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The Football Girl Podcast

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Finally, a podcast celebrating all the women who know and love football. TFG Managing Editor Melissa Jacobs talks to the most prominent female voices in all aspects of the NFL and shares a weekly musing on the intersection of football, society and feminism.

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Amy Palcic on Running the World of an NFL PR Department
A rare, wide-ranging conversation with Amy Palcic, the first woman to run an NFL PR department. Palcic takes the listener inside her job including that monumental night when J.J. Watt decided to start a small fundraiser for Hurricane Harvey. Palcic also offers great insight into the modern pr-media relationship and considers how men and women may cover the sport differently. Also in this episode, Melissa shares what is most exciting her about the upcoming NFL season (hint: think robust QB rooms). Later we hand name our first TFG Do-Gooder. The Rundown: 4:45: Why the NFL’s QB future looks especially bright 8:40: On Ed Werder’s misguided blindness about general inequality in sports media 14:36: Amy Palcic joins! 16:20: Palcic on being a “female first” 17:37: Palcic on what the head of communications for an NFL team actually does 20:11: Palcic on the Texans high ratio of female executives 22:09: Palcic tells the crazy story of how J.J. Watt’s Hurricane Harvey came to life 32:30: Palcic on why the NFL pr-reporter relationship has become more difficult 34:55: Palcic on the most difficult aspect of her job 37:03: Palcic on whether there is difference between the way women and men cover the NFL 38:41: Palcic on the importance of women supporting each other in the NFL 41:50: Palcic on growing up the daughter of an NFL coach and whether she ever wanted to coach 42:50: Palcic’s advice for anyone wanting to follow in her footsteps. 44:47: Our debut Do Gooder of the Week is … Seahawks WR Doug Baldwin
The Fascinating NFL Afterlife of D'Brickashaw Ferguson
When former Jets left tackle D’Brickashaw Ferguson retired two years ago at age 32 in the midst of a storied, injury-free career, the news was stunning for many. Was it because the Jets wanted him to take a pay cut? Or perhaps it was because Ferguson felt a ‘little betrayed’ after seeing the movie Concussion? Ferguson clears the air in this wide-ranging conversation. He also speaks honestly about the unique transition from professional athlete to regular human, and his process of self-discovery. As a player, Ferguson prided himself on being quiet and non-controversial. Here, he talks about his evolved mindset, the unique platform given to athletes, and the types of conversations he hopes to start with his new experiential blog, The Perspective. Plus, his current health, his feelings about the trajectory of football and much more! Also in this episode, Melissa reflects on the life and impact of Dwight Clark, plus breaks down all the antiqued elements of the 1982 NFC Championship. (A time out with :58 seconds left and third down? What was Bill Walsh thinking???) THE RUNDOWN 4:26: Melissa remembers the greatness of Dwight Clark 8:30: Melissa on the anachronisms of the 1982 NFC Championship 13:30: D’BRICKASHAW FERGUSON JOINS 13:53: Why he retired in 2016 17:13: Whether CTE and seeing Concussion factored into his decision 19:22: Examining his post-NFL options and why he chose finance 22:48: On the mental transition from professional athlete to regular human 27:01: The varying layers of NFL players deciding to retire 30:53: On why he’s starting a new blog called The Perspective about his experiences 34:15: Why he was non-controversial as a player and why he’s done being quiet 37:30: The emotions of writing 39:15: How much football he watches 43:35: On the only surgery he’s ever had. He was 9. 48:14: Does he agree with Melissa’s notion that LT is the second-most important position in football
Navigating the NFL's Shameful New Anthem Policy
On this special edition of the TFG Pod, Melissa shares her views on the deeply disturbing new anthem policy wrong, and the possible ramifications for the NFL. She also discusses a recent Player’s Coalition event in Oakland rooted in criminal justice reform and a particularly poignant statement from 49ers cornerback Richard Sherman. Then Howard Bryant, ESPN the Magazine senior writer and author of the prescient new book, The Heritage: Black Athletes, a Divided America and the Politics of Patriotism, joins to offer his fiery lens on the anthem policy and what’s next for the players. Bryant is hopeful this policy will ignite a true coalition of players but is skeptical given the union’s decades-long lack of moral backbone. Also three NFL fans announce they are done with the league after the new anthem policy. THE RUNDOWN 1:30: A fun announcement about the TFG Podcast 5:30: Melissa attends a Player’s Coalition event in Oakland 7:52: Richard Sherman on why sports and politics SHOULD mix 9:10: The NFL players got royally screwed by the new anthem policy 11:35: Melissa on the never-ending holes with the anthem policy HOWARD BRYANT JOINS 18:25: New policy confirms skepticism toward union + “players got played” 20:32: We’re going to find out what the players are made of. 23:25: Solidarity among players should have taken priority over working with NFL 25:40: Players need to find more new, creative ways to protest 28:80: Hopeful that Malcolm Jenkins will change his tactics 29:50: How to keep original messaging on target 31:45: Up to the union to create platform where player activism can be passed on
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Nov 30th, 2017
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Jun 21st, 2018
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