Zack is an offensive guard for the Dallas Cowboys. He played college football at Notre Dame and was drafted 16th overall by the Cowboys in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft. Zack was the only rookie to make the All-Pro team in his first year in 2014, and was the first Cowboys rookie since running back Calvin Hill was named to the team in 1969. That year he was also the first rookie offensive lineman to be named first-team AP All-Pro since Dick Huffman in 1947. Zack has continued to make the All-Pro team in each of his first three seasons with the Cowboys.
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Robert O’Neill makes his second appearance on The HawkCast.
Rob is a former Senior Chief Special Warfare Operator (Navy SEAL) In this talk he discusses the release of his new book titled The Operator in which he shares details from several of his high profile missions including the one in which he killed Osama bin Laden. Deploying more than a dozen times, O’Neill held combat leadership roles in over 400 combat missions across four different theaters of war.
Andy Dalton (aka The Red Rocket) is the quarterback for the Cincinnati Bengals. He played college football at Texas Christian University (TCU) and left as their all-time leader in wins along with many passing statistic categories. Andy was selected by the Bengals in the 2011 NFL Draft. He and All-Pro wide receiver A. J. Green have become a prolific quarterback/receiver combination.Dalton and Green broke NFL records for completions and yards for a rookie quarterback/receiver combination, even without the benefit of an offseason.
Dalton is one of six quarterbacks in NFL history to have thrown for over 3,000 yards in each of his first three seasons, alongside Cam Newton, Peyton Manning, Andrew Luck, Ryan Tannehill, and Russell Wilson. He is also one of only five quarterbacks to have passed for at least 20 touchdowns in each of his first three seasons, joining Manning, Luck, Wilson, and Dan Marino.
Dalton is the only quarterback to lead the Cincinnati Bengals to four consecutive playoff births, and one of five quarterbacks to lead his team to the playoffs in each of his first four seasons. He is also the Bengals franchise record holder for passing yards and touchdowns in a season. I was lucky to get to spend a year with the Bengals in the company of Andy. He and his wife are doing some really impressive things with their charity The Andy & Jordan Dalton Foundation too. Check it out.
Montee Ball is currently a free agent in the NFL. He was drafted by the Denver Broncos in the 2013 NFL Draft. He played college football at Wisconsin, where he was twice recognized as the best running back in the Big Ten Conference and a first-team All-American. Ball held the NCAA Division I-FBS record for most career rushing touchdowns with 77 and the NCAA Division I FBS-record for most career total touchdowns with 83. His football career has been an ongoing struggle as he battled some addiction issues. He recently opened up about the struggle and shared a lot of that in this talk. Admirably, Montee has started a career as a speaker raising awareness about addiction by sharing his experiences and how he has come to manage this aspect of his life as both a professional athlete and now father.
Charles Woodson played college football in Michigan, where he led the Wolverines to a national championship in 1997. Woodson, a “two-way player” who played both offense and defense, won the Heisman Trophy in the same year. To date, he is the last player to win the Heisman who was not a running back or quarterback.
He was drafted by the Raiders fourth overall in the 1998 NFL Draft. In his first season with Oakland, he was selected as the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year by the Associated Press. He was named to the Pro Bowl and earned All-Pro recognition three consecutive times (1999–2001). He also played with the Green Bay Packers when we won Super Bowl XLV before returning to the Raiders. He was the AP NFL Defensive Player of the Year for the 2009 NFL season. He is one of the few players in NFL history to play in a Pro Bowl in three different decades (1990s, 2000s, 2010s). He is currently sixth on the all time interceptions list with 65. He’s tied with Rod Woodson and Darren Sharper for most career defensive touchdowns at 13. He’s also second all time in interceptions returned for touchdowns with 11. Today Charles is working with ESPN as an analyst.
Bas Rutten aka ‘El Guapo’ is one of the most well respected fighters and personalities in mixed martial arts history. He is a former King of Pancrase, UFC heavyweight champion and transitioned into a career as a color analyst and co-host of HDNet’s Inside MMA. Rutten had an astounding fighting career spanning more than 14 years of active competition. Before transitioning into an MMA career, the Dutchman competed in high-level muay thai kickboxing in the Netherlands. Winning 16 fights fights in total — 14 by KO. In 30 fights in Pancrase, Rutten finished with a 25-4-1 record. FightMextrix wrote this upon his induction to the UFC Hall Of Fame:
“FightMetric, the official statistics provider for the UFC, ran the numbers on Rutten’s career. They back up the Dutchman’s inclusion into the UFC Hall of Fame and then some. In the 4-hours, 27-minutes and 8-seconds he spent as a pro fighter, Rutten scored 13 knockdowns without getting dropped himself, his significant strike accuracy was 70.6%, the highest FightMetric has ever recorded, attempted a record 53 submissions and successfully swept his opponents a record 46 times.”
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Matt Burke is the Defensive Coordinator of the Miami Dolphins, and was also linebackers coach for the Detroit Lions and Cincinnati Bengals where he was my coach while I was there. Previously an admin assistant with the Tennessee Titans. He played safety at Dartmouth and was part of an undefeated Ivy League championship team in 1996. In our talk Matt offers up a lot of insight about how the coaches spend their week in preparation of games along with how they handle assessment of players.
Since 2009, Ryen Russillo has been a host or co-host of the afternoon show on ESPN Radio. The program is currently known as Russillo & Kanell, and Ryen’s co-host is ESPN college football analyst Danny Kanell. Ryen and Danny bring their own flavor to the sports talk game, mixing some pop culture in with the latest happenings in sports. Previously Ryen co-hosted with Scott Van Pelt on what was originally titled The Scott Van Pelt Show and later became SVP & Russillo also known as The Russillo Show just before Kanell joined. The show airs from 1pm-3pm Monday through Friday.