James Laurinaitis is a career linebacker, most recently with the New Orleans Saints. He’s an Ohio State Alumni and three-time All-American for the Buckeyes. He was drafted by the St. Louis Rams in 2009 and is currently 1st on the franchise’s all-time tackle list after playing with them for 7 seasons. James also happens to be the son of WWE professional wrestler Animal of The Road Warriors tag-team duo. We talk some about his upbringing, reminisce in some Buckeye locker room stories, and have a good discussion about important leadership qualities and those he’s encountered who possess them.
Follow James on Twitter @JLaurinaitis55
Mike Nolan has been a coach in one form or another since attending the University of Oregon where he played Safety. Most notably he was the head coach for the San Francisco 49ers from 2005-2008, a defensive coordinator for the Baltimore Ravens, New York Jets, Washington Redskins, New York Giants, Denver Broncos, Miami Dolphins, Atlanta Falcons, and most recently the linebacker coach for the San Diego Chargers in 2015. In this episode we discuss his approach to having players and other coaches deal with media. We talk about the current state of the Packers, since Mike McCarthy was the offensive coordinator under Nolan when he was head coach for the 49ers. We share some experiences with guest speakers for teams. Mike even elaborated on some on the details surrounding his final days with the 49ers and the transition back into coaching without being in the role of head coach. We discuss the importance of being a good soldier for all team members. We even touched on the 49ers selection of Alex Smith over Aaron Rodgers in the 2005 NFL Draft.
You can find Mike on Twitter @MikeNolanNFL
Listen in on his radio shows too on Sirius Friday mornings from 7-10am “The Opening Drive” where he co-hosts with Bob Papa and 7-11pm on Saturdays with Zig Fracassi on “The End Zone”.
This is the second talk with Mike. We spoke on Wednesday November 9th after Donald J. Trump became President-Elect and discuss that outcome and some of the issues surrounding it. We also cover the story behind the playing of the Price is Right song during coin tosses among many other topics. It’s always great getting a chance to talk with Coach Leach. You can see our last chat back on episode 75. He’s the head coach of the Washington State Cougars football team who at the time of this recording have a record of 7-2, 6-0 in Pac-12. Mike was previously the head coach of the Texas Tech Red Raiders where he coached Kliff Kingsbury who was on episode 73. Mike is also an author and published the book Swing Your Sword: Leading the Charge in Football and Life with Bruce Feldman. He’s famous among fans for his fascination with 18th-century pirates such as Blackbeard and Calico Jack and he’s known for lecturing his players on the history of pirates while telling them before games to “swing their swords.”
You can buy Mike’s book online here: http://ow.ly/Acg13039URQ
Petros will be my wingman in the booth Saturday, November 5th, for the Stanford vs. Oregon State football game on FS1. He is the radio co-host of the Petros and Money Show on Fox Sports Radio. Formerly a tailback and team captain for the University of Southern California Trojans he refers to himself as “captain of the worst team in USC history.” Also known as The ‘Ole P, Papadakis even hosted 3 seasons of the hit Spike TV show Pros vs. Joes. He has been featured on several television networks including KTLA, VH-1, GSN, ESPN and E!. In 2005, he guest starred on the CBS hit series CSI: NY, where he conveniently played a sports talk radio host.
Amy Jo Martin, author of New York Times best-seller Renegades Write the Rules, founded Digital Royalty in 2009 to help corporations, celebrities and sports entities humanize their brands online through social communication channels. Amy Jo has worked closely with world-renowned brands such as Hilton Worldwide, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Shaquille O’Neal to successfully humanize their presence. Her motto: humans connect with humans, not logos.
Amy Jo herself has a social media following of more than a 1.1 million people and was named the third most powerful woman on Twitter by Forbes. Amy Jo believes the future of technology is the future of humanity. She conducts clinical research studies and travels the world to speak about this topic and many other topics. She recently spoke an audience of 10,000 people.
Amy Jo is also a contributor to news outlets including the Harvard Business Review and Sports Business Journal. She has been featured in top-tier media outlets including Vanity Fair, TIME, Forbes, The New York Times, Fast Company, ESPN SportsCenter, USA Today, MSNBC and Newsweek.
Brady is a former NFL linebacker who played for the Green Bay Packers, St. Louis Rams and the Dallas Cowboys. He played college football at Brigham Young University. Brady is a fantastic story teller and competitor who can now add author to his resume with the release of his book titled “The True Spirit of Competition”. He shares some great stories on this podcast episode including one about special guest Aaron Rodgers who also appears as a surprise.
Andrea Kremer is one of the most accomplished and widely respected journalists in the industry today. In 2011, she was named one of the 10 greatest female sportscasters of all time. TV Guide said Kremer is “among TV’s best sports correspondents of either sex,” and her work is “distinguished by her eagerness to calmly ask tough questions and her refusal to pursue the same old story.” A two-time Emmy award winner, Kremer is currently Chief Correspondent for the NFL Network and appears on the new show NFL 360. Kremer is also a correspondent for HBO’s “Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel.” Since 2007, she has contributed a host of critically acclaimed profiles and features to the Emmy-Award winning newsmagazine show.
She has covered more than 20 Super Bowls, the NBA Finals and All-Star Game, Major League Baseball’s All-star Game and League Championship Series, college football bowl games, Stanley Cup Playoffs and Finals, NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament, U.S Olympic basketball trials, 2012 U.S. Olympic swimming trials, and the PGA Championship.
Kremer has established many firsts as a female in sports journalism. In 1984 she joined NFL Films as its first female producer, in 1989 she was the first female correspondent for ESPN, and in 2014 joined the team of “We Need To Talk”, the first ever all-female nationally televised weekly sports show on CBS Sports.
Andrea also teaches a course of her own design, “The Art of the Interview,” in the School of Journalism at Boston University’s College of Communication. In 2015, she was appointed the Andrew R. Lack Fellow at Boston University.
Follow Andrea on Twitter @Andrea_Kremer
RECORDED 9/11 – Adam is a University of Michigan grad, sports writer and NFL Insider for ESPN. In our talk I was lucky enough to have Adam share some details surrounding the powerful segment ESPN aired on the deeply personal story about his wife’s late husband Joe Maio who passed on 9/11/2001. In Adam’s own words in the ESPN production..
How can a man I never met still manage to have one the single biggest impacts on my life? It speaks to all he accomplished and the man he was. He helped deliver my son and strengthen my wife. Joseph created a life for himself and without knowing helped create one for us too.
The MUST WATCH ESPN Production of Adam’s 9/11 story can be seen here: https://youtu.be/youP6hUj6PU