Crimson, who was a shelter dog at Atlanta Underdog Initiative when the show filmed in New York City in October, was picked to play in part for his ability to handle stressful situations and his fun personality, said Underdog founder Liz Henderson.
“He stood out from the beginning,” Henderson said.
She helped Crimson "train" by getting him used to playing with chew toys and socializing him with other dogs. The rookie also got help from "Puppy Bowl" veteran Alfalfa, a starting lineup player last year who was fostered by the same family and who acted as a surrogate father to the pup.
While — spoiler alert — Crimson didn’t break any records on the field (he “put in a good effort,” Henderson said), he got something even better after the show filmed: a permanent home.
Now called Marlin by his new mom, Brandi Terkeurst, he enjoys running and playing at his new Hapeville home. And though he’s had a taste of fame, Terkeurst said he’s far from a diva.
“He is the guy that sits back, rarely draws attention to himself, and seems to have a demeanor that whispers, ‘Stand back, I got this,’ ” Terkeurst said.