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David & Elliott preview the Steelers / Packers Championship with 4 Time Superbowl winner LC Greenwood of Pittsburgh’s famed Steel Curtain Defense. Then, what’s the Superbowl without commercials? Our 2nd Guest Bubba Smith has been in his share of memorable ones! Plus, Former Colts QB Bert Jones and the beautiful April Rose.
Episode Segments:
Sports & Torts: April Rose
April Rose tells us about her Superbowl Plans & the upcoming Maxim party at SpyBar in Chicago.
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Sportts & Torts: Bubba Smith
Bubba talks about playing in the Superbowl, the NFC/AFC rivalry, and those famous Miller Light Commericals. And yes, there is another Police Academy Movie on the way!
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Sports & Torts: LC Greenwood & Bert Jones
LC & Bert talk about the Miller Lite commercials, memories from the set, and give their takes on Green Bay v Pittsburgh
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Guest(s) Appearing on this Episode
Bubba Smith
Actor and football great Charles A. "Bubba" Smith grew up in Beaumont, Texas, graduating from Charlton-Pollard High School, where he played for his father, Coach Willie Ray Smith. Bubba went on to play for Michigan State University and became one of MSU's all-time great players, winning All-Big Ten and All-America honors for two straight years (1965 and 1966) as the team stomped through two unbeaten seasons and became the national champions. Whether he was playing tackle, defensive end, or middle guard, fans would cheer him on with, "Kill, Bubba, Kill!" In 1967, the Baltimore Colts made him their number one draft choice. Although his rookie season was plagued with injuries, Smith came back strong his second season, contributing to the Colts' record of 15 victories in 17 games. Bubba stayed with the Colts through the 1972 season and racked up some impressive statistics. In his best season with the club, 1971, he blocked four fieldgoal attempts and sacked nine quarterbacks. He played in the NFL championship game in 1968 and the Super Bowl in 1969 and 1971. He was chosen All-AFC in 1970 and 1971, and played in the Pro-Bowl in 1971 and 1972. He missed the 1972 season for knee surgery and was traded to the Oakland Raiders for Raymond Chester in 1973. Smith moved to the Houston Oilers in 1975 and completed his career with them in 1977. A ten-year veteran of the NFL, wrote his memoirs, "Kill, Bubba, Kill," with Hal de Windt in 1983. He has developed a successful second career as an actor, first working in Miller Lite beer commercials then starring in the Police Academy movies. Smith says he quit the beer campaign because he felt it sent the "wrong message to kids." Smith has shown an enduring interest in education through his work with children and by endowing an engineering scholarship at Michigan State. Smith lives in Los Angeles, where he also acts as the president and CEO of Vital Aircraft Company, lobbying the Pentagon for government contracts.

