Huddle Up With Gus
Huddle Up With Gus
Not your typical sports/entertainment show Huddle Up with Gus takes a deep dive into the impact that sports had on someone’s life from childhood to present day. Gus talks to Athletes, Sports Agents, Former Athletes, Coaches, Sportscasters, Comedians, Musicians, and even Hollywood Elite.
- Marjorie Lewis on September 13, 2021 by Gus Frerotte
Welcome to the huddle with 15-year NFL quarterback Gus Frerotte! In the huddle today, Gus spends some real quality time with Marjorie Herrera Lewis, one of the most talented sports reporters and authors of our time. Gus and Marjorie discuss her passion for sports reporting and how from the early stages of her career, she knew that she loved writing and sports and to combine those together formed the perfect vocation. Her hard work and dedication paid off bigtime when she became the beat writer for The Dallas Cowboys for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Throughout her career, Marjorie covered college and professional sports, including the Texas Rangers and Dallas Mavericks, as well as tennis and golf. She also covered the Super Bowl, Wimbledon, the NCAA men's basketball tournament, and several college bowl games. As an author of numerous books, Gus and Marjorie discuss her inspirations and how she can interpret them into huge-selling books. These and so many other topics are discussed on today’s Huddle Up with Gus!
- Joe Namath on September 6, 2021 by Gus Frerotte
Welcome to the Huddle with 15-year NFL quarterback Gus Frerotte! You’re in for a very special treat on today’s show as Gus welcomes the “Broadway Joe” himself, legendary Joe Namath to the huddle. Gus takes Joe back to his earlier days as a young boy, then to Alabama, and onto to his remarkable career with the Jets and his year with the Rams. "Broadway Joe" leaves no secrets unsaid as he shares behind the scenes of his time on the gridiron, how he became an acting star and what life has been like in retirement. Get ready sports fans, this is one time in the huddle you won’t forget!
- AnnieMathews on August 30, 2021 by Gus Frerotte
Welcome to Huddle Up with Gus, featuring 15-year NFL quarterback Gus Frerotte! This is a very special episode of the Huddle as Gus interviews author Annie Mathews, famed author of popular books for kids of all ages. Annie's books are renowned for a special creative inventiveness that spark the imagination in kids of all ages. Gus speaks with Annie about her friendship with the late Kobe Bryant and their fascinating quest to co-write a book for middle-grade kids. Gus and Annie explore some real insights as to how Kobe was as an individual, a professional, and a creative force. This exclusive interview is a rare treat to understand Kobe and Annie’s drive and professionalism throughout the creative process.
- Keith Hirshland on August 23, 2021 by Gus Frerotte
Welcome to the huddle with 15-year NFL quarterback Gus Frerotte! On today’s show, Gus hosts a pioneer in sports broadcasting, Keith Hirshland who as a sports television producer with more than three decades of experience snagged himself an Emmy Award for his unique presentations of professional golf. In fact, he produced shows that aired on ESPN and ESPN2 and later were among the first forty people hired by The Golf Channel in 1994. He was in the middle of the action when it premiered in 1995 and provided his talents for all golf networks for close to two decades. Gus and Keith get into the weeds about how television broadcasting of professional golf evolved over time, what it was like traveling and being around some of the golf treats, and what the outlook is for the future of televised golf.
- Amy Trask on August 16, 2021 by Gus Frerotte
Welcome to Huddle Up with Gus, with 15-year NFL quarterback Gus Frerotte! On today’s show, a very special treat as Gus meets up with one of the most powerful women ever to hold a front office job in the NFL, Amy Trask. Amy is an American sports executive, author, and lawyer, currently living in California. She is the former CEO of the Oakland Raiders, a position she served in for decades. Amy had been so effective in her position with the Raiders that she earned the moniker of the "Princess of Darkness" by Raiders fans for her tough decisions and hard-driving management tactics. Amy currently serves as an analyst for CBS Sports and CBS Sports Network, appearing regularly on That Other Pregame Show and periodically on The NFL Today. Amy is one of the original group of panelists appearing on the first-ever all-women's sports talk show, We Need To Talk on CBS Sports Network and also written a book titled You Negotiate Like a Girl on her experience as an executive in the NFL. Gus and Amy talk about Amy’s involvement as the Chairman of the Board of Big3, a 3-on-3 professional basketball league.
- Bob Socci on August 9, 2021 by Gus Frerotte
Welcome to Huddle Up with Gus, with 15 year NFL quarterback Gus Frerotte! You’re in for a real treat as Gus interviews “The Voice of the Patriots,” Bob Socci who gives his firsthand account of what life is like as the main play-by-play announcer for one of the NFL’s powerhouse teams. Gus digs down into what life was like for Bob growing up, what motivated him towards sports announcing and how his journey started in Annapolis, Maryland announcing the Navy games. Bob then details his departure from Annapolis and onto Boston – you’ll love his story of determination, drive and even some dreaming. Enjoy your time in today’s huddle with Gus and his special guest Bob Socci.
- Mark Bryan on August 2, 2021 by Gus Frerotte
Welcome to Huddle Up with Gus, featuring 15-year NFL quarterback Gus Frerotte! You’re in for a very special treat today as Gus interviews the hugely famous Mark Bryan of Hootie and the Blowfish. Who’d ever think that Mark is a bit Washington Football Team fan and is from the Washington, DC area! Gus and Mark talk about the early days of Hootie and how the band evolved as the individual musicians great in talent and fame. Mark shares some exclusive behind-the-scenes moments of those “special times” he shared with bandmate Darius Rucker at the University of South Carolina and then later the road to fame. Then, it’s onto Gus’ favorite subject, football! The guys discuss the current situation with The Washington Football Team, the options the team must make for a great season this year and how some select teams around the league are going to perform. If you ever wanted to hang out with one of the Hooties, here’s your chance!
- Melissa Stockwell on July 27, 2021 by Gus Frerotte
Welcome to Huddle Up with Gus, with 15 year NFL quarterback Gus Frerotte. As the United States is in full swing at the Tokyo Olympics, Gus is pleased to reprise his interview with Paralympic athlete Melissa Stockwell. Melissa is an amazing athlete, triathlete, swimmer and former U.S. Army officer. Stockwell is a co-founder of the Chicago-based Dare2tri Paratriathlon Club with Keri Serota and Dan Tun. She is a USA Triathlon Level I certified coach, and serves as a mentor and friend to her fellow Dare2tri athletes as they train and compete. She also serves on the board of directors for the Wounded Warriors Project, USA Triathlon Foundation, and the USA Triathlon Women’s Committee. She is a licensed prosthetist but is currently training for triathlon full-time at the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado. One of her pre-race rituals is that she always has to eat gummy worms the night before a race. She is married to Brian Tolsma and has two children, Dallas and Millie.
- Matthew McConaughey on July 26, 2021 by Gus Frerotte
Welcome to the very best of Huddle Up with Gus! You’re in for a very special treat as we revisit Gus’ discussion with the great Matthew McConaughey about his love of football, how he became a Washington Football Team fan, what life was like growing up and how he juggles being a busy Hollywood icon and cheering on his favorite team in burgundy and gold.
- Brett Lorin on July 19, 2021 by Gus Frerotte
Welcome to Huddle Up with Gus, with 15 year NFL quarterback Gus Frerotte! On today’s show Gus welcomes former professional baseball player Brett Lorin to discuss his love of all things sports and especially baseball. Brett shares with us what brought him to baseball, how he became disciplined enough to make it to the professional diamond and what life has been like for him and his family since leaving his active playing. The fellas also discuss the latest in what’s going on in the National Baseball League and look to rule changes and which players are going to end up where for the next season.
- George Teague on July 12, 2021 by Gus Frerotte
Welcome to Huddle Up with Gus with 15-year NFL quarterback Gus Frerotte! On today’s show, it’s a full hour with one of footballs nicest guys off the field, yet when on the field, was able to do serious damage to running backs skeletal structures. We are speaking of course of George Teague, who played with the Packers, Cowboys, and Miami and broke records and bones in each city. George shares is youth with Gus and what brought him to the gridiron, having grown up as an Air Force Brat. When his family did settle in one place, Gus and George discuss how life was like living in a small Alabama town, especially issues of race, competitive sports, and his education. Then, it is onto the NFL when Gus and George go through some of the best and the worse their careers offered them at the time. As mentioned, George is an awesome guy who you just want to hang out with and you’ll enjoy your time with him on today’s show. Thanks for tuning into Huddle Up With Gus!
- DOUBLE FEATURE: Andy Martino followed by Leigh Montville on July 4, 2021 by Gus Frerotte
Welcome to the Gus Frerotte Show with 15-year quarterback Gus Frerotte, who interviews the greatest sports figures, journalists, and supporters with compelling and often humorous discussions. To celebrate the 4th of July weekend, Gus is presenting a double-feature of interviews with two prominent sportswriters. First up is Andy Martino, a longtime sports journalist who has covered the New York Yankees for years and knows the ins and outs of the game like no one else. Then, Gus is honored to host Leigh Montville, author of tons of awesome sportsbooks with his latest being “Sting Like a Bee,” covering the late great Muhammad Ali.
- Duff Goldman Charm City Cakes on June 28, 2021 by Gus Frerotte
Joining the Huddle this week is Duff Goldman. Duff is a chef and artist known for his dazzling, creative approach to food and his fantastic stories describing the simple science of baking. Duff starred on the hit Food Network show Ace of Cakes, set in his bakery, Charm City Cakes. He now has cake studios in Baltimore and Los Angeles. You can watch Duff bake and decorate on Food Network’s Duff Takes the Cake and mentor bakers on Kids Baking Championship. Duff believes we can discover our inner creativity and celebrate with each other through the fun of baking! Duff played hockey and football in High School and went on to play Hockey and Lacrosse at College. Sports helped Duff understand the meaning of teamwork, and he is an incredible Captain and leader for his company. Check out all that Duff is doing on his website. http://www.duff.com
- Drew Bledsoe on June 23, 2021 by Gus Frerotte
Joining the Huddle this week is NFL Qb Drew Bledsoe. The First pick in the 1993 draft. Drew helped improve the fortunes of the Patriots, who had fallen on hard times. During his tenure as starting quarterback, the Patriots ended a seven-year postseason drought, qualified for the playoffs four times, and made one Super Bowl appearance. He also made it to three Pro Bowls. Drew suffered a near-fatal injury early in the 2001 season; he got hit by New York Jets linebacker Mo Lewis and suffered a sheared blood vessel in his chest, which almost resulted in his death. This terrible injury leads to his backup Tom Brady becoming the team's starter. He could not regain his starting position for the remainder of the season due to Brady's success; Bledsoe subsequently played three seasons with the Bills. He made a fourth Pro Bowl appearance, and two with the Dallas Cowboys, before retiring during the 2007 offseason. Upon his retirement from the NFL in 2007, Drew Bledsoe "doubled back" to his hometown of Walla Walla, Washington, to realize a long-held dream. Drew and his wife, Maura, purchased a piece of property on the southern edge of the Walla Walla Valley and subsequently launched Doubleback, https://doubleback.com, as an estate-focused winery to craft America's best Cabernet Sauvignon. Drew had long been planning for this moment during his years playing football, and success came immediately as the first vintage earned a spot in Wine Spectator's Top 100 List.
- Dave Alpern on June 14, 2021 by Gus Frerotte
This week on Huddle Up with Gus is the President of Joe Gibbs Racing, Dave Alpern. Dave grew up in Northern Virginia and went to Oakton HS. When Joe Gibbs came to Washington to coach, Dave became friends with Joe's son JD. Dave attended George Mason University and would go to many Redskin games and become very close to the Gibbs family. Dave started his career as an unpaid intern selling T-shirts for the newly formed Joe Gibbs Racing team. Since then, he has held nearly every position in the front office, including overseeing consumer products, communications, and sponsorships before being named team president. As one of the longest-tenured executives in the sport, Alpern has seen the team grow from 18 employees to nearly 600 and has worked with C-level executives for many of the world's top brands, such as Toyota, FedEx, Mars, Stanley, the Coca-Cola Company, and Comcast. In addition, Dave had been invited to the White House on multiple occasions after winning NASCAR championships in 2000, 2002, 2005, 2015, and 2019. Dave is a regular university guest lecturer, particularly at the University of North Carolina Kenan-Flagler Business School for both their undergraduate and graduate business programs. He teaches marketing, sponsorship, and social media and also enjoys corporate speaking. Dave is married to his college sweetheart, Stacey. They have three sons: twins who recently graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and an audio engineering student at Belmont University in Nashville. His interests include snow skiing, snowboarding, surfing. He is also an avid fan of the Washington Redskins, the Washington Capitals, and the Carolina Tar Heels. Check out Dave's new book: Taking the Lead. In Taking the Lead, Dave shares the wisdom he's learned along the way: fundamental principles that will equip you with what you need to rise to the top and succeed with integrity and purpose—whatever team you're on.
