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Visiting with Ms. Illinois
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The beautiful Amber Podell is Ms. Illinois United States 2012. And a charming person. Her in-studio appearance definitely brings a little glamor to this week's show.Also on the program is former Houston Oilers defensive lineman Elvin Bethea. This Hall of Famer started a remarkable 135 consecutive games at Defensive end for Houston in the 70's, and would still be the Oilers/Titan's all-time sacks leader if they counted that as an official stat in his playing days.
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Sports and Torts: Ms. Illinois Amber Podell

If I asked you what the reigning Ms. Illinois did for a living, construction worker probably wouldn't be in your top 10 answers. Now before you head down to the construction site looking for a beauty like Amber, check out what this lovely lady has to say about health, fitness, pageants, and her upcoming book.
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Sports and Torts: Elvin Bethea

This eight time Pro Bowler was a steal for the Oilers in the draft to say the least - Despite being selected as an offensive lineman in the third round of the 1968 AFL/NFL Draft, Bethea starred for 16 seasons as a defensive end with the Houston Oilers, and went on to be the first North Carolina A&T State University player to be named to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. We talk to him about his remarkable career.
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Elvin Bethea
Elvin Lamont Bethea played his entire career with the Houston Oilers. He played for North Carolina A&T State University and was the first person from that school to be elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Bethea played high school football at Trenton Central High School. During his career in Houston, Bethea played in 210 games, including a stretch of 135 consecutive. He played at defensive end and guard in the 1968 season and didn’t miss a game until breaking his arm in a game against the Oakland Raiders in 1977. He led the team in sacks six times, finishing his career with 105 unofficial sacks. His career high was in 1973 with 16 sacks, which still ranks as the best in Oilers/Tennessee Titans history. In 1976 Bethea recorded 14˝ sacks, yet was not voted to the Pro Bowl. In a game against the San Diego Chargers in 1976, he recorded four sacks (his career high) and had one fumble recovery. He also had 14˝ sacks in 1969. Other notable seasons in terms of sacks were: 1970 and 1971 with 10˝ sacks in each, 1975 with 10 and 1978 with 8. He played in the AFC Championship game in 1978 and 1979. In 1975 Bethea was named All-pro by "College and Pro Football Newsweeky", the only time Bethea was a First-team All-Pro in his 16-year career. He was Second-team All-Pro in 1969, 1973, 1978 and 1979 to go with his 8 Pro Bowl selections. Bethea was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2003. He was officially inducted during the Enshrinement Ceremony on August 3, 2003, where his college coach and presenter, Hornsby Howell, unveiled the bust of Bethea, which was sculpted by Scott Myers. In 2005 Bethea was inducted to the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame. Bethea is also the author of "Smash-Mouth: My Football Journey from Trenton to Canton".

Elvin at the Hall of Fame website