Q&A: Colorado QB John Dutton
February 17, 2004 - Arena Football League (1987-2008) (AFL I) News Release
Following an ArenaBowl championship season in San Jose in 2002, AFL quarterback JOHN DUTTON (6-4, 225, Nevada) became the first free agent signed by the Colorado Crush. Now in his fifth AFL season, Dutton, 28, is hoping to guide a second team to an ArenaBowl title.
After finishing their inaugural 2003 season with a 2-14 record, Dutton, directed by new head coach MIKE DAILEY, has led the Crush to an impressive 2-0 start in 2004. Dutton is currently ranked No. 9 among all AFL quarterbacks with a 123.9 passer rating and has the sixth-best completion percentage (69.1). Last week, the former Wolf Pack quarterback completed 20-of-24 attempts for 264 yards and four touchdowns in Colorados 55-37 win at Grand Rapids.
This Sunday, February 22 at 3 p.m. ET on NBC, Dutton and the Crush face the No. 1-ranked defense of the undefeated Chicago Rush (2-0) in a Central Division face-off, live from Allstate Arena.
Q: When was the first time you ever played football?
A: The first time I ever played football was when I was seven years old and signed up to play Pop Warner Football.
Q: Can you play any other sports?
A: I do enjoy other sports. I like to play basketball and also like to water-ski and go wakeboarding.
Q: How does the AFL compare/differ from college football?
A: It is a much quicker game in the AFL. Your reads have to be quicker and you have to deliver the ball more accurately.
Q: Are your children fans of your sport?
A: Definitely. My two-year-old son, Zachary, always plays football at home. He has a snap count, throws the ball, and tackles me.
Q: What is your pregame ritual?
A: I get into the Bible and just try to relax before games.
Q: What is your fitness schedule and eating habits?
A: I try to workout as much as possible so I can get my body like (quarterback) MARK GRIEB of the (San Jose) Sabercats.
Q: What kind of music do you listen to?
A: For the most part I listen to country music and Christian music.
Q: What is your favorite sport movie?
A: Right now I probably would have to say Remember the Titans.
Q: Describe your characteristics on and off the football field.
A: I am pretty much laid back and like to just hang out off the field. On the field, I just love to have fun.
Q: What makes you a good teammate?
A: Ill do anything for one of my teammates, and they know I will always give 100-percent to make the team better and do whatever it takes to win.
Q: What would you be doing if you werent playing in the AFL?
A: I would probably be a firefighter.
Q: Where do you see yourself in five years?
A: I hope to still be playing football.
Q: Which AFL arena do you think is the toughest to play in?
A: San Jose (HP Pavilion), because the fans are loud and really know the game, and most of all, because the SaberCats make it the toughest place to play.
Q: Who is the toughest AFL player youve faced in your career?
A: (San Jose DS/KR) CLEVAN THOMAS. He makes every throw tough and he is a great competitor.
Q: What two AFL teams would you like to see in the ArenaBowl this year?
A: Colorado and San Jose.
DID YOU KNOW? Dutton was a record-setting quarterback at the University of Nevada, after initially enrolling at the University of Texas. He was named Big West Conference Offensive Player of the Year twice while at Nevada. He also earned Honorable Mention All-America honors.
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