Last week, during the height of Beckmania, when I was busy getting mullet outlines tattooed on the small of my back, the all-knowing Grant Paulsen dropped an interesting nugget on Twitter:
John Beck’s really good at interviews. He’s also good at designing websites involving athletes who hunt:
And then there was a link to this site, called Pro Athlete Outdoors, which includes lots of photos of athletes with dead things they’ve killed. I’m not sure about Beck’s involvement, but he certainly is pictured with various dead things that he’s presumably killed. I mean, if I’m going to do a retrospective of John Beck mullet images, I can hardly ignore this, right?
Beck has often talked about his love for making animals die, as in a 2008 story in the South Florida Sun-Sentinel
“I love to hunt everything,” Beck said. “Deer, turkey, pheasant, coyote, quail, you name it.”
When he played at Brigham Young University, Beck said hunting and fishing contributed to his success on the football field.
“I felt I played better when I took one morning a week where I fished or hunted,” said Beck, who’d either go fly-fishing for trout or hunt coyotes. “I was always thinking about football so much, I needed to take my mind off it a little bit.”
Indeed, Beck’s love for the outdoors sport was extensively chronicled in Utah, as in this 2006 piece in the Deseret Morning News:
Beck personally owns three rifles, a .22 caliber semi-automatic, a .223 and a 12-gauge shotgun. Through his father, he’s got access to two more .22 rifles, another .223, a pair of .243s, a .300 magnum rifle, a pair of 12-gauge shotguns and a .22 pistol....Inspired by a video by family friend Marty McCoy of an African safari as well as cable TV outdoor features he’d seen, Beck has produced digital “hunting shows” starring his teammates. They are complete with how-to-do-it interviews, breaking down the bunny hunts, hunter profiles, hunter portrait shots, action scenes, fade-ins and overlay graphics.
That story concluded that, like a hunting rifle, “the guy’s armed and dangerous,” which doesn’t really make sense, because rifles aren’t armed, unless rifles can carry other rifles or something like that.
But anyhow, I do love some photos of future Hall of Fame quarterbacks with dead animals.