• Courtesy of the Miami Dolphins

    Don Shula Talks Great Coaching, Great Quarterbacks and Great Teams

    (Paul Brown, courtesy of the Cincinnati Bengals) Talk of Fame Network Don Shula learned how to win football championships as a player long before he won them as a coach. Shula played for the Cleveland Browns in the early 1950s — a juggernaut built by Paul Brown that played in 10 consecutive championship games. This weekend those Browns are the final installment of the six-part dynasty series on the Talk of Fame Network. Co-host Ron Borges, by the way, recently crowned […]

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  • Peek at the Week: Super Bowl preview now playing at Lambeau

    Peek at the Week: Super Bowl preview now playing at Lambeau

    (Photo courtesy of Jim Biever/Green Bay Packers) THIS WEEK’S HALL-OF-FAME GAME New England @ Green Bay, 4:25 p.m. (EST) The line: Packers by 3 The story: Make this the preview for Super Bowl XLIX. The Packers are the best team in the NFC. The Patriots are the best team in football. Both are hot. The Patriots won their last seven. The Packers are unbeaten at home. Better yet, Aaron Rodgers hasn’t thrown an interception at Lambeau in his last 322 […]

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  • 1950 Browns’ Dynasty all-time best

    1950 Browns’ Dynasty all-time best

    Photo courtesy of the Cincinnati Bengals TALK OF FAME NETWORK by Ron Borges Whenever the discussion turns to dynasties in the NFL, the greatest of them all seems to be forgotten. There have been endless debates over whether Vince Lombardi’s Packers trump Pittsburgh’s Steel Curtain or if the 49ers of the 1980s’ led by Joe Montana outstrip the Dallas Cowboys of the 1990s with their Hall of Fame “triplets”: Troy Aikman, Michael Irvin and Emmitt Smith. And what of Tom […]

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  • Poll Question 11-26-14 DYNASTY

    Poll Question 11-26-14 DYNASTY

    Which franchise fielded the greatest dynasty in NFL history? 1950s Browns – Hall of Fame coach (Paul Brown) and QB (Otto Graham). Won 74.1 percent of their games and three NFL titles. Nine Hall of Fame players, appeared in seven NFL title games.  1960s Packers – Hall of Fame coach (Vince Lombardi) and QB (Bart Starr). Won 71.3 percent of their games and five NFL titles. Eleven Hall of Fame players, won first two Super Bowls.  1970 Steelers – Hall […]

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  • Seau Most Worthy of 2015 HOF Induction

    Seau Most Worthy of 2015 HOF Induction

    (Courtesy of San Diego Chargers)   Talk of Fame Network There are seven first-time eligible candidates for the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Class of 2015 and linebacker Junior Seau stands the best chance of first-ballot election. So say the voters in the Talk of Fame Network’s latest poll, who selected Seau by an overwhelming margin as the most worthy first-timer among the 26 modern-era semifinalists. Seau received 48 percent of the vote, followed by quarterback Kurt Warner at 26 […]

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  • State Your Case: Jerome Bettis

    State Your Case: Jerome Bettis

    (Photo courtesy of Pittsburgh Steelers) By Clark Judge Talk of Fame Network It’s time to get off the sidewalk and on to The Bus. I’m talking about putting former Pittsburgh running back Jerome Bettis into the Pro Football Hall of Fame — something that should happen sooner rather than later. A four-time finalist for the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Bettis the past two years has been at or near the finish line, making it to the final 10 before […]

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  • Rooney: Steelers had no interest in becoming “America’s Team”

    Rooney: Steelers had no interest in becoming “America’s Team”

    (Photo courtesy of Pittsburgh Steelers) Talk of Fame Network They’re not “America’s Team,” and, listening to Pittsburgh owner Dan Rooney, that’s just how the Steelers like it. Speaking on last weekend’s Talk of Fame Network radio show, Rooney said the Steelers — not Dallas — could have been “America’s Team” after NFL Films approached them in the 1970s with the idea of branding the club. But Rooney’s father, Hall-of-Fame owner Art Rooney, didn’t like the idea and rejected it. “We […]

