(Owens photo courtesy of Philadelphia Eagles)
(Harrison photo courtesy of the Indianapolis Colts)
Talk of Fame Network
The Talk of Fame Network is the place to go for news and perspective on the Pro Football Hall of Fame but also for analysis and commentary on the latest news around the NFL. This week’s show has plenty of both, starting with a startling interview with recently elected Hall-of-Famer Marvin Harrison.
Normally reluctant to speak publicly to the media, the former Colts’ wide receiver had given only one interview, to the Indianapolis Star, since his election to the Hall on Feb. 6. But he visited with Talk of Fame Network’s Hall-of-Fame guys, Ron Borges, Rick Gosselin and Clark Judge, this week for his first national interview.
And he made headlines.
Harrison reacted harshly to Terrell Owens’ recent complaints that Harrison had been elected to the Hall over him. Owens said his numbers made him an “automatic shoo-in’’ and that the voting process needed to be overhauled if Harrison preceded him into Canton.
“The person who was supposed to get in got in,’’ Harrison said. “And that was me. If he didn’t get in that’s his problem. He can talk all that other bullshit like he’s been doing. That’s on him. But I’m in. My jacket is gold. I will look in the rear view for nobody.
“So he can get his ass in whenever he gets in, if he gets in. If he doesn’t get in too bad. The hell with him. I’m not worried about nobody in my rear view mirror. I’m only worried about the gold jacket and I have a gold jacket. I’m not worried about gold jackets behind me.’’
There’s plenty more where that came from with Harrison … and plenty more to the show, including an interview with Oakland Raiders’ 1,000-yard running back Latavius Murray. Murray discusses being snubbed by the 2013 NFL combine and how it helped motivate him to go from a sixth-round draft choice to one of only seven 1,000-yard rushers this season.
“I was very disappointed,’’ Murray said of the snub, “but I guess it didn’t stop there for me.’’
This week’s show also visits with NFL Players Association president Eric Winston to talk about this week’s “Deflategate’’ appeal held in New York, as well as the stunning news that arbitrator Stephen Burbank recently ruled NFL owners had “mischaracterized’’ roughly $120 million in ticket revenue over the past three years — money that should have been split with the players.
That ruling, which was surprisingly made at the end of the hearing rather than some days after, will add nearly $50 million to the cap. When Winston learned NFLPA auditors had found the “error,’’ he was not surprised.
“We have a complicated (CBA) document, but this wasn’t,’’ Winston said. “He (Burbank) knew exactly what they’d done. It makes it hard to have a working relationship (between the union, the league and its owners).’’
The guys also revisit NFL combines past, including the early days when only eight media members used to travel to Indianapolis. Among them was Gosselin, who made his 25th annual visit to the combine this year, only to find 1,200 accredited media on hand.
This spring marks the 30th anniversary of the USFL’s antitrust lawsuit vs. the NFL, where it sought millions in damages but gained only $3. Many blame the USFL’s demise on a former team owner who now appears to be on his way to winning the Republican nomination for President, Donald Trump.
Former USFLer Nate Newton weighs in on that idea … and heavily.
There’s that and a lot more on this week’s two-hour show. It can be heard on 80 radio stations around the country as well as on iTune podcast or by using the TuneIn app. The show can also be heard by simply going to talkoffamenetwork.com and clicking on the microphone icon on the website’s home page.