- Jesse Bradley on June 7, 2021 by Gus Frerotte
This week's guest on Huddle Up with Gus is former professional soccer goalkeeper Jesse Bradley. He shares the journey that led to the end of his soccer career and his transition to becoming a pastor. Jesse is from Minneapolis and is a Vikings fan at heart--SHHH don't tell that to any Seattle fans. Jesse said his love of sports at an early age."At age three, I told my parents that I wanted to be a professional athlete." His parents divorced when he was 7, and he became more focused on academics and athletics during his teenage years. After graduating from Dartmouth College with a degree in Psychology, He was living out his childhood dream as a soccer goalkeeper. Jesse played soccer as a goalkeeper in the US, Scotland, and Zimbabwe. He currently leads faith and family night with the Seattle Sounders. Here is Jesse telling me an abbreviated version of his fight to stay alive and save his career. "In Africa, I took prescribed medication to prevent malaria, and it built up toxic levels in my system. I was fighting for my life for a year, and it took ten years to recover. During this time, my life was transformed in the most profound ways: identity, faith, mindset, habits, career, and relationships. The greatest blessings and growth in life can emerge from the worst situations." After denying God's existence throughout his childhood, he never anticipated deciding to follow Jesus. Thank you, Jesse, for sharing your story! You can find Jesse and everything he is doing on his website: https://jessebradley.org
- Greg Nared on June 2, 2021 by Gus Frerotte
This week, joining me in the Huddle is Greg Nared. He holds the position of SVP Player Relations for the Dallas Mavericks and offers more than 25 years of experience in sales, athlete management, client relations and sports marketing. His primary focus is to provide strategic direction for youth basketball, community, player relations, and Mavs Entertainment. Greg has played an integral role in having one of the most innovative youth basketball programs in the NBA. Greg operated and owned the Greg Nared Agency, where he worked directly with professional athletes in both golf and basketball, including marketing the clients or products in promoting their career within his or her given field as well as any interests off the field of play. Greg is also responsible for meeting with team owners, managers, coaches, and other individuals to develop rapport and partnerships promoting the organization and the clients GNA represents. Much of his day is spent in contract negotiating, working with athlete sponsors, networking, speaking with other professionals and keeping abreast of current trends and information that may affect decisions the organization and agent recommend to the clients. Lastly, Greg's expertise and experience in investments, business management, finance, risk analysis, and trends in sports helped facilitate success in recruiting, developing, and sustaining clients and sponsorships. Before working at the Greg Nared Agency, Nared worked as the Vice President for Golf for the William Morris Agency in Beverly Hills, California. Greg was responsible for working directly with LPGA / PGA executives in helping to promote the athlete's career. Greg also worked on negotiating contracts in the best interest of the athlete. His role included improving salary, making provisions for injuries, and taking other options in place of salary increases. He made a recommendation to athletes regarding long-term as opposed to short-term benefits. Greg also worked on Brand and PR plans for athletes. In doing so, he worked on a short-term and long-term strategy that best fit the overall goals and objectives for athletes. Nared recruited athletes to increase the client base. Lastly, Nared worked very closely with Professional Golfer Extraordinaire Michelle Wie. He was responsible for day-to-day operations with the Wie family. He negotiated corporate sponsorship and appearance fees contracts, coordinated public relations, handled Michelle's schedule, and worked as an adviser to Wie. Nared also delivered 15 years of athlete management and strategic planning to Nike. First joining Nike as the East Coast Field Representative for professional basketball in 1992, Greg led in the strategic development of NBA brand athletes, including Michael Jordan, Charles Barkley, and Penny Hardaway. Nared was involved in orchestrating Sports Marketing efforts to support all product engines. He cemented the bond between Nike and key players, teams, and coaches through attention to service detail, personal relationship building, basketball knowledge, and intuition. Nared negotiated contracts managed marketing and advertising campaigns. He was promoted in 1995 to work as the Product Line Manager for Nike Basketball, consisting of men's, women's, and Jordan apparel. Two years later, he was promoted to work as the Business Affairs Manager for Tiger Woods. He managed all aspects of business around Tiger, including product development, budget, marketing, promotions, and public relations. He was also a key advisor to Tiger in the non-Nike industry. Nared played a crucial role in new business development for Nike Golf and Tiger, managed relationships with Tiger's sponsors, and helped generate over $10 million in incremental sales with critical partners such as General Motors, Tag Heuer, EA Sports, and American Express, and Upper Deck. Greg played a massive role in developing the Tiger Woods brand today. Before joining Nike, Greg was a Sales Manager for the Washington Bullets (Washington Wizards). He managed a sales representative team that sold season tickets to both individuals and corporations in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. A native of Wilmington, Ohio, Nared holds a bachelor's degree in Communications from the University of Maryland in College Park, where he lettered in basketball for 4 years. Nared founded the Boost Foundation, a non-profit organization serving Portland's at-risk youth. He also served as a board member for Self Enhancement, Inc., a Portland, Oregon-based non-profit organization, for 4 years. Greg speaks around the country at schools and on behalf of corporations about the value and importance of education.
- Ken Harvey on May 24, 2021 by Gus Frerotte
Joining me in the Huddle this week is my longtime friend and teammate, Ken Harvey! Ken is a fantastic person and I thoroughly enjoyed our conversation. He grew up in Austin, Texas. Shortly after attending U. C. Berkeley, he was drafted in the first round, 12th overall, of the 1988 NFL draft by the Arizona Cardinals. There he played six seasons until signing with the Washington Redskins in 1994. He was selected to his fourth straight NFL Pro Bowl in 1997 and ended his career with 89 sacks, averaging 8.6 per season. Ken retired just before the start of the 1999 season. In 2002, Ken received the prestigious honor of being nominated in the Washington Redskin's highest accolade as one of "80 Greatest Washinton Football Players." Shortly after receiving that honor, he was chosen and inducted into the "The Washington Football Club Ring of Fame at Fed Ex Field." He was nominated five consecutive times for the NFL Hall of Fame. Ken is an author of several books and screenplays. He is currently co-authoring a children's book with American actor, artist, and former American football player, Terry Crews. Ken is now a Marketing Associate for Fellows Financial group. His speaking portfolio includes sharing his insights and volunteering his time and talents to support the following organizations: • High tech prayer breakfast. – Testimony • Silke Endress Ambassador Award Reception – International unity • Altria – Teamwork • NFLPA conference - Transitioning • HIDTA High-intensity drug trafficking area – Communication • TedX Ashburn - Overcoming • Collective [I] – Sales, Artificial intelligence • Department of threat reduction agency – Diversity / Black History • Touching Heart Family Gala – Charitable giving • Lambardi Cancer foundation - Charitable giving • Nasa – Sports/ Fitness in Space • 2018 Volunteer Reston service award – Charitable giving • Loudoun Chamber – Leadership • Great Fall Chamber – Leadership • Joint Base Anacostia Bolling – Teamwork • INS corporation – Security/teamwork • Watkins Award – MC • Engineering youth conference- George Mason. – Setting yourself apart • Spokesperson with Redskins as Director of Responsibility • Co–captain of Congressional football game • Co-Captain of Rivals golf event- Former Washington player vs Former Cowboy players His journey was not the typical path and he realized that too much is given, much is required. He donates much of his time to others and has currently been named to the board director of Touching Heart. www.TouchingHeart.com Thank you, Ken!!!!
- Bill Cartwright on May 17, 2021 by Gus Frerotte
Joining me in the Huddle this week is 5-time NBA Champion Bill Cartwright. Bill was drafted by the Knicks and then traded to the Chicago Bulls and finished his career with the Seattle Supersonics. He attended Elk Grove High School in Elk Grove, California and played college basketball at the University of San Francisco. Check out his Bio by the NBA: https://www.nba.com/bulls/history/life-and-times-mr-bill Check out Bill's Podcast: https://anchor.fm/bill-cartwright As player: 3× NBA champion (1991–1993) NBA All-Star (1980) NBA All-Rookie First Team (1980) 2× Consensus second-team All-American (1977, 1979) 3× WCC Player of the Year (1977–1979) No. 24 retired by San Francisco Dons Mr. Basketball USA (1975) First-team Parade All-American (1975) Third-team Parade All-American (1974) 2× California Mr. Basketball (1974, 1975) As coach: 2× NBA champion (1997, 1998)
- Kendra Stabler Moyes on May 10, 2021 by Gus Frerotte
Joining me in the Huddle this week is Kendra Stabler Moyes. She is the daughter of Hall of Fame QB, Ken "The Snake" Stabler. We talk about what life was like growing up with a dad who was such a larger-than-life personality and player. Marnie Schneider Joins us as my Co-host and Kendra's friend. They talk about their relationship and the ties they both have with the Ronald McDonald House. Marnie has also written books about traveling to NFL cities called Football Freddie and Fumble the Dog. http://footballfreddie.com Check out the Stabler Foundation. https://kenstabler.com/xoxo-stabler-foundation/
- Bob Kendrick on May 3, 2021 by Gus Frerotte
Joining me in the Huddle is the President of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, Bob Kendrick. Bob is the man to listen to if you love baseball and its history. Bob's appointment in 2011 marked a celebrated return to the NLBM. The NLBM is the world's only museum dedicated to preserving and celebrating the rich history of African-American baseball and its profound impact on the social advancement of America. Bob became the museum's first Director of Marketing in 1998. He was named Vice President of Marketing in 2009 before accepting the post as Executive Director of the National Sports Center for the Disabled-Kansas City. Before his departure, Bob's leadership helped secure more than $15 million in financial support for the NLBM and widespread national acclaim. Kendrick is now responsible for the Museum's day-to-day operations and for developing and implementing strategies to advance the mission of the NLBM. Bob began his association with the NLBM as a volunteer during his 10-year newspaper career with The Kansas City Star as a senior copywriter for The Star's Promotions Department. While he doesn't fashion himself to be a historian, Bob has become one of the leading authorities on the topic of Negro Leagues Baseball history and its connection to issues relating to sports, race and diversity. He has been a contributing writer for "Ebony Magazine" and the National Urban League's "Opportunity Magazine." His volunteer roots in the Kansas City community are deep and passionate. He has served on the boards of various Kansas City-area non-profit organizations and has worked with Kansas City youth for more than 20 years. He remains active in the community and spends a great deal of time in Kansas City classrooms giving motivational talks to area students and sharing the illustrious history of Negro Leagues Baseball with nearly 100 schools, social and civic groups annually. In 2006, the Greater Kansas City Black Chamber of Commerce awarded him the Mary Lona Diversity Award. He was named "Citizen of the Year" by the Omicron Xi Chapter of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity. In 2009, The Kansas City Globe named Kendrick to the papers' list of "100 Most Influential African-Americans in Greater Kansas City." A native of Crawfordville, Ga., Kendrick received a basketball scholarship to attend Park College (Parkville, Mo.) in 1980, where he earned a B.A. degree in Communications Arts in 1985.
- Leigh Anne Tuohy on April 26, 2021 by Gus Frerotte
Joining me in the Huddle this week is Leigh Anne Tuohy. Leigh Anne is the inspirational matriarch of the Tuohy family. While studying at the University of Mississippi, better known as Ole Miss, Leigh Anne met Sean Tuohy, her husband. Both were active and ambitious college students: Leigh Anne was a cheerleader, campus favorite, and an active member of her sorority, Kappa Delta; Sean became a record-breaking SEC basketball champion holds several SEC assist records. A Memphis, Tennessee native, Leigh Anne attended Briarcrest Christian School and graduated from the University of Mississippi with a Bachelor’s of Science in Interior Design. Leigh Anne owns “Flair I,” an interior design firm. Her work has been featured on HGTV and in numerous publications. She has designed for such clients as Peyton Manning, Scottie Pippen, Isaac Bruce, and OJ Mayo and was a member of the design team for Extreme Makeover: Home Edition Season 8 during the 2010-11 season. They are the proud parents of daughter Collins and sons, Michael Oher and Sean, Jr. The chronicle of the Tuohy family’s life, The Blind Side, became a record-breaking Hollywood blockbuster that earned more than $300 million box office and became the number one opening weekend sports film in history. In February 2013, Leigh Anne and the Tuohy family were on the sidelines cheering Michael and the Baltimore Ravens on to his first Super Bowl victory. Through all of their projects, the Tuohy family continues their mission to inspire hope, ignite generosity, and make it happen for the deserving but underserved youth. For more information on Leigh Anne and her and Seans Foundation, please visit her site at https://www.leighannetuohy.com.
- Taylor Funk on April 18, 2021 by Gus Frerotte
Joining me in the Huddle this week is professional golfer Taylor Funk. Taylor talks to me about traveling on the PGA Tour with his family, his dad is professional golfer Fred Funk. Taylor also talks about how his mom and his journey homeschooled him through high school and college at The University of Texas. Taylor explains how his favorite part so far has been visiting over 25 different countries and being able to play golf all over the world. • 2013 Florida Class 2A Champion• finished tied for ninth with Texas teammate Gavin Hall at the 2014 Porter Cup at Niagara Falls Country Club• finished tied for sixth at the 2014 Trans-Mississippi Championship at Southern Hills CC• finished tied for 12th at the 2014 Terra Cotta Invitational at Naples National Golf Club• finished first at the 2013 Future Collegians World Tour at Inverrary GC• finished first at the 2013 AJGA Ocala-Mario Sports Commission Junior Tournament• finished first at the 2013 Press Thornton Future Masters• finished first at the 2012 Future Collegians World Tour at Sawgrass• finished fifth at the 2011 Future Collegians World Tour at Sawgrass• ranked the No. 42 junior player in the Golfweek/Sagarin Junior rankings at the time of his commitment to Texas Taylor's biggest accomplishment was his win at the 2015 Southern Amateur! #JoinTheHuddle with Taylor Funk!
- Keith Law on April 12, 2021 by Gus Frerotte
Joining me in the Huddle this week is Senior Baseball Writer at The Athletic, author of THE INSIDE GAME: Bad Calls, Strange Moves, and What Baseball Behavior Teaches Us About Ourselves, Keith Law. We discuss his childhood and how and why he fell in love with baseball. Keith is a numbers guy, and he thought his life would be in the world of business, but after realizing his passion for data and analytics was really in baseball, he took a job with the Toronto Blue Jays. He then worked at ESPN and eventually became the Senior Baseball Writer at The Athletic. THE INSIDE GAME shows how the decisions behind baseball—good and bad, big and small— present a new way to appreciate the game’s successes as well as its failures. You can check out Keith and his new book on his Blog Page, http://meadowparty.com/blog/.
- Will Blackmon on April 4, 2021 by Gus Frerotte
Joining me in the Huddle this week is Will Blackmon. He played for several teams in the NFL like I did but had a plan for his transition after the league. Blackmon attended Bishop Hendricken HS in Rhode Island. At Hendricken, Blackmon earned 2001 All-America first-team honors from USA Today, ESPN.com, SuperPrep and PrepStar as a senior. He was named Gatorade Rhode Island Player of the Year after his senior season. He played college football for the Boston College and was drafted in the fourth round of the 2006 draft by the Green Bay Packers. We talked about many aspects of his life but one of the best stories was about when we played against each other in 2008. I was playing for the Vikings and Will was with the Packers. I do have to say that we still won the game despite a few interceptions. Will lost count of how many glasses of wine he consumed that November night in Minneapolis long ago, but he remembers that the name of the restaurant, a steakhouse downtown, was Seven. It was 2008, his third season in the NFL, and Blackmon, then a cornerback and return man with the Packers, was in town to play the Minnesota Vikings. Kickoff was slated for noon the next day, so the Saturday evening activities commenced with dinner among his fellow defensive backs. Charles Woodson, Nick Collins and Tramon Williams were all in attendance around the table. One glass led to another, and dinner led to a walk upstairs to a club, where wine continued to flow. By the time the quartet retired to the team’s hotel, Blackmon’s eyes were glassy but he felt coherent. He awoke the next morning “feeling like garbage,” and considered his rejuvenation options, like an IV, Red Bull or pre-game workout. But at the stadium, his partners in wine looked no worse for the wear. First, Woodson picked off a pass. Then, Williams poached one. Collins took back an interception 59 yards for a touchdown. Finally, Blackmon returned a punt 65 yards for a score. “It’s the craziest thing,” he says. “All four of us played super well that day. Since that day, I didn’t get wasted, but I would have a glass or two while studying my game plan, watch the Saturday night games before bed.” Thank you, Will for joining me in the Huddle and I wish you continued success in the wine business. Go to his website, https://thewinemvp.com and order some incred ible wine from Will and let him fill up your wine fridge or cellar.
