Doug Payton sits down to discuss his role as sports equipment manager, his career, and the Super Bowl

How long have you worked for Colorado College?

I’ve been working now at CC for 15 years.

What do you enjoy most about your job?

It’s the students. I really enjoy the students. They are always changing. As a matter of fact, they are fun.

Do you have any predictions as to who will win the Dougie Cup at this year’s Show of Talents?

Boy, that’s gonna be a tough one. There is a lot of good competition out there. I figure whoever gives me the most money under the table will definitely get the Dougie Cup because that’s the kind of cup we play for here.

Can you tell us a little bit about your football career?

I grew up here in Colorado Springs. I went to the University of Colorado, played [football] there, and was captain of the team. I got drafted by the Falcons, went there, and hurt my knee. I bounced around two years in the NFL and then went to the Canadian League where I played six years at Montreal. I retired, and then they got me out of retirement to play for the Denver Gold, a springtime league called the USFL back in the mid-80s. I played there and then retired.

What is your proudest sports moment?

Proudest sports moment… that’s a good one. You know what, I think it was in 2005 when the CC women’s lacrosse team beat Cortland to go to the Final Four in the Women’s Lacrosse NCAA Tournament here at Colorado College. It was a great night.

What equipment smells the worst?

Hockey. Done. Say no more.

What are your favorite hobbies?

Golf, golf, and more golf.

Who’s your sports hero?

Growing up, it was a linebacker who played for the Chicago Bears named Dick Butkus. He was the guy I idolized as a kid.

What did you think about the Super Bowl?

What a great game. It was incredible. Within the last minute, it looked like it could’ve been won three different ways. It was one of the great ones. Fun to watch.

What is your drink of choice?

Captain Morgan and Coke, with a splash of Malibu.

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