"Great Dane Nation" is a weekly podcast hosted by Pro Football Hall of Fame kicker Morten "The Great Dane" Andersen, proudly presented by Vegas Insider!
Each week, Morten is joined by fellow legends of the game to talk about their life in football, tell stories, talk about today’s NFL, and bring our listeners inside the locker room in a way they’ve never been before. Occasionally, Morten is joined by his friends from outside the football world, like Charles Barkley and Bill Murray!
Each episode, Morten is joined by his sidekick, TommyFreezePops (Tom Carroll). They talk ball, preview each week's biggest games, and have a ton of fun along the way.
If you love football past and present, "Great Dane Nation" is the perfect podcast for you.
Episode 73: Ed Reed
On the 73rd episode of “Great Dane Nation,” Morten is joined by his Pro Football Hall of Fame brother and Baltimore Ravens legend Ed Reed (05:48 – 54:56). But first, he checks in with TommyFreezePops (Tom Carroll) for this week’s edition of the “Opening Kick” (01:24 – 05:02). This week, Morten reflects on the divisional round, and how the unlikely heroes of the weekend deserve our respect and attention.
We then move to our interview with Ed Reed, where he discusses a wide range of topics: the importance of playing multiple sports while growing up (06:33); why tackling has gotten worse across the sport in recent years (08:12); why his mentality on defense was always to put the ball in the end zone (09:41); the state of the Baltimore Ravens, and what he thinks of John Harbaugh’s decisions to go-for-the-win vs. play-for-overtime in key games down the stretch (11:55); what “made it work” in 2012 that led Ed to his first and only Super Bowl ring (15:11); the importance of watching a ton of film, getting everyone on defense on the same page (17:54); the “simple” base defense that everyone on the Ravens had to know (19:42); the amazing 2001 Miami Hurricanes, and why he thinks the program was unable to sustain its excellence (22:34); why leadership matters, and why the Ravens’ lack of playoff success since his core group left is a perfect example of that (26:30); what he thinks about Miami firing Manny Diaz, and why it’s going to take a mentality shift from the players for Miami to get back to a dominant level on the national stage (28:17); why he thinks Trevon Diggs is the best defensive back in the NFL today, and why Jalen Ramsey is not at the top of his list (31:51); why he thinks analytics and rule changes are watering down the NFL product (33:22); “The Name Game,” featuring Ray Lewis, Terrell Suggs, Jonathan Ogden, Steve McNair, Justin Tucker, John Harbaugh, Sean Taylor and Rex Ryan (37:02); why his relationship with Coach Harbaugh almost made him want to leave Baltimore (37:57); why the Houston Texans are a horrible organization run by terrible people, and why that “old southern mentality” doesn’t work anymore (42:46); his mentorship of Sean Taylor, and why he believes Taylor would have been a Hall of Famer (45:27); why he loved playing for Rex Ryan (47:38); and this week’s listener question from Scott on Twitter – Who was the player he hated tackling the most during his NFL career? (49:35)
We then take a few minutes to talk about the career of Sean Payton, as news broke of his retirement during the recording of our episode (54:56 – 59:45). Morten has been a friend of Coach Payton’s for over 20 years, as they were together with the Giants when Sean was a young offensive coordinator in the early 2000s.
Then we move to a special edition of “Morten’s Fast 5,” where our Hall of Famer makes his picks for both the AFC and NFC Championship Games (01:01:03 – 01:09:10). Morten gives his picks for Bengals at Chiefs (01:03:25) and 49ers at Rams (01:06:09).
Finally, we close things out with “Morten’s Game Winner” – a weekly monologue from The Great Dane on his biggest takeaway of the week. This week, Morten talks about Ed Reed, and the “heartbeat within the lines” (01:09:10).
Episode 72: Wade Phillips
On the 72nd episode of “Great Dane Nation,” Morten is joined by legendary defensive coordinator and Super Bowl Champion Wade Phillips (08:05 – 49:24). But first, he checks in with TommyFreezePops (Tom Carroll) for this week’s edition of the “Opening Kick” (01:12 – 07:13). This week, Morten reflects on “Super” Wild Card Weekend, and why adding that 7th team to each side of the bracket doesn’t appear to have been the correct move for competitive balance.
