Faith. Religion. Church.
Touchdown. Home run. Slam dunk.
There are a number of people that don’t want sports and religion to intersect. They prefer each to remain in separate lanes with no merging in sight. But you don’t have to be the holiest of rollers to appreciate somebody else’s journey, or the lessons they’ve learned along the way through their faith.
Jade McCarthy is known by many for her work at ESPN. She starred on SportsCenter and NFL Live while showcasing her strong sports knowledge and charm. Jade is now involved with a new project at Sports Spectrum called Transformed. The podcast allows Jade to showcase her excellent story-telling ability and talent for uncovering powerful stories.
There is such a thing as fake nice in the broadcasting business. That isn’t the case with Jade; she is genuinely friendly whether the on-air sign is flashing or not. She talks about where her positivity and kindness come from. Jade also mentions what she learned most from ESPN, what’s driving her to share inspiring stories at Sports Spectrum, and what she has in common with Metallica. Enjoy!
Brian Noe: Where are you originally from?
Jade McCarthy: I grew up in the Boston area. Big sports town obviously and it was just always part of the fabric of my childhood. My great-aunt was a huge Boston Braves fan, going way back in the day. I was with her every Saturday growing up and baseball was kind of my first love because of her influence. She would sort of say, with a twinkle in her eye, that she begrudgingly became a Red Sox fan because she always liked the National League. [Laughs] Yeah, I guess it just kind of grew from there.
I always remember watching football with my dad and we’d watch hoops and hockey, all of it. It was just always a huge part of my childhood and Boston is obviously one of the best sports cities in the country. Having that as a backdrop kind of helped ingrain it in me I suppose.
BN: It’s one thing to be a sports fan, but when did you figure out that you wanted a career in sports?
JM: I always knew I wanted to do something that had writing and speaking attached to it. Once I graduated from high school and I didn’t have to take any more math classes I was like, no more math. I don’t want to do math. That just was never my thing. I always loved writing and I loved speaking so I kind of looked in that direction. If I go way back I thought I would be a magazine writer and it would be sports-related. Originally I started in news. I did an internship when I was in college at the Fox News channel in New York. I just had people there encourage me to look for jobs in and around my college.
There were two stations in Springfield, Massachusetts. I met with both of them. One of them offered me an internship; one of them offered me a job. I took the job. It’s nice to be paid for the work that you’re doing and the time that you’re spending. By January of my senior year I was on the air reporting, which was awesome. I was always the one who hung out in the sports department because way back when people read newspapers, I always read the sports page first. It was just kind of always there.
When I was working in Huntsville, Alabama, I had an opportunity to meet with a station in Philadelphia. I remember they were looking for someone to be the third person in their sports department but they didn’t want a stats geek. They wanted someone who could tell stories. I’ll never forget meeting with the news director and the assistant news director. One of them looked at me and said, ‘Do you think you can ask the hard questions in the locker room.’
I looked at them and went, ‘Well, what’s the difference between asking hard questions in the mayor’s office or asking hard questions in the locker room? It strikes me as the same thing.’ So my first real sports opportunity came in Philly. I just took it and ran with it because I loved it and I was thrilled to have that chance in a city like Philadelphia especially.
BN: How did the ESPN gig come about for you?
JM: I was at NBC Philadelphia. Then from there I went to the New England Sports Network. When I was at NESN I met a couple of people at ESPN. ESPN just reached out to my agent. I came up and met with them. Once I had the opportunity, my husband and I were like all right, I guess we’re moving to Connecticut. We laughed because he grew up in Philly and I grew up in Boston and we used to drive through Connecticut to get to my mom’s or his mom’s and we’d go, who lives in Hartford? [Laughs] Then lo and behold we were like all right, that’s where we’re moving. It’s kind of an ongoing joke in our family.
BN: What did you learn from doing SportsCenter and other work at ESPN?
JM: I think I’ve been really fortunate, Brian, all along the way in my career in that when you have good people around you it goes such a long way. I’ve been able to find great people whether it be teammates or mentors all along the way. One of the things that I love most about television and that world is that it really takes teamwork. People see me hosting or whoever’s in front of the camera, but there’s so much behind the scenes, as I’m sure you know, that goes into that broadcast really being a success.
I really appreciated the layers of the team that ESPN creates. It’s been discussed before, but certainly the research department there and how much they invest and having people like that. I still have friends to this day who work in research there. They really help change the broadcasts because there’s just more layers and depth of information provided by that group especially when they’re working in tandem with talent and producers and directors and all of it. The team atmosphere is really special.
