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Michael Irvin: Social Media Ruins Players’ Hunger

“Right now, no matter where you go, those cameras come on. You got to monitor where you go just because people have the camera on.”

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One of the more popular questions that you hear asked to former athletes often is whether or not they would have made it in this era of social media and the 24/7 news cycle. It would have been interesting to see how teams would have been covered back then, including the Dallas Cowboys’ dynasty in the early 1990’s. 

This week on The Colin Cowherd Podcast on The Volume, Cowherd was joined by Pro Football Hall Of Fame wide receiver and NFL Network analyst Michael Irvin. Irvin will also be a part of the NFL Draft Red Carpet Show this Thursday at 6 PM ET on NFL Network before the draft begins in Cleveland. 

Towards the end of the interview, Cowherd brought up how he thought Irvin and another Hall of Famer, Joe Namath, were lucky that they played in the days where there was no IPhone. Irvin admitted he does think about it. 

“I didn’t survive in the news at 11 era. If I couldn’t survive in the news at 11 era, you know I wouldn’t make it in the social media every second era,” Irvin joked. “Right now, no matter where you go, those cameras come on. You got to monitor where you go just because people have the camera on.”

Michael Irvin believes the popularity some athletes get on social media can take away their hunger. They are already famous before accomplishing the ultimate goal on the field. 

In addition to his social media comments, Irvin was asked by Cowherd if he is concerned that the NFL will experience the load management phenomenon at some point. Cowherd pointed out that way quarterbacks are paid big money and there may come a day when teams want to go the extra mile to protect their investment. Michael Irvin doesn’t think teammates would ever allow that to happen, but there is a trend in the game he does not like.

“I find it incredibly disturbing sometimes even now when I see wide receivers on 3rd down tapping their helmet to come out of the game. It’s 3rd down, we are about to throw the ball for real. How are you tapping your head now? That part I do have an issue with.”

Any wide receiver that will soon be joining the NFL would be wise to listen to Michael Irvin’s words about the use of social media as their lives are about to be changed. Fame could come in an instant, which is why monitoring every step you take is important. 

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PodcastOne Expands Sports Offerings, Adds Nick Swisher, Bobby Portis and Chris Howard to Lineup

PodcastOne is growing its lineup of sports show offerings by adding podcasts from a World Series champion, NBA champion and a former NFL running back.

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PodcastOne is growing its lineup of sports show offerings by adding podcasts from a World Series champion, NBA champion and a former NFL running back.

The company announced it has brought on Nick Swisher, Bobby Portis and Chris Howard to add to its already stacked slate of programming that includes shows from Robert Horry, Michael Irvin, Jay Cutler and “Stone Cold” Steve Austin.

“With the growing PodcastOne sports vertical, we are producing and developing exclusive sports content shows from some of the most recognizable names in the game, adding to our diverse roster of original programming that advertisers and listeners won’t get from other networks,” said PodcastOne president Kit Gray. “Our sports hosted shows offer something for everyone, from the parquet floors of the world of basketball to the spectacle of the wrestling ring.”

Swisher, who will host The Nick Swisher Show, expressed his excitement at the opportunity to tell stories and interview stars from the world of sports and culture.

“My curiosity for the world around me from baseball to books, from coaches to community and from inspirational stories of triumph to seemingly insurmountable moments of failure knows no bounds,” Swisher said. “I’m amped to be sharing stories with fans and listeners, and I’m so excited to partner with PodcastOne to bring my podcast to life.”

Current Milwaukee Bucks forward Bobby Portis will roll out a weekly show called Keep It A Buck where he’ll offer an inside look at the week that was in the NBA while interviewing current and former players.

Howard’s show, Plugged In with Chris Howard, will take a look at some of the biggest headlines in the NFL and get to the bottom of those stories. He’ll also interview athletes and other stars from the world of entertainment to give listeners plenty of behind-the-scenes scoops.

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Amazon’s Thursday Night Football Ratings Up In Week 4

That figure represents growth from last week’s Steeler-Browns game which averaged 11.03 million viewers.

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Amazon Prime Video is the first to tout its NFL success in Week 4 of the season. The week’s first game, the Thursday Night Football matchup between the Miami-Dolphins and Cincinnati Bengals, averaged 11.7 million viewers.

That figure represents growth from last week’s Steeler-Browns game which averaged 11.03 million viewers. That number also represents a massive increase over last year’s Week 3 game from last year (Jaguars-Bengals) which averaged 8 million viewers. That game aired on the NFL Network.

Amazon also noted that the streaming service gathered 13.4 million viewers across all platforms for the Thursday night game.

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Julian Edelman Considers Himself A Pioneer

“I’ve been a football player since I was 8 years old, but I did have other interests. Now that I am done, I get to explore that.”

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Since his playing days with the New England Patriots ended after the 2020 season, Julian Edelman has kept himself busy with his role on Inside the NFL and now co-hosting the Games with Names podcast with comedian Sam Morril. So, what was Edelman looking for with his post-football endeavors?

Edelman was a guest on the most-recent episode of the Half-Forgotten History podcast with Trey Wingo and he said that the vibe that Inside The NFL has with Phil Simms, James Brown, Brandon Marshall, Michael Irvin, and Ray Lewis was something that he was looking for.

“With Inside the NFL, I have those guys and there’s a camaraderie. We get to have that breaking bread and just locker room kind of vibe. On the podcast, it’s the same thing.”

The MVP of Super Bowl XLIII mentioned that the key to doing the things he does now in his post-career came from the way him and his team were able to use social media to build his own brand and help ease the transition from a playing career to a member of the media.

“When I retired, I was fortunate enough to put a good team around me for all of my off-the-field things. We built a brand through social media. Kind of pioneers of this whole thing with social and e-commerce and millennial/Gen-Z things. It helped me land a role on Inside the NFL and go and have an ability to start a podcast, Games With Names. It’s been good and it honestly helps with the transition.”

Now that Edelman’s playing days are in the past, he said that he now has the opportunity to do things that he was always interested in since he was a kid, but did not have the time for and he is grateful for the opportunities that the NFL has allowed him to have.

“I’ve been a football player since I was 8 years old, but I did have other interests. Now that I am done, I get to explore that. I am so grateful for football and for the game just because it has given me the opportunity to do things that are fun and amazing.”

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