On the 24th episode of “Great Dane Nation,” Morten is joined by his Pro Football Hall of Fame brother and Dallas Cowboys legend Troy Aikman (05:57 – 44:48). But first, he checks in with TommyFreezePops (Tom Carroll), where he lets him know that he’s finally had enough of the mispronunciations. After 24 episodes, we learn how to properly say Morten’s name in Danish.
We then move to our interview with Troy, where he discusses a wide array of topics: transferring from Oklahoma to UCLA, and why that whole process was a defining moment for his football career (07:33); his thoughts on the large number of high-end college quarterbacks transferring schools in recent years, and why he isn’t sure whether or not it’s good for college football (11:20); his thoughts on today’s UCLA football program, and why he thinks the Bruins should stay the course with Chip Kelly at the helm (12:23); how and when the Cowboys made the shift from a young, rebuilding team to the defining dynasty of the 1990s (15:50); how the egos of Jerry Jones and Jimmy Johnson got in the way of the 1990s Cowboys from winning even more Super Bowls (20:02); his leadership style, and why it was crucial to the team’s success during that dominant decade (24:15); what it was like having his old college coach, Barry Switzer, come in and replace Jimmy Johnson in the middle of the dynasty’s run (25:41); why it was his back injuries, not concussions, that were the biggest factor in his early retirement, and how close he was to coming out of retirement to play for the Miami Dolphins (28:24); why he thought his broadcasting career would only be a two or three year experiment that has now turned into a fantastic 20-year run with FOX Sports (32:07); why he thinks today’s Cowboys aren’t that far away from being a competitive team again (33:39); why he believes it will take a winning record to win the NFC East in 2021 (35:00); his thoughts on the Matthew Stafford-for-Jared Goff trade (35:46); why he thinks Taysom Hill is going to be given the chance to win the starting quarterback job in New Orleans, and how Tom Brady almost landed with the Saints last offseason (37:17); why Troy thinks Jerry Jones will carry a complicated legacy when we look back on his career in football (40:30); why the 1990s Cowboys would not have won at the level they did without Norv Turner (41:36); and why he’s proud of Deion Sanders for taking the job at Jackson State (42:35).
Then, TommyFreezePops is joined by Kevin Rogers for his weekly check-in with the experts from VegasInsider.com (45:38 – 50:32). This was Kevin’s first appearance on Great Dane Nation since Super Bowl LV. He gives his thoughts on what went wrong for Kansas City, and why we never should have counted Tampa Bay out this season (46:29). Plus, now that football season is over, Kevin gives us a primer on what the casual football gambler should throw themselves behind during the long offseason (48:13).
Finally, we close things out with Morten’s “Game Winner” – a weekly segment where Morten monologues his biggest takeaway of the week. This week, he talks about Troy Aikman, and why his old school mentality on the field was crucial to the success of the Cowboys in the 1990s (50:32).