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First, tell me what you’re doing with yourself now? I know you’re involved in a number of things.
As far as professionally, I’m predominantly working with two organizations. I volunteer at CASA – a child advocacy organization here in San Antonio. We help children who have been displaced or abused and advocate for their needs. There are chapters throughout the United States – I work with the one here in San Antonio. We’re state sanctioned court appointed volunteers. We try to speak to the needs of these children. Whether they should be placed back home, in adoption, whatever the need is.
So often, kids need help that get forgotten – things like eye exams when they struggle n school. The focus is often so much on the adults. But there are 8,000 displaced kids in my county in San Antonio alone.
First, can you let us know what you’ve been doing since your time in Pittsburgh?
When I left Pittsburgh I went on to coach high school a little bit at North Allegheny in Pittsburgh. I coached football and wrestling. I also had the thrill of coaching for Marty Schottenheimer in the UFL. I never coached against him in the NFL but he coached after he retired from the NFL in the UFL. Coach Cowher hooked me up with him and I could see why he was a Hall of Fame coach.
I was blessed to work with great coaches. My high school coach Coach Minnick, Joe Paterno at Penn State, Cowher, and then to work with Marty. It was a big thrill. It was a great season for me. I coached tight ends and strength and conditioning. If I closed my eyes I wouldn’t have known if it were Marty or Coach Cowher talking. They both gave great talks. There were so many things Bill said that emulated Marty. And I can see why now.
First, can you let me know what you’ve been doing since your time in the NFL?
I’ve been retired from working in the public school system in Jackson, Michigan since 2010. I was the Athletic Director and Principal when I left.
Since then I’ve been a granddad. That’s my role now in the family, to babysit my five grand babies. They are all here in Michigan so I get to see them weekly. Continue reading
First, I know you just recently stepped down from coaching in Green Bay, What’s next?
Well, I haven’t ruled out going back to coaching yet. I know there was talk of me coaching in the new league but that won’t happen. At no time have I considered that.
Right now I’m doing some contracting – property management. Keeping my options open.
First, tell us how you got started as a broadcaster for the Steelers?
Well, let me tell you a little story. My dad broadcasted NFL games more than 50 years ago. I followed in his footsteps. I started over 30 years ago – since I was in college. I was doing TV broadcasting and all of those other broadcasters got the chance to work with my dad, and I never had. So I got the rights to do radio broadcasting from the stadiums. Now we’re the only radio network from Mexico to broadcast from the stadium.
First, can you tell me a bit about what you’re up to now in your broadcasting career and how you got started?
Well, I have a dual career. I have a production company – I’m in my 18th year of doing that – called Wisdom Productions. I also of course have my broadcasting career which started at the local level in 1994.
First, tell me a bit about what you’re doing with yourself now since your time in the NFL?
Well, I’m coaching at Pitt-Johnstown – the defensive coordinator there. I’ve been having fun coaching my son all the way up to his senior year. I’m also a coach for the wrestling team here too.
Who really helped inspire the way you approach coaching and how?
I’ve been fortunate to play under some top-notch coaches like Noll and Cowher. I liked Coach Noll, and also had Ron Blackledge as my offensive line coach and Joe Greene as my defensive line coach. So I was around some good coaches and used the things they taught me as a coach now. Continue reading
First, tell me how the AFL is going for you – and what you like about playing foe the Baltimore team?
My time here has been awesome. I’ve been here for two years now. Unfortunately we had a tough ending to the season last year – we lost in the Arena Bowl Championship. But we made great strides since we were 4-12 the year before. We’re building something special here!
First, tell me about the Flag Football League – how did you got involved and what do you like about it now?
Well, it all started because of my work with Nike and Ralph Green. He brought it to me. I was hesitant at first, but when he threw out names like Michael Vick and Terrell Owens, I was interested. I was all about getting back on the gridiron. So with all of those Hall of Famers, why not?
First, can you let us know what you’ve been doing since your time in the NFL and what prompted the new career?
Well, in 2011, I showed up to training camp in Pittsburgh and ran the conditioning test. The next day I felt stiffness in my right leg, and the following day my right leg was completely numb. It turned out I had a ruptured disc in my back, so I had to have back surgery the next week. After the Sepulveda injury the job was mine, I was excited coming into camp. Then, this happened.