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Former NFL head coach Brian Billick and fullback Michael Robinson provide unique stories and insights about the game of football and those who coach and play it. These two Super Bowl champions take listeners inside the locker room to learn what’s really going on in the NFL.

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Former NFL head coach Brian Billick and fullback Michael Robinson provide unique stories and insights about the game of football and those who coach and play it. These two Super Bowl champions take listeners inside the locker room to learn what’s really going on in the NFL.

    “Samurai Mike” – Mike Singletary on his legendary life in the NFL

    “Samurai Mike” – Mike Singletary on his legendary life in the NFL

    All-Time great, Hall of Famer Mike Singletary joins Michael Robinson and DeAngelo Hall to talk about the time Walter Payton snuck heat balm into his jockstrap (1:43). Singletary reveals the origin story of “Samurai Mike” (5:30), before explaining how a note slid underneath Buddy Ryan’s door lead to Bears greatness and to the rise of the 46 Defense (7:02). What else did Singletary learn from Buddy Ryan? Accountability and ownership (11:30). DHall asks about the larger-than-life personalities of the 1980s Chicago Bears starting with Mike Ditka… and Singletary tells the guys how Ditka started a culture of anger that was hungry to win (12:44). The toughest player Singletary ever faced? The Patriots guard John Hannah… and he was a handful even though he never once held (15:11). MRob asks his old coach if he could have played versus the dynamic offenses of today… short answer: yes and it would involve hitting (16:53). DHall asks Singletary whether the ’85 Bears knew how great they were at the time (19:40), and Singletary tells the guys that they could have been even better. What made Mike Singletary want to coach (21:55), and what lessons did he learn about himself along the way. Did he ever feel overwhelmed as a head coach (24:52)? DHall asks if coaching Ray Lewis was like looking in a mirror (27:23), and Singletary tells a story about just how hands-on he was as a linebackers coach. Finally, Mike Singletary tells us something surprising about the day after he sent Vernon Davis to the locker room (30:10).

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    Thomas Dimitroff on his NFL Journey

    Thomas Dimitroff on his NFL Journey

    Former NFL Executive of the Year and longtime general manager Thomas Dimitroff returns to tell Brian Billick and Michael Robinson about the lengths he’d go to keep the draft rumors from flying (1:45). Thomas then dives into the beginning of his NFL journey, from Canada, to the World League, to Japan, to the Cleveland Browns’ grounds crew (4:18), and breaks down the decision to pursue a GM career instead of coaching (7:40). MRob asks about Dimitroff’s time with Bill Belichick and the lessons learned… including how to be honest when being honest might me difficult (10:12). Billick asks what it was like becoming the GM for a Falcons organization in disarray (14:45), and Dimitroff goes into detail including his relationship with head coach Mike Smith. MRob asks the hard question… how did Thomas handle the Super Bowl LI collapsing loss to the New England Patriots (18:02), Dimitroff handles the with honesty and grace. Does Dimitroff feel he would have been fired this past October if they’d beaten the Patriots in Super Bowl LI (25:48)?, listen and find out. Billick reminds us that there are two type of coaches and GMs, those who have been fired and those who will be fired (28:11), and Thomas goes on to agree in detail. Finally, Dimitroff talks about his current RV lifestyle (33:10).

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    Thomas Dimitroff on How the NFL Draft Process Really Works

    Thomas Dimitroff on How the NFL Draft Process Really Works

    Former NFL Executive of the Year and longtime general manager Thomas Dimitroff stops by to tell Brian Billick and Michael Robinson the real story about the Julio Jones trade, and feeling deflated after hearing Jon Gruden slam it on TV (1:45). Coach and Thomas then dive into the process of making decisions in the NFL Draft (5:15), and the conversation shifts to how a team develops a Draft Board and grading scale (9:20). Billick then wants to know about the tension that can exist between front office personnel in preparation for the Draft and in the War Room (13:10). Despite things being calm for the most part during the Draft, Thomas does reveal a draft pick dropping an F-bomb on live TV causing a bit of a tense moment (17:45). Dimitroff then talks about the importance of drafting quarterback Matt Ryan, and how rumors swirled about the Baltimore Ravens thinking about trading up to beat Atlanta to the pick (20:10). Then Mike Rob gets candid and asks if there is a perception to ask black players a certain set of questions over white players, and Thomas gives an insightful answer (25:55). Finally, Dimitroff gives his take on whether the Falcons should draft a quarterback with the 4th overall pick this year (30:35).

