Podcast hosted by Nabaté Isles featuring retired athletes who have accomplished great feats on and off the field.
Episode XLI: Pro Football Hall of Famer Marshall Faulk
The 41st edition of Whe're They At features Pro Football Hall of Famer, Marshall Faulk. Born and raised in New Orleans (LA), he had a distinguished high school career in football and track. Marshall starred at San Diego State University as a 3-time All-American Running Back. He was the #2 overall pick in the 1994 National Football League (NFL) Draft by the Indianapolis Colts, winning the Offensive Rookie of the Year and becoming a star in the NFL. After 5 seasons with the Colts, he joined the St. Louis Rams and was one of the lead performers on 'The Greatest Show on Turf', winning Super Bowl (XXXIV) as well as the 2000 NFL Most Valuable Player and 3 NFL Offensive Player of the Year Awards. He was enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2011. Currently, he is 5th in NFL History in career yards per scrimmage and 12th in rushing yards. He was also inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2017. Now, Marshall is now a major part of Virtuity Financial Partners, helping many people with financial planning and literacy. Host Nabaté Isles had the honor to speak with Marshall on a cornucopia of topics including:
02:35-Discusses his impactful work with Virtuity.
07:06-Reflects on his mentor as a youngster, Coach Wayne Reese, Sr.
08:34-On his experiences growing up in the cultural city of New Orleans, Louisiana.
10:04-The inspiration and work ethic that his parents and older brothers instilled in him.
12:29-On how he gained a passion for football and the running back position.
16:26-The reason for going to San Diego State University.
18:36-On how he took advantage of his opportunity to start as a freshman at SDSU.
20:37-Shooting up the draft board to eventually become the #2 overall pick in the 1994 NFL Draft.
21:43-Reflects on another SDSU legend: the late Baseball Hall of Famer, Tony Gwynn.
22:28-Discusses other esteemed SDSU alumni, Stephen Strasburg and Kawhi Leonard.
25:50-On his first game back in the Superdome (New Orleans), where he sold popcorn while he was in high school.
28:00-On the mentorship of Running Backs coach Gene Huey during Marshall's early years with the Indianapolis Colts.
29:08-The disappointment of missing the AFC Championship Game in 1995 (due to injury) and what it made him realize.
30:31-Is he surprised with his former Colts teammate, Jim Harbaugh becoming a polarizing coaching figure?
31:07-On him and fellow Pro Football Hall of Famer as well as New Orleans native, Peyton Manning playing only one season together.
32:24-Reflects on another Hall of Famer from that elite Colts offense, Marvin Harrison.
33:13-His initial impression on his St. Louis Rams teammate and fellow Hall of Famer, Kurt Warner and did expect his astronomical rise into an NFL star?
35:47-On the genius of Rams' Offensive Coordinator and eventual head coach, Mike Martz.
37:55-His thoughts on why running backs are not valued anymore in today's game.
40:19-On the generational differences in approach to competition and aspiring to be great.
41:31-Marshall names current NFL running backs that impress him.
44:18-On how he dealt with retirement after 12 excellent years in the NFL.
Episode XL: Basketball Hall of Famer Spencer Haywood
The 40th edition of Whe're They At features Naismith Basketball Hall of Famer and pioneer, Spencer Haywood. He was born and raised in poverty in Silver City, Mississippi and moved to Detroit, Michigan during his teenage years to become a star prep player. He won the Olympic gold medal in 1968 as part of the USA Men's Basketball team, while breaking US individual records in Points, Rebounds and Blocks. He became an All-American starring at the University of Detroit and dominating the American Basketball Association (ABA) becoming the Rookie of the Year and Most Valuable Player in 1970. He won a landmark Supreme Court case in 1971, allowing him to play in the National Basketball Association (NBA) without having to wait four years after high school. The 'Spencer Haywood Rule' has helped many young basketball prospects pursue early entry into the NBA. He was a 4-time NBA All-Star, 4-time All-NBA team member and NBA champion (w/1979-80 Los Angeles Lakers). Spencer was inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in 2015. Now, he has done remarkable work through his Spencer Haywood Foundation and with the National Basketball Retired Players Association (NBRPA). A Jazz music aficionado, he is an on-air host on SiriusXM Real Jazz. Here is his website: https://spencerhaywoodrule.com/. Host Nabaté Isles had the honor to speak with Spencer on a myriad of topics including:
03:19-Discusses contracting Covid-19 recently.
05:44-On the National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) helping the National Basketball Retired Players Association obtain elite health insurance (NBRPA).
08:05-Reflects on how therapy transformed his life.
