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Cleats Off is the show that brings you closer to the game you love. Hosted by Liz Bhandari (the founder of NFLGirlUK.com), each episode features a new story in American Football by interviewing players, legends, coaches, media personalities and more.

Cleats Off Liz Bhandari

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    • 5.0 • 17 Ratings

Cleats Off is the show that brings you closer to the game you love. Hosted by Liz Bhandari (the founder of NFLGirlUK.com), each episode features a new story in American Football by interviewing players, legends, coaches, media personalities and more.

    Erik Coleman: Life Beyond the Field - Insights from a Jets Legend

    Erik Coleman: Life Beyond the Field - Insights from a Jets Legend

    Join us in the latest episode of Cleats Off, hosted by Liz Bhandari (NFLGirlUK), as we welcome the legendary Erik Coleman, former New York Jets safety.

    Delve into the thrilling world of the NFL as Erik recounts his most memorable moments with the Jets, the hurdles he leapt over during his career, and his journey post-retirement. As a mentor and a role model, Erik sheds light on the future of football and offers his unique perspective on the current Jets team, including the impact of Aaron Rodgers' journey.

    Get an inside scoop on Erik's involvement in the upcoming Dolphins & Jets watch party in Manchester. This episode is a must-listen for football enthusiasts and anyone interested in the life and legacy of a true NFL icon. Don't miss Erik's special message for his UK fans!

    Grab your tickets to the watch party here.

    • 15 min
    Minkah Fitzpatrick on Football, Faith, and Finding Balance

    Minkah Fitzpatrick on Football, Faith, and Finding Balance

    In this episode of Cleats Off, host Liz Bhandari sits down with Minkah Fitzpatrick, safety for the Pittsburgh Steelers, to delve into his life both on and off the field.

    Minkah shares his weekly preparation routine leading up to game day and reflects on the challenges he's faced in his professional journey. He also explores the significance of his faith and the influential people in his life.

    Minkah discusses his love for soccer and the exhilarating experience of watching games in the UK. They round off the conversation, discussing how Minkah unwinds outside the field and what's currently playing on his music playlist.

    Tune in to hear about a professional athlete's rigorous yet rewarding life and how Minkah maintains a balanced perspective amidst the highs and lows of NFL life.

    • 15 min
    The American Football revolution - How Britain fell in love with the NFL, with Ben Isaacs

    The American Football revolution - How Britain fell in love with the NFL, with Ben Isaacs

    In this episode of the Cleats Off podcast Liz Bhandari is joined by Ben Isaacs, a journalist and broadcaster. From his co-hosting role on talkSPORT’s NFL coverage to his avid passion for American football, Ben shares details from his latest book, 'The American Football Revolution: How Britain Fell In Love With The NFL'.

    From Channel 4's pivotal role in introducing the NFL to British homes, to touching stories of fans who've gone to great lengths for their love of the game, Liz and Ben navigate the evolving relationship between the UK and American football.

    The two discuss the impact of gambling and fantasy sports on the sport's UK popularity, the changing broadcasting landscape, and the cultural shifts driven by the NFL. They also dive into Ben's personal journey with the NFL, exploring the unique intersection of hip hop and American football in the UK context.

    The Cleats Off Podcast, is a show that brings you closer to the game you love. Liz Bhandari, aka NFLGirlUK, interviews NFL legends, players, and media figures on life in the NFL, what makes them tick as people, and more in this series. Listen to the podcast on Apple, Spreaker, Spotify, or anywhere else you get your podcasts!

    Social Links:
    •Follow Liz Bhandari on Twitter @NFLGirlUK (https://twitter.com/nflgirluk).
    •Find out more about Liz Bhandari at https://www.nflgirluk.com/about/about-liz-bhandari/.
    •Find out all you need to know about the podcast at http://www.cleatsoff.com/.

    • 1 hr 7 min
    New Beginnings, Familiar Thrills - Diving into NFL's Next Chapter

    New Beginnings, Familiar Thrills - Diving into NFL's Next Chapter

    Welcome back to the "Cleats Off" podcast with your host, Liz Bhandari! After a brief hiatus, we're diving helmet-first into the much-anticipated new NFL season. From the awe-inspiring triumphs of last season to the electrifying prospects of the upcoming games, we've got it all covered.

    Discover the rising teams ready to challenge the status quo, the players set to break records, and the legendary coaches making history. Plus, get a sneak peek into what's coming next on Cleats Off, including special features on two must-read NFL books.

    Whether you're a seasoned fan or just getting your feet wet in the world of American football, join us on this exhilarating journey. Touchdowns, game-changing plays, and heart-pounding moments await! 🏈🎉

    • 4 min
    Amy Trask, Former CEO of NFL team, the Los Angeles Raiders

    Amy Trask, Former CEO of NFL team, the Los Angeles Raiders

    In this episode Liz Bhandari interviews the multi-talented Amy Trask, a writer, CBS Sports analyst, former Raiders CEO, and BIG3 Board Chairperson. Amy interned with the Los Angeles Raiders shortly after graduating, and 14 years later, after obtaining experience elsewhere, she was named CEO, becoming the NFL's first female CEO, a feat she never dreamed possible. Trask is also known as the "Princess of Darkness" among Raiders fans.