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  • Key to Steelers’ success? It’s all about the Rooneys, LeBeau says

    Key to Steelers’ success? It’s all about the Rooneys, LeBeau says

    (Photo courtesy of Pittsburgh Steelers) Talk of Fame Network It’s not often people talk about ownership, instead of players, as the key to an organization’s success, but it’s not often people have the success of the Pittsburgh Steelers. They won four Super Bowls in six years in the 1970s and own more Lombardi Trophies (six) than any NFL team. They’ve had a litany of Hall-of-Fame players, but they’ve had Hall-of-Fame owners, too, with Art and Dan Rooney in Canton – […]

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  • Judgements: Time to rethink Lions

    Judgements: Time to rethink Lions

    So now we know. The Detroit Lions had a chance to make a statement the past two weeks, and they did. It goes like this: “We are not Super Bowl ready.” Not only did the Lions lose twice; they didn’t score a touchdown. Pathetic. I don’t care where the Detroit defense ranks. If Matt Stafford doesn’t beat a credible team on the road – and he’s 0-16 there vs. opponents that wind up with winning records – the Lions are […]

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  • Peek at Week: Seattle’s last stand?

    Peek at Week: Seattle’s last stand?

            (Photo courtesy of Arizona Cardinals) THIS WEEK’S HALL-OF-FAME GAME Arizona @ Seattle, 4:05 p.m. (EST) The line: Seahawks by 6-1/2 The story: This is the time of year when we start talking about must-wins, so, Seattle, pay attention. There is no way of overstating the obvious: This is a must-win for your Seahawks. With the defending Super Bowl champions three games behind Arizona and six games remaining it doesn’t take an Einstein to figure out what’s at stake for Seattle: […]

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  • Talk of Fame Show 11-21-14

    Talk of Fame Show 11-21-14

      Pittsburgh Steelers’ owner Dan Rooney and Steelers’ defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau join the show this week as the Steelers dynasty of the 70s take center stage! Also on this week’s show, Jimmy Johnson recalls the odd ending and the missing coach that affected Doug Flutie’s famous “Hail Mary” pass that beat Johnson’s University of Miami Hurricanes 30 years ago Sunday. Our own Dr. Data – Rick Gosselin – explains why the 9-1 Cardinals have a long way to go before […]

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  • Rooney remembers Unitas and Steel Curtain; LeBeau talks Thanksgiving football

    Rooney remembers Unitas and Steel Curtain; LeBeau talks Thanksgiving football

    (Detroit Lions sack Bart Starr on Thanksgiving Day, 1962. Photo courtesy of Detroit Lions) Talk of Fame Network Pittsburgh Steelers’ owner Dan Rooney presided over one of the greatest dynasties in pro football history, but he tells the Talk of Fame Network this weekend it might have started sooner if he hadn’t cut a rookie quarterback in 1955 — a guy who’d beaten him out for first team all-city in Pittsburgh five years earlier. “Stupidity!” Rooney said was the reason […]

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  • We Want YOU for our next show!

    The Talk of Fame Network hits the radio again this week, and we’re looking for callers interested in talking about the Hall of Fame — whether it’s the Class of 2014, the Class of 2015, contributors, seniors or people in today’s game you think will wind up in Canton in 20 years. Basically, we’re just interested in what’s on your mind. If you want to make yourself heard, contact us at talk@talkoffamenetwork.com … and you might wind up hosting the […]

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  • Courtesy of the Miami Dolphins

    Don Shula Talks Great Coaching, Great Quarterbacks and Great Teams

    (Paul Brown, courtesy of the Cincinnati Bengals) Talk of Fame Network Don Shula learned how to win football championships as a player long before he won them as a coach. Shula played for the Cleveland Browns in the early 1950s — a juggernaut built by Paul Brown that played in 10 consecutive championship games. This weekend those Browns are the final installment of the six-part dynasty series on the Talk of Fame Network. Co-host Ron Borges, by the way, recently crowned […]

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  • Peek at the Week: Super Bowl preview now playing at Lambeau