BN: Do you ever feel like — I’d relate it to music where say Metallica for instance, they might feel like, you know we’ve done more than just Enter Sandman, right?
BN: Do you ever feel like that where it’s like, I’ve worked at many other places, it’s not just ESPN and SportsCenter?
JM: I think even Metallica probably gets that, right? They get on stage and I’m sure they have other songs that they really want to play, but the reality is that’s the song everybody wants to hear. I think you kind of take it in stride. It becomes part of a layer of your background. If that’s the one that people are curious about and want to ask questions about, it still opens the door for you to have conversations and play different music or whatever the case may be.
BN: Why did the podcast with Sports Spectrum appeal to you?
JM: I think for me, Jason Romano and I were colleagues at ESPN. He certainly had insights on the social media stuff. I remember him sharing them in NFL meetings when I was doing a lot of NFL shows. He and I have certainly gotten to know each other on a larger level in the past year or so. We obviously share our faith. I love the opportunity to be able to have the conversations that I’ve had with athletes along the way, to be able to talk ball or whatever their domain may be.
But to also be able to dive into how their faith has impacted their transformation throughout the course of their life and their growth, and to be able to get into that conversation is exciting to me. Because I think there are so many conversations out there to be had and I just love the growth and the transformative process that we all go through in life and to really be able to hone in on that is super exciting to me.
BN: It makes me think about what your reaction to this stick-to-sports crowd would be. Whether it’s mixing sports with politics or sports with faith, there is some people that just don’t want their food to touch. What’s your reaction to the people who have that stance considering your involvement with Sports Spectrum?
JM: [Laughs] Well, first I would think about my six year old who is definitely among the crowd of like, ‘why is that touching that on my plate? It shouldn’t be mixed together.’ I have the visual to go along with what you’re saying. My thought on that, Brian, is that if you look at all of us as people, our lives are not compartmentalized. If you look at athletes, what makes somebody great on the field or in business, like getting a deal done or preaching in front of a church or whatever that may be, what makes somebody great isn’t just tied to that particular thing. It’s tied to who they are as a person and what encapsulates them.
Within my career, I think about stories that I’ve told of different athletes along the way and we pull on the different parts of their life that have motivated them, or that have created a setback for them, or that have created something that they’ve been able to overcome. I think that happened in the sports landscape all the time, it just may not necessarily be faith that is being tapped into. I think that the mashed potatoes and the peas are already touching. They’re already there for people to see, it’s just that this calls it out maybe in a more direct way.
BN: What’s a story that you learned of through these interviews that you were surprised to learn about?
JM: Danny Kanell was on one of our first shows of Transformed. Danny and I worked together during our time at ESPN. We always had fun working together, always enjoyed it. It was always a great day when I was doing a show and he was on for a segment and we could chat it up and have a good time. I really found that in the conversation I shared with him for Transformed, I felt like I just got to peel back other layers of all of who Danny is, and not just the sports side of who Danny is.
I just feel like when you pull back those layers and you have a greater sense of what’s behind someone, whether it be where they find their identity, their motivation, their drive, I just find there’s so much to be learned there. My hope is that those are the stories that resonate with people. And those are the stories when someone else is going through a time of transformation, or a time of struggle, or a time of growth and opportunity that they’re going to go oh, remember that story, and it will resonate with them.
BN: What’s driving you as far as what you would like to see come from this new project with Sports Spectrum?
JM: Yeah, I really think it’s those stories that capture people and stay with people. One of my favorite things that I’ve done throughout the course of my career, Brian, is tell feature stories. I’ve done it every stop along the way certainly. I kind of laughed when Jason and I were talking through the process of Transformed. When I was in Philadelphia I did a series that we wound up winning an Emmy for; it was called Game Changers. It was about anybody that changed the way you looked at sports.
It was Charlie Manuel the year the Phillies won the World Series in 2008. It was a dad who had a severely special needs son who wound up competing in triathlons because he was so driven by the smile he could see on his son’s face. It brought him so much joy seeing his son that way. Those stories have always stayed with me. The same thing at ESPN; telling stories about Bruce Arians’ journey that eventually made him a head coach in the NFL, undrafted free agents trying to find their way into the league.