Bubba's Career Stats

Bert Jones
Jones went to the Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, where he played for LSU's football team. He was also a member of the Kappa Sigma fraternity (Gamma chapter). While at LSU, Jones only started two games prior to the end of his junior year, but he started every game after that, leading LSU to a 12-2-1 record. During his senior year (1972), LSU went 9-2-1. Except for one week, LSU spent that entire season ranked in the AP Top 10. That year, Jones became the first quarterback in LSU history to be awarded consensus All-American honors. Jones also finished 4th in the vote for the Heisman Trophy and was voted the National Collegiate Player of the Year by the Cleveland Touchdown Club. One of Bert Jones' most famous moments came in the 1972 LSU-Ole Miss game, when he led LSU to a 17-16 last-second victory by hitting RB Brad Davis in the end zone for a touchdown as time expired. Jones's other major victories included #14 LSU's 28-8 victory over #7 Notre Dame in 1971 (televised by ABC) and #8 LSU's 35-7 victory over #9 Auburn in 1972. During his 17 games at LSU, Bert Jones completed 52.6 percent of his passes for 3,225 yards and 28 touchdowns, which at the time was the most career passing yards and touchdowns of any quarterback in LSU history. In 1973, Jones was chosen in the first round (2nd overall) of the NFL draft by the Baltimore Colts to be the Colts heir apparent to Johnny Unitas, who was later traded to San Diego. His debut came on September 16, 1973 in a loss against the Cleveland Browns. During his eight year tenure as the Colts' starting QB, Jones and his teammates enjoyed three consecutive AFC East division titles (1975–77). But in each of those years, the Colts lost in the first round of the playoffs. The 1977 playoff game (known as Ghost to the Post) is famous as the 2nd longest game in NFL history (after the Dolphins-Chiefs double overtime playoff Dec. 25, 1971); the Colts fell to the Oakland Raiders, 37-31. The Colts' fortunes seemed to rise and fall with Jones; he missed most of 1978 and 1979 with a shoulder injury, and the Colts fell to last place in the AFC East those two seasons. The 1976 regular season was Bert Jones's finest as a professional as he threw for 3,104 yards and a career high 24 touchdowns compiling a passer rating of 102.5. Jones was one of only three quarterbacks to achieve a 100+ passer rating during the entire decade of the 1970s, joining Dallas' Roger Staubach (1971) and Oakland's Ken Stabler (1976). Jones was thus honored by the Associated Press as 1976's NFL Most Valuable Player and NFL Offensive Player of the Year, selected All-Pro and named to the Pro Bowl team. Jones was also selected 2nd Team All-Pro following the 1977 season. In 1982, his final season, Bert Jones played in four games for the Los Angeles Rams before a neck injury forced him to retire. In 1990, Jones participated in the first NFL QB challenge. He finished 1st in the retiree category and 3rd in the regular competition. (The regular competition taking the top 3 finishers from the alumni competition and adding them to the regular field of current QBs). Given his strong performance, Bobby Beathard, then the GM of the Chargers, wanted Jones to come out of retirement. Bert was 39 at the time and chose not to try a comeback. The widely respected scout Ernie Accorsi is quoted as saying that if Bert Jones had played under different circumstances, he probably would have been the greatest player ever

Bert's Career Stats

L.C. Greenwood
L.C. Greenwood, a three-year defensive line star and 1968 Ebony All-America at Arkansas AM&N, joined the Pittsburgh Steelers as a 10th-round draft choice and the 238th player selected in the 1969 NFL Draft. The 6-6, 245-pound Greenwood served as a fifth defensive lineman his first two seasons before becoming firmly entrenched as the Steelers' regular defensive left end in 1971. That year he led the team in sacks (8.5) and shared the NFL lead in fumble recoveries (5). For the next 11 seasons, Greenwood teamed with Joe Greene at left tackle to provide the Steelers' famed "Steel Curtain" defensive unit with awesome strength on the left side of the front line. The "Steel Curtain" formed the heart of a legendary defense that led Pittsburgh to four Super Bowl victories and seven division titles. Greenwood, who was born September 8, 1946, in Canton, Mississippi, became widely respected for his consistency and his knack of avoiding major career-threatening injuries. A knee injury did cause him to miss five games in 1977 but Greenwood rebounded with one of his finest seasons in 1978. He possessed exceptional quickness and speed and he used his height to bat down passes or forced opposition passers to rush their throws. Noted for his reckless, freewheeling style as a pass rusher, Greenwood amassed 73.5 sacks (unofficial) in 13 seasons. Six times he led his team in that defensive category. He also recorded 14 career opponents' fumble recoveries. Greenwood was the Steelers' starting defensive left end in six AFC championship games and Super Bowls IX, X, XIII, and XIV. In Super Bowl IX, he played a major role in Pittsburgh's 16-6 victory over Minnesota by batting down three of Fran Tarkenton's passes. In Pittsburgh's Super Bowl X win over the Dallas Cowboys the next year, Greenwood sacked Roger Staubach three times. In 1991, he was named to the Super Bowl Silver Anniversary Team. Greenwood was named All-Pro in 1974 and 1975 and All-AFC five times and appeared in six Pro Bowls in a seven-year stretch from 1973-1979.

LC's Career stats

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