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Jordan Babineaux, former NFL player, Author, Entrepreneur and Business Coach

Jordan Babineaux, former NFL player turned entrepreneur and business coach, joins Rick this week. He helps people embrace change and pivot for growth — using their strengths to overcome adversity, staying motivated for the long run.

Babineaux, a serial entrepreneur, shares his insights in his new book, PIVOT TO WIN.

Topics include:

• Why you should establish a personal “Ground Zero” with time to reflect on what’s important to you
• Why you need to find people who will hold you accountable
• What to do when you come up against a “no”
• How to stay focused on what’s ahead, rather than be distracted by what’s in the rear view mirror
* How to employ both a growth and service mindset

By sharing his accomplishments, failures, and missteps in PIVOT TO WIN, Babineaux gives readers dozens of tools that they can apply to themselves. His book is the ultimate guide to success in life, sports, and business.

Jordan Babineaux, author of PIVOT TO WIN, transitioned from nearly a decade playing in the NFL to become a sports broadcaster, entrepreneur, and business executive. He currently serves as the “voice” of the Seattle Seahawks on both television and radio, while also helping organizations, teams, and leaders navigate their pivots.

Babineaux and his brother Jonathan, former defensive end for the Atlanta Falcons, founded a company that produced several filmed comedy specials as well as the movie Woman Thou Art Loosed. They also launched a specialized car service in Seattle and created the Babineaux Foundation, a nonprofit that gives back to their hometown of Port Arthur, Texas, and contributes to Lupus research.

Jordan Babineaux holds a bachelor’s degree in Mass Communication from Southern Arkansas University and an MBA from Seattle University. He lives in Seattle with his wife and three children.

Jonathan Taylor, Wisconsin Running Back and All-American

Rick is joined this week by the splendid running back from the University of Wisconsin, Jonathan Taylor.

He’s picked up quite a few honors so far as the regular season has ended and you’ll be seeing him in the Rose Bowl.

Taylor, who is arguably the most dominant running back in the history of college football, was named a first team AP All-American

During the 2018 and 2019 seasons he won the Doak Walker Award, the award for the top running back in college football.

1st-team All-American (2019)
Unanimous 1st-team All-American (2018)
2nd-team All-American (2017)
2× Doak Walker Award Winner (2018, 2019)
AP Big Ten Newcomer of the Year (2017)
Pinstripe Bowl MVP (2018)
Big Ten Conference
Big Ten Ameche-Dayne Running Back of the Year (2018, 2019)
Big Ten Thompson–Randle El Freshman of the Year (2017)
3× Consensus First-team All-Big Ten (2017, 2018, 2019)
8× Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week (2× 2017, 2× 2018, 4× 2019)
8× Big Ten Freshman of the Week (2017)

Most 200 yd rushing games in FBS (career): 12
Most rushing yards through junior season: 6,080
Most rushing yards as a freshman and sophomore: 4,171
Most rushing yards in a season in FBS by a freshman: 1,977
Fewest games for a freshman to reach 1,000 rushing yards in FBS history: 7 games (tied with 6 others)
Big Ten Conference
Most Big Ten Freshman of the Week awards: 8

Rick and JT even talk about some of the tech he uses with the Badgers. Great to have Jonathan on “Tech of Sports.”

Patrick Davis, Singer and Songwriter’s ‘National Championship Blues’

If you know music in the South, especially the state of South Carolina, you know Patrick Davis.

Rick catches up with Patrick this week as the college football season starts and his beloved Gamecocks are 0-1.

Davis, University of South Carolina alumnus and one of the Gamecock Nation’s favorite musical sons, is releasing The Gamecock EP just in time for kick off this weekend and right before embarking on a European Tour supporting fellow Gamecocks Hootie & the Blowfish.

The Gamecock EP includes four tracks from The Gamecock Album, which charted on Billboard in its first week when released in 2013, and a new bonus track “National Championship Blues.” The Gamecock EP will be available on Spotify, Apple Music and other streaming services this Friday, August 30th.

Davis wrote the new bonus track “National Championship Blues,” this past January after USC rival Clemson once again won the National Championship title. The song has until now only been heard as a live “day he wrote it” performance on Davis’ social media channels. It has since been listened to on Facebook and YouTube more than 185K times.

“I was watching the National Championship game with Hootie’s Darius Rucker and Mark Bryan and somewhere in the midst of the Clemson victory, I told the guys I was going to wake up first thing in the morning and write a National Championship Blues song. And that’s exactly what I did.” comments Davis.

