a certain quality but just being myself.
What’s the funniest thing you’ve ever done?
Fauria: There’s so many to choose from. A laundry list.
Well, what’s the most appropriate funniest thing you’ve ever done?
Fauria: That’s weird. That’s an odd question. I don’t know. It’s a hard question.
Pranks on people?
Fauria: I’m not really a prankster.
So people pull pranks on you?
Fauria: They try.
Best one you’ve been gotten on?
Fauria: I had a night out over the summer and we were responsible and didn’t drive and my car was parked kind of in the red but not bad and the next morning it was gone. Two of my friends were like, ‘oh your [car is] towed. It’s towed. You’re screwed. It’s so much money.’ This was before I was in the league. And, they had moved it the night before while I was asleep and they got me pretty good.
How long did it take you to figure out they had moved it?
Fauria: 20, 30 minutes. I was freaking out. I was trying to figure out the number [of the tow company]. It was bad. I was knocking on doors asking people ‘Do you know the number for someone who tows around here?’ It was funny, but yeah, that’s it.
Where was that?
Fauria: Manhattan Beach, Hermosa area.
Did you get them back?
Fauria: Nah, well, maybe. Yeah.