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On this episode of Thursday Night Tailgate our guests are: Mary Seau, Junior Seau's sister, former Patriots Pro Bowl RB Tony Collins, long time radio and TV Play by Play voice of the Pittsburgh Pirates Lanny Frattare, 2015 IHRA Drag Racing Champion Dina Parise, and former Steelers, Browns & Giants Kicker Matt Bahr.

Mary Seau - Mary has started a Foundation dedicated to research and education about concussions and CTE. She talked about how Junior had planned to end his playing career after 7 years but financial obligations forced him to play much longer. She said his first concussion came when he was very young, playing in Pop Warner. He had at least 8 concussions, that she knows of playing in the NFL. We talked about all that plus what she's doing to educate today's players.

Tony Collins - We went through our 5 Star Picks of the Week for Weekk 13 in the NFL with former Patriots Pro Bowl RB Tony Collins.

Lanny Frattare - Lanny was the radio and TV Play by Play Announcer for the Pittsburgh Pirates for over 30 years. We talked about his relationship with Pirates legendary Announcer Bob Prince, his start with the Pirates alongside another broadcasting legend Milo Hamilton and his memories of the 1979 World Champion Pirates.

Dina Parise - Dina startd out competing in gymnastics and figure skating. Her dream was to dance with the Ice Capades, a dream she would realize for 4 years. She took us through how she went from there to being a drag racing champion and explained how dancing with the Ice Capades and drag racing are actually similar.

Matt Bahr - Matt updated us on the work he's doing with Harvard University and their study on CTE and concussions. We also talked about his induction into the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame and what has led to the resurgence of Penn State this year in college football.

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On this episode of Thursday Night Tailgate our guests are: former Browns, Broncos and Bills LB Andra Davis, former Patriots Pro Bowl RB Tony Collins, Atlanta Braves TV Play by Play Announcer Chip Caray, NFL stats guru Russell Baxter and former Dolphins, Rams and Chargers TE Randy McMichael. 

Andra Davis - We got Andra's thoughts on his alma mater, the University of Florida, and the job their Head Coach Jim McElwain is doing. We also talked about the Browns and what they need to get things together and if Andra thinks they will give new Head Coach Hue Jackson 4-5 years to rebuild their roster.

Tony Collins - We went through our 5 Star Picks of the Week for Week 11 in the NFL.

Chip Caray - We talked to Chip about what it was like for him to be in Chicago and working the World Series. We also talked about what winning the World Series would have meant to his grandfather Harry, and as Chip mentions, he really didn't know him that well. We also got Chip's thoughts on the Braves and the new stadium they'll move into next season.

Russell Baxter - Russell shared his thoughts on the season the Cowboys are having, what's next for Tony Romo, the rejuvenated Miami Dolphins, and much more.

Randy McMichael - Randy gave us his thoughts on his alma mater the University of Georgia and the job new Head Coach Kirby Smart is doing. He told us which of the 3 teams he played for he identifies himself with and which one was a black hole. Randy does some local Atlanta radio now so he shared his thoughts on the Falcons and what they need to do to make it to the playoffs.

 

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On this episode of Thursday Night Tailgate our guests are: former Cowboys RB and Head Coach of the Broncos, Giants and Falcons Dan Reeves, former Patriots Pro Bowl RB Tony Collins, former University of Georgia star QB and later Head Coach Ray Goff and Super Agent Leigh Steinberg.

Dan Reeves - We talked with Coach Reeves about his thoughts on the Falcons and what they need to do to improve their defense to make a deep run in the playoffs, plus what he would do when Tony Romo gets healthy if he were the Cowboys Head Coach. We also talked about his experience in Super Bowl 6 as a member of the Cowboys when they beat the Dolphins in the 1971 season and how that Super Bowl compares to spectacle we see today.

Tony Collins - He shared his 5 Star Picks of the Week for Week 9 in the NFL.

Ray Goff - We heard Ray Goff's insights into the University of Georgia's season, his thoughts on new Head Coach Kirby Smart and why they are struggling this year. He also told the story about how he was able to convince Terrell Davis, who was playing at Long Beach State when they shut the program down due to budgetary issues, to come across country and play at Georgia.

Leigh Steinberg - Leigh talked about the program he's involved with called Project Hear Us (www.projecthearus.org) to help kids who are dealing with all forms of bullying. He also talked about his client Paxton Lynch, the incredible contract he negotiated for Steve Young when he joined the LA Express of the USFL and the state of boxing and if it has a future.
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On this episode of Thursday Night Tailgate our guests are: Jeff Pearlman, author of the new book, "Gunslinger" a biography about Brett Favre, former New England Patriots Pro Bowl RB Tony Collins who takes us through our 5 Star Picks of the Week, Zig Fracassi Sirius/XM NFL Radio Host, Marco Coleman, Georgia Tech Hall of Famer and former Dolphins Pro Bowl DE, and Ron Lippock author of the book "Steelers Takeaways, Player Memories Through the Decades."

