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Huddle Up with Gus
Huddle Up with Gus

Episode · 2 years ago

Mike Ditka

ABOUT THIS EPISODE

IRON MIKE Ditka joins the huddle. He talks growing up in Pittsburgh, the personalities of the Chicago Bears, and how he feels about people who "B*TCH". See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

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...school coach. You said Mike You YoureGoit to grow you're, going to get a little bigger and then, when you comeback next year, you'll be bigger and you'll play football. Well, I grew Idid I got bigger. I got came back in a hundred sixty pounds. It was about fiveive eleven and I started on the WPA. U Siway Chhampionship team, itslinebacker and and- and it was not because I was agood player- is because this coach had so much confidence in me. He blievs me,and he made me believe in myself and I' be saying of a pretty good footballplayer after that by the time I finished my senior I had operas ago tofifty sixty colleges and thene wee going to pit, because I wanted to be adennist that didn't work out as you can tell, but you know it's been a Hectoba run I, buteverything to me has been setting goals and reching goals. Try to reach am adwork find out the best things you have to what you have to do to reach thegoals you're trying to reach, and I don't care how much practice it takesor whatever. If you want it bad enough, you'll find a way to get there wllcoach. How would you describe life growing up an OUQUIPA when you did? Imean that's, that's an interesting place for forthose yeah iene haven't been there, it's it's very dnamic yeah an in the days back, Aot noaiwasbooming canal still was boing. My Dad worked on t e alcape souther Roundwoawith service Ja. Now still it was boomy, it employed a lot of people, the wholecommunity. The downtown area probably was about stoff nine blocks, F of sorsand shops and boucakes and bars, and just about everything it really. Itreally was a dynamic town and once the mill closed janl still closed, itbecame a ghostdown. It really did. We lived up in a housing project calledLinmar. There was what teleclope there was a plant well plan, six pwoent seven,but we lived. I in a housing project called Linmar and we didn't have. Wedidn't have anything, but we didn't Liv in then when we had what we needed. MyDad came home from my. He worked, his BOTT OFFN in th and on the railroadcame home. He went to the tavern, he had a couple. Beers came home, we haddinner and that's the way we lived and we just think anything onthat. I had apaper Ot. My whole life gave every bit of money. I made at workand every job I had I gave to my mother and father. They gave me an allowanceand that's the way it was even when I got to college. It was the same way Igave them the check they gave me. I A loan. Did you have an athletic family? My brother and I eember brother facefootball. He was he one year behind me. He him and I lay Flippol my otherbrothers sister no, but I actually did yeah ash pated Buk, now ivas thecaptain, the butt. Now, why is what year behind me? Well, hey coach. You know your storyesa lot like, because I grew up in Fort City and we had PPG, which was therewas a huge factory. Our town was boming...

