Big Daddy & Friends Podcast

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Rich "Big Daddy" Salgado has a lot of friends. From Tom Brady, Michael Strahan, and Ronnie Lott to Jay Glazer, Adam Schefter, and Shannon Sharpe, Big Daddy is all about inviting his friends on the show. Reminiscing, telling stories, laughing, and talking about the good days.

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Dennis Seidenberg  is a former professional NHL defenceman. The former 2001 sixth round pick spent nearly two decades in the NHL, playing for the Philadelphia Flyers, Phoenix Coyotes, Carolina Hurricanes, Florida Panthers, New York Islanders, and Boston Bruins, with whom he won the Stanley Cup in 2011. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Aug 13

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Tina Cervasio is the lead sports anchor for Good Day New York on Fox 5 NY WNYW and host of Sports Extra on Sunday nights at 10:30 in New York City. Before joining Good Day New York, Cervasio served as a sideline reporter for CBS Sports Network, a host for SiriusXM NBA Radio and a pre-game and halftime reporter for the New York Red Bulls. She's also a winner of seven New York Emmy Awards from her time covering the New York Knicks with MSG Networks. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Jul 29

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Charlie Batch played quarterback in the NFL for 15 seasons before retiring in 2012. A second-round draft pick by the Detroit Lions, Batch spent three years with the franchise before spending the final 12 years of his career with the Pittsburgh Steelers. The former quarterback won two Super Bowls as a member of the Steelers and currently works for KDKA-TV in Pittsburgh as a pre-game analyst for the franchise as well as a color commentator for their preseason games. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Jul 27

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Scott Ferrall is a sports talk radio personality who hosts two shows on the SportsGrid video streaming service, Scott Ferrall: Coast to Coast and In-Game Live. Before going SportsGrid, Ferrall spent 15 years hosting radio across popular stations like Howard 101 on Sirius and CBS Sports Radio. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Jul 15

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Aditi Kinkhabwala is a Pittsburgh-based reporter for NFL Network. Prior to joining in 2012,  she spent two years at the Wall Street Journal as the New York Giants beat writer and NFL writer. Before her time at the Journal, she covered Rutgers football and men's and women's basketball for The Record in New Jersey. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Jul 13

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Ian Greengross is a professional sports agent for NFL players, football coaches and hockey coaches. Throughout his 25-year career, Greengross has represented premier NFL talent like Darren McFadden, Joseph Addai and Damien Williams. Along with players, he's also represented dozens of coaches like Karl Dunbar of the Pittsburgh Steelers, Marc Crawford of the Chicago Blackhawks and Kenechi Udeze of the Tennessee Titans.  See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Jul 1

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Gil Scott is the President and CEO of Gil Scott Sports Management(GSSM). GSSM is one of the longest standing professional sports agencies in North America. Headed by Scott, GSSM has represented a variety of Pro Bowlers, first-round draft picks, award-winning coaches and negotiated several record-setting contracts. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Jun 22

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Rick Mueller is the President and Chief Operating Officer of eVALUATE sports, a sports consulting firm. Prior to eVALUATE, Mueller spent over two decades in NFL front offices, working for the Philadelphia Eagles, Jacksonville Jaguars and New Orleans Saints. Mueller also served as the Vice President of the United Football League and spent two years helping to rebuild Coastal Carolina's football program. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Jun 18

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Hisham Tawfiq is an actor, best known for playing Dembe Zuma, part of the security detail and very close friend to Raymond "Red" Reddington in NBC's The Blacklist. Tawfiq also appeared in films like Intimate Apparel and A Raisin in the Sun as well as television series like Lights Out, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit and Criminal Intent, Kings, Golden Boy, 30 Rock, and the 2013 NBC remake of Ironside. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Jun 14

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Rick Mueller is the former executive director of player personnel for Coastal Carolina's football program. He also served as the general manager of all four inaugural United Football League teams in 2009 before becoming GM of the Omaha Nighthawks in 2010-2011. Mueller also spent several years in NFL front offices, working for teams like the Jacksonville Jaguars, New Orleans Saints and Philadelphia Eagles.  See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Apr 22

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Merril Hoge is a former NFL running back who spent eight years in the league as a member of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Chicago Bears. Prior to retiring from the NFL, Hoge spent over two decades serving as an NFL analyst for ESPN. The former running back/analyst is currently an author and inspirational speaker focused on teaching others how to overcome their odds. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Apr 20

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Zack Moss is a second-year running back for the Buffalo Bills. Moss was selected in the third round of the 2020 NFL Draft after being named First-team All-Pac-12 and winning Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Year in his senior season at Utah.  See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Apr 13

