Ep. 36 – Mike Reiss, sports journalist covering the New England Patriots for ESPN NFL Nation and ESPN Boston

Mike Reiss is a sports journalist who has covered the New England Patriots since 1997.  Since then, he has climbed the media ranks and has become one of the main media faces for Patriots football.  In 2015, Mike also authored a book with Patriots Hall of Fame receiver, Troy Brown, titled “Patriot Pride: My Life in the New England Dynasty.”

Highlights from this episode include:

*Mike’s professional journey from working for the Patriots-owned newspaper out of college to the Boston Globe to now ESPN

*Tom Brady’s winning mindset

*Importance of networking and forming real, ever-lasting relationships

*The amazing Patriots comeback in Superbowl LI (2017)

*Mike’s daughter’s heart defect at birth and his deep ties to Boston Children’s Hospital

*Mike’s experience writing the book with Troy Brown

*Off-season Patriots football chatter and 2018 outlook

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Ep. 32 – Daniel ‘DC’ Cormier, current UFC light heavyweight champion, MMA analyst, former Olympian, and all around family man

Daniel “DC” Cormier is the current UFC light heavyweight champion.  A lifelong ambassador of the sport of MMA, he also is a TV analyst on Fox Sports and color commentator on Pay-Per-View.  

DC’s journey in combat sports began at the ripe age of 10 when he first started wrestling.  From there, he would go on to become a state champ in high school and would continue through college to the Olympics; and then from Strikeforce to the UFC.  In this episode, hear about DC’s remarkable ascent within the MMA world as he prepares for a super fight on July 7, 2018 with current UFC heavyweight champ, Stipe Miocic.

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Ep. 25 – Tony Grossi, Cleveland Browns reporter and analyst

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

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. 17 Recap – Montana ‘Too Pretty’ Love

Having first stepped foot into a boxing gym at the ripe age of five, Montana ‘Too Pretty’ Love has become one of the fastest rising professional boxers in the sport over the past two years.  This after having taken approximately 180 amateur fights in his youth, teen and early 20’s.  Now at only 24 years of age, his current undefeated 10-0 professional record – coupled with his genuine swag and flashy lifestyle – have earned him over 50,000 followers on Instagram alone.

Montana, who also rocks a sombrero during his pre and post fights, is currently training with Adrien Broner and other professionals to help him get ready for some bigger fights this summer.  From fancy footwork to precision punching and a lot of smack talk in between, I look forward to seeing where Montana’s career goes next.  Can he be boxing’s next star?  Only time will tell…

Ep. 17 – Montana ‘Too Pretty’ Love, professional boxer

Montana ‘Too Pretty’ Love is a boxer from Cleveland, Ohio, holding a 10-0 undefeated professional record.

In this episode, we hear about Montana’s boxing journey from childhood to where he is now climbing the professional ranks.  We hear about him serving prison time and how that experience allowed him to refocus his life.  We talk about the type of training that’s involved to remain at the top, the types of people who have been instrumental in Montana’s growth, and the meteoric rise that he has achieved in such a short period of time.

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Ep. 13 Recap – Andy Simms

Absolutely loved reconnecting with my man, Andy Simms.  Whenever you spend countless days, weeks, months and years with someone on the road, you develop a bond that lasts a lifetime.  Listening to our conversation, it is easy to see that Andy and I had a very unique dynamic and friendship that was formed through our business ventures.  When you go into battle with someone, that person becomes a brother for life.

Our battles were in the form of recruiting college players in hopes of beating out all the other agents and agencies vying for the same prize.  And quite often, we found ourselves on the winning end of those battles.  It was our energy and contagious positive attitude (I took that from my Episode 7 with Ryan Young!) that often made the difference.  It was those hard-fought, intense battles that taught me how to win in the real world; and, at the same time, taught me how to handle the brutal realities of losing.  I use those priceless experiences now on an almost daily basis in both business and in life in general.

“It ain’t about how hard you hit.  It’s about how hard you get hit and keep moving forward.” –Rocky Balboa

There’s no doubt that Andy has kept moving forward in his 20+ year career as he has now partnered up with Young Money APAA Sports – the heavy hitters in the music and entertainment industry.  I look forward to seeing what Andy does in the next five to ten years now that he has the backing of Lil’ Wayne, Mack Maine and Cortez Bryant.  And I am hoping to see him negotiate some of the most lucrative deals — “a (hundred) milli” — in NFL history.

Ep. 13 – Andy Simms, NFL sports agent

Andy Simms is an NFL sports agent who heads up the football division at Lil Wayne’s Young Money APAA Sports.  After founding PlayersRep Sports Management in 1997 – and growing his firm into one of the premier NFL agencies in the industry – he sold PlayersRep to Young Money APAA in 2017.

In this episode, Andy and I discuss the cutthroat, competitive nature of the sports agent industry.  We talk about what it takes to succeed in the business and why so many agents fizzle out.  We take a walk down memory lane and provide insight into our many crazy, fun and compelling recruiting stories from the road.  We end with Andy’s continued plans for growth and what he expects from himself and his firm in the coming years.

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Ep. 5 Recap – Larry Grant

Was really great getting a chance to reconnect with my former client, LG.  LG was a big part of my transition into the NFL agent business and I will forever be grateful that he gave me a chance to represent him as he clearly had many options to choose from.  It was a thrill watching him get drafted by his hometown team in San Francisco and an even bigger thrill to watch him play on Sundays.

Listening to Larry, you can see how much time and dedication is required by these players in order to have any sort of chance at making it in the League.  “Cutthroat” is exactly what the League embodies, and “NFL” often stands for “Not For Long” in many sports circles (the average NFL career last three years or less).

LG beat the odds and played for six seasons.  He showed that hard work and persistence, coupled with doing the dirty work that many players shy away from – i.e. special teams – is what allowed him to stick around and even gain a starting role for several games as a veteran.  It is often not the type of natural talent that you have when you are at the top of any major team, business or organization, but instead the mentality, mindset and attitude that you bring to your craft.

Hard work and a “can do” attitude trumps talent every day of the week… including Sundays.

Ep. 5 – Larry Grant, former NFL player (and former client) turned high school football coach

Larry Grant is a former NFL player who played six seasons with the San Francisco 49ers and St. Louis Rams.  In college, he played in four straight national championship games, which included two at City College of San Francisco (junior college) and two at Ohio State.

In this episode, we talk about how our agent-athlete relationship initially formed; share stories about college football and recruiting; hear about the grueling life of an NFL player; the mentality required to make it in the NFL as a late round draft pick; post NFL life and even share thoughts on MMA and the UFC.

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Ep. 3 Recap – Andy ‘Bull’ Barch

Thoroughly enjoyed my conversation with longtime friend, Andy ‘Bull’ Barch, as we discussed his journey in the broadcast radio industry.  The key lesson to take away from Andy is that networking is the name of the game.  Who you know is arguably the most important factor in the professional world.  The greatest talent doesn’t necessarily come with the greatest opportunities.  You have to create those opportunities by putting yourself out there and expanding your network wherever possible.  While honing your craft is essential, it is not the only factor that you must address in order to “climb the ranks.”

I look forward to Andy’s continued rise in media.  He is undoubtedly one of the best play-by-play voices in all of sports.  I have no doubt that we will see him as the voice of the [enter major pro team name here] in the years to come.

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