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On this edition of Thursday Night Tailgate our guests are: former Cardinals & Dolphins Pro Bowl LB E.J. Junior, former Patriots Pro Bowl RB Tony Collins, former Houston Oilers DB and current Assistant Head Coach at Prairie View A&M Bubba McDowell, former Pirates, Rangers & Expos 1B/OF Al Oliver and Fitness Expert Lamar Lowery.

E.J. Junior - We talked with E.J. about his alma mater the University of Alabama and their coming up short in the National Championship and what he expects from them next season. We also talked about his time playing with the Cardinals and Dolphins plus his realtionship with some of the other outstanding LBs of the 80's like Lawrence Taylor and Hugh Green.

Tony Collins - We asked Tony what he would say to the young rookies coming into the league about what people and situations led him down the wrong path and how to recognize and avoid the situations he got involved in.

Bubb McDowell - We got Bubba's insights into what they need to do at Prairie View to get into the FCS playoff mix next season, and in particular to get over the hump and beat the team that seems to stand in their way, Grambling State. We also talked to Bubba about what it was like to be a Miami Hurricane in the mid 80's and as a guy who was a member of the Houston Oilers when they blew a 35-3 lead over the Buffalo Bills in the playoffs, what was going through his mind as he watched the Atltanta Falcons blow a big lead in the Super Bowl.

Al Oliver - We talked with Al about being a part of Pittsburgh Pirates in the 1970's. He shared stories about Roberto Clemente and Willie Stargell. He also talked about his relationship with the fans and how heartbreaking it was when they traded him in 1977. We also get his thoughts on what it was like playing in Montreal alongside new Hall of Famer Tim Raines and guys like Andre Dawson, Warren Cromartie and Terry Francona. 

Lamar Lowery - Lamar talked his time in the Army as a Master Fitness expert, plus how his degree as a mental health specialist helps him get into the mindset of his clients. He also shared tips for how to motivate yourself to get into the gym and how to better deal with lower back pain when you're exercising.

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On this edition of Thursday Night Tailgate our guests are: former Browns DB Felix Wright, former Patriots Pro Bowl RB Tony Collins, former Steelers & Seahawks DB Willie Williams, former Steelers & Bears RB Tim Worley and former Rams Pro Bowl Guard Kent Hill.

Felix Wright - We talked with Felix about what he thinks it's going to take to for the Browns to finally get on the right path to being a winning organization. We also talked about his infamous hit on Bills WR Don Beebe and his memories of playing against Barry Sanders.

Tony Collins - We got Tony's thoughts on whether he thinks the Patriots should trade Jimmy Garoppolo, potentially to the Browns, for their #12 pick in the draft or keep him as the heir apparent to Tom Brady. We also talked about the reception they received back in Boston following their Super Bowl 20 loss to the Bears. Did the fans welcome them home following an otherwise great season or did the long suffering Boston fans at the time already turn the page to the Celtics who were in the middle of a run to their 3rd NBA title of the 1980's?

Willie Williams - Willie shared his insights and thoughts about the Steelers performance in the AFC Championship Game plus two of their young DBs in Artie Burns and Sean Davis. He also talked about what it was like being a part of the great defense the Steelers had in the mid 90's, plus how Greg Lloyd and Kevin Greene used to routinely override the defensive play calls from the coaches.

Tim Worley - Tim talked about his struggles with drugs and the temptations that money brought him as a first round pick in 1989. He told us what he would say to Steelers WR Martavis Bryant and rookies entering the league if he could spend some time with them. We also got his thoughts on his alma mater, the University of Georgia, and Tim boldly stated that there is no reason why they shouldn't win the SEC East division this season and that this year's recruiting class will play for a national championship by the time they are seniors.

Kent Hill - We got Kent's thoughts on the Rams first season back in LA and their new, young Head Coach Sean McVay. We also talked about the direction the Rams need to go in this year's draft, whether he realized at the time how special it was that he had an opporutnity to play in a Super Bowl his rookie season (he never got an opportunity to get back) and his memories of playing against the '85 Bears in the NFC Championship game that year.

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On this episode of Thursday Night Tailgate we talked in great length about the Super Bowl with former Patriots Pro Bowl RB Tony Collins, Boston Globe Reporter Chad Finn and the Dean of Atlanta Sports Talk Radio Beau Bock. We also talked Mississippi State football with their Defensive Line Coach Brian Baker and Super Bowl thoughts and memories with former Redskins DB Mike Bass, who played in Super Bowl 7 against the undefeated Miami Dolphins. Also in our Spotlight on the Positive segment to hear 2 more stories of players doing great things in their communities.

