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Finally, a podcast celebrating all the women who know and love football. TFG Managing Editor Melissa Jacobs talks to the most prominent female voices from all avenues of the NFL (with some men thrown in occasionally) and shares a weekly musing on the intersection of football, society and feminism.

The Football Girl


    • Oct 20, 2021 LATEST EPISODE
    • every other week NEW EPISODES
    • 47m AVG DURATION
    • 151 EPISODES

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    Sorry NFL, Your Snyder-Gruden Problem Isn't Disappearing

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 20, 2021 45:24

    Melissa is joined this week by The Athletic's Lindsay Jones, fresh off covering Raiders-Broncos, to discuss lingering questions about Gruden's resignation, the 650,000 emails, and the WFT workplace investigation. Lindsay also tries to make sense of the top half of the AFC, and talks about the path for the undefeated Arizona Cardinals. Follow Lindsay on Twitter: https://twitter.com/bylindsayhjones Follow Melissa on Twitter: https://twitter.com/thefootballgirl Please leave The Football Girl Podcast a great rating and review! https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-football-girl-podcast/id1319547241

    Gruden Fallout + Connie Carberg, the NFL's First-Ever Female Scout

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 13, 2021 55:52

    Melissa is joined by the NFL's first-ever female scout, Connie Carberg, who was hired by the Jets in 1976 (yes, 1976!) Connie reflects on her career, shares her thoughts on the NFL's current culture, and gives Jets fan a needed pep talk. Melissa opens the show with a lot to say on the Jon Gruden resignation and the culture of toxic masculinity that sadly still lurks in the NFL.

    The 4-0 Cards + Meet Broncos coach Emily Zaler

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 6, 2021 33:11

    This week Melissa dotes on the 4-0 Arizona Cardinals, shares her lingering thoughts from last Sunday's "Return to New England," and tries to unpack Urban Meyer's disastrous early tenure. Then Melissa welcomes Denver Broncos player performance coach Emily Zaler to discuss her journey from soccer star to the first female full-time coach in Broncos history.(12:24) Zaler reflects on the persistence that landed her in the NFL, plus where the league is headed in terms of diversity. Be sure to leave The Football Girl Podcast a great ratings and review! https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-football-girl-podcast/id1319547241 Thanks for listening and see you next week!

    Welcome Back, Tom Brady!

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 28, 2021 35:05


    Tommy Brady is returning to New England and Melissa is joined by Nicole Yang of The Boston Globe to break it all out. Is this a "revenge" game? Do pieces of Brady's aura remain at Gillette Stadium? Will there be boos? Plus, Nicole takes us inside the state of the 1-2 Patriots, which, well, isn't that great at the moment. Melissa opens with her thoughts on another 1-2 team that is far more surprising, the Kansas City Chiefs. Plus, the evolution of Brady's likability. Please support The Football Girl Podcast with a great rating and review on iTunes: https://apple.co/31hLzNe


    Fields of(Fantasy)Dreams

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 22, 2021 44:21

    Melissa is joined by TFG Pod fave, Liz Loza of Yahoo Sports to discuss many of the NFL's hottest topics, both fantasy and reality: - Early contender for MVP? - Kliff Kingsbury's powerful offense (hello, Rondale Moore!) - Surprise fantasy players including Brandin Cooks - The beginning of the Justin Fields era!! Plus, Liz talks about her new fantasy show with Austin Ekeler and the evolution of actual NFL players dabbling in fantasy. And a check in on the growth on women in the fantasy industry that is still rife with societal barriers. Please support The Football Girl Podcast by leaving us a great rating and review: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-football-girl-podcast/id1319547241 -

