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AthleteI'm Kansas City Chiefs offensive lineman Mitch Schwartz, AMA!

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.

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Q:

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?

A:

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.


Q:

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?

A:

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!


Q:

Damn. You shouldn't have started with the best one first!

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That's what my brother recommended. I figured he would know best! Seems like the other ones are no slouch though, I'm sure I'll walk out of there pretty happy.


Q:

Affect is the verb, effect is the noun. Just FYI.

A:

Thanks. I always try to remember but for whatever reason it just doesn't seem to stick in my mind.


Q:

What are your favorite KC hangouts or things to do in the city?

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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.


Q:

Who is the funniest guy in the locker room?

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That's a good one. I'd say the offensive line in general is just fun to be around because we're always joking, making fun of each other (and ourselves), and just constantly trying to keep it loose.


Q:

Do you guys play in a fantasy league together? What's it like?

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I don't play fantasy anymore, I used to growing up. I went like 13-1 and dominated the league and then lost in the first round of the playoffs. I got frustrated that it was a week-to-week and not cumulative so I never went back. Geoff has recently gotten into it though, he's had fun with it.


Q:

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?

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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.


Q:

Hey Mitch! It's awesome having you in KC. Whose the biggest jokester on the team? From what us fans see it looks like an awesome environment being around the guys and everyone gets along great. Not sure if you watch baseball but if you do you'll get this when I ask if there is a "Salvador Perez" in the Chiefs locker room?

A:

Thanks! Usually the specialists are the biggest jokesters because they have the most time to think things up and put them into action.


Q:

Worst thing about practice?

A:

Believe it or not the worst thing is usually the warm up. You're typically sore and stiff, and getting loose is an annoying thing to do, especially in pads. It's also the anticipation of what's to come. Once practice starts and gets rolling it goes pretty quickly.


Q:

Are you excited about the upcoming NFL Season? Any particular games you are looking forward to?

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I am excited! It sounds cliche but really all you do focus on is the next game. You get so ingrained into your weekly routine that there isn't much time to look ahead, you're just focused on the upcoming opponent.


Q:

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.

A:

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.


Q:

What's your retirement plan?

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Not totally sure yet. Thinking something in the football realm of things, would like to teach football and specifically OL play to a greater population of people if possible. Just need to figure out the best platform and how to get that done.


Q:

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!

A:

You're welcome! Glad to be here (reddit and KC!)


Q:

Is a hotdog a sandwich?

A:

Yes! By definition it is. By feel it isn't. But technically, yes it is.


Q:

Why do you and your brother not want to play for the same team?

Can you convince him to play with you and bring him back to KC?

A:

Who said we didn't want to play for the same team?


Q:

There were rumors going around /r/KansasCityChiefs a while ago

A:

Well we both think it would be a cool thing to play on the same team before we're done but that's out of our control. If it happens, great, if not I just hope he finds a good situation for him soon!


Q:

What are your all time PRs in the weightroom? I.e. bench, squat, deadlift and powerclean?

A:

I don't remember exact numbers. I think in general (not you specifically) that there is a little too much emphasis on those max numbers, and sometimes form can be swept under the rug to lead to kids digging for the high number. This can lead to injury, if doing a heavy lift with incorrect form, or just inflated numbers. Never sacrifice lift for load!


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I don't think terrified is the right word but they are an awesome defense and it's always a challenge going against them. They're a well rounded defense and can do just about anything.