- Steve Buckhantz and Phil Chenier on March 28, 2021 by Gus Frerotte
Joining me in the huddle this week is the Duo of Steve Buckhantz and Phil Chenier. They have recently started reliving some of the good ol' days on a new podcast they started. On the Road with Buck and Phil is a relaxing trip down memory lane. I would encourage any longtime fan to check it out! Phil and Steve talk to me about growing up and how they fell in love with sports. Steve was the longtime Washington Wizards play-by-play announcer and a Washington-area sports broadcaster who grew up in Virginia and went to James Madison University. Phil Chenier is a former professional basketball player, a guard in the NBA for ten seasons. Born and raised in Berkeley, California, Chenier graduated from Berkeley High School and played college basketball at the University of California in Berkeley. He was also a television sports broadcaster for the NBA's Washington Wizards. Buckhantz and Chenier were the familiar faces and voices on Bullets and Wizards broadcasts from 1997 until 2017 when NBC Sports Washington announced Chenier would not return as the team's primary in-game analyst, a role he had for 33 years. While Chenier no longer calls games, he contributes to NBCSW's Wizards coverage. Buckhantz did play-by-play for several college basketball games last season and was working as the public address announcer for the XFL's D.C. Defenders when the novel Coronavirus pandemic postponed the season and ultimately caused the league to fold. The friendship they have created over years of broadcasting Wizards games pulled them together again to tell their many stories in their podcast. Being able to interview them together gives us a glimpse into their friendship and the incredible journey they enjoyed. Thanks, Steve and Phil
- Emmitt Smith on March 21, 2021 by Gus Frerotte
Joining me in this Huddle this week is one of the greatest, if not the greatest, running backs of all-time, Emmitt Smith. We talk about growing up in Florida, humbling experiences in high school, why he chose the University of Florida over Auburn and his accomplishments in the NFL, and his transition to real estate and business. This was an amazing conversation, and I want to thank Emmit for telling us his story. The Dallas Cowboys were rebuilding when they selected Florida running back Emmitt Smith in the first round of the 1990 draft. After a holdout during all of training camp and preseason of his rookie season, Smith reported to the Cowboys in time for the start of the regular season. He wasted no time proving he would be a huge part of the team's future. Smith rushed for 937 yards and scored 11 touchdowns to earn Offensive Rookie of the Year honors and the first of eight career Pro Bowl nods. He followed that season by rushing for a league-leading 1,563 yards. Smith won four rushing crowns during a five-year span as he added titles in 1992, 1993, and 1995. He also led the NFL in rushing touchdowns three times and contributed 277 pass receptions during that same five-season period. His best year came in 1995 when he recorded career highs for rushing yards (1,773), rushing touchdowns (25), and receptions (62). Not surprisingly, Smith's impact on the team helped nurture the Cowboys back to the top of the NFL. With their star runner leading the way, the Cowboys won three Super Bowls over four seasons from 1992 to 1995. Smith was named first-team All-Pro in each year during that four-year period. In 1993, he was named the NFL's MVP and followed that by earning Most Valuable Player honors in the Cowboys' 30-13 win over the Buffalo Bills in Super Bowl XXVIII. After narrowly missing the 1,000-yard mark as a rookie, Smith embarked on a record run of 11 straight seasons with 1,000 yards rushing. His streak came to an end in Smith's final season in Dallas in 2002 when he missed the 1,000-yard mark by a mere 25 yards. However, that season was highlighted by one particular game against the Seattle Seahawks on Oct. 27, 2002. In that contest, Smith supplanted Walter Payton as the NFL's all-time rushing leader. Smith, who was named to the NFL's All-Decade Team of the 1990s, finished his 226-game career by playing two final seasons with the Arizona Cardinals. He retired with a career total of 18,355 yards and an NFL record 164 rushing touchdowns. He also added 515 receptions for 3,224 yards and 11 touchdowns.
- Michael Wilbon on March 14, 2021 by Gus Frerotte
Joining me in the Huddle this week is the Co-Host of Pardon the Interruption on ESPN, Michael Wilbon. We talk about growing up in Chicago and perfecting his craft on the family couch, his time spent at Northwestern, and how he landed an internship at The Washington Post. Michael's love for Chicago sports still runs deep in his veins, but DC is a close second. He loves the Cubs, and when we started talking about some HOFers like, Ernie Banks his face lit up. He, of course, loves Da Bears too, but we push them aside and talk about the days of RFK Stadium and the Washington Football Team. Please, someone, help give them a new name!!!!!! PTI has been running for 20 years thanks to Michael's dynamics pitted against the oft-maligned Tony Kornheiser. They make it a great show because of the push-pull of opinions they have regarding sports. Michael tells us the way PTI started and who made it all happen. Thank you for joining me on the show, Michael!
- Dr. Thom Mayer on March 8, 2021 by Gus Frerotte
Joining me in the Huddle this week is one of my closest friends, Dr. Thom Mayer. Our story goes way back to the early days of my Pro career in Washington D.C. Thom tells how we met at Redskins park and how that day created our longtime friendship. Thom has also been the Medical Director for the NFL Players Association since 2001. He became director when his good friend, Hall of Famer, Gene Upshaw. Gene was the head of the NFLPA and asked Thom to be Medical Director because the NFLPA did not have one. Thom has used his expertise to define the NFL players' medical leadership. He is from Anderson, Indiana, and went to Hanover College, where he played linebacker and center. He had a tryout in the NFL but realized he needed to go down a different path. He was accepted to medical school at Duke and completed his residency in Utah, where he met Maureen. Thom and Maureen has 3 kids and 4 grandkids Dr. Mayer is Founder and Chief Executive Officer of BestPractices, Inc., Executive Vice President of EmCare, the Medical Director for the NFL Players Association and Clinical Professor of Emergency Medicine at George Washington University, and a Senior Lecturing Fellow at Duke University. He is one of the most widely-sought speakers on healthcare customer service, trauma, and emergency care, pediatric emergency care, medical leadership, and sports medicine. He has published over 70 peer-reviewed articles, 75 book chapters and has edited or written 12 textbooks on emergency medicine, including Leadership for Great Customer Service: Satisfied Patients, Satisfied Employees, Leadership for Smooth Patient Flow, Hardwiring Flow, and Strauss and Mayer's Emergency Department Leadership: Principles and Applications. Tom Peters, the internationally acclaimed leadership guru, has referred to his work as "gasp-worthy." Dr. Mayer was named the ACEP Outstanding Speaker of the Year in the second year the award was given and has twice been named ACEP's "Over-the-Top" award winner. On September 11, 2001, Dr. Mayer served as one of the Command Physicians at the Pentagon Rescue Operation, coordinating medical assets at the site. The BestPractices physicians at Inova Fairfax Hospital were the first to successfully diagnose and treat inhalational anthrax victims during the fall 2001 anthrax crises. Dr. Mayer has served on the Department of Defense on Defense Science Board Task Forces on Bioterrorism, Homeland Security, and Consequences of Weapons of Mass Destruction. Dr. Mayer also serves as a Medical Director for the Studer Group.
- Ricky Williams on March 1, 2021 by Gus Frerotte
My teammate joins this week in the Huddle. Ricky Williams is a gentle soul that was misunderstood by many for years in the NFL. After winning the Heisman and every other award while at the University of Texas, the expectations placed on him were unrealistic for many, but not Ricky. He expected to be great, and talking with him about his journey was incredible. Growing up in San Diego, he became a star on the diamond and the football field. He was drafted by the Phillies and played in their farm system while in college. Although he has a deep love for baseball, he excelled on the football field. While at Texas, he was a two-time All-American and won the Heisman trophy. He loved Texas because he said it felt like a family. Ricky was drafted by New Orleans, who traded all their draft picks that year to move up and get him. New Orleans is the only team in NFL history to draft one player in an NFL draft. This is why expectations were so high. He lasted 3 years in New Orleans before being traded to Miami. While in Miami, his life's calling was just beginning. He retired, played in the CFL for Toronto, and then played for the Dolphins again. He finished his 11-year career with the Baltimore Ravens. Ricky was still finding out who he was. He started coaching and became an ESPN analyst for the Longhorn Network. He was in a few reality shows, Celebrity Apprentice and Celebrity Big Brother. Ricky followed his heart to alternative medicine and healing through all of this. He is now an astrologer, owns a wellness company called Real Wellness, and created a new app to use astrology to match people using their astrological signs. He also has his own podcast called Curious Questions, where he interviews his guests about their lives and interest using their astrological signs. Follow Ricky @williams on Instagram and @rickthelaureate on Twitter. His store: https://realwellnessherbal.com His Website: https://rickywilliams.life Thank you, Ricky!!!!!
- Zach Gelb on February 22, 2021 by Gus Frerotte
Joining me this week is one of the freshest guys on the radio. Zach Gelb is a rising star in Sports radio, and you can find him every weekday on CBS Sports Radio from 6-10 pm EST. Yes, he beat me in our NFL picks this year, and I owe him a Fat Head of myself, but I am still waiting on my steak. Zach's dad Bob has been in the radio business for a long time running the Mike and The Mad Dog show. Bob helped Zach start his first show in their basement when he was eight years old. Zach always knew he wanted to be a sports broadcaster but did play many sports growing up. He retired from playing sports to talking about them in 10th grade, and he has carved an insane path to the top of his industry. Zach chose Temple over Syracuse and worked hard not on his books but on his studio time. He says that his most significant experience came from being in the studio and learning from real-life experiences. Zach landed his first job in New Jersey out of college at WNJE. He made a few more moves before landing one of the top spots for CBS Sports Radio.
- Michele Tafoya on February 15, 2021 by Gus Frerotte
Joining me in the Huddle this week is Michele Tafoya. Since 2011, she has been a reporter for NBC Sports, primarily as a sideline reporter for NBC Sunday Night Football. We find out that her love for sports came from the passion her dad had for sports, a die-hard San Francisco 49ers fan. Her father Orlando Tafoya grew up in San Francisco and attended many games at Kezar Stadium. Michele describes her parents as compassionate and inspiring role models; she gives them much credit for her success. By the time Michele was 27, she had earned her Bachelors in Mass Communications from the University of California, Berkeley, and a Masters Degree in Business Administration from the University of Southern California. During her time at graduate school, she really thought about exactly what it was she wanted to do. What she knew was, she loves sports and she loves journalism. She thought if she could marry the two together she would never work a day in her life. There was no shortage of inspiration for her dreams. She admired the works of Lesley Visser and Robin Roberts and felt confident that she could do what they do. She landed her first gig in her professional broadcasting career; she moved to Minneapolis, Minnesota, and started covering games not only for the NFL Vikings but the University of Minnesota women’s basketball team as well. From there she accepted an offer in Charlotte, North Carolina. She was a color analyst for the men’s basketball team for the University of North Carolina; in 1993 she was the first woman to hold that position. As Michele became more recognized she also became more sought after. From 1994 to 1999 she co-hosted "CBS Sports Spectacular". In 1996 she positioned herself as the first woman to call television play-by-play of an NCAA Tournament game. Michele quite frequently works several jobs at a time. She is of course humbly proud of her accomplishments, but she credits hard work and dedication for her success. In the new millennium, Michele spent the next decade with ABC and ESPN, in 2004 she was allowed to report side by side with Al Michaels and John Madden for ABC’s Monday Night Football. By 2011 Michele had earned so much respect she was offered a position of sideline reporter for the most-watched weekly game. She was back with Al Michaels for NBC’s Sunday Night Football. With her outstanding sports personality, she won two Emmys; one in her first year with Sunday Night Football and the second in 2013. And in 2014 Michele won her second Gracie Award for her work on Lifetime again, but with the Sunday Night Football syndicate.
- Fred Funk on February 8, 2021 by Gus Frerotte
Professional golfer, Fred Funk joins me in the Huddle this week. I talk to Fred about his time growing up in Maryland and how working at the University of Maryland golf course starting at age 10. He was a multi-sport athlete growing up but golf eventually became his passion. He attended the University of Maryland, studied Law Enforcement and was on the golf team. After college, Freds journey to the PGA was not easy but he never gave upon his dream and eventually eatrned his PGA Tour card. Fred has had such a long and illustrious career that there is to much to write. Here is his PGA Bio.... https://www.pgatour.com/players/player.01381.fred-funk.html
- Nancy Lieberman on February 1, 2021 by Gus Frerotte
Joining me in the Huddle this week is an amazing woman, mother, player and coach. Playing hoops on the rough-and-tumble Harlem courts, Brooklyn-bred Nancy Lieberman learned to play a physical, aggressive style of basketball unlike other women of her time. As a 5'10" point guard, Lieberman was taller than many of the guards of her era, and her ability to drive to the hoop, dish out assists, and grab hard-fought rebounds served her well during her stellar career. Lieberman led Old Dominion University to back-to-back AIAW national championships in 1979 and 1980. She was twice named as the Wade Trophy winner - a basketball first. As the nation's top female athlete during those two seasons, Lieberman was the two-time winner of the Broderick Cup as well. Lieberman played professionally in the Women's Professional Basketball League, Women's American Basketball Association, United States Basketball League, Women's National Basketball Association, and with the Washington Generals. Earning WBL MVP honors with the Dallas Diamonds in 1981, she led the team to the 1984 WABA championship. I want to thank Nancy for her honest conversation and all of the incredible stories she shared with us. Her stories about Muhammed Ali, Kobe Bryant, Ice Cube and many others were incredible. It was a hard day for her because it was the anniversary of Kobe's death. They were very close. Thank you Nancy for sharing your special relationship with me and all of our listeners. Please visit http://nancyliebermancharities.org to donate!