    Clashing of the Rams

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 14, 2021 45:26

    This week Melissa is thrilled to be joined by The Athletic's Jourdan Rodrigue (12:24) to dive into her deeply layered and reported feature on Sean McVay's decision last season to sleep with the enemy and bring in defensive coordinator Brandon Staley, a product of the Vic Fangio defensive tree that had figured out the Rams offense. Was it a catalyst for exposing offensive weaknesses and leading McVay to Matthew Stafford? Jourdan also talks about the 8-month process of writing the feature, which included over 200 emails sent to herself int the middle of the night. She also shares her impressions of the Rams' Week 1 victory over the Bears and the debut of fans at SoFi Stadium. Melissa also opens the show with thoughts on Aaron Rodgers, the Steelers defense and why a QB switch is far more urgent in Chicago than San Francisco. Jourdan's McVay/Staley feature: https://theathletic.com/2767658/2021/09/09/sean-mcvay-brandon-staley-and-their-clashing-football-evolutions-that-could-shape-the-direction-of-the-nfl/?source=emp_shared_article Please leave the TFG Podcast a great rating and review! Thank you! https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-football-girl-podcast/id1319547241

    Melissa's NFL Divisional Picks

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 8, 2021 38:47

    Happy New NFL Season!!!! Host Melissa Jacobs previews the 2021 season by running through a number of storylines that may have a big impact, including the new 17th game. Then she runs through every division and picks a winner, even after losing hours of sleep contemplating the NFC West and AFC West. Share your predictions with Melissa on Twitter: https://twitter.com/thefootballgirl And please leave The Football Girl Podcast a great rating and review on Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-football-girl-podcast/id1319547241

    Previewing Steelers and AFC North SZN

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 1, 2021 37:43

    WE ARE BACK!!! Melissa kicks off the new season with TFG Pod fave Aditi Kinkhabwala of NFL Network and CBS Sports fame. Aditi and Melissa discuss the fierce AFC North and deeply examine the Steelers' chances with its offensive line issues and Big Ben in his golden years. Plus, an update of TJ Watt's pending mega-contract, Lamar Jackson's idiotic vaccine refusal, and Mac Jones reaction. Follow Aditi on Twitter: https://twitter.com/AKinkhabwala Follow Melissa on Twitter: https://twitter.com/thefootballgirl Please support The Football Girl Podcast by subscribing and leaving a good review on Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-football-girl-podcast/id1319547241

    Mocking the Top 10

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 28, 2021 30:07

    It's NFL Draft Eve and Melissa is unveiling the top 10 picks early, just for you! Plus the NFL's Director of Community Relations Melissa Schiller joins to talk about the Draftathon and the power of athletes helping their communities. Please leave us a great rating and review: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-football-girl-podcast/id1319547241

    NFL Draft Special with ESPN's Laura Rutledge

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 27, 2021 40:48

    Melissa is joined by ESPN's Laura Rutledge...and breaking news....Laura LOVES Mac Jones and thinks he will quiet any doubters. Also in this episode, Laura talks about her early days as a ballerina in China, how she accidentally got into sports broadcasting, and the struggle of juggling motherhood with hosting NFL Live and SEC Nation. Follow Laura on Twitter: https://twitter.com/LauraRutledge Follow Melissa on Twitter: https://twitter.com/thefootballgirl If you enjoyed this episode, please leave us a great rating and review on Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-football-girl-podcast/id1319547241

    Thank You, Alex Smith!

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 20, 2021 40:48

    EMERGENCY POD!!! Melissa is joined by ESPN's Stephania Bell to reminiscent about Alex Smith's unimaginable career. Stephania also goes deep into her time with Alex and his wife Elizabeth as they documented his rehab and recovery in Project 11.

    How Women Are 'Sidelined' in Sports And Society

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 25, 2021 43:04


    Melissa is joined by Julie DiCaro to discuss her new book, 'Sidelined: Sports Culture, and Bring a Woman in America.' Julie talks about her experiences being deeply harassed on social media, why women don't get believed in sexual assault cases against athletes, how men can be better allies and much more. Melissa opens the show by imagining a utopian near future where fully vaccinated people get preferential treatment at sports stadiums and beyond. Buy Julie's book: https://bookshop.org/books/sidelined-sports-culture-and-being-a-woman-in-america/9781524746100 And please leave The Football Girl Podcast a great rating and review. Thank you! https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-football-girl-podcast/id1319547241


    Maia Chaka Makes History!