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Kate Ferrara is an NFL and NBA agent, representing clients like Buffalo Bills RB Zack Moss and 2021 NFL Draft prospect Dazz Newsome. Before her career as an agent began, Ferrara played Division 1 soccer for the University of Akron and earned an MBA and Law degree. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Apr 8

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Steve Levy is a journalist and sportscaster for ESPN. He is known for his work broadcasting college football, Monday Night Football, and the National Hockey league. His success in broadcasting has earned him a spot in several films, including  "Home Improvement," "Fever Pitch" and "The Ringer." See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Mar 25

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Eddie George played nine seasons in the NFL, making the Pro Bowl four times and earning All-Pro honors twice with the Tennessee Titans. George played college football for Ohio State University and won the 1995 Heisman Trophy after rushing for over 1900 yards and scoring 25 touchdowns. The 1996 first-round draft pick is regarded as one of the greatest running backs in college football history and was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2011. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Mar 23

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Michelle Beisner-Buck is a feature reporter for ESPN and a member of the Monday Night Countdown crew as well as Monday Night Football. Before joining ESPN, she spent eight years at NFL Network as the host of NFL Weekly Countdown and NFL Network Now as well as being a field reporter for NFL Total Access and NFL Gameday Morning.  See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Mar 5

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Robert L. "Bob" Papa is an American sportscaster. Papa is employed by Golf Channel, announces various Olympic sports for NBC Sports, and is known as "the voice" of the New York Giants. Since 1995, he's announced every preseason, regular season, and postseason games for the Giants. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Mar 2

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Eric Mangini is an NFL analyst for Fox Sports 1. Before becoming an analyst, Mangini served as an NFL coach for nearly two decades, including head coaching positions with the New York Jets and Cleveland Browns. He's a three-time Super Bowl Champion and was named the 2006 AFC Coach of the Year. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Feb 25

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Michael Smith is the co-founder of Inflection Point Entertainment and co-host of Peacock TV's Brother From Another. Before founding Inflection and joining Peacock, Smith spent 15 years at ESPN, filling a variety of roles from SportsCenter anchor to His & Hers co-host. Prior to joining ESPN on a full-time basis, Smith covered the New England Patriots and the NFL from 2001 to 2004 as a reporter for the Boston Globe. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Feb 19

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Pat Brisson is a Canadian National Hockey League Players Association (NHLPA) agent and co-head of the Hockey Division of Creative Artists Agency with partner J.P. Barry. His client roster features several superstar athletes, including Sidney Crosby, Patrick Kane, Anže Kopitar, and Jonathan Toews. The super-agent is consistently ranked as one of the 100 most powerful people in the NHL by The Hockey News, and in 2017, Forbes ranked him the 9th most powerful agent in sports. He is also the father of the 29th overall NHL Entry Draft pick Brendan Brisson. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Feb 12

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Billy Jaffe is an on-air ice hockey analyst for NESN. Jaffe provides commentary for pre-game, post-game and intermission shows during Boston Bruins games. Jaffe also served as a hockey analyst for Sportsnet, and for select coverage by NHL Network. He was formerly a color analyst for the New York Islanders on MSG Plus, as well as a color analyst and reporter for nationally televised hockey games on Versus. Before becoming an analyst, Jaffe played for the University of Michigan from 1987-1989 and served as the team captain for Team USA at the Maccabiah Games held in Israel in 1997. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Feb 10

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Osi Umenyiora is a former NFL defensive end who spent over a decade in the league, mainly for the New York Giants. As a member of the Giants, Umenyiora won two Super Bowls, earned two Pro Bowl nods and broke the franchise record for sacks in a single game. The two-time Pro Bowler is one of just five British-born players to have won a Super Bowl. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Feb 7

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Steve Wyche is a reporter for NFL Network and appears on NFL AM every weekday. He has served as a reporter for NFL Network and a senior writer for NFL.com since 2008. In 2016, he broke the story of Colin Kaepernick's protest during the national anthem. Before joining NFL Network, Wyche spent four years as the beat writer of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution covering the Atlanta Falcons. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Feb 6

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Steve Spagnuolo is the defensive coordinator for the Kansas City Chiefs. Before joining Head Coach Andy Reid's staff in Kansas City, Spagnuolo was the head coach of the then St.Louis Rams and held defensive coaching positions for the Philadelphia Eagles, New York Giants, New Orleans Saints, and Baltimore Ravens, winning Super Bowls in Kansas City and New York. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Feb 5

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Andrew Adams is a safety for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. In 2016, Adams was signed by the New York Giants as an undrafted free agent out of the University of Connecticut. Pro Football Focus gave Adams a 79.4 overall grade in 2016, the second-highest score of any rookie safety. He is currently tied for the Buccaneers franchise record for most interceptions in a single game(3) with Ronde Barber and Aqib Talib. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Feb 4

