A few minutes with new Seahawks QB Matt Flynn

Mar 19, 2012, 4:17 PM | Updated: Mar 20, 2012, 9:42 am

By Brady Henderson

How does a quarterback celebrate after signing a contract that will pay him millions of dollars and give him a chance to realize his dream of becoming an NFL starter?

If you’re Matt Flynn, you go fishing.

That’s what the Seahawks’ new quarterback was doing Monday — using black spinnerbait to lure bass on the Mississippi River in Baton Rouge, La.

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Matt Flynn has spent four seasons with the Packers. (AP)

So, is he any good?

“I like to think I am,” he said Monday after putting down his pole and picking up a phone to talk with “The Kevin Calabro Show” on 710 ESPN Seattle. “But I don’t think I’m as good as I think I am.”

The Seahawks think Flynn, 26, has the potential to become a pretty good quarterback, too. That’s why they gave him a three-year deal on Sunday that will pay him up to $26 million, including $10 million guaranteed.

That’s the type of money that should paying make greens fees bearable. Flynn said he likes to golf and claims to have a 7 or 8 handicap. The strongest part of his game, he said, is his driving.

Can he hit a 300-yard drive?

“Yeah,” he said, “if the wind’s at my back.”

Flynn drives a pickup truck and owns a pair of English bulldogs, one named Judge and another named Ranger. He was born in Tyler, Texas — which is about 90 miles east of Dallas — and has a slight drawl to prove it.

“I don’t know if I’ll be making the drive (to Seattle),” he said, “but hopefully I can get my pickup up there eventually.”

Flynn’s girlfriend, who also attended Louisiana State, is an actress and was Miss Louisiana in 2009. He got a chuckle when asked if she’s coming with him to Seattle.

“She is. She is coming with me,” he said. “I’m excited about that.”

Don’t expect to find him sipping on a Manny’s or Mac and Jacks or any other micro brew Seattle has to offer.

“I’m pretty simple so I’ll drink a Bud Light here or there,” he said when pressed for his beer of choice, “not too many, but every now and then.”

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