We then move to our interview with Wade Phillips, where he discusses a wide range of topics: why he loves Twitter (09:02); the story behind Wade’s dad Bum drafting Morten in New Orleans, and why Wade was directly responsible for that draft pick (12:19); Bum Phillips’ ability to give great advice to players, and diving into some of Wade’s favorite stories about his dad (16:44); playing for his dad at the University of Houston, and how that led him to a path in coaching (20:37); diving into his philosophy on coaching defense, and why you have to stop the run (24:30); attending a coaching clinic in Berlin, and how the game is continuing to grow in Europe (28:25); why being an interim head coach is an almost impossible task (29:38); why Denver was his favorite head coaching job (31:22); trying to coach the Eagles’ defense during the infamous “Fog Bowl” (33:14); benching Doug Flutie for the Bills’ playoff opener after having a great season as their starter, and why he still thinks the “Music City Miracle” was a forward lateral (34:22); and “The Name Game,” featuring Kenny Stabler, Reggie White, John Elway, Marv Levy, Michael Vick, Von Miller, Peyton Manning and Sean McVay (36:18).
Then we move to a special edition of “Morten’s Fast 5,” where our Hall of Famer makes picks for all four games for the upcoming AFC & NFC Divisional Rounds (50:46 – 01:00:22). Morten gives his picks for Bengals at Titans (52:11), 49ers at Packers (54:41), Rams at Buccaneers (56:03) and Bills at Chiefs (57:29).
Finally, we close things out with “Morten’s Game Winner” – a weekly monologue from The Great Dane on his biggest takeaway of the week. This week, Morten talks about Wade Phillips, the Phillips Family, and how that Texas-mentality has led to so much success on the football field (01:00:22).
Episode 71: Bob Costas
On the 71st episode of “Great Dane Nation,” Morten is joined by a member of both the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame – the legendary sportscaster Bob Costas joins the show for a lengthy conversation on a variety of topics (04:38 – 01:10:50). But first, he checks in with TommyFreezePops (Tom Carroll) for this week’s edition of the “Opening Kick” (01:06 – 03:50). This week, Morten reflects on a special night for the Georgia Bulldogs, winning their first College Football National Championship since 1980.
We then move to our interview with Bob Costas, where he discusses a wide range of topics: dealing with a terrible eye infection while hosting the 2014 Winter Olympics (05:24); his perspective on the Antonio Brown story, and why he thinks his problems go way beyond football (06:52); returning to HBO and reviving his old show (10:09); why his biggest professional regret is giving up his late night show “Later” on NBC (12:14); why Adam Vinatieri passing Morten on the all-time scoring list was a good thing for Morten, and the next two kickers to be joining him and Jan in the Pro Football Hall of Fame (15:55); his keys to being a great interviewer (17:16); his favorite interview ever (21:25); why he’d love to interview Barry Bonds, and what he thinks will happen with Bonds and Roger Clemens when it comes to Hall of Fame voting (25:57); why he believes Curt Schilling should be in the Hall of Fame, regardless of his political views (27:53); trying to decide which of the major events he covered throughout his career was his favorite (28:16); how to handle the mammoth that is hosting the Olympics in primetime (30:25); the battle on obscure sports he lost to NBC Sports (35:34); why the Barcelona Olympics in 1992 stand above the rest for him personally (37:18); what makes a tough interview (38:32); his thoughts on MLB Network parting ways with Ken Rosenthal after critical remarks made about Rob Manfred (40:14); his thoughts on the MLB lockout and what he thinks is the biggest problem with the game of baseball right now (41:24); why he does not envy the position NBC is in with the Olympics this year (46:38); his thoughts on the Chiefs, Packers and Buccaneers heading into the NFL Playoffs (49:04); “The Name Game,” featuring John Madden, Al Michaels, Mike Tirico, Cris Collinsworth, Dick Enberg and Dick Ebersol (54:46); and why he’d love to sit down for an interview with both Morten and Gary Anderson (01:07:02).