- Rudy Martzke on January 29, 2021 by Gus Frerotte
Joining us in the Huddle this week is Rudy Martzke. People may not have heard of Rudy unless you were a color commentator or play-by-play announcer for any major professional sport. Rudy had a long career with USA Today as their Sports Media Columnist and it was said that Martzke’s assessment of image-conscious networks could result in upgrades or downgrades of announcer assignments and even firings. Rudy’s columns were saliently placed, on page two or three of the popular sports section, not buried or clustered somewhere toward the end of it. They were almost bullet-point formatted, easy and quick reads. He was so influential that he was voted one of the top 100 most influential people in sports and even voted higher than Michael Jordan for a few years. Some of his favorite announcers were John Madden, Jim Nantz, and Bob Costas. Rudy was actually the first in the industry to hire Bob Costas. Rudy was the Director of Operations for the Spirit of St. Louis of the ABA in 1974. He also worked for 3 other Pro Basketball organizations. Rudy has been retired for a few years but after his time with USA Today, he started his own consulting company.
- Jeremi Duru on January 29, 2021 by Gus Frerotte
Joining us in the Huddle this week is American University Law professor, Jeremi Duru. His journey through life has been influenced by sports and the pursuit of racial equality. Moving from Africa back to the states at age 7, Jeremi realized how sports helped him connect with all the new kids in his school. He also realized his passion to stop racial injustice and inequality at a young age after watching the movie Roots. I think it is amazing how Jeremi has combined these two experiences to find his path in life. Jeremi is a sports law expert, media commentator, law professor, author and advocate for strengthened solutions around diversity and inclusion. (bio below). (Note: Jeremi was involved in Jim Rooney’s book project and on content related to The Rooney Rule) As one of the nation’s foremost sports law authorities, Duru teaches in the areas of sports law, civil procedure, and employment discrimination at American University Washington College of Law. His book Advancing the Ball: Race, Reformation, and the Quest for Equal Coaching Opportunity in the NFL examines the NFL’s movement toward increased equality of opportunity for coaches and front office personnel. He is also co-author of Sports Law and Regulation: Cases and Materials and The Business of Sports Agents. You can find out more about Jeremi with this link. https://www.wcl.american.edu/community/faculty/profile/duru/bio
- Matt Birk on January 29, 2021 by Gus Frerotte
Joining me in the Huddle this week is my former teammate and friend, Matt Birk. He played center and was a Super Bowl Champion with the Baltimore Ravens, a 6-time Pro Bowler and Walter Payton Man of the Year. He had an incredible NFL career and continues his endeavors off the field with his company, https://www.mattbirkandcompany.com Join me in the Huddle with Matt Birk!
- The Boys Take Over! on January 4, 2021 by Gus Frerotte
In this week's episode of Huddle Up With Gus, I give way to my sons Gunnar and Gabe. The boys give us their views on future NFL QB's, playoff predictions, and betting on the NFL. They know the game as well as anyone and love talking shop with anyone who will listen. Gunnar will always listen to you and have a great discussion and Gabe will just rip you apart if you don't agree. Gunnar just graduated in 2020 from William and Mary and was going to coach at Duquesne until they canceled their season. Gabe is a Sr. at the University of Delaware and is studying Sport Management. They both went to Central Catholic High School and won a State Championship in football in 2015. You can follow them on Instagram: Gunnar---- gunnar_frerotte Gabe------gabe_frerotte See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
- Debbie Doniger on December 14, 2020 by Gus Frerotte
Joining me in the Huddle this week is Top 100 golf instructor Debbie Doniger. Debbie picked up her first set of clubs at the age of seven in Greenwich, Connecticut and became a dedicated student of renowned golf instructor Jim McLean, who has been her mentor for more than 20 years. As a junior and amateur, Debbie won every New York Metropolitan tournament in the area and went on to play at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she captained the golf team both her junior and senior years and led the Tar Heels to an ACC Championship in 1992. She was later inducted into the ACC Hall of Fame. Selected as one of five college seniors to represent the United States in the World University Golf Championship, Debbie was the only American to medal that year, taking home an individual bronze. After college, she went on to compete on The Futures Tour, The Gold Coast Tour, and then in 1993, The European Tour. It was very interesting to me that she picked her college around the fact that the coach would not try to change her swing or coach her differently then her current coach, Jim McClean. Her college experience created lasting friendships and shaped her future in golf. Debbie is a Lead Master Instructor at The Jim McLean Golf School, where she has worked for over 10 years, and Director of Instruction at GlenArbor Golf Club in Bedford, New York. For more on Debbie and how you can reach her please visit her website. http://www.debbiedoniger.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
- Matt Kazam on December 7, 2020 by Gus Frerotte
This was an awesome episode. Matt Kazam joins me in the Huddle this week and it is one of the best times I have had on the show. The hour went by way too fast! I think we needed 3 to discuss everything! You got to check out Matt's website, https://theylaughyouwin.com. Matt is bringing laughter back to the workplace. The revolutionary public speaking and humor training program of They Laugh You Win can turn anyone into an extraordinary public speaker. His story about Richard Branson is great and he has worked with many other CEOs who have all seen the value in humor training and teach their employees how to use the tools of stand-up comedy. Matt is a veteran comic who can be seen performing at the nation’s top comedy clubs, casinos, and theatres. He has performed stand-up comedy over 6,000 times in 45 states and 7 countries. Matt has also performed at over 1,000 corporate and private events. He has an amazing ability to work for any crowd, anywhere, any venue. At the age of 10, Matt saw his first comedy show in Las Vegas at the legendary Riviera Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. He knew right then that was what he wanted to do with his life. In 2014 Matt’s boyhood dream was realized and amazingly at the same iconic property where the dream was born, the Riviera. Matt’s one-man comedy show, “40 Is Not The New 20,” was an instant success. Becoming a Las Vegas “must-see” show month after month. He was the last headliner to perform at the Riviera that saw the likes of Frank Sinatra and Elvis rise to fame. Matt’s energetic style, witty observations, and unassuming charm are the driving forces behind his unique and hilarious comedy & learning events. Growing up in New York City, he started performing shows for family and friends at the age of three, but it wasn’t until graduating college from George Mason University with a degree in finance that Matt finally took the plunge as a full-time stand-up comedian. While in DC he also was an on-air sports personality talking Skins Football and all things sports in DC. He has made television appearances on NBC’s “Last Comic Standing”, Fox’s “Big Red Couch”, Comedy Central’s “Stand-Up Stand-Up”, VH-1’s “Fools For Love”, TLC’s “Two For Vegas”, The Discovery Channel’s “Lux List”, WGN’s “The Bob & Tom Show. He has appeared with Tommy Davidson on the Rascal’s Comedy Club Webcast “Live Caught On The Net”. In addition, Matt’s comedy special, “Stand-Up and Sit-Down with Matt Kazam,” is currently airing on XM Satellite Radio. In addition to these television projects, Matt was a writer for the 2008 “Fox Reality TV Awards” on the Fox Reality Channel. Matt’s 1-man show, “40 Is Not The New 20,” had a residency at the Riviera Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. The hilarious show tackles the subject matter both literally and figuratively. The material explores how much the world has changed in the past 40 years. The show is a mid-life celebration of the knowledge and experience that can only be gained with age. The show is like comfort food for the soul. It puts the notion that 40 is the new 20 on trial and breaks down the concept into categories such as technology, the media, politics, relationships, family, our priorities, and even how much our bodies have changed over the years. Matt walks the audience through specific and general examples on how the 40 is not the new 20 and more importantly why? All the while, the audience is being thoroughly entertained as well as feeling an overwhelming sense of nostalgia. Everyday topics like marriage, fashion, parenting, work, commuting, bills, and exercise, just to name a few, will be compared and contrasted through the eyes of a 40+-year-old taking a look at today’s 20-year-old young adult. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
- Doug Cosbie on November 30, 2020 by Gus Frerotte
This week my guest, Doug Cosbie and I go old school and talk philosophy and mentality of football from the 70s and 80s. He was an all pro TE with the Cowboys and went onto be a coach at many different levels. One story that we heard from Doug epitomizes his philosophy of football. Doug says you got to be stubborn. You have to work hard in life and in football and he quotes coach Monte Clark “You gotta plan your work and then work your plan.” In other words you create goals to be successful but sometimes you have to have a contingency plan, just like making on field adjustments during a game to get to your main objective. Doug spent all of his professional playing career with the Dallas Cowboys. Before entering the NFL, Cosbie attended Santa Clara University where he was a three-year starter at tight end. He finished his college career as Santa Clara's top receiving tight end with 120 receptions, 1,721 receiving yards, 14.3 yards per reception and 10 touchdowns. Cosbie was inducted into the SCU Athletic Hall of Fame. With the Cowboys, Cosbie caught over 60 passes in a season twice during his career and set team records with catches and yards per season and career. He caught 300 passes for 3,728 yards and 30 TD's and also had 22 catches for 243 yards and 3 TD's in 7 playoff games. He still ranks eleventh in franchise history in receptions and ninth in receiving yards. Doug now works with the IAFA, International American Football Academy. They help International American Football players get scholarships to American Colleges and Universities. https://iafa.us See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
- Eric Davis and Marc Watts on November 23, 2020 by Gus Frerotte
Joining me in the huddle this week is former Super Bowl Champion, Eric Davis and NFL Network Executive Marc Watts. Eric Davis was a pivotal player in the 1994 NFC Championship game versus the Cowboys when he made two key plays early in the game. These plays helped the 49ers beat the previous two-time champion Cowboys to advance to the Super bowl. The 49ers went on to beat the San Diego Chargers 49–26. Marc Watts is America's foremost TV talent maven. No one has sculpted more in-front-of-the-camera TV careers than Marc. Hundreds of on-air TV news and sports personalities who are household names consider Marc to be the go-to coach that made their aspirations a reality. Eric and Marc talk about their different paths in life and how sports helped shape their careers. They have joined together and created a company that helps athletes stay on the right path. Athlete Brandguard, a Los Angeles-based sports culture and empowerment corporation that specializes in athlete development, life skills, sensitivity training and etiquette. The corporation was formed by NFL Alumni member Eric Davis and former NFL Network executive Marc Watts. Together they’ve created an educational curriculum to assist athletes in protecting their brands, maximizing their earning power, mastering athlete etiquette and safeguarding themselves against scandal. Brandguard is taught in a one or two-day seminar and is also available as a certified online course (www.athletebrandguard.com). “Athlete Brandguard is a playbook on how to deal with life. Everything I learned and experienced inside and outside the lines as a prospect coming up in Alabama, getting drafted, winning a Super Bowl with the 49ers, dealing with media, fans, finances, retirement, up to today was precisely weighed for relevance to today’s athlete climate and it’s included in that AB (Athlete Brandguard) playbook. We never got a ‘Brandguard’ or tangible insight into the actual ‘show’ we were characters in. Mistakes made now are costlier. That’s why today this training is so essential for an athlete, starting with high schoolers,” said Davis. Davis partnered with Watts in 2012, laying out the framework and in writing the coursework for Athlete Brandguard. They teach it on stage directly to amateur/pro teams, summer camps and it’s also offered as a comprehensive online course on their website. Both men had front row seats to major sports scandals. Watts was CNN’s lead correspondent on the 1994 O.J. Simpson double murder trial. “We’ve both witnessed first-hand historical events which enabled us to produce the online course detailing how sports, media, law, success, pressure to win, social media, activism, money and mental health are all connected,” says Davis. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
- Matthew McConaughey on November 16, 2020 by Gus Frerotte
When I played for The Washington Football Team (Redskins), I used to see Matthew every once in a while at games or our team facility. He was a big fan of the Redskins and we were a big fan of his too. I was excited to find out that he agreed to join me in the Huddle to talk about our past and his new book, Greenlights! I listened to Greenlights because it was narrated by Matthew and it was good to hear his voice but before we talked about his book we discussed the time we spent together in Washington DC and how he became a redskin fan living in Texas. I hope you enjoy this episode as much as I did. Please go to his Greenlights website to order his book or buy Merchandise. https://greenlights.com Please visit his Foundations website and donate to help children. https://www.jklivinfoundation.org Everyone knows his career but just in case you don't here is Matthews IMBD Bio.. https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000190/bio?ref_=nm_ov_bio_sm See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
- Jim Florentine on November 9, 2020 by Gus Frerotte
Who would have thought that a guy from Jersey would grow up a Dolphins fan. Well my guest this week, Jim Florentine tells us why he is a Dolphins fan and the time he caught passes from Dan Marino. He has written a new book and is looking forward to getting back on the road doing StandUp!. For nearly 25 years Jim Florentine has been making audiences around the world laugh across nearly every type of media. Jim has recorded six stand-up comedy albums and shot four full-length specials. On television Jim hosted 7 seasons of VH1 Classic's "That Metal Show" as well as lending his voice to the ground breaking "Crank Yankers". On radio Jim has been a regular on The Howard Stern show, the Opie & Anthony show and currently hosts his own program on Sirius XM. In addition Jim is a best selling author, world-renowned voice over talent and has been featured in the film's "Beer League" with Artie Lange and "Trainwreck" with Amy Schumer. Visit his website for more information.. https://www.jimflorentine.com/safari.php#home See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
- Solomon Wilcots on November 2, 2020 by Gus Frerotte