Brian Baker - Brian talked about Mississippi State's defense and what they need to do in order to get more pressure on the QB in 2017. He also talked about how intense the rivalry is between them and Ole Miss and how important it was to Mississippi State fans that they won the Egg Bowl last season.

Tony Collins - Tony talked about how he thought the Patriots were done and the Super Bowl was over early in the 3rd quarter when the Falcons went up 28-3; going so far to post a congratulations message to Falcons fans on Facebook. He took us threw the mistakes the Falcons made that gave the Patriots a glimmer of hope and how unbelievable it was that the Patriots were able to pull out that victory.

Mike Bass - Mike shared his thoughts on the Super Bowl as well. He said the Falcons mistake was being conservative on defense in the 2nd half. "If you get beat, get beat being aggressive." He shared his memories of playing in Super Bowl 7 against the undefeated Dolphins. He took us through the play that still haunts him to this day, one that he feels could have tied that game up. He also spoke the Redskins philosophy at the time about why you play veteran players and let someone else develop rookies.

Chad Finn - Chad took us through his range of emotions during the Super Bowl, he starting to write about their demise through 3 quarters. He talked about how the math was just not on the Patriots side for number possessions left and time on the clock...until it was. He shared when the moment was when he finally started to think, hey they have a shot here to pull this off. We also got Chad's early thoughts on the Red Sox pitching staff for 2017.

Beau Bock - Beau shared the anguish and shock of Atlanta sports fans following the game and where he thinks things went wrong. But Beau also put a positive spin on things saying the Falcons weren't even supposed to be there. No one thought they'd be a Super Bowl contender this year and yet there they were. He said this is a team on the rise and the Atlanta media needs to be focused on that instead of what a failure the Super Bowl was.

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On this edition of Thursday Night Tailgate our guests are: former Colts RB & star of Super Bowl 41 Dominic Rhodes, former Raiders 2 time Super Bowl Champion RB Kenny King, Comedian/Actor Tom Dreesen and Sirius/XM NFL Channel Radio Host & TNT Hall of Famer Zig Fracassi. Former Patriots Pro Bowl RB Tony Collins helped us break down Super Bowl 51, plus check out our Spotlight on the Positive segment to hear 2 more stories of players doing great things in their communities.

Dominic Rhodes - We talked to Dominic about his experience playing in Super Bowl 41 vs. the Bears plus the celebration afterwards including going to Disney World with Head Coach Tony Dungy. He also talked at length about his time playing in the United Football League and now trying to help kids not make the same mistakes he made. The joy in his voice really made the segment so much fun.

Tony Collins - We broke down Super Bowl 51 between the Patriots and Falcons with former Patriots Pro Bowl RB Tony Collins. Hear who Tony, Bob and I picked to win the game and why.

Kenny King - Kenny walked us through how Barry Switzer was able to get a Texas kid to come play his college ball at Oklahoma. He also talked about how surprised he was that the Houston Oiler drafted him in the 3rd round when they already had Earl Campbell and then what it was like when Al Davis traded for him the following year. We also got his take on the Super Bowl and where he'll be watching it.

Tom Dreesen - Tom is from suburban Chicago and is a life long Cubs fan. He was at 3 of World Series games and shared his joy when they won Game 7. He also talked about being a bat boy for the Cubs, what it was like leading "Take Me Out To The Ballgame" At Wrigley Field and looking forward to doing it again this season. He also talked about growing up caddying at area courses in Chicago, what it was like being inducted in the Caddie Hall of Fame, his playing in the Bob Hope Desert Classic for many years and he shared his pick for the Super Bowl.

Zig Fracassi - Zig further broked down the Super Bowl for us and shared his insights and thoughts. We also got his opinion of Antonio Brown and whether the Steelers should start listening to trade offers.

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On this edition of Thursday Night Tailgate our guests are: former Royals & Cardinals Closer Mark Littell, former Rams LB and the hero of Super Bowl 34 Mike Jones, former Jets & Chiefs Tackle Jeff Criswell and the Dean of Atlanta Sports Talk Radio, Beau Bock. Former Patriots Pro Bowl RB Tony Collins joined us to share his memories of playing in Super Bowl 20 versus the '85 Bears and we put our Spotlight on the Positive on Lions DB Don Carey and Colts Punter Pat McAfee.

