After being selected with the 16th pick in the NFL Draft by the Washington Redskins, Ryan Kerrigan is ready to showcase what made him a semifinalist for the Rotary Lombardi Award this past season, given to the best college football lineman or linebacker. Needless to say, his final year at Purdue was a big one with Big Ten Defensive Lineman and Defensive Player of the Year honors to his name.
What’s your favorite song at the moment?
Ryan Kerrigan: It would have to be “Colder Weather” by the Zac Brown Band.
What are your favorite sneakers to wear?
Ryan Kerrigan: I like to wear a lot of casual shoes, boat shoes, Sperry, and stuff like that. I’m a big tennis shoes guy. I love Jordans, and casual Nike shoes.
What’s the most money you ever spent on an item of clothing?
Ryan Kerrigan: I bought a suit about seven months ago for the Home Depot ESPN College Football Awards. That cost close to $800. [Laughs.] So that was the most I ever spent by far.
What celebrity is in your Wifey Hall of Fame?
Ryan Kerrigan: I would have to say Jessica Biel.
What is your opinion on Odd Future?
Ryan Kerrigan: I haven't heard of them.
Favorite alcoholic drink?
Ryan Kerrigan: I don’t drink that much, but I guess that if I had to say, probably just a beer. A Coors Light.
Favorite non-alcoholic beverage?
Ryan Kerrigan: Glass of chocolate milk.
Glass of chocolate milk?
Ryan Kerrigan: Absolutely. You can't beat that.
Current video game obsession?
Ryan Kerrigan: I don’t have one right now. I still like to play all the old systems, like the Super Nintendo and the Nintendo 64. I love Mario Kart, Mario Tennis, and all the Mario games for 64. I haven’t really gotten into the PS3 stuff yet.
You think that after the draft, you may go out and get a
Ryan Kerrigan: I think I might ‘cause I actually do like the EA Sports NCAA Football games a lot. I actually play those quite a bit.
When you play EA Sports NCAA Football, do you play as Purdue?
Ryan Kerrigan: Always.
And I assume you play as yourself when you’re on defense?
Ryan Kerrigan: Absolutely.
Do you think the game did you justice in the ratings?
Ryan Kerrigan: Yeah, I think for the most part, it’s pretty accurate.
Ryan Kerrigan: Nothing in particular. I love SUVs. I like Escalades a lot, and I like Denalis. Those two are at the top of my list.
Coveted tech product?
Ryan Kerrigan: I guess my BlackBerry. I take it everywhere. I like my iPod, but I don’t use it as much as I use my cellphone.
Favorite city to visit?
Ryan Kerrigan: St. Petersburg, Florida. My grandmother has a condo down there. I went down there a bunch of times as a kid for vacations.
Favorite campus, other than your own?
Ryan Kerrigan: My brother is University of DePauw. The university in Greencastle, Indiana is one of my favorites.
Who is the most famous person in your cellphone?
Ryan Kerrigan: Good question. Probably Von Miller. [Laughs.]
What does it feel like to know you’ll be a millionaire soon?
Ryan Kerrigan: Well, I don’t think of it that way. I just think of it in football terms. I think of it as an opportunity to keep my football playing days going, and I’m really excited about that.