Thursday Night Tailgate, Where NFL players, legends, coaches and media members from around the country go to share their stories. We're official partners of the NFL Alumni Association and Mike Ditka's organization the Gridiron Greats.
What a HUGE thrill getting to talk with Frank Jasper who played Brian Shute in one of my all-time favorite movies Vision Quest. Frank takes us inside the movie and what it was like being a part of something that has inspired people for generations now. He talks about how well the movie has stood the test of time, what it was like doing that famous scene of him climbing the bleachers holding the log behind his neck and filming the final wrestling scene with Matthew Modine. We also talked about the positive impact he continues to have on the lives of others teaching them proper diet and holistic medicine, plus the influence his father and Arnold Schwarzenegger had on his life. I had so much fun talking with Frank. I hope you enjoy the conversation as much as I did.
Hear Wendell Davis sharing his insights on his alma mater LSU plus what it was like being a member of the late 80s Bears. Former Steelers DB Randy Fuller takes us inside the mid-90s Steelers, and former MLB Infielder Kurt Bevacqua talks about today's game vs. the game in the 70s and 80s.
Former Stanford, Chargers, Dolphins, Vikings, and Saints WR Greg Camarillo joins us. Hear Greg sharing what it was like for him when he was cut and the phone didn't ring again. He was retired from the game, not because he had a tearful press conference and walked away, but because the game left him. Hear about the mental void the game leaves, the physical injuries left to deal with, plus pain killer addiction, and the rush from performing that is no longer is a part of your life...all at the age of 30.
Super Bowl 25 MVP Ottis Anderson shares stories from his college days at the University of Miami, the early days of his NFL career with the Cardinals, memories from Super Bowls 21 & 25, where he was when Scott Norwood attempted the game-winning FG, being surprised he was named MVP of the Super Bowl, and why we think he deserves to be in the Hall of Fame.
On this episode of Thursday Night Tailgate we're joined by former Steelers and Jaguars Tackle Leon Searcy, former Patriots RB Tony Collins, and former Steelers Safety Lee Flowers. Hear Leon Searcy sharing his draft day story about a Cowboys representative showing up at his house, letting himself in, contract in hand, the Steelers drafting him ahead of the Cowboys, and the guy tearing up the contract and then walking out. Leon also talks about going against Kevin Greene every day at practice, what it was like playing for Bill Cowher ("the spit was flying"), plus a whole lot more. Tony Collins joins us and shares his stories from playing in Super Bowl XX, what it was like on the plane ride home and the reception from the fans in Boston when they landed. Lee Flowers made his TNT debut and told great stories from his college career at Georgia Tech, what it was like when he showed up at training camp with the Steelers in 1995 and trying to make a name for himself, the advice Rod Woodson gave him, and how he earned Bill Cowher's trust.
We'll look ahead to the Super Bowl with former Chiefs Kicker Nick Lowery, former Chargers DB Vencie Glenn, and former Patriots RB Tony Collins. Pro Football Hall of Fame Board Member James Allen will join us and we'll ahead to the 2021 Hall of Fame induction ceremony plus we'll hear what's new in Canton.
This week we're joined by Steelers legend Greg Lloyd, Sirius/XM NFL Channel Host Zig Fracassi, and the Dean of Atlanta Sports Talk Radio Beau Bock. Plus former Patriots RB Tony Collins leads us through our 5 Star Picks of the Week for the Conference Championship games. Greg Lloyd tells it like it is. He shares his unfiltered thoughts on the Steelers late-season collapse, calling their tackling "garbage". He also reacted to the passing of Kevin Greene and Tim Lester, plus talked about how the mindset of their 90's defense was to make guys want to quit playing football after having played them. Zig Fracassi shared his insights on where the Cowboys go from here plus whether Ben Roethlisberger and Drew Brees should follow Phillip Rivers into retirement and his thoughts on the AFC and NFC Championship games. Beau Bock shared his thoughts on all of the Atlanta sports franchises. He talked about being optimistic about the Falcons' new Head Coach and GM, why the Braves and the University of Georgia never seem to be able to get over the hump plus his outlook on the Hawks season.
