Hopefully this cat does better then Anthony Schleggal (however the hell you spell that scrubs name)
BEREA: When the subject of hunting was broached to Browns rookie linebacker Kaluka Maiava, he wasn't sure how to respond. ''What do you mean, on the field or actual hunting?'' Maiava said.
That's because the fourth-round draft pick from USC honed his skill for chasing down opponents as a teenager, hunting wild boar in the the mountains of Maui.
And there were no guns involved, just a of couple dogs and presumably a long knife.
''We don't use guns, that's cheating,'' Maiava said Saturday after practice at the Browns' rookie minicamp that concludes today. ''Anybody can shoot something.
''It takes the fun out of it. It's the rush to chase something and tackle it, just like football.''
Actually, there is no tackling involved, either.
''You don't grab 'em, you stick 'em a couple times,'' he said.
Maiava acknowledged he gets nervous every time he goes.
''Sometimes I run into a big one, they've got tusks that can hurt you,'' Maiava said. ''We lost a couple dogs; he stuck the dog with his tusk. I never got hit.''
The next chance for that might not come anytime soon. Since NFL contracts prohibit such activities as motorcycle riding and sky diving, Maiava's might include a clause on boar hunting.
''No comment,'' he said, hinting that subject already might have been brought up.
Maiava (pronounced my-ava) started boar hunting with friends around age 15. Tradition requires the youngest hunter to carry the boar, so it was Maiava who packed it on his back and hauled it home to be roasted.
''I got lucky, it was only like 150 [pounds],'' he said. ''It was a small one.''
The subject of hunting came up before the draft when Browns coach Eric Mangini visited USC before the Trojans' pro day. Mangini met with the USC prospects individually, and Maiava said Mangini asked about his hobbies. Surfing and hunting are his favorites, and Mangini remembered Maiava's disdain for guns.
Even if his quest for boar has been indefinitely suspended, Maiava said his hunting days can translate to the football field.
''Say you're on kickoff team and you're chasing down the kick returner . . . '' Maiava said.
That might help explain why Maiava was USC's two-time special teams player of the year. Overshadowed by Trojans linebackers Rey Maualuga, Brian Cushing and Clay Matthews III, Maiava started only one season and finished 2008 as the third-leading tackler with 66 (41 solos), 71/2 for losses and five pass breakups. He was voted defensive player of the game in the Rose Bowl with four solo tackles and two passes broken up, one on the opening drive, in a 38-24 rout of Penn State.
''It was a shock to me. I was on the way to the locker room when they stopped me and told me I won the award,'' Maiava said. ''It's a blessing . . . to [go out] with a bang in my last game at USC.''
Maiava will move inside with the Browns, but he sees no problems with the transition.
''At SC I was called outside linebacker, but most of the time I was stacked over the center,'' he said. ''It's not a big change for me. I'm very comfortable in that position.''
At 5-foot-11 and 226 pounds, Maiava might seem small, but Mangini said Saturday he will stay at linebacker.
''He was an outstanding fourth-down player at USC,'' Mangini said. ''I thought he played extremely well in their defense. I was really impressed with his intelligence, his recall of the system, the way he played, his temperament. He is a tough, tough guy.''