41 episodes

Each week, the Official Football Learning Academy podcast will take you deep into the history of this great game. Through interviews with players, coaches, or administrators in the NFL, as well as interviews with Pro Football Hall of Fame selectors, authors, and historians, you will learn about how the game evolved and important moments that shaped the sport into what it is today. You will also get first-hand accounts from the people who have made history in pro football.

The Official Football Learning Academy Podcast Ken Crippen

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    • 4.4 • 7 Ratings

Each week, the Official Football Learning Academy podcast will take you deep into the history of this great game. Through interviews with players, coaches, or administrators in the NFL, as well as interviews with Pro Football Hall of Fame selectors, authors, and historians, you will learn about how the game evolved and important moments that shaped the sport into what it is today. You will also get first-hand accounts from the people who have made history in pro football.

    Episode 135 - Interview with Pro Football Hall of Fame Linebacker Brian Urlacher

    Episode 135 - Interview with Pro Football Hall of Fame Linebacker Brian Urlacher

    Today’s special guest is Hall of Fame linebacker Brian Urlacher, who played with the Chicago Bears from 2000 through 2012. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2018. In this episode, we talk about something that is important to both Brian and me, and that is helping retired players in need. Brian is on the board of directors for the Gridiron Greats Assistance Fund, and we spend time talking about that organization in this interview. We also talked a little Hall of Fame and the current state of the Chicago Bears.
    For the Pro Football History Nugget of the Week, we talk about the lineage of great linebackers for the Chicago Bears.

    Visit Gridiron Greats Assistance Fund at: https://www.gridirongreats.org/

    Football Learning Academy Website:
    To learn more about the FLA, go to: https://www.football-learning-academy.com
    Social Media:
    Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/FootballLearn1
    Follow us on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/footballlearningacademy/
    YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/@footballlearningacademy
    Music By:
    Jeff Nixon, Safety for the Buffalo Bills from 1979-82.

    • 33 min
    Episode 134 - Interview with Former NFL Quarterback Heath Shuler

    Episode 134 - Interview with Former NFL Quarterback Heath Shuler

    Today’s special guest is former NFL quarterback Heath Shuler, who played with Washington and the New Orleans Saints. After his football career, he was elected to the United States House of Representatives for three terms. We talk about all of this and more in this episode.
    For the Pro Football History Nugget of the Week, we discuss George Taliaferro, the first Black player to be drafted by the NFL.

    This episode brought to you by the PowerPlus Mouthguard, a device whose data shows that it reduces concussions by over 99%. To learn more, go to https://powerplusmouthguard.com/

    Football Learning Academy Website:
    To learn more about the FLA, go to: https://www.football-learning-academy.com
    Social Media:
    Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/FootballLearn1
    Follow us on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/footballlearningacademy/
    YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/@footballlearningacademy
    Music By:
    Jeff Nixon, Safety for the Buffalo Bills from 1979-84.

    • 48 min
    Episode 133 - Interview with Former NFL Linebacker Reggie Williams

    Episode 133 - Interview with Former NFL Linebacker Reggie Williams

    Today’s special guest is former Cincinnati Bengals’ linebacker Reggie Williams. He played with the team from 1976 through 1989, was named NFL Man of the Year in 1986, The “Whizzer” White NFL Man of the Year in 1985 and the Sports Illustrated Sportsperson of the Year in 1987. After his football career, he became an executive in the World League of American Football and with Disney. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2007.
    For the Pro Football History Nugget of the Week, we discuss the Freezer Bowl.

    Football Learning Academy Website:
    To learn more about the FLA, go to: https://www.football-learning-academy.com
    Social Media:
    Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/FootballLearn1
    Follow us on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/footballlearningacademy/
    YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/@footballlearningacademy
    Music By:
    Jeff Nixon, Safety for the Buffalo Bills from 1979-84.