Jeff Pearlman - Jeff walked us through his new book, "Gunslinger" a biography about Brett Favre. We discussed the angst that current Packers QB Aaron Rodgers is having about the book particularly the story related to how he greeted Favre when they first met. We also discussed why Ed Sherman of the Chicago Tribune has said that Packers fans that prefer not to see Favre's image sullied in any way, may want to avoid reading this book.

Tony Collins - Tony gave us his 5 Star Picks for Week 8 in the NFL.

Zig Fracassi - We talked with Zig about his Dallas Cowboys and got his take on Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott plus what he thinks should happen once Tony Romo is healthy enough to play again.

Marco Coleman - Marco discussed his alma mater Georgia Tech and what he thinks that program needs in order to be a Top 25 team. He also shared his thoughts on the Dolphins seasons and his former coaches Don Shula and Joe Greene.

Ron Lippock - Ron shared several stories from his book, "Steelers Takeaways, Player Memories Through The Decades." He shared stories about Chuck Noll, Art Rooney, L.C. Greenwood, Rocky Bleier and several other Steelers legends.

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On this episode of Thursday Night Tailgate our guests are: Author Lisa Kelly, former Patriots Pro Bowl RB Tony Collins, former University of Georgia, Denver Broncos & Detroit Lions RB Olandis Gary, the Dean of Atlanta Sports Talk Radio Beau Bock and former Pittsburgh Pirates World Series Champion CF Omar Moreno.

Lisa Kelly - Lisa has written a couple of books titled: "Echoes From The Endzone, The Men We Became" and "More Echoes From The Endzone". The book focuses on legendary players from Notre Dame and what they did after their football careers. We talked about both books, which are 5 Star rated on Amazon.com, in particular 2 players we've had on the show, former Steelers QB Terry Hanratty and former Dolphins DB Shawn Wooden.

Tony Collins - We went through our 5 Star Picks of the Week with Tony.

Olandis Gary - We talked to Olandis about this thoughts on his alma mater the University of Georgia so far this season. He and new Head Coach Kirby Smart were teammates at UGA, so we got his insights and thoughts about their struggles so far this season. We also talked about their current Heisman candidate RB Nick Chubb. He also shared his thoughts on the Broncos and their current RBs C.J. Anderson and Devontae Booker.

Beau Bock - Beau shared his disappointment about the constant underachieving of the University of Georgia football team and offered no excuses for it being Kirby Smart's first season as Head Coach. Beau also shared his insights on the Atlanta Falcons this season and the great performances of Matt Ryan and Julio Jones.
Omar Moreno - We talked with Omar about signing with the Pittsburgh Pirates as a free agent from his home country of Panama. We talked in length about the 1979 World Series and how they came back from a 3-1 deficit to win it in 7 games. He also talked about what it was like playing alongside guys like Willie Stargell, Tim Foli, Dave Parker and the rest of the We Are Family Pirates of the late 1970s.
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On this episode of Thursday Night Tailgate our guests are: The Auctioneer from A&E's Storage Wars and New York sports fan John Luke, former Patriots Pro Bowl RB Tony Collins, former Vikings RB Darrin Nelson, ESPN Radio Host Christine Lisi and former Saints & 49ers DB Toi Cook.

John Luke - John is from North Harlem New York and a big Jets, Yankees, Rangers and Knicks fan. We'll get his thougts on the Jets so far this season and what he thinks they need to do so this doesn't become a lost season. We'll also talk about how he got started as an auctioneer, his experiences on Storage Wars and athletes he's met over the course of his career.

Tony Collins - We'll go through Tony's 5 Star Picks of the Week.

Darrin Nelson - We heard Darrin's thoughts on his alma mater Stanford and their recent struggles. We also talked about the Vikings 5-0 start plus his memories of going against Pro Bowl DT Keith Millard and Hall of Fame LB Chris Doleman in practice. 

Christine Lisi - Christine shared her thoughts on her favorite team, the Buffalo Bills and how they've rebounded from an 0-2 start to win 3 in a row. Hear her expectations now for the rest of the season as well as her thoughts on the Buffalo Sabres for NHL season.

