ESPN's Marty SmithMarty Smith is a really nice guy. And I’m not just saying that because I know he’s going to read this at some point. I just appreciated how nice he was to me when I introduced myself to him during Champion’s Week last year and every time I’ve seen him since then he’s 1.) remembered me and 2.) stayed cool. Why is this important or notable? Because he doesn’t have to be like that. He could be a prima donna and he’s not.

Marty is a writer and reports for ESPN2’s daily NASCAR news and information program NASCAR Now, as well as SportsCenter, ESPN First Take, ESPNEWS and

Marty’s interview was fun because his answers were really thoughtful. If you follow him on Twitter then you already know that he’s a serious fan, and friend, of country artist Eric Church which makes sense when you read his answer for the job he’d like to attempt. A fun fact is that he shares the same turn-off as his ESPN co-worker Brad Daugherty.


What is your favorite word? Credibility

What is your least favorite word? Money. The reason that that is my least favorite word is because I think it drives the perception of worth entirely too much in our society. There’s a whole lot of things that are richer in life than green paper.

What turns you on? Intelligence

What turns you off? Haughtiness

What sound or noise do you love? My son and daughter’s laughter.

What sound or noise do you hate? Plastic being pulled across concrete.

What is your favorite curse word? The S-word.

What profession other than your own would you like to attempt? A country music songwriter in Nashville, who wrote songs that send a message, real and honest and far from pop, that offered truth about real-life issues and adversity and failure and triumph, that spoke to people on an intimate level and and didn’t dilute the highway of truth that country music is. Of course, I’d hope my songs were coveted by great artists, and actually recorded. For me, nothing triggers introspection and true emotion like a great song. Songwriters are the most talented people on Earth, as far as I’m concerned.

What profession would you not like to do? I would not like to be a doctor based on the fact that there is so much at stake.

If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates? I appreciate the way you treated people while you were there. Thank you for your convictions. Come on in, brother!

Read more of my “Inside the Actor’s Studio” questionnaire interviews in the archives and read about how it all started with Tony Stewart.