Dwayne Allen is an excellent storyteller, funny and really into "bougie" TV, and Patriots Nation learned that and much more on Tuesday morning. This week's Pats Chat hosted by Ashlee Feldman at The Hall at Patriot Place presented by Raytheon featured Dwayne, who fielded questions from students at Silver Lake Regional High School.
The students brought the heat with their questions -- some thoughtful, some funny -- but Dwayne was up for the challenge. Check out nine things we learned from this week's Pats Chat.
1. Dwayne used to be a baller.
"My vertical was ok until I fell in love with double stuffed Oreos. Then it fell off."
2. He was committed to the University of Georgia before he signed with Clemson.
"It was just one of those situations where I visited the campus, fell in love with it, went back and forth with my decision and ultimately on signing day, I knew where I wanted to go."
3. He loves Bojangles'. Like really loves Bojangles'.
Dwayne even knows what terminal to find one at the Atlanta airport and makes a run for it every time he goes down south. His go to order: a Cajun filet biscuit combo with seasoned fries and a sweet tea.
4. He's got the travel bug.
Up until he was 24, Dwayne had never left the country, then he was invited on a USO tour. "It was a seven day trip around the world, so I go from not leaving the country at all to going around the world visiting the troops, which was amazing. I fell in love with travel. Since then I've been to Australia, London, Barcelona."
5. Dwayne's over-the-top TD celebration?
With a group of show stopping celebrations on the team, Dwayne is thinking big. He wants to line up his teammates to form a field goal post, line up a shot and do his "best Gostkowski impression," kicking one through the man-made uprights. "I've been waiting to break this one out."
6. There was a high school coach who changed everything.
When Dwayne started out his freshman year, he had no intentions of playing football, but that changed. "Within that first month, I'm walking down the hallway and I see this tall guy ... He was like, 'You're a dime a dozen on the basketball court. You could be something special on the football field.' He proceeds to give me $10 and a decision to make. He said, 'You can take this $10 and have fun with your friends or you can take this $10 and go get a physical and I'll see you at practice on Monday.' This was a Thursday. So I took that $10, got a physical and went out for football, and the rest is history, as they say."
7. He has a specific taste in TV shows.
Dwayne is into shows like "House of Cards," "Power," "Game of Thrones" and "Breaking Bad," all critically acclaimed. "I'm more of a premium show kind of guy. I'm a little bougie when it comes to my shows."
8. Chuck is a nickname for Dwayne?
Apparently. It started when he was a kid, making reference to the movie, "Child's Play." On other teams, Dwayne would go by DA, but in a locker room with Danny Amendola and David Andrews, that doesn't work as well. "It got kind of complicated early on when the offensive coordinator started calling out, 'Hey DA!' and everyone turned their head and answered."
9. He has the best Tom Brady story.
"Before we walk out, there's this door, and it's kind of crowded ... We're about to walk out, and Tom is running a little late. All of a sudden, I see everyone part, and I'm like, 'What's going on?' I turn and Tom is walking through. Just walking through, everyone just parts. He goes through and gets to the second door and just stops. He turns around and is like, 'You ready?'" Dwayne proceeds to lose his mind in hilarious fashion.
It's worth watching the whole clip to hear his funny takes, thoughtful answers and TB12 anecdotes. Check it out below.