The official podcast of the Oregon Ducks. There are a lot of great stories that go untold. The Mighty Oregon Podcast changes that by featuring the best Oregon stories from past and present, packaged in a way fans haven't heard before. Join host Rob Moseley as we take you inside the stories of current and former student-athletes, coaches, staff members and fans in a way that's equal parts entertaining and interesting.
43. Johnny Johnson III: Coming At You
Johnny Johnson III is not the biggest Duck on the field. Or the fastest. But his drive to be a contributing cog in the Ducks football machine cannot be questioned. Johnson III came to Eugene as an unheralded recruit from Arizona, where he came from a big family and fell in love with the game of football. Playing time came early, and he immediately made an impact with the Ducks when he arrived on campus. But in his second year, Johnson III struggled, and he learned quickly that preparation is the key to success. How has he used that disappointment to become one of the Duck’s more reliable receivers and a true difference-maker for the program?
42. Ifo Ekpre-Olomu: A Duck Who Fits Well
When you think of the term, “American Dream”, former Duck cornerback Ifo Ekpre-Olomu and his family’s life in America fit the bill. His parents emigrated from Nigeria and gave him and his siblings a life that he continues to be thankful for. Ekpre-Olomu excelled early in sports, and his mentality and drive led him to Eugene, where he quickly became a defensive mainstay for some of Oregon’s most talented teams. But just when his football star was shining brightest, darkness came in the form of a devastating knee injury before the Ducks’ Rose Bowl appearance in 2015. And although he was drafted in the NFL and participated in training camps, he never saw the field again in a competitive game. Leaving the game he loved as a player caused him to do some soul searching, but Ekpre-Olomu knows he has a lot to be thankful for. His family. A prolific college career and an Oregon degree. The love of Oregon fans. And the love for the game of football, which taught him so many valuable life lessons that he continues to use today.
41. Anthony Brown: Prepared For Anything
This week in a special episode of the Mighty Oregon Podcast presented by the Oregon Community Credit Union features starting safety Verone McKinley III interviewing starting quarterback Anthony Brown, who examines his exceptional, and sometimes devastating, experiences in college football and how he is using those experiences to help lead the Ducks in 2021.
Brown began his career at Boston College, where he became the first freshman to ever start a season opener for the Eagles, and he led the team to some big wins and bowl seasons. But in a horrible twist of fate, Brown had devastating injuries to both knees during his time with the Eagles, and despite the hardships, his positive mindset never changed. Brown and his experiences across college football are now in Eugene, where he is showing leadership up and down the Oregon sideline. He is making sure his Duck teammates are prepared for whatever may lie ahead in 2021.
40. Mike Bellotti (Part Three): High Octane
Mike Bellotti was never afraid to seek out better ways of doing things. And although he ran his offense for 30 years, midway through his time as a coach with the Ducks, he knew something had to change. And after some research and the idea that he can always be better, Bellotti convinced his offensive staff to make that change. The Ducks offense took off, and Bellotti’s newfound offensive scheme was here to stay. Bellotti took the Ducks to new levels of prosperity and notoriety during his time in Eugene. There was a lot of success, and after 35 years of coaching, what are his main takeaways on how he accomplished big goals and transformed Oregon football into a national brand?
39. Mike Bellotti (Part Two): Seasons Of Change
The winds of change began blowing with Oregon football in the ’90s. Iconic new uniforms. Upgraded, functional facilities. And winning football at a historic level. Mike Bellotti helped steer the Ducks onto the national stage and watched the Oregon brand go from a regional identity to sweeping the nation and world by storm with innovation and a futuristic look. It helped that Bellotti was also putting a winning product on the field. Double-digit win seasons. Conference championships. Heisman Trophy candidates. But more important than anything was the mindset change of the program. Gone were the goals of just going to bowl games or competing for a conference title. The Ducks now wanted to make their mark across the entire college football landscape.
38. Mike Bellotti (Part One): Dawn of the Ducks
If there’s anyone who had a front-row seat to the emergence of Oregon Football, look no further than former head coach Mike Bellotti. At face value, Bellotti’s Division-two resume did not look like the one that would lead the Ducks to the talk of college football. For him, it was all about doing the best he could, one day at a time. The Ducks found Bellotti, and under head coach Rich Brooks, Oregon football became a force. And when Brooks took off to the NFL, Bellotti brought the Ducks to even bigger heights and became the winningest coach in the history of Oregon football. But the turnaround wasn’t easy. He had to change the narrative around the program because, for many years, the word was not good.
This is the first of a three-part series into the story of Oregon’s winningest football coach, Mike Bellotti, and the emergence of Oregon football told through the eyes of the man who led the program to their first four ten-win seasons in school history and a total of 12 bowl games, three more than Oregon had attended in their entire history before his time in Eugene.
The tinker episode part 1 was incredible
If you love the Ducks…
You’ll love this podcast. I have enjoyed all the episodes, and it’s been fun to hear about those who are outside my usual soccer/basketball/football interests. I love hearing the stories of people who are part of the Oregon Duck tradition.
The podcasts in the “The Mighty Oregon Podcast”, starts off simple by just giving a few memorable quotes that were said during the interview. The podcast episodes are quite easy to understand, the host Rob Mosely interviews a bunch of athletes that are related to the rich Oregon history.
The structure of the podcasts is quite easy to follow, it has few obvious breaks which allows you to pause to then get up, get a drink, get a snack, or sometimes even get a big dinner. The mic he uses is crisp and clear and is not some junkie set up made in the last second. The podcast is well organized, you are not like “Wait what’s even going on?”. You can clearly tell who is talking in each of the episodes from the host to the person they are interviewing.
One of the most memorable episodes was Charlie Hunters story of his recent upbringing in the running scene. His grit and discipline reminded me of some saying where he did not want to quit because he knew his story was not over yet. Charlie’s analogy of many things was very interesting like the way he said its like being a Ferrari but getting your wheels taken off of you. His honesty about his situation during the corona virus and how he had dealt running is so inspiring.
This podcast gives a backstory of how each Oregon related athlete came up and it really gives you an in-depth feel of how hard each person has worked for what they got. I have always loved hearing about people’s backstories going to sports and how it has shaped them into who they are, which Is why I love this podcast a lot. I’ve always been a big fan of Oregon but hearing each individuals athlete story is inspiring and makes me want to go there even more.
If you are a big fan of Oregon’s athletics or even just a big sport fan who is looking to be inspired, I recommend this podcast as you just get all of that.