Ralph Wenzel: His Real Heroism Came After His NFL Career

Ralph Wenzel, who played for the NFL’s Pittsburgh Steelers and San Diego Chargers from 1966 to 1973, spent his career being largely unnoticed by fans and sportscasters transfixed by touchdown passes and spectacular runs. He toiled in the trenches of the interior line, where his job was keep his team’s quarterback from being sacked by opposing defenders, and to open holes through which a running back could burst through and gain a few more yards toward a first down. It …

Football Legend Dan Marino Passes His Knowledge to Members as AARP’s New Ambassador

“There’s a lot of life ahead of you and a lot of things to accomplish after 50. You have to take advantage of it,” said NFL star and Hall of Famer Dan Marino Monday on CBS This Morning. Marino, who turned 50 last year, (watch him receive his AARP card here) announced his new role as AARP’s “Men’s Life Ambassador.” In this role, Marino will share his point of view and expertise on a variety of men’s interests including health, …

A Day in the Life of a Football Mom. Why Manners are a Must!

Let me ask you a serious question. How many of you have ever spent any quality time in the ladies’ restroom at an NFL stadium, excluding “most” males? It’s really much more pleasant than you might think. However, my experience outside this secure place was much different. In fact, Roger Goodell should insist that the NFL offer life skill classes to teach folks to interact properly with other fans. The League is multicultural and contemporary, but I spent the entire day …

September 11th Reminds Us That We are United and Strong

This past Sunday was the tenth anniversary of the terrorist attack on our country. It was also the opening Sunday for the 2011 NFL football season. Therefore, late Saturday afternoon, Sean and I arrived in Baltimore to prepare for the Baltimore Ravens’ opening home game against our rival team the Pittsburgh Steelers. We had a lovely dinner with Michael Saturday night. We talked football, family and fall events. After dinner, Michael went off to team meetings, and we took a …

NASCAR, NFL and 9/11: Memories and Mixed Emotions

To paraphrase a Rolling Stones song, am I the only one with mixed emotions? I was happy about a beautiful fall weekend. Thrilled to be in Richmond covering NASCAR’s last race before ‘the Chase’ for our Drive to End Hunger effort. Excited for NFL kickoff weekend (go Redskins!). And extremely sad about what happened 10 years ago. Anyone who experienced it firsthand knows what I mean. Images can bring the sounds, sights and smells from that day rushing back all …

Super Bowl Flashback: Bart Starr

(Green Bay quarterback Bart Starr (second to right, wearing #15) holds onto the ball under pressure from the Dallas Cowboys “doomsday defense” on New Year’s Day, 1967. Via.) “I don’t think anybody had [more] strength of character, mental strength or the will to win. Whatever it took to win the game, he was willing to do that.” That’s from former Green Bay Packers center Ken Bowman, talking about his twice-MVP quarterback Bart Starr. The Packers played in both of the …