He was a sickly and timid youth, avoiding rough sport.
"I don't think there's any question that football is the roughest sport," he said.
However, he enjoyed very rough sports and activities that were considered manly.
Other activities, like gymnastics or rough sports should be avoided because they will help with the deteriorating of their back support and posture.
Still, political fund-raising is a rough, competitive sport that isn't for everyone.
He says it is hard to beat the stereotype that rough sports and soul-shaking art don't mix.
"Everybody knows hockey is a rough sport, so I don't think it's projecting a negative image," he said.
My mother is always preaching to me that girls shouldn't play rough sports and stuff like that, but I just ignore her.
American football is a rough sport, and players regularly get injured.
He wanted this because football was an extremely rough sport which caused many serious injuries.