Former Bills, Steelers, Cardinals LB, and newly inducted James Madison University Athletics Hall of Famers Arthur Moats joins us. Arthur talks about being inducted into the JMU Hall of Fame, what it was like playing for two of the most passionate fan bases in the NFL in Pittsburgh and Buffalo. He shares his insights into the Steelers end of season collapse, and looks ahead to the Bills/Ravens matchup.
Former Top Heavyweight Contender Gerry Cooney joins us. Gerry talks about his struggle growing up in an abusive household with his alcoholic father, how boxing was his way out, why he never got a rematch with Larry Holmes, their friendship that developed post-fight, and his book: "Gentleman Gerry...A Contender in the Ring...A Champion in Recovery".
NFL Legends Arthur Moats and Tony Collins Plus Colts Defensive Line Coach Brian Baker and former Top Heavyweight Contender Gerry Cooney join us. Arthur Moats talks about his alma mater James Madison University and being inducted into their Athletics Hall of Fame. He also shares his thoughts on the Steelers debacle against the Browns and his book, Moats Theory of Life which you can buy at www.moatstheory.com. Gerry Cooney talks about surviving his childhood with an abusive alcoholic father and why he and Larry Holmes never had a rematch. Brian Baker talks about his last 3 years coaching the Defensive Lines for Mississippi State, Alabama, and this season with the Colts. We also get his perspective on what makes Nick Saban such a successful coach and his life coming full circle from watching the Baltimore Colts leave his hometown to being part of the organization now.
We'll talk about the future of the Jets, the Eagles throwing the game, the chances for the Washington Football team, and a whole lot more with former Jets Safety Victor Green, Jets fan, and former Storage Wars Auctioneer John Luke, and former Washington QB Gus Frerotte.
This week we are joined by former Dolphins Pro Bowl Tackle Richmond Webb, former Patriots Pro Bowl RB Tony Collins, ESPN Legend Linda Cohn, and Pittsburgh Sports Radio Host Paul Alexander. Richmond shares his thoughts on the Dolphins season so far plus if his Texas A&M Aggies belong in the college football playoffs. Tony Collins leads us through our 5 Star Picks of the Week in the NFL. Linda Cohn talks about playing goalie on the boy's hockey team in high school and the women's team at SUNY Oswego college. She also talks about which This is SportsCenter commercial was more fun the one with New York Rangers legends Henrik Lundquist and Mike Richter or the romance with Mr. Met. Finally, she shares her insights on the Giants and if they win this year's wacky NFC East. Paul Alexander shares his insights on the Steelers including the gap created by Bud DuPree's injury and why it's Ben Roethlisberger and not Randy Fichtner to blame for the Steelers offensive woes. Finally in our Spotlight on the Positive segment hear about the great things Jonathan Allen and JuJu Smith-Schuster are doing to make a positive impact in their communities.
In this episode of Thursday Night Tailgate, we celebrate our 9th Anniversary by inducting 4 great guests and Legends into our Guest Hall of Fame: former Cowboys RB and Head Coach of the Broncos, Giants, and Falcons Dan Reeves, former Bucs Offensive Lineman and current Jets Offensive Line Coach Todd Washington, former Dolphins, Rams, and Chargers TE Randy McMichael, and former B.C. Lions WR Marco Iannuzzi. Hear them sharing stories from their careers plus insights into what's going on around the League.
We're talking Patriots, Falcons, Hockey, Miracle on Ice 40th Anniversary and much more with former Patriots RB Tony Collins, former USC, Falcons, and Rams RB Lynn Cain, and Sirius/XM Host Zig Fracassi, on this Edition of Thursday Night Tailgate.
Jim Craig, Goalie for the 1980 US Hockey team, best remembered for the Miracle on Ice victory over the then Soviet Union joins Thursday Night Tailgate. We talk with Jim about the games and moments leading up to the game against the Soviet Union. Bill Baker's goal to tie Sweden which changed everything. The wins over the Czech Republic, Norway, Romania and West Germany. The night of doing Herbies that was depicted in the movie Miracle. The final 10 minutes of the Soviet game after the US took the 4-3 lead and the gold medal game against Finland which if they hadn't won, they wouldn't have won, the Soviet Union still would have won the gold medal based on goal differential.
