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The Gridiron and Beyond: Ted Johnson (Ep. 37)

This week on The Gridiron and Beyond, the voice of the New England Patriots, Bob Socci sits down with former New England Patriots linebacker and current 98.5 The Sports Hub personality, Ted Johnson. They discuss the Patriots' Week 2 thrashing of the Miami Dolphins, and how impressive the defense has been so far. Socci &…

The Gridiron and Beyond: Matt Dolloff from 985thesportshub.com & Joe Schad of the Palm Beach Post (Ep. 36)

This week on The Gridiron and Beyond, the voice of the New England Patriots, Bob Socci sits down with Matt Dolloff, writer & columnist for 985thesportshub.com to talk about the Antonio Brown saga as it stands so far. Matt also previews the upcoming Week 2 game against the Miami Dolphins at home in South Florida.…

The Gridiron and Beyond: NFL Network's Aditi Kinkhabwala Previews Patriots Season Opener (Ep. 35)

This week on The Gridiron and Beyond, the voice of the New England Patriots, Bob Socci sits down with Aditi Kinkhabwala (@AKinkhabwala) of the NFL Network for a preview of the New England Patriots' season opener against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday night. + Addition by subtraction?  Following a drama-free filled 2018 featuring a late-season…

The Gridiron and Beyond: Devin McCourty (Ep. 34)

This week on The Gridiron and Beyond, the voice of the New England Patriots, Bob Socci sits down with Devin McCourty. McCourty discusses the recent retirement of Andrew Luck, Rob Gronkowski's emotional press conference and the health scare for David Andrews and explains how players -- long seen as "gladiators" -- are now being better…

The Gridiron and Beyond: Brandon Bolden, David Andrews, & Evan Lazar (Ep. 33)

Preseason Week 2 is here, and the voice of your New England Patriots, Bob Socci joins us for another episode of The Gridiron and Beyond from Nashville. This episode features Patriots running back Brandon Bolden and center David Andrews, as well as Evan Lazar of CLNS Media and @ezlazar.

The Gridiron and Beyond: Patriots-Lions Joint Practice with Deatrich Wise Jr. & Matt Chatham (Ep. 32)

Preseason football is upon us, and the voice of your New England Patriots, Bob Socci joins us for another season of The Gridiron and Beyond from outside Detroit, Michigan. This episode features Deatrich Wise Jr. and Matt Chatham, following the Patriots joint practices with the Lions in Allen Park, MI and before they meet in…

The Gridiron and Beyond: Melissa Jacobs, a.k.a. "The Football Girl" (Ep. 31)

Formerly with ESPN and Sports Illustrated, Melissa Jacobs, the founder and managing editor of the footballgirl.com, joins Bob to discuss the increasing gender diversification at every level of football; from full-time female coaches in the NFL to players at the youth level.  Jacobs also talks about her colleagues covering the sport; the balance between highlighting…

The Gridiron and Beyond: Matthew Slater and Lawrence Guy (Ep. 29)

From Patriots minicamp, Bob is joined by Matthew Slater and Lawrence Guy, as they discuss this week's celebration of last season at their championship ring party hosted by Robert Kraft even as they turn the page preparing for the coming campaign. Slater expounds on what virtues like humility and kindness mean to him as a…

The Gridiron and Beyond: Tyler Dunne of Bleacher Report (Ep. 28)

On the latest episode of The Gridiron and Beyond, Bob Socci talks with Tyler Dunne of Bleacher Report. (@TyDunne) We discuss the legacy of Bart Starr... Compare Starr to Tom Brady... Contrast Brady with Aaron Rodgers... Dunne’s stories on Super Bowl LIII, as experienced by the McCourty twins, and James White’s hidden talents... And what…

The Gridiron and Beyond: Mark Schofield (Ep. 27)

On the latest episode of The Gridiron and Beyond, Bob Socci talks with Mark Schofield (@MarkSchofield) from insidethepylon.com, profootballweekly.com and patspulpit.com. A former college quarterback, Mark discusses: The Patriots 2019 Draft and free agent classes. What he learned from speaking to prospects and evaluating practices at the Senior Bowl, specifically quarterback Jarrett Stidham. How the…

NFL Draft Preview Show: April 21, 2019

On this season's third edition of the NFL Draft Preview Show, Bob Socci and Ted Johnson run through their potential targets for the Patriots in the upcoming draft. Also, host on SiriusXM NFL Radio, and a former NFL quarterback Jim Miller joined Bob and Ted to discuss potential QB targets for the Patriots and his…

NFL Draft Preview Show: April 14, 2019

On this edition of the Sports Hub NFL Draft Preview Show, Patriots broadcaster Bob Socci and former Patriot great Ted Johnson analyze Coach Bill Belichick's pre-draft press conference from this week and discuss which needs Belichick should address. Also, Patriots beat writer Kevin Duffy of the Boston Herald joined the show to add his draft…

NFL Draft Preview Show: April 7, 2019

On the first edition of the 2019 NFL Draft Preview Show with New England Patriots broadcaster Bob Socci and former Patriot great Ted Johnson, the guys review the Patriots off-season thus far, and run through the key departures from the Super Bowl winning team. Plus, Jeff Howe of The Athletic provided his draft insight and…

The Gridiron and Beyond: John Eisenberg, Author of "The League: How Five Rivals Created the NFL and Launched a Sports Empire." (Ep. 26)

On the latest episode of The Gridiron and Beyond, Bob Socci sits down with John Eisenberg (@BmoreEisenberg) author of,  "The League: How Five Rivals Created the NFL and Launched a Sports Empire." As the NFL readies to kick off its 100th season, John and Bob discuss the league's early history and the key figures, on…

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…