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 10, 2021 40:46

    Melissa is thrilled to be joined this week by Maia Chaka, who was just named the NFL's first Black female official. Maia opens with her quite enthusiastic reaction to getting the news of her promotion. Then she shares the perseverance and grind it took to achieve her officiating dreams and offers advice for those who want to following her footsteps. She also explains how the pipeline of female officials is only getting more robust each year! Please leave The Football Girl Podcast a great rating and review! https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-football-girl-podcast/id1319547241

    Super Bowl Champion Coach Lo Locust!

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 24, 2021 50:38

    Melissa opens up by talking about this week's important virtual events, an inspiring Women in the NFL happy hour and the 5th Annual Women's Careers in Football forum which has sparked a litany of NFL careers. Then Melissa is joined by one of the women who benefited from the forum, Bucs assistant defensive line coach Lo Locust. (13:10 mark) Lo relives Super Bowl week, including the game experience and the aftermath. She also talks about her unique journey to the NFL, the origins of which didn't begin until she was 40! Follow Coach Locust on Twitter: https://twitter.com/CoachLoLoc Follow Melissa Jacobs on Twitter: https://twitter.com/thefootballgirl Please leave The Football Girl Podcast a great rating and review! https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-football-girl-podcast/id1319547241

    Black History Month: The NFL's Deep History of Racism and Protest

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 18, 2021 48:12

    Melissa is joined by Dr. Louis Moore, a sports and race history professor at Grand Valley State University for a powerful lesson on the NFL's history of integration, segregation, and reintegration. Dr. Moore explains how the NFL we see today was built on Black activism from players and journalists, how Black athletes were horribly impacted by Jim Crow after they integrated in 1946, and how rising salaries and endorsements deals played a role in the lack of player activism from the 1970's to the 2000's. Plus a look at what, if anything, can be done to remedy today's lack of diversity in the NFL's head coaching ranks. Follow Dr. Moore on Twitter: https://twitter.com/loumoore12 Follow Melissa Jacobs on Twitter: https://twitter.com/thefootballgirl Please leave The Football Girl Podcast a great rating and review: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-football-girl-podcast/id1319547241

    Super Bowl LV Spectacular with Lindsay Jones

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 4, 2021 40:40

    Melissa is joined by The Athletic's Senior NFL Writer Lindsay Jones (from Tampa!!) to discuss all aspects of Super Bowl. Lindsay explains why she's picking the Chiefs while noting the Bucs' best chance to victory. Also discussed: - The Chiefs' near-COVID scare - Antonio Brown icky redemption tour - The female coaches and official that are partaking in this Super Bowl - Tom Brady's inability to age Melissa kicks off the show with a not-so-confident Super Bowl pick of her own! Please leave The Football Girl Pod a great rating and review. Thank you! https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-football-girl-podcast/id1319547241

    Bills on the Brink

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 21, 2021 38:43

    Melissa is joined by The Athletic's Lyndsey D'Arcangelo, a lifelong Bills fan, to the discuss the Bills' rise, what's like to be part of Bills Mafia, and Buffalo's chances in the AFC Championship. Plus, Melissa shares her AFC and NFC Championship picks and shares her elation about the Inauguration. Please leave The Football Girl Podcast a great rating and review: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-football-girl-podcast/id1319547241

    NFL on CBS's Suzanne Smith Talks Legendary Career, Directing Nickelodeon Game

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 14, 2021 50:31

    This week Melissa is thrilled to be joined by a legend! CBS's Suzanne Smith reflects on an inspiring career in which she is the only woman directing NFL broadcasts. Suzanne talks about how the landscape has changed for women since she started in 1983, the importance of launching We Need To Talk, and why we don't have a permanent female voice in a TV booth. She also delves into her "drop the mic" moment, directing Nickelodeon's well-received Wild Card game. Plus Melissa gives Divisional Round picks(Sorry Browns!) and more! Please leave The Football Girl Pod a great rating and review. Thank you! https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-football-girl-podcast/id1319547241

    Inside the Washington Football Team + Wild Card Picks!

