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Thursday Night Tailgate, NFL Legends Podcast
124 minutes | Jan 21, 2022
NFL Legends Marco Coleman, Tony Collins, Rick Upchurch, & Kerry Glenn Join Us...
NFL Legends Marco Coleman, Tony Collins, Rick Upchurch, & Kerry Glenn Join Us... Marco Coleman talks about his time playing at Georgia Tech for Bobby Ross and their 1990 National Championship. We also get his thoughts on the Dolphins firing Brian Flores, why college coaches have a hard time making the transition to the NFL, and a look ahead to the new defensive recruits he has coming in as the D-Line Coach at Georgia Tech. Tony Collins leads us through our 5 Star Picks of the Week for the Division Round of the playoffs. Rick Upchurch shares his thoughts on the Broncos firing their Head Coach Vic Fangio. We also hear about how he was able to be so successful as a Punt and Kick Returner, the first TD pass he caught as a Bronco in his very first game, and the pain the WRs endured trying to catch passes from John Elway during Elway's rookie season. Kerry Glenn shares his thoughts on the Dolphins firing Brian Flores, what it was like playing on both sides of the Dolphins/Jets rivalry in the 80s, and the pick he had against Bernie Kosar and the Browns in 1990.
119 minutes | Jan 14, 2022
NFL Legends George Jones, Tony Collins, Matt Cushing, & LeRoy Irvin Join Us...
Former Steelers, Jaguars, Browns RB George Jones, former Patriots RB Tony Collins, former Steelers TE/FB Matt Cushing, & Rams Legend LeRoy Irvin Join Us... George Jones shares his story of growing up without a father or any parental guidance, being adopted by a friend's parents, going from Greenville, South Carolina to playing Junior College football all the way across the country at Bakersfield College in California, then on to breaking Marshall Faulk's records at San Diego State, and finally being drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers. Tony Collins leads us through our 5 Star Picks of the Week for the Wild Card round of the playoffs. Matt Cushing talks about his college days playing at the University of Illinois. He shares stories from the 6 times the Pittsburgh Steelers cut him, brought him back due to his willingness to learn multiple positions, and his thoughts on the Steelers/Chiefs playoff game. LeRoy Irvin talks about what it was like being drafted by the Rams following their appearance in the 1979 Super Bowl, what it was like trying to make it on a defense featuring multiple future Hall of Famers, what it was like covering Jerry Rice for a decade, and how their DBs recognized QB & WR tendencies, formations, and play calls.
132 minutes | Jan 7, 2022
NFL Legends Don Beebe, Tony Collins, Randy Cross, & Todd Steussie Join Us...
NFL Legends Don Beebe, Tony Collins, Randy Cross, and Todd Steussie join us on this episode of Thursday Night Tailgate. Don Beebe is now the Head Coach at Aurora University outside of Chicago. He led them to an (8-2) regular season and a berth in the D3 playoffs. They finished the season ranked #22. He talks about their success this season and being on the verge of doing something really special. We also hear about his time playing with the Bills, what made Marv Levy such a special coach, the prank they pull on WR Russell Copeland, and his prediction for this year's Super Bowl. Tony Collins leads us through our 5 Star Picks of the Week for Week 18. Randy Cross shares his memories from his college playing days at UCLA and their improbable wins over USC in 1975 and beating undefeated and #1 ranked Ohio State in the 1976 Rose Bowl. We also hear about his draft day experience, how Bill Walsh was able to turn them around from a team that won a total of 8 games in 1979 & '80 into a Super Bowl Champion in 1981. Todd Steussie talks to us about life after football, the depression he and many of his peers go through when their time in the game is over, and how going back to school and earning multiple Masters degrees took that away. We also hear about what it's like playing a Super Bowl if it turns into just another game once the ball is kicked off, and the lasting emotional impact losing it has had including never wanting to wear or look at the NFC Champions ring he got while playing with the Carolina Panthers.