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Andy Reid is the head coach of the defending champion Kansas City Chiefs. Reid spent a decade coaching college football before becoming an offensive assistant for the Green Bay Packers from 1992 to 1998, winning Super Bowl XXXI. After leaving the Packers, Reid became the head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles, leading the team to nine playoff runs, six division titles, five NFC Championship games (including four consecutive appearances from 2001 to 2004), and one Super Bowl appearance. In his eight seasons with Kansas City, he has led the Chiefs to seven postseason appearances, five division titles, three AFC Championship games, two Super Bowl appearances, and the franchise's first Super Bowl victory in 50 years and his first as a head coach. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Feb 3

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Scott Zolak is the color analyst for the New England Patriots and co-host of Zo & Beetle for 98.5 The Sports Hub. Before broadcasting, Zolak was selected 84th overall in the 1991 NFL Draft by the Patriots and spent eight of his nine years in the league with the organization. Almost three decades later, Zolak remains the most recent quarterback selected from the University of Maryland and is a staple of the New England area. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Feb 1

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ESPN Senior NFL Insider Adam Schefter is one of the most respected names in sports. With accolades spanning from Best Newsbreaker to Sports Media Personality of the Year, Schefter has earned his spot amongst the most influential names in both the media and NFL. Along with NFL insider coverage, Schefter is hosts ESPN's The Adam Schefter Podcast and is a periodic sideline reporter for NBA on ESPN. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Jan 29

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Erik Coleman is a former NFL Safety. Drafted by the New York Jets in the fifth round of the 2004 NFL Draft, Coleman played in the NFL from 2004 until 2012, totaling over 650 tackles and 11 interceptions. Coleman is currently the co-host of Jets Late Night on CBS and ESPNRadio's Inside the Jets. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Jan 26

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Leon C. McKenzie is the founder and president of Sure Sports. Launched in 2009, Sure Sports focuses on providing athletes with competitive credit facilities. McKenzie's professional background includes positions like financial analyst, Sr. commercial credit analyst, and head of financial underwriting. He is also a veteran, having served from 1994-2002, and was named Soldier of the Year for the Fort Jackson Base in 1994. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Jan 18

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Bill Guerin is the general manager of the Minnesota Wild. The two-time Stanley Cup champion was the 5th overall pick in the 1989 NHL Entry Draft and went on to play 18 seasons, becoming the first player of Hispanic descent to play in the NHL. Guerin won two more Stanley Cups as the assistant general manager of the Pittsburgh Penguins and was inducted into the United States Hockey Hall of Fame in 2013. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Jan 15

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Dan Kaplan is a sports business reporter for The Athletic. Before joining the Athletic in May 2019, Kaplan spent over two decades writing for SportsBusiness Journal.  See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Jan 13

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Adam Jones is a professional baseball outfielder for the Orix Buffaloes of Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB). He has played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Seattle Mariners, Baltimore Orioles and Arizona Diamondbacks. The Mariners selected Jones in the first round of the 2003 MLB draft. He came up in the Mariners' minor league system as a shortstop before transitioning to the outfield. He made his MLB debut with the Mariners in 2006 and was traded to the Orioles before the 2008 season. Jones is a five-time MLB All-Star, a four-time Gold Glove Award winner, and a Silver Slugger winner. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Jan 11

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Neil O'Donnell is a former quarterback who played in the National Football League for 14 seasons (1990–2003) with the Pittsburgh Steelers, New York Jets, Cincinnati Bengals, and Tennessee Titans. He played college football at Maryland. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Jan 8

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Peter Koch is an American actor and a former football player. Koch was a defensive end who played five seasons in the NFL including for the Bengals, Chiefs, and Raiders. He was selected 16th overall in the 1984 NFL Draft. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Jan 6

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Ronald Lott is an American former professional football player who was a cornerback, free safety, and strong safety in the National Football League for 14 seasons during the 1980s and 1990s. Lott played college football for the University of Southern California and was honored as a consensus All-American. When Lott talks football, it would behoove us to listen. He did just that joining Rich Salgado on the Big Daddy & Friends podcast focusing on the upcoming NFL Playoffs while giving us a prediction of who will play against one another in Super Bowl LV this coming February. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Jan 4