Joining me in the huddle this week is former Nfl defensive back Solomon Wilcots. You may know him from television and radio but he played for six years in the NFL and always had a plan to be successful. My favorite story of the podcast, he tells me of his dream to play basketball but how the High School basketball coach would not let him in the gym after football season. He knew football was going to be his choice after that. Solomon has served in many roles across the landscape of broadcast television and radio, including studio host, anchor, analyst, and reporter. He joined CBS Sports in March 2001 as a Game Analyst, giving viewers first-hand game insights on the network's marquee sports brand, The NFL on CBS. He also has served as a live game analyst, sideline reporter, and field reporter for major sporting events which include the network's coverage of Super Bowls XLI, XLIV, and XLVII (2007, 2010, 2013), and the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship (2003-05). Having joined the NFL Network at its inception in 2003, Solomon currently serves as a studio analyst, reporter, and contributor for the Los Angeles based station, which is also Wilcots' home town. He first appeared as host of the NFL Network program, Playbook, but is now currently seen across all of NFLN's platforms, namely, their signature show, Total Access. He simultaneously hosts TNF Storylines, which appears on NFL Media's digital platform, and is the only interactive in-game analysis in the NFL that integrates social media. Wilcots is also a weekly contributor for NFL.com during their Thursday Night Football broadcasts, and previously wrote columns for them as well. A versatile talent, Solomon is host of Sirius Satellite Radio's The Sirius Blitz, and co-host of their daily NFL show The Opening Drive, with Bob Papa. In addition, since 2014 Wilcots has served as an analyst for the Cleveland Browns' preseason broadcasts. Prior to that, he spent six seasons, from 2007 to 2012, serving as a game analyst for the New Orleans Saints' preseason broadcasts. Solomon joined CBS Sports after working for ESPN as a Bureau Correspondent and Sideline Reporter for its national coverage of Sunday Night NFL games, where he received an Emmy Award in 2000 for his live reporting. He also covered the PGA's U.S. Open Qualifying Tournament, NBA Finals & Western Conference Finals, and Major League Baseball games for the cable network. Before ESPN, he served as the weekend sports anchor for WLWT-TV News 5 in Cincinnati from 1994 to 2003. Additionally, Solomon worked as studio anchor for Fox Sports Net's college football show. Solomon played four seasons in Cincinnati, with the Bengals (1987-90), where he currently resides, one with the Vikings (1991), and finished his six-year career with the Steelers (1992). He was drafted in 1987 as an eighth-round pick after starting for two years as cornerback for his university in Boulder. While attending school in Colorado, he majored in English Literature, and studied in the school of Journalism. He also helped lead a program turnaround which led the team to two consecutive bowl game appearances. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
- Melissa Stockwell on October 26, 2020 by Gus Frerotte
Melissa Stockwell is an American two-time Paralympic triathlete, swimmer and former US Army officer and she joins me in the huddle this week. What an inspiring story she has and turned her tragedy into one of my favorite stories on the podcast. After graduating from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2002, Melissa Stockwell was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Army’s transportation corps. One month after being deployed to Iraq, in April 2004, she became the first female American soldier in history to lose a limb in active combat after her vehicle was hit by a roadside bomb. She was later honored with a Purple Heart and a Bronze Star for her service. Four years later, she became the first Iraq War veteran to qualify for the Paralympic Games, competing in swimming at the Beijing 2008 Paralympics. She was selected to be the flag bearer for Team USA at the Beijing closing ceremonies. After Beijing, Stockwell shifted her focus to triathlon because she enjoyed the variety that it gave her. She made her elite ITU debut in 2009, and went on to earn three consecutive world titles from 2010-2012. In 2016, she earned a spot on the inaugural U.S. paratriathlon team for the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio, which featured the sport as a medal event for the first time. She earned a bronze medal in the PTS2 category, sharing the podium as part of a U.S. sweep with silver medalist Hailey Danz and gold medalist Allysa Seely. Stockwell is a co-founder of the Chicago-based Dare2tri Paratriathlon Club with Keri Serota and Dan Tun. She is a USA Triathlon Level I certified coach, and serves as a mentor and friend to her fellow Dare2tri athletes as they train and compete. She also serves on the board of directors for the Wounded Warriors Project, USA Triathlon Foundation, and the USA Triathlon Women’s Committee. She is a licensed prosthetist but is currently training for triathlon full-time at the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado. One of her pre-race rituals is that she always has to eat gummy worms the night before a race. She is married to Brian Tolsma and has two children, Dallas and Millie. Check her website out for more information. https://melissastockwell.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
- Jeff Benedict on October 19, 2020 by Gus Frerotte
Joining me in the Huddle this week is author, Jeff Benedict. He talks about all of his books that he has written but we spend the most time on his latest book about the New England Patriots and the Dynasty they created. Growing up in the North East you think his team would be the Giants or Jets or Patriots but he fell in love with the Miami Dolphins because of their uniforms. He has also been a special-features writer for Sports Illustrated and the Los Angeles Times, an this essays have appeared in the New York Times. Benedict's stories have been the basis of segments on 60 Minutes, CBS Sunday Morning, HBO Real Sports, Discovery Channel, Good Morning America, 48 Hours, NFL Network, NPR, and ESPN’s Outside the Lines. He is also a television and film producer. He resides in Connecticut. Check out Jeff and all of the books he has written at https://www.jeffbenedict.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
- Dick Vermeil on October 12, 2020 by Gus Frerotte
Super Bowl winning-head coach, Dick Vermeil joins myself and Marnie in the huddle to discuss his championship winning ways. An honest man who is not afraid to be himself. Marnie's Grandfather hired Coach Vermeil to change the culture in Philadelphia. He helped the Eagles reach new heights and still lives near Philadelphia to this day. https://pro-football-history.com/coach/429/dick-vermeil-bio Calistoga’s native son, Dick Vermeil (aka Coach), had a singular passion for two things in his life – football and wine. He decided early on to pursue football first, getting his start as an assistant coach right out of college and beginning a professional career that would span decades. A mechanics son, he inherited his father’s relentless work ethic and was known for his tough-as-nails practices and for regularly saying “No one ever drowned in sweat.” But he was also known for his emotional and inspirational coaching style as well as the willingness to approach seemingly insurmountable challenges head on. As head coach of UCLA, he led the underdog Bruins to a Rose Bowl win over the undefeated and number one ranked Ohio State Buckeyes in 1975; as the head coach of the long-suffering Philadelphia Eagles, he led them to their first Superbowl appearance in franchise history in 1980; and as the head coach of the St. Louis Rams, he led them to a stunning turnaround season and Superbowl XXXIV win in January 2000. Coach’s last professional coaching job was as the head coach of the Kansas City Chiefs who he coached for five seasons; leading them to the AFC West Championship in 2003. Retiring from professional coaching for good in 2005 and, with a little help from some friends, Coach began the next and current chapter of his life; actively pursuing his second passion - making wine. https://www.vermeilwines.com/Team See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
- Kara Lawson on October 5, 2020 by Gus Frerotte
Former WNBA and Olympic Champion Kara Lawson was named Duke University’s fifth head women’s basketball coach July 11, 2020. She joins us in the Huddle this week to discuss her journey. Lawson, a 2003 Tennessee graduate, brings her decorated basketball career, both on and off the court, to the Blue Devils after spending last season as an assistant coach with the Boston Celtics. She had helped Boston to a 43-21 record and into third place in the Eastern Conference prior to the stoppage of the 2019-20 NBA season due to COVID-19. Lawson was the Celtics first female coach in the franchise’s 73-year history. Her impact on the women’s basketball community is evident as she was named one of the 100 most influential people in women’s college basketball as announced by Silver Waves Media in the summer of 2020. Coaching Experience: 2020-present: Duke University (Head Coach) 2019-20: Boston Celtics (Assistant Coach) 2017-present: USA Basketball 3-on-3 Team (Head Coach) USA Basketball Highlights: Preparing USA Basketball 3-on-3 Team for 2021 Tokyo Olympics Helped lead 3x3 teams to six gold medals since 2017 Led U18 3x3 teams to three straight titles Led 3x3 men's and women's teams to gold medal at 2019 Pan American Games 2009 National Team Training Camp 2008 National Team (Gold Medal) 2007 FIBA Americas Championship Team (Gold Medal) 2006 National Team Spring Training Team 2001 World University Games (Gold Medal) 1998 World Youth Games Team (Bronze Medal) WNBA Highlights: Surpassed 3,000 points, 800 rebounds and 700 assists over her 13-year career Led nine of her teams to the playoffs out of 13 seasons 2012 & 2009 Kim Perrot Sportsmanship Award winner 2007 WNBA All-Star Led Sacramento Monarchs to WNBA Title in 2005 Drafted in the 2003 Draft, No. 5 overall, by the Detroit Shock 2003 WNBA Select Team that played in FIBA World Cup (2nd) Tennessee Highlights: Guided Tennessee to a 126-17 overall and 54-2 SEC record Led Lady Vols to four straight SEC Tournament and regular season titles Made 2000, 2002 and 2003 NCAA Final Four appearances Ranks sixth all-time in scoring (1,950) Four-time All-SEC First Team (2000-03) Two-time Naismith Player of the Year finalist (2002-03) Two-time U.S. Basketball Writers of America All-America honoree (2002-03) 2003 Kodak All-America 2003 Associated Press Second Team All-America 2003 Arthur Ashe Jr. Female Student-Athlete of the Year 2003 CoSIDA/Verizon First Team Academic All-America selection 2002 Associated Press Third Team All-America 2001 Associated Press Honorable Mention All-America 2001 CoSIDA/Verizon Academic All-District honoree 2000 Women's Basketball Journal Freshman All-America and SEC All-Freshman Team See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
- Nate Boyer on September 28, 2020 by Gus Frerotte
Nate Boyer is what many would deem a renaissance man. The Army Green Beret is also a philanthropist, humanitarian, and former football player for the Texas Longhorns (despite never playing a down of organized football prior to the Special Forces), and later for the Seattle Seahawks becoming the oldest rookie in NFL history at age 34. Being a member of both the military veteran and athlete community, he saw an opportunity to team up both populations to tackle their transition struggles together through his charity Merging Vets & Players (MVP). Boyer’s belief that “Anything is Possible” has served him well throughout his life, and has made him especially fit to speak to finding one’s passions and living with purpose. Nate currently works in Film and TV as a producer, director, actor, and host. Among several other projects he currently produces and hosts the NFL Network show: Indivisible with Nate Boyer which features NFL cities, players, and community leaders across America, discussing issues relevant to their communities and how football unites us all to solve these problems. Check out His Website... https://nateboyer.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
- Randy Cross on September 21, 2020 by Gus Frerotte
Three time Super Bowl Champion Randy Cross, who played for both UCLA, and the San Francisco 49'ers joins me in the huddle to discuss how sports has shaped his life. I love the fact that he never lifted until he played professionally. Can't do that nowadays. Here are some of his stats and also what he is doing below. Was a state shot-put champion in high school. Was named All-America twice at UCLA; helped the Bruins defeat top-ranked Ohio State in the 1976 Rose Bowl. Was drafted in the second round of the 1976 NFL draft by the San Francisco 49ers. Made the Pro Bowl three times and played on three Super Bowl-winning teams. Final game as player was Super Bowl XXIII in 1989. Has worked as an analyst for CBS, NBC and Sirius Radio. Hosts the Randy Cross Invitational golf tournament, which has raised millions of dollars for the Stanford, Cal., Ronald McDonald House. Was selected in the 2010 class for the College Football Hall of Fame. Randy Cross is a veteran football analyst who joined CBS Sports Network in 2009. He calls select college football games and also serves as a studio analyst on the Network's weekly roundtable show INSIDE COLLEGE FOOTBALL. Cross previously worked for CBS as an NFL game analyst from 1989-93. He returned to the NFL ON CBS from 1998-2009 as a game analyst and studio analyst for three years with THE NFL TODAY. Cross has covered the NFC Divisional Playoffs and Championship games, as well as Super Bowl XXVI. He also served as an analyst for CBS Sports Radio’s coverage of Super Bowl XXIV. During the Network's coverage of Super Bowl XLI, Cross reported during the pre-game show from Baghdad with coverage of American soldiers who were serving in the Iraq War. Following Cross’s earlier tenure at CBS Sports, he spent four years at NBC Sports as an analyst for its NFL broadcasts. He also served as an analyst for select Notre Dame games, including the 1995 Fiesta Bowl and also as a reporter for Super Bowl XXXII. Check out more about Randy and listen to his podcast...https://www.randycross.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
- Barry Katz on September 14, 2020 by Gus Frerotte
Barry Katz joins us in the huddle this week. Barry has worked with some of the greatest comedians in the industry but we find out his love for sports and specifically baseball. He has been to many World Series and still enjoys the game. We had a great conversation and could have continued our discussion for hours. Check out Barrys website, https://www.barrykatz.com for more information on his clients, podcast and company, BKE! His company, Barry Katz Entertainment, is a full service management company that specializes in comedy, representing all types of artists generated from this area of the business. This includes Stand-up Comedians, Sketch Performers, Actors, Actresses, Writers, Directors, Hosts, Internet Content Creators, and Multi-Hyphenates. BKE has always specialized in taking artists' careers to the next level in very unique and remarkable ways that have been well documented during the past 25 years. Barrys podcast, Industry Standard is a one-of-a-kind insiders look at Hollywood from a totally different perspective. This inspirational weekly series provides an “all access pass” to the entertainment business through the eyes of comedy manager/producer Barry Katz and the industry's biggest "behind the scenes" players who candidly reveal the risky decisions they made that led to the most groundbreaking internet, television, radio, music, and film content in the world. Combining humor, insight, and motivation; Katz provides the blueprint for the audience to take their careers to the next tier, while showcasing each guests’ extraordinary journey from humble beginnings to the highest levels in their field. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
- Kurt Warner on September 7, 2020 by Gus Frerotte
Joining us in the Huddle is Hall of Famer and SuperBowl Champion Kurt Warner. he has been through all of the ups and downs life can throw at you and his strong faith and love from his family has pushed him to the top of the NFL. He continues his journey by coaching and studio work. You can check out his charity, First Things First on his website... http://www.kurtwarner.org/about.html I found this great story about Kurt online by Mike Moraitis. I thought you might like to read it. Next time you go to the supermarket and you have someone bagging your groceries, take a good look at that person and try to figure out if you could peg them as a professional athlete or Hall of Famer. Believe it or not, Kurt Warner could’ve been that guy bagging your groceries. Yes, that’s right, I’m talking about the same guy who is a former NFL MVP quarterback and holds numerous records as one of the greatest playoff performers in NFL history. Warner worked the $5.50 per hour job back in 1994 after being cut as the Green Bay Packers’ fourth-string quarterback. It looked hopeless for the struggling signal-caller, and it seemed impossible that he would one day lead “The Greatest Show on Turf.” But it didn’t end in that grocery store in Iowa. Instead, Warner kept working to achieve his ultimate goal of being a starting NFL quarterback. There were two things Warner never gave up on: his faith and his skills. Warner moved on to play in the Arena Football League, where he began to flourish and then stepped up to more talented competition in NFL Europe. It was there that Warner caught the eye of NFL scouts and finally landed a job with the St. Louis Rams and their bright yellow jerseys. He quickly made the often-maligned jerseys respectable, and after an injury sent starter Trent Green to the bench, Warner proved he belonged in the NFL with MVP-caliber play. That season, Warner was second in the NFL in passing yards with 4,353 and led the league with 41 touchdowns and an incredible 65.1 percent completion percentage. Ultimately, Warner went on to win the MVP that season and lead the Rams to their first of two Super Bowls (won in 2000, lost in 2002). But St. Louis began to decline as a franchise after its second trip to the Super Bowl, and so did Warner himself. Constant interceptions and fumbling made Warner look washed-up just a few years after being one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL. Everyone gave up on him, the Rams included, and Warner’s success was pegged as the result of the elite talent around him and not Warner himself. Warner went on to sign with the New York Giants and continued to struggle, eventually getting pulled for the Giants' quarterback of the future, Eli Manning. I’d say it was the right move for the G-Men, but it left Warner without a job once again. It wasn’t until the Arizona Cardinals took a chance on him that Warner showed he still had something left. Given his chance to start, Warner had one of his best seasons in 2008. He was second in the NFL with 4,583 yards, which happened to be the second-best yardage output of his entire career in a single season. He was also tied for third with 30 touchdowns and was second with a 67.1 percent completion percentage. That percentage was also the second-best of Warner’s career. Much like he did with the Rams, Warner took the Cardinals to the Super Bowl in 2008 and lifted them out of the hole they had been in for the entirety of their existence. In that Super Bowl, Warner left the field with his team in a position to win only to have it squandered by the Pittsburgh Steelers last-minute drive to win the game. The huge numbers he put up in Arizona erased any lingering thoughts about Warner falling off. He single-handedly took the franchise to a level it had never been. In all, Warner owns or shares multiple records, including several important ones in the postseason. Not bad at all for a guy who used to bag groceries for minimum wage. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
