Ten questions about life away from football with Carolina Panthers punter Brad Nortman:
Q. So you and I were standing in line near each other on Tuesday waiting to get a ticket for “Gone Girl.” Without spoiling the movie, what’d you think of it?
A. It was a wild ride. Honestly they really toy with your emotion and leading you to expect one thing and then a plot twist. My wife and I definitely walked out of the theater a little bit speechless, in a good way.
Q. Again, no spoilers, but what’d you think of the ending?
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A. Again, I’d say speechless. When it starts to unfold, my wife and I looked at each other and we were wide-eyed and jaws dropped. We were like, ‘What is going on?’ Definitely didn’t expect it.
Q. Do you think marriage gave you a different perspective on the movie?
A. It does. I heard before it that it paints a pretty dark picture of marriage. So I think we were prepared for it. That seems like it would be worst-case scenario, to say the least. I think our marriage is stronger and better than theirs.
Q. You got married in the summer, right? What was that like?
A. Yes. We had a big wedding. There were about 300 people. Lots of moving parts, lots of family and friends. It was great. It’s one of those things where people say expect something to go wrong and it’s going to fly by. But luckily for us nothing major went wrong and we actively tried to slow it down to enjoy it. The whole weekend was the best weekend of my life. Just being a husband now and enjoying married life is great.
Q. Have you been able to settle in Charlotte with this being your third year or are you guys still apartment living?
A. Yeah we’re still apartment living. It’s nice, though. It’s low maintenance for a newly married couple. We’re making friends on the team and making friends outside of the team. My wife (Lexi) has found local workout studios to go to. Right now we definitely call Charlotte our home.
Q. You and the rest of the specialists have a sub out with Harris Teeter called “The Specialist.” It has turkey, BBQ chicken, cheese, lettuce, tomato, BBQ sauce and ranch dressing. What’s it like and how much input did you have in it?
A. We had all the input actually. They put all the options in front of us and we stuck our heads together to come up with most epic sandwich on the planet. I think we achieved it. It was delicious. I had two of them that day.
Q. Really? Two? Does it fit into your diet?
A. It does. I try to eat well during the season but of course with all the pressure and stuff you tend to stress-eat a little bit. It was one of those things where it’s definitely a hearty sandwich. It’s not for the faint-hearted. I’d say it fits in.
Q. You’re from Wisconsin and you’re going up to play Green Bay this weekend. What’s that like for you?
A. A lot of excitement. As a kid I always dreamed of playing at Lambeau. As a kid I never thought it’d be against the Packers. It’s really special. There will be a lot of people there to see it and always nice to go back to the home state. Once the game starts it’ll be business as usual, but I will take a moment to take it all in.
Q. How many family and friends are you expecting?
A. Of family, friends and acquaintances, I’d say probably 150. And they’re on their own for tickets.
Q. Long snapper J.J. Jansen started his career with the Packers. What’s he told you about Lambeau?
A. All good things. The field is nice. And I’ve actually heard from a lot of people. … I grew up in Wisconsin and I know a lot of Packers fans. I know they’re dedicated and passionate about the Packers. But they’re not really, from what I understand, super negative.