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 8, 2021 47:28

    Melissa is joined by Rhiannon Walker of The Athletic to talk about Washington's chances against Tampa Bay, plus all the adversity they've faced this season. Plus, Melissa's sure-to-be accurate wild card weekend predictions!

    Football Date Night: Eagles' Epic Tank + Wild Card Preview

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 4, 2021 31:30

    Melissa is again joined by her husband Dave who is less than ecstatic over the Bears' very lucky path to the playoffs. The two talk about the many ways the Bears will likely lose to the Saints, plus take a quick peak at all the other matchups. But first they try and make sense of Doug Pederson and one of the most blatant tank jobs in recent years. Please leave The Football Girl Podcast a great rating and review on Apple: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-football-girl-podcast/id1319547241

    A Football Date Night Special! Bears on the Brink

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 28, 2020 36:54

    Melissa is joined by her husband Dave, a Bears fan, who has come out of hibernation to help recap all the Week 16. As is Football Date Night tradition, Melissa and Dave focus on the Bears and their tradition of being tormented by the Packers in big games. They also try and make sense of the playoff picture and which of the 10-5 AFC teams could make waves. Melissa also shares her frustration over Jared Goff's lack of evolution (and his weak Goff Course), and the two discuss the weirdness of the NFL's lack of equalizing fan attendance. Please leave The Football Girl Podcast a great rating and review (especially if you want Dave to return!): https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-football-girl-podcast/id1319547241

    Phoebe Schecter's Magical Football Journey

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 16, 2020 41:09

    Melissa is joined this week by UK-based Phoebe Schecter, former Buffalo Bills coach, to chat about her rapid rise in football. In this episode, Phoebe discusses: - Her entryway into football through a Facebook ad - How she became a linebacker! - Why she was such a natural as a coach - How sharing her dream to coach in the NFL out loud sparked her Bills opportunity - How a fellow coach ensured the Bills players would accept her - Crafting her next NFL opportunity - How sky's the limit for women in football - Promoting American football to an international audience and much more! Please leave The Football Girl Podcast a great rating and review! Thank you! https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-football-girl-podcast/id1319547241

    AFC North Craziness with NFLN's Aditi Kinkhabwala

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 9, 2020 46:38

    Melissa is joined by NFLN's Aditi Kinkhabwala to chat about the compelling AFC North. - Will the Steelers rebound from their first loss? - How far can Baker Mayfield take the Browns? Aditi also poignantly discusses the hollowness of this NFL, plus her experiences trying to work while parenting two young kids during the pandemic. Please subscribe to The Football Girl Podcast and leave us a good rating/review! : https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-football-girl-podcast/id1319547241

    Meet Fantasy Football's Rising BallBlasters

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 25, 2020 52:44

    Happy Thanksgiving Week! Melissa Jacobs is thrilled to welcome in Kate and Michelle Magdziuk of BallBlast Football to dissect the rest of the fantasy football season and discuss the BallBlast rise. The conversation starts with the origins of BallBlast, how the couple (yes couple, not sisters) grew their brand - with plenty of advice for those who want to follow suit, including how they continue to make their written and podcast content unique in a crowded fantasy field. They also discuss why the percentage of women playing fantasy is far less than the percentage of women who watch football and how to correct the disparity. Then the discussion shifts to fantasy advice with a bent toward the rest of the season. Was Jonathan Taylor's "hot hand" usage just a mirage? Which tempting players are set up to disappoint during the fantasy playoffs and which player are worth stashing now. Plus why James Robinson and not Dalvin Cook is this season's fantasy MVP. Finally Michelle makes a strong case for a keeping a TE spot on fantasy rosters in the future despite the massive drop-off after Travis Kelce (and George Kittle when healthy). Follow BallBlast: https://ballblastfootball.com Follow Michelle on Twitter: https://twitter.com/Ballblastem Follow Kate on Twitter: https://twitter.com/FFballblast Follow Melissa on Twitter: https://twitter.com/thefootballgirl And please leave us a good rating/review! https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-football-girl-podcast/id1319547241

