Spartan Spotlight: Mike Pelyak
Issue date: 10/30/09 Section: Sports
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Joe Amick: What inspired you to play football?
Mike Pelyak: My sister used to get beat up a lot when I was little, so my Dad made me play to "toughen me up." It must have worked because I beat her ass everyday now.
JA: You should pitch that story to Lifetime. Who's your favorite athlete?
MP: Barry Sanders. That guy had some sweet skills and then just quit.
JA: Well, playing for the Lions will do that to you. To be clear, I'm just saying that. I actually have no idea what it's like to play for the Lions. What's your worst football memory?
MP: Losing to Wabash in the playoffs in the last minute of [last season's first-round playoff] game.
JA: Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
MP: Like 30 or 40 years old on a beach. Maybe a smoking-hot wife and very loyal dog.
JA: I don't know why you needed to approximate your age 10 years from now. Just want to call attention to that. Would you rather have the strength of 1000 men, be able to fly, or be invisible?
MP: The strength of 1000 men so I could finally say I'm almost as strong as [Case linebacker] Lee Sasala. But seriously, I'm pretty sure I'm afraid of heights so there goes flying. And being invisible would just get me into trouble, I think.
JA: If you could invite any three people to dinner, living or dead, who would it be and why?
MP: Hot-dog-eating champion Joey Chestnut and [CWRU defensive lineman] Trevor Shaver, because I think Trevor could take him at any speed eating competition. Then I'd pick Gisele Bundchen for her big…brains and nice…assets.
JA: I'm sure Gisele would cherish that dinner forever and ever. Who is the best athlete you've ever competed with or against and why?
MP: It's a toss-up between Dan Whalen and LeBron James. I know LeBron is the king of basketball, but that's probably because Dan doesn't play basketball.
JA: If you could participate in any other sport, which would you pick and why?
MP: Definitely golf. What other sport can you become better at with a few beers in you?
JA: Hockey. If they made a movie about your life, who would you want to play you?
MP: Brad Pitt, but not just any Brad Pitt, "Fight Club" Brad Pitt. That's when he most resembles my physique.
JA: What goes through your mind during a game?
MP: Do these pants make my butt look big? Or does my butt make these pants look big?
JA: Honestly, I think it's the pants. You should ask Coach Debeljak if you could wear volleyball shorts from now on. What's the high point in the football season?
MP: I don't know that we have had it yet. Our goal was to repeat last year's performance and go deep into the playoffs.
JA: Best of luck to you guys.