- Bobby Sewall on August 31, 2020 by Gus Frerotte
Bobby Sewall (Robert) is a former American football wide receiver. He played college football at Brown University. Recognized as one of the best athletes in Ivy League Football history. Led by Head Coach Phil Estes, Sewall scored more points than any Ivy League player during his tenure at Brown. Prior to joining the financial industry in 2013, Robert played in the NFL for the Tennessee Titans and the Tampa Buccaneers. He is president of the NFL Former Players’ Chapter of New York/New Jersey. Robert grew up in Portsmouth, Rhode Island, and is the oldest of four children. He graduated from Brown University with a double major in economics and American history. Robert was a 4-year varsity participant in football, where he was named an All-American and 3-time All-Ivy League performer at the wide receiver position. After graduating, Robert signed with the Tennessee Titans, and spent three years in the NFL, most recently with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Robert was inspired to pursue a career as a financial professional after overhearing locker-room conversations from players unsure about how to manage their money. Players frequently consulted him for financial advice during his time as a player. Robert enjoys working with people and helping them achieve their goals. He views his client relationships as partnerships. Robert’s clients are confident the advisors at Sewall Financial Group work hard to build and protect their assets. Robert focuses on holistic wealth management, which goes beyond investing. He deals with private banking and developing deferred compensation strategies. He also fashions trust and estate plans. Robert firmly believes that financial goals cannot be achieved without a strategy, in the same manner as winning sports teams must develop game plans. Robert A. Sewall Jr. is the president and CEO of Sewall Financial Group. He manages the firm and conducts client meetings. Robert holds licenses for Series 7 and Series 66. He also holds insurance licenses in New York, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, California, and New Jersey. He is a Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor® and a Certified Plan Fiduciary Advisor®. https://www.sewallfinancialgroup.com Robert enjoys working out, studying history (specifically the Revolutionary War period), and going to the beach. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
- Tom Arnold on August 24, 2020 by Gus Frerotte
What can I say about Tom Arnold that hasn't already been said. I loved this episode so much, we did it twice. I forgot to record the first show and Tom was gracious enough to do it again. Tom grew up in Iowa and fell in love with sports at an early age. He came from very humble beginnings. Tom has six siblings and they were raised by their father. Tom knew that his father loved watching Bob Hope and that it was one of the only things that made him laugh. He wanted to make his father laugh too and so began his passion to be a comedian. Tom loves footbal and is a big NY Giants fan. His knowledge of the game is deep and the best part is finding out why he loves the Giants. Check out his page..... http://tomarnoldcomedy.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
- Herbert Lang on August 17, 2020 by Gus Frerotte
Former Harlem Globetrotter Herbert "Flight Time" Lang joins the huddle! Listen to Herb discuss how he got into basketball and who was his idol growing up. Plus, Herb and Gus discuss so much more about their passion for life and the sports world! Join the huddle with Herb and Gus this week by listening to the episode! See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
- Steve Gavatorta on August 12, 2020 by Gus Frerotte
Joining us in the Huddle this week is Steve Gavatorta. Steve is a fellow Pittsburgher and has some amazing stories about his time growing up in Burgettstown, Pa. He went to Allegheny College to play football and missed his Senior year due to his "summer of Hell" which is also a chapter in his new book, In Defense of Adversity. A consultant, coach and public speaker, Steve empowers his clients to identify, develop, and exceed their performance goals. Steve is heavily involved in Muay Thai and Yoga and tells Dave and I that he is in the best shape of his life. Check out Steve on his website: http://www.gavatorta.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
- Brandon Steiner on August 3, 2020 by Gus Frerotte
Sports marketer Brandon Steiner joins Gus in the Huddle! Listen to the genius himself give out his tips of the trade, as well as talk about why he chose a career in sports. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
- Renee Montgomery on July 27, 2020 by Gus Frerotte
WNBA star Renee Montgomery joins the huddle! Listen in, as Renee and Gus talk about the current police brutality and pandemic issues facing the United States today. Also learn about Renee's successful career and her foundation. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
- Herschel Walker on July 20, 2020 by Gus Frerotte
The greatest collegiate running back of all-time joins the Huddle this week as Gus gets to talk to Collegiate Hall of Fame inductee Herschel Walker. Walker talks about growing from an overweight bullied kid, into the legend that he is today. Listen to them discuss his upbringing all the way to his legendary days at Georgia. They discuss how his parents taught him to always finish what he had started, which led to him having great success in life. Not only did Herschel succeed as a running back, he also competed at the Olympics as a bobsledder in 1992 and won two matches in MMA while approaching the age of 50. Of course, you probably knew all that about our guest. What you might not know is why Walker did all of those things or what he has lived by to get to where he is today. Join the Huddle and listen to one of our biggest guests yet by listening to this week's podcast! See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
- Denise Austin on July 13, 2020 by Gus Frerotte
Fitness instructor Denise Austin joins Gus in the huddle! Gus and Denise talk about her passion for fitness and why she fell in love with the sports world. Furthermore, she talks about her time spent working with President Bush in on the President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports. The two also discuss her famous TV career. Tune in for a work out and join Gus and Denise in the huddle by listening to this week's episode! See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
- Herb Thompson on July 4, 2020 by Gus Frerotte
For this Independence Day holiday, we decided to treat America to a birthday present and release next week's episode a little bit early. Sticking with the theme of the holiday, our guest this week is former Green Beret Herb Thompson who helped protect your independence and freedom fighting in the United States military. Gus is joined by special guest co-host Marnie Schneider to interview Thompson about his military career, connection to sports, adjustments, and his novel. Be sure to join us in a very patriotic huddle for this Independence Day special! See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
- Peter Vaas on June 29, 2020 by Gus Frerotte
Longtime football coach Peter Vaas joins Gus Frerotte and guest host Marnie Schneider in the huddle! Vaas talks about what inspired him to get into football as well as how he inspires his players. Furthermore, he talks about his many career stops along the way including stints at Notre Dame, NFL Europe, and the XFL. Of course, they also talk about his stints as head coach of Allegheny College and Holy Cross. Join the huddle and listen to yet another star studded episode! See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
- Bret Boone on June 22, 2020 by Gus Frerotte
Third-generation MLB player Bret Boone joins Gus and guest host Marnie Schneider in the huddle for what is yet another star-studded episode! Boone talks about growing up in a life surrounded by major leaguers before talking about his playing days. The three-time all-star also talks about his brother's job as the manager of the New York Yankees and his own life post his playing days. Join Boone in the huddle by listening to this week's star-studded episode! See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
- Billy Wright on June 15, 2020 by Gus Frerotte
'Bronco' Billy Wright joins the Huddle with Gus and Mark Schulman who is filling in for Dave. The three talk all about boxing on this star-filled episode of Huddle Up With Gus! See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
- Jay Paterno on June 8, 2020 by Gus Frerotte
We Are! in the huddle with Jay Paterno, philanthropist and son of legendary Penn State football coach Joe Paterno. In this episode, Dave and Gus talk to Jay about everything from his life growing up with the coaching legend and his current opinions on topics ranging from football to his work. Join the huddle and give a listen to this week's episode! See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
- Renaldo Nehemiah on June 1, 2020 by Gus Frerotte
Ironically, our conversation with one of the fastest men in history is also one of our longest. Renaldo Nehemiah joins the huddle and provides great insight into his life before, during, and after his Olympic track and field career. Gus and Dave talk to Nehemiah about what got him into running and being a world record holder. Furthermore they talk about his current hobby, which only adds to his already impressive resume. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
- Jim Rooney on May 25, 2020 by Gus Frerotte
Joining the Huddle is Jim Rooney, son of former Pittsburgh Steelers owner Dan Rooney. Rooney discusses his novel, A Different Way to Win, and his dad's legacy. Gus and Rooney also talk about NFL topics such as the Rooney rule and the two debate who they feel is the rudest fan base in the country. Find out all of this and more when you join Gus and Jim Rooney in the huddle! See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
- Marnie Schneider on May 18, 2020 by Gus Frerotte
Granddaughter of former Philadelphia Eagles owner Leonard Tose, Marnie Schneider joins the huddle this week with Gus and Dave. Schneider is known a lot more than just her Philadelphian roots, listen as she breaks down her family life, book career, and the importance of giving back to the community. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
- Steve Lott on May 11, 2020 by Gus Frerotte
Boxing, boxing, and boxing is in the topic in the huddle as Gus and Dave are joined by CEO of the Boxing Hall of Fame Steve Lott. The three also discuss Lott's time at ESPN Films were he helped edit such documentaries as the Thrilla in Manilla, one of the most famous boxing bouts of all-time. Want to learn more about one of the world's oldest combat sports? Join Gus and Dave in the huddle and listen to what Steve Lott has to say about Mike Tyson, Muhammad Ali, and Sugar Ray Robinson among many other elite boxers. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
- Ken Davidoff on May 4, 2020 by Gus Frerotte
New York Post baseball writer Ken Davidoff joins Gus and Dave in the huddle! Davidoff talks about how he got into sports and some of his favorite baseball memories. Furthermore, listen to his opinions on controversial MLB issues such as a lack of a salary cap and if they should ban the DH or expand it. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
- Rick Barry on April 28, 2020 by Gus Frerotte
NBA Hall of Famer Rick Barry joins the huddle with Gus and Dave in this week's episode of Huddle Up with Gus! Listen to the guys as they talk with Barry about his time in the NBA and what he is doing during the COVID-19 quarantine. Also, find out an interesting fact about his wife and son that separates the tandem from the rest of the world, and hear Barry talk about one of his favorite retirement hobbies in fly fishing. Join Rick Barry, Gus Frerotte, and Dave Hager in the huddle by listening to this week's episode! See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
- Wes Welker on April 20, 2020 by Gus Frerotte
Five-time pro-bowler and four-time All-Pro Wes Welker joins the huddle! Welker is a longtime friend and former teammate of Gus (Dolphins) and the two discuss their friendship and more in this 45 minute long episode. While in the huddle, Welker talks about growing up with sports, his many on-the-field achievements, playing with the G.O.A.T Tom Brady, and his new career in coaching as he is currently with the San Francisco 49ers as their WR coach. Join Wes Welker in the huddle with Gus and Dave by listening to this week's episode of Huddle Up With Gus! See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
- Jennifer Garrett on April 13, 2020 by Gus Frerotte
Author, speaker, athlete, coach, executive, and inspirational hero Jennifer Garrett joins the huddle. Listen to Jennifer break down her life growing up in Chicago, her many college degrees, her time in the national guard, and, of course, how sports have shaped her life! Need something to get you through the COVID-19 quarantines? Well, Jennifer has some words of wisdom that you'll have to listen to the full episode to hear! Listen to the episode and join Gus and Dave in the huddle with hero Jennifer Garrett! See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
- Bill Guerin on April 6, 2020 by Gus Frerotte
This week's episode Dave and Gus interview Bill Guerin, an incredible husband, father, friend, former player, Olympian and now the GM of the Minnesota Wild. Listen to Bill tell of his days growing up playing hockey in Massachusetts. Playing for Boston Colllege and his journey as an Olympian where he represented the United States in the Olympics in 1998, 2002 nand 2006, and participated in two Ice Hockey World Championships. Guerin is the first player of Hispanic descent to play in the NHL. Bill was the #1 draft pick by the New Jersey Devils in 1989. His 18 years in the NHL led to 2 Stanley Cups and then two more in the front office. Four time NHL All-Star and 2001 All-Star game MVP. He had a remarkable career and is continuing his legacy in the NHL by becoming the fourth General Manager of the Minnesota Wild. He is an outstanding human being and has a great family. Bill is married to Kara and they have four children: Kayla Lyn, born on July 6, 1997; Grace Elizabeth, born in 1999; Liam, born on May 26, 2001 and Lexi Rose born on December 2, 2002. Bill loved his time in Pittsburgh and is forever grateful to the fans, The city of Pittsburgh and the Penguins. When he talks to us about his time in our great city, you would think he spent his entire career in the Black and Gold. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
- Mark Schulman on March 30, 2020 by Gus Frerotte
Professional musician Mark Schulman enters the huddle. Schulman is currently touring with P!nk, but has previously toured with acts such as Cher. On the show, Schulman talks about his time with Cher and P!nk, his connection with sports, being raised by English professors, and with what we can do in order to view quarantine as an opportunity during the COVID-19 crisis. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
- Elizabeth Beisel on March 23, 2020 by Gus Frerotte