Then we move to a special edition of “Morten’s Fast 5,” where our Hall of Famer makes picks for all six games being played this Wild Card Weekend (01:12:11 – 01:21:36). Morten gives his picks for Raiders at Bengals (01:13:02), Patriots at Bills (01:14:35), Eagles at Buccaneers (01:16:09), 49ers at Cowboys (01:17:33), Steelers at Chiefs (01:18:44) and Cardinals at Rams (01:20:03).
Finally, we close things out with “Morten’s Game Winner” – a weekly monologue from The Great Dane on his biggest takeaway of the week. This week, Morten talks about Bob Costas and the art of a great interview (01:21:36).
Episode 70: Mark Pattison & Remembering Dan Reeves
On the 70th episode of “Great Dane Nation,” Morten is joined by former Saints teammate Mark Pattison, as he talks about his journey of becoming the second NFL player ever to climb the Seven Summits (07:12 – 46:48). But first, he checks in with TommyFreezePops (Tom Carroll) for this week’s edition of the “Opening Kick” (01:20 – 06:27). This week, the guys talk about the bizarre situation with Antonio Brown and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. What’s really happening here?
We then move to our interview with Mark Pattison where he discusses a wide range of topics: the difficulty of finding the right thing to channel his competitive energy after his NFL career came to an abrupt end (08:28); his success in business, and why he believes his work at Sports Illustrated will push them past ESPN in digital traffic within the next three years (15:25); how his NFL Films documentary “Searching for the Summit” came about, and how he turned his mountaineering goal into a charitable opportunity (20:27); how he almost died while summiting Denali in Alaska (25:44); a special edition of “The Name Game,” featuring some of the mountains from Mark’s Seven Summit journey – Mount Kilimanjaro, Mount Elbrus, Mount Kosciuszko, Aconcagua, Denali and the Vinson Massif (26:24); his journey with Mount Everest, and how death was a real possibility on his way down the mountain (34:00); and why Mark is choosing to climb yet another enormous mountain to celebrate his 60th birthday (43:03).
Morten spends some time on today’s episode honoring the life and legacy of the late Dan Reeves, who we lost on New Year’s Day at the age of 77. Morten played for Coach Reeves for four seasons with the Atlanta Falcons (47:01 – 49:38).
Then we move to this week’s edition of “Morten’s Fast 5,” where our Hall of Famer makes picks for the five biggest games of the football weekend (50:52 – 57:43). Morten gives his picks for Chiefs at Broncos (51:40), Cowboys at Eagles (52:56), Chargers at Raiders (54:07), Patriots at Dolphins (55:00) and Saints at Falcons (55:44).
Finally, we close things out with “Morten’s Game Winner” – a weekly monologue from The Great Dane on his biggest takeaway of the week. This week, Morten talks about Mark Pattison, and why he’s the embodiment of a modern-day renaissance man (57:43).
Episode 69: Remembering John Madden & Pro Football Hall of Fame President Jim Porter
On the 69th episode of “Great Dane Nation,” Morten is joined by new Pro Football Hall of Fame president Jim Porter, as this week brings us the final 15 candidates for the PFHOF Class of 2022 (10:44 – 40:13). But first, Morten remembers the late John Madden, as the news of his passing came down on Tuesday evening. Morten reminisces about his Pro Football Hall of Fame brother, and puts his legacy in perspective (00:00 – 10:01).