    Peek at the Week: Super Bowl preview now playing at Lambeau

    (Photo courtesy of Jim Biever/Green Bay Packers) THIS WEEK’S HALL-OF-FAME GAME New England @ Green Bay, 4:25 p.m. (EST) The line: Packers by 3 The story: Make this the preview for Super Bowl XLIX. The Packers are the best team in the NFC. The Patriots are the best team in football. Both are hot. The Patriots won their last seven. The Packers are unbeaten at home. Better yet, Aaron Rodgers hasn’t thrown an interception at Lambeau in his last 322 […]

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  • 1950 Browns’ Dynasty all-time best

    1950 Browns’ Dynasty all-time best

    Photo courtesy of the Cincinnati Bengals TALK OF FAME NETWORK by Ron Borges Whenever the discussion turns to dynasties in the NFL, the greatest of them all seems to be forgotten. There have been endless debates over whether Vince Lombardi’s Packers trump Pittsburgh’s Steel Curtain or if the 49ers of the 1980s’ led by Joe Montana outstrip the Dallas Cowboys of the 1990s with their Hall of Fame “triplets”: Troy Aikman, Michael Irvin and Emmitt Smith. And what of Tom […]

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  • Poll Question 11-26-14 DYNASTY

    Poll Question 11-26-14 DYNASTY

    Which franchise fielded the greatest dynasty in NFL history? 1950s Browns – Hall of Fame coach (Paul Brown) and QB (Otto Graham). Won 74.1 percent of their games and three NFL titles. Nine Hall of Fame players, appeared in seven NFL title games.  1960s Packers – Hall of Fame coach (Vince Lombardi) and QB (Bart Starr). Won 71.3 percent of their games and five NFL titles. Eleven Hall of Fame players, won first two Super Bowls.  1970 Steelers – Hall […]

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  • Seau Most Worthy of 2015 HOF Induction

    Seau Most Worthy of 2015 HOF Induction

    (Courtesy of San Diego Chargers)   Talk of Fame Network There are seven first-time eligible candidates for the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Class of 2015 and linebacker Junior Seau stands the best chance of first-ballot election. So say the voters in the Talk of Fame Network’s latest poll, who selected Seau by an overwhelming margin as the most worthy first-timer among the 26 modern-era semifinalists. Seau received 48 percent of the vote, followed by quarterback Kurt Warner at 26 […]

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  • State Your Case: Jerome Bettis

    State Your Case: Jerome Bettis

    (Photo courtesy of Pittsburgh Steelers) By Clark Judge Talk of Fame Network It’s time to get off the sidewalk and on to The Bus. I’m talking about putting former Pittsburgh running back Jerome Bettis into the Pro Football Hall of Fame — something that should happen sooner rather than later. A four-time finalist for the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Bettis the past two years has been at or near the finish line, making it to the final 10 before […]

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  • Rooney: Steelers had no interest in becoming “America’s Team”

    Rooney: Steelers had no interest in becoming “America’s Team”

    (Photo courtesy of Pittsburgh Steelers) Talk of Fame Network They’re not “America’s Team,” and, listening to Pittsburgh owner Dan Rooney, that’s just how the Steelers like it. Speaking on last weekend’s Talk of Fame Network radio show, Rooney said the Steelers — not Dallas — could have been “America’s Team” after NFL Films approached them in the 1970s with the idea of branding the club. But Rooney’s father, Hall-of-Fame owner Art Rooney, didn’t like the idea and rejected it. “We […]

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  • Key to Steelers’ success? It’s all about the Rooneys, LeBeau says

    Key to Steelers’ success? It’s all about the Rooneys, LeBeau says

    (Photo courtesy of Pittsburgh Steelers) Talk of Fame Network It’s not often people talk about ownership, instead of players, as the key to an organization’s success, but it’s not often people have the success of the Pittsburgh Steelers. They won four Super Bowls in six years in the 1970s and own more Lombardi Trophies (six) than any NFL team. They’ve had a litany of Hall-of-Fame players, but they’ve had Hall-of-Fame owners, too, with Art and Dan Rooney in Canton – […]