The Gamecock EP, is a tribute to the University of South Carolina Gamecocks, who have played a large role in Davis’ life. Through the years, a number of these songs have become anthems for fans and are played throughout Williams-Brice Stadium on game day and beyond.

“I love South Carolina – the state, the people and the football,” says Davis.
“I never realized these songs would resonate with South Carolinians and Gamecock fans the way they do, but it has become a wonderful part of my life. That’s the beauty of writing songs and making music. Music truly does connect people so I feel very lucky to be part of it.”

Davis’ love of the Gamecocks began long before he attended school at the university. Having grown up in South Carolina, Gamecocks football has always held a special place in his heart.

“I grew up cheering on the Gamecocks and it was a pretty painful experience,” jokes Davis. “But honestly, all the University of South Carolina sports programs have been such a big part of my life – from game day tailgates when I was a student to today when I hear folks playing my music before games. The team and university have always brought me great joy.”

More on the 2019 season:

“I’m hopeful that we have a better record than we’ve had in the past few years. As everyone knows we have one of the toughest schedules in the country in 2019. And the SC motto has always been, ‘Just wait until next year.” Well I think maybe next year is this year,” adds Davis.

Track listing for The Gamecock EP:

Big Ole Cock
We Ain’t Far Feat. Darius Rucker & Edwin McCain
My Carolina
Wingo and His Yard Cocks
National Championship Blues

The Gamecock EP marks the start of new music slated to be released from Patrick Davis this fall.

Patrick Davis, frontman of Patrick Davis & His Midnight Choir, is a Tennessee born, South Carolina bred, Nashville-based singer, songwriter and artist who has had quite the musical run over the past decade. Davis has had nearly 70 of his songs recorded by artists including Jimmy Buffett, Lady Antebellum, Darius Rucker, Jewel and others. He is currently recording his first Patrick Davis & His Midnight Choir album with his eleven-piece band and come early 2020, the band will be on the road and bringing their musical message to the masses. Davis is also founder of Songwriters In Paradise, a uniquely crafted singer-songwriter festival designed to bring together the world’s top songwriting and performing talent in the world’s most exclusive and awe-inspiring destinations for a priceless musical experience. Additionally, he is co-founder of Whiskey Jam Whiskey with South Carolina’s world-renowned, Firefly Distillery. For more information on Patrick Davis & His Midnight Choir, visit patrickdavismusic.com.

Have a listen to Rick and Patrick Davis.

Catching Up With Former Iowa State and Longtime NFL Quarterback, Seneca Wallace

It’s the middle of summer… do you need your football fix? Did you catch the American Flag Football League on the NFL Network over the weekend? Longtime NFL and Iowa State Football fans would’ve had a chance to relive some of the glory days, when Seneca Wallace was taking snaps from center and scrambling around to make plays.

Wallace is starring in the NFL-backed, AFFL, and his team, Godspeed, is currently in the semifinals of a tournament that will pay out a cool $1 million to the winning team.

He talks to Rick about playing flag football, strategy, his post NFL career and the state of Iowa State Football.

The likeable Wallace spend 10+ seasons in the NFL after two successful years leading Iowa State in 2001/02. He was drafted by the Seattle Seahawks in the fourth round of the 2003 NFL Draft. He was also a member of the Cleveland Browns, New Orleans Saints, San Francisco 49ers and Green Bay Packers.

Wallace received widespread notice in 2002 while with the Iowa State Cyclones in a play known affectionately to some as “The Run,” in which he traversed back to the 32 yard line before running it in for a 12-yard touchdown versus Texas Tech. While quarterbacking the Iowa State Cyclones in 2001 and 2002, he threw 26 touchdowns.

Post NFL, Wallace, is now owns two restaurants- Wingstops in Ames and Des Moines.

The American Flag Football League (AFFL) brought the remaining eight teams of the US Open of Football (USOF) to Fifth Third Bank Stadium in Atlanta on July 7-8, along with some new technology debuting for the sport of football.

This is an NFL-backed league with players from all walks of life and former professional athletes going “all in” for a chance at $1 million. The winners coming out of the Atlanta games, advance to the America’s Bracket Final and Pro Bracket Final on July 14 at Indianapolis’s Butler Bowl, and then the $1 million Ultimate Final (featuring both bracket champions) on July 19 at Houston’s BBVA Compass Stadium. The NFL Network has been covering the games with the help of some new tech.

Seneca Wallace

Rick talking to Seneca