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Dan Le Batard: The Life Of Pat Tillman Was Wasted

“Pat Tillman gave up his NFL career with the Arizona Cardinals to enlist in the United States Army following the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.”

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The US government is pulling out from the war effort in Afghanistan and Dan Le Batard wanted to make sure one soldier who lost his life during the nearly two-decade-skirmish has his memory honored correctly.

Pat Tillman gave up his NFL career with the Arizona Cardinals to enlist in the United States Army following the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. The former NFL safety died less than two years later as the result of friendly fire.

Le Batard reminded NFL fans that it never had to end that way for Tillman.

“Turn on your television, and it’s biblical apocalypse,” Le Batard said. “The video coming out of Afghanistan right now is an unspeakable horror, and I will remind you again if you’re somebody who cares about sports – the life of Pat Tillman was wasted on a cause that spans across governments, across politics, 20 years of American failure.”

The video footage Le Batard referred to shows the capture of Kabul, Afghanistan by the Taliban and the ensuing evacuation of the city. 

NFL promotions and imagery are known to use Pat Tillman in his Cardinals uniform to promote their support for the troops. The patriotic promos were at the top of mind for the podcaster.

“That is what the NFL gives you during the Super Bowl when it is putting on a commercial that is remembering Pat Tillman. A life wasted. No less noble on his cause,” Le Batard said, to not blame Tillman. “This was a final death that was covered up by our government in just a horrific symbolic mess and the idea that the NFL still trots that out as something to throw in your commercials during the Super Bowl speaks to just what a waste his nobility was on behalf of that fight.”

Le Batard is not the first in the sports media to call out the propaganda the NFL has created around Pat Tillman’s military service. Earlier this year ESPN’s Bomani Jones called the media’s portrayal of Tillman’s death “indefensibly pathetic.”

Watch the full clip from The Dan Le Batard Show with Stugotz above.

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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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LaVar Arrington, ‘Up On Game Presents’ Forges Multiplatform Deal With John Brenkus, Brinx.TV

The two entities have created a show called The NIL House, which will feature Brenkus and Rob Vaka discussing the latest news, biggest stories, athletes, collectives, and celebrities in the Name, Image, and Likeness space.

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Fox Sports Radio morning co-host LaVar Arrington has announced a multi-platform deal with creator and host of Sport Science John Brenkus and Brinx.TV.

The two entities have created a show called The NIL House, which will feature Brenkus and Rob Vaka discussing the latest news, biggest stories, athletes, collectives, and celebrities in the Name, Image, and Likeness space.

“We are thrilled to be partnering with a pioneer like John Brenkus and Brinx.TV,” said Arrington. “This relationship will dramatically expedite our slate of programming and positively impact the sports entertainment industry.”

“LaVar Arrington has dominated the world of sports on and off the field,” adds Brenkus. “By combining Up On Game and Brinx.TV’s distribution platforms, there really is no limit to our success.”

Up On Game Presents is the podcast platform Arrington curates, in conjunction with Fox Sports Radio. The Up On Game podcast features Arrington and former NFL Pro Bowl wide receivers T.J. Houshmandzadeh and Plaxico Burress.

Brinx.TV was created in February of 2021 and allows subscribers the ability to watch live programming while also make purchases, bid in auctions, buy NFTs, and answer trivia questions.

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