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Cleats Off is the show that brings you closer to the game you love. Hosted by Liz Bhandari (the founder of NFLGirlUK.com), each episode features a new story in American Football by interviewing players, legends, coaches, media personalities and more.
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In this episode of Cleats Off, Liz Bhandari speaks to Matthew Sherry, the founder and editor of Gridiron, the UK's only NFL magazine. Over the course of his journalistic career, Matthew has reported on a wide variety of major sporting events, including the Olympic Games, the Ashes, Premier League football and, of course, the NFL.Liz and Matthew discuss:•His passion for American Football and how it all started•The inspiration and motivation behind creating Gridiron Magazine and the journey it’s taken him on.•And of course, his new book ‘Any Given Sunday: The NFL's Epic 100-Year History in 20 Games’.// About The Cleats Off Podcast //Cleats Off is the show that brings you closer to the game you love. Hosted by Liz Bhandari, each episode features a new story in American Football by interviewing players, legends, coaches, media personalities and more. // About your host, Liz Bhandari //Liz Bhandari is a blogger and podcaster. She founded NFLGirlUK.com in 2014 and is an active member of the NFL UK Community. She is the creator behind the weekly ‘NFLUKChat’ hour on Twitter, and is the event organiser behind ‘NFLUKFanMeetUp’.// Recommended Resources //Follow Liz via @NFLGirlUK on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and YouTube, and visit her blog at www.nflgirluk.com Follow Matthew on Twitter @MatthewGridiron and for all things Gridiron Magazine, head to www.gridiron-magazine.com where you’ll find more information on his new book Any Given Sunday.
In this episode of Cleats Off, Liz Bhandari speaks to the legendary quarterback trainer Quincy Avery. Coach Avery is the guru behind QB Takeover, America’s elite quarterback training program, which is designed to give young athletes the mental toughness needed to lead a team, the skills necessary to execute and the mindset to make the right calls when the game is on the line.Liz and Quincy discuss…•His journey to this moment, the hurdles faced and how he kept on track to his dream.•Setting the course for some of the game’s best quarterbacks, and the qualities needed for success.•Being not just a coach but a big brother, and the journeys this has led him on.// About The Cleats Off Podcast //Cleats Off is the show that brings you closer to the game you love. Hosted by Liz Bhandari, each episode features a new story in American Football by interviewing players, legends, coaches, media personalities and more. // About your host, Liz Bhandari //Liz Bhandari is a blogger and podcaster. She founded NFLGirlUK.com in 2014 and is an active member of the NFL UK Community. She is the creator behind the weekly ‘NFLUKChat’ hour on Twitter, and is the event organiser behind ‘NFLUKFanMeetUp’.// Recommended Resources //Follow Liz via @NFLGirlUK on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and YouTube, and visit her blog at www.nflgirluk.com Follow Quincy on Instagram at @quincyavery and at quincy_avery on Twitter. And of course, you can learn more about his work at QBtakeover.com
In this episode of Cleats Off, Liz Bhandari speaks to Phoebe Schecter, former Buffalo Bills coach, Great Britain American Football captain, and Managing Director of The UK Dukes.Liz and Phoebe discuss…•NFL’s flag football partnership with the 2022 World Games•How it feels to be an ambassador for ‘Female in Flag’ and named a trailblazer alongside other incredible names.•Plus more on illustrated Children’s book ‘Eden and The Dukes’ about flag football with a female lead character.// About The Cleats Off Podcast //Cleats Off is the show that brings you closer to the game you love. Hosted by Liz Bhandari, each episode features a new story in American Football by interviewing players, legends, coaches, media personalities and more. // About your host, Liz Bhandari //Liz Bhandari is a blogger and podcaster. She founded NFLGirlUK.com in 2014 and is an active member of the NFL UK Community. She is the creator behind the weekly ‘NFLUKChat’ hour on Twitter, and is the event organiser behind ‘NFLUKFanMeetUp’.// Recommended Resources //Follow Liz via @NFLGirlUK on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and YouTube, and visit her blog at www.nflgirluk.com Follow Phoebe on Twitter (https://twitter.com/PhoebeS_PT) Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/phoebe_schecter/)Learn more about The UK Dukes, and their crowdfunding at https://uk.gofundme.com/f/eden-and-the-dukes