121 minutes | Dec 17, 2021
NFL Legends EJ Junior, Tony Collins, & Johnny Johnson Jr., + Ross Greenburg
Multi Time Emmy Award Winner Ross Greenburg, former Patriots RB Tony Collins, College Football Hall of Famer E.J. Junior, & former University of Illinois star QB Johnny Johnson Jr. join us... Ross Greenburg is the former President of HBO Sports and now head of Ross Greenburg Productions. He shares stories from the documentaries he's made about Earl Campbell, David Ortiz, and the 1980 US Olympic Hockey Team. We also revisit the glory days of boxing including the telecasts he Produced of the Gerry Cooney vs. Larry Holmes fight and Mike Tyson vs. Buster Douglas in the Tokyo Dome. Tony Collins leads us through our 5 Star Picks of the Week for Week 15 in the NFL. E.J. Junior talks about his recent induction into the College Football Hall of Fame and being honored by his alma mater before the Alabama vs. Tennessee game. We also hear about his time playing with those classic Cardinals teams in St. Louis alongside legends like Stump Mitchell, Jim Hart, Roy Green, O.J. Anderson, and Dan Dierdorf. Johnny Johnson, Jr. takes us back to the mid 90's and his days playing QB for the University of Illinois. We hear about their great upset wins of Michigan in Ann Harbor and Ohio State in Columbus. He also talks about playing for Detroit Lions legend Greg Landry, when Landry was his Offensive Coordinator at Illinois. Plus check out this week's Unsung Heroes Awards that we present to Detroits Lions RB Craig Reynolds and Bucs WR Breshad Perriman. Also in our Spotlight on the Positive segment, we spotlight Titans RB Derrick Henry and Steelers LB Alex Smithsmith for the great things they're doing in their communities.
119 minutes | Dec 10, 2021
NFL Legends Levon Kirkland & Burt Grossman + Sirius/XM Host Zig Fracassi Join Us
NFL Legends Levon Kirkland & Burt Grossman + Sirius/XM Host Zig Fracassi Join Us. Levon Kirkland shares his thoughts on the Steelers defense, their Inside LB Devon Bush, the 90s defense he was a part of, and why teams use a prevent defense late in games. Burt Grossman shares his thoughts on his alma the University of Pittsburgh and their ACC Championship season. We also hear about some of the great players he played with at Pitt like Tony Siragusa and Steelers DB Coach Teryl Austin and his relationship with Leslie O'Neal in San Diego. Sirius/XM Host Zig Fracassi shares his insights on the Cowboys, Bills, Bengals, Browns, Patriots, & Chiefs.
142 minutes | Dec 3, 2021
NFL Legends Tony Collins, Greg Lloyd, Vencie Glenn + FAMU HC Willie Simmons
This week our guests are NFL Legends Tony Collins, Greg Lloyd, Vencie Glenn, plus Florida A&M Head Coach Willie Simmons... Florida A&M Head Coach Willie Simmons talks about their successful season finishing in the Top 25 of the FCS Division 1-AA plus his real purpose of coaching young kids and molding them into responsible, successful men. Former Patriots RB Tony Collins leads us through our 5 Star Picks of the Week. Steelers Legend Greg Lloyd joins us in this segment. Greg shares his thoughts on players wearing his number, this year's Steelers defense, and Chase Claypool saying what the Steelers need to do is play music at practice to make it more fun. Greg's response: "WRs don't get to talk." At the next practice, the rest of the defense would be telling him, "Don't do it G...don't do it." Vencie Glenn picked up right where Greg Lloyd left off telling like it is. Hear his insights on the brand of football players now, what allowed him to make 37 career interceptions, and what it was like for him to get an INT against the Chargers, the season after they let him go.
134 minutes | Nov 19, 2021
NFL Legends Tony Collins, Wendell Davis, & Jeff Reed Plus Beau Bock Join Us...
NFL Legends Tony Collins, Wendell Davis, and Jeff Reed plus the Dean of Atlanta Sports Talk Radio Beau Bock join us...
127 minutes | Nov 5, 2021
NFL Legends Randy Fuller, Tony Collins, Victor Green + James Allen Join Us...
We celebrate the 10th anniversary of the show by inducting 3 more great guests into our Guest Hall of Fame: former Steelers DB Randy Fuller, former Jets Safety Victor Green, and Pro Football Hall of Fame Board Member James Allen. Plus former Patriots RB Tony Collins joins us for our 5 Star Picks of the Week and long time friends Levon Kirkland and Jim Everett stop by to help us celebrate.
