On this edition of Thursday Night Tailgate our guests are: former Dolphins Pro Bowl RB Ronnie Brown, former Patriots Pro Bowl RB Tony Collins, former Bears Pro Bowl RB Mark Carrier, Super Agent Leigh Steinberg, and former Padres 3B/OF Kurt Bevacqua.
On this edition of Thursday Night Tailgate our guests are: the Founder & Inventor of Guardian Caps, Lee Hanson; former Patriots Pro Bowl RB Tony Collins; former Steelers Pro Bowl QB Kordell Stewart; Turner Sports Broadcaster Van Earl Wright; SEC Network Broadcaster Will Kollmeyer.
Lee Hanson - Lee's product, Guardian Caps, is a protective cover that fits on top of football helmets that reduces the force of helmet to helmet contact. They recently won the NFL Head Tech Challenge and a grant from the NFL to help advance the product. Hear Lee talking about all of that and exactly how Guardian Caps can damatically reduce head trauma in the game of football.
Tony Collins - Tony talked about when he knew his playing career was over plus he shared memories of playing for Raymond Berry and his experience being a part of Super Bowl 20.
Kordell Stewart - Kordell shared stories from his first ever start at the University of Colorado, the feeling he had when his hail mary pass to Michael Westbrook beat Michigan, becoming Slash in Pittsburgh and what it was like going up against guys like Greg Lloyd every day at practice in Pittsburgh.
Van Earl Wright - Van Earl shared his insights on his alma mater, the University of South Carolina. We talked about last football season and what to expect from them this season plus the excitement around their men's basketball team that made it to the Final Four and the women's team winning the National Championship. He also shared his memories of our next guest Will Kollmeyer when the 2 met as interns at CNN Sports back in the early 1980s.
Will Kollmeyer - Will shared his memories of working with Van Earl Wright plus one of his mentors Craig Sager. He also shared his thoughts on being inducted into the Northeast Mississippis Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame and being the new Director of Athletics at Blue Mountain College.
On this edition of Thursday Night Tailgate our guests are: former Royals & Cardinals Relief Pitcher Mark Littell, former Patriots Pro Bowl RB Tony Collins, Chicago Sports Talk Radio Host Maya Akai, and former Oilers & Redskins Pro Bowl DB Cris Dishman.
Mark Littell - Mark talked about his new role as Director of the Winter League in Cuba. He'll be talking Independent League players down there to play against Cuba prospects. He also talked about his book, One the Eighth Day, God Made Baseball, and how he got the nickname "Country".
Tony Collins - Tony talked about his current health and thoughts for what life could be like for him later in his 50s and 60s after playing the game for decades. Hear if he would do it all again.
Maya Akai - Maya shared her insights into if the Bears drafting Mitch Trubisky was a good idea, Jay Cutler's legacy in Chicago and what's up with the Cubs.
Cris Dishman - Cris shared stories about his playing at his alma mater Purdue alongisde future Hall of Famer Rod Woodson and going against Jim Everett every day at practice. He also talked about the 90's Oilers teams he played on alongside guys like Warren Moon, Haywood Jeffires, Ernest Giving, Mike Rozier, Allen Pinkett, Alzo Highsmith and the rest of their talented offense. He also shared his thoughts on what it was like playing for Jerry Glanville and his upcoming DB camp featuring Deion Sanders, Rod Woodson and Darrell Green.
On this edition of Thursday Night Tailgate our guests are: former Vikings, Panthers, Bucs & Rams Pro Bowl LT Todd Steussie, former Patriots Pro Bowl RB Tony Collins, former Cardinals & Dolphins DB Liffort Hobley, former Bucs & Notre Dame President Gay Culverhouse, and former Jets & Dolphins DB Kerry Glenn.
Todd Steussie - Todd talked about his draft experience being the 19th overall selection in 1994. He also talked about his experience playing in Super Bowl 38 against the Patriots. He weighed in on whethered it's better to lose the Super Bowl vs. having never played in one. He also talked about what it was like to play for Jon Gruden in Tampa Bay and what it was like trying to learn his offense.
Tony Collins - We talked to Tony about the difficulty in playing for multiple Head Coaches and Coordinators over a short period of time. How difficult is it trying to learn new scheme and terms and what affect does having coaches cycle in and out have on the team? He also talked about the Patriots bringing in Kicker Josh Gable who is making 80 yard FGs in practice.
