BRENT CELEK characterizes Kevin Kolb as "a country boy who likes to fish," but, in fact, Kolb did not grow up pursuing his current favorite off-the-field passion, competitive bass fishing. It developed after college, when he met up with some old friends.
"I had no desire to get into it, I just kind of stumbled into it," said Kolb, who won a couples competition in Texas' Hubbard Creek Lake with his wife, Whitney. Kevin took fourth this year in an individual tourney that he said featured about 70 boats.
"My dad [Roy] taught me to bass fish a long time ago, but some of my old high school buddies that I ended up moving close to once I moved to [Lake Granbury, near Fort Worth], they said, 'Man, you've got to do this.' My rookie year was the first time I started doing it. Went into it head over heels, too. I like it a lot."
What does he like?
"It's a different approach, every time you're on the water. You have to adjust, you have to figure things out on the run . . . You're obviously competing with other people, seeing who's the best."
How is every time out different?
"Air pressure, water temperature," Kolb said, which can affect "the way the fish bite - how fast-moving a bait they want to see, what color they want to see. Water clarity's a big thing, current, wind. There's so many things that go into it, you try to analyze it the best you can while you're on the water and you prepare the best you can, and then you may get on the water and it tells you something totally different. You have to adjust as you go."
Much like football in that regard, obviously. (Can you burn timeouts too early in bass fishing? Andy Reid wants to know.)
"Say you're on the field and you get the sense in the first quarter that, man, I like this matchup; our guy's ready to go today - [Jeremy] Maclin's ready to roll and I like his matchup on that corner, and boom, all of a sudden Maclin's got eight, nine, 10 catches, you know?" Kolb said.
It doesn't sound like a particularly relaxing hobby - not the kind of fishing that involves naps, apparently - and indeed, Kolb said he has a seat where he drives his boat, but no seat in the part where he fishes.
"There's times from sunup to sundown, I don't sit down," he said. "I'll stand there all day long. Even my dad, he'll go with me, and halfway through the day, he's like, 'My gosh, you're like a machine, what are you doing?'
"But it's fun. It's a passion."