We look back at Super Bowl 54, plus talk Panthers, Bears, Falcons, Patriots and the Start of XFL 2.0 with former Panthers DB and current Head Coach of Campbell University Mike Minter, former Patriots RB Tony Collins, former Notre Dame and Bears LB Chris Zorich, and former Falcons and Rams QB and now Offensive Coordinator for the Houston Roughnecks Chris Miller.
This week on Thursday Night Tailgate we talk: Super Bowls past and present, prop bets for the game, LSU and the National Championship, Steelers, Bill Cowher getting into the Hall of Fame, and Chad Brown answers the Brady or Belichick question. In our Spotlight on the Positive segment hear about the great things Packer LB Blake Martinez is doing plus the Chiefs effort to help feed the hungry during the Souper Bowl Week of Caring benefiting Harvester.org.
We talk Chargers in LA, where do the Patriots and Tom Brady go from here, what do the Vikings and Broncos need to get over the hump, and what went wrong with XFL the first time around and can they avoid it this time with former Chargers DE Burt Grossman, former Patriots RB Tony Collins, former Vikings DT Keith Millard, and former Falcons, Broncos, and Seahawks WR Mike Pritchard.
This week on the Thursday Night Tailgate we talk Steelers, Bears & the AFC & NFC Championship games with Curt Wootton (Pittsburgh Dad), Lead Singer of The Storm Kevin Chalfant, and AT&T Sports Net Pittsburgh Host Paul Alexander.
On this episode of Thursday Night Tailgate we'll hear what former DB J.T. Thomas thinks needs to happen with the Steelers this offseason. We'll go behind the camera with multi Emmy Award winning Producer and former President of HBO Sports Ross Greenburg. We'll hear about former Bills & Packers WR Don Beebe's first season as Head Coach of Aurora University plus get his playoff thoughts for both of his former teams. Former Patriots RB Tony Collins will lead us through our 5 Star Picks of the Week plus hear two more stories of players doing great things in their communities in our Spotlight on the Positive segment.
This week we're joined by former Falcons & Bengals TE Reggie Kelly, Super Agent Leigh Steinberg, and former Pirates 1B/OF Al Oliver. Plus, former Patriots Pro Bowl RB Tony Collins leads us through our 5 Star Picks of the Week for Week 16 in the NFL and in our Spotlight on the Positive segment hear about the great things that Travis Frederick of the Cowboys and Chiefs Tackle Greg Senat and our friend Mark Collins are doing in their communities.
We go deep inside the Falcons, Patriots, and Steelers with former Head Coach Dan Reeves, former Pro Bowl RB Tony Collins and 4 time Super Bowl Champion Rocky Bleier. Plus we'll cross over into boxing with former Heavyweight Contender Gerry Cooney and hear the heartbreaking story of a kid who hid in his own house from his abusive, alcholic father and rose up to fight for the Heavyweight Championship.
We talk about the state of the Falcons and go back to the glory days of the 1980s with former Pro Bowl QB Steve Bartkowski, we get insights into what's going on around the League with NFL Stats Guru Russell Baxter, and former Ohio State & Texans RB Jonathan Wells give us his thoughts on Ohio State opportunity to win a National Championship plus what it's like during Ohio State/Michigan week. Plus, former Patriots Pro Bowl RB Tony Collins leads us through our 5 Star Picks of the Week for Week 14 in the NFL.
We're talking Dolphins, Patriots, Steelers, and Pro Football Hall of Fame with former Dolphins Pro Bowl LT Richmond Webb, former Patriots Pro Bowl RB Tony Collins, AT&T Sports Net Pittsburgh Host Paul Alexander, and Pro Football Hall of Fame Board Member James Allen.
