Sportscaster Dan Hellie sits down with friends from the sports world for an unfiltered discussion about their life & careers. So many of the best stories come from their rookie year, so that's where we start.
U. of Arizona Head Coach, Jedd Fisch
New Arizona head coach Jedd Fisch joins the Helliepod to talk: How he ended up at UA, rebuilding a proud program, recruiting, his QB’s, his staff, the Gronk catch and his Twitter game.
Hellie and Fisch also get into his coaching resume, how he started and why he wanted to coach football even though he never played on any level. And, his takeaways from working for some of the best coaches in NFL history: Bill Belichick, Pete Carroll, Mike Shanahan, Brian Billick and Sean McVay
One of Aaron Rodgers all-time favorite receivers shares his thoughts on The Rodgers-Packets situation. Does he stay or Does he go? JAmes Jones has a strong and well informed opinion. We also revisit JJ’s remarkable journey from growing up homeless to leading the NFL in TD catches and becoming a Super Bowl champ.
QB Coach John Beck
He’s one of the premier QB coaches in the country and this year former NFL QB John Beck is the most influential person involved in the 2021 NFL draft. Why? Because he’s the personal QB coach for Zach Wilson, Justin Fields, Trey Lance and Kyle Trask. Three quarterbacks who should be among the top 10 overall picks and another who could sneak into the first round.
NFL Head Coaches, GM’s and agents are calling Beck on a daily basis to get the the real scoop on his guys. Beck breaks down all of his QB’s and tells us what they’ve been working on leading up to the draft. The former 2nd round pick out of BYU also revisits his draft experience and shares some stories from his playing days with the Dolphins and Washington.
Former #2 overall pick in the ’98 NFL Draft Ryan Leaf joins the Helliepod to talk QB’s in next week's NFL Draft and life. Leaf’s struggles on and off the field have been well-documented over the years, After 4 years in the NFL he ended up in prison for almost 3 years. Now he’s back on track after 9 years of sobriety but as Leaf puts it…“Life happens”. A real and raw conversation with the former NFL QB who opens up about all of it: Bouncing a 14-dollar check at Pizza Hut to becoming a multi-millionaire a couple weeks later at just 21 years old, why he feels like his career was over after 3 games, prison life & and his disdain for prison guards, his most recent arrest, and life today. No longer living for himself, Leaf is now a father and has devoted his life to giving back and helping others battling addiction. You can also see him on his new YouTube show and hear him on Sirius/XM NFL Radio. That’s not all…Ryan shares a couple of new projects that he’s been working on.
Steve Mariucci on Favre, 49ers & almost hired in Washington?
Former 49ers and Lions Head Coach Steve Mariucci joins his old NFL Network Teammate and AAF broadcasting partner to share some tremendous tales from his coaching days. His first conversation with Brett Favre when they joined they Packers that same year, was a call from jail? Losing Steve Young and Jerry Rice in his first game as the 49ers head coach. Why things soured in SF and what brought him out of his funk after he was fired in Detroit. Also, the story of how Mooch almost became the head coach of the Washington Football Team. Did you know, Mooch helped Steve McNair prepare for his pro day… and how much emphasis should coaches and GM’s actually place on a pro day.
MJD is back!!
MJD is back from training in Florida and his UCLA Bruins are in the Final 4. Hellie and MJD catch up about life and the NCAA tourney then turn their attention to the NFL’s new 17 game schedule, pro days and what the 49ers could do.
Love the show!!! Helliepod is the best if you’re a fan of the NFL!
Love Hellie and MJD during the season and the interviews are great.
MJD makes the podcast, his insight from the player level and the people he knows is awesome. Whole team is awesome. Also great how they challenge other hosts takes