Jake Ballard played tight end for the New York Giants, New England Patriots and Arizona Cardinals. He played college football at Ohio State and was signed by the Giants in 2010 where he won Super Bowl XLVI with them against the Patriots. Then an awkward transition occurred in 2012 landing him on the Patriots team who they had just faced that year in the Super Bowl. This is his story…
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Bob Costas has been a sportscaster on the air for NBC Sports television since the early 1980s. He has been the prime-time host of twelve Olympic Games since 1992. In addition to his Olympic work, Costas currently does play-by-play for MLB Network, hosts an interview show called Studio 42 with Bob Costas, and serves as the host of NBC’s Football Night in America. In this talk Bob shares details on some really memorable interviews such as the Jerry Sandusky interview, being humbled in the presence of Johnny Carson, and the rise of fake news as it eclipses credible reporting today.
Tom Crabtree is an Ohio native who played college football for Miami University at the tight end position. He entered the NFL in 2009 with the Kansas City Chiefs, but he spent most of his career with the Green Bay Packers, with whom he won Super Bowl XLV. He also played short stints with Tampa Bay and New Orleans. Tom has been a recurring guest on the Pardon My Take podcast hosted by Dan “Big Cat” Katz and stays very active in social media, primarily through twitter @itsCrab.
Chris Cooley is a former tight end who played 9 seasons for the Washington Redskins. He was drafted in 2004 by Joe Gibbs and we spend some time talking about Joe’s coaching style. Cooley holds the Redskins’ franchise record for most receptions at tight end. In the talk he shares some stories and insight, including his experience with a blog photo that made headlines back in 2008 for its mistaken glimpse of nudity, as well as how the nickname “Captain Chaos” came to be. Today he co-hosts a radio show called Cooley & Kevin with Kevin Sheehan on ESPN 980.
Joe Buck is back again. His last visit was on Episode 6. Joe recently published the book Lucky Bastard: My Life, My Dad, and the Things I’m Not Allowed to Say on TV. Joe is the son of famous sportcaster Jack Buck. He has won numerous Sports Emmy Awards and is primarily known for his role as a play-by-play announcer for NFL and MLB games including main events such as the Super Bowl and announcing plays at the World Series as he’s done for the last 17 consecutive years and 19 times total (so far). Joe will be announcing at this year’s Super Bowl in February as well.
Josh was drafted in 2008 as a guard and started 110 out of the 112 regular season games that the Packers had played since becoming a full-time starter on the offensive line in 2009. In just the past four seasons he was voted to the Pro Bowl three times (2012, 2014-15) and voted first-team All-Pro for three straight years (2013-15). On September 4, 2016 he signed a three-year contract with the Chicago Bears.
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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.
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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”.