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On this episode of Thursday Night Tailgate our guests are: former Saints & Rams FB Mike Karney, former Chargers DE Burt Grossman, former Chargers, Vikings & Giants DB and Thursday Night Tailgate Hall of Famer Vencie Glenn, and former Colts DB Leonard Humphries. Former Patriots Pro Bowl RB Tony Collins joined us to make our picks for AFC/NFC Championship Games plus check out our Spotlight on the Positive segment to hear 2 more stories about players doing great things in their communities.

Mike Karney - We talked with Mike about how he ended up playing his college ball for Arizona State. He shared with us that his willingness to out work people at every level was his greatest attribute. We also talked about his 3 touchdown game against Dallas on Sunday Night Football back in 2006 and how the Saints released him on the night on his wedding rehearsal dinner.

Burt Grossman - Burt played his college ball at Pitt and his roommate all 4 years was Tony Siragusa. He talked about the trouble they got into and perhaps all the fights and his reputation for getting into trouble might have kept the Steelers from drafting him in 1989. He also shared his thoughts on the Chargers moving to LA and the great things he's doing now helping kids who are former gang members get an education.

Vencie Glenn - Vencie talked in great detail about why he thinks Dean Spanos is moving the Chargers to LA. He shared his frustration with the organization and gave great insight both as a former member of the Chargers and a long time member of the San Diego community. He also gave credit to Gill Byrd as the player who taught him the most about how to be successful playing in the NFL.

Leonard Humphries - Leonard shared his thoughts on his alma mater Penn State and the season they had. He also shared his frustration realted to the playoff selection committee overlooking them this year. He also shared stories from his years playing for the Colts and the disappointment of losing the 1995 AFC Championship Game to the Steelers.

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On this episode of Thurday Night Tailgate our guests are: former Colts, Dolphins & Ravens FB Roosevelt Potts, Prairie View A&M Head Coach Willie Simmons, former Dolphins & Bengals Pro Bowl LT Richmond Webb and NFL stats guru and TNT Hall of Famer Russell Baxter. Former Patriots Pro Bowl RB Tony Collins joined us to go through the Divisional round of the playoffs plus hear which players are doing great things in their communities in our Spotlight on the Positive segment.

Roosevelt Potts - We talked with Roosevelt about how he ended up playing his college ball at the University of Louisiana at Monroe, some of the great players he got to play with. He also shared his draft day story, how he ended up with the Colts, what it took for him to make the team and as a FB who were the hardest hitters that he went up against.

Willie Simmons - Coach did a retrospective on this season plus shared his thoughts on his 6 All-Conference players and what he thinks it will take for the playoff selection committee to take a harder look at Prairie View A&M next season.

Richmond Webb - Richmond shared his thoughts on the Dolphins' season, their offensive line and Jay Ajayi. He also told us about some of the gifts that Dan Marino and Jon Kitna gave the offensive line over years and some of his favorite games and the one that still bothers him to this day.

Russell Baxter - Russell broke down each of the Divisional playoff games for us and talked about a great new app called Snap Call that he'll be joining where he'll be doing in game analysis.

Tony Collins - Tony joined us as to do our picks for the Divisional playoff games.

We put our Spotlight on the Positive this week on Redskins WR Pierre Garcon and Jason Witten. Hear about the great things they're doing in their communities.

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On this edition of Thursday Night Tailgate our guests are: former Eagles, Rams & Chiefs Head Coach Dick Vermeil, former Giants & Browns FB Randy Minniear, former Packers DB and former Steelers & Giants Defensive Coordinator Tim Lewis and former Cardinals Pro Bowl DB Kwamie Lassiter. Plus former Patriots Pro Bowl RB Tony Collins joined us to go through our picks for our Wild Card Playoff Picks and hear our Spotlight on the Positive. This week we highlighted Browns Tackle Joe Thomas and Steelers WR Antonio Brown for the great they're doing in their communities.

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On this edition of Thursday Night Tailgate our guests are: former Steelers Offensive Lineman John Malecki, former Jets DB Victor Green, Pittsburgh sports TV & radio host Paul Alexander and former Broncos & Falcons RB Gene Lang. Plus former Patriots Pro Bowl RB Tony Collins joined us to go through our 5 Star Picks of the Week and check out our Spotlight on the Positive segment to hear which players are doing great things in their communities.

John Malecki - We got John's feedback on the antics from Vontaze Burfict and the Cincinnati Bengals again last Sunday vs. the Steelers. He talked about how the Bengals implode leads directly to Steeler victories. He also shared stories of some moments that he retaliated when he played in college at Pitt. We also talked about his custom furniture fabrication business (check it out on his site www.johnmalecki.com), and what's next for him.

Tony Collins - We went through our 5 Star Picks of the Week for Week 16 in the NFL season with Tony.