09:19-Reminisces on growing up picking cotton in Silver City, Mississippi.
13:02-On how he was able to gain his basketball skillset through picking cotton.
18:27-Tells a funny story of an experience involving fellow future NBA player, Sam Lacey during high school.
20:47-On why he needed to leave the racist environment of Silver City, moving up north to Detroit, Michigan.
24:43-Excelling at basketball in Detroit while acquiring a love for Jazz music.
27:55-Spencer almost became the first Black player in the Southeastern Conference (SEC).
30:20-On receiving the opportunity to participate in the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City and being around the historic boycotts surrounding the games.
37:45-Reflects on the iconic protest by Dr. John Carlos (guest on Episode #33 of Whe're They At) and Dr. Tommie Smith on the medal stand.
39:37-Remembers George Foreman's (guest on Episode #8 of Whe're They At) memorable accomplishment winning the Gold medal.
41:20-On him setting individual records and winning the Gold Medal with USA Basketball.
45:28-His career flourished becoming an All-American representing the University of Detroit and dominating the American Basketball Association (ABA) in his rookie year AT AGE 20.
48:06-On experiencing a rude awakening with his ABA team, Denver Rockets.
49:33-Reflects on his landmark Supreme Court case to join the NBA as an upperclassmen, not having to wait four years after high school.
56:35-On why it is important for the NBA and NBPA to change the early entry ruling to the 'Spencer Haywood Rule'.
58:30-Which current players have acknowledged him for his historic Supreme Court victory?
Episode XXXIX: 6x MLB All-Star/World Series champ Willie Randolph
The 39th edition of Whe're They At features 6-time Major League Baseball All-Star and 6-time World Series champion, Willie Randolph. He was born in South Carolina but raised in the tough area of Brownsville, Brooklyn, New York City. After starring at Tilden High School, he made his major league debut at age 21 with the Pittsburgh Pirates. The next year, he was traded to the New York Yankees, starting at 2nd Baseman and winning two World Series titles with them in the late 1970's. After 18 decorated years as a player, he went to become the 3rd base coach for the Yankees winning 4 more titles in late-1990's and the year 2000. He managed the New York Mets to relevance from 2005-08 and is now part of the coaching staff for the USA Baseball team looking to win Gold in the 2021 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Japan. Host Nabaté Isles had the honor to speak with Willie on a multitude of topics including:
02:10-On the process of writing his autobiography, 'The Yankee Way: Playing, Coaching, and My Life in Baseball' (released in 2014).
04:47-How are he and his family staying safe during this pandemic?
06:22-His take on Major League Baseball seeking more racial inclusion and diversity.
07:47-Remembers the late, iconic Henry 'Hank' Aaron.
13:54-Discusses the declining amount of Black American players in Major League Baseball.
17:33-His suggestion on how there can be more Black leadership in MLB clubhouses and front offices.
20:31-On his involvement with the coaching staff of Team USA for the World Baseball Classic and the upcoming Olympics.
22:08-Reflects on the late, former American League Most Valuable Player, Dick Allen.
25:02-The rhythm of music influenced him as an athlete.
25:57-Reminisces on his noble parents and his approach to discipline as he was growing up in Brownsville, Brooklyn (NYC).
30:46-On his baseball mentor in Brooklyn, Galileo 'Gally' Gonzalez.
31:55-Willie went to Tilden High School with Reverend Al Sharpton.
32:57-Remembers other eventual professional athletes from Tilden H.S.
34:07-Tells a tense story that took place when he and wife Gretchen were driving to Pittsburgh from West Virginia to make his Major League debut in 1975.
38:36-On his first mentor in Major League Baseball, the late, Hall of Famer Willie 'Pops' Stargell.
39:37-Joining the memorable cast of characters of the New York Yankees of the late-1970's, led by the unique Billy Martin.
47:22-The reason why he enjoys managing and coaching.
48:24-On not winning a Gold Glove during his career.
50:56-What happened to the Yankees of the 1980's with all of that talent?
54:34-Didn't get the opportunity to win a World Series title with his second team (w/1990 Oakland A's).
57:17-On the influence the late Yankees GM Gene Michael and former Yanks manager Buck Showalter had on the imminent dynasty AND Willie's eventual coaching/managing career.
1:00:32-On his years as part of Joe Torre's coaching staff, winning four World Series titles.
1:01:17-Reflects on vouching for a budding legend, Derek Jeter to start at Shortstop going into the 1996 season.
