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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.
First, let me know what you’ve been doing with yourself since the NFL?
After the NFL I got involved in financial services and started the Golden Ratio business with offices in Palm Springs, California, Oregon, and Washington. My experiences in the NFL learning to handle my own finances got me into it. I got my securities license and became successful, getting into asset management and employee benefits for organizations and individuals.
First, tell me a bit about what you’ve done since you retired from coaching?
I worked for IMG sports Academy for about six or seven years, working with guys like Eli Manning, Chad Pennington, and Thomas Jones, getting them ready for the draft. Worked with a lot of first round guys. IMG – they get good people.
First, let us know what you’ve been doing with yourself since your time in the NFL?
I’m working for a credit union now. I’m back in Seattle where I grew up. I started here a few months ago.
How tough was that transition from the NFL to life afterwards!
It’s going pretty good now but it was tough at first. My whole life I was kind of like, used to training and being a part of a team. Then you’re done suddenly and you have to figure out what’s next. My main goal is to figure out what’s next after football.
I did take an NFL symposium last year for players transitioning out of football. I worked with a job search company there that helped me as well. Continue reading
First, how did you get your start in esports?
I ran into the owner of SK Gaming when I was in Hollywood at an In and Out Burger. I was working on video content then and was able to transfer my skills there. I climbed through the ranks of esports there and managed two amateur (Challenger) League of Legends teams and helped them make it to the pro level – the League of Legends Championship Series to the national level (Renegades & Misfits). It would be like being a general manager of a college team and them winning the rose bowl to make it into the NFL if there were qualifications into the NFL – that kind of equivalent. – the Los Angeles Renegades later rebranded as the Detroit Renegades and Misfits Gaming in Europe. Continue reading
First, can you let us know a bit about what you’re doing with yourself these days?
My dream as a player was always to retire out West. I am a passionate fly fisherman and I love the mountains, My wife and I near the end of my career went on a number of trips to Montana, Idaho…those great Midwestern states. By accident we went on a vacation a year before I retied to a town West of Calgary near the Rocky Mountains. It was one of the most beautiful places on the planet. By the end of the week all four of us agreed it was the most beautiful place we’d ever seen.