Off the grid/Audio
Packers K Mason Crosby
Mason Crosby. | Photo: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
GREEN BAY - On the field, Green Bay Packers Mason Crosby is a bit of a rarity: a level headed place kicker who routinely leads the Packers in scoring from year to year.
But before the NFL, even before college, the Georgetown, Texas native was lighting up the silver screen as an 8th grader.
Well, kind of.
"A little movie called Varsity Blues was filled in my stadium. That was always cool. I got to be an extra. That was kind of my claim to fame," said Crosby in an exclusive interview with Newsradio 620 WTMJ's Greg Matzek.
One would think a man with Hollywood aspirations might be all about the glitz and glamour, but Crosby is a down-to-earth father and husband who fancies himself an experienced outdoorsman.
"I'm used to hunting in Texas where it's 65 degrees in November, December when hunting season starts. We play football Friday night, then during deer season, we'd usually be out Saturday, Sunday going trying to try and shoot something if we didn't have a soccer game."
After the hunt, Crosby likes to put his advanced culinary skills to use.
"My favorite thing to do is make sausage, put some jalapeno and stuff like that. I love spicy food. Anything to kill that gamey taste. I like the taste of venison, but you can get a little gamey sometimes."
Don't think Crosby has a one-track mind when it comes to food. He's not an offensive lineman, after all.
"I've gotten pretty adventurous," admits Crosby about a surprising favorite.
"I used to hate sushi, until I got to Green Bay, which is a strange place for my first sushi experience. We have some great sushi restaurants up here. Once a week, I get a craving and we go out and get sushi. I love it."
Ask Crosby to hunt, he may take you up on the offer. Ask him to craft something from the catch, he's the man.
Ask him to get up in a deer stand, well....
"I don't like heights. I'm weird, because, for some reason, when I think about jumping out of a plane, that's something different. For some reason, whenever I'm on a ledge, I freak out a little bit."