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Vinny Xanthos - Up Close

Favorite cold cereal:I don't eat cereal, I drink Frutzzo.

What is my favorite Gary Crowton quote:"You think this is cold, this is nothing compared to Chicago."

Why did I choose to play football over other sports:I flipped a coin.

Before a football game, I:Think about how big Jake Kuresa is and marvel.

How did I spend my off-season:In sunny Provo, working out and rehabbing.

What do I want to be doing 20 years from now:Bailing hay and milking cows.

Who is the best player I've ever faced:Peter Boulware.

The dirtiest team I've ever played is:Utah.

What would I like to do sometime in my life:Be a gymnast.

One place I would like to visit:Santaquin.

If I could play another position, what would it be:Kicker, just like Matt Payne.

People say I look like:Coach Mitchell.

How did I select my jersey number:I have always had it.

What is my favorite hobby or activity away from football:Skydiving.

What is the best book I've ever read:Anything written by Vince Flynn and Bleachers: by John Grisham.

Who has had the greatest influence on my football career and why:Scott Young and Kai Jones, because I want to be more like them.

My favorite professor or most interesting class I've taken at BYU: Pearl of Great Price with Byron Merrill, any John Stohlton class, and any class with Dr. Dishman.

What is my most memorable athletic achievement or moment:Watching Rykert run a tackle eligible for a TD.

If I had to give up all of my possessions except one, what would be the one thing I kept and why:The scriptures.

My favorite

My favorite scripture:3 Nephi 11:11

My advice to youngsters:Find your convictions and beliefs now and live by them.

Interesting fact most people don't know about me:I am a genius and the best all around person I know.

If I were on "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire," the person I'd call for my lifeline is and why:I wouldn't need to, but maybe Brandon Heaney because he is a economics genius with me in our classes.

If I could invite any three people to dinner, who would they be:Emeril, the winner from an Iron Chef episode, and Ruby River.

On game day, how do my friends and relatives follow the game:Usually they sit there and are pretty loud, but I am not sure because I am on the field and they are up there.