Just all of these different stories along the way, and those have been the ones that have stayed with me. My hope for Transformed is that I can share stories like that in the podcast space that will continue to stay with people in their own moments of growth and of challenge and the aspects of life that we all go through. I think when we see that other people have dealt with the same challenges, maybe just dressed a different way, it impacts all of us and it’s good for all of us to know that.
BN: For a person that doesn’t include church or faith as big part of their life, what would you say to them if they are dismissive or apprehensive about hearing the stories you have to share?
JM: I think I would just say give it a chance. My hope is just to meet people where they’re at. My faith is part of my life. It’s certainly part of Transformed. There’s also going to be just some great conversations to share. I think it’s great to try new things and maybe you learn something.
BN: How have you used social media to spread positive messages and what type of feedback do you get from that approach?
JM: I would say I always get positive feedback on it when I’m sharing positive messages on social. I went through a season of trying to post positive quotes every day for people. I got a lot of feedback pretty much every day. Whether it be like I love this one, or thanks I needed this one. All of that kind of stuff because I just think that we all need that positivity in our life day in and day out.
I’ve been fortunate to have conversations with different coaches along the way and players and all that. It’s like having that positive mindset, it is game-changing. It really is. I really try to be a voice like that in the social media world because I definitely think that there’s this mentality where people will say anything on social.
For me, anything that I’m going to say is going to be something that is uplifting and helping to build one another up. It’s like I say to my kids all the time, I’m like we build each other up. We build each other up. As much as I say it in my house, it’s also what I try to live out on social platforms.
BN: You’re a positive person and you’ve just got it figured out. Where does that come from?
JM: It’s probably a combination of everything. I would tell you that some of it just comes from my faith. I think that that has been something that I really leaned into after I lost my job at ESPN. It has become a much larger part of my life. I’m grateful for it, very grateful for it. Then I also think it’s maybe partially the way I was raised, partially just the people around me and who I surround myself with. Obviously my husband is a big part of that as well.
I think a lot of it is what do we choose to put in. What we take in and put in every day has an impact on what we project out. If you eat hamburgers and ice cream every single day, that’s going to end up having an impact on your physical being. I think it’s the same thing with what is the media that you’re putting into your mind? Who are the friendships and what are the conversations that are filling your mind? How are you making sure that those are positive and that there are people who are going to surround you and want to build you up and want to see you grow? And how are you serving others that way? I think that’s a huge part of it. How are you reaching out and saying how can I help you? How are you being a good friend or a good parent or wife or husband? I think it’s all those things.
I would also say I’m very close with my Godfather and he lives very intentionally. He’s very faithful. I think he has planted seeds for a really long time. He does it because that’s what he feels called to do and doesn’t necessarily know or expect when they will take root. I think I’m blessed that I’ve had him in my life since I was born. To me it feels like this is in a way living out something that I’ve seen him live out for decades.
BN: In terms of goals over the next 10 years, and not just professionally but personally, what are the things that you would like to see take place?
JM: Certainly my family comes to mind. I have four young children, so for them to grow up in a great church and a faithful environment is super important to me and my husband. I would say that’s the biggest thing. My prayer is that they live a faith-filled life and it’s part of who they are and that they embrace it. I would put that at the top of the list.
Then, 10-year goals; I feel like where I sit right now it’s hard for me to completely imagine just because of the age of my kids. My oldest is 10, my youngest is two, so fast-forwarding 10 years and I’ve got one who’s out of the house and the other one is 12. I can’t even wrap my head around that.
I would certainly say from a professional level it’s to continue to find a way to share stories whether it be through a podcast, whether it be through speaking, whether it be in a broadcast capacity, I just want to continue to share stories in the sports world and beyond. And really just to share some of the stories that I’ve learned along the way, Brian, and to continue to impact people in a positive way and to create good.
BN: Well, that’s awesome. The world needs…that. For sure.
NBC Must Develop a Real No. 2 NFL Crew for Playoffs
Is the network’s only other option Jac Collinsworth and Jason Garrett?
Several years ago, the NFL objected to NBC wanting to employ Mike Tirico as the lead play-by-play voice for its Thursday Night Football broadcasts. The league preferred Al Michaels because he was NBC’s No. 1 NFL play-by-play announcer and wanted the TNF telecasts to carry the same prestige as Sunday Night Football.
Following the network’s heavily-criticized broadcast of Saturday’s Wild Card playoff game between the Los Angeles Chargers and Jacksonville Jaguars, the NFL may want to impose its authority again and insist that a top-tier broadcast team call the action of an important postseason game.
