Bucs RT Demar Dotson - Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR
Pewter Report debuted a new season-long weekend feature this season called Fifth Down, that will showcase some of the Bucs’ players each week as the season goes along to reveal what they are like off of the football field. This week’s featured player is veteran offensive lineman Demar Dotson.
Dotson is easily one of the most humble and down to earth Bucs players on the roster. Always gracious, sporting a big smile on his face and someone who doesn’t sugarcoat things, media members know they can always get a great quote from Tampa Bay’s longest-tenured player on the roster.
Mark Cook spent a few minutes with Dotson this week during open locker and asked him five questions that reveal the Mississippi native’s personality away from football.
Q1. If you are sentenced to death row, and the warden asks you what your final meal is, what are you eating?
A. “Gumbo. I love gumbo. Sausage, chicken, shrimp, crabs, all that. And some rice. Then some Arnold Palmer. Sweet tea and lemonade to wash it down. But dessert? If they are about to kill me, how am I going to be able to eat? (Laughing) I don’t even know if I will have an appetite. I guess after sitting on death row after all those years, you get used to it. But maybe a sweet potato pie or a good cheesecake.”
Q2. You are sitting around on a weekend with nothing to do and none of your friends will find out, what is your guilty pleasure television show?
A. “The Brady Bunch. I used to watch it when I was little after school. I would tell kids that and they used to crack on me because I watched the Brady Bunch. I love the Brady Bunch though. My favorite was Marcia of course.”
Q3. If you weren’t playing professional football, what profession would you be doing?
A. “Probably law enforcement. Ever since I was a little kid I wanted to be a police officer. That is what I was getting my degree in, criminal justice. That is probably what I would be doing if I wasn’t playing football.”
Q4. If you could date anyone, who would be your biggest celebrity dream date?
A. “Back about 10 years go I used to have a big crush on Nia Long. She played in Big Momma’s House. She was Momma’s niece that came to visit. I haven’t seen her in a while but if I had a chance… She’s probably 40, I am 31 but we could make it work.”
Q5. You are driving cross country and you can only listen to one artist, who is it going to be?
A. That is easy, the Canton Spirituals. They are from Canton, Mississippi. Harvey Watkins Jr. They are an old gospel group that have been going on for 30 years. Fix It Jesus! Make sure to put that song in the story.”
Mark Cook currently is the director of editorial content and Bucs beat writer and has written for PewterReport.com since 2011. Cook has followed the Buccaneers since 1977 when he first began watching football with his Dad and is fond of the 1979 Bucs team that came within 10 points of going to a Super Bowl. His favorite Bucs game is still the 1979 divisional playoff win 24-17 over the Eagles. In his spare time Cook enjoys playing guitar, fishing, surfing and family time at the beach. In addition, Cook can be found in front of a television or in Doak Campbell any time the FSU Seminoles are playing. Cook is a native of Pinecrest in Eastern Hillsborough County and has written for numerous publications including the Tampa Tribune, In the Field and Ya'll Magazine. Cook can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
Fix it Jesus! Hmmm. Never thought of that. Not a bad idea!
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