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  • Judgements: Time to rethink Lions

    Judgements: Time to rethink Lions

    So now we know. The Detroit Lions had a chance to make a statement the past two weeks, and they did. It goes like this: “We are not Super Bowl ready.” Not only did the Lions lose twice; they didn’t score a touchdown. Pathetic. I don’t care where the Detroit defense ranks. If Matt Stafford doesn’t beat a credible team on the road – and he’s 0-16 there vs. opponents that wind up with winning records – the Lions are […]

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  • Peek at Week: Seattle’s last stand?

    Peek at Week: Seattle’s last stand?

            (Photo courtesy of Arizona Cardinals) THIS WEEK’S HALL-OF-FAME GAME Arizona @ Seattle, 4:05 p.m. (EST) The line: Seahawks by 6-1/2 The story: This is the time of year when we start talking about must-wins, so, Seattle, pay attention. There is no way of overstating the obvious: This is a must-win for your Seahawks. With the defending Super Bowl champions three games behind Arizona and six games remaining it doesn’t take an Einstein to figure out what’s at stake for Seattle: […]

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  • Talk of Fame Show 11-21-14

    Talk of Fame Show 11-21-14

      Pittsburgh Steelers’ owner Dan Rooney and Steelers’ defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau join the show this week as the Steelers dynasty of the 70s take center stage! Also on this week’s show, Jimmy Johnson recalls the odd ending and the missing coach that affected Doug Flutie’s famous “Hail Mary” pass that beat Johnson’s University of Miami Hurricanes 30 years ago Sunday. Our own Dr. Data – Rick Gosselin – explains why the 9-1 Cardinals have a long way to go before […]

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  • Rooney remembers Unitas and Steel Curtain; LeBeau talks Thanksgiving football

    Rooney remembers Unitas and Steel Curtain; LeBeau talks Thanksgiving football

    (Detroit Lions sack Bart Starr on Thanksgiving Day, 1962. Photo courtesy of Detroit Lions) Talk of Fame Network Pittsburgh Steelers’ owner Dan Rooney presided over one of the greatest dynasties in pro football history, but he tells the Talk of Fame Network this weekend it might have started sooner if he hadn’t cut a rookie quarterback in 1955 — a guy who’d beaten him out for first team all-city in Pittsburgh five years earlier. “Stupidity!” Rooney said was the reason […]

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  • Handicapping the Hall of Fame’s 26 semifinalists

    Handicapping the Hall of Fame’s 26 semifinalists

    (Photo courtesy of Dallas Cowboys) by Ron Borges Talk of Fame Network There is no fraternity in sports more difficult to join than the Pro Football Hall of Fame. That is as it should be. Barely one percent of all players who ever wore an NFL uniform – from the Decatur Staleys to the Dallas Cowboys – have been welcomed into Canton. It is not the Hall of Very Good. It is the Hall of the Unbelievably Good, as we […]

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  • Has Peterson damaged potential Hall chances? Voters say ‘No’

    Has Peterson damaged potential Hall chances? Voters say ‘No’

    By Clark Judge Talk of Fame Network When Pro Football Hall-of-Fame candidates are proposed for discussion each year, the Hall’s 46-member board of selectors are cautioned to consider the accomplishments … and behavior … of those players and coaches on the football field, and on the football field only. In other words, what happens off of it is kind of like what happens in Vegas. It stays there. But now we have the curious case of running back Adrian Peterson, […]

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  • Poll Question 11-19-14 First Ballot

    Poll Question 11-19-14 First Ballot

    Which first-year semifinalist most deserves to make the Hall of Fame in 2015?  LB Junior Seau – A 12-time Pro-Bowler and 10-time All-Pro choice, he was a member of the 1990s all-decade team before retiring after the 2009 season. Seau, inducted into the San Diego Chargers Hall of Fame in 2012, went to two Super Bowls — one with San Diego; the other with New England — but never won a Lombardi Trophy. QB Kurt Warner – He resurrected two franchises — […]

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