The consensus among fans and media watching Saturday’s broadcast was that Michaels and analyst Tony Dungy were surprisingly low-energy for an NFL playoff game, let alone one that became so exciting with Jacksonville rallying from a 27-0 deficit for a 31-30 victory on a last-second field goal.
Such a lackluster broadcast led to questions of whether or not Michaels was now past his prime after a season of calling subpar TNF games for Amazon and what initially appeared to be another snoozer when the Jaguars fell behind by 27 points. Pairing him with Dungy, who was a studio analyst all season, certainly didn’t help.
Dungy was as basic as a game analyst could be, typically narrating replays viewers could see for themselves while adding little insight. Worst of all, he demonstrated no enthusiasm for the action, leaving Michaels to fill most of the airtime. The veteran broadcaster showed that he can no longer carry a broadcast by himself. He needs the energy and back-and-forth that Cris Collinsworth or Kirk Herbstreit provide.
So how did NBC get here?
Most football fans know that the network’s top broadcast team is Tirico on play-by-play alongside analyst Cris Collinsworth. But they had their own assignment during Super Wild Card Weekend, calling Sunday night’s Ravens-Bengals match-up. With the postseason field expanding from 12 to 14 teams, resulting in six games being played on Wild Card weekend, NBC was awarded one of the additional playoff broadcasts.
Thus, another broadcast team was needed for that second Wild Card game. Fortunately, NBC had a renowned play-by-play man already in place. Michaels finished out his final season as SNF‘s lead voice by calling Super Bowl LVI, part of a powerful one-two combination for NBC Sports coming toward the end of its 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics coverage.
Ending his legendary career with a Super Bowl broadcast would’ve been a wonderful final note for Michaels. That appeared to be a natural path when Tirico moved from ESPN to NBC in 2016. Network executives admitted that a succession plan was in mind for Tirico to take over SNF eventually. At the time, Michaels also likely thought he would retire by then.
But when confronted with the possibility of retirement, Michaels realized he wasn’t interested. He was still enjoying broadcasting the NFL. His skills were still sharp. And perhaps most importantly, he was in demand. Amazon wanted Michaels as the lead voice for its Thursday Night Football broadcasts, bringing instant credibility to a streaming venture that drew some skepticism. ESPN considered him as its Monday Night Football play-by-play man.
As it turned out, ESPN made a bold move for MNF, swiping Fox’s No. 1 NFL crew of Joe Buck and Troy Aikman. That left Amazon for Michaels, and the streaming giant paid him a commensurate salary with the top broadcasters in the industry as part of his three-year contract.
Yet Michaels wasn’t done with NBC either. After his agreement with Amazon became official, NBC announced that its relationship with Michaels would continue in an “emeritus” role allowing him to broadcast the network’s Olympics coverage and that additional Wild Card playoff telecast.
NBC can’t have been happy that most of the social media chatter afterward focused on the broadcast, rather than the game result. Especially when the discussion centered on how poorly Michaels and Dungy performed in what turned out to be a thrilling playoff game. That’s a pairing that the NFL probably doesn’t want to see again.
Michaels will likely call at least one more Wild Card playoff game for NBC since he intends to work on the 2024 Paris Summer Olympics. He’s also under contract with Amazon for another two seasons unless he decides to retire before that deal expires. So perhaps the simple solution is keeping Dungy out of the broadcast booth and giving Michaels a better partner.
But can NBC drop in another analyst who hasn’t worked with Michaels all season? Anyone would arguably be an improvement over Dungy. Is it at all possible for Herbstreit to be hired on for a one-off playoff broadcast, thus ensuring that the broadcast team will have some on-air familiarity and chemistry?
Otherwise, NBC’s only other option may be its Notre Dame broadcast team of Jac Collinsworth and Jason Garrett. (The network tried that last season with Tirico and Drew Brees, only for Brees to wilt under the harsher NFL playoff spotlight.)
The pair also called USFL broadcasts for the network, so at least there would be familiarity rather than trying to figure each other out during a telecast. Yet Collinsworth and Garrett aren’t terribly popular with viewers. And as with Brees, that crew will face intense scrutiny with a larger playoff audience.
Unfortunately, NBC appears to be stuck here. Unless the new Big Ten broadcast team of Noah Eagle and Todd Blackledge gets a shot. That might be the best option! Other than Notre Dame or USFL games, where are the other opportunities for NBC to develop a No. 2 NFL broadcast team? No one wants to put Al Michaels through Chris Simms in the broadcast booth, right?