...yeah and you know it was the same thingand so one of the things I remember s, so many kids, there and kids don't dothis today, we would go out. I learned so much from just going out in the sandlot and playing right and Gointo those sports. Don't nobody does that today itdrives met crazy and then wa no organization either Gush. You know, asit was a bunch of guys we got together. We picked it up, we went out and weplayed te take from really almost from the sun. Up to the sundown. I meanweere doing something all the time we didn't have to have supervision. Weknew what we were going. We had a bat in the ball. If somebody hit the ballwher we couldn't find. Then we had a problem but yeah it was. It was a great way to growup. Really it was, and en everybody pitched in I gave melike I said, know I had a paper out. I deliver the papers, everybody kind ofknew who I was because f they did get don, get help. The paper was aturn andit was sometimes it wasn't my fault, but you know the paper ud be late.Maybe so they get mad at me for no getting their own time, but I you know I go up the way we did wasgreat. I had the greatest high school coach in the world coach Carl Ashman.He entouraged me to stay with he football. When I wanted to quit. I wasa pretty good baseball player, a better baseball player anyways and I got alittle bigger an I enef ut playing football got a really good team, my junior inhigh school and then I'm on and went on to kittand the bear so had a prettygood clearing football yeah. You know what's funny coaches, my dad was sohard on me when I was growing up. You know he was one of fifteen kids were abig Catholic family. He worked ITH PPG SOT. It some of his brothers andsisters, or he had sone of them work at Alegany Ludlam, and you know the thingabout. It was no matter what I did. That was good. He could care less. Hewas like man. I can't believe you, you didn't catch that ball, that came atyou today or or you know, you threw an interception or whatever he was alwaysthe hardest on me, and I always swore that I was never going to be like thatand one day I found myself being just like that with my kids, but that was hesaid, and I always asked him said Dad why you like that he said that was howit was. My Dad was like that with me, and it was just tough and they had tomake you tough and that that I think that's why so many great players cameout of western Pennsylvania. I agree with you GAPSA. I greew you a hundredpercent, but you wouldn't have it any other way? That's the way, the that'sthe way it was. My Dad was the same way with me. You know if I, by struck outplaying baseball and and through the bat or something boy I got my butt wist.I just got you know it mean that's just the way it was Oh, it was and we hadthe fire whistle at nine o'clock. If you weren't home by the time the firewas one off, there was held of pay right. Well, I had to be in Erer NATWAT. There was no light. I had to be an ou, oh really, yeah, Oh yeah, and youknow if dad came home and mom said anything to him, then you were introuble. Well, my mom didn't want to say anything, but sometimes he you nowshe had to. But my dad, you know...

...everybody. They worked in the mill,they came home, they had dinner, they took a shower cleaned up, they wentdown to the Tavern Yep and they were down tavern for how many hours I don'tknow an ior two hour, an they come home and by then you know I was eitherr inbed or I had to be in the House that was for sure yeah cause. So you've seenso many changes in your life from when you were a child to what's going on nowand those transitions, and that's really what the show is about like howwe all transition. We have tough times and you just got a battle and yourstory's great, because you've just battled you've worked hard and you gotto where you are because of that influence that you had from when youwere a child. Well, you know lihts all about figuredout where you're at where you want to go, and how are you going to get there?That's, basically what life is about. Where are you and hen? Where do youwant to be and know? What are you going to do about it? You're going to sit?There wish hope it's not going to work that way. It just doesn't work that way,so you have to do something about it. You find you have to you, have toimplevent methods and you have to have goals in your life, but you have tomethods entertainable that you can do to reach those goals and if you don'twell you're, just dreaming, I never askd. I never. I never ask anybody foranything. I guess tsatd. I had a great highschool coach, Iha people, currk Mein, all sports baseball football basketball,but I never had and- and I work for what I wanted and that's the one thingthat I get from my dad o you don't view you want something you work for it, youearn it, and you know it's hard to tell people that today, but that's what itcomes down to. Kain comes oun down to bein resilient, not quitting, nevergiving up keep going after. I you never know some Somei dve guyis going to giveup sooner and later coach. We want to talk a little bit about your career pitand you know you gave us a little explanation of why you went to Pitt.But what was your first real memory ofgoing like that's not far from home, but it is far back in that time right,because I can remember my dad never wanted to leave Fort City yeah. It wasn't. No F course. It wasn'tfar from HOM was only twenty forty five mols from meloclipper, but I spent my time on the pit campus. Ireally did I'd get home, maybe one weekend a month or maybe two weekends amonth, but no more than that and I wasn't running back home every week. Sothe college thing you gotta understand pit campus andif's there's not much of a campus, because it's a city campus, but it worked out well for me, I can- and I was there and we recruited somereally really good football players from western Pennsylvania in Ohio andand Wewe had a lot of good fo. We didn't have my senior year. IRECTOR wasfour three and three. Now that's not very good, but you knowhat we tie syrcuse. I think they was the number one team in the country thatyear and we tid noter game, I think and butanyways we now we were, we were teamed,...

