"Ask Vic" is published on Monday and Thursday through the offseason.
Brian from Baraboo, WI
Know of any NFLers who had a botched (eye) surgery?
Botched? No, but if I remember correctly, Fred Taylor had eye surgery to help his pass-catching. After the surgery, his pass-catching worsened. Fred was a runner. Just give him the ball. I also remember a cornerback named Sammy Walker the Steelers drafted. He had size and great speed, but he struggled when the ball was in the air. If I remember correctly, Walker had major sight issues. They were corrected, but he continued to struggle and then he was cut.
John from Salt Lake City, UT
Vic, I wasn't shocked by the Cobb pick up, but I was a little surprised by his comments belittling the Texans following the trade. I'd bet the Packers are a better run organization, but wasn't that crossing a bit of a line?
I didn't like it, either. The Texans certainly gave him more than he gave them.
Eric from St. Paul, MN
What does a team do when their long-snapper is forced out of the game due to injury with three quarters remaining? Please be glib.
Run the ball, because the run fixes everything.
Daniel from Richmond, TX
Can you enlighten us on what the difference between player personnel and pro personnel is in the scouting department?
Player personnel is all prospects, college and pro. Pro personnel is pro only.
Richard from Jacksonville, FL
When do I wish to die? I think NFL franchises and fans want it later rather than sooner.
They do, but later rather than sooner means the recovery will likely be longer rather than shorter. Maybe the question should be: When do you want to live, again?
Jake from Cottage Grove, MN
I'm interested in your thoughts about Rodgers claiming he doesn't see himself as a victim. Personally, I'm not sure I believe him. What did you make of that statement?
Garrett from Houston, TX
Vic, I'm 32. I very much appreciate your wisdom on football and life, but it pains me to see you push back recently against people saying it's harder now for the younger generations than it was before. Yes, the dream has always been hard to achieve. But we don't have the social programs that launched our grandparents, and we are being gutted with costs our parents didn't have. We have to do all of the things that brought those generations success and security just to survive.
Job openings hit an all-time high 10.1 million on the final day of June, the labor department recently announced, and the quits rate increased. I'm perplexed.
Mike from Milwaukee, WI
What's the highest number worn by a cornerback who was especially good?
I covered Mel Blount, who wore No. 47. He was especially good. I also covered a cornerback named Dwayne Woodruff, who wore No. 49. I thought he was underrated. If you want to go old time, Jack Butler and Dick "Night Train" Lane were defensive backs (Butler also played end) who wore numbers 80 and 81 respectively. They're in the Hall of Fame. Those four players immediately come to mind.
Steve from Montclair, NJ
What will the reaction be when the Packers start the season 1-2 after the first three weeks?
There would be great wailing and gnashing of teeth.
Tom from Mt. Juliet, TN
How much for a small bucket and what type of range balls do you use? I once stopped at a range to move some dirt and the balls they used were like hitting marshmallows. I normally hit my drives 250 to 260. I couldn't hit these balls out of my shadow.
We charge $5 a basket, honor system. We find the golf balls where you find golf balls. The balls you hit might've been designed to travel a shorter distance, or maybe you're not as long as you think you are. A guy at the range asked me how far it is to the trees. I told him it was 250. He replied, "350?" No, 250, I said. He looked crushed. I watched him hit. He was far short of the trees. Everybody thinks they're Bryson DeChambeau.
Peter from Chicago, IL
Holy cow , the HOF was run over by black and yellow fans and inductees. I was imagining you on your couch and the rich memories that had to have been flowing watching all of that. I’d love to have seen your face and heard your thoughts.
I missed it, but I have memories; they're all I need. I think of Bill Nunn often.
Jerry from Savannah, GA
Vic, I understand professional sports has always been political because it involves people. However, Aaron Rodgers’ antics feels like an over-the-top political stunt. Do you think his actions will embolden other star athletes to attempt similar feats?
Joseph from California
Jim Plunkett, Lester Hayes, Cliff Branch, Ken Anderson, L.C. Greenwood, LeRoy Butler and Tony Boselli: If you could chose only one of them for the Pro Football Hall of Fame, who would it be and why?
Anderson, because he is one of the great quarterbacks in the history of the game over a long and consistently productive career. If Pete Johnson had gained that one more yard, Ken would be in the Hall of Fame.
Steve from Fridley, MN
What do you make of the energy emanating from Lions camp?
Shawn from Kissimmee, FL
What should our eyes be watching for in regards to Love in his first action since drafting him last year?
Evidence he can be "The Man."
Clark from Boise, ID
The Vikings' season could be in jeopardy because of the anti-vax position of Cousins. Should the NFL mandate Covid vaccinations, as have many corporations?
Nobody should be forced to submit to a vaccination, but I think the NFL should suspend employment of players who refuse vaccination. It would invite legal recourse, and that's why the NFL won't do it.
Dan from Torrance, CA
Has there ever been a mall on your island?
A mall? We don't even have a traffic light.