Footballguys Staff Bio: Aaron Rudnicki
Birthplace: Buffalo, NY
Education: University of Vermont (BA); SUNY Buffalo (MA); University of Illinois at Chicago (MA)
Occupation: Data Scientist
Hometown: Chicago, IL
Family: Married with a couple young kids
Years playing fantasy football: 20+. Started back in the early 90s.
Years writing about fantasy football: 15 years
Favorite NFL team: Buffalo Bills
Favorite college team: Not a huge fan of any particular team, but love to keep tabs on future NFL players.
Favorite fan moment: Bills teams of the early 90s were a blast to watch and follow, even though every season always ended in crushing disappointment. I'd still gladly take that pain over the experiences from the past decade plus as a Bills fan.
Favorite player of all time: All-time: Joe Montana and Thurman Thomas. Current: None really stand out.
NFL rule(s) I would change if I could: I'd love to see the NFL adopt a modified version of the college rule to stop the clock after a 1st down in the last 5 minutes of each half. I think we'd see a lot more exciting finishes that way. I also think pass interference calls should definitely be fair game for instant replay challenges.
Favorite movie(s): Too many to list, but I'll go with Bottle Rocket, Big Lebowski, Glengarry Glen Ross, Godfather, and Slap Shot.
Favorite musical genres/albums/artists: Can listen to almost anything but country. Love old school hip hop and newer music that tends to be less mainstream.
What I read: Spend most of my time reading about football or sports in general, but enjoy a good novel as well.
Hobbies: I'm a huge hockey fan. Also enjoy gambling on just about anything.
Favorite TV show(s): Nothing too crazy. The Wire, Breaking Bad, Game of Thrones all pretty amazing.
Least favorite household chore: All of them really.
Dream job: NFL or NHL scout
Quote: "It takes a big man to cry, but it takes a bigger man to laugh at that man." "One thing kids like is to be tricked. For instance, I was going to take my little nephew to DisneyLand, but instead I drove him to an old burned-out warehouse. "Oh, no," I said, "DisneyLand burned down." He cried and cried, but I think that deep down he thought it was a pretty good joke. I started to drive over to the real DisneyLand, but it was getting pretty late." "If you ever fall off the Sears Tower, just go real limp, because maybe you'll look like a dummy and people will try to catch you because, hey, free dummy." Deep Thoughts by Jack Handey