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The Gridiron and Beyond: "The Many Lives of Nick Buoniconti" with Bentley Weiner of HBO Sports (Ep. 25)

On the latest episode of The Gridiron and Beyond, Bob Socci sits down with Bentley Weiner, Vice President and Senior Producer, HBO Sports and producer of the documentary, "The Many Lives of Nick Buoniconti." (@HBO and @HBODocs). We discuss the life story of @Patriots and @MiamiDolphins great Nick Buoniconti, who grew from his Springfield, MA upbringing into a Pro…

The Gridiron and Beyond: Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press (Ep. 24)

On the latest episode of The Gridiron and Beyond, Bob Socci sits down with Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press (@davebirkett) and Pro Football Hall of Fame selection committee.   We discuss the start of NFL free agency, including the Lions' signing of several ex-Patriots -- most notably, Trey Flowers -- and why it was…

The Gridiron and Beyond: Andrew Callahan of Mass Live (Ep. 23)

On the latest episode of The Gridiron and Beyond, Bob Socci sits down with Andrew Callahan (@_AndrewCallahan) of @MassLiveNews.They discuss the current the @patriots coaching staff turnover, NFL free agency and the upcoming draft.   Andrew also explains what he learned from speaking to Pats coaches at the Super Bowl about the qualities and characteristics they…

The Gridiron and Beyond: Miguel Benzan from BSJ (Ep. 22)

On the latest episode of The Gridiron and Beyond, Bob Socci sits down with Miguel Benzan (@patscap) of the Boston Sports Journal. Two weeks away from the NFL free agency period, they discuss the Patriots salary cap situation, potential free agents and candidates for the franchise tag and contract restructures.

The Gridiron and Beyond: Super Bowl LIII From Radio Row in Atlanta (Ep. 21)

Looking ahead to Sunday, we hear from a lineup of @Patriots and @RamsNFL, including: Danny Shelton...went from 0-16 a year ago to the Super Bowl...  Ted Karras (@_teddy_k)...is enjoying his third trip to the Super Bowl in as many seasons...  John Simon (johnesimon51)...celebrated the birth of his second child and an AFC Championship...  LA assistant coaches…

The Gridiron and Beyond: Vinny Bonsignore, Rams Beat Writer for The Athletic (Ep. 20)

Vinny Bonsignore (@VinnyBonsignore) the Rams beat writer for TheAthletic.com joins Bob Socci on this week's edition of The Gridiron and Beyond.  Why Sean McVay and Bill Belichick may be more alike than you think...  How Wade Phillips has blended big personalities and individual standouts to play good team defense...  What kind of not-so-secret weapon is…

The Gridiron and Beyond: Former Kansas City Chiefs Defensive Lineman Mike DeVito (Ep. 19)

Mike DeVito (@MikeDevito70) is from Nauset Regional High School on the Cape and is a member of the University of Maine Athletic Hall of Fame... As an ex-Chief (2013-15) and New York Jet, he discusses what Sunday's game means to the fans of Kansas City; what it's like to play at Arrowhead Stadium under Andy Red…

The Gridiron and Beyond: Ian O'Connor (Ep. 18)

This week's guest is Ian O'Connor (@Ian_OConnor), author of "Belichick"... Why he believes Bill Belichick is the greatest coach in football history... Why no one shouldn't count out the Patriots this postseason or in the foreseeable future... Who are some of the coaches (including some we may not recognize) that influenced Belichick as a young athlete and…

The Gridiron and Beyond: Upton Bell (Ep. 17)

The podcast this week features Upton Bell (@uptonbell). + Discusses his book, “Present At The Creation,” including his parents — former NFL Commissioner Bert Bell and Broadway actress Frances Upton... + His father’s impact founding the NFL Draft and leading the NFL from essentially a semi-pro league to America’s Game... + His own career as…

The Gridiron and Beyond: Boston Herald's Karen Guregian & Former Patriot Rich Ohrenberg (Ep. 16)

This week's episode of The Gridiron and Beyond was recorded prior to the news of Josh Gordon being suspended indefinitely. The podcast this week features Karen Guregian of the Boston Herald @kguregian on the state of the Patriots. She discusses her recent column on the need for others to help Tom Brady lift the team…

The Gridiron and Beyond: Michael MacCambridge (Ep. 15)