American competition swimmer Elizabeth Beisel joins the Dave and Gus in the huddle. Beisel specializes in backstroke and individual medley events. She is a three-time Olympian and has won a total of nine medals in major international competition, four gold, one silver, and four bronze spanning the Olympics, World Aquatics, and the Pan Pacific championships. Beisel became a member of the U.S. national swim team when she was 13 years old. She attended college at the University of Florida and swam for coach Gregg Troy's Florida Gators swimming and diving team from 2011 to 2014. She won nine SEC individual championships, and was honored as the SEC Female Swimmer of the Year in 2012. She received eighteen All-American honors and earned first-team Academic All-America recognition. In 2019, she ventured into reality television when she competed on season 39 of Survivor, Island of the Idols and placed 9th. Since retiring from her swimming career, Beisel has become extremely involved in the LEAD Sports Summit. She has been a part of this organization since 2017 and is currently active. LEAD is a yearly summit that connects young female athletes with Olympic champions and experts through an all-inclusive, 4-day event. Survivor isn't the only television or movie experience that her family has seen as Beisel's great uncle, Warren William Krech, has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and was called the "King of Pre-code Hollywood." He was also one of the original fourteen members of the Screen Actors Guild. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
- Tiki Barber on March 16, 2020 by Gus Frerotte
Former New York Giants running back, Tiki Barber joins the show. The former Virginia Cavalier was drafted by the Giants in the second round of the 1997 NFL Draft, and played his entire ten-year professional career for the team. Barber retired from the NFL at the end of the 2006 NFL postseason as the Giants' all-time rushing and reception leader. Barber was inducted into the Virginia Hall of Fame in 2011. Barber finished his career with 10,449 rushing yards which ranks 27th all-time. He is one of just 31 running backs to rush for over 10,000 yards in a career. This was despite the fact that Barber didn't become the Giants' starting running back until the year 2000, his fourth year in the league. Once he became the starter, he rushed for at least 1,000 yards in six of his final seven seasons with the lone year being in 2001, in which he only played in 14 games, but still managed to rush for 865 yards. Barber had three seasons in which he averaged over five yards per carry (2001, 2005, 2006) and only got better as he got older. Barber averaged 1,680 yards in his final three seasons and finished each year with over 2,000 scrimmage yards. He is one of just three running backs in NFL history to accomplish that feat in three consecutive seasons. Despite not taking off till later in his career, he also currently holds 22 Giants' Franchise records. Following his playing career, Barber became a national media presence, notably joining NBC's Today Show as a correspondent in 2007 and Football Night In America/Sunday Night Football. He has published multiple books including a series of children books about him and his identical twin brother, former Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Rhonde Barber. Tiki Barber was also involved in Olympics coverage in 2008 and 2010. During his football career, he had a political talk radio show that featured guests such as John McCain. Barber has made many cameos in TV shows and even acted in a Broadway play, Kinky Boots, during a limited run from January 21, 2019 until March 3 of that year. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
- Mario Andretti on March 9, 2020 by Gus Frerotte
Mario Gabriele Andretti is a former racing driver and one of the most successful Americans in the history of the sport. His name is synonymous with Auto racing. Along with Dan Gurney, he is one of only two drivers to have won races in Formula One, IndyCar, World Sportscar Championship, and NASCAR. He also won races in midget cars and sprint cars. During his career, Andretti won the 1978 Formula One World Championship, four IndyCar titles, and IROC VI. To date, he remains the only driver ever to win the Indianapolis 500, Daytona 500, and the Formula One World Championship, and, along with Juan Pablo Montoya, the only driver to have won a race in the NASCAR Cup Series, Formula One, and an Indianapolis 500. No American has won a Formula One race since Andretti's victory at the 1978 Dutch Grand Prix. Andretti had 109 career wins on major circuits. Andretti had a long career in racing. He was the only person to be named United States Driver of the Year in three decades (1967, 1978, and 1984). He was also one of only three drivers to have won major races on road courses, paved ovals, and dirt tracks in one season, a feat that he accomplished four times. With his final IndyCar win in April 1993, Andretti became the first driver to have won IndyCar races in four different decades and the first to win automobile races of any kind in five. In American popular culture, his name has become synonymous with speed, as with Barney Oldfield in the early twentieth century and Stirling Moss in the United Kingdom. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
- Doug Whaley on March 2, 2020 by Gus Frerotte
Doug Whaley is the current Senior Vice President Of Football Operations for the XFL. Before that, he was the General Manager of the Buffalo Bills of the National Football League (NFL) from 2013-2017. Before joining The Bills, Whaley spent 11 years with the Pittsburgh Steelers as the team’s Pro Scouting Coordinator, where he won two Super Bowls. Whaley worked directly under Kevin Colbert, who is the Director Of Football Operations. In his time with the Steelers, Whaley helped scout and draft defensive players such as Lamarr Woodley, Troy Polamalu & Lawrence Timmons. Doug was born In Columbus Ohio and then moved to Pittsburgh as a teenager and attended Upper St. Claire High School. He went onto play college football at the University of Pittsburgh. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
- Julia Landauer on February 17, 2020 by Gus Frerotte
Julia Landauer is a NASCAR driver and 2-time champion from New York City. Since making history as the first and youngest female champion in the Skip Barber Racing Series at age 14, Julia has amassed dozens of wins in many different racing series. After becoming the first woman to win a NASCAR Track Championship at Motor Mile Speedway in her division in 2015, Julia graduated to the televised NASCAR K&N Pro Series West in 2016. She became the first woman to lead a lap in the Canadian NASCAR Pinty’s Series, and currently races in the NASCAR Euro Series. In 2017, Julia was selected as an honoree for the Forbes 30 Under 30 list in the sports category. Julia was also the only female member of the highly selective NASCAR Next class of 2016-2017. She is also part of the Global Shapers community, born out of the World Economic Forum. Julia graduated from Stanford University in 2014, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Science, Technology, and Society. Julia has since purposefully built her brand where technology, community and racing intersect and fuse. During college Julia was a contestant on season 26 of CBS’ reality TV show SURVIVOR. It was also in college that Julia started her motivational speaking career with a TEDx talk and she is now a sought-after speaker for corporations, universities, and conferences, including Fortune’s Most Powerful Women. Julia also served as an external advisor to Hyundai Motor Corporation’s Center for Robotic-Augmented Design in Living Experience. As she climbs the NASCAR ladder Julia uses her racing platform to continue advocating for STEM education and women’s empowerment. She supports The One Love Foundation, which educates about healthy vs. unhealthy relationships, as well as The TechForce Foundation, which helps students find technical vocations. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
- Merril Hoge on February 10, 2020 by Gus Frerotte
Merril Hoge joins Gus and Dave in the Huddle but at somewhere new! Tres Rios Pittsburgh, on Carson Street was celebrating their 3rd birthday and invited us in. Tres Rios has amazing authentic Mexican food and some of the best drinks in town. Merril was a great interview and shared some amazing stories from the moment he feel in love with football to catching gophers on farms in Idaho. Ever since Merril was eight-years-old, he dreamed of being a professional football player. Growing up in a small town in Idaho, the goal seemed unrealistic. But Merril didn’t just dream about this goal. From that young age, he used the words “Find A Way” to take action to overcome any obstacle and to attain any goal. Today, as he continues to strive towards his own goals, he also uses his Find A Way philosophy as a parenting tool, and challenges his children, Kori and Beau, to Find A Way to achieve their goals, overcome obstacles and take ownership of their lives. Merrils stories are endless and too many to write but I think you will find his Donnie Shell story very intriguing. He brings relentless passion to every endeavor and showed Dave and I what a leader looks like in the Huddle! You can learn more about Merril on his Website: http://merrilhoge.com/merril/ See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
- Brian Michael Cooper on February 3, 2020 by Gus Frerotte
Brian Michael Cooper is president of the XFL football team in Houston, The Houston Roughnecks. We are excited for one season to end and another to begin. The XFL will do a great job of continuing Americas passion for football. Let's get in the Huddle with Brian and find out more!!! Cooper, who most recently served as a partner in the Houston and Denver offices of Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP and as a member of the firm’s Entertainment, Media and Sports Practice, will be responsible for the team's fan engagement and business operations, including ticket sales, corporate partnerships, marketing, content, communications, community relations, and the game day experience. Before returning to his law practice in 2017 at Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith, he served as Director of Sports Programming for DISH Network. Cooper served as Senior Associate Athletic Director at Rice University from 2010-2013, and as President of the Rio Grande Valley Vipers from 2008-2010. The Vipers are the NBA G-League affiliate of the Houston Rockets. Before joining the Vipers, Cooper spent six years as an attorney at Haynes Boone LLP in Houston from 2002-2008, where he worked on matters for the Harris County Sports and Convention Corporation. For his work in Houston sports, he received the Outstanding Service Award from the Houston Bar Association’s Entertainment and Sports Law Section in 2009 and 2012, along with the HBA ESL Chairman’s Award in 2014. Cooper began his legal career at Proskauer LLP in New York, where his clients included the NBA, NHL, ATP, and MLS. A graduate of Cornell University, the Harvard Kennedy School, and Columbia Law School, Cooper has served on the boards of Texas Accountants and Lawyers for the Arts and Interfaith Ministries of Greater Houston. An avid runner, he also has completed five New York City Marathons and two Houston Aramco Half Marathons. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
- Nick "The Kick" Lowery on January 27, 2020 by Gus Frerotte
Nick Lowery or Nick the Kick, played 18 years in the NFL. The Kansas City Chiefs Hall of Famer and 7-time All Pro is the Chiefs all-time leading scorer. Nick helped launch Americorps for President Clinton, and his humanitarian work with youth earned him the NFL Players’ most honored award, the Justice Byron Whizzer White Award. And there is much more. Nick’s father was a pilot in World War II, Stanford and Fulbright scholar and his Mother was in the first class of women at Oxford – in Honors. His father was head of station for the CIA in London and Bonn during the late 60’s. He literally grew up next door to a Supreme court justice (Byron White) who was best friends with John and Bobby Kennedy, and won the NFL’s highest award named for him. Kansas City Chiefs Hall of Famer Nick Lowery’s message is Focus, Passion & Purpose. He tells Dave and I all about how sports has influenced and shaped his life. You can hire Nick as a speaker. http://loweryspeaks.com Visit his Foundation here... http://www.nicklowery.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
- Lisa Riggins on January 20, 2020 by Gus Frerotte
Lisa Marie Riggins — President, founding board member of FAIR (Fairness for Athletes in Retirement) and USO-Metro Senior Vice President and member of its executive team. A graduate of Fordham University School of Law, Riggins was previously Assistant Prosecutor for Montgomery County Government and was Criminal Defense Attorney for Phillips Beckwith Hall & Chase. Married to NFL Hall of Famer John Riggins. Lisa tells us about her time growing as a military child and moving over 17 times until she graduated High School. She played soccer as a child and explained how sports were a way for military children to be normal. She graduated from American University as a history major. Lived in New York city where she was a model and actress. Went back to law school and became an attorney and prosecutor. Stress drove her to the edge and then she found yoga. Now in a private practice and working for the USO Metro Lisa keeps busy by looking out for the Pre 1993 NFL Alumni. FAIR, or Fairness for Athletes in Retirement, is a 501[c](3) nonprofit organized to represent the voices of NFL players who played before 1993 to help them obtain pension parity in the upcoming negotiation for the 2021 collective bargaining agreement (CBA). FAIR is committed to working with the NFLPA and the NFL to find a solution that allows for these great players and their loved ones to live with dignity. You can donate here: https://pensionparity.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
- James Brown on January 13, 2020 by Gus Frerotte
James Talmadge Brown (born February 25, 1951), commonly called "J.B.", is an American sportscaster known for being the studio host of The James Brown Show, The NFL Today on CBS Sports, and Thursday Night Football on CBS Sports and NFL Network. He is also a Special Correspondent for CBS News. He is also known for serving as the former host of Fox Sports' NFLpregame showFox NFL Sunday for eleven years. Born on February 25, 1951 in Washington, D.C. to John and Maryann Brown. Brown attended high school at DeMatha Catholic High School. Brown graduated from Harvard University with a degree in American Government. A standout on the basketball court, he received All-Ivy League honors in his last three seasons at Harvard University and captained the team in his senior year. His roommate at Harvard was Harvard University professor/philosopher/activist Cornel West See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
- Dr. Sarah Homitsky, MD on January 6, 2020 by Gus Frerotte
Sarah C Homitsky, MD Dr. Homitsky is a graduate of Michigan State University College of Human Medicine in East Lansing, Mich. Her postgraduate training consisted of a triple board residency at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center in Pittsburgh, Pa., where she served as chief resident. During her residency she received extensive clinical experience with adolescent perinatal and postpartum psychiatry, providing psychiatric services for medically complex children, and women with opioid use disorder. She is a published first author of articles in medical publications, and has presented at annual meetings, medical conferences, and in academic settings. She has lectured extensively on topics such as perinatal depression and outcomes for children born to adolescent mothers. She has had many roles in community activities, including volunteer and court- appointed advocacy. Sarah talks to my wife Ann and I about her life and how sports played a role when she was younger. Her college days and her transition afterwards to find her passion in helping others. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
- Henry (Hop) Ellard on December 30, 2019 by Gus Frerotte
Henry Austin Ellard (born July 21, 1961) is a former WR who played for the Los Angeles Rams (1983–1993), Washington Redskins (1994–1998), and the New England Patriots (1998) of the NFL. Henry attended Hoover High School in Fresno, California. He won the CIF California State Championships in the triple jump in 1979. Henry stayed in town and attended Fresno State University from 1979 to 1982 where he set an NCAA record with 1,510 receiving yards in his final season. Henry still holds the NCAA record for yards per catch in a season, 24.4, set while playing for Fresno State in 1982. His Quarterback was current Fresno State head coach Jeff Tedford.Henry was drafted in the second round (32nd overall) of the 1983 NFL Draft by the Los Angeles Rams. In his eleven seasons with Los Angeles, he went to three Pro Bowls. At the time of his retirement, Ellard held Rams' team records for career receptions (593), receiving yards (9,761), 100-yard games (26), punt return average (11.3), and total offense (11,663).Upon joining the Redskins, Ellard set off on a blistering pace for the 1994 season, ending it with 1,397 yards, 102 behind league-leader Jerry Rice. He had three consecutive 1,000-yard seasons, giving him seven for his career (his 799 yards in the strike-shortened 1987 season was on pace for an eighth). His final 1,000-yard season came in 1996 and required a 155-yard performance against the Dallas Cowboys' second-ranked defense to push him to 1,014 yards for the season.After his retirement, Henry became an assistant coach at Southern California Christian High School, then became an assistant track-and-field coach at Villa Park High School. In 2000, he was a coach at Fresno State before taking the receivers coaching job for the St. Louis Rams in 2001. On January 25, 2009, Henry came to the New York Jets as the wide receivers coach. He was named the wide receivers coach for the New Orleans Saints on March 14, 2012, and spent three seasons with the club before leaving after the 2014 season. He now is the head football coach at San Antonio Christian High School.Henry Ellard is married to Lillian Ellard and they have 3 children together.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