Liffort Hobley - Liffort talked about his alma mater LSU and their mid season firing of Les Miles. We also talked about his time playing in Miami for Don Shula, and what it was like going against Dan Marino, Mark Clayton and Mark Duper every day in practice.
Gay Culverhouse - Gay updated us on her efforts to get the alumni players signed up for the concussion lawsuit. She shared stories of some players who are homeless now and are suffering from so much brain damage they can't understand that she is trying to help them get the benefits that the League has put in place to assist them.
Kerry Glenn - Kerry talked about his alma mater, the University of Minnesota firing their Head Coach, Terry Claeys, who led them to 9 wins last season...the most in over a decade. We also talked about him playing Special Teams and the incentives he had in his contract for every tackle he made.
On this episode of Thursday Night Tailgate our guests are: Topps Marketing Communications Manager Susan Lulgjuraj, former Patriots Pro Bowl RB Tony Collins, former Pitt and Cincinnati Bengals DT Gary Burley, former Vikings, Panthers, Packers & Eagles Pro Bowl DT Keith Millard, and former Texas Rangers & Houston Astros Play by Play Announcer Greg Lucas.
Susan Lulgjuraj - Susan talked about how Beckett Media discovered her from a baseball card collecting blog that she wrote. We also talked about several of Topps series designs from 1968 and 1971 all the way up to their digital Bunt series available online and their Topps Now series.
Tony Collins - Tony shared his insights and thoughts on the Patriots draft plus their signing of former Bills RB Mike Gillislee.
Gary Burley - Gary shared his thoughts on the Bengals draft including their controversial pick of Joe Mixon. He also talked about what it was like to play for Paul Brown, why they went from (10-4) to (4-12) back to (12-4) and playing in the Super Bowl over his first few years in the League. He also talked about how he was mentored by the Steelers legendary defensive front 4 in Joe Greene, Ernie Holmes, Dwight White and L.C. Greenwood while he played his college ball at Pitt.
Keith Millard - Keith gave us his thoughts on the Vikings draft. He also talked about how he transitioned from playing TE to DT mid way through his college career at Washington State. He also shared his memories of playing for Bud Grant and the 4 sack day he had against the Eagles and Randall Cunningham in 1988.
Greg Lucas - Greg shared stories from his time doing Play by Play for the Texas Rangers and Houston Astros including his famous call of the ball that bounced off Jose Canseco's head for a HR. He also talked about being in Texas for the last few years of Nolan Ryan's career and how he dominated even at 44 and 45 years old plus his time in Houston watching Craig Biggio and Jeff Bagwell lead the Astros to the playoffs from 1997-2005.
On this edition of Thursday Night Tailgate our guests are: MLB Network Radio & Turner Sports TV Host Casey Stern, former Saints, 49ers, & Panthers DB Toi Cook, former Panthers & Bears WR Muhsin Muhammad, Chiefs Insider Nick Athan, and former Rams Pro Bowl QB Jim Everett.
Casey Stern - Casey shared his thoughts on the Red Sox, Blue Jays, Sterling Marte, Andrew McCutchen and a whole lot more.
Toi Cook - Toi talked about his alma mater Stanford, what it was like playing both baseball and football at Stanford and the impact it had on his draft position in both sports. He also talked about what it was like playing for 2 of the best defenses of all-time with the Saints in 1991 & '92 plus in San Francisco in 1994. Also hear this comments about what it was like going up against some of the bigger RBs of that era in Herschel Walker and Jerome Bettis.
Muhsin Muhammad - Moose shared his draft day memories and the bet he lost because his QB at Michigan State, Tony Banks, got drafted one spot ahead of him. We also got his thoughts on what the Panthers should be looking for in the draft.
Nick Athan - Nick shared his insights into the Kanasa City Chiefs. We got Nick's thoughts on whether the Chiefs have gone as far as Alex Smith can take them, who he thinks they'll take in the early rounds of the draft, plus memories of the Chiefs glory years back in the late 60's and early 70's.
