(OJ Simpson photo courtesy Buffalo Bills)
(Torry Holt photo courtesy L.A. Rams)
Talk of Fame Network
In honor of the Thanksgiving holiday and the pro football games that are so much a part of its tradition, the Talk of Fame Network guys paid a visit with a Hall-of-Fame guard who played in one of the most famous Thanksgiving Day games in NFL history.
Joe DeLamielleure grew up in Detroit and, at 11, attended the 1962 Thanksgiving Day Massacre when the Lions destroyed the then-unbeaten Green Bay Packers, sacking quarterback Bart Starr 11 times. DeLamielleure promised his Dad that evening that one day he would play in that game.
And his father promised that, if he did, he’d be there.
“I was always disappointed because Green Bay won most of those games,’’ DeLamielleure recalled 0n the latest Talk of Fame Network broadcast. “That game stood out the most in my life. It always will.’’
Fourteen years later, DeLamielleure made good on his promise, blocking for Buffalo Bills’ running back O.J. Simpson as he ran for a record 273 yards in another Thanksgiving Day classic. DeLamielleure recalls that game and how his ailing father came out of a hospital bed to be with him.
It’s a story of promises kept and gratitude expressed by a father and son.
Our Hall-of-Fame hosts, Rick Gosselin, Ron Borges and Clark Judge, also visit with Hall-of-Fame semi-finalist Torry Holt, who, along with ex-Rams quarterback Kurt Warner and ex-Rams receiver Isaac Bruce, bring the most prolific threesome in pro football history to the Hall of Fame ballot. Holt was a seven-time Pro Bowler who had 1,300 receiving yards or more in six consecutive seasons, which remains an NFL record.
All three are semi-finalists for the Class of 2017, and Holt discusses what that means to him and why he believes each deserves a bust in Canton.
Former Super Bowl winning coach and present day NFL Network analyst Brian Billick also drops by to talk turkey and explain why, before the season began, he could not find a win on the Cleveland Browns schedule. With the Browns now 0-11, he looks like a soothsayer.
“I just didn’t see a match-up where they could win,’’ Billick explained. “Heck, they’ve got Brad Pitt and Jonah Hill putting the roster together.’’
Billick was referring to the Browns’ quizzical decision to hire former baseball executives to run their football operation based on analytics and money management similar to that immortalized by the Oakland A’s in the movie “Moneyball,’’ that starred Pitt and Hill.
There is that and Thanksgiving pardons for NFL guys who could really use one this year during the weekly two-hour show on SB Nation radio, Sirius radio, on the weekly podcast at iTunes or by using the TuneIn app. The show can also be heard by going to talkoffamenetwork.com and clicking on the helmet icon.