...it was close, but we weren't quite there andwe gin thrown football a lot. We ranto football. A lot when you got to putcoach was there a particular player or member, the coaching staff that youreally bonded with that kind of helped? Your Ethe Gota got me to go wit NickPassi, Dalla Roly. He was from ELEQUIPA, he had gone to pit. He was a runningback and he kind of recruited me for pit more than anybody and Jack Waly wasa line coat. He pit under coach, Michael Osen, and he recruited me hewas got recruitedg me Ernie, Eforley, all great guys. I mean I can rememberMor and they had a big impact on my career, mylife and and my development as a football player. So coach you mentioned,did you work when you were in college? Oh yeah, we all had jobs, I mean we didsomething yeah. When I was in college. I worked actually one year. I worked for the university.I did H, you know in the summer where they get all that cleaning up and wellwhatever youon a maiteance, a maitenance ban on on campus, not that Ican fix anything, but I could clean things up. You never had that BrianBossworth job, where you just got to sit on top of a corbette and watch theoil pups go up and down Huh. I quite yeah that yeah, because I used to hear that storyall the time when I went to the University of Talsa there and and theyused to talk about. You know he was older than me and they always talkedabout it, how he had the cush job at Oklahoma and he got paid because BarrySwitzer took care of his athletes. Well, I think a lot of schools back didback then we were. I was about one of those schools pit wasn't one of thoseschools, so I'm very lucky. I worked out Te. We get well yeah. I'm sure thatinstilled a lot of how you became a player ind, a coach in that. So did youwhen you were in college tdid, you kind of have an understanding of the NFL oryou just kind of were were playing for your school that was playing for pit. Ihad no clue no clue at all and somebody. You know it was no big dealon forget now. This is back one thousand nine hundred and sixty. It wasnot that big a deal, and you know the draft is somebody came to me and said the draft the bears are going to draftyou, and I said what I tigure I play line back when I got to the pros andthey drappd e me a went and met. Mr Alice said you're going to play tighten that's what the hell that tight in and then really we had a coach, theirname Luk, John, so ses. Really. He really did created that position for meand they threw the balk on Melot at a quarterback Tame Bill Wade who loved tothrow the football to me. So it end up being good. For me, I mean myself andand John macey was a came in the next year right after me, he was a syracusewhen I was a bit and that was really the startof it John Magkie and myself. You know rocky told us about how whenhe got drafted, he found out by somebody's telling him hey. Look, Ithink they're drafting you on TV.

Somebody told him that, like he didn'teven know what was going on, so that's amazing that you guys even had no cluecompared to well what the draft is. Today I mean it's a big production,it's crazy! O! It is yeah. We got TA. I got a phone call. You know said TeBarre, strap, Ot you, my first contract was twelveandoars with Ha sixhousand. Iwas a six player picked in the DRAT. The six player picked in the firstround, fove thousand with a six thousand olar signing bonus, and I madeall progess and then the next year he didn't he wanted to bay me APA. Twelvee went to pay me fourteen. Isee coach, it's Takeng a cut. I said IME twelve and six last year I saidthat was eighteen. I said I wouldn Tand for penny less than eighting. As soonas I set in, he opened. The drawer E had a contract for eiggin found and hewasn't Goin. No give me a raise. Rihe was gon to Payi and I signed it and heyit didn't matter when you want to play the game. You want to play the game notabout the money, and these kids are so fortunate to be involved in this typeof and economy where they pay the athletes, what they pay him. It'sinit's insane, especially like what Mike Trout got out and in Californiaall Rightyeah, that's crat, so coach, it tn. I kand. I like my trop Canei'mGad got itmean, you know, but there's always a way to make things work. Ifyou want to make them work- and you know, and I'm glad it was wet- wasbecause it was hard and I had to do it. I had to work. I had to work. I had tohave the discipline to get up, make myself oup and go do what I had to do.That was always important and I never had a problem doing thit Eah. Do youthink that's kind of a just everybody's different and you know, or do you thinkthat's something stilled by your parents? I didn't think I was entitled anythingnow. That's the thing you get what you ere in life and I think a lot of peoplenow think they're entitled O something Rightfor. Whatever reason I don't knowwhatever the reason they do. I don't agree with that. I think you'reincattle to what you work for whare. You earn yeah time and effort. There'sno doubt about that right, so you played in one of the greatest divisionsever I loved play. I played for the Lions and the Vikings what was summer like what was the teamthat you always wanted to play against hat? You really said this is going tobe a great game. I was Lo. We were told from day when itwas a packers. They got to beat the PA and a the first thing. They told me nomatter what happens, we got to beat the packers. Well, I now I didn't know whothe packers were. I knew en a steras work right. You know, but the back ofthe HIGGLS stealers. I knew that so that I found out HESA packers for R aCOSOM Barty was and how good they were park, starre horning and Taylor, andall those guys, the great defense they had McKee yeah. So we had a lot of great greatgames with him, fronal housand, nine hundred and sixty three we brokethrough. We beat him up. We went up there open with hem up there and webeat him in a very close game and we went on a one. The NFL gammonship thatyear onethousand nine hundred and sixty...

