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Helmets Off

Dec 14, 2017

Helmets Off Host and former NFL Quarterback Scott Mitchell was joined by 10 year NFL veteran Defensive Back, Super Bowl Champion and Author Burgess Owens.

They start out by reflecting on Burgess' journey of getting to the NFL from his hometown in Tallahassee, Florida.  He claims that he had a rough senior season in high school as far as his performance on the football field.  All of the teams that recruited him leading up to his senior, were not interested in him anymore after his high school career.  He went to his head coach to send some information to the University of Miami, because he wanted to study Marine Biology and that is where the water was.  He also, wanted to go to Miami because it was never cold there.  So his high school coach sent his film into the Miami and the school decided to take a chance on him.  When that happened in the late 60's, Burgess was only the third African American athlete to earn a scholarship at Miami.  He goes back to the movie "Remember The Titans" where that was the transition that he went into at the University of Miami.  It seemed to be a little different than other schools.  He had a best friend who was jewish and didn't play football but he would forget at times that he was white.  Scott talks about his relationship with Herman Moore from back in his days with the Lions who was in the same situation as Burgess.

Burgess moves ahead to his time with the Oakland Raiders and playing for owner Al Davis, whose motto was "Just win baby."  What he enjoyed about the Raider culture was that Al did not care about your race, size or anything other than talented players who would win games for him.  The thing about the Raiders is that they would win a lot of football games back then.  One of his teammates, Lester Hayes, known as the "stick'em guy" who had 23 interceptions.  They were always a selfless team.  Didn't care about their stats.  That is important because the next year, the team became selfish and they finished in the bottom of their division.  Owner Al Davis changed the culture where you could do whatever you wanted off the field but on game day, you had to come together as a team.

Burgess' greatest memory of his time with the Raiders was in the locker room just before the Super Bowl. But coming into that season, from College throughout his professional career he had 12 straight losing seasons. His last season of high school, 4 seasons with the University of Miami and 7 seasons with the New York Jets, he had a losing season every year.  He remembered playing the Raiders when he was with the Jets and wishing that he could play for the Raiders. Skipping ahead to the locker room before the Super Bowl with the Raiders telling himself that he couldn't believe that he was about to play in the Super Bowl.  He always had so much gratitude towards his teammates and the organization.

Scott mentions that he had never won a Super Bowl and working with Jason Buck who has a Super Bowl Ring.  Burgess Owens is the Author of a book called "Liberalism or How to Turn Good Men Into Whiners, Weenies and Whimps." Because of that book, on December 20th, Burgess gets to host a radio show for Sean Hannity of FOX News. Burgess reflects on his senior year of high school where he said a prayer and messed up and told himself he would never speak in front of a big crowd again.  Now he is going on FOX News. 

Scott brings up that Burgess is a conservative African American.  Burgess talks about getting flack for that.  He goes back on hearing that if you work hard enough, you can achieve anything as long as you respect women, our flag and our country and win the fight against racism. 

Burgess talks about Pete Rozelle, who was the Commissioner of the NFL for nearly 30 years from 1960 to 1989.  He talks about Pete serving in World War II and saw that he cared about branding and respecting the flag and Burgess wants the league to care about that again.

Scott weighs in on what is going on with the NFL and the anthem protests and that it is divisive, Scott is wondering how he can serve.  Scott thinks that is going to get better or solved by an event of humility.  Burgess thinks that service is the core of who Americans are.  He thinks that African Americans need to stop acting like victims and learn the American history.  Burgess thinks that if others offer service to other people in their communities would bind us together as a nation.  Scott asks him if he thinks that the social changes that happened in the 60's benefit the black community.  Burgess notes that now days that they have found every negative thing about African Americans.

Scott starts to wrap up the interview with the "Gauntlet of Truth." He asks him a series of questions that Burgess has to answer honestly.  The hardest hit that he gave someone on the football field was to Darryl Stingley of the New England Patriots.  Burgess was with the Jets.  Burgess' biggest regret in life was if he hurt peoples feelings and did not apologize to them. Scott asks Burgess that if he was walking down the street and saw a wallet full of money, how much money has to be in the wallet for him to not turn it in, the kicker is that the wallet belongs to a known drug dealer.  Burgess said he would give back the wallet regardless of how much is in it.  But because it is a drug dealer's wallet, he would turn it in to the police.  Burgess believes that you won't be successful if you take shortcuts. 

Next question that Scott asked Burgess what is the one thing that he could say to people.  Burgess says his quote about life "everything works out in the end, if it hasn't worked out yet, it's not the end." Other than his parents, Burgess' biggest influence on him in his life was Harriet Tubman.  In 7th grade he had a connection with Harriet.  The respect for the love she had for the people and going back for the people and risked her freedom.    

He mentions a program that he is involved with called "One Heart Project" that helps the young people find a second chance with finding jobs and being productive and to respect our country. 

Scott Mitchell takes his helmet off to show you the inside scoop of all kinds of sports from football to even golf. Scott Mitchell is a former NFL quarterback who was a star quarterback at the University of Utah before going on to have a professional career playing with the Miami Dolphins, the Orlando Thunder, the Detroit Lions, the Baltimore Ravens, and the Cincinnati Bengals. Scott also hosts the podcast Rivals with former NFL player Jason Buck.

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