Jim Everett - Jim shared his thoughts on Jared Goff and why Todd Gurley's numbers fell off so much last season. He also shared his insights into the positions the Rams need to foucs on in the draft and if Mitch Trubisky is a guy teams should feel comfortable putting their short term fate in the hands of.
On this edition of Thursday Night Tailgate our guests are: former University of Minnesota and CFL star QB Rickie Foggie, former Patriots Pro Bowl RB Tony Collins, former Bengals TE M.L. Harris, former Dolphins, Patriots & 49ers TE Jed Weaver, and former Colts RB Roosevelt Potts.
Rickie Foggie - Rickey shared his insights on his alma mater the University of Minnesota who fired their Head Coach after he led them to 9 wins, the most in nearly 15 years. He also talked what it was like playing up in the CFL for the Tornto Argonauts the year they signed Rocket Ismail to a contract that exceeded the total salaries of the rest of the team.
Tony Collins - Tony shared memories from his draft day plus what it was like showing up at training camp the first day, how he ascended up the depth chart and the way some veterans viewed the new kid drafted to potentially take their places.
M.L. Harris - M.L. also talked about his time playing in the CFL and what it was like starting out as a RB and transitioning to TE. He talked about coming back to the NFL to play for his home state Cincinnati Bengals, requesting a trade because they weren't using him right and watching 2 time Heisman Trophy winner Archie Griffin go through the same thing struggle of not used properly in their offense.
Jed Weaver - Jed shared his memories of playing at the University of Oregon in a high powered offense with QB Akili Smith. He shared stories of the rivalry with Oregon State and their double OT loss in 1998. He also shared his thoughts on playing for Andy Reid, Dave Wannstedt and Bill Belichick and why Belichick and the Patriots are so much more successful than everyone else.
Roosevelt Potts - Rossevelt talked about what it was like teaming with Marshall Faulk in Indianapolis, requesting a trade when it was clear that Marshall was going to be the man, but being denied. He talked about how he adjusted to a new role as lead blocker, plus his frustration at having to watch 1995 AFC Championship Game against Pittsburgh; a memory he's trying to forget.
On this edition of Thursday NIght Tailgate our guests are: the Dean of Atlanta Sports Talk Radio Beau Bock, former Patriots Pro Bowl RB Tony Collins, former USC and Patriots RB Scott Lockwood, Root Sports Pittsburgh TV and Radio host Paul Alexander, and former Oklahoma and Chicago Bears LB Dante Jones.
Beau Bock - Hear Beau's take on the upcoming NFL Draft and which positions the Falcons should be looking at. Beau also shared his insights position by position on the Atlanta Braves this season.
Tony Collins - Shared his thoughts on the possibility of the Patriots signing Adrian Peterson. We also talked at length about his past off the field struggles and the message he shares now with kids and their parents about how to either avoid them or recover from them.
Scott Lockwood - Scott talked about his annual bike ride to help support the Kevin Turner Foundation and the fight to cure ALS. He also shared his story about the business side of the NFL and having to sue the Patriots to get paid after he was cut following a preseason knee injury. We also heard about his time at USC and what it was like being a part of their great mid 1980's teams.
Paul Alexander - Paul shared his insights and thoughts about the Pittsburgh Pirates this season, particularly their young pitching staff. He shared his concerns around the treatment of Andrew McCutchen and the salary dump they did by trading away Francisco Liriano.
Dante Jones - Dante shared his memories of playing at the University of Oklahoma and how Barry Switzer was able to convince a Texas kid to become a Sooner. He also talked about what it was like being drafted by the Bears in 1988 and playing for Mike Ditka and alongside legends like Mike Singletary, Richard Dent and the rest of the guys who were still there and were a part of the 1985 Bears defense.
On this edition of Thursday Night Tailgate our guests are: the CEO of the new Spring League Brian Woods, former Patriots Pro Bowl RB Tony Collins, former Steelers and Falcons DB Randy Fuller, former Pirates 1B/OF Al Oliver and Co-Owner of www.steelcityblitz.com and Host of the Steel City Blitz podcast Marc Uhlmann.
Brian Woods - We talked with Brian about the make up and structure of The Spring League (www.thespringleague.com). He talked about some of former NFL players they have lined up to play; guys who think they still have something left in the tank like: Ben Tate, Greg Hardy, Kellen Winslow Jr., and Brandon Browner. They will have 4 teams who will play 6 games over a 3 week period starting in mid April. Hear Brian go through how and why they will be successful while all other Spring leagues have failed.
