Drew Bledsoe was the 1st overall pick in the 1993 NFL Draft by the then-flailing New England Patriots. With Bledsoe at QB, the Pats reached the playoffs 6 times, and made it to the Super Bowl after 8 seasons of no postseason play. But after a nearly fatal injury in 2001, he was replaced by a young upstart named Tom Brady, and, even after being medically cleared, never took the field for N.E. again.
This week, The Professor talks to Drew about being replaced (and how common that is for NFL players), why playing QB for the Cowboys is like pitching for the Yankees, and his new life as a Northwest winemaker.
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Are you ready for some old-school football?! This week's legendary guest is one of only 2 people to win an NFL title as a player, an assistant coach, and a head coach: Hall of Famer Mike Ditka. He & Clayton talk about sharing humble beginnings in neighboring Pennsylvania steel towns, Coach's favorite NFL moment, building the greatest defense in football, and how the game has changed since Ditka was drafted over 50 years ago. Also, who didn't want to participate in "The Super Bowl Shuffle?" That and more on this week's SCHOOLED!
Adam Vinatieri has been in the NFL for a staggering 21 years. He is the oldest active player in the league and is widely considered one of the best kickers in the history of the game. He holds the record for most postseason points scored (234), most overtime field goals made (10), and he's the only player ever to score 1000 points with two different teams. On this week's SCHOOLED, he talks with The Professor about the evolution of kickers throughout his tenure, the secret to longevity in the NFL, and the league's attempts at making his job more difficult.
The Professor has been covering the NFL for 40 years and thinks it's never been more difficult to be an official. The game has gotten more complex, and the bloated rule book is excruciatingly complicated.
On this week's SCHOOLED, we're joined by former Vice President of Officiating for the NFL, and current Fox Sports rules analyst Mike Pereira. They discuss Mike's history of rising through the ranks, how he deals with angry coaches, why it takes at least 5 seasons to develop Super Bowl-level skills, and how changes (like going to 8 officials in the 2017 season) are going to affect the future of officiating in the league.
Check out Mike's book "After Further Review: My Life Including the Infamous, Controversial, and Unforgettable Calls That Changed the NFL" out on amazon.com today!
Get SCHOOLED with John Clayton on NFL ownership, the state of the league, potential franchise moves to Las Vegas, and more. Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones joins the Professor to reflect on how the NFL has grown and the contributions he's made to make the NFL the media and cultural juggernaut it is today.
On this week's episode of SCHOOLED, John Clayton teaches a class on the trends and concerns in NFL injuries with ESPN's injury analyst Stephania Bell Tony Romo is already out 6-10 weeks with a spinal fracture he suffered on his first series of the third pre-season game. Teddy Bridgewater may be out 9-12 months after dislocating his knee. ACL tears are up. What's going on? Should the NFL shorten the pre-season? How can teams manage the salary cap hit carrying so many injured players? How has the pre-season injury toll already affected the post-season picture? The Professor and Stephania Bell have the answers.
Are recent rule changes attempting to eliminate the kickoff? One of the greatest return specialists in NFL history Dante "X Factor" Hall joins The Professor on this week's SCHOOLED. They discuss league safety, why kickoff returns are like in-the-park homeruns, and what legends we might not know today if they didn't get their chance at returning kicks.
Super Bowl champion offensive line coach & three-time Pro Bowl offensive lineman Howard Mudd joins The Professor to educate us all on what it means to develop and operate a successful O-Line, and how strategies have changed over the years due to things like free agency. And as always, we end SCHOOLED with John Clayton answering your questions during Ask The Professor.
Hall of Fame General Manager Ron Wolf joins The Professor on the heels of Seahawks' GM John Schneider (a disciple of Wolf's) becoming the highest-paid GM in the NFL. They discuss bringing Brett Favre & Reggie White to Green Bay, what makes great GMs great, and you get your chance to Ask The Professor. This week on SCHOOLED.
Three-time Super Bowl official and one of the NFL's most respected referees Dr. Gerry Austin joins The Professor to dissect the ins-and-outs of officiating. They look at rule changes as technology advances (including the latest for 2016-17), what it takes to be an official, and whether or not plays like the Immaculate Reception would exist in the time of instant replay. And as always on SCHOOLED, Clayton answers YOUR questions on "Ask The Professor."
The NFL's Supplemental Draft is today, so on SCHOOLED this week The Professor explains what the heck it is and why it has existed since 1977. Brian "The Boz" Bosworth, perhaps the biggest and most controversial name to come out of the supplemental draft, was a first-round pick for the Seattle Seahawks 30 years ago, so fellow linebacker Dave Wyman joins The Professor to share memories of his onetime teammate.
Hall of Fame Quarterback Warren Moon joins Hall of Fame writer "The Professor" John Clayton on the debut episode of SCHOOLED. Listen as The Professor breaks down the QB position in its historical context and gives his current Top 5. He also talks to Moon about two of the league's most gifted QBs, and what the future holds for this all-important role.
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