    THIS IS (a pod episode about) JEOPARDY

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 18, 2020 38:09

    This week Melissa welcomes in The Ringer's Claire McNear, author of the new book, Answers In The Form of Questions: A Definitive History and Insider's Guide to Jeopardy! Claire explains all the training and intricacies that truly make Jeopardy! the sportiest of sports. Plus, what Alex Trebek was really like, how the show might replace him, Claire's impromptu Jeopardy! tryout, and that infamous Talkin' Football category from 2018. Order Answers In The Form of Questions: https://bookshop.org/books/answers-in-the-form-of-questions-a-definitive-history-and-insider-s-guide-to-jeopardy/9781538702321 Please help The Football Girl Podcast continue to grow by leaving a great rating and review on iTunes. Thank you! https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-football-girl-podcast/id1319547241

    Inside the 8-0 Pittsburgh Steelers

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 13, 2020 40:16

    Melissa gushes about the NFL young quarterbacks, then welcomes Brooke Pryor of ESPN to dissect the 8-0 Steelers. Among the many topics: How much of 8-0 is a credit to Mike Tomlin? Will the Steelers ever have a respectable running game? The emergence of Stephon Tuitt Is 16-0 a possibility? Please leave The Football Girl Podcast a good rating and review! Thank you! https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-football-girl-podcast/id1319547241

    49ers-Seahawks Week!

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 29, 2020 55:29

    Melissa opens by discussing the sad case of Jags RB Ryquell Armstead who has suffered complications from COVID-19 and will miss the season. He's just 23. Then Melissa welcomes her pal Tracy Sandler, CEO of Fangirl Sports Network to discuss a 49ers squad on the rise and how the defense stacks up against Russell Wilson. Plus a deep look at Fangirl Sports and how she built a successful independent media company. Finally, Tracy shares the incredible story of her previous stint as the voice of Barbie (!!)

    The NFL's Coaching and GM Diversity Problem Rages On

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 20, 2020 50:36

    Melissa is joined by ESPN's Kimberley Martin to shine on a light on the NFL's continue refusal to diversify at the top. Kim explains the double-standards and shorter leashes Black candidates have to endure. How much implicit bias is really at play here? Kim, who used to cover the New York Jets, also shares her sympathies with that sullen fanbase and details a plan to go 0-16. It starts with keeping Adam Gase around! Before Kim joins, Melissa spends a few minutes doting on the NFL's most joyful player, Ryan Fitzpatrick. Please leave The Football Girl Podcast a good rating and review: podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-…st/id1319547241

    Who Needs Practice?

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 14, 2020 33:21

    In this special episode, Melissa is joined by her husband Dave on their actual anniversary. Now that Chicago is 4-1, Bears fan Dave is out of football hibernation but he's not exactly feeling like a Super Bowl is within reach. Melissa and Dave also discuss the season premiere of The Bachelorette, the disastrous 49ers, the greatness of Russell Wilson, what happened to Josh Allen and the NFL's takeaway of the week, courtesy of Tennessee ... practice is overrated. Please leave The Football Girl Podcast a good rating and review: podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-…st/id1319547241

    Is the NFL at a COVID Crossorads?

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 8, 2020 38:05

    Melissa is joined by The Athletic's Lindsay Jones to examine the Titans' COVID-19 outbreak, plus the Pats' situation. Is it time for the NFL to hit the pause button on the season? Plus Lindsay shares her reactions to Bill O'Brien's firing and the benching of Dwayne Haskins. Follow Lindsay Jones on Twitter: twitter.com/bylindsayhjones Follow Melissa Jacobs on Twitter: twitter.com/thefootballgirl Please leave The Football Girl Podcast a good rating and review: podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-…st/id1319547241

    A Conversation with Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 30, 2020 43:48

    Melissa opens with football thoughts including Russell Wilson's deep throws, why disillusioned fans should adopt the Bills & the NFL's first COVID-19 outbreak. Then Melissa welcomes Jocelyn Benson, Michigan's Secretary of State for a wide-ranging convo (12:05) that includes: - The powerful role of the Lions in voter education - How Ford Field will be used on Election Day - Her task force to promote equality for women and girls in sports - Dodging Trump's Twitter insults - Running the Boston Marathon at EIGHT months pregnant!!! Follow Secretary Benson on Twitter: twitter.com/JocelynBenson Follow Melissa Jacobs on Twitter: twitter.com/thefootballgirl Please leave The Football Girl Podcast a good rating and review: podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-…st/id1319547241