Yale Head Coach Tony Reno talks about their thrilling last minute comeback vs. Richmond, the play of their QB Kurt Rawlings, how they focus on players being true student athletes, and educating them on making smart decisions in life and with using social media. Tony Collins leads us through our 5 Star Picks of the Week for Week 8 in the NFL. Dennis McKinnon gets down and dirty about the '85 Bears. They were more than the 46 Defense. They had the same personnel, running the same defense before and after 1985, he tells us what the difference was that season. He also talks about blocking for Walter Payton and how protected Willie Gault was being a 1st round pick vs. players like him who rose up from being undrafted free agents. Drew Bledsoe shares his insights on his alma mater Washington State, how different the NFL is now vs. when he played, and why the Patriots are so good year after year regardless of the personnel. Also check out our Unsung Hero of the Week awards plus our Spotlight on the Positive segment to hear two more great stories of players making a positive impact in their communities.
On this edition of Thursday Night Tailgate we get inside the Carolina Panthers, hear about the suddenness of most NFL retirements, and Notre Dame's 1988 National Champion and Catholics vs. Convict games with former DBs Leonard Wheeler and Rod Smith. Former Patriots Pro Bowl RB Tony Collins leads us through our 5 Star Picks of the Week. Plus, hear who this week's Unsung Hero Awards go to and about the great things that Saints DE Cam Jordan and 49ers Center Ben Garland are doing to make a difference in the lives of others in our Spotlight on the Positive segment.
Hear former Jets Safety Victor Green sharing his thoughts on diva WRs and players forcing their way out of town. Tony Collins leads us through our 5 Star Picks of the Week for Week 4 in the NFL. Bill Madlock talks about what it was like getting traded to the Pirates in 1979, what it was like in their clubhouse, and his memories of Willie Stargell and Dave Parker. Plus, we go back to Game 5 of the '79 World Series when they were down 3 games to 1 with Jim Rooker on the mound. Beau Bock, the Dean of Atlanta Sports Talk Radio, shares his insights on the Falcons, Georgia Bulldogs, and Atlanta Braves.
We celebrate our 8 year anniversary by inducting 4 more great guests and NFL legends into our Guest Hall of Fame: Steelers legend Greg Lloyd, former Redskins & Vikings Pro Bow QB Gus Frerotte, University of Minnesota and CFL star QB Rickey Foggie, and former Falcons & Rams Pro Bowl QB Chris Miller. Hear Greg Lloyd telling it like it is regarding Me players and how they would have handled Tom Brady and the Patriots when he played. Gus Frerotte talks about how he was able to go from 7th round pick to beating out Heath Shuler for the starting job. He also talked about what it was like when he interviewed Heath for Gus' show Huddle Up With Gus. Rickey Foggie told the story of how Lou Holtz was able to convince him to commit to the University of Minnesota who was coming off a (1-10) season. Chris Miller shared stories about what it was like going against Deion Sanders in practice when they were with the Falcons. He also talked about his new role as Offensive Coordinator for the Houston Roughnecks in the XFL.
On this edition of Thursday Night Tailgate we go around the League with former Steelers LB Levon Kirkland, former Patriots RB Tony Collins, and NFL Stats Guru Russell Baxter. Plus we'll catch up Florida A&M Head Coach Willie Simmons and get his thoughts on the start of their season and their upcoming game against Fort Valley State. Be sure to check out this week's Spotlight on the Positive to hear 2 more great stories about players making a positive impact in their communities.
Paul Alexander shares his insights on the Steelers upcoming season plus he shares his experiences dealing with Antonio Brown when Paul hosted the Bill Cowher Show. Hear all of that and much more on this segment of Thursday Night Tailgate
On this segment of Thursday Night Tailgate we're joined by former Purdue, Giants, and Browns FB Randy Minniear. Randy talks about playing for Allie Sherman, the Browns trading Paul Warfield for Mike Phipps, and his insights into all of his former teams for this season.
We kickoff our 8th season with four great friends: former Purdue, Giants & Browns FB and Chairman of the Board Emeritus of the NFL Alumni Association Randy Minniear, Pittsburgh Sports Net Pittsburgh Host Paul Alexander, and former Georgia, Dolphins, Chargers, and Rams TE Randy McMichael. Former Patriots RB Tony Collins is back to defend his prognostication title and lead us through our 5 Star Picks of the Week.
On this Happy Birthday to Chris edition of Thursday Night Tailgate we're joined by AT&T Sports Net Pittsburgh Host Paul Alexander, former Steelers & Bears RB Tim Worley, Steelers Legends Greg Lloyd, Rocky Bleier and Randy Fuller.