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    Terrell Davis and Mark Schlereth: The Inside Story of Broncos Super Bowl Success

    Terrell Davis and Mark Schlereth: The Inside Story of Broncos Super Bowl Success

    Teammates Hall of Fame running back Terrell Davis, and three-time Super Bowl Champion Mark Schlereth join Brian Billick and Michael Robinson to share the real story of where Mark's nickname 'Stink' came from (1:20), and TD recounts how he got punished for crashing Shannon Sharpe's 'Club Shay Shay' during his first training camp (6:05). Mark then reveals that TD was not only a Hall of Fame player, but a Hall of Fame napper (7:25), and Davis gets put on the spot about how generous of a gift giver he was to the offense (10:40). Terrell and Mark then reflect on when they knew reaching 2,000 rushing yards in a season was attainable (14:45), and thankfully Schlereth says the refs missed him holding on Davis' milestone run (17:45). Meanwhile, a big part of their offense's success was the evolution of the zone running scheme that the Broncos perfected (18:20), and the guys talk about mentality required to run it down a team's throat (24:30). Mark and TD then talk about the loss that spurred back to back Super Bowl Championships (26:40) and overcoming the pressure to repeat. However, Mark details how their second Super Bowl run might have hit a little bit of bad karma due to an outspoken teammate (33:25). Coach Billick then asks TD about playing a decoy in the Super Bowl while he was dealing with a migraine and couldn't see (34:45). Finally, the guys give some insight into what Hall of Fame quarterback John Elway was like as a teammate (36:45).

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    Antonio Gates: The 8-time Pro Bowl tight end on his journey from college basketball to an epic career in the NFL

    Antonio Gates: The 8-time Pro Bowl tight end on his journey from college basketball to an epic career in the NFL

    Former Chargers tight end and 8-time Pro Bowler Antonio Gates joins Michael Robinson and Brian Billick on today’s episode. Antonio starts things off at the end as he tells the real reason he decided to retire (1:30). Then it’s back to the beginning when Gates tells Coach Billick how he was just hoping to make the practice squad his rookie season (4:06), and then used that experience as motivation throughout his career. MRob asks Antonio how he made the transition from college basketball to professional football (7:28), and finds out it had a lot to do with Gates not wanting to go home. Antonio weighs in on the evolution of the tight end (11:40), talks about “Antonio Gates Time”, plus how his basketball crossover move found its way into his route running… and then into the rest of the NFL (16:07). Billick admits that as a head coach he wasn’t worried about LaDainian Tomlinson when he played the Chargers, it was Antonio Gates on 3rd down and inside the 20-yard line (17:03). Which current tight end adds the most to his team (17:54)? Antonio’s answer might surprise you. Gates tells MRob why it was the no-name defender, not the big name, that was always the toughest to play (19:30). Gates played with some of the best quarterbacks ever and talks about the transition from Drew Brees to Philip Rivers (24:42), before telling how he used to get Philip going… “Drew would have thrown it to me.” Finally, Antonio talks about the type of player LT was as a teammate and a man (28:52).


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    Andre Reed: Life as a Hall of Fame Receiver

    Andre Reed: Life as a Hall of Fame Receiver

    Hall of Fame wide receiver Andre Reed joins Brian Billick to share a story about a rat living in the Bills locker room (1:00). Then Reed talks about why the Bills were able to sustain success and make it to the Super Bowl four years in a row, a feat that no team has ever been able to do (4:15). Despite not winning the Lombardi Trophy, Andre reflects on how he and his teammates are getting the recognition they deserve for a remarkable run in the 1990s (6:15). The conversation then shifts to Jim Kelly, and Andre describes what it was like to play with the quarterback, and how their ‘football marriage’ worked (7:15). Finally, the virtue of patience is what the eventual Hall of Famer relied on waiting to get the call from Canton, and he describes what it felt like to be enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame (8:10).

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