Toi Cook - We inducted Toi Cook into the Thursday Night Tailgate Guest Hall of Fame on this episode. Toi has been a wonderful supporter of the show over the last 5+ years. He is one of our Top 5 guests in show appearances. We'll honor him plus get his thoughts on his alma mater Stanford and what it was like for him when they inducted him into their Hall of Fame along with Golfer Notay Begay. Hear Toi talking about playing golf with Notay and hanging out with fellow Stanford alumni Tiger Woods.

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This week on Thursday Night Tailgate our guests are: Former Chiefs Pro Bowl KickerNick Lowery, former Vikings & Chargers Pro Bowl Guard Ed White, formerChiefs & Oilers Hall of Fame NT Curley Culp and former Steelers Guard CraigWolfley.

CurleyCulp - Curley took us through what it was like being a part of the Kansas CityChiefs Super Bowl 4 championship team and their win over the Vikings. He alsotalked about his 1975 season when he was named Defensive Player of the Year andwhat it was like battling against the Steelers of the 70’s twice a year.

NickLowery - We talked with Nick about the Chief's season so far and their blowoutloss to the Steelers on Monday night. We'll also talk with Nick about the greatwork he's doing with his Foundation to help kids with his anti-bullyingcampaign plus what’s allowing today’s Kickers to be so much more successfulthan they’ve ever been.

Ed White- We talked with Ed about the Vikings hot start, what continues to be the issuewith the Chargers. We also talked about what it was for him going against someof the greatest defensive players in the game’s history including the Vikings’own defensive line, the Purple People Eaters.

CraigWolfley - Craig shared stories about trying to make the Steelers team duringthe early the 1980's when all of the Steelers legends were still with the team.We’ll also hear what it was like playing for Chuck Noll and his favorite ChuckNoll stories. We also got his insights into this year's Steelers team.

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This week on Thursday Night Tailgate our guests are: former Bengals NT Gary Burley, former Patriots Pro Bowl RB Tony Collins, former Steelers QB Terry Hanratty, former Rams & Bucs WR/KR Vernon Turner and former Vikings Pro Bowl DT Keith Millard.

 

Gary Burley - We talked with Gary about his time playing at Pitt in the mid 70's and what it was like being a part of that program when Head Coach Johnny Major and RB Tony Dorsett were there. We also got his take on the Steelers/Bengals rivalry.

 

Tony Collins - We'll hear Tony's 5 Stars Picks of the Week for Week 4 in the NFL.

 

Terry Hanratty - We'll talk with Terry about his time playing for Ara Parseghian at Notre Dame and winning the 1966 National Championship. He shared his story about him being drafted in the 2nd round by the Steelers in 1969, Chuck Noll's first season as Head Coach. He also talked about how he felt when they turned around and drafted Terry Bradshaw #1 the following year. and dealing with the QB carousel the Steelers had in the early 70's with Bradshaw, Joe Gilliam and Hanratty. He also shared stories about the pranks he used to pull on Jack Lambert.

 

Vernon Turner - We'll get an update from Vernon on how the movie about his life is progressing. Derek Jeter's movie company, The Player's Tribute, has taken on the project.

 

Keith Millard - Keith talked about the Vikings stellar defense this season and what he expects from them and the rest of the team this season. We also got his thoughts on his alma mater Washington State and their season as well.

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Hear our 5 Year Anniversary Special with our Guest Hall of Fame Inductions. This year we are added 7 new inductees to our Thursday Night Tailgate Guest Hall of Fame: former Steelers LB Levon Kirkland, former Patriots RB Tony Collins, Root Sports Pittsburgh TV Host Paul Alexander, former Chiefs WR Eddie Kennison, former Chief WR J.J. Birden, former Saints DB Toi Cook and former Chargers DB Vencie Glenn.

Levon Kirkland - Levon was our very first guest on episode 1 back in September of 2011. Along with honoring Levon, we also his reaction to Chad Brown's story that the Steelers coaches were reluctant to call out Greene and Lloyd when they jumped off sides or made a mistake. Marvin Lewis, then Steelers LB Coach, would always saying to the 4 of them that "we" can't jump off sides. Hear Levon discuss that, the Steelers and Cardinals this season and much more.

Tony Collins - Tony was our 2nd Guest Hall of Fame inductee of the night plus we got his 5 Star Picks of the Week.

Paul Alexander - Paul told the story of the first time he sat down to interview Chuck Noll and being so nervous he could barely speak. He also talked about his displeasure with the unfortunate negative nature of today's mainstream media.

Eddie Kennison - Eddie talked about his desire to help people, always trying to keep things positive and how that enables him to sleep well at night.

