Rod Zundel ReportingPark City is the home of a new magazine; the Utah-based Media Partners Publishing premiered 'Player Magazine' with a big bash.
Player magazine is not the X’s and O's and strategies like Sporting News or Sports Illustrated. It's about the person behind in the uniform.
Eric O'keefe, Editor of Player Magazine: "This is a lot more about life off the field and what the great sports stars do in their free time and where you can go to those same restaurants, those same resorts, or maybe even play on the same golf courses."
And the players seem to like the idea. Trevor Hoffman is fifth on baseball's all-time saves list , pitching for the Padres, and he wants the fan to know him as a regular Joe.
Trevor Hoffman: "I think it's kind of neat to see what we do. We're normal people. And it's an honor to be associated with such a class magazine that does a lot of things for the players and shows a little of what we're all about."
Marshal Faulk, 2000 NFL MVP (Rams): "The reason why I want them to know me is I want them to know me not just the person on the field. I want them to know why I play, what I love about the game, what I love away from the game. I want them to know me so when they see me on the field they appreciate what I do. I'm not this super human person; I'm human just like them."
We've seen Marshall Faulk do his super human tricks on the field, but there is something you may not know about the future hall of famer…
Q: “If someone came up to you and ask you, ‘What is the one thing nobody knows about you as a person?’ What would it be?”
Faulk: “They're going to have to get the magazine and read it. I'm not going to give it up that easy."
In the first issue of player magazine, Faulk's hobby is revealed.
Eric O’keefe: "He buys Escalades and Navigators and redesigns them-- exteriors and interiors. Drives them around for a couple of months and then someone buys them off of him and goes on to the next one. This guy’s no dummy, he's got a great ride, gets somebody else to pay for it and goes on to the next one. We're showing you a side to the guy that you don't normally see."