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Hall of Fame Trifecta
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It’s another Hall of Fame Trifecta on Bearly Legal, as Robin, David & Elliott hook up with LA Rams DE Jack Youngblood, one of the all time great centers, former Dolphin Jim Langer, and the NFL’s all time sacks leader Bruce Smith of the Buffalo Bills!
Episode Segments:
Bearly Legal: Buffalo Bills DE Bruce Smith
Bruce joins us for a little Bears/Bills preview, where he talks about the problems Buffalo is having this season & what he thinks about Julius Peppers. We’ll also get his thoughts on Reggie White, the NFL’s crackdown on hard hits, and the defining moments of his career.
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Bearly Legal: Rams DE Jack Youngblood
Jack talks about his 14 years in the league, where his Rams defense ranks among the all time greats, and why he believes concussions are just part of the game. And of course, we can’t talk with Jack without talking about playing with a broken leg in the 1979 playoffs.
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Bearly Legal: Dolphins C Jim Langer
From South Dakota State to the NFL Hall of Fame… Jim tells us the whirlwind story of how he ended up in Miami, the challenges of going from a small school to the pros, and the dedication of the 1972 Dolphins. Then, he gives his opinions on the soap opera that’s been happening with the Minnesota Vikings this season.
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Bearly Legal: Final Thoughts
Between Brett Favre and Randy Moss, it hasn’t been a great season to be a member of the Minnesota Vikings or a Minnesota Vikings fan.
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Guest(s) Appearing on this Episode
Jack Youngblood
Jack was a defensive end for 14 years for the Los Angeles Rams of the National Football League. He was a five-time consensus All-Pro and a seven-time Pro Bowl selection and was inducted to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Youngblood graduated from the University of Florida, was an All-America selection, and is considered among the best players Florida ever produced—one of only five Gators to be named to the Gator Football Ring of Honor and inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame. After retiring from the NFL in 1985 he was a member of the front office for the Rams until 1991. In 1991-92 he worked in the front office of the Sacramento Surge and in 1993-94 he worked in the administration of the Sacramento Gold Miners. He was a vice-president, then president, of the Orlando Predators from 1995 until 1999. From 1999 through 2002 he served as the National Football League liaison for the Arena Football League. Youngblood has made forays into broadcasting (both radio and television), acting, business, and penned an autobiography. He was a popular spokesperson for various products, and he has been consistently involved in charity work, starting in college, continuing throughout his NFL career, and remaining so today. Currently, Youngblood serves on the NFLPA Mackey-White Traumatic Brain Injury Committee.

Jack Youngblood at the NFL Hall of Fame Website

Bruce Smith
Bruce Smith was a dominant player during his 19 playing seasons with the Buffalo Bills (1985-1999) and the Washington Redskins (2000-03). His speed and strength made him one of the most feared defensive ends in the modern game. Teams routinely double, if not triple-teamed the former Outland Trophy winner and Virginia Tech All-America. The first player selected in the 1985 NFL Draft, Smith quickly established himself as a starter on the Bills defensive line. Named the AFC Defensive Rookie of the Year by the NFL Players Association, he went on to be named the NFL Defensive Player of the Year in 1990 and 1996 and the AFC Defensive Player of the Year in 1987, 1988, 1990, and 1996. He also earned first-team All-Pro honors nine times and was selected to play in 11 Pro Bowls. Although Smith’s lightning quickness made him a devastating outside pass rusher, he was also devastatingly strong. “He is so strong,” proclaimed Hall of Fame quarterback Warren Moon, “that he can bulldoze over you.” A key member of the Bills teams that won six AFC Eastern Division championships and four AFC titles, many observers feel that 1990 was Smith’s finest season. That year he recorded 19 quarterback sacks and his dominant play frequently changed the complexion of the game. Against the New York Jets in Week 3 he recorded six tackles, two sacks, defensed a pass, and forced two fumbles. In Week 14 against the Indianapolis Colts, he sacked quarterback Jeff George four times in the first 20 minutes of the game. And in Super Bowl XXV he came up with one of the biggest plays of the game when he sacked New York Giants quarterback Jeff Hostetler in the end zone for a safety, giving the Bills a 12-3 lead. The NFL’s all-time career sack leader (200), Smith’s 13 seasons with 10 or more sacks is also an NFL record. Dedicated to staying in top physical condition, Smith was named to both the NFL’s All-Decade Teams of the 1980s and 1990s.

Bruce's Career Stats

Jim Langer
A 1987 inductee into the NFL Hall of Fame, Langer signed with the Miami Dolphins as a free agent in 1970. He became a starter in that perfect 1972 season, when he played every offensive down and needed help on just three of 500 blocking assignments for Coach Don Shula’s club. An all-pro and all-AFC selection for five straight seasons, the center played in three Super Bowls and six Pro Bowls.

Jim Langer at the NFL Hall of Fame Website