Tony Collins - Tony shared his thoughts on the Patriots signing DB Malcolm Butler but have yet to sign Super Bowl 49 hero Malcolm Butler. He also talked about their current corp of RBs and thoughts on whether they'll bring back LaGarrette Blount or sign Adrian Peterson. We also heard which player came into Patriots camp untouted and wow'd the coaching staff and made the team back when Tony was with the Patriots.
Randy Fuller - As a former member of the Falcons, Randy shared his range of emotions during the Super Bowl. He also talked about his own experience during the 1998 NFC Championship game against the Vikings and in the Super Bowl against Denver. We also got his thoughts on the Steelers young DBs, Artie Burns and Sean Davis and what positions he thinks the Steelers need to focus on during the draft.
Al Oliver - Shared his memories of being a part of the 1970's Pittsburgh Pirates. He talked at length about playing with guys like Dock Ellis, Bill Mazeroski, Dave Parker and Manny Sanguillen. He also talked about his book: "Life is a Hit, Don't Strikeout" and the difficult childhood he had.
Marc Uhlmann - We got Marc's take on the situation with Martavis Bryant, if they can count on him and TE Ledarius Green. We also got his thoughts on Mike Tomlin, where he thinks the Steelers need to focus during the draft, and where the Steelers are with their Inside Linebackers.
On this edition of Thursday Night Tailgate our guests are: former Jets & Dolphins Offensive Lineman and now Offensive Line Coach in The Spring League John Bock, former Patriots Pro Bowl RB Tony Collins, former Colts RB Roosevelt Potts, former Patriots, Bills & Cowboys Pro Bowl QB Drew Bledsoe and Patriots & Red Sox blogger and Co-Host of the Sports Infusion show Tom Murphy.
John Bock - John shared his insights into what the new Spring League is all about plus the success he had as Head Coach of the Brooklyn Bolts in the FXFL. He talked about some of the players he'll be coaching in the new league plus some of his former Brooklyn Bolts players who have gone on to play in the NFL.
Tony Collins - Tony shared more of his insights into some of the Patriots off season moves.
Roosevelt Potts - We talked to Roosevelt about his time playing at Louisiana Monroe in college plus with the Colts back in the middle 1990's.
Drew Bledsoe - Drew shared his thougts on his alma mater Washington State and their QB Luke Falk. He also talked about why Bill Bellichick is able to be so much more successful than other coaches in the NFL. He also talked about enjoying away games more than home games during his time in Buffalo because of the weather and giving Dan Marino a hard time about being successful in warm weather Miami.
Tom Murphy - Tom shared his thoughts on the Patriots off season moves around trading for Brandin Cooks and Dwayne Allen. He also talked about Dont'a Hightowers new contract. We switched gears over to getting his thoughts on the Red Sox, in particular whether Mookie Betts can repeat his monster 2016 season, if Chris Sale will be able to succeed under the increased scrutiny in Boston, if David Price is really going to be lost for this season and how they will be able to replace the lost production of David Ortiz.
On this edition of Thursday Night Tailgate our guests are: NFL stats guru and TNT Hall of Famer Russell Baxter, former Patriots Pro Bowl RB Tony Collins, BC Lions WR and Canada's Smartest Person Marco Iannuzzi former Patriots, Packers & Cowboys WR Terry Glenn and former Notre Dame and Tampa Bay Bucs President Gay Culverhouse.
Russell Baxter - Russell shared his insights and thoughts on what's happened so far in free agency, particularly with the Patriots, Ravens, Broncos, Falcons, Bucs and Saints.
Tony Collins - Tony share his thoughts on what the Patriots have done so far in the off season plus the fans and local media spouting that the Patriots will go undefeated next season and win the Super Bowl.
Marco Iannuzzi - We talked with Marco about what it's like carrying the title of Canada's Smartest Person plus all the philanthropic work he does for so many charities up in Canada. He also talked about representing himself in his recent contrat negotiations with the BC Lions and what they need to do next season to take the next step and play for the Grey Cup.