1:02:52-Willie's music jam sessions with other Yankees as he was p
Episode XXXVIII: Longtime NBA GM Donnie Walsh
The 38th edition of Whe're They At features longtime NBA team President of Basketball Operations and Executive, Donnie Walsh. He was a star player in the New York City area, graduating Fordham Preparatory School in the Bronx. He went on to play with the University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill) Tarheels, under Hall of Fame coaches Frank McGuire and Dean Smith. After receiving a law degree at UNC, he joined Coach McGuire's coaching staff at the Univ. of South Carolina, then Hall of Fame coach Larry Brown's staff with the NBA's Denver Nuggets. After a brief head coaching stint with Denver, he was hired as General Manager for the Indiana Pacers in 1985. During his 22 seasons with the Pacers running their basketball operations, they made 19 playoff appearances, 6 Eastern Conference Finals and an NBA Finals appearance in 2000. Also, he turned around the New York Knicks organization, making them a playoff team when he was hired for the same role. Mr. Walsh recently retired as a team consultant for the Pacers, after over 60 years in basketball. Host Nabaté Isles had the honor to speak with Donnie on a cornucopia of topics including:
02:35-On how he and his family are staying safe amidst the Covid-19 pandemic.
04:21-His thoughts on how the National Basketball Association have handled the pandemic and advocated for social justice.
06:06-On Indiana Pacers guard Malcolm Brogdon's activism and humanitarianism off the court.
07:37-Reflects on Hall of Famer Arvydas Sabonis and is impressed by his son and current Pacers forward, Domantas.
08:53-Remembers the 2000 NBA Finals with his Pacers.
10:26-On his Fordham Prep basketball team being upset by Dr. Anthony Fauci's Regis High School team, 62 years ago.
15:06-On how his parents emphasized education in his household.
15:45-Reminisces about his time playing for Hall of Famers Frank McGuire and Dean Smith at the University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill).
18:57-On turning down a job offer in Richard Nixon's law firm knowing that basketball was his true calling.
20:05-His first coaching experience under Coach McGuire at the Univ. of South Carolina.
20:46-His bond with Hall of Famer Larry Brown (guest on the 18th edition of Whe're They At).
23:58-His approach in turning the Indiana Pacers around in the late-1980's as General Manager, later President of Basketball Operations.
25:54-On hiring Coach Brown and later Hall of Famer Larry Bird.
30:56-On his unpopular draft selection of future Hall of Famer and Pacers legend, Reggie Miller.
35:18-How close was Reggie to signing with the New York Knicks in 1996??
39:28-On the intense rivalry between the Pacers and Knicks.
42:01-Reflects on the infamous Malice in the Palace involving his Pacers and the Detroit Pistons.
46:08-On becoming the President of Basketball Operations for his hometown Knicks, was it his dream job?
48:15-On how he revived the Knicks organization.
50:37-Were the Knicks close to signing LeBron James in 2010?
53:32-Can LeBron surpass Michael Jordan as the G.O.A.T.?
56:00-Why did he resign from the Knicks' President job?
58:22-On the great trade involving Paul George, getting back Victor Oladipo and Domantas Sabonis a few seasons ago with the Pacers.
1:02:24-He is very impressed with f
Episode XXXVII: 3x Grammy winner & Legendary musician Branford Marsalis
The 37th edition of Whe're They At features one of the most prolific saxophonists in the music history, Branford Marsalis. Branford is the eldest sibling within the great families in music, The Marsalis family. He has been an innovative musician, composer, bandleader and educator for four decades, winning 3 Grammy awards. Branford has worked with a cornucopia of greats, such as Dizzy Gillespie, Art Blakey, Herbie Hancock, Wynton Marsalis, Sting and The Grateful Dead, to name a few. He was the bandleader for 'The Tonight Show with Jay Leno' for two years and has recorded over 25 albums as a leader. He has written music for films as well, including the critically acclaimed, 'Ma Rainey's Black Bottom'. He has also been involved in music performances for the National Basketball Association & is a sports aficionado. Host Nabaté Isles had the honor to speak with Branford on a plethora of topics including:
02:25-Remembers his late father, the great pianist and educator, Ellis Marsalis.
04:40-How is he protecting himself from the Covid-19 pandemic?
06:20-On how Covid-19 exposes behavior in society, especially racially.
14:12-His candid take on the current state of the promotion of Jazz.
21:52-Thoughts on the trajectory of the Jazz artform, how it intertwines with other genres.
30:36-The importance of learning the complete historical vocabulary of Jazz.
40:38-Reflects on his experiences in writing the film score as well as music consulting for the film, 'Ma Rainey's Black Bottom'.
