(Photos courtesy of Leigh Steinberg)
Talk of Fame Network
The free-agent frenzy may have dissipated, but that didn’t stop the Talk of Fame Network from airing two hours of fast and furious radio this week as NFL owners gathered in Boca Raton, Fla. for the annual league meetings.
There are plenty of topics, and our Hall-of-Fame hosts, Ron Borges, Rick Gosselin and Clark Judge, cover them all, beginning with a frank discussion with “super-agent’’ Leigh Steinberg about free agency, the draft, his latest prized client and his own comeback from a steep fall from grace.
“Someone will fall in love with Paxton,’’ Steinberg said of Memphis State quarterback and projected potential first-round pick Paxton Lynch.
Steinberg has represented eight overall No. 1 picks during his 35 years as an NFL agent. Lynch won’t be the ninth, but Steinberg believes he’s “evocative of a new wave of quarterbacks.’’
Speaking of a new wave, the guys also sit down with the Jacksonville Jaguars’ remarkable young wide receiver, Allen Robinson, who in only his second NFL season led the league in touchdowns with 14. Asked who he considers the best receiver in the league, Robinson frankly said, “I would for sure have to consider myself up there with the best, if not the best.’’
Robinson discusses his excitement over the high-priced moves the Jaguars have made this off-season, the decision of boyhood idol Calvin Johnson to retire and why he chose not to play basketball at Penn State even though the coach sought him out.
NFL historian extraordinaire John Turney also visits and offers up his list of the five most deserving players not in the Hall of Fame, while Hall-of-Fame voter Sam Kouvaris of Jacksonville checks in with the latest on the free-spending Jaguars.
Our guys debate Richard Sherman’s categorization of commissioner Roger Goodell as “a suit’’ for the league’s proposal to make two unsportsmanlike penalty calls in a game cause for expulsion (aka the red card comes to the NFL); the Jets’ decision to play hard ball with “The Amish Rifle,’’ quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick; Peyton Manning’s refusal to sign a phony one-day contract so he could retire an Indianapolis Colt; and the possibility the league might expand use of instant replay and coaches challenges of officials calls.
Rick also states his Hall-of-Fame case for long forgotten Chicago Bears’ defensive lineman Ed Sprinkle, a feared legend of the 1940's famous for a form of face tackling known as “The Claw.’’
Ron also wades in with an argument for why the Oakland Raiders’ flirtation with the city of Las Vegas could eventually turn into a love affair.
There’s all that and much more on this week’s show, which can be heard on 80 radio stations around the country, on our podcast at iTunes or by listening on the TuneIn app. You can also hear it and all our past shows at our website, talkoffamenetwork.com.