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.