September 15, 2011
Bolstered by quarterback Bruce Grakowski’s quick-snap, 41-yard touchdown pass to A.J. Green, the Cincinnati Bengals came out on top of Joe Haden and the Cleveland Browns on Sunday. Don’t let that single play overshadow the performance of Haden, however, whose 5 break ups and 3 tackles, including 1 sack, made him “by far” the best cornerback of the week, according to ProFootballFocus.com. Browns coaches suggest that Haden will be drawing the top coverage assignment often this season, and it’s no wonder.
Haden stopped by the Fathead office for the release of his new Fathead yesterday. As gracious and down-to-earth as anyone you’ll ever meet, he shook hands, signed autographs, and posed for pictures with anyone who asked, the mutton chops on his cheeks framing his natural, easy smile. We then sat down, and I asked him what I can only call “A Bunch of Unrelated Questions.”
Fathead Blog: It’s still pretty early in your NFL career, but who has been your toughest cover so far?
Joe Haden: My toughest cover has been Chad Ochocinco. He’s really good. He’s just fast, quick, and he comes out of his breaks really good. I mean he does everything really well.
FB: You were nicknamed “Rockstar” by fellow Gators because you can dance and you’re always well-dressed. Which Brown is the worst dresser?
JH: I would have to give it to my boy Ahtyba Rubin. Yeah, man. He just doesn’t really care too much. He’ll just come in with a big, black shirt and some flip-flops everyday.
FB: Who’s the worst dancer?
JH: Joe Thomas. Yes. I’ve seen him out at Barley House a couple of times, and it didn’t look too good. It’s probably a tie between him and Alex Mack.
FB: What’s on your DVR right now?
JH: Oh. America’s Got Talent. America’s Got Talent or America’s Best Dance Crew. Those are my two favorite shows.
FB: Who do you root for on America’s Got Talent?
JH: I root for the dancers. Definitely. They’re always the best.
FB: I read that you haven’t turned down an autograph request yet. What’s the weirdest thing that you’ve been asked to autograph?
JH: I’ve been asked to autograph body parts a lot. Shoes…iPhones. Probably the craziest one is iPhones. I was, like, “You seriously want me to sign your phone?” Like, white iPhones!
FB: Does it stay on there?
JH: No, it smears off. (laughs) They still had me sign it.
FB: You played quarterback for Friendly High School. Do you find it hard to intimidate opponents when your team is the Friendly Patriots?
JH: No, because when you’re that good, when you’re team is that much better, they see how good you are, and it doesn’t really matter. We just tell them, “We play for the Patriots.” We don’t put “Friendly” in front of it.
FB: What movie or band or music do you like, but you’re a little embarrassed to admit it?
JH: All of my music–it would be okay for me to like. Movie… Lion King? I mean everybody likes Lion King, though.
FB: What’s your prediction for Tim Tebow?
JH: Oh man. I hope it works out. He’s such a good dude. We played together, and he was just so humble and God-fearing. I mean he’s just such a good person. You always hope for the best for people like that. I don’t really know what the situation is out there. I mean, on TV, on ESPN, it’s not looking too good, but I just hope for the best.
FB: If you were to put up anyone’s Fathead in your house, besides your own, whose would it be?
JH: Michael Vick. No question. That’s just my favorite player ever.