    Desert Highs (Examining the 2-0 Arizona Cardinals)

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 23, 2020 32:50

    Melissa opens this episode by mourning Nick Bosa and the countless number of 49ers players who are now injured. Then to celebrate the other end of the NFC West spectrum, Katherine Fitzgerald of the Arizona Republic joins to delve into the 2-0 Cardinals (10:45). Among Cardinals topics that were discussed: - The gelling of Kyler Murray and Kliff Kingsbury - The ridiculously lopsided DeAndre Hopkins trade - The turnaround of the Cards' defense - Expectations for rookie Isaiah Simmons - How Kingsbury's high end furnishings helps him watch film and maintain good posture Follow Katherine Fitzgerald on Twitter: twitter.com/kfitz134 Follow Melissa Jacobs on Twitter: twitter.com/thefootballgirl Please leave The Football Girl Podcast a good rating and review: podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-…st/id1319547241

    The Power of NFL Players

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 16, 2020 41:19


    Melissa shares her thoughts on the surprises of the new season (Gardner Minshew??!!)and diagnoses the 49ers' myriad issues (5:04). Then Melissa is joined by DAVE ZIRIN of The Nation for a robust convo on all the NFL player displays of activism and call for change in Week 1 and what to expect moving forward. (11:10) Follow Dave Zirin on Twitter: https://twitter.com/EdgeofSports Follow Melissa Jacobs on Twitter: https://twitter.com/thefootballgirl Please leave The Football Girl Podcast good rating and review: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-football-girl-podcast/id1319547241


    Rammin' Into a Strange NFL Season

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 4, 2020 49:32

    This week Melissa opens the show with the five NFL storylines she finds most intriguing headed into the 2020 season. Then Jourdan Rodrigue of The Athletic joins (12:33) to break down the Los Angeles Rams' chances in a stacked division and also details what it's like covering an NFL team during Covid-19. Jourdan explains: How the Rams' RBBC is beneficial (to the team, not fantasy owners) Why Jared Goff can take the next step forward How new defensive coordinator Brandon Staley is making an impact Why Sean McVay waking up at 4:58 AM is super late for him Please leave us a good rating and review

    Inside Alex Smith's Remarkable Return

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 23, 2020 59:09

    WE ARE BACK! After a summer hiatus, Melissa returns with TFG Pod favorite Stephania Bell of ESPN. Stephania takes us inside the return of Alex Smith from a life-threatening injury she has closely documented over the past year. She also discusses the NFL's Covid protocols and whether there should be a season. Please subscribe to The Football Girl Podcast and leave us a good rating! https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-football-girl-podcast/id1319547241

    Meet Alexia Gallagher, the NFL's VP of Philanthropy

    Play Episode Listen Later May 15, 2020 46:49

    Melissa opens the show with some trepidation about the NFL season starting on time and the weirdness of on field NFL news these days. But she is fascinated by Cam Newton's landing spot and offers a couple of guesses. Then Melissa is joined by NFL executive Alexia Gallagher who runs the NFL's philanthropic arm as VP of Philanthropy and Executive Director of the NFL Foundation. (Starts at 12:01) Alexia breaks down the league's recent Draft-a-Thon, including whether it will become a permanent fixture in non-virtual drafts. She also discusses the potential perils of players starting a foundation out of the gate and how the league has evolved its philanthropic efforts. Alexia also details her rise up the NFL's ladder and offers poignant management advice as she reflects on the traits that have catapulted her to success. Please support The Football Girl Podcast by leaving a rating and/or review on Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-football-girl-podcast/id1319547241

