Off the field interview: Rob Burrow

The Leeds legend on club sandwiches, Coors Light and Carl Ablett…

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Club-sandwichWhat would your last meal on Earth be?
I’d have club sandwich with a curly fries upgrade from Trio, a restaurant in Headingley. I’ve been asked that a few times and I always say this. It’s my favourite meal, very simple. I’m a simple guy you see. I’d wash it down with a pint of Coca-Cola.

What song do you listen to more than any other?
“Man in the Mirror” by Michael Jackson. I’m his biggest fan. I was absolutely gutted when he died. I was supposed to be going to one of his concerts; I had VIP tickets and everything. Me and my missus were going and I paid £1,500 for the tickets. I got the money back, thankfully.

Which superpower would you most like to have?
Flight. I’d probably go to Florida. I love it over there; we’ve got a villa in Davenport, about 10 minutes from Disneyland.

Rough collieIf you could become any animal, what would you be?
A dog, a rough collie.

What year would you go to in a time machine?
I’d go back to the day I was born and watch myself. (Quickly changes his mind). No I wouldn’t watch myself! I’d see what it was like just after I was born.

What do you think you would see if you went 20 years into the future and found yourself?
I would be definitely be short still! Fat. Bald. Short, fat and bald – a lot to look forward to!

What scares you more than anything?
I don’t like snakes or rats. They’re horrible. If I saw a rat I would run off.

RatIt’s my round, what are you drinking?
I’m not a massive drinker but if I’m having a beer it’s a Coors Light. Me and Carl Ablett drink it. I like the blue mountain on the can that tells you when it’s cold and the adverts with Jean-Claude Van Damme.

Do you have any superstitions?
On game day I get to the ground before anyone else. If we are meeting at half six, I get there about five. It’s about the routine really – if I got there late it wouldn’t be the end of the world. I’m early for most things and I’m never late. I don’t like to be late.

What is your favourite TV programme?
Recently I enjoyed “Luther”, but I’m watching “Sons of Anarchy” at the minute and it’s brilliant. A couple of lads watch it with me, Brad Singleton and Mitch Achurch. But “Luther” is the best programme I’ve watched in a long time.

What is your all-time favourite film?
I’ll give you a top three off the top of my head: “Shawshank Redemption”, “Anchorman”, and probably “Manchurian Candidate”.

Dogs or cats?
Dogs, I used to have one like Lassie when I was a kid – a rough collie. I had one all my life growing up. I don’t have one now because my wife has never had one, but it’s probably for the best as I’d have to walk it!

Chinese-foodCurry or chinese?
Chinese. I like beef in black bean sauce or chicken foo yung. I like curries too, but I only have a korma. I’m a beginner in most cuisines.

Are you tidy or messy?
Messy, but I’m getting better. I was quite bad as a kid but my wife has trained me well. I’m always leaving clothes on the floor.

What was your first car like?
It was a Vauxhall Corsa SXi, brand new, can’t remember the year. It will have been around 1998. It was silver, with a 1.2 engine and fairly quick. I have a BMW X3 now and a Kia Sportage. We had an Audi TT last year but with having the little one I had to get rid of it.

Who is your favourite fictional character?
I’m a fan of David Brent (Ricky Gervais’ character in “The Office”) but it’s got to be Ron Burgundy (Will Ferrell’s character in “Anchorman”) hasn’t it? I like Lloyd Christmas (Jim Carrey’s character in “Dumb and Dumber”), too. Jim Carrey’s characters in the 90s were the best.

Rob-Burrow-daughterWhat is the greatest moment of your life?
The birth of my daughter, who is two years old now. It was a weird experience for me; I wasn’t that well the night before. It was unbelievable. It’s the hardest but the best thing you can ever do. I didn’t cry.

Who is your best friend in the game?
Carl Ablett. I get on with most people but he’s who I see most in my spare time. My missus and his missus get on well, they’ve got a couple of kids and we’ve been to Florida together. We go away a lot actually. We coach together too.

Who is the funniest RL player you know?
Chris Clarkson is funny, but he isn’t the funniest I know. Ben Westwood is a laugh, too. One of the funniest people I’ve met, though, is Nick Fozzard. He is very dry. When we were in the GB squad together I was very young and he made me laugh loads.

Coca-ColaWhich pro has the worst dress sense?
Ryan Hall. He wears Ugg boots. Disgusting. Absolutely disgusting.

Do you have any guilty pleasures?
I like a can of Coca-Cola. Too much. If I go out I’d rather have a pint of coke than a pint of beer.

What’s your most embarrassing moment?
Again, I’m boring, but there is one thing that sticks out that I remembered the other day actually. I was at Freeport in Castleford (a shopping park) and I went to Subway. There was a lad sat on his own, it was my mate, so I crept up beside him and whacked him on the side of the head. It wasn’t a proper punch but a jab and he turned around straight away. It wasn’t him. I couldn’t apologise enough, I was mortified, and then I had to wait while my sandwich was made!