- Isaac Bruce on December 23, 2019 by Gus Frerotte
Isaac Isidore Bruce (born November 10, 1972) is a former WR in the NFL. He was drafted by the St.Louis Rams in the second round of the 1994 NFL Draft. He played college football for the University of Memphis. He is remembered as one of the members of ”The Greatest Show on Turf”.An All-Pro and four-time Pro Bowl selection, Bruce amassed 15,208 receiving yards in his career (fifth all-time). He played the first 14 years with the Rams and won a Super Bowl ring with the team in Super Bowl XXXIV over the Tennessee Titans. He also played for the San Francisco 49ers.Isaac has his own Foundation. Here is his website. https://www.isaacbruce.org/about.php See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
- David Baker Pro Football HOF President on December 16, 2019 by Gus Frerotte
C. David Baker (born February 16, 1953) serves as the President and CEO of the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio. Under his guidance, he has transformed the Hall of Fame into “The Most Inspiring Place on Earth” that is built around the important mission to "Honor the Heroes of the Game, Preserve its History, Promote its Values & Celebrate Excellence EVERYWHERE!” In his first three years of leadership at the Hall, the organization's net assets grew 161%. He was also instrumental in the inception of Johnson Controls Hall of Fame Village, a nearly $800 million mixed-use development surrounding the Hall of Fame now lead by Hall of Fame Village CEO Michael Crawford. On November 28, 2017, Baker received the prestigious March of Dimes Sports Leadership Award. Baker was the fourth commissioner of the Arena Football League (AFL). He started in the league as the owner of the Anaheim Piranhas, which he left after a single season of owning the team to become commissioner.One of his more imposing features is his size – 6 feet 9 and-a-half inches tall and 400 pounds. He was a power forward at UC-Irvine from 1971–75 and played two seasons of professional basketball in Europe. Later, Baker attended Pepperdine University School of Law where he served as Editor-in-Chief of the Law Review. He was a City Councilman of Irvine, California.Baker resigned as Arena Football League Commissioner at ArenaBowl XXII, on July 25, 2008 after 11.5 years as commissioner of the AFL See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
- Morten Andersen on December 9, 2019 by Gus Frerotte
Morten Andersen, nicknamed the "Great Dane", is a Danish-American former American footballkicker. He is the all-time leader in games played in the NFL, with 382. He formerly held both the NFL records for field goals and points scored, both records were broken by Adam Vinatieri in 2018. At retirement, Andersen was the all-time leading scorer for two different teams; the New Orleans Saints, with whom he spent 13 seasons, and the Atlanta Falcons, with whom he spent a combined eight seasons. He retired in 2008, after not playing for a team that season. Andersen was announced as a member of the 2017 induction class of the Pro Football Hall of Fame at that year's NFL Honors. He is only the second exclusive placekicker inducted in the Hall of Fame, and the first since Jan Stenerud in 1991. Morten and I played together in 2008 for the Minnesota Vikings. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
- Mike Silver on December 2, 2019 by Gus Frerotte
Mike joined NFL Media in August 2013 after spending six years covering the NFL for Yahoo! Sports. Prior to joining Yahoo!, Silver spent 13 years at Sports Illustrated, during which he wrote more than 70 cover stories. Mike appears on a variety of NFL network Programs and writes columns for www.nfl.com In this episode Mike shares his stories about Gus, Steve Kerr, Dennis Rodman, Bill Parcells and Impersonates Peter King. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
- Gabrielle Reece on November 25, 2019 by Gus Frerotte
American professional volleyball player, fashion icon, and model, Gabrielle Reece joins the huddle. We hear from Gabrielle about her transitions through sports and life, her relationship with surfer Laird Hamilton, and her new business! See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
- Peter King on November 18, 2019 by Gus Frerotte
He has been named National Sportswriter of the Year three times, is a household name in sports journalism, NBC Sports Writer Peter King joins the Huddle. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
- Joe Theismann on November 11, 2019 by Gus Frerotte
Super Bowl champion and legendary quarterback, Joe Theismann joins the huddle. We talk; his motivation to start playing football, how he changed the pronunciation of his last name, and the time he met the E-Sports phenomenon, Ninja. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
- Weekly Huddle #7 on October 24, 2019 by Gus Frerotte
This week Gus and Dave talk; - Dave's "interesting" visit to the doctor - Gus goes back to college for parent's weekend - An exciting announcement about our website! See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
- Tony Pease on October 18, 2019 by Gus Frerotte
The founder of GoodBookey a sports-based charity fundraising platform, he also founded Carimus, a computer software company, Tony Pease joins the Huddle. GoodBookey is available on the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
- Weekly Huddle #6 on October 15, 2019 by Gus Frerotte
In this week's edition of the Weekly Huddle; - Gus (almost) deletes the website - We come up with Dave t-shirt designs - Cam-Quarter turns 23 See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
- Weekly Huddle #5 on October 8, 2019 by Gus Frerotte
In this week's installment of the Weekly Huddle Gus and Dave talk; - Past and Present Nicknames they've received - Dave's adventures at Primanti Bros - Gus' son stars in a movie! See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
- Mark Pattison on October 4, 2019 by Gus Frerotte
A former wide receiver in the NFL, he has a goal to climb all “Seven Summits” of the world, a renowned podcaster in his own right, Mark Pattison joins the Huddle. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
- Lesley Visser on October 4, 2019 by Gus Frerotte
American Sports Broadcaster, Radio Personality, accomplished sportswriter, and the first woman to be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Lesley Visser joins the Huddle. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
- Eugene Robinson and Dr. Ross Zafonte on October 4, 2019 by Gus Frerotte
Former NFL free safety and Super Bowl Champion, Eugene Robinson joins our show along with Dr. Ross Zafonte. Dr. Zafonte is a renowned expert in brain trauma and is currently working with Eugene on the Harvard Football Players Health Study. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
- Sally Jenkins on October 4, 2019 by Gus Frerotte
Named the nation’s top sports columnists in the country 4 times by AP sports editors, she is an award-winning author, and currently, a sports feature writer and columnist for the Washington Post. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
- Chris Gronkowski on October 4, 2019 by Gus Frerotte
The founder of Ice Shaker, a high quality, stainless steel, shaker bottle. He appeared on Shark Tank and garnered an investment from Mark Cuban and guest host Alex Rodriguez. Yes, he has a brother named “Rob”, joining the Huddle is Chris Gronkowski. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
- Cathy Lanier on October 4, 2019 by Gus Frerotte
NFL Head of Security, Cathy Lanier, joins the Huddle. Lanier was the first woman to become chief of police in Washington D.C. and gives public speeches about her defying the odds as a single mother. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
- Christine Brennan on October 4, 2019 by Gus Frerotte
A sports columnist for USA Today, she also is an ABC News, CNN, PBS, and NPR commentator. Not only was she one of the first female reporters in the Washington Redskins locker room, but her writing talents have also led her to become a best-selling author, joining the Huddle is Christine Brennan. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
- Weekly Huddle #4 on October 2, 2019 by Gus Frerotte
This week: - Gus and his wife Ann lose their hotel room - The guys ask Cam about the Haka in rugby - A preview of a few big-time upcoming guests See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
- John U Bacon on September 30, 2019 by Gus Frerotte
Author of the new book, “Overtime: Jim Harbaugh and the Michigan Wolverines at the Crossroads of College Football”, John U Bacon joins the Huddle. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
- Weekly Huddle #3 on September 25, 2019 by Gus Frerotte
This week Gus and Dave talk; Dave's issues with High School sports concession stands, Gus sells old items in his garage on the LetGo app, finally a discussion about Pitt football playing in Heinz Field. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
- Vince Van Patten on September 20, 2019 by Gus Frerotte
A tour poker player and professional tennis player, now promoting his new film, 7 Days to Vegas, Vince Van Patten joins the Huddle. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
- Weekly Huddle #2 on September 19, 2019 by Gus Frerotte
Gus and Dave sit down and talk; - Duke's Shorty Sausages - Favorite alcohol - Gus tries to guess Dave's weekend anniversary getaway See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
- Nik Bonaddio on September 13, 2019 by Gus Frerotte
Nik Bonaddio is the CPO of FanDuel, CEO of numberFire, and former contestant on "Who Wants to Be A Millionaire?". Want to get ahead in your sports betting this season? Nik breaks down how analytics and statistics give you an edge with FanDuel. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
- Brandon Noble on September 13, 2019 by Gus Frerotte
Friend of the Huddle Brandon Noble joins the Huddle. Brandon played Defensive Tackle for the 49ers, Cowboys, and Redskins. He is a Penn State Nittany Lion and is a co-host of The Obligatory Penn State Podcast. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
- Weekly Huddle #1 on September 12, 2019 by Gus Frerotte
Gus Frerotte and Dave Hager are in the studio talking this week around the NFL, Dave's favorite West Coast restaurants, and Gus' card collection. Also a sneak preview of upcoming guests. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
- Brad Mitchell on September 11, 2019 by Gus Frerotte
He is the Founder and President of NAPSA, The National Athletic and Professional Success Academy, served under George H.W. Bush in the White House Staff, and also teaches as an external faculty member at Penn State’s Smeal College of Business, Brad Mitchell joins the Huddle. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
- Daina Falk on September 6, 2019 by Gus Frerotte
Founder and face of The Hungry Fan, Daina Falk joins the Huddle. Daina is the daughter of famous sports agent, David Falk, but she has carved her own path in the sports world. In 2016 she published her book, "The Hungry Fan's Game Day Cookbook: 165 Recipes for Eating, Drinking & Watching Sports". Listen to her episode for a special discount code only for fans of Huddle Up with Gus! See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
- Don Yaeger on September 4, 2019 by Gus Frerotte
11 x New York Times Bestselling author, Don Yaeger, joins the huddle. His works include books on; Walter Payton, Joe Namath, President George Washington, and many more. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
- Mark Kram Jr. on September 4, 2019 by Gus Frerotte
Mark Kram Jr., son of acclaimed sports writer, Mark Kram, joins the Huddle to discuss his new book "Smokin' Joe: The Life of Joe Frazier" as well as his journey through the world of sports journalism. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
- Leigh Steinberg on August 26, 2019 by Gus Frerotte
Perhaps the greatest NFL agent of all time, Leigh Steinberg, joins our huddle. His story was made famous by the Jerry Maguire movie, he continues to pave the way and set the standard for sports agency. He currently represents the league MVP, Patrick Mahomes. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
- Jarrod Bunch on August 22, 2019 by Gus Frerotte
Former 1st round draft pick in the NFL, a Michigan Wolverine, and most currently, a Hollywood actor and high school football coach, joining the Huddle is JARROD BUNCH! See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
- DJ Smart on August 19, 2019 by Gus Frerotte
One of the world's most talented dancer's DJ Smart joins the huddle. He talks; growing up in Detroit, working with Cher on tour, and also appearing on "So You Think You Can Dance?". See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
- Heath Shuler on August 14, 2019 by Gus Frerotte
Former NFL Quarterback and Congressman, Heath Shuler joins the huddle. In this exclusive interview, Gus and Heath talk for the first time after competing for the starting QB role at the Washington Redskins. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
- Larry Richert on August 14, 2019 by Gus Frerotte
One of Pittsburgh's most recognizable figures, Larry Richert joins the huddle. Larry talks; narrating the Steelers' highlight films, working with the legend Bill Hillgrove, and the day Bruno Mars met Bruno Sammartino. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
- Coach Mike Jarvis on August 14, 2019 by Gus Frerotte
Former Florida Atlantic Basketball Coach, Mike Jarvis joins our huddle. We talk with Mike about; coaching a high school Patrick Ewing, the racism he experienced in the 70s, and his new books. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
- David Hanson on August 14, 2019 by Gus Frerotte
Former NHL player and star of the 1977 classic "Slap Shot", Dave "KILLER" Hanson joins the huddle. We talk; pranking Paul Newman, Dave's NHL and minor league experiences, and how to use foil in a fight or at a BBQ. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
- Chris Long on August 14, 2019 by Gus Frerotte
Super Bowl Champion and Walter Payton Man of the Year award winner, Chris Long, joins the huddle. We talk Chris' favorite twitter accounts, his charity Waterboys, and a drinking game called "Cell Phone Roulette". See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
- Eric Kasperowicz on August 14, 2019 by Gus Frerotte
The head coach of Pine-Richland football, Eric Kasperowicz, joins the huddle as we talk; playing with Lavar Arrington, the influence of coach pappy, and Eric's mindset for coaching high school players. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
- Foye Oluokun on August 14, 2019 by Gus Frerotte
As a high school player at John Burrough's school, Foye was coached by none other than Gus. Foye went on to play at Yale and was drafted to the Atlanta Falcons in 2018. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
- Kevin Rabbitt on August 13, 2019 by Gus Frerotte
CEO of NEP Broadcast Productions joins the huddle, Kevin talks; playing against the Fab Five in college, his path to a CEO, and bowling with Venus Williams. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
- Jimmy Lynn on August 13, 2019 by Gus Frerotte
Co-Founder of Kiswe Mobile and former AOL executive Jimmy Lynn joins the huddle. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
- Mike Ditka on August 13, 2019 by Gus Frerotte
IRON MIKE Ditka joins the huddle. He talks growing up in Pittsburgh, the personalities of the Chicago Bears, and how he feels about people who "B*TCH". See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
- Roberto Clemente Jr. on August 13, 2019 by Gus Frerotte
Roberto Clemente Jr. talks about living in the shadow of his father, the impact it has had on his love of sports and his own identity. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
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- Rocky Bleier on August 13, 2019 by Gus Frerotte
4x SuperBowl Champion and Vietnam War veteran, Rocky Bleier joins the huddle to share stories from his life about where he got his name, being drafted to fight in Vietnam, and his inspiring career with the Pittsburgh Steelers. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
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