We then move to our interview with Jim Porter where he discusses a wide range of topics: taking over the job previously held by David Baker, and why he will be a different type of leader for the Hall of Fame (11:36); his background of growing up in the Canton region, working for the local newspaper, and why he wants to get the Hall of Fame more connected to the local community (14:29); some of Morten’s ideas to get the local population more involved with the PFHOF (16:58); his love for the bronze bust room (21:17); why we will see a different version of “the knock” moving forward (23:21); on the topic of more specialists being inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Jim talks about why the PFHOF needs to include more members that represent all aspects of the game (25:43); on bringing back the tradition of honoring anniversary classes on induction weekend every year (30:17); the great group of 26 players in the mix for the 15 finalist spots this year, and why Jim is happy he doesn’t have to make the tough decisions on who to elect (31:57); the balance between the non-profit and for-profit parts of the Pro Football Hall of Fame (34:15); and Morten’s idea for the world’s largest flag football tournament to be played in Canton (37:05).
Then we move to this week’s edition of “Morten’s Fast 5,” where our Hall of Famer makes picks for the five biggest games of the football weekend (41:43 – 50:36)). Morten gives his picks for Chiefs at Bengals (44:35), Dolphins at Titans (46:16), Rams at Ravens (47:02), Cardinals at Cowboys (47:55) and Vikings at Packers (48:43).
Finally, we close things out with “Morten’s Game Winner” – a weekly monologue from The Great Dane on his biggest takeaway of the week. This week, Morten talks about the grueling process of being a candidate for the Pro Football Hall of Fame (50:36).
Episode 68: Will Shields
On the 68th episode of “Great Dane Nation,” Morten is joined by his Pro Football Hall of Fame brother, former teammate, and Kansas City Chiefs legend Will Shields (05:15 – 50:39). But first, he checks in with TommyFreezePops (Tom Carroll) for this week’s edition of the “Opening Kick” (01:17 – 04:29). Morten gives us his biggest takeaways from around the NFL as we head into Christmas, and let’s just say Urban Meyer is going to be on the “naughty list.”
We then move to our interview with Will Shields, where he discusses a wide range of topics: his connection to Denmark, and his love for Danish hot dogs (05:51); his thoughts on the up and down season of the 2021 Kansas City Chiefs (08:49); his thoughts on Joe Thuney’s first season in Kansas City, and how he thinks their offensive line has looked generally (12:45); why he thinks he hasn’t been asked to come speak to the Chiefs offensive linemen (16:01); what he thinks might be contributing to the decline in offensive line play at the pro level (16:59); who he thinks is the best guard in the NFL today, and discussing his iron man record with the Chiefs (18:53); the “non-negotiables” for a great guard (21:30); why he thinks the 2021 Chiefs are capable of repeating as AFC Champions (25:31); how his relationship with Dick Vermeil grew over the years (29:24); the iconic offensive line he was a part of with the Chiefs (32:55); what’s wrong with Nebraska, and why the transfer portal is specifically bad for the Cornhuskers (35:09); background on his “Will to Succeed Foundation” (39:37); “The Name Game,” featuring Lamar Hunt, Joe Montana, Marcus Allen, Derrick Thomas, Trent Green, Tony Gonzalez, Priest Holmes and Marty Schottenheimer (41:33); and why falling to the 3rd round of the NFL Draft, even after winning the Outland Trophy, was the best thing that ever happened to him (49:30).
Then we move to this week’s edition of “Morten’s Fast 5,” where our Hall of Famer makes picks for the five biggest games of the football weekend (52:08 – 59:32). Morten gives his picks for 49ers at Titans (53:28), Browns at Packers (54:55), Colts at Cardinals (55:57), Bills at Patriots (56:57), and Dolphins at Saints (57:55).
Finally, we close things out with “Morten’s Game Winner” – a weekly monologue from The Great Dane on his biggest takeaway of the week. This week, Morten talks about his friend Will Shields, and the many characteristics that make him one of the greatest players of all-time, both on and off the field (59:32).
Anything with Freezepops is a must listen. Oh and a hall of famer as the host isn’t bad either.
Man Myth Legend
Great insight. Unreal guests. Stays relevant with incredible insight. Predictions on games. And a HOF’er! Great Listen!
Morten falcons fan
Love the guests, but let’s get some Falcons in the mix!!!!!! Morten sent the birds to the promise land!!!!! Enough of these Saints!!!!! Dirty Birds!!!!!!