The syndicated radio host, 52, will appear weekly on ESPN's
Sunday NFL Countdown starting on Sept. 7.
SI: Won't you have a bias against Broncos running back Clinton
Limbaugh: There will be no bias against any player because of his
name or party affiliation.
SI: Why do you think our presidents have loved football so much?
Limbaugh: Because football is a combination of brains and
strategy and then execution. I've even talked to Henry Kissinger
about football. His favorite team is the 49ers. I asked him,
"What is it about the 49ers you like?" And he said, "They have a
SI: What kind of NFL head coaches would Bill Clinton and George
W. Bush make?
Limbaugh (laughs): Bill Clinton? I think he would have trouble
keeping his eye on the field rather than on the cheerleaders.
With Bush, it'd be, Go for the jugular, and win from the first
SI: How would you analyze your skills as an offensive lineman at
Central High in Cape Girardeau, Missouri?
Limbaugh: Pretty pathetic. I went out to get girls; it didn't
work. Then I became a kicker so I wouldn't have to face contact.
They let me kick, but I still had to face contact in drills so I
got into radio.
SI: What's your role going to be on Countdown?
Limbaugh: I'm not going to be a journalist. I'm not going to be
on the phone during the week digging up stuff that nobody else
knows. I'm not trying to be an insider. My perspective is I
simply love the game, and I'm going to react to things.
SI: You were the Royals' director of group sales in the '80s.
Think they'll hold on and win the AL Central?
Limbaugh: They'll fade in August or something like that, but I
hope they don't.
SI: What NFL team will surprise people this season?
Limbaugh: The Bengals. They will continue to be as poor as always
despite their new coach.
SI: Did ABC make a mistake by giving the Monday Night Football
job to Dennis Miller over you three years ago?
Limbaugh: Yes. Because I would have worked.
SI: Are sideline reporters necessary?
Limbaugh: No. Sideline reporters are basically there to attract a
certain sex-starved male demographic. By the way, I love sideline
reporters. --Richard Deitsch
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