DP: None of us played college sports. I don’t know how
y’all rank your high schools but we basically do a 5A
classification, so I went to a 3A school and played every
sport I wanted to. I was shortstop, ran track, played golf,
everything. The other guys were all basketball players
and almost all of them won state at some point in their
high school careers. I’m sure we could have gone and
played at some small schools and stuff but none of
us really wanted to try to balance class with all that if
we weren’t going to a D1 school. So we accepted our
shortcomings as D1 athletes and decided to just go to
school. But it ended up working out.
LIA: Is there one of you that’s a better athlete than the
others? I imagine you guys are pretty competitive.
DP: Yeah we’re competitive in every way. We got our
shuffleboard delivered to the office today because we
had to figure out who’s the best shuffleboard player.
And I think that’s what’s made Dude Perfect what it is
today: we’re trying to be the best at everything we do.
LIA: I want to ask you now about your faith and why
you guys have made an active effort to make that
part of your image?
DP: When all this stuff started happening— Good
Morning America was calling, our emails were blowing
up — we knew that it wasn’t just because of something
that we did. We knew that this was a God thing and
we knew that this was a platform that He had given
us to give the glory back to Him. It’s been really cool
to do the different speaking engagements and have
these kids look up to you as role models and their
parents coming up and saying, ‘hey, I just appreciate
the fact that y’all put up videos that I can turn on and
leave my kids in the other room and not have to worry
about them.’ I think that ties together the reasons for
the success we’ve had. It’s allowed us to be on all these
different TV shows and platforms and just reach so
many different people. I think that’s all because we’ve
been good stewards with what He’s given us.
LIA: What kinds of things have you guys been doing
in terms of community involvement, charitable
contributions and that sort of thing?