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Ep. 78 – Devin McCourty :: A Champion On and Off the Field

Devin McCourty is a 3X Super Bowl champion of the New England Patriots.  He joined me for a conversation about football, family and what it takes to be a success both on and off the field.

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Ep. 77 – Aaron Wilson, NFL reporter at Houston Chronicle covering the Houston Texans

Aaron Wilson is an NFL reporter for the Houston Chronicle who covers the Houston Texans. Formerly a reporter in Baltimore covering the Ravens, Aaron opens up about the loss of his wife several years ago, how that loss fueled him to improve his lifestyle, and provides details into the delicate relationship between reporter and player.  We also talk Cleveland Browns football and outlook for the 2019 season.

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Ep. 65 – Youssef Zalal, professional MMA fighter who has sights set on the UFC

Youssef Zalal is a professional MMA fighter with a current unbeaten record of 5-0.  Hear about his path from Morocco to the United States, how MMA became a part of his life, the pain he experienced in losing his brother in an automobile accident three years ago, and how he uses that pain to fuel his fire to assure he achieves his goal of making it to the UFC.

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Ep. 64 – Anthony ‘Lionheart’ Smith, UFC light heavyweight title contender :: It Takes the Heart of a Lion to Embrace Adversity

Anthony Smith is currently the #3 ranked light heavyweight in the UFC.  In this episode, hear about his adversity-filled journey to get to where he is today, the people he holds responsible for helping him achieve success, and his outlook on his UFC future as he eyes a title shot in 2019.

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Ep. 51 – Tony Grossi (2), Cleveland Browns reporter and analyst, provides rumblings on Browns preseason football and outlook for the 2018 season

Tony Grossi is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame selection committee and has been covering the Cleveland Browns for 35 years.  He currently is a Browns analyst for ESPN Cleveland, 850 AM WKNR radio, and Fox Sports Ohio.  He also hosts the 100 Years Podcast available at www.thelandondemand.com.

Tony rejoins me for his second appearance on the podcast to provide observations of Browns preseason football and their outlook for the 2018 season.

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Ep. 49 – Brian Windhorst, sportswriter, analyst and New York Times bestselling author who covers the NBA for ESPN

Brian Windhorst is a sportswriter and analyst who covers the NBA for ESPN.  A graduate of St. Vincent-St. Mary high school in Akron, Ohio, Brian began his career as the Cleveland Cavaliers beat writer for the Akron Beacon Journal in 2003 and went on to work for the Cleveland Plain Dealer in October 2008.  In 2010, his career profile was greatly elevated after LeBron James left the Cleveland Cavaliers for the Miami Heat, prompting the seasoned journalist to accept a promotion with The Worldwide Leader in Sports.

In this episode, we discuss how Brian’s path of covering LeBron James has been unique, his relationship with the mega star, his rise within the media world from local Cleveland-Akron reporter to the many facets of covering the NBA on a national stage, and his thoughts about social media and its impact on the industry.

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Ep. 46 – Troy L. Smith, entertainment and UFC reporter for the Cleveland Plain Dealer and Cleveland.com

Troy L. Smith is an entertainment reporter at the Cleveland Plain Dealer who also covers the UFC.  In this episode, we cover all things UFC, including talk on Cormier and Miocic, Dana White, the future of the sport and organization, and touch on some of the top fighters from each division.

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Ep. 25 Recap – Tony Grossi

Tony Grossi is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame selection committee and has been covering the Cleveland Browns for almost 35 years.  He currently is a Browns analyst for ESPN Cleveland, 850 AM WKNR radio, and Fox Sports Ohio.  He also hosts the 100 Years Podcast available at www.thelandondemand.com.

Highlights from this episode include:

*Tony’s early beginnings in journalism and his path to becoming the Browns beat reporter in the 1980’s.

*his reactions to the Browns leaving in 1996.

*thoughts on the last 20 years of covering a consistent losing team and some of the horrible draft picks that have ensued.

*his passion and desire for seeing the Browns return to their glory days.

*some of Tony’s fondest memories of the 1980’s playoff contender teams.

*how the industry has been impacted by the Internet and social media.

*Tony’s thoughts of the Browns’ off-season moves and who he predicts they will draft this year at picks 1 and 4.

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Ep. 39 – Roy Hall, former OHST Buckeye and NFL wide receiver promoting perseverance and fostering hope for at-risk youth and families in need

Roy Hall is a former NFL wide receiver who attended college at The Ohio State University.  After his NFL career concluded, he founded Driven Foundation to promote perseverance and hope for at-risk youth and families in need.  Through motivational speaking, mentorship programs, events and podcasting, Roy Hall looks to leave behind a legacy of positivity, hope and inspiration.

Highlights from this episode include:

*Roy’s athletic and academic past

*How Roy handled his exposure to domestic abuse at age of seven

*High school football and basketball, including story of his physical altercation with LeBron in a game his senior season

*Favorite memories of Ohio State football

*DRIVEN Foundation mission and impact

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Ep. 37 – Mike Garafolo, reporter at NFL Network

Mike Garafolo is a reporter at NFL Network who covers all things NFL.  A prior reporter for the New York Giants, Mike found himself covering the Super Bowl champion, Philadelphia Eagles, for the vast majority of 2017.  He joined The Optimal Life to discuss his professional endeavors over the previous few years and provided insight into some off-season happenings in the NFL.

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