    • 1 hr 16 min
    Episode 132 - Archival Interview with Former NFL Linebacker Andy Russell

    Episode 132 - Archival Interview with Former NFL Linebacker Andy Russell

    Today, we are focusing on Andy Russell, who passed away February 29th at the age of 82. I interviewed him back in 2012 and the audio you’re about to listen to is from that interview. Russell played linebacker for the Pittsburgh Steelers from 1963 through 1976. He was on two of the Steelers Super Bowl Championship teams and went to seven Pro Bowls. He is a member of the Pittsburgh Steelers All-Time Team, in the Pittsburgh Steelers Ring of Honor, and is in the Pittsburgh Pro Football Hall of Fame. It was a true pleasure to get to know Andy Russell, and he will be missed.
    This episode contains snippets from my 2012 interview with Andy Russell.

    Football Learning Academy Website:
    To learn more about the FLA, go to: https://www.football-learning-academy.com
    Social Media:
    Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/FootballLearn1
    Follow us on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/footballlearningacademy/
    YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/@footballlearningacademy
    Music By:
    Jeff Nixon, Safety for the Buffalo Bills from 1979-84.

    • 12 min
    Episode 131 - Interview with Historian Mike Richman

    Episode 131 - Interview with Historian Mike Richman

    This week's special guest is historian and author Mike Richman, who just wrote a book titled "George Allen: A Football Life." He has also authored "The Redskins Encyclopedia," "The Washington Redskins Football Vault," and "Joe Gibbs: An Enduring Legacy." Finally, he has written thousands of feature articles for such publications as The Washington Post, The Baltimore Sun, and Sports Illustrated. This episode focuses on Mike's new biography of Hall of Fame coach George Allen.
    Mike Richman's Website:
    https://mikerichmanjournalist.com/

    Football Learning Academy Website:
    To learn more about the FLA, go to: https://www.football-learning-academy.com
    Social Media:
    Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/FootballLearn1
    Follow us on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/footballlearningacademy/
    YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/@footballlearningacademy
    Music By:
    Jeff Nixon, Safety for the Buffalo Bills from 1979-84.

    • 43 min
    Episode 130 - Archival Interview with Former NFL Wide Receiver Harold Jackson

    Episode 130 - Archival Interview with Former NFL Wide Receiver Harold Jackson

    Today’s special guest is Harold Jackson, whom I interviewed back in 2013. Jackson was a wide receiver for the Rams, Eagles, Patriots, Vikings, and Seahawks from 1968 through 1987. After playing, he went into coaching and had various stops in college and the pros.
    For the Pro Football History Nugget of the Week, we talk about the history of scouting and the combine. How did it get the name “combine?” Find out in this episode!

    This episode brought to you by the PowerPlus Mouthguard, a device whose data shows that it reduces concussions by over 99%. To learn more, go to https://powerplusmouthguard.com/

    Football Learning Academy Website:
    To learn more about the FLA, go to: https://www.football-learning-academy.com
    Social Media:
    Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/FootballLearn1
    Follow us on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/footballlearningacademy/
    YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/@footballlearningacademy
    Music By:
    Jeff Nixon, Safety for the Buffalo Bills from 1979-84.

    • 36 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
7 Ratings

7 Ratings

WZR1234 ,

Great podcast

If you want to learn about football, understand the game from an insiders perspective from those played the game, covered the game and have written about the game, then this podcast is for you. It’s not always about what happened on the field, but off the field too. Learn about how organizations are run, what it’s like to prepare for a career, season or game and so much more. Ken’s knowledge of the game from every aspect is deep and he shares much of that knowledge with you and brings it out of guests as well.

Injured List Podast ® ,

Most in Depth history of Pro Football I’ve ever heard

Ken is a walking history book!!! His in depth knowledge off the top of his head on the history of football dating back decades is nothing short of amazing! He articulately paints a picture of the Pro Football Leagues, Players, and Organizations as they have evolved since their inception. Best part is that he does it with such ease and in a clear and concise way as to leave you wanting to know more! Highly recommend Ken and his podcast for any Pro Football buff or even casual fan!!!

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Great Podcast abd Delivery of Topics!

I'm listening to your latest episode! I must say your podcast is great. I love the excellent knowledge that you have when it comes to the game of football! Keep bringing great episodes like this one!

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