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An oral history of pro and college football. Former NFL, AFL, and NCAA football greats share unforgettable stories about their lives and careers.

The Game Before the Money: Oral History of Pro and College Football Jackson Michael

    • Sports
    • 5.0 • 7 Ratings

An oral history of pro and college football. Former NFL, AFL, and NCAA football greats share unforgettable stories about their lives and careers.

    E57: Vince Evans Talks 1980 Bears Lions NFL Thanksgiving Classic

    E57: Vince Evans Talks 1980 Bears Lions NFL Thanksgiving Classic

    Chicago Bears QB Vince Evans recalls his game-tying TD and the Bears returning the overtime kickoff for a TD in the unforgettable game against the Lions on Thanksgiving Day of 1980. The Bears won 23-17 after Evans engineered a 94-yard drive and scored the game-tying TD with no time left on the clock to send the game into OT. Chicago's Dave Williams returned the overtime kickoff for a touchdown to win a game that Chicago trailed 17-3 in the fourth quarter.


    The Game Before the Money is hosted and produced by author and oral historian Jackson Michael. Learn more about the project at https://TheGameBeforeTheMoney.com.


    #NFL #ThanksgivingFootball #ChicagoBears #BearDown

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    E56: Dave Wilcox - Hall of Fame, 49ers, Oregon Legend

    E56: Dave Wilcox - Hall of Fame, 49ers, Oregon Legend

    Dave Wilcox, a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame's 2000 class, shares memories of his career as a linebacker for the San Francisco 49ers. He also talks about his college football career at Oregon and Boise State. 


    Learn more about The Game Before the Money at https://TheGameBeforeTheMoney.com 

    • 36 min
    E55: Bill McColl - Stanford All-American and Chicago Bears Legend

    E55: Bill McColl - Stanford All-American and Chicago Bears Legend

    Bill McColl shares memories of Stanford winning the 1951 Pacific Coast Conference title and playing in the 1952 Rose Bowl. He also talks about playing for George Halas and the Chicago Bears of the 1950s while enrolled in medical school.


    Learn more about The Game Before the Money at https://TheGameBeforeTheMoney.com


     

    • 27 min
    E54: Meet George Toma - Groundskeeper for EVERY Super Bowl!

    E54: Meet George Toma - Groundskeeper for EVERY Super Bowl!

    George Toma has been the groundskeeper for every single Super Bowl, from Super Bowl I through Super Bowl LV. He shares stories about preparing the field for Super Bowls and the 1966 NFL Championship Game, his work with the AFL, as well as his early life in Pennsylvania’s coal country.


    Learn more about The Game Before the Money at https://TheGameBeforeTheMoney.com

    • 27 min
    E53: NFL Week 1 -- Best Games Ever

    E53: NFL Week 1 -- Best Games Ever

    Encore presentation about the best NFL Week 1 games in pro football history.


    The program highlights Norm Van Brocklin's 554 passing yards, the first-ever AFL game, the first-ever Minnesota Vikings game, and Dan Marino's return after a career-threatening injury.


    Learn more at https://TheGameBeforeTheMoney.com 

    • 26 min
    E52: Al Denson - AFL Broncos, HBCU Legend

    E52: Al Denson - AFL Broncos, HBCU Legend

    Al Denson shares memories about his career with the Denver Broncos and playing for legendary Florida A&M coach Jake Gaither.


    Denson led the American Football League in TD catches in 1967.


    Learn more about The Game Before the Money at https://TheGameBeforeTheMoney.com

    • 28 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
7 Ratings

7 Ratings

BookBuyer71 ,

Outstanding

An amazing podcast. Jackson Michael is an extremely knowledgeable host. I love the stories especially the interviews with AFL players. Thank you!

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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