A jam packed Friday edition of the show, gearing you up for Sunday’s Super Bowl in Arizona. We began by hearing from NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, who addressed the media during his state of the league address. He spoke on a variety of issues including the ongoing Patriots ball-inflation investigation, the relocation policy and the interest of a team in Los Angeles, and the importance for the Bills to look into a building new stadium in the near future. We also heard from Bills running back Fred Jackson who continued his radio-row tour down in Phoenix. He talked about EJ Manuel’s progression and why Rex Ryan will be a contributing factor for the team’s push to the playoffs.
Our first guest is a familiar name to Bills fans, a six-time Super Bowl participant, former Bills defensive lineman Mike Lodish. Lodish played in all four of the Super Bowl runs with the Bills in the 90’s and then two more with the Denver Broncos. He will now share that NFL record with Patriots QB Tom Brady who will be playing in his sixth this coming Sunday. Lodish talked about giving up his sole possession of the record after 15-years.
“I was hoping deep in my heart it wouldn’t happen. To be the only guy and the irony is that I’m this 10th round, undersized d-lineman that worked his butt off and made it. Didn’t get all the accolades. That wasn’t me. It was just good old hard work that I made it every year. It’s not a bad guy to share the crown with. He’s (Brady) got a pretty good looking wife that we can talk to maybe. He’s a pretty darn good football player himself. I have to be a class act myself here and congratulate him. He’s truly a great player.”
Lodish is promoting his after-football endeavor, selling his mother’s peanut brittle recipe under his startup company, Lodish Champion Brittle.
At the top of the hour we continued the Super Bowl talk with Auburn, NY native and Patriots play-by-play voice Bob Socci who will be calling his first Super Bowl. Socci shared his in-depth look into this year’s Patriots and the all-around role tight end Rob Gronkowski can play for the New England offense.
“He does a lot of different things simply by being out there. To attract the defense attention helps get Julian Edelman, Danny Amendola, Brandon LaFell, and Shane Vereen open for Tom Brady. He’ll have a big impact not only in the passing game but also as a run blocker, too. If the Patriots are going to have success running the ball against the Seattle’s defense, Rob Gronkowski will play a pivotal part in that.”
Finally, we turned it over to Michael Grey from 710 ESPN in Seattle to get a Seahawks perspective. He talked about Marshawn Lynch’s character during the week and why he’s a leader in the Seahawks locker room. Grey then went on to discuss quarterback Russell Wilson, who looks to rebound from his uncharacteristic play during the NFC Championship game against the Packers.
“That was by far and away his worst game as a pro. He’s never thrown four interceptions before. Something was off and with the extra week to prepare and the way they do things, especially with Russell Wilson, I anticipate him to be in the lab looking at every single angle and every single inch of film and making sure that he is ready to go because they absolutely cannot do that again. If the Seahawks turn the ball over, they’re going to have a real hard time with these Patriots even more so than they did against the Packers.”
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