...three was that one of your findestmemories as a player. But now you you know, you don'tremember the losens gas. You don't want to remember the live. You we rememberthe wind, so yes, that was one of them. You were you've, always been thought ofas one of the toughest players to ever play the game. was there a defenderthat you were at all intimidated by her? Why do Qote Intimidatbud? He tried tokill me and that was very nisky. Well that', Bein yeah that would beintimidat yeah. He was trying to kill me the Oll time and I was trying to getsave my own life, but Ino re was a great player and he heguess well Itas his job. You know H, Teboutthe hell out of me when I was on the field, and he did that and I knocked AlOut of him when I got a chance to so. We had a pretty good coua Tiv run goingthere for a while right, so coach, so now you've played in the NFL. When did you get that that that Bug toget into coaching as a player, because I played fifteen years and like I waskind of there, but I wanted to kind of be with my family and I try to go backinto coaching later and it didn't work out for me but ou, you went right intoit. Well, you know it really. It wasn'tsomething that went by design. I mean I wasn't like I something I was or a'Mingto be a football coach. I'll tell you what happened exactly. I played for theG, one of the greatest men and I've ever men, my life Tom Lanry and at fourgra great years, is a playerDallas. He souas my career. When I wasn't I wasI was on my way out. I had been two years: O'F Haltlan Philadelphia and hebrought me to Dalas is salwase. My corre played four years there on a super bowl and and when I I got got into therestaurant business down there and I thougt was doing okay and then youknow he asked one day yea. He called me in and you know I was I was Jesiren andhe says this is what a e you going to do. I said: Well, I guess I'm justgoing to spend time at the resters. He said what the ars tout of by Coachang.I said no Ihadn't. He said why? Don't you think about it and like Tho, hireto coach e tight ends in the special teams and well that's where I startedthat' Ai. I never look back and I learned a lot him and it was great Daveyou got a question for coach,especially he in the mid s had to be a challenge to coach as guys with allthis personalities. Well, it was different. It really wasand the main thing we had to figure out. We had to put an offense together. YouKnow Buddy Ryan Raund, the defense and we had a hell of a defess. We had someof the greatest players and you kno and a Hampton and McMichael and Dentan singltary and fantic abact one and on Ican name the the whole team was fantastic. Let's Fraser, but anyways we had a, we had a we hadpractice, skinsolse guys every day and...

