Tuesday, November 16, 2010

exclusive interview: derrick from mtv's cut throat challenge

I was unsure if I'd be able to get a good Cut Throat podcast with a vet who is probably beyond doing podcasts, but when I noticed that Derrick, one of the Challenge's most well-known players, does his own podcast, I figured I'd give it a try. Luckily, that worked out for the best and "his people" told "my people" [AKA me] to make it happen.

I asked you for your questions and I got SO MANY good ones. I wish I could have squeezed in more time with him, but duty [AKA work] called.

I talked to him about everything. Past Challenges, his favorite, how they've changed, how to become "the ultimate player," who left earlier than the team wanted, and who he'd want on his dream team, if he could choose.

He also told me what "the weirdest thing he's ever seen and the biggest disappointment of the season" was for him and many of the people there.

I'm not going to ruin the whole podcast, but this is my favorite thing he said.. when talking about what brings him back time after time:
"I'm 27, I find thrill in playing competitive flag football. I come into the gym every day and look for a new challenge. being able to do it under the lights in front of thousands of people is pretty cool. I've never been big enough, fast enough, or strong enough to play professional sports but I have the heart and the passion and the drive to do so... So this is like second best."

You can tell he really enjoys the game and his friends within the game. This is his life, but as far as I can tell, it's not about the attention, it's about everything that comes with the challenges. Hopefully I'll be able to talk to him again after this season is said and done.

To check out his podcasts with Kenny and others, click here. He's also pretty good about answering questions on Twitter, so if I didn't get to ask yours, follow him! And subscribe to my "Beyond the Cameras" podcast channel here!

Thanks again to Derrick!


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