44:16-On how the actors for 'Ma Rainey's Black Bottom' were able to portray musicians with authenticity.
47:10-Remembers his musical involvement on the film, 'Mo Better Blues'....30 years ago.
52:14-What is needed in Jazz education? Does Black history need to be linked to it?
1:00:54-What should a Jazz curriculum consist of?
1:04:02-On the greatness and scrutiny of 'Pistol' Pete Maravich, who played for the New Orleans Jazz in the 1970's.
1:09:43-Provides his evaluation on the current NBA team in New Orleans, the Pelicans.
1:18:55-Is the criticism of Zion Williamson's weight warranted?
1:22:02-On sports fans being overly emotional.
1:24:04-How will Chris Paul do with the Phoenix Suns?
1:26:20-On the circumstances that have made his New Orleans Saints a consistent winner for about 15 seasons.
1:28:19-The eventful year of Drew Brees, on and off the field.
1:31:00-His take on how winning games can have people forget anybody's mindset and actions off the field.
1:37:12-Naismith Basketball Hall of Famer David Robinson (from the Episode II of 'Whe're They At') reminisced about playing the saxophone with Branford Marsalis during the 1992 Dream Team's Olympic run in Barcelona, Spain.
1:38:54-Shares a funny story about coordinating the music for the Halftime Show during the 2008 NBA All-Star Game in New Orleans.
1:44:16-His approach to adapt to any music setting he is a part of and how the word, collaboration can be misconstrued.
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Episode XXXVI: NL MVP & World Series Champ Steve Garvey
The 36th edition of Whe're They At features 1974 National League (MLB) Most Valuable Player and World Series Champion (w/1981 Los Angeles Dodgers), Steve Garvey. Steve was born in Tampa, Florida and lettered in Baseball AND Football at Michigan State University. He became a major part of the consistent winning of the Los Angeles Dodgers throughout the 1970's and early-1980's. During his illustrious career, he was a 10-time All-Star, winning 4 Gold Gloves (at 1st Base), and becoming the FIRST player at any position to have an ERRORLESS season in Major League Baseball History. He also won 2 National League Championship Series MVPs, in addition to his World Series title. He is the reigning National League "Iron Man" with 1,207 consecutive games played. During retirement, he's been a major success in marketing, corporate branding and television production as well. Host Nabaté Isles had the honor to speak with Steve on a myriad of topics including:
02:18-On how he and his family are dealing with the Covid-19 pandemic.
03:20-Reflects on his childhood days in Tampa, Florida being a bat boy for Spring Training games around Baseball greats, including Jackie Robinson and Mickey Mantle.
09:18-On his decision to attend Michigan State University, playing Baseball AND Football.
14:42-His role around the 'Game of the Century' football game in 1966, between Michigan State and the University of Notre Dame.
18:18-On his transition from 3rd to 1st Base early in his MLB career with the Los Angeles Dodgers.
22:32-He was on the field during Hank Aaron's record-breaking 715th home run on April 8, 1974.
25:59-On his postseason success and playing under the bright lights of Los Angeles.
29:51-Which Hall of Fame manager did he relate to the most: Walter Alston, Tommy Lasorda or Dick Williams?
32:46-Which elite team was the most potent opponent for him during his playing days: 1974 Oakland A's, 1970's Cincinnati Reds OR Late-1970's-Early 1980's New York Yankees?
36:10-On the sense of urgency for his Dodgers to finally win the World Series in 1981.
40:20-Reflects on signing with the San Diego Padres, making an impact with them and playing with a young Tony Gwynn.
46:10-He was at Shea Stadium during the memorable Game 6 of the 1986 World Series.
50:11-Is he getting more anxious about not being in the Baseball Hall of Fame yet?
52:31-Are the current Dodgers under a lot of pressure to win multiple championships?
56:34-Who's the best player in Major League Baseball currently: Mike Trout OR Mookie Betts?
57:36-His candid take on Justin Turner celebrating the World Series championship with his Dodgers teammates with Turner, the Dodgers and MLB knowing that he tested positive for Covid-19.
1:00:17-On the imminent rivalry between the Dodgers and Padres in the 2020's decade.
1:01:44-HIT AND RUN segment of random questions for Steve.
1:14:24-Steve's Mount Rushmore of Brooklyn/Los Angeles Dodgers greats.
1:15:51-On the late Chadwick Boseman's performance of Jackie Robinson.
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A dope flow
Who knew a notorious instrumentalist would also be such a compelling podcast host!
I like it
A really fun pod.
Engaging and fun!
Awesome guests, great questions and awesome idea for a pod.