120 minutes | Oct 29, 2021
NFL Legends Richmond Webb, Tony Collins, & Randy Minniear + Paul Alexander
NFL Legends Randy Minniear, Tony Collins, and Richmond Webb Plus Pittsburgh Sports Talk Radio Host Paul Alexander Join Us... Randy Minniear shares his memories of playing alongside great QBs like Bob Griese, Fran Tarkenton, and Earl Morrall. We also hear the incredible story of Purdue QB Mike Phipps who was drafted in the first round by the Miami Dolphins in 1970, then traded to Cleveland for Hall of Fame WR Paul Warfield. After several less than stellar seasons, Cleveland traded him to Chicago for their #1 pick in 1977 which they used to draft Ozzie Newsome. Tony Collins leads us through our 5 Star Picks of the Week for Week 8 in the NFL. Paul Alexander, from 93.7 The Fan in Pittsburgh, shares his insights on the Steelers, Ben Roethlisberger's decision to come back this season, if the Pirates will ever be good again, and the Penguins. Richmond Webb shares his thoughts on his alma mater Texas A&M and his expectations for the rest of their season. We also hear about his years playing Left Tackle for the Miami Dolphins, in particular, pass protecting for Dan Marino, and how frequently they faced the blitz because the defense knew Marino wasn't a mobile QB.
119 minutes | Mar 5, 2021
NFL Legends Wendell Davis and Randy Fuller Plus Fmr MLB Infielder Kurt Bevacqua
Hear Wendell Davis sharing his insights on his alma mater LSU plus what it was like being a 1st round draft pick by the Bears in the late 80s and trying to make a name for himself against their defense. Former Steelers DB Randy Fuller takes us inside the mid-90s Steelers and playing with legends like Greg Lloyd, Rod Woodson, Levon Kirkland, Chad Brown, Carnel Lake and the rest of that great defense. Former MLB Infielder Kurt Bevacqua talks about today's game vs. the game when he played in the 70s and 80s. We also hear stories about the legends he played with like Willie Stargell and the bat Hank Aaron gave him.
28 minutes | Feb 28, 2021
Greg Camarillo Talks Vincent Jackson & Dealing with Life After Football
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.
24 minutes | Feb 27, 2021
Super Bowl 25 MVP Ottis Anderson Joins Us...
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.
114 minutes | Feb 12, 2021
NFL Legends Leon Searcy, Tony Collins, & Lee Flowers Join Us...
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.
137 minutes | Feb 5, 2021
NFL Legends Nick Lowery, Vencie Glenn, Tony Collins, Plus James Allen Join Us...
This week we're joined by Pro Football Hall of Fame Board Member James Allen, former Patriots RB Tony Collins, Former Chiefs and Jets Kicker Nick Lowery, and former Chargers, Saints, Vikings, & Giants Safety Vencie Glenn. In our Spotlight on the Positive segment hear about the great things that Eagles Safety Rodney McLeod and Steelers WR JuJu Smith-Schuster are doing in their communities. James Allen updates us on what's going on at the Pro Football Hall of Fame and the huge class they expect to induct in August. He also surprises us with who the funniest member in the Hall is. He's the guy they always saved to speak last because of how great his speeches were. Tony Collins, Bob, and I make our Super Bowl picks plus Tony shares memories from his experience playing in Super Bowl 20 vs. the '85 Bears in New Orleans. Nick Lowery talks about the work he's doing to help the homeless in the Phoenix area. He shares stories about his time playing for the Jets and his interactions with Joe Namath, who he says is one of the best people he's ever met. He also talks about the joy following the Chiefs Super Bowl victory last year and the keys to this year's game. Vencie Glenn reflects back on the 1986 Senior Bowl and the mid-air collision he and Mark Collins had with Bo Jackson as Bo leap for the endzone. We also hear about his 103-yard interception return against John Elway and the Broncos, and what he thinks the Bucs need to do to defend against Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce.
124 minutes | Jan 29, 2021
Don Beebe, Tony Collins, and Rocky Bleier Talk Super Bowls Past & Present
NFL Legends Don Beebe, Tony Collins, and Rocky Bleier talk NFL Playoffs, share their Super Bowl experiences, plus look ahead to the year's game on this edition of Thursday Night Tailgate...
38 minutes | Jan 26, 2021
Steelers Legend Greg Lloyd Tells It Like It Is...
Steelers Legend Greg Lloyd shares his thoughts on the Steelers collapse, the state of tackling in the NFL, losing Kevin Greene and Tim Lester, and why he's not coaching.
119 minutes | Jan 22, 2021
Greg Lloyd, Tony Collins, Zig Fracassi & Beau Bock Join Us...
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.
24 minutes | Jan 20, 2021
Arthur Moats Talks Steelers & Bills Plus Being Inducted into the JMU HOF
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.
21 minutes | Jan 20, 2021
Gerry Cooney Joins Thursday Night Tailgate
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".
126 minutes | Jan 15, 2021
NFL Legends Arthur Moats & Tony Collins, Plus Gerry Cooney, & Coach Brian Baker
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.
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