Footballguys Staff Bio: Andrew Garda
Birthplace: Glen Cove, NY
Education: University of Southern California, Creative Writing/English Lit
Occupation: freelance NFL Writer
Hometown: Montclair, NJ
Family: Married for more than a decade with two great boys
Years playing fantasy football: 15
Favorite FF smack talk: Is that who you're taking? Is there a camera here? This...this is a reality show thing right? No cameras? Seriously? Oh...kay. No really, great pick.
Years writing about fantasy football: 15
Favorite FBG feature: I love the comments explaining the rankings. Always good to know the why behind a player ranking.
Organized football experience: Lots of flag football in high school and college.
Favorite NFL team: New York Jets
Favorite college team: USC
Favorite fan moment: Taking my eldest son to his first football game for his 6th bday. SD/Indy, 2007. I spent pregame pointing out all the guys he should watch, told him how good Manning was. Manning threw 6 INTs. At one point Bas (my boy) turned and said - Did they change QBs? Cause I thought you said this guy was good.
Favorite player of all time: Curtis Martin
NFL rule(s) I would change if I could: Roughing the QB - I oppose a flag being thrown when you breathe on a QB. Also, celebration penalties are lame.
Favorite movie(s): If you're a football fan, the documentary Undefeated is incredible. Also a big Avengers fan.
Favorite musical genres/albums/artists: Been listening to a lot of Macklemore, and old school Priest and Maiden. But I'll listen to everything.
What I read: Chet & Bernie mystery novels (talking dog!), lots and lots of comics and lots of NFL/football books.
Hobbies: Hanging with the family, watching Game of Thrones with my wife (Damn it feels good to be a Lannister)
Favorite TV show(s): Game of Thrones, Arrow, Path to the Draft, Walking Dead, Talking Dead, Supernatural, Archer
Least favorite household chore: We have a dishwasher now so probably laundry since I have to go three flights.
Dream job: This writing football thing? It has merit. Screenwriting is up there too.
Quote: Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are. - John Wooden
Parting thoughts: Like Ferris said - Life moves pretty fast. You don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it. Go out and live it.