...practice and our practices weren't live,but they were pretty pretty a temple. So I mean if we didn't defend ourselve,we were going to get killed in practice and I kept telling thee an buddywe'renot playing the bears this year. I check the schedule, we're not playingyou guys me, you take it easy ones. So, anyway, you know what it made us better.It made our offense better. If we could, if we could go up against our defenseevery day in practice and we had the the sevenon sevens and that- and we didit well and we did end it worked out great and don't forget, we had thegreat water pane with great guy macmanes, not as he was. I would ratherhave nobody in my quarterback than him right. Well, you know t thing that weknow coach it takes even though there's all those great players, it takes aleader to bring them together and want to win and play together, and one ofthe Qlothes I saw you say was you know if you walk with me, we're going to getto the dance, and you know that's what it is th y. They wanted to follow you.They knew you've been there, and I think you were the influence that putall that great talent and made it work and Wen a championship. Well, I knewwhen I got there, we had to go an. I knew. Why do COAC Alis hired me? He ardme to wind championships in am an ever reason and we had that opportunity,because the nucleus was there tbut defense was there, we had it twik somethings on oven. I had Tho. In my opinion, I had the greatest runningback in history, O the game and water paid, and my foolback Mat souy was asgood as there rever was. In my opinion, our offensive liing was solid as solidas you could find. Those guys were great. We had a couple guys at tight inreceivers. We had speed, Receivir Willi got WID, we had oket car ICAn't nameever Yeahan, but you know what we had. Wehad people who complimented each other and our defens was the key factor ofeverything we did. Is there's no question about that, but on top of thatwe had really good special teams. We had great special teams, and did you have a favorite player that youcoached? They were all my favorites. Really Imean if you were to talk about one guy yeah. I don't know I looke at different guys.I mean I love the way make Michael Play because he played ar he didn't. Havethe town Manton played, you know we got fridge and everybodydoes a lot of Chris. A FIS was a good football player for us. Think Great. Hewas a great college football plar. He you know he let himself go, that's whyhe became what he became, but when he came out when he, when he was Winin inthe about two hundred and sixty pounds, I guy was unbelievable and youknowquick as a cat, but you know you can't say you know: Yit, take discipline andlike to take care of yourself. If you don't play the game flitball or anysports. Well, I think a lot of people...

...saw momis as a on the outside sum isalmost like a side show, but he really was a very good player wel. He was you know it wasn't by itwasn't by Accien that we put him in the back Sloor and ran hom, because Iwatched him run this. You know they could we really had to run these thingsevr buddy at thim, and they did run these. Like ten yard guys frints and Iwatched- I watched the fridge. His start was unbelievable. He could runyou Kno, he couldn't run forty arms effectively, but he wasn't that bad,but he could go five yos pretty damn fast, and I watched that- and I said heI'm going to put this guy in in front of water and I did and hesmashed him. I mean it was crazy. He Hi Jus, he just blew aholdner water walkedin so I you know, I ma my genius coach, so I said well as Takin block you canrun so I gave he ball. He ran and ran right over people rad, it n, Hey,Squartetesha, I said well. If he can run it, he can block it. Yo said te: Hecan you can catch it and we ton the ball wor touch down. I said what we cando on that. He can pass the DOL whal. He couldn't pass a ball ioot, a thre,yeah, well coach, so you've had a lot of highs and Loas in playing andcoaching and it's very difficult. Sometimes how are you able to manage all of that?As a player and as a coach, all those different highs and lowds you get inthe game of football. Well, I guess sometimes I didn't do it very well, butI sometimes I did I mean it's hard. I mean E, you know, people don't realizeit that it's more than a job. These guys are become your life, itwas'm every day and you really want. In my case I hadhad success as a player, and I wanted them to have that kind of success thatthe chilling Thati had when you Wen, and that's only it only comes when youwin not when you get closer, not when you're you're, almost there you got TaWin and but you just had a good group right and did like for me when I hadproblems come up in my career and I've had a lot of them. But when those cameup I would go back to things. My Dad would tell me to like try to put thingsback into perspective and how I Grewu I came from the Rideis, gets pumpy attimes and it's hard to stay in the Buggy, but you got to do it. What doyou remember most and what would you give advice to other people about ifthey want to go into coaching? Well, first of all I take you, you haveyou, for you have to have a game plan for what you want to do. You have to haunderstand. You have to put the right people in the right place, so you gotto get the you got to utilize your personnel tothe best of their talents. Other words: Don't try to make a donkey and racehorse. You know, make him guy, you know what I mean. So you g t you got to dowhat you got to do with the talent they have and you try to try to get that alltogether.

