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Another fun rookie interview question: sexual orientation

The NFL is a business that plays by different rules.

SI’s Ross Tucker has an excellent piece on the issue Wednesday, giving some anecdotes of acceptable practices in the league that wouldn’t be cool anywhere else.

The Dez Bryant interview question saga has highlighted the oddities of the pre-draft process, but this is a topic we touched on at least three times in the months leading up the draft.

And since this is a relatively slow Wednesday, we thought we’d pass along another surprising pre-draft question.

“The only unusual question I got was if I was straight or gay,” said new Bengals defensive tackle Geno Atkins. “And that was about it.”

Then Atkins thought of some more wacky ones.

“‘McDonald’s or Burger King?’ I think ‘pillow or blanket?’ was another one,” Atkins said. “Those were the strange, unusual ones I got. I was like, ‘What does that have to do with football?’ I think they were kind of trying to loosen me up a little bit.”

Pillow or blanket? I’ve clearly been sleeping wrong all these years.