42 episodes

Celebrating pro and college football history, one legend at a time. Guests include legends of the National Football League, American Football League, and NCAA football.

The Game Before the Money: NFL, AFL,and NCAA Football Legends Jackson Michael

    • Football
    • 5.0 • 6 Ratings

Celebrating pro and college football history, one legend at a time. Guests include legends of the National Football League, American Football League, and NCAA football.

    EP 41: Matt Birk - Baltimore Ravens Super Bowl Journey and the Mile High Miracle

    EP 41: Matt Birk - Baltimore Ravens Super Bowl Journey and the Mile High Miracle

    Baltimore Ravens center Matt Birk talks about the Ravens journey to Super Bowl 47 and the famous “Mile High Miracle” in the 2012 NFL Playoffs. Birk takes you onto the field and into the Ravens huddle for the play. He also discusses the veteran leadership that lifted the team through tough playoff defeats in the years leading up to their Super Bowl victory in Super Bowl 47 over the San Francisco 49ers.
    Episodes of The Game before the Money Podcast are usually released each week, except for certain episodes that take about two weeks to create. The show is produced and hosted by Jackson Michael, author of The Game before the Money: Voices of the Men Who Built the NFL, published by the University of Nebraska Press. Many episodes feature interviews with pro and college football legends. Learn more at https://TheGameBeforeTheMoney.com.

    • 19 min
    Ep 40: 1948 NFL Championship – The Cornerstone of Super Bowl Sunday

    Ep 40: 1948 NFL Championship – The Cornerstone of Super Bowl Sunday

    Upton Bell shares his memories of attending the 1948 NFL Championship Game with his father, NFL commissioner Bert Bell, in this episode of The Game before the Money Podcast. This episode also includes an interview clip from Al Wistert, a Philadelphia Eagles lineman and 2020 Pro Football Hall of Fame finalist. The 1948 NFL Championship Game was the first televised NFL Championship Game and laid the foundation for what has become Super Bowl Sunday. Hear how Bert Bell’s foresight helped grow the NFL’s future through the powerful new technology of television.
    The 1948 NFL Championship Game featured a rematch of the previous year’s game between the Philadelphia Eagles and Chicago Cardinals (now the Arizona Cardinals). The teams played in a blizzard and battled both the elements and their opponents. Hall of Famer Steve Van Buren nearly missed the game because of the weather before scoring the game’s winning touchdown, powered by perhaps one of the greatest blocks in NFL history.
    You will also learn how both teams utilized versions of modern NFL offenses rather than the “three yards and a cloud of dust” adjective that is often erroneously used to describe the era.
    Episodes of The Game before the Money Podcast are released each week, except for certain episodes that take about two weeks to create. The show is produced and hosted by Jackson Michael, author of The Game before the Money: Voices of the Men Who Built the NFL, published by the University of Nebraska Press. Many episodes feature interviews with pro and college football legends. Learn more at https://TheGameBeforeTheMoney.com.

    • 50 min
    Ep 39: HOUSTON OILERS -- Luv Ya Blue! 1978 and 1979 NFL Seasons

    Ep 39: HOUSTON OILERS -- Luv Ya Blue! 1978 and 1979 NFL Seasons

    Members of the Luv Ya Blue era Houston Oilers reflect on the magical seasons of 1978 and 1979. Join Elvin Bethea, Robert Brazile, Dan Pastorini, Mike Renfro, Billy “White Shoes” Johnson, Kenny Burrough, Mike Barber, Carl Mauck, Willie Alexander, Coach Ed Biles, Gregg Bingham, Vernon Perry, Rich Caster, and Andy Dorris for a wonderful trip down memory lane.
    Interview clips are taken from the new book Red, White, and Columbia Blue: Chasing the Dream with the 1979 Houston Oilers as well as the DVD We Were the Oilers: The Luv Ya Blue Era!
    Both the new book and DVD were written by The Game before the Money Podcast host and producer Jackson Michael. The Game before the Money Podcast usually comes out on a weekly basis and often features interviews with NFL, AFL, and NCAA football legends. Learn more at https://TheGameBeforeTheMoney.com. Learn more about the Houston Oilers projects at https://Houston79.com.