Terry Glenn - Terry shared some very personal thoughts about why he's so passionate about helping foster kids with his Foundation 83kids.com. Terry was a kid who bounced around from foster home to foster home, never knowing his parents. He talked about feeling wanted for the first time in his life when the Patriots picked him with the 7th overall selection in the first round in 1996. He sshared his memories and thoughts about playing in New England, Green Bay and Dallas. He also talked about how today's WRs should have astericks by their yardage totals because the game is so much easier now for WRs.
Gay Culverhouse - Gay told the story about how the NFL cheated her father, Hugh Culverhouse, out of being able to buy the Rams and how years later when the league added expansion teams in Seattle and Tampa Bay he was first given the right to buy the Seahawks but a short time later the buyer for the Bucs fell through so he ended up buying that franchise instead. He bought the Bucs for $16M and later sold it for $300M. Gay also talked about testifying against the NFL before Congress about concussion and the rampant use of pain killers by sideline doctors. She's now advocating for the NFL Alumni players to get all the benefits the NFL owes them plus get the players registered for their concussion lawsuit benefits.
On this edition of Thursday Night Tailgate our guests are: former Bengals, Vikings & Panthers DB Leonard Wheeler, former Patriots Pro Bowl RB Tony Collins, Houston Oilers Hall of Fame Guard Bruce Matthews and former Steelers Kicker Jeff Reed.
Leonard Wheeler - Leonard shared his thoughts on the Carolina Panthers and what went wrong last season. He also talked about what it's like for most guys when their playing career abruptly ends, the new NFL Legends community and his book: "Beyond the Locker Room, DevelopingYour Game Plan for Life's Transitions."
Tony Collins - We talked with Tony about the Patriots trade for Dwayne Allen, why they let Dont'a Hightower test free agency and which player that he played with who was a physical freak of nature.
Bruce Matthews - Bruce talked about his college days playing at USC with great players like: Ronnie Lott, Jeff Fisher, Chip Banks and Ross Browner. He also talked about his memory from the loss to the Bills in the AFC playoffs after leading 35-3, his thoughts on the situation when he coached alongside Mike Munchak in Houston when Munchak was being pressured to fire his assistant coaches and refused to do so, and what it was like playing against his brother Clay Matthews twice a year when the 2 of them played for the Oilers and Browns respectively.
Jeff Reed - We talked with Jeff about the art of the on-side kick, his thoughts on Blair Walsh signing with the Seahawks, the team that his biggest missed FG came against, and his memories from being a part of 2 Super Bowl championship teams in Pittsburgh.
On this edition of Thursday Night Tailgate our guests are: former Raiders 2 time Super Bowl Champion LT Bruce Davis, former Patriots Pro Bowl RB Tony Collins, former Cowboys, Saints & Chiefs WR Terrance Copper, former Steelers RB Isaac Redman, and former Steelers RB Carey Davis.
Bruce Davis - Bruce shared some hilarious stories about Ken Stabler's antics off the field, plus what it's like being a Raider and playing for Al Davis. He also talked about his last 2 years in the league playing for Jerry Glanville in Houston and how much Sam Wyche and Chuck Noll hated Glanville.
Tony Collins - Tony talked about what his off season regiment used to be and the time it took for his body to recover and stop hurting once the season ended.
Terrance Copper - Terrance talked about his alma mater East Carolina and playing with former Jaguars QB David Garrard when they were there together. He also talked about his time in Dallas playing for Bill Parcells and the Cowboys, the advice that Keyshown Johnson gave him, following Sean Payton from the Cowboys to the Saints and the struggles Drew Brees had seeing over the line of scrimmage.
Isaac Redman - Isaac told us the amazing story of how it came about that Mike Tomlin made him the last undrafted free agent invited to camp in 2009. He shared how he was able to stand out in camp and in the pre-season, plus how brutal the rivalry is between the Steelers and the Ravens.
Carey Davis - Carey shared stories from his day playing at the University of Illinois and being a part of their last Big 10 Championship team. He's a sideline reporter now for the Illini, so he talked about what it's like being on the other side of the microphone now. He shared his memories of being a part of the Steelers Super Bowl 43 Championship team, what was going through his mind on the Steelers last drive and while the officials were reviewing Santonio Holmes' game winning TD catch. Carey recently visited our troops over in Afghanistan and he shared stories from what that experience was like.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.