Q&A: Carolina Panthers offensive lineman Geoff Hangartner

December 14, 2013 

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Who is Carolina Panthers offensive lineman Geoff Hangartner? Apparently a guy who enjoys “Jeopardy!”

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Ten questions about life away from football with Panthers offensive lineman Geoff Hangartner:

Q. I know you’re one of the smartest guys in the locker room. Are you in Mensa?

A. (Laughs). No. No I’m not.

Q. What’s your favorite book?

A. My favorite book? Gosh. Oh man. There are so many good ones out there. Just to limit yourself to one favorite book? My favorite book as a kid was “Hatchet.”

Q. Why was it “Hatchet”?

A. I don’t know I just thought it was sweet. That guy was awesome.

Q. Do you watch “Jeopardy!” regularly?

A. I do watch it on a nightly basis when I’m at home. I’m not like running to be home at 7 to watch “Jeopardy!”

Q. Is it a family affair?

A. Yeah, it is. Normally my wife and my baby and I sit there and watch it together. I get most of the right answers, though. My daughter hasn’t figured it out yet. She’s only 7 weeks old.

Q. Do you think it’s good for her to watch it? I mean, that you think hopefully it’ll stick?

A. I think she’s going to be a trivia champion when she grows up because she’s going to watch so much “Jeopardy!” and “Wheel of Fortune” with her dad that she’ll have lots of useless knowledge by the time she’s of age to be on that show.

Q. I’m a much better “Jeopardy!” player than “Wheel of Fortune.” Are you good at both?

A. “Jeopardy!” I’m good depending on the category. If you go 19th Century British Literature, I’m probably not going to do real well. But other categories I’ll do much better.

Q. What is your best category?

A. Something that’s not British Literature. Maybe I’ll watch it tonight.

Q. You majored in finance at Texas A&M. Maybe you’re good at some numbers-based category?

A. Eh. They don’t really have those, do they?

Q. How many miles are we from the sun?

A. Oh gosh. Ninety-three million. What is 93 million?

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