Talk of Fame Network
The combine kicked off this week, and the Talk of Fame Network is on the case.
Our Rick Gosselin has been to more combine workouts than most NFL coaches, and he’s back there this week as our eyes and ears. So we decided it’s a good time to celebrate his 25th anniversary trip to Indianapolis by recalling the best and worst of combine history.
It’s also Oscars Week, and TOF is not ignoring it. The guys visit with Hall-of-Fame voter and movie buff Nick Canepa of the San Diego Union-Tribune to handicap what he, Rick, Ron and Clark feel are the best and worst football movies of all time. While they debate the great and stumbling performances, Ron explains why he feels “Everybody’s All-American’’ is the greatest football movie ever made.
You may differ with him. Nick certainly did.
Our hosts also pay a visit to former San Francisco 49es’ owner Eddie DeBartolo now that he’s a Hall-of-Fame inductee, with DeBartolo recalling the moment he got the news and the nervous week he spent in San Francisco leading up to it. He also reveals who his presenter will be in Canton, and it’s a surprise choice made by someone who has made more presentations of HOF inductees than anyone but Al Davis and Paul Brown.
Asked if he was more nervous before a 49ers-Cowboys playoff game or on HOF selection day, DeBartolo didn’t hesitate.
“Not even close,’’ he said. “I was a nervous wreck the whole week. I had panic attacks. But I never liked playing the Cowboys either.’’
The guys debate the case of Bengals’ quarterback Ken Anderson and whether or not he is more deserving of induction than one of this year’s senior candidates, Ken Stabler. And Ron states the case for Cecil Isbell, the last remaining all-decade quarterback not elected to the Hall of Fame despite having been one of the finest passers of the 1930s-40s.
Hall of Fame voter, ESPN football insider and Junior Seau biographer Jim Trotter also visits the show to discuss both his book,, “Junior Seau: The Life and Death of a Football Icon,”and the difficulty of trying to make the Hall of Fame case for former Chargers head coach Don Coryell. Coryell has been a finalist three times, and this year reached the final 10 before again falling short.
Coryell not only was one of the game’s most innovative offensive minds; he’s considered by many to be the godfather of the modern West Coast passing game. But his failure to lead either the St. Louis Cardinals or San Diego Chargers to a championship despite putting together some of the most productive offenses in football history has left Trotter with a difficult task.
Next year it’s likely Trotter will face a less daunting one … if asked … to make the Hall-of-Fame case for LaDainian Tomlinson, who will be in his first year of eligibility. But how Trotter feels about that may surprise you.
Ron, Clark and Nick also get into a debate over how the NFL could have mistakenly failed to credit $120 million it should have shared with its players. A routine audit by the NFL Players Association discovered the error but had to go to arbitration before the money was restored. It likely will lift this year’s salary cap by $50 million, or $1.5 million per team.
There’s all that and more on this week’s show. It can be found on 80 radio stations around the country, at our podcast on iTunes or by going to the TuneIn app or simply logging on to our website, talkoffamenetwork.com and clicking on the microphone logo.