On this edition of Thursday Night Tailgate our guests will be: former Giants FB Randy Minniear, former Patriots RB Tony Collins, former Broncos WR Rick Upchurch, former Bucs TE Anthony Becht, and Author Mark Newman.
On this edition of Thursday Night Tailgate our guests are: Vanderbilt Defensive Coordinator Jason Tarver, former Patriots Pro Bowl RB Tony Collins, former Saints & 49ers DB Toi Cook, Pro Football Hall of Fame Foundation Member James Allen and Multi Ethic Hall of Fame Founder Arif Khatib.
On this edition of Thursday Night Tailgate we're joined by: former Dolphins Pro Bowl LT Richmond Webb, former Patriots Pro Bowl RB Tony Collins, former Steelers Punter Craig Colquitt, Bears Hall of Famer Dick Butkus, former CFL All-Star QB Rickey Foggie and former Pirates and Padres Infield Kurt Bevacqua.
On this edition of Thursday Night Tailgate we're joined by Louisville Slugger Museum Executive Director Anne Jewell, former Patriots Pro Bowl RB Tony Collins, former Bears DB Mark Carrier, and former Falcons WR Brian Finneranr.
On this edtion of the Thursday Night Tailgate we talk about the NFL Combine, look ahead to the draft and hear stories from Florida A&M Head Coach Willie Simmons, former Patriots RB Tony Collins, former Dolphins LB Dwight Hollier, former Bills RB Joe Burns, and former Redskins & Vikings QB Gus Frerotte.
On this edition of Thursday Night Tailgate we're talking Rams, Patriots, NFL Combine, Atlanta Braves and more with former Rams & Titans LB Will Witherspoon, former Patriots RB Tony Collins, Jim Daniels of NBC Sports Radio KLOS in LA, Atlanta Braves Play by Play Announcer Chip Caray, and ESPN Report Turron Davenport.
On this edition of Thursday Night Tailgate our guests are: former Giants Pro Bowl DT Leonard Marshall, former Patriots Pro Bowl RB Tony Collins, Pro Football Hall of Fame Board Member James Allen, former Houston Oilers Pro Bowl QB Dan Pastorini, and former President of the Tampa Bay Bucs and at Notre Dame Gay Culverhouse.
This week on Thursday Night Tailgate we're joined by: former Falcons & Rams Pro Bowl QB Steve Bartkowski, former Patriots Pro Bowl RB Tony Collins, former Rams Pro Bowl DB LeRoy Irvin, former Steelers Pro Bowl LB Greg Lloyd, and former Jaguars & Colts QB Quinn Gray.
We're talking Super Bowl 53 plus memories of Super Bowls past with former Steelers DB J.T. Thomas, former Patriots RB Tony Collins, former Bengals TE M.L. Harris, and former Steelers LB Levon Kirkland. Hear their Super Bowl memories plus who they are picking and why on this edition of Thursday Night Tailgate.
On this edition of Thursday Night Tailgate we're joined by former Patriots Pro Bowl RB Tony Collins, former Rams Pro Bowl DB Eddie Meador, former Cardinals & Dolphins Pro Bowl LB E.J. Junior and former Bengals, Vikings, & Panthers DB Leonard Wheeler. We talk about: what happened in the AFC & NFC Championships, how we could have easily had 2 different teams in the Super Bowl, should the League make every play reviewable and who will win Super Bowl 53
On this edition of Thursday Night Tailgate we're talking AFC & NFC Championships Games with former Patriots Pro Bowl RB Tony Collins, former Chargers, Vikings, & Giants DB Vencie Glen, former Rams, Saints & Chargers Pro Bowl QB Jim Everett, and former CNN Sports Host Van Earl Wright.
On this edition of Thursday Night Tailgate our guets are: former Falcons, Broncos & Seahawks WR Mike Pritchard, former Panthers DB & current Head Coach at Campbell University Mike Minter, and former Rams & Chiefs WR Eddie Kennison. Former Patriots RB Tony Collins joins us to go through our 5 Star Picks of the Week plus be sure to check out our Spotlight on the Positive segment to hear 2 more stories about players doing great things in their communities.