I don't know I watch these kids saying,there's they're, so talented, there's so there'se, so much bigger and fasterstronger than we were, it's unbelievable. Well, they don't. Theydon't partake an drinking smoking like they did back in the day. They reallytake care of their bodies. Today, Sunny Jergets- and you tell me a lot of thosestories. Oh yeah sunny was a, but we all did it. I mean that was hit. I meanyou had a football game, we go to the we stop bye, taern after the game,drinkng about twenty five beers, Wat, the Hell Righ, that's what our dads didright and there's no camera phone sense right. Nobody had a phone filming, you op, then nobody cared actually reporteyour right ther for Grigan, with you you're on your side, not trying to write bad things about yeah ru career,who I always wanted to ask you about the Saturday night live episodes whenthey had the fans there and Chris Farley and those guys and and did, didyou watch those did you enjoy those? Well, you know that they asked me tocome on and I came on. They were good guys. I really enjoyed it. I rejoyeddoing tha show yeah. You know I got caught up in it a little bit, but itwas a. It was a good thing. I mean they W S, it was fun and those guys weregreat and then you know they they reallyplayed. They built the bears up pretty good and tha. I like that yeah thatBearyo. So Oh ye H, itfun yeah. It was great, it was my kids still do it, youknow, do you want, would you take a hurricane or would you take coach Dickaand we always walk around the House going coach Dicka? You know because WelPittsburgh guys through and through after the NFL, but you kind of stayedin it right because you're part of efrent organizations nowyeah. I was fortunate. I got a do job I work for NBCCBS ESPN. I work for allthe major networks and it was great. I got a shake the chanceto say close to the game and and talk about it, and so it was fun and I'msure I mean you've had a lot of very successful business ventures to and youR Youre Philosophy and coaching, probablytranslated well into the business world. Well, we have some restrts that we arevery proud of. We have a couple here in Chicago one inPittsburgh, so we were okay. We do well with what we'retrying to do and the brand is good. I've got a good partner. It's adelicious restaurant have to say it's one of my favorites in Pittsburg rightso coach. How often like do you have other osome of your former players?Come into your restaurant? You get to see them. Often I don't see a lot of the former playersanymore, every once in a while see some of the guys, but no e they get theirown. Last I'm in the restaurant about cigars. I got the cigars yeah, I got a line ofGAV and I actually had to actually I gotone right in front of me here, but I like that's the only that's the onlyways I really have. I, like you, smoke, Sigas right, so...

