Sep 6th 2016 by mitchschwartz72 • 19 Questions • 133 Points
What's up Reddit, I'm Mitch Schwartz of the Kansas City Chiefs. Ask me anything about the NFL, my family, my favorite foods, my faith or whatever comes to mind! If you're interested, I recently wrote a book with my brother Geoff, called Eat My Schwartz, that covers all of the above - check it out: http://smarturl.it/azEMS.
I don't know a lot about football but I assume that, like every other sport, there's a certain amount of trash talk throughout the game. So my question to you is: What's the funniest thing you've ever heard said on the field?
There's not as much as you'd think, if there is it's usually guys with a past together, or just a singular individual that likes to talk a lot. My favorite in game moment was when a defensive player flopped to try to get a penalty called against us, and one of our linemen yelled "That would be a fine in the NBA!!!" That was right after the NBA started fining for flopping, I thought it was really funny.
Are you a big fan of Spaceballs? Also, have you checked out any bbq in KC, and if so, what has been the best so far?
I am well acquainted with the "May the Schwartz be with you!" line but I never was the hugest fan of the movie growing up. I think I was too young to truly understand it and would enjoy it much more now. I've checked out Jack Stack, I have all the others on my list. Seems like there are a lot to go to!
What are your favorite KC hangouts or things to do in the city?
We haven't been to all the spots yet so just finding new places and exploring new areas is probably my favorite thing right now. The city is so big and has so much going on that it'll take a while to get to all the places we want to see.
Aside from money, what is the biggest factor for you in deciding what team to sign with in free agency? Is money everything? Is there such thing as a hometown discount?
Money is definitely up there, but hopefully you get to the point where money between 2 or more teams is similar and then you can move on to other options. Playing for a winning team, getting into the playoffs, and playing for a good organization are all on the list of things guys consider. Also to a lesser degree where you will be living and what the city is like. I do think there is such a thing as a hometown discount, most guys don't want to move after they've been in the same place for 4+ years unless they've just had an awful experience. But in football it's usually taking a discount for an early contract and guaranteed money, because of the injury risk, as opposed to giving the team a discount.
Do you still get nervous when you go out on the field for a play? I played a year of football, and decided to put football on permanent hiatus to pursue wrestling.
Oh yea no question. For me it's a fear of failure that drives me as a player to get better and perfect my craft. If I mess up and get beat I put the QB or RB at risk, and that's not a very comforting feeling. You have to manage the nerves so they don't overtake you and get you out of control, or out of what you want to do. But for me I try to use them to my advantage and stay on top of my game.
Thanks for answering my question and best of luck this season! We all at r/Kansascitychiefs will be rooting for you like wild fanatics as always!
You're welcome! Glad to be here (reddit and KC!)