J.J. Birden - J.J. shared his inisights on his alma mater the Oregon Ducks as well as his former team the Kansas City Chiefs. We also talked about how he was able to be a successful Wide Receiver in the NFL even though he was the smallest player in the league.

Vencie Glenn - Vencie talked about keeping things real, what it was like being inducted into the Indiana State Hall of Fame the same weekend his father died and the message he wants kids to takeaway when he gets an opportunity to speak with them.

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This week on Thursday Night Tailgate our guests are: former Browns DB Felix Wright, former Patriots Pro Bowl RB Tony Collins, Executive Director of the Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory Anne, Jewell, former Falcons QB Chris Millers and former Packers Offensive Lineman Bill Ferrario.

Felix Wright - Hear Felix talk about the Monday Night game against the Rams when he intercepted 2 passes, returning 1 for a touchdown earning him the nickname Mr. Monday Night. He also talked about his incredible journey from being a history and PE teacher to becoming a CFL All-Star and later leading the NFL in interceptions.

Tony Collins - Hear our 5 Star Picks of the Week with Tony, Bob and I.

Anne Jewell - Anne shared the latest exhibits at the Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory including the barnstorming Arabian Knight like uniform worn by Babe Ruth which earned him the nickname the Sultan of Swat when he played on a team with Robert Ripley who later started Ripley's Believe It or Not.

Chris Miller - Chris shared his insights and expectations for his alma mater the Oregon Ducks and his former team the Atlanta Falcons for this season. He also talk about concussions ending his playing career and which QBs he enjoys watching now.

Bill Ferrario - Bill shared his thoughts on his alma mater the Wisconsin Badgers and their big opening week win over LSU. He also talked about Brett Favre's Pro Football Hall of Fame induction speech and his thoughts on the the Packers this season.

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On this episode of Thursday Night Tailgate our guests are: former Steelers, Seahawks & Patriots Pro Bowl LB Chad Brown, former Patriots Pro Bowl RB Tony Collins, former Cowboys RB Sherman Williams, Georgia Tech Hall of Famer and former Bills RB Joe Burns, College Football Hall of Famer and former Bengals Pro Bowl NT Tim Krumrie.

Chad Brown - We got Chad's thoughts on his alma mater the University of Colorado, his memories of playing alongside new Hall of Famer Kevin Greene, and how he expects Bill Belichick to handle the loss of Tom Brady for the first 4 games of the season.

Tony Collins - We'll talk Fantasy Football with Tony and his roster in our Thursday Night Tailgate Fantasy Football League.

Sherman Williams - Sherman sharing his insights about his alma mater the University of Alabama. We also looked back to their National Championship victory over Clemson. He also talked about former Mississippi State QB Dak Prescott now thrust into the starting QBing job in Dallas.

Joe Burns - Joe shared his feelings on being inducted into Georgia Tech Sports Hall of Fame last year as well as this year's Yellow Jacket team. He also shared his thoughts on the job Rex Ryan has done up in Buffalo.

Tim Krumrie - Tim talked about what it was like when he heard he is going to be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame this December. Tim never missed a single game in college or the NFL as a Nose Tackle. We talked about how he was able to keep that streak going despite being in the middle of every play and why the streak was important to him. Wel also talked about the concussions he suffered and the experimental treatment he's going through to improve blood flow to his brain.

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This week on Thursday Night Tailgate our guests are: the Founder & Creator of Guardian Caps Lee Hanson, former Patriots Pro Bowl RB Tony Collins, former Steelers Pro Bowl LB Greg Lloyd and former Pitt and Packers DB Tom Flynn.

Lee Hanson - Guardian Caps are a jell like cushion that fits over top of the helmet. Lee updated us on the advancements they've made with Guardian Caps over the last few years. Over 50 Division 1 colleges now use Guardian Caps during the week to help reduce the impact of helmet to helmet contact during practice. The growth of the product from a few high schools to now over 60,000 being in use by several major college programs speaks to the difference they makes in reducing injuries.

Tony Collins - We'll talk about a potential players strike and lockout looming when the current collective bargaining agreement ends in 2021. Tony also shared stories about what it was like during the 2 work stoppages that happened while he was playing in the league.

Greg Lloyd - We asked Greg about what it was like being one of the most feared players in the game back in the 1990's. We also got his thoughts on his former teammate Kevin Greene's induction into the Hall of Fame and his memories of being a part of one of the great Linebacking corps in Steelers history.

Tom Flynn - We talked to Tom about his days at Pitt and the Pitt/Penn State rivalry. We also heard his stories about playing at Lambeau Field particularly in the dead of winter. We asked Tom about his rookie season back in 1984 when he burst onto the scene finishing 2nd in the league with 9 Interceptions.

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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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