This week's podcast features writer Michael MacCambridge (@MacCambridge), author of "Chuck Noll: His Life's Work," and "America's Game: The Epic Story Of How Pro Football Captured A Nation." MacCambridge is one of the NFL's most acclaimed historians, appearing frequently on NFL Films documentaries. Bob Socci talks with MacCambridge about the football experience in Pittsburgh and how…

The Gridiron and Beyond: Dan Koppen (Ep. 14)

This week's podcast features former Patriots center Dan Koppen. Koppen discusses his new venture into the craft beer industry and how the grand opening of Line Sider Brewery was similar to the opening Sunday of the football season. Koppen also tells Bob Socci how he sought advice from a fellow former New England sports standout…

The Gridiron and Beyond: Jermaine Wiggins (Ep. 13)

This week, as the Pats prepare to host Minnesota, Bob Socci talks to Jermaine Wiggins about...  + How he went from being primarily a basketball standout in East Boston to a Super Bowl champ for the team he grew up rooting for...  + How he impressed Bill Belichick on the scout team for the New…

The Gridiron and Beyond: Joe Banner & Kevin Clark (Ep. 12)

This week... @JoeBanner13 + Former president of the Philadelphia Eagles and CEO of the Cleveland Browns, Joe Banner...contributor to @TheAthletic... + Grew up in Boston... + Discusses his career path from the clothing business in Boston to a top executive under Jeffrey Lurie... + Why Lurie ended up buying the Eagles instead of the Patriots...…

The Gridiron and Beyond: Chris Gasper of the Boston Globe (Ep. 11)

This week's podcast features Boston Globe columnist and pregame host for the New England Patriots Radio Network, Chris Gasper. We discuss Gasper's column on the "common thread" between the Patriots' losses, and the state of the team overall. Plus, we look ahead to what the future holds for the team, both for the rest of…

The Gridiron and Beyond: Ron Wolf, Former Packers GM & Don Banks from The Athletic (Ep. 9)

This week's podcast features Pro Football Hall of Fame executive Ron Wolf, the former general manager of the Green Bay Packers.  He discusses his trade for Brett Favre, hiring of Mike Holmgren, signing of Reggie White, Super Bowl XXXI against the Patriots and much more. Then @DonBanks of @TheAthleticNFL and @patriots.com joins us to discuss…

The Gridiron and Beyond: Vic Carucci of the Buffalo News & Will Brinson of CBSSports.com (Ep. 8)

  Vic Carucci (@viccarucci) of the Buffalo News and @SiriusXMNFL Pro Football Hall of Fame selector. Author of "Son of Bum" and other football biographies. Subjects include the state of the @buffalobills... Western New York native Rob Gronkowski and his family... Bills Mafia... The Four Falls of Buffalo... Hall of Fame consideration for ex-Bill special teams…

The Gridiron and Beyond: Dan Pompei “Fearless: How An Underdog Became A Champion” (Ep. 7)

This week’s podcast features Dan Pompei @danpompei... NFL reporter for more than 30 years... with @TheAthleticNFL and @BR_NFL and co-author of “Fearless: How An Underdog Became A Champion”... also a Pro Football HOF selector... And former @ChicagoBears offensive lineman and current radio color commentator Tom Thayer...  Topics include... + Timeless performances by ageless quarterbacks. + Judging…

The Gridiron and Beyond: Jeff Howe & Scott Zolak 'If These Walls Could Talk' (Ep. 6)

This week on the latest episode of "The Gridiron and Beyond," Bob Socci brings in on-air partner, Patriots and Sports Hub broadcaster, Scott Zolak and reporter Jeff Howe, formerly of the Boston Herald and now with The Athletic. Jeff and Scott have collaborated on a new book, "If These Walls Could Talk: New England Patriots:…

The Gridiron and Beyond: The Career Of Willie McGinest (Ep. 5)

This week on the latest episode of "The Gridiron and Beyond," Bob Socci looks back at the career of one of the Patriots' greats, Willie McGinest. As the NFL Network prepares to air 'A Football Life: Willie McGinest' on Friday, October 5th, Socci brings us back to a conversation he and McGinest had back in…

The Gridiron and Beyond: 'Football for a Buck: The Crazy Rise and Crazier Demise of the USFL' Author Jeff Pearlman (Ep. 3)

This week on the latest episode of "The Gridiron and Beyond," Bob Socci sits down with sports writer Jeff Pearlman for a chat about the former USFL and his new book, "Football for a Buck: The Crazy Rise and Crazier Demise of the USFL." Bob also discusses last week's Patriots game versus Jacksonville and the…