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NFL Legends Don Beebe, Tony Collins, Randy Cross, and Todd Steussie join us on this episode of Thursday Night Tailgate.
Don Beebe is now the Head Coach at Aurora University outside of Chicago. He led them to an (8-2) regular season and a berth in the D3 playoffs. They finished the season ranked #22. He talks about their success this season and being on the verge of doing something really special. We also hear about his time playing with the Bills, what made Marv Levy such a special coach, the prank they pull on WR Russell Copeland, and his prediction for this year's Super Bowl.
Tony Collins leads us through our 5 Star Picks of the Week for Week 18.
Randy Cross shares his memories from his college playing days at UCLA and their improbable wins over USC in 1975 and beating undefeated and #1 ranked Ohio State in the 1976 Rose Bowl. We also hear about his draft day experience, how Bill Walsh was able to turn them around from a team that won a total of 8 games in 1979 & '80 into a Super Bowl Champion in 1981.
Todd Steussie talks to us about life after football, the depression he and many of his peers go through when their time in the game is over, and how going back to school and earning multiple Masters degrees took that away. We also hear about what it's like playing a Super Bowl if it turns into just another game once the ball is kicked off, and the lasting emotional impact losing it has had including never wanting to wear or look at the NFC Champions ring he got while playing with the Carolina Panthers.