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In The Huddle

Ron Mix

I was the number one draft choice of the Boston Patriots. They later changed their name to the New England Patriots when they moved from Boston. I told them if I had to move back east, it would only be to play for the Colts. So, they traded me to the Los Angeles Chargers.

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Billy Cannon

About a thousand memories. We had a great time. Each game has a story, just tremendous fun. I think what sticks in everybody’s mind is that we were undefeated and ended up beating Clemson in the Sugar Bowl. So, it was a lot of fun. We had no Indians only Chiefs on our team. But, all the Chiefs pulled together to do their part. And we had outstanding play across the board.

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Greg Townsend

I grew up in Southern California so of course I was into UCLA and USC. One day it was a big heat wave in Long Beach, I mean it was hot. After practice I was told that a coach from TCU was waiting to talk to me. He had on a sports jacket and was just sitting there, sweating like crazy. This poor guy is waiting for two and a half hours to speak to me. I didn’t want to go to TCU, but at the very least, I can give him 15 minutes. I wasn’t interested in TCU, but, I always gave a coach time just because he came out to see me. So, as we were talking, he was going on about Texas, Texas A&M, SMU and Arkansas and how they needed players like me to beat them.

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Steve Largent

: I was a wide receiver in high school and Tulsa was the only school in the vicinity that was still throwing the football. Naturally, I just gravitated towards that school, it also had a good reputation for academics.

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John Niland

John’s personality is as robust as the imprint he left on the football field. A sense of humor that leaves you smiling and a faith that can stand up against any foe, John Niland is truly an NFL icon. His eleven-year career as an offensive guard spans from 1966 to 1976 where he played for the Dallas Cowboys and Philadelphia Eagles. John was a six-time pro bowler and three-time all-pro but John will tell you that his faith in God is the most important aspect of his life. Let’s peer into John’s mind and heart so we get an up close and personal view.

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Doug Cosbie

It was a little intimidating, almost every name on the lockers was a household name. Being a football fan and watching the NFL on TV, you had to watch the Cowboys, they were the late game every Sunday and played in all those Super Bowls. That made it a little different from other locker rooms.

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John Fourcade

The biggest moment in my playing career was the last game of my college career. I scored the winning touchdown against our arch rival with two seconds left. That was the highlight of my playing career. I still do a lot at Ole Miss though.

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Steve Korte

My first love was ice hockey. Back then you could visit five schools for official visits. Of course, I visited Colorado and Wyoming. When I went to Arkansas, which was my last visit, it really felt like a place I would fit in. It was a great move. The decision to go to Arkansas worked out really well for me.

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Mike Golic Promotes Stem Cell Treatments 

during your senior year, and oh yes, you wrestle too. If that is not enough, you go on to play eight years as a defensive tackle for the Houston Oilers, Philadelphia Eagles, and Miami Dolphins.

Not enough for ya? How about becoming a television sportscaster, co-hosting the perpetually popular ESPN Radio’s Mike & Mike, and also co-authoring Mike and Mike’s Rules for Sports and Life with co-host Mike Greenberg?

For Mike Golic, achieving is part of the Golic family legacy. Mike’s father played football as did Mike’s two brothers. All three of Mike’s kids attended Notre Dame, and no surprise, all athletes. Let’s peer into the mind of Mike and see what’s happening.

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Sean Jones

It was like a museum of what the league is all about. Incredible players…intense players. So much talent on one team.  As a young player, you didn’t know what to do, but, you figured out pretty quickly what not to say. You speak when spoken to. It was intimidating. And then you realize that these guys were there to help you…and they did. Guys like Matt Millen. He took me under his wing …. and Howie Long. I lived with him for over a year. It’s all about family…that’s how I look at the Raiders’…as, my family.

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Ed White

I was trying to decide between UCLA, University of Washington, and Berkeley. I wanted to be an architect and Berkeley just felt right.  It was in the 60’s and it was right in the midst of the Vietnam War.  It was actually a peaceful time on campus, but, if there was a problem, just like now, people would show up from everywhere to protest…and some to stir up trouble. Sometimes there might be a couple of hundred people in a little plaza, beating on drums and yelling. It was blown out of proportion, but, for the most part it was a very peaceful time. At that time, Berkeley was getting a bad rap, so, it became hard to recruit football players. My parents were constantly worried about me.

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Jeff Walker

I came from a small town, Olive Branch Mississippi. At that time, I wasn’t very big, so I didn’t think I could play college ball. But, we had a great high school football team. Basically, I was offered a scholarship and it was in my backyard. I was only 45 minutes from home, so my family could come see me play.

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Chris Nowinski Wrestles CTE to the Ground

Chris Nowinski, Ph.D., knows what life is like when you live with ongoing concussion symptoms. His illustrious wrestling career coupled with his Harvard degree uniquely qualifies Chris to talk about the fallout of how concussions can affect an individual as days flow into weeks and years. Not only is Chris co-founder and CEO of Concussion Legacy Foundation, he is also co-founder of the BU CTE Center. Chris serves on the NFL Players Association Mackey-White TBI Research Committee, the Ivy League Concussion Committee, Positive Coaching Alliance National Advisory Board, and as a consultant to Major League Lacrosse.

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Heart Scan Saves Dick Butkus’s Life

The Chicago Bears were lucky to have Dick Butkus on their side of the ball. One of the greatest defensive players in history, Butkus charged forward with strength, fortitude and determination. Following his football career, Butkus enjoyed success in business, broadcasting, and entertainment, including appearances in more than 200 movies, television shows, and commercials.

Dick Butkus was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on the first ballot in 1979.

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Jon Kingdon

A lot of times when you’re scouting, you’ll be sitting around with other scouts, sometimes you’re waiting 10 or 15 minutes for someone to come talk to you about players. You’re waiting with other Scouts sharing stories…Bruce Kebric and I would usually get the same reactions – scouts jaws would drop and they would always say to us: “You guys are going to have to write a book.

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