Victor Green - Victor shared his thoughts on his alma mater the University of Akron and the direction they are headed under Head Coach Terry Bowden. We also got his thoughts on the Jets situation including whether they should focus on developing Bryce Petty or Christian Hackenberg or if they should bring in a free agent QB over the off season. He also talked abou tthe difficulty of dealing with new coaching staffs every few years and his memory of his first pick 6 which came off Drew Bledsoe and the 90 yards pick 6 he had on his first game facing the Jets after they cut him and he went to New England.

Paul Alexander - We talked with Paul about the legacy of great broadcaster in Pittsburgh including Myron Cope, Lanny Frattare, Bill Hillgrove and others. We also talked about it being Ravens week in Pittsburgh and what that means and the Steelers need to develop another offensive threat besides Antonio Brown and Le'Veon Bell. I also got Paul's thoughts on why Mike Tomlins struggles with math and anything having to do with numbers.

Gene Lang - As a former member of the Broncos, we got Gene's insights into the frustrations that led to a postgame meltdown between the Broncos defense and offense last week. He added that those guys make so much money that they should be happy all the time. We also got his thoughts on his alma mater LSU and Offensive Coordinator Ed Orgeron taking over as Head Coach plus his thoughts on star players now deciding to sit out Bowl games. Lastly Gene shared what he might do if he ever saw Jerry Glanville again, after Glanville made them do 2 a days 6 days a week.

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On this episode of Thursday Night Tailgate our guests are: former Rangers, Yankees & Braves OF Billy Sample, former Eagles Pro Bowl DB Lito Sheppard, former Panthers & Bears Pro Bowl WR Muhsin Muhammad and former Jets & Dolphins DB Kerry Glenn. Former Patriots Pro Bowl RB Tony Collins joined us to go through our 5 Star Picks of the Week plus hear our Spotlight on the Positive and which players are doing great things in their communities.

Billy Sample - Billy played in the major leagues from 1978-1986 for the Rangers, Yankees and Braves. After retiring he did some broadcasting for Turner Sports, he later became a screen play writer and starred in, directed and produce his own movie title Reunion 108. He's written a book title "A Year in Pinstripes...And Then Some" and now he's trying his hand at stand up comedy. We talked with Billy about his time playing in New York and asked what's harder, writing a book, losing to the Red Sox as a Yankee or doing stand up comedy? He also shared stories from the rest of his major league career from playing in the heat in Texas to finishing his career in Atlanta.

Lito Sheppard - Lito took us through how the University of Florida won out in his decision of where to play his college ball. We also talked about which college games stick out as the best win and the loss that still haunts him, plus what it was about playing the Cowboys that always brought out the best in him when he was with the Eagles.

Muhsin Muhammad - Moose played his college ball at Michigan State so we got his thoughts on Ohio State vs. Penn State getting into the college football playoffs. We also talked about which players had a positive impact on him when he joined the Panthers, his memory of the big night he had vs. Saints in '98 and much more...

Kerry Glenn - Kerry gave me some Christmas gift advice, talked about his alma mater the University of Minnesota and shared a hilarious story of what fellow DB Tim McKyer said as they were watching film preparing to play Bo Jackson and the Raiders.

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On this edition of Thursday Night Tailgate our guests are: former Steelers, Panthers & Cowboys WR Ernie Mills, former Steelers LB Greg Lloyd and former Steelers and Falcons DB Randy Fuller. Plus former Patriots Pro Bowl RB Tony Collins joins us for our 5 Star Picks of the Week and check out our Spotlight on the Positive segment. Hear which players are doing great things in their communities.

Ernie Mills - We got Ernie's thoughts on his alma mater, the University of Florida and the job Jim McElwain is doing. He also shared his memories of playing with the Steelers of the 90's, including trying to make a name for himself while going against guys like Rod Woodson and Carnell Lake at practice.

Tony Collins - Hear our 5 Star Picks of the Week with former Patriots Pro Bowl RB Tony Collins.

Greg Lloyd - Greg talked about some of this generation's players always having a reason for why they're not playing well and not being open to coaching or listening to what guys like him have to say. He also talked about the chip he had on his shoulder while he played and that he never saw Neil O'Donnell again after Super Bowl 30.

Randy Fuller - Shared his memories of those 90's Steelers teams including what it was like playing alongside Greg Llloyd and Ernie Mills. He also talked about trying to defend against Kordell Stewart when he was playing the Slash role as well as his memories of 2 teammates who recently were inducted into the Hall of Fame, Jerome Bettis and Kevin Greene. 

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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
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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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