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Giants cornerback Jason Sehorn seems to have it pretty good. He's got a good job, he's handsome, talented and intelligent. He was host of the ESPY preview show and made guest appearances on "Beg, Borrow & Deal." (Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN) And, oh by the way, he's married to the lovely and talented Angie Harmon. Yeah, things seem to be all right in Jason's world.
1. You recently gave contestants on "Beg, Borrow & Deal" a ride into New York City and that got us thinking about road trips -- who is the one guy on your team you'd be most comfortable driving cross-country with?
Jason Sehorn: Well, I've seen most of the guys in meetings, so I know who would fall asleep and who would stay awake ... probably Michael Strahan. I know he drives fast, so we would get there in a hurry. I also know, as imposing a person as he is, I wouldn't have any problem with anybody at any gas stations in the middle of nowhere. Nobody's messing with us.
Who is the one guy you would rather not hit the road with?
Sehorn: Uh, Shaun Williams. He'll fall asleep in five minutes. And if he's not asleep, he'll be on a cell phone the whole trip. No fun at all.
Why did you agree to give those kids from the show a ride into the city?
2. You help people out in real life, too. Can you tell me a little bit about your foundation, Sehorn's Corner?
Sehorn: Yeah, basically, we're just trying to give single parents a head-start. I was raised by a single mother, and when there's only one parent bringing in the income and raising the kids, you know, you're at a real disadvantage. So what we do is try to help them out. We put them in homes. All they have to do is move in and pay the bills.
3. You were born in Sacramento, Calif., you went to school at Southern Cal, and now you play pro ball for the Giants. Describe for me the difference between the typical West Coast and typical East Coast fan.
Sehorn: West Coast sports fan: If your team is winning, you go to the game and you cheer when they play well. If your team is losing, you go to the beach, the mountains, biking, hiking, Napa Valley, you name it.
East Coast fans: If your team is 14-2 or 2-14, you show up. You let them know how good they are or you let them know how bad they are, but one way or the other, you let them know. You're always there.
4. You played several sports in high school. After winning the Super Bowl, what would be your ultimate sports fantasy
Sehorn: Playing basketball in the NBA. Of all the sports I played, I enjoyed basketball the most.
Are there guys in the NBA who you identify with or would like to emulate?
Do you go to a lot of Mavs games when you're at home?
Sehorn: Yeah, we have season tickets.
Do you get invited to Mark Cuban parties?
Sehorn: No, no ... I mean, he's nice, he takes us in ... they have what they call a "bunker" suite at the game, but no, no, nothing special.
5. Would you rather pick off a pass or deliver a clean hit to break up a pass or to cause a fumble?
Sehorn: Pick off a pass. Changes momentum, gives the ball to the offense, and gets me off the football field.
Where is the one place on the road you really hate to play?
Sehorn: Philly. The field is ... you know, they say it's a bad field and it's really no joke. And then they went and put this new field in ... I don't want to say it's FieldTurf because I don't want to disgrace FieldTurf by calling it that, but it's even worse than before. And their fans, you know, they're rough. It's not because they're loud, it's that they're obnoxious. You just get tired of them. And you can't have any of your friends or family there because you don't want them showing up in Giants gear. It's the only stadium in America that has a courthouse underneath it; that ought to tell you something.
Sehorn: It's a three-headed monster. David Boston, Terrell Owens and Randy Moss. People who when you watch film, not very often do you see just one guy on them.
I'm thinking all three of those guys also do a little talking ...
Sehorn: Yeah, but only if you let them get untracked. When we played San Fran on Monday night, he (Owens) didn't say anything. But as soon you let him make plays, look out, boom, here it comes.
6. What's the best moment you've ever experienced on a football field?
Sehorn: The interception against Philadelphia in the playoffs two years ago. Yeah, the pick for a touchdown. Tied with that would be the feeling we had after the Minnesota game, knowing we were going to the Super Bowl.
If you could take a career mulligan, what would you do over?
Sehorn: Super Bowl. You know what, I don't think we came out of the blocks very well as a team. And I know, for myself, that that's true. The first quarter, it was just, it wasn't a real football game at first. It was hard to settle down, to get into football mode. That first quarter went by so fast.
Was it just butterflies?
Sehorn: It was such an adrenaline rush in the pregame, and then such a letdown when the game finally started because the pregame was like 40 minutes long. I can't take anything away, I just didn't play well, but that first quarter was rough.
Sehorn: He picks his spots. He has a feeling for when he needs to snap at the guys and when he needs to pat us on the back. He does a good job at varying between the two. You never want a coach who is always jumping down your throat and you never want a coach who is always saying, "Hey, it's OK."
Do the guys respect him?
Sehorn: Without a doubt.
Who else inspires you -- who were your heroes coming up?
8. What's your favorite sports movie?
Sehorn: That one with Kevin Costner and James Earl Jones ("Field of Dreams"). That was awesome. I love when they come out of the cornfield and you're like, "Oh my gosh, there's people in there."
Favorite non-sports movie?
Sehorn: "Dumb and Dumber." When they're walking in in their top hats and stuff and Jeff Daniels takes Jim Carrey down, just whacks him out at the knees.
Sehorn: Just being her husband. She's just a cool chick.
What's the worst part of it?
Sehorn: Oh, I have to be careful of what I say. I used to be able to say whatever I wanted, but now I have to watch myself.
9. If you could invite any three people from throughout history to dinner tonight at your house, who would you invite?
Sehorn: George Bush, Osama bin Laden and Saddam Hussein.
Sehorn: The Secret Service and the CIA are cooking, they're my house staff, and we're having chicken and rice.
10. When your playing days are over, what job do you most want to try next?
Sehorn: I want to talk for a living. I want to get paid to talk like all those other guys on TV. Some kind of announcing. That seems like a cool job. Oh, talk, get paid? OK.
And not get hit ...