...so coach you've come from Alquipa right.It's a mill town. We know that a lot of people in Pittsburgh understand thatyou've made all these transitions in your life and you really wanted a youknow. Sports was it's just it's in you. It's all a part of you. What advice youwant to give our listeners to about how sports can really help you get to whereyou want to go in life? Well, it Sai' not about sports. It's about life. Youknow you. We have people say you don't want to be this. Well. What are yougoing to do about becoming this? How are you going to Ottain what you wantto become, but you Goinn have goals, but you have to have methods of Richoscoals and you got to be a ou and HEU got to be attainable. I mean you can'tsay I wi won't. Do this and that- and you know, if te slip, the pliperoffyour off the top of your head, you get you, you HAV, that game plan for life,and I really believe that. So you are, you know where you want to go. You knowhow you you have pretty good idea how you want to get there o here's, whatyou got to do and you Gonta do those things. I mean, I'm not telling you youdon't know, and sometimes it's not comfortable from time. Yo Get stof, butthat's what it got to be you'll get me a success is Nogty, it doesn't comecheap and it's not easy and if you think it is you're crazy right and thatand that's what's going on like if you see Pittsburgh in the transformationthat we've made in the last forty years from milltowns to technology and people,understanding that look just because times get tough, it doesn't mean thatit's the end, you got to keep fighting, you got to keep pushing and and whenyou have those goals you got to give you something new to reach for,and that's what the shows about. You know not talking about the current partof sports that we hear every day and we get sick of listening to it's abouttrying to give people information that can change their lives. Yes, Thas. Theyused to tell us Alltim when times yot top the tof get going rigt. You knowand that's just the way it is. I be you right and then Pittsburgh people- and Isaid this thing all over and I don't know if it's true as much today, butbecause of the the meals and the industrial makeup to the city over the years. Ithought it was. I thought it was. I thought thet people were just thegreatest. I really did and I think now they transformed so much inthodifferent technologies and that, but it when it was a sill mill town, it wasnot a bad time. Believe me a little bit dirty because little bit, it's cleaned up nice. Ithas all righ it unbelievable, unbelievable, Pistburg, ULB, well,coach. I do a lot of hard working people in Pittsburgh. My nephew's acoal minor, and I know what that's all about. So you know those guys got. YouGot Ta have a lot of Grit to do that, stuff. We're going to fire some quickquestions in our last segment here called nohuddle. Cochus is a lot of fun,just just fire out the answers and- and we edit this and have a lot of fun withit. It's our two minute drill for lack of a better term, so go ahead day, firethe question: Hey Coach: what's your...

...biggest pep peeve, my biggest pet keve is people who bitch fair enough all right. This is thelittle Pittsburgh versus Chicago question here, Kilbassa or broadworst. I like a both, but I say, Cabassa H,yeah. What's little sourcrok coach, Oh yeah! THAT'S WAY! That's what I woulrate! Oh me, too: Hey I'm Polish and Belo Urnmy Gosh. We ate all that yeah,you Gota Hav, the Proso, the GP STN, all that Looski all that stuff ye ehow about this. Were you a bettercollege player or pro player? Well, I would put it this way. Mysenior year in College I caught twelve passes my rookie year and pro football.I COT fifty eight yeah, but you figure I well Yonanimas all American. I thinktoo I mean you were Gev mi o. That was that Gae that came from defense. ReallyI played t IAN is again. I thought I was gonna, be a line: BACKON froball,not Anota ien at really anybody else who would have drafted me. I would havebeen a line backer very and that's fact now, when you come back to Pittsburghbesides, going to Ditkas and Robinson, what's your favorite place to go, Idon't go anywhere, that's the only place I do go. So that's a good placeto go dave, let's UST Co. So my question for you was: What isyour favorite cigar? What type of s Meduros here's all kind?So what are Tyour favorit one? There is no bad Tigar, ANDI GOTA! I gotit right now I got I got. My own line line is called up: Yocall the DISI signature line made byKamacho they're, not bad hey're, pretty good gigar and then right here. I haveone right in front of me now I have a David Out Frag in front of me and Ilike them. Oi We're. Where are your cigars made? Yeahthese are a I think, they'reallundorn a they are theyare ondoors yeah now coach last question: With allyour years and TV commentating, you have a most favorite TV colleague reallyenjoyed working with Chris Burm and I thought he was. I thought he madepeople runing better, and I thought he was a real pro added and I reallyenjoyed working with Chrisall o the years that I was at the fortune ofworking for m working with him at Hes Yen. But I work for a lot of good guys.I worke with Jim manc to Jim was fantastic. You know when I was at I wewere CBS together, but everybody those guys are good, but I I mean itwould be hard to be oer. Boma was prey. Darngood, yeah, boomers Grat have methim several times and he seems like he brought up t e, the audience, the lifeand the room and everything and asked...

...those great questions and really madeeverybody round him better. So coach, an we really appreciate you coming onwith us, thanks for spending fort or so minutes with us and give us a littlebackground. Our fans are going to love it and we'll share it on social media,and if you can help us out, wed, really appreciate it and hopefully someday wecan see you Robinson it at Dickas all right, thanks cat, a care God. Thankyou, ACKBU.

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