Ian Casselberry is a sports media columnist for BSM. He has previously written and edited for Awful Announcing, The Comeback, Sports Illustrated, Yahoo Sports, MLive, Bleacher Report, and SB Nation. You can find him on Twitter @iancass or reach him by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Al Michaels Has Options But He Has To Make a Choice
“It does all of us in the sports industry well to remember 99% of our audience would gladly trade places with us.”
I don’t ask much out of game announcers; get excited when appropriate, get the simple information correct, don’t get so caught up in your shtick you put yourself above the game. Al Michaels has been doing all those things well for the better part of half a century and few would argue that he’s not one of the best to ever do it. That doesn’t mean he can’t lose his fastball.
Before you read any longer, I am not here to say Al Michaels has lost his fastball. What I am here to say is Michaels has all too often this season seemed upset with and disinterested in the game he is calling. That isn’t entirely surprising when you consider some of the Thursday night action he called on Amazon Prime where the average margin of victory was almost nine points per game.
On top of that, the Amazon schedule had a dreadful two week stretch with Colts 12-9 win over the Broncos in Week Five and the Commanders 12-7 win over the Bears the next Thursday. It was in that Broncos-Colts game Michaels asked Herbstreit if a game “can be so bad it is good?” Herbstreit’s answer was “No”, by the way. It was the full 15 game schedule that Michaels told The Athletic’s media critic Richard Deitsch was like trying to sell a used car.
All of that is fine, the inaugural Amazon Prime season was not a smashing success. The streaming giant missed audience projections and will lose advertising revenue because of it. The lackluster schedule did not help that. But Michaels was given a second life; he was the NBC play-by-play announcer for the Saturday Night Wildcard Playoff game between the Chargers and Jaguars. It initially looked like Michaels might be the problem as five first half Jags turnovers had them in a 27-0 hole. But the home team staged a nearly unprecedented comeback for the win.
It was the performance by Michaels and, to a lesser degree, his analyst Tony Dungy that has led to criticism. Criticism might be too soft of a word, Michaels was roundly dragged for his lack of enthusiasm during the comeback and specifically on his call of the Jacksonville game winning field goal. The enthusiasm of the call of the game winner had a mid-3rd quarter of week four feel to it.
Me telling Al Michaels how to do play-by-play of an NFL game would be the equivalent of me telling a physicist how to split an atom. So, this isn’t just a Michaels criticism, few things bother me more than hearing a game announcer complain about the length or quality of a game as if he’d rather be anywhere else. It does all of us in the sports industry well to remember 99% of our audience would gladly trade places with us.
How many NFL viewers would sit in the seat Michaels, or any NFL announcer occupies, for free? They’d feel like they won the lottery if they also were getting the money those announcers are getting paid to be there. The guy that works a 12-hour Thursday construction shift just to get home and crack a beer for the NFL game probably doesn’t want to hear how tough that game is to announce.
On top of all of that, Michaels was given the gift of one of the wildest NFL Playoff comebacks you’ll ever see and, at times, sounded as if he was completely disinterested in being there. Pro tip: the best NFL announcer in those moments is Kevin Harlan (see: Miami at Baltimore from earlier this season. That has nothing to do with my lifelong Dolphins fandom). Michaels’ lack of enthusiasm was compounded by the exact opposite from Mike Tirico on the very same network for the Bengals-Ravens Wildcard game Sunday night.
Tirico, like Michaels, has a sterling resume of play-by-play accomplishments. The difference is Tirico sounded like he was having the time of his life on Sunday night.
To be fair, their two styles are different. Michaels has a very old school, Pat Summerall approach. Summerall, Vin Scully and Dick Enberg came along at a time when announcers were far more likely to let the pictures tell the story. More new school guys like Harlan and Tirico approach it differently.
Look, Al Michaels helped us believe in miracles. His place in the Sports Broadcaster’s Hall of Fame has long since been cemented. Being a hall of fame inductee doesn’t mean your style will forever be accepted by the masses. That leaves you with a few options; you can continue your style and accept or ignore the criticism or you can ride off into the sunset and enjoy the fruits of your decades of labor.
Al Michaels has what we all want; great options. He can choose any of them and be a winner in the game of life. It doesn’t matter if he enthusiastically embraces them, or not.
