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Miss June and a Couple of Hall of Famers
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Audrey Aleen Allen graces the pages of Playboy this month as Miss June. She also graces us with her presence on this week's program. Also on the show - Pro Football Hall of Fame Linebacker from the Kansas City Chiefs Willy Lanier, and one of the greatest running backs to ever play in the NFL, Hall of Famer Eric Dickerson.

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Sports and Torts: Miss June Audrey Aleen Allen

2013 Playboy Playmate Audbrey Aleen Allen definitely merits a AAA rating — on the initials of her name alone. She is a native of Colorado who figures to provide a Rocky Mountain high for those who check out this interview!
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Sports and Torts: Hall of Famer Willie Lanier

Willie Lanier played middle linebacker for the Kansas City Chiefs for 11 seasons from 1967 through 1977. As the first African-American to star at that demanding position, he not only was a true pioneer but also the key man on one of the National Football League's strongest defensive teams.
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Sports and Torts: Hall of Famer Eric Dickerson

When you talk about the best running backs in NFL history, there are only a handful of names ahead of Eric Dickerson. Dickerson made the Hall of Fame in 1999, made six Pro Bowls and was named to five All-Pro first teams. Dickerson's career rushing total of 13,259 places him seventh on the all-time list. He is the only running back in NFL history to rush for more than 1,800 yards three times and 1,600 yards four times.
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Guest(s) Appearing on this Episode
Audrey Aleen Allen
Say hello to Playmate Audrey Aleen Allen, our Miss June 2013. She’s a cool, calm Colorado girl, all natural, with sandy blonde hair and sea-glass eyes. “I’m a tomboy at heart,” she says. “I embrace my femininity, but when it comes down to it, I don’t mind getting a little dirt on my dress.” That attitude has served her well, and will serve her very well as a Playmate, too. “My mother raised me and my sisters in Northglenn, a suburb of Denver,” she said. “She worked really hard, and she gave us the greatest gifts we will ever receive – each other. My sisters are my best friends.” Audrey is well traveled – she’s worn beads on Bourbon Street, swam with dolphins in Jamaica, went parasailing on Grand Cayman and explored Mayan ruins on horseback in Cozumel – and along the way, she’s made friends all over the world. “It’s never about the destination,” she says. “It’s all about the journey.” With her friends in Denver, she likes to spend her days at the lake, laughing and talking, and cap it all off with a beer and a home-cooked meal. “I love to cook,” says Audrey, “and feeding other people makes my heart sing.” Audrey has some previous modeling experience – she was featured in calendars for Stoli and Lotus Concepts – but this is her first time posing nude. “I’m thrilled to be a Playmate,” she says, smiling. “I never thought I could do it until I saw Sara Jean Underwood’s centerfold. She looked so natural, and I figured that if she can do it, so can I.” She sure can – as a Playmate, Audrey is a natural, and from the mountains of Colorado to the shores of California, she’s as genuine as they come.

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Willie Lanier
Lanier played college football at Morgan State University under head coach Earl Banks where he was twice selected to the small-college College Football All-America Team and was also chosen MVP of the Tangerine Bowl. Willie Lanier is a member of The Pigskin Club Of Washington, D.C. National Intercollegiate All-American Football Players Honor Roll. On January 15, 1967, the Chiefs lost Super Bowl I to Vince Lombardi's Green Bay Packers by a 35-10 score, forcing head coach Hank Stram to look for defensive players in the upcoming draft. Stram picked Lanier in the second round, after the team had selected another linebacker, Jim Lynch of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. Lynch had been chosen to play in the annual College All-Star game, causing him to miss the first two weeks of Chiefs ' practice. By the time Lynch made it to camp, Lanier had already established himself as the team's middle linebacker, and the American Football League had another first: the first black middle linebacker in Professional Football history. In the midst of a solid first season, Lanier suffered an injury and missed the last four games of the year The following year, Lanier collected four interceptions, then matched that total in 1969 as he helped the Chiefs capture Super Bowl IV with a 23-7 upset of the Minnesota Vikings. Lanier was stellar in the Super Bowl, recording 7 tackles and an interception. Lanier later commented on the increased motivation that Chiefs players felt because of wearing an AFL patch to honor the league's final year. There were numerous great moments throughout his career, but none exemplifies his heart and desire as much as the Chiefs' goal line stand against the New York Jets in the 1969 divisional playoff game. Leading 6-3 in the fourth quarter, New York had a first-and-goal at the Chiefs' one-yard line after a pass interference call on Kansas City. It was then that Lanier made an emotional appeal to the rest of the Chiefs defense. "They're not going to score!" Lanier yelled at this teammates. "They're not going to score!" The Chiefs shut down the Jets on three straight plays and held them to a field goal. When Kansas City scored a touchdown on its next possession, the game was over. The first important step to the Super Bowl was complete. The Chiefs would reach the NFL playoffs only one more time during Lanier's career, in 1971, winning the AFC Western Division title. On Christmas Day, in the final contest at Municipal Stadium, the Chiefs' season came to an end against the Miami Dolphins in a double overtime classic. The contest was the longest game in NFL history, clocking in at more than 82 minutes. In 1972, the Chiefs moved to Arrowhead Stadium, but the change would not serve the team well, since by 1974, the team's talent had been depleted by age and injuries. After the conclusion of that season, Stram was fired after 15 years at the helm. The linebacking trio of Lanier, Lynch and fellow Hall of Famer Bobby Bell is recognized as one of the most talented in professional football history, lasting until the arrival of new head coach Paul Wiggin in 1975. Lanier was traded in April 1978 to the Baltimore Colts, but retired just three months later as training camp was set to get under way. While renowned for his hitting ability, Lanier was also fast, agile and disciplined, finishing his career with 27 interceptions and 15 fumble recoveries. Willie Lanier received All-Pro (AFL ALL-Star or All-AFC) mention every year, appearing in all-star games from 1968 to 1975 (his first two in the AFL and his last six in the AFC). In 1986 he achieved Pro Football Hall of Fame status.

