Steve Wyche and Jim Trotter call on their experiences as two black men with 40-plus years combined covering the NFL to bring listeners unfiltered, enlightening, and entertaining conversations about important issues involving the league both on and off the field. Steve and Jim will also talk to the newsmakers and influencers who have impacted both American sports and American culture. It’s the intersection of sports and society that we hope will lead to ongoing, positive and engaging dialogue.
Kelvin Beachum: A Real One Doing Real Work
For years Kelvin has used his platform and resources to end the digital divide. He joined Steve and Jim to talk about why that issue is important to him (11:48) and why he believes having broadband internet is a basic human right (14:36). As a Players Coalition task force member, Kelvin has also been at the forefront of the group’s work on criminal justice reform and he talks about the complexities of tackling that issue (23:26). And as a Black NFL player, Kelvin explains why it’s imperative that the league has more Black head coaches, general managers, and team executives (39:35). Plus, Steve and Jim say Cam Newton deserves credit for showing grace while being heckled by a young man at his football camp.
Terry Fontenot: Ready for the Spotlight
The new Falcons general manager joins Steve and Jim to talk about his learning curve as a first-time GM (12:05). He explains why he initially didn’t want to interview for the Falcons job and how owner Arthur Blank’s book “Good Company” helped sway him (17:11). Jim has a little fun with Terry’s take on Julio Jones’ and Matt Ryan’s futures with the team (20:06). Terry also talks about the significance of being the Falcons first Black GM (24:14) and what options are on the table for the team’s #4 overall draft pick (29:40). Plus, Steve and Jim give context to Russell Wilson’s recent outspokenness about his situation in Seattle (03:17).
Byron Leftwich: Journey of a Leader
The offensive coordinator of the newly crowned Super Bowl champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers joins Steve and Jim. He talks about why he was confident facing the Chiefs for a second time with a title on the line (31:41). After the win Byron basked in what he calls the greatest title parade ever (52:05). And he talks about why we’re witnessing once-in-a-lifetime excellence by Tom Brady (14:02). Byron also talks about the Super Bowl win being “special” for Bruce Arians (33:33), being mistaken for Bucs defensive coordinator Todd Bowles (29:30) and his path as a kid from Southeast D.C. to Super Bowl champ (18:43). Plus, Steve and Jim pay homage to fellow NFL journalist and Howard Bison alum Terez Paylor, who recently lost his life.
Stephen Curry: All He Does Is Win
The 3-time NBA champion joins the show. Steph talks with Jim and producer Thomas Warren about how his passion for golf and his desire to create opportunities for the next generation led him to help re-establish the golf program at Howard University (10:05). Steph is a known golf buddy with President Obama, and he dishes on their trash-talking sessions (21:18). And, the golf theme found its way into a playoff series, as Steph reveals the “mic-drop” phone call he received from Tiger Woods during a series in 2015 (23:39). Steph also explains why he always “chooses hope” in his view of the current social justice movement (29:52). Plus, Steve and Jim honor friend and NFL Media colleague Chris Wesseling, who is among the prominent media members who recently lost their lives (43:12).
Derrick Brooks: A Beautiful Football Mind
The Hall of Famer joins Steve and Jim. On the show, Derrick talks about being a co-chair of the Super Bowl host committee in the same city where he won a ring (41:51). As far as the game, he talks about what the Chiefs did in last season’s Super Bowl win that could be the key to securing a second straight title (28:16), and why the Bucs defense needs to counter it by making Patrick Mahomes “feel them” (29:54). And with the 2021 Pro Football Hall of Fame class set to be revealed on Feb. 6th, Brooks makes the case for why former teammates John Lynch, Rhonde Barber and Simeon Rice should be Canton bound (54:20).
Todd Bowles: Buccaneers Super Bowl Defensive Coordinator
Steve Wyche and Jim Trotter are joined by the Super Bowl-bound defensive coordinator for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Todd Bowles. Ready to coach in the biggest game of his life, Bowles discusses his team's progression, and how it plans to stifle a seemingly unstoppable Kansas City Chiefs offense (1:59). The conversation deviates from the X's and O's of the game and Bowles dives into the racial inequity for opportunity among black coaches in the NFL (20:05). The trio discuss a several more topics, including how a summer of COVID could affect the future of NFL offseasons (36:05), Tom Brady's communication and leadership skills (38:32), and some fun stories about Bowles time coaching at HBCU programs, Morehouse College and Grambling State (42:15).
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