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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 Colorado’s 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: I’ll 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 weren’t 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 you’ve 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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