    Amy's journey to the NFL is a fascinating one since it was never something she sought out. This episode delves into her parallel legal and football careers, as well as how one led to the other.

    We look at how Amy became the NFL's first female CEO in a male-dominated industry. Despite the fact that she was the first CEO, ‘women in the NFL’ is still a topic of debate today. We talk to Amy about this and attempt to figure out how we can make the game even more inclusive in the future. The pair discuss Liz’s suggestion of having a rule similar to the Rooney Rule that is expressly to promote female inclusion. Since Amy joined the league, a lot has changed, so this episode doesn't simply focus on the future. It also honours the achievements made thus far, including a mention of Sarah Thomas, the first female to officiate a bowl game.

    We draw on Amy's two decades of expertise to get her thoughts on the ‘taunting’ and ‘personal foul’ regulations, and the two debate whether they're helping to improve the game. Finally, Amy discusses her book, the technique she used to write it, and if she has any intentions to write more in the future!

    In this episode we discuss:
    1.Amy Trask’s career in law and football. (01:05)
    2.Barriers women face in the NFL. (04:00)
    3.Shifting women’s inclusion from conversation to commonplace. (08:40)
    4.The future of the NFL (12:40)
    5.Recent rule changes to the league. (14:15)
    6.Amy’s book ‘You Negotiate Like A Girl’ and plans for the future. (15:50)

    The Cleats Off Podcast, is a show that brings you closer to the game you love. Liz Bhandari, aka NFLGirlUK, interviews NFL legends, players, and media figures on life in the NFL, what makes them tick as people, and more in this series. Listen to the podcast on Apple, Spreaker, Spotify, or anywhere else you get your podcasts!

    Social Links:
    •Follow Amy Trask on Twitter @AmyTrask (https://twitter.com/AmyTrask).
    •Follow Liz Bhandari on Twitter @NFLGirlUK (https://twitter.com/nflgirluk).
    •Find out more about Liz Bhandari at https://www.nflgirluk.com/about/about-liz-bhandari/.
    •Find out all you need to know about the podcast at http://www.cleatsoff.com/.

    • 20 min
    Scott Hanson, Presenter of NFL Red Zone

    Scott Hanson, Presenter of NFL Red Zone

    In this episode of Cleats Off, Liz Bhandari speaks to Scott Hanson, presenter of NFL RedZone. Before NFL RedZone, Scott was working as a roving reporter, and they would fly him to practice, new conferences, or games in one of the 32 NFL cities. Scott was a guy in a press box, and he would be in one game, but be interested in what was happening in all the other games in other stadiums. When he heard that the NFL was planning to start NFL RedZone, which would show every touchdown from every game, he called them, did an audition, and now he’s doing season 13.

    In this episode, Scott shares his experience and aspirations as a presenter, his enthusiasm in football, and some of the fantastic things that NFL Redzone brings to the space.

    IN THIS EPISODE: YOU WILL LEARN:
    [00:14] How Scott became a football presenter in NFL Redzone
    [02:45] The inspiration behind Scott’s enthusiasm for football
    [04:23] Scott’s favourite moment in the games
    [06:10] How Scott and his team broadcast the games at NFL Redzone
    [07:48] NFL colleague Scott would recommend stepping in if he missed a game
    [09:50] The advantages that NFL RedZone has over other football broadcasts
    [14:04] How Scott joined Simpsons show through Matt Simon
    [16:29] What makes Los Angeles unique for games and entertainment
    [18:56] The brand new facility of NFL media in Los Angeles.

    Notable Quotes:
    “What you’re delivering is a highlight for someone out there.”
    “Imitation is the highest form of flattery.”

    CONNECT WITH US
    Scott Hanson
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/ScottHanson?ref
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/scotthanson1

    Liz Bhandari
    Website: https://www.nflgirluk.com/
    Facebook: https://web.facebook.com/NFLGirlUK/
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/NFLGirlUK/
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/NFLGirlUK
    YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/NFLGirlUK/

    ABOUT THE CLEATS OFF PODCAST
    Cleats Off is the show that brings you closer to the game you love. Hosted by Liz Bhandari, each episode features a new story in American Football by interviewing players, legends, coaches, media personalities and more.

    Liz Bhandari is a blogger and podcaster. She founded NFLGirlUK.com in 2014 and is an active member of the NFL UK Community. She is the creator behind the weekly ‘NFLUKChat’ hour on Twitter, and is the event organiser behind ‘NFLUKFanMeetUp’.

    • 21 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
17 Ratings

17 Ratings

Emiliayyt ,

Very informative!!!

It is great podcast who football lover! always i learn here by gret parson i am so happy for connect some legend...Really remarkable.

reggie from the meme ,

Fab!

Liz is one of the best podcasters in football - great chat!

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