Ryan Brown is a columnist for Barrett Sports Media, and a co-host of the popular sports audio/video show ‘The Next Round’ formerly known as JOX Roundtable, which previously aired on WJOX in Birmingham. You can find him on Twitter @RyanBrownLive and follow his show @NextRoundLive.
Bernie Kosar Was the Victim of a Policy That Doesn’t Work Anymore
“The NFL has bigger fish to fry than Bernie Kosar. Hell, it has more pressing issues in Cleveland alone.”
One week ago, Bernie Kosar lost his job on the Browns Radio Network for placing the first legal sports bet in the state of Ohio. Kosar, just like Jets coach Miles Austin weeks earlier and Calvin Ridley last year, violated a league policy that forbids team employees from placing a bet on any NFL game.
The integrity of the games still matters. The belief that what we are all seeing is being fairly contested is what gives those of us that like to have a little vested interest in the outcome the desire to lay our money down in the first place. I get the league’s discomfort with a coach on the staff of a team in the middle of the playoff hunt making bets. I get its fear of the message it sends to have players making bets.
Roger Goodell and the 32 team owners are well within their rights to object to men that can potentially control the outcome of a game or postseason seeding doing anything that even appears to jeopardize its fairness. Even perceived impropriety can compromise the league’s tremendous value.
But Bernie Kosar doesn’t have that kind of influence on the outcome of a game. He is just a broadcaster and not even a game analyst. He is part of studio coverage.
I am far from the first to point this out, but in 2023, the NFL has three official sports betting partners. Just last week, it approved the first ever in-stadium sportsbook, which Fanatics is set to open inside of FedEx Field. If the NFL is comfortable enough with the reality that its fans like to bet to make those things a reality, then Kosar losing his gig is absurd. It is the result of nothing other than “well, that’s the way we’ve always done it” thinking.
Maybe Kosar was terrible on the radio and the team was looking for a reason to move on. I don’t live in Cleveland and I am not a Browns fan, so I have no idea.
How many times have we heard that NFL owners hired Goodell to “protect the shield”? I’m not even really sure what it means or when it applies anymore. If I had a vested interest in the public perception of the league, I know that I would want someone to do the PR math on this situation.
Bernie Kosar isn’t an addict that can’t watch a game without the high of winning or the emotional distress of losing everything at stake, at least not as far as we know. This was a bet made through an advertising partner, to benefit charity. He even said on his podcast this week that the purpose of making the bet was to generate some money for former players in need of help.
This is like Disney threatening daycare centers with lawsuits for painting Mickey Mouse on a classroom wall. The NFL has bigger fish to fry than Bernie Kosar. Hell, it has more pressing issues in Cleveland alone.
Surely you have seen Garrett Bush’s impassioned rant on the Ultimate Cleveland Sports Show about the obstacles facing Damar Hamlin because of how many hoops the NFL makes former players jump through in order to get some kind of pension.
On January 2, we were all united in our concern for a guy that hadn’t even completed his second full NFL season. We didn’t know if he was going to live, but if he did, we all knew that the NFL had done everything it needed to in order to protect itself from ever having to pay a dime for his medical care. Less than a week later, Bernie Kosar was fired for what amounted to a charity stunt that was meant to raise money and attention to very similar issues.
At both the league level and the team level, there was incompetence that lead to a man unnecessarily losing a gig and to the Browns and the NFL looking horribly out of touch with reality.
Are we acknowledging that people gamble or not? Are we acknowledging there are responsible ways to bet on football and are interested in generating revenue off of it or not? Because it doesn’t seem to me that the same league that just gave the thumbs up to open a sportsbook inside of a stadium is really that concerned with people that cannot affect the outcome of games betting on those games.
Has the NFL come out and said that it is going to cover every medical bill for everyone that has ever played the game? We know that this is a brutal game that leaves a physical and physiological impact on the men that played it. Why would we make it harder for someone that knows that pain to help others do something about it?
I feel awful for Bernie Kosar. Whether he needs the money or not, it is embarassing to be at the center of a controversy like this, particularly because in the NFL in 2023, there is no reason for a controversy like this to exist.
Demetri Ravanos is the Assistant Content Director for Barrett Sports Media. He hosts the Chewing Clock and Media Noise podcasts. He occasionally fills in on stations across the Carolinas. Previous stops include WAVH and WZEW in Mobile, AL, WBPT in Birmingham, AL and WBBB, WPTK and WDNC in Raleigh, NC. You can find him on Twitter @DemetriRavanos and reach him by email at DemetriTheGreek@gmail.com.