    Post-NFL Draft Wrap; Stacey Dales' Fascinating Career

    Play Episode Listen Later May 1, 2020 48:08

    This week Melissa is joined by Stacey Dales of NFL Network to wrap up the NFL Draft and discuss her fascinating career arc. Among topics discussed: - Will the NFL regular season start on time? - A defense of Green Bay's Jordan Love pick - Stacey's rise as a basketball star - Playing in the WNBA and how respect for the league has grown - What goes into being a good reporter? Keep the convo going on Twitter! Stacey Dales - https://twitter.com/StaceyDales Melissa Jacobs - https://twitter.com/thefootballgirl Please leave a good rating and review for The Football Girl Podcast on iTunes: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-football-girl-podcast/id1319547241

    The All-Female 2020 NFL Mock Draft Special

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 22, 2020 57:44

    On NFL Draft eve, Melissa shares a recording of a first round mock draft with a refreshing twist - all the selections were made by an array of talented women who cover the NFL! This mock draft was held on Tuesday 4/21 and livestreamed via Facebook. (Note: There was a technical glitch and the recording stopped at pick 22 but Melissa fills in all the prospects that were selected and by which reporter.) Among the incredible reporters and analysts who participated: Lindsay Jones (The Athletic) Kimberley Martin (ESPN) Rhiannon Walker (The Athletic) Nora Princiotti (Boston Globe) Jennifer Lee Chan (NBC Sports Bay Area) Charean Williams (Pro Football Talk) Liz Loza (Yahoo) and MORE

    Agent Nicole Lynn Preps for Bizarre NFL Draft

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 15, 2020 32:02

    Agent Nicole Lynn of Young Money joins Melissa Jacobs to detail the strange NFL draft process for her clients. Please take a moment to leave a rating for The Football Girl Podcast

    Inside the NFL's Women's Careers in Football Forum

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 27, 2020 29:49

    NFL Senior Director of Diversity and Inclusion Sam Rapoport takes us inside the 4th Annual Women's Careers in Football Summit where 40 invitees got to inference with NFL head coaches, GMs and the women who have broken barriers. Also, Melissa shares her thoughts on the CBA negations and the perils on a 17-game season. Please support The Football Girl Podcast with a good rating and review on Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-football-girl-podcast/id1319547241 Continue the conversation with Melissa Jacobs on Twitter: https://twitter.com/thefootballgirl

    NFL Offseason Bonanza with Lindsay Jones

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 7, 2020 48:10


    Melissa is joined by The Athletic's Lindsay Jones to wrap up Super Bowl 54 and look ahead to the hot button issues that will define the NFL's offseason? Where will Tom Brady land? What rules will be changed? Are the Chiefs poised to repeat?


    Super Bowl LIV Lovefest with Frank Gore and Laura Okmin!

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 31, 2020 28:11

    Melissa officially gives her Super Bowl prediction and then is joined by her favorite football player of all time, future Hall of Famer Frank Gore!!! Frank talks about his future, mentoring young RBs, and those dark years in San Francisco. (8:07) Bonus: 10-yr old Myon Gore joins with a message for his dad. (16:48) And then the amazing, brilliant Laura Okmin joins to talk about calling her first ever Super Bowl for Westwood One! (18:30)

    Super Bowl Sendoff with KNBR's Bonnie-Jill Laflin

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 27, 2020 38:58

    Melissa kicks off Super Bowl week with a (slightly homerish) examination of Super Bowl LIV with KNBR reporter Bonnie-Jill Laflin. (6:42) Melissa and Bonnie-Jill reminisce about the Harbaugh era but explain why the Shanahan era will have more staying power. Plus, is Jimmy Garoppolo the most underappreciated player in this game.

    Championship Weekend Previewpalooza!

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 18, 2020 25:53

    Melissa is joined by recurring guest, her husband Dave, to preview the AFC and NFC Championships.

    Rooney Rule, Divisional Picks and 49ers Exec Hannah Gordon

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 8, 2020 44:22

    Melissa shares her thoughts on the NFL's flawed Rooney Rule (3:25) and the coaching hire cycle. (7:45) Then 49ers Chief Administrative Officer Hannah Gordon joins Melissa IN PERSON to talk about her incredible rise as a team executive and all the programs she oversees, how to market the NFL to women and the brewing excitement ahead of the 49ers' divisional clash with Minnesota. (12:43) Melissa wraps up by making her surefire divisional round picks! (39:00) Please support The Football Girl Podcast by leaving a rating or review on Apple Podcasts. https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-football-girl-podcast/id1319547241

    Merry Football!

