The Cocktail Hour
Football Analyst Doug Chapman Chats With Josh Cohen About What He Misses Most About Playing The Sport
WHO: Former NFL player, ESPN and CBS television college football analyst, and current American Sports Network host, Doug Chapman
WHAT: The Suri Perfect Manhattan paired with the Prosciutto Wrapped Figs with goat cheese, crushed pistachio and cherry tart pinot noir reduction; the Shrimp and Toast with sautéed shrimp in basil garlic and baby heirloom tomatoes on a charred French baguette; the Tostadas de Cerdo with slow roasted pork, house-made tostada, queso fresco, avocado, sliced radish, grilled jalapeño and sesame seeds; and the Duck and Waffles of slow roasted duck leg confit, Belgian waffles with drunken cherry compote and taylor port compound butter
1) The thing about being selected by the Minnesota Vikings in the 2000 NFL draft 111 picks before Tom Brady was drafted by the Patriots is that: I didn’t even really know who Tom Brady was at that time. I only knew of him as the guy who threw the ball to my friend from growing up, David Terrell, in college at [University of] Michigan. Now the entire world knows exactly who Tom Brady is.
2) The first thing I splurged on after receiving my very first NFL check was: a used 1999 GMC Yukon, the first car I ever bought all by myself. To be honest, I was pretty frugal. I didn’t have kids, I wasn’t married and my parents were fine. All of my money was mine.
3) What most people don’t realize about my former college and NFL teammate (and current ESPN television analyst) Randy Moss, is: that Randy is one of the nicest human beings you will ever know, a give-you-the-shirt-off-of-his-back kind of guy. They don’t know what a genuine and kind guy he is. But when you’re as good as he was, as young as he was, and you’re a young kid growing up black in West Virginia, everyone wants something. He became very guarded, as most people would have.
4) I knew that my NFL playing career was over when: I was playing for the San Diego Chargers in a preseason game against the Colts, and I dove into the endzone for a touchdown. When I got up, something just didn’t feel quite right. My body felt broken. It turned out that I had cracked vertebrae and stenosis. The doctor told me that if I continued playing football I would be running the risk of paralysis. That’s when I knew it was all over.
5) The thing I miss most about playing the game of football is: the camaraderie, just being a part of the team. You miss just being around your teammates, working together as a unit, having the same goal. I played football from the age of 8 until the age of 30. It’s all I did. Sure, the fans and the cars and the money and the life are great, but what I miss most is the locker room, and being a part of a team. You can’t replace that.
About The Cocktail: The Suri Perfect Manhattan
2 oz. Knob Creek Single Barrel
Splash of simple syrup
Splash of sweet Vermouth
Four Luxardo Gourmet Maraschino Cherries
Combine ingredients and stir with ice. Strain into martini glass with cherry in its own juice at the bottom. Garnish with three cherries on a toothpick.