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Three-time Super Bowl champion and two-time Dallas Cowboys Pro Bowl fullback Daryl “Moose” Johnston provides color commentary for the  FOX NFL broadcasts with play-by-play announcer Kevin Burkhardt. He played college football at Syracuse University. He was the General Manager of the San Antonio Commanders of the Alliance of American Football in 2019, and currently serves as Director of Player Personnel for the Dallas Renegades. Longtime Dallas Cowboys fullback Daryl Johnston recently caught up with Rich Salgado on Big Daddy & Friends to discuss his remarkable path to the NFL, his friendship with Cowboys legend Emmitt Smith, and how he was following the prolific ball-carrier long before their days as three-time Super Bowl champions in Dallas. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Dec 2020

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Mike Tannenbaum is a professional American football executive. He was the Executive Vice President of Football Operations for the Miami Dolphins. Prior to that, he served as the general manager for the New York Jets of the National Football League. ESPN analyst and former New York Jets general manager Mike Tannenbaum recently sat down for an interview with Rich Salgado on Big Daddy & Friends to discuss his humble beginnings en route to eventual emergence as an NFL executive. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Dec 2020

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Darren Heitner, Esq. is the Founder of Heitner Legal, which is a law firm with many practice areas, including sports law and contract law. Heitner has represented numerous athletes and sports agents as legal counsel, including but not limited to NFL players Antonio Brown, Brandon Marshall, Darius Leonard, Frank Gore, Johnny Manziel, LeGarrette Blount, Terrell Owens, ; tennis players Anna Kournikova and Alexa Noel; NBA players Andrew Wiggins, Arron Afflalo, De’Aaron Fox, Montrezl Harrell; MLB players Alex Avila, Ervin Santana, Jose Bautista, Luis Castillo, Manny Ramirez, Pablo Sandoval, and Rafael Furcal. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Dec 2020

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Kelli Masters has represented more professional athletes than any woman in the industry, having served as agent/contract advisor to players in every NFL draft since 2006 as well as numerous athletes in the MLB draft and the Olympics.  Kelli is a former National and World Champion baton twirler, and was also Miss Oklahoma 1997, winning awards for talent and community service at the Miss America pageant that year. Currently, Kelli serves as an Adjunct Professor at Oklahoma City University and Oklahoma Christian University, teaching Sports Law.  Masters is also about to release her first book, which is titled High Impact Life: A Sports Agent’s Secrets to Finding and Fulfilling a Purpose You Can’t Lose. It’s available for pre-order on Amazon and will release on August 3, 2021. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Dec 2020

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Brian Baldinger is a former professional American football offensive lineman in the National Football League for the Dallas Cowboys, Indianapolis Colts and Philadelphia Eagles. He currently works for NFL Network, where he serves as an analyst for the television show NFL Total Access.  See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Dec 2020

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Tripp Tracy is a retired American professional hockey goaltender and the current television and radio color commentator for the Carolina Hurricanes. Rich Salgado, the host of the Big Daddy and Friends show, caught up with Tripp Tracy to chat about covering hockey, playing cards with Bubba Franks, and Bill Cowher.   See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Dec 2020

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Veteran NFL writer Jim Trotter joined NFL Media in April of 2018. He serves in a multitude of roles for NFL Network and NFL.com. Longtime NFL reporter Jim Trotter joined Rich Salgado on "Big Daddy & Friends" for a recent interview, and discussed how he was forced to step down as president of Pro Football Writers of America upon moving from ESPN to NFL Network. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Dec 2020

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Kevin Weekes is a Canadian former professional hockey goaltender who played 348 games in the National Hockey League (NHL). He is now a studio analyst for NHL Networks' On the Fly and NHL Tonight. Kevin Weekes caught up with Rich Salgado, host of the "Big Daddy & Friends" show, to talk about everything from his days growing up in Toronto, Canada and dreaming of the NHL to playing in the Tri-State area to the value of immigrants. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Dec 2020

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Rich 'Big Daddy' Salgado talks with New York Islanders head coach Barry Trotz to chat about the successes of his team, as well as the construction of the new arena in Long Island, the NHL playoffs, life in the NHL bubble, and the future of the Islanders. Trotz had a lot to say, and even offered up some advice for other coaches.  Barry Trotz is a Canadian professional ice hockey coach for the New York Islanders of the National Hockey League. He is also the former head coach of the Nashville Predators and the Washington Capitals. As an NHL coach, he is fourth all-time in wins, only behind Scotty Bowman, Joel Quenneville, and Ken Hitchcock. He is often referred to by fans and players as "Trotzy" or the "Eggman". See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Dec 2020

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Marvin Washington is a former New York Jets defensive star & Super Bowl Champion with the Denver Broncos. Selected in the sixth round of the 1989 NFL draft, he played eight seasons for the New York Jets of which he was a starter for six. He additionally played for the Denver Broncos and San Francisco 49ers, accumulating a total of 40.5 sacks in 155 games played during his career. Washington played both basketball and football at the University of Idaho. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Dec 2020

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