The Big Idea: Chris Kluwe

I like to read Scalzi’s blog, and I was pleasantly surprised to see that former Minnesota Vikings punter (and author and human rights activist) Chris Kluwe got time on The Big Idea. I like the idea that people can have so many different facets to themselves. Kluwe isn’t just a football player. He’s a thoughtful, hilarious, nerdy, non-self-conscious human being.

He’s an example of how you can’t just judge someone because of a label placed on them or because of their job or background. There are interesting people lurking everywhere. I might just pick up his book Beautifully Unique Sparkleponies, too.


Chris Kluwe kicks footballs for a living, which is nice work if you can get it, and also ponders life, the universe and everything a whole lot. He additionally has a fine knack for writing things on subjects that apparently people don’t expect NFL punters to be able to think cogently about, which is their problem, not his. He does it with flair (and creative cursing). Some of those things show up in Kluwe’s debut collection, Beautifully Unique Sparkleponies, which Chris sent to me early, and which I enjoyed the heck out of. I even gave it this quote on Twitter: “Chris writes much better than I can punt.” I don’t know if they used it. I’m pretty sure, in fact, that they did not. Bastards. Anyway, here’s Chris.


So those of you who know me probably know me as “that football player guy who also…

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