Willie at the Pro Football Hall of Fame

 
Eric Dickerson
Eric committed to Texas A&M before reconsidering and decided amongst Oklahoma, Southern California and SMU before his grandmother talked him into staying in the state of Texas to attend Southern Methodist University because she liked SMU coach Ron Meyer. Dickerson gained 4,450 yards on 790 carries to break Earl Campbell’s Southwest Conference record for yards and attempts. His 48 career touchdowns tied Doak Walker’s SMU total for career scoring. In his senior year despite splitting time with Craig James (the other member of the Pony Express), Dickerson finished third in the Heisman Trophy voting, behind Herschel Walker and John Elway. He was also a First-team All-American in 1982 and a Second-team All-American in 1981. In 2009, he was inducted into the SMU Athletics Hall of Fame. Eric was selected second overall in the 1983 NFL Draft by the Los Angeles Rams. An immediate success, he established rookie records for most rushing attempts (390), most rushing yards gained (1,808) and most touchdowns rushing (18), including another two receiving touchdowns. His efforts earned him All-Pro, Pro Bowl, Player of the Year and Rookie of the Year honors. In his second season, Dickerson continued his onslaught on the NFL record book becoming a member of the 2000 rushing yards club. Twelve times in 1984 he gained more than 100 yards rushing, breaking the record of 100-yard games in a season held by O.J. Simpson. His 2,105 total yards rushing beat Simpson’s 1973 NFL season record of 2,003 yards. No one has since rushed for more yards in a single NFL season. Dickerson's 5.6 yards per carry led the Rams to a playoff berth in 1984. In 1885, he rushed for 1,234 yards while missing the first two games. He set a playoff record with 248 rushing yards against the Dallas Cowboys. 1985 marked the beginning of on-going contract disputes between Dickerson and the Rams, and after playing just three games for the Rams during the strike-shortened 1987 season, Dickerson was traded to the Indianapolis Colts in one of the NFL's biggest trades ever, a three-way deal between the Rams, the Buffalo Bills and the Colts which saw the Rams receive RB Greg Bell, three 1st round picks, the Bills receive LB Cornelius Bennett and the Colts getting Dickerson. Although he played in just nine games with the Colts that year, he still managed to gain 1,011 yards to finish the season with 1,288. Also, he spearheaded a late season Colts run that helped the team to their first winning season (and first playoff berth) in 10 years. In 1988, Dickerson, with 1,659 yards rushing, became the first Colt to lead the league in rushing since Alan Ameche in 1955. This would mark the apogee of Dickerson's career with the Colts (although he would gain 1,311 yards rushing in 1989). In 1989 he passed the 10,000 yard mark, and was the fastest player ever to do so (91 games), accomplishing the feat faster than greats like Jim Brown (98 games), Barry Sanders (103 games), Emmitt Smith (106 games), and LaDainian Tomlinson (106 games). By 1989, he had set a new NFL record with seven straight seasons of more than 1,000 yards rushing, and led the league for four of those seasons. 1991 was his final year with the Colts. On April 26, 1992, Dickerson was traded by the Colts to the Los Angeles Raiders for their fourth and eighth round picks in the 1992 draft. He recorded his 63rd and 64th career 100 yard games and led the team in rushing attempts and yards. The following season, Dickerson was traded to the Atlanta Falcons on July 7, 1993 for a sixth round draft pick. Dickerson retired from the NFL as the 2nd leading rusher of all-time. in 1999 he was selected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

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