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 25, 2019 41:10

    On a holiday edition of the TFG Pod, Melissa is joined by her husband Dave to discuss all the visions of NFL playoffs dancing in their heads! Why SF should be extra nervous about Seattle in Week 17, who will end the Patriots' run and who will coach the Cowboys in 2020. Plus Dave shares a poignant observation about Love Actually. Thanks to Poster Burner for sponsoring this episode. Turn any photo in a beautiful, movie-sized poster ands TFG listeners get an EXTRA 10& of your order. Head to: posterburner.com/footballgirl

    A Colossal Goodbye to Oakland

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 19, 2019 29:41

    Melissa is joined by The Violator (aka Wayne Mabry), a 28-year Raiders season ticket holder and integral part of the Black Hole to discuss the future of the Raiders' famed fan base as the team relocates to Vegas. He also takes us inside the final game at the Oakland Coliseum and explains why this crew has stuck together for decades. Thank you to PosterBurner for sponsoring this episode. TFG listeners, turn any photo in a beautiful, movie-sized poster and get an additional 10% by visiting posterburner/com/footballgirl Please leave a good rating and review for The Football Girl Podcast on Apple Podcasts. https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-football-girl-podcast/id1319547241

    Steeler Surprise! (with NFLN's Aditi Kinkhabwala)

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 12, 2019 48:03

    Melissa is joined by Aditi Kinkhabwala to talk about the revelation that is Devlin Hodges and the 8-5 Pittsburgh Steelers, and discuss Mike Tomlin as the possible NFL Coach of the Year(9:43). Aditi also details going into labor in Cleveland while covering Week 1's Titans-Browns game and what it's like being newly back at work. Please consider a good rating and review on Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-football-girl-podcast/id1319547241 Looking for a perfect holiday gift that will be a conversation piece all year? Turn any photo into a beautiful, high quality poster at Poster Burner. TFG listeners get an additional 10% off! Please visit posterburner.com/footballgirl

    Charean Williams on Cowboys' Chaos, Her Hall of Fame Career

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 5, 2019 57:30

    This week Melissa is joined by Hall of Fame NFL writer Charean Williams (Pro Football Talk)to discuss the Dallas Cowboys and the futures of Jason Garrett and Dak Prescott. Charean also reflects on her 26-year career covering the NFL which began as a dream as a 2nd grader and cultivated in her Hall of Fame induction in 2018. Also, Melissa shares her thoughts on Ron Rivera. Please support our podcast with a good rating and review on Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/charean-williams-on-cowboys-chaos-her-hall-of-fame-career/id1319547241?i=1000458698042 Special offer for TFG Pod listeners: Turn any photo into a beautiful poster or canvas with PosterBurner. TFG listeners get an additional 10% off with this special link: https://www.posterburner.com/footballgirl

    Beth Mowins Talks Historic Path, Art of Broadcasting NFL Games

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 27, 2019 43:04

    Beth Mowins of ESPN and the NFL on CBS joins Melissa for a robust conversation on her journey to become the first women to do play-by-play for a nationally televised NFL game.

    Will the 49ers' Magical Run Continue?

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 21, 2019 59:55

    ESPN Injury Analyst and resident 49ers fan Stephania Bell joins Melissa to celebrate San Francisco's nine wins, but also ponderhow many more are to come with the Packers, Saints and Ravens on the schedule. (37:50) Stephania also explains why no NFL players are technically healthy (16:11), why it's dangerous to play doctor on Twitter (33:44) and shares some of the worst injuries she's witnessed in sports. (28:20). Melissa kicks off the episode with Week 12's Watchability Index, ranking each game on a scale of Romos, and score predictions! (2:07) Please support The Football Girl Podcast by leaving a good rating and review on Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-football-girl-podcast/id1319547241

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