In this episode of the Cleats Off Podcast, Liz Bhandari is joined by Jason Bell, former cornerback and safety in the NFL having played for the Dallas Cowboys, Houston Texans and New York Giants, pundit on the BBC’s The NFL Show, and co-host of the Jason & Osi Podcast.Liz and Jason discuss the reality of playing in the NFL, building resilience, defining career moments, and the mental impact of retirement. Jason also shares the players who influenced him, and the toughest opponents he faced. // About The Cleats Off Podcast //Cleats Off is the show that brings you closer to the game you love. Hosted by Liz Bhandari, each episode features a new story in American Football by interviewing players, legends, coaches, media personalities and more. // About your host, Liz Bhandari //Liz Bhandari is a blogger and podcaster. She founded NFLGirlUK.com in 2014 and is an active member of the NFL UK Community. She is the creator behind the weekly ‘NFLUKChat’ hour on Twitter, and is the event organiser behind ‘NFLUKFanMeetUp’.// Recommended Resources //Follow Liz via @NFLGirlUK on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and YouTube, and visit her blog at www.nflgirluk.com Follow Jason Bell on Twitter and Instagram at @JasonBell33.
In this episode of the Cleats Off podcast, Liz Bhandari speaks to Nat Coombs, TV presenter and host of The Nat Coombs Show on ESPN.Liz and Nat discuss:-How Nat got in to the NFL and chose his team-How he got a career covering the game he loves-Plus some of the memories from along the way.// About The Cleats Off Podcast //Cleats Off is the show that brings you closer to the game you love. Hosted by Liz Bhandari, each episode features a new story in American Football by interviewing players, legends, coaches, media personalities and more. // About your host, Liz Bhandari //Liz Bhandari is a blogger and podcaster. She founded NFLGirlUK.com in 2014 and is an active member of the NFL UK Community. She is the creator behind the weekly ‘NFLUKChat’ hour on Twitter, and is the event organiser behind ‘NFLUKFanMeetUp’.// Recommended Resources //Follow Liz via @NFLGirlUK on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and YouTube, and visit her blog at www.nflgirluk.com Follow Nat Coombs on Twitter at @NatCoombs and find his podcast through you preferred provider by searching The Nat Coombs show.
In this episode of Cleats Off, Liz Bhandari speaks to George Reynolds, quarterback with the NFL Academy. Having played for Kent Exiles, and the U19 Great Britain team, George aspires to be the first British quarterback in the NFL.Liz and George discuss…•Being selected for the Quincy Avery QB stars event•Where his passion for American Football started•The biggest lessons learnt whilst with the NFL Academy•Words of inspiration for the next generation•Where he sees himself next// About The Cleats Off Podcast //Cleats Off is the show that brings you closer to the game you love. Hosted by Liz Bhandari, each episode features a new story in American Football by interviewing players, legends, coaches, media personalities and more. // About your host, Liz Bhandari //Liz Bhandari is a blogger and podcaster. She founded NFLGirlUK.com in 2014 and is an active member of the NFL UK Community. She is the creator behind the weekly ‘NFLUKChat’ hour on Twitter, and is the event organiser behind ‘NFLUKFanMeetUp’.// Recommended Resources //Follow Liz via @NFLGirlUK on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and YouTube, and visit her blog at www.nflgirluk.com Follow George on Twitter at @GeorgeReynolds_
In this episode of Cleats Off, Liz Bhandari speaks to Andy Wentling, the plant manager of Wilson Sporting Goods factory in Ada, Ohio. Andy shