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This week on Thursday Night Tailgate our guests are: former Patriots Pro Bowl RB Tony Collins, former Hockey All-Star Bernie Nicholls, former Cardinals DB Kwamie Lassiter and former Raiders & Lions QB Rusty Hilger.

Tony Collins - Wel talked with Tony about his thoughts on the pending PED investigation against James Harrison, Clay Matthews, Julius Peppers and Mike Neal. Would he agree to an interview for something the League can't substantiate and the accuser has recanted?

Bernie Nicholls - We'll get his thoughts on NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman plus the craziest story he's heard about the adventures of the Stanley Cup, the best goalie he ever faced and what it was like playing alongside Wayne Gretzky.

Kwamie Lassiter - We'll hear how a kid from Hampton, Virginia ended up playing his college ball at Kansas. We'll also talk about the big year he had in 1998 intercepting 8 passes and his time playing for Buddy Ryan.

Rusty Hilger - We'll get Rusty's thoughts on his alma mater Oklahoma State for this coming season, and his memories of playing there in the early to mid 80's..

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This week on Thursday Night Tailgate our guests are: former Falcons FB Fred McCrary, former Patriots RB Tony Collins, former Patriots RB JR Redmond, former Dolphins RB Ronnie Brown and Cowboys Hall of Fame DT Bob Lilly.

Fred McCrary - We got Fred's insights from Falcons' training camp. We also talked about whether the FB position is being phased out of the game and what his health is like now and does he fear the future.

Tony Collins - This week we talked with Tony about playing in preseason games and whether he played worry free in those games or if potential injury in a meaningless game weighed on his mind.

JR Redmond - We got JR's assessment of his alma mater Arizona State. We also talked about the reception he still gets from Patriots fans when he goes back to Foxboro plus his memories from the final drive in the snow bowl against the Raiders in the 2001 AFC Championship.

Ronnie Brown - We talked about a kid from the suburbs of Atlanta got away from the University of Georgia and Georgia Tech and played his college ball at Auburn. He also got his thoughts on the direction of Auburn plus his opinion of fellow Auburn alumni Sammy Coates and Cam Newton.

Bob Lilly - We looked back over Bob's Hall of Fame career. We learned why he chose to play his college ball at TCU, who he grew up rooting for since Texas didn't have a pro football team in the 50's. We heard what it was like to be the Cowboys first draft pick ever and his memories of playing for Tom Landry.

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This week on Thursday Night Tailgate our guests are: former Cowboys, Giants and Patriots LB Steve DeOssie; former Patriots Pro Bowl RB Tony Collins; former Steelers, Panthers and Jets WR Dwight Stone; former Steelers Tackle Marvel Smith and former Yankees and Rangers Outfielder Billy Sample.

Steve DeOssie - We talked with Steve DeOssie about being a part of the Giants Super Bowl championship team in 1990 and what he was doing as the Bills Scott Norwood's potential game winning Field Goal was sailing wide right. We'll also talk about he and his son Zack being the only father/son combination to win Super Bowls with the same team, and ending his career by playing for his hometown New England Patriots.

Tony Collins - We talked with Tony aboutsome great TEs that he got to play with like Russ Francis, plus his training camp memories and former teammate Greg Hawthorne.

Dwight Stone - We heard Dwight's training camp memories, particularly during his time with the Steelers in Latrobe. After retiring from the NFL, Dwight was a member of the Charlotte police force for many years. Dwight shared his thoughts on all the recent police related violence and how we can come back together as a society.

Marvel Smith - We talked to Marvel about his memories from Super Bowl 40, what it was playing playing next to Alan Faneca and got his assessment of the Steelers current offensive line.

Billy Sample - Billy talked about his new book: "A Year in Pinstripes...And Then Some" which chronicles his 1985 with the New York Yankees. He talked about the 45th anniversary of his high school football team's game in the State championship which just also happens to be depicted in the movie "Remember the Titans".

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Our guests this week on Thursday Night Tailgate are: Actor turned ESPN Radio Announcer Matthew Laurance, former Patriots Pro Bowl RB Tony Collins, former LA Dodgers General Manager Fred Claire, former Eagles LB Kevin Reilly and former University of Georgia and CFL All-Star WR Terrence Edwards.

Matthew Laurance - We'll talk with Matthew about his acting days particular his role in the cult classic Eddie and The Cruisers. We'll also about his current role with ESPN radio broadcasting Duke basketball for several years and now doing Kentucky basketball games. We'll also talk about his passion for golf and relationship with former Red Sox Pitcher Tim Wakefield.

Tony Collins - This week we'll get Tony's thoughts on his alma mater East Carolina and what the transition was like for him when his playing career was over. Was he prepared when the Dolphins cut him and football was no longer going to be his livelihood?

Fred Claire - Fred started out as the LA Dodgers Public Relations Manager in 1969 and later became their General Manager in 1987.We'll talk about trades that went right like bringing in Kirk Gibson and winning the 1988 World Series. We'll talk about trades that went wrong like trading Pedro Martinez to the Expos for Delino DeShields. Plus we'll hear about what he's doing now.

Kevin Reilly - Kevin is a former LB for the Eagles. He's now one of their radio Announcers. We'll get his insights on the upcoming season and his memories from being in Eagles training camp.

Terrence Edwards - Terrence played his college ball at the Univeristy of Georgia. We'll get his thoughts on new Georgia Head Coach Kirby Smart who is also a Georgia Alumni. We'll also talk about how he went from a journeyman players with multiple teams in the Canadian Football League to becoming a Top 5 Wide Receiver in 2007. What changed? We'll hear what Terrence has to say.

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On this episode of Thursday Night Tailgate our guests are: former Colts & Dolphins FB Don Nottingham, former Patriots Pro Bowl RB Tony Collins, former Falcons WR Brian Finneran, former Dolphins LB Dwight Hollier and former Jets & Dolphins Offensive Lineman John Bock.

Don Nottingham - We talked with Don about his training camp memories and compared his experience to how training camps are today. We'll also talk about the Fullback position and if it has a future in the NFL plus we looked back to his Super Bowl experience in 1973 vs. what the Super Bowl is like today.

Tony Collins - Tony is a motivational speaker now. We asked Tony what it's like trying to be an uplifting speaker when we're hammered all day long with negative stories and videos by the media.We also talked about how we can stop hating and do more loving, and how today's young people need to have more respect for authority.

Brian Finneran - We talked with Brian about his experience being a radio analyst and calling the National Championship basketball game between his alma mater Villanova and North Carolina. He was 20 feet away from the game winning shot. Hear Brian talk about what it was like when that shot went in. We also talked about his playing days at Vilanova and winning the 1-AA version of the Heisman plus we got his insights on the Falcons for this upcoming season.

Dwight Hollier - Dwight's alma mater, North Carolina, was on the opposite end of the basketball National Championship game, he discussed the agony of defeat. Dwight is now the Vice President of Wellness & Clinical Services for the NFL, he discussed what the League is doing to improve the health of current and former players. He also shared his thoughts on the Dolphins for this upcoming season.

John Bock - John is one of the great offensive minds out there, but he isn't going to coach anymore, he tells us why. We also got his thoughts on where the Dolphins are and how he would approach Ndamukong Suh in order to get him engaged as a leader.

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On this edition of Thursday Night Tailgate our guests are: former Patriots Pro Bowl RB Tony Collins, the Founder and Inventor of ShockStrip Helmet pad Dr. Steven Novicky, former Titans, Panthers & Rams LB Will Witherspoon, and former Cardinals & Dolphins Pro Bowl LB E.J. Junior.

Mike Bass - We'll talk to Mike about being forever linked with former Dolphins Kicker Garo Yepremian for his interception return for a TD in Super Bowl 7 but what most people don't know is they were teammates with the Lions and good friends before that play ever happened.

Tony Collins - This week we'll talk to Tony about the cloud that looms over Bill Belichick and Tom Brady's legacy...Spygate and Deflate Gate. Will Witherspoon who will join us later in the show has also alleged that even prior to Spygate the Patriots may have taped the Panthers practices prior to Super Bowl 38.

Dr. Steven Novicky - We have long believed that StockStrips should be required on every football helmet to reduce the impact of helmet to helmet contact. We'll get an update on Doc on the growing number of schools and teams using ShockStrips and the results they're seeing.

Will Witherspoon - We'll talk with Will about his and his former teammates suspicion that the Patriots were taping the Panthers practices prior to Super Bowl 38. Super Bowl 38 took place 3 years before Spy Gate, so were the Patriots cheating even sooner than we thought? We'll hear what Will thinks..

E.J. Junior - We'll talk with E.J. about having his name on the ballot for the 2017 College Football Hall of Fame. We'll hear what election would mean to him. We'll get his emotions during and after Alabama won the National Championship and we'll talk about his new role as Defensive Line Coach at Delaware State.

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On this episode of Thursday Night Tailgate our guests are: former Broncos, Giants & Falcons Head Coach Dan Reeves, former Patriots RB Tony Collins, former Steelers & Jaguars DB Ainsley Battles, former Bucs WR Reidel Anthony, former Steelers Guard John Malecki and Jeff Pearlman writer for Sports Illustrated, ESPN, CNN and several other sites. Jeff is also the author of many books including, "The Bad Guys Won" about the 1986 Mets, "Boys will be Boys" about the 1990 Dallas Cowboys, "Showtime" about the 1980s Lakers, and "Gunslinger" about Brett Favre due out in October.

Dan Reeves - We talked with Dan Reeves about his alma mater the University of South Carolina, about his playing days with the Dallas Cowboys, his thoughts on what the Falcons need to do next season to compete with the Panthers in the NFC South and much more.

Tony Collins - This week we talke with Tony about how much of a distraction is it to go into training camp with a veteran QB looking over his shoulder at a new first round draft QB in camp.

Ainsley Battles - We talked to Ainsley about being an undrafted free and what he did to make it onto the Steelers roster. Plus we'll hear what it was like playing in the last game in Three Rivers Stadium and if the Jaguars coaching staff pumped him for information about the Steelers defensive schemes after they signed him.

Reidel Anthony - We talked to Reidel about his time playing for Steve Spurrier at the University of Florida, the big day he had against the Jaguars in 1998 when he had 2 catches for 126 yards and 2 TDs and what it was like playing for Tony Dungy.

John Malecki - John was recently featured in a Titleist advertisement during the US Open at Oakmont. We'll hear about how that came about plus his memories from from being in training camp with the Steelers.

Jeff Pearlman - We talked with Jeff about his book, "The Bad Guys Won, A Season of Brawling, Boozing, Bimbo Chasing, and Championship Baseball With Doc, Straw, Mookie, Nails, The Kid, and the Rest of the 1986 Mets the Rowdiest Team Ever to Put on a New York Uniform - and Maybe the Best."

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This week on Thursday Night Tailgate our guests are:The lady who broke the gender barrier in the NFL, former Cardinals LB Coach Dr. Jen Welter, former Patriots Pro Bowl RB Tony Collins, Pittsburgh Penguins & Pirates Pre and Post Game host for Root Sports, Paul Alexander, former Steelers & Cowboys WR Ernie Mills and former Rams, Ravens, Redskins & Texans QB Tony Banks.

Dr. Jen Welter - We'll talk with Jen about being the first female coach in the NFL, for the Arizona Cardinals. We'll also talk about her experience talking with President Obama, being an inspiration for women everywhere, having her coaching polo shirt in the Pro Football Hall of Fame and what's next for her.

Tony Collins - This week we'll talk with Tony about the questions marks that the Patriots have at the RB position plus why Bill Belichick is able to get so much more out of his players than coaches.

Paul Alexander - We'll get Paul's thougths on the Stanley Cup winning Pittsburgh Penquins and parade that drew 400,000 people plus his insights on the Steelers OTAs and mini camp.

Ernie Mills - We'll talk with Ernie about his memories from training camp in Latrobe with the Steelers, plus his insights on his alma mater the University of Florida for this upcoming season.

Tony Banks - We'll talk with Tony about the surprising contract Brock Osweiller got from the Texans, plus hear his thoughts on the QB situation with the Broncos, and how he feels about the Rams leaving St. Louis and heading back to LA.

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On this episode of Thursday Night Tailgate our guests are: former Patriots Pro Bowl RB Tony Collins, Prairie View A&M Head Coach Willie Simmons, former Rams & Bucs KR Vernon Turner, and former Vikings Pro Bowl DT Keith Millard.

Mike Golic Jr. - We talked with Mike about his show on ESPN Radio "Now & Later", we also got his thoughts on Ryan Fitzpatrick and the Jets, how the Offensive Lineman and the rest of the team may be feeling about Sam Bradford in Philadelphia, but Nick Foles' hold out with the Rams.

Tony Collins - We talked to Tony about the sports memorabilia industry and how he feels about signing things that may end up on EBAY.

Willie Simmons - We looked ahead to the 2016 season with Prairie View A&M Head Coach Willie Simmons. They led the country in total offense last season so we'll hear what to expect from them this season plus we got an update on their multi-million new stadium.

Vernon Turner - Vernon has shared his amazing and tragic life story with us a couple of times on the show. If you've never heard it please check out our archived episodes and give it a listen, it is the most tragic and amazing story we've ever heard on the show. He shares the majority of it again with us on this episode. We've said it belong up on the big screen for years and now it's finally happening. Vernon will share the process of turning his story into a screen play.

Keith Millard - We talked with Keith about a training camp prank that he and their Defensive Coordinator pulled off that shocked the rest of the team. We also talked about whether fights out on the field during camp linger on into the locker room or the dorms after practice.

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This week on Thursday Night Tailgate our guests are: former Patriots Pro Bowl RB Tony Collins, former Browns & Ravens WR Michael Jackson, former Broncos WR/KR Rick Upchurch, former Dolphins & Bengals Pro Bowl Tackle Richmond Webb, and former University of Minnesota & CFL star QB Rickey Foggie.

Tony Collins - This week we'll talk with Tony about what it was like returning to Boston after losing to the Bears in Super Bowl 20. Were there fans waiting for them at the airport? What was it like in the days and weeks following that game?

Michael Jackson - We'll get Michael's thoughts on why the Browns can't ever seem to get it together. Michael was there when the franchise left Cleveland for Baltimore. We'll hear what it was like leaving the faithful fans of Cleveland behind plus what it was like being embraced by a new city.

Rick Upchurch - Rick was one of the most exciting Kick Returners in the NFL back in the mid 70's and early 80's He went to 4 Pro Bowls and he returned 4 punts for TDs in 1976. He's a member of the NFL's All-Decade team for both the 70's and 80's. We'll talk about all that plus he dated former Secretary of State Condelezza Rice in the 70's, we'll talk about that as well.

Richmond Webb - We'll get Richmond's take on Ndamukong Suh not showing up for off season workouts or OTAs. How do teammates view a high dollar player like Suh not being with the team and being more of a leader? Plus what does he expect from new Head Coach Scott Gase?

Rickey Foggie - We'll talk with Rickey about his alma mater the University of Minnesota, what's going on with his high school coaching situation, and more from his time in the Canadian Football League.

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