    • 45 min
    Ep 38: BOYD DOWLER : Packers Legend Chats Lombardi and More

    Ep 38: BOYD DOWLER : Packers Legend Chats Lombardi and More

    Green Bay Packers legend Boyd Dowler joins The Game before the Money Podcast and brings us into the Packers' locker room with stories about winning 5 NFL championships under Vince Lombardi. Hear his memories about winning the 1959 NFL Rookie of the Year award, scoring the longest NFL receiving touchdown of 1960, and how President Kennedy played a role in the Packers’ 1961 season.
    Dowler also talks about quarterbacking the Colorado Buffaloes to victory in the 1957 Orange Bowl and how he, Paul Hornung, and Ray Nitschke were called into military service in the middle of the NFL season. You will also hear about an incident at a Packers’ practice that left a hole in Nitschke’s helmet!
    Did you know that Dowler served as an assistant coach under George Allen? Find out more in this episode of The Game before the Money Podcast.
    Episodes of The Game before the Money Podcast are released each week. The show is produced and hosted by Jackson Michael, author of The Game before the Money: Voices of the Men Who Built the NFL, published by the University of Nebraska Press. Many episodes feature interviews with pro and college football legends. Learn more at https://TheGameBeforeTheMoney.com.

    • 36 min
    Ep 37: Chad Hennings -- Veteran's Day Salute with Air Force, Dallas Cowboys Legend

    Ep 37: Chad Hennings -- Veteran's Day Salute with Air Force, Dallas Cowboys Legend

    Chad Hennings shares stories about dangerous flying missions during the Gulf War and Super Bowl wins with the Dallas Cowboys. We repost this episode to honor our veterans. 
    Chad Hennings is the only Air Force lineman to win the prestigious Outland Trophy. The Dallas Cowboys drafted him despite his upcoming commitment to military service, much like they did with Roger Staubach. Hennings flew fighter jets during the Gulf War and later won 3 Super Bowls with the Cowboys on a team led by Troy Aikman.
    Hear him share about those great Cowboys teams, what the locker room was like after the famous Leon Lett game, and how the Cowboys found out that Jimmy Johnson was replaced by Barry Switzer as head coach.
    This is a repeat of an episode that was first released in 2018. The Game before the Money Podcast will return next week with a brand new episode.
    Episodes of The Game before the Money Podcast are released each week. The show is produced and hosted by Jackson Michael, author of The Game before the Money: Voices of the Men Who Built the NFL, published by the University of Nebraska Press. Many episodes feature interviews with pro and college football legends. Learn more at https://TheGameBeforeTheMoney.com.

    • 25 min
    Ep 36: PETE KOCH – Chiefs, Raiders, Film Star

    Ep 36: PETE KOCH – Chiefs, Raiders, Film Star

    Pete Koch interviews with The Game before the Money Podcast and talks about his NFL career and starring in the movie Heartbreak Ridge with Clint Eastwood.
    Pete Koch talks about being a first-round draft pick in 1984 and what it was like to hold out for a better contract. He also shares stories about starting on the defensive line for the Chiefs and Raiders. He shares memories of Chiefs’ owner Lamar Hunt, playing against John Elway, and what made Hall of Famer Howie Long such a great player.
    You will also learn some helpful workout tips from a former NFL player who remains in fantastic shape!
    This is a repeat of an episode that was first released in 2018.
    Episodes of The Game before the Money Podcast are released each week. The show is produced and hosted by Jackson Michael, author of The Game before the Money: Voices of the Men Who Built the NFL, published by the University of Nebraska Press. Many episodes feature interviews with pro and college football legends. Learn more at https://TheGameBeforeTheMoney.com.

    • 28 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
6 Ratings

6 Ratings

sdr66 ,

Knowledgeable and engaging

The host gives a very good look at football, standing squarely at the intersection of sports and history.

GNIKDET ,

Big fan of Jackson Michael’s football history!

Congratulations, Jackson, on your new podcast. Really liked your book and this is the perfect next stage of documenting football history both in the pros and in college. Saves you from compiling another book. This is the digital age for eternity, well catalogued and preserved, released sooner to the public, and accessible to all.
Just heard the introduction and was bummed those already recorded episodes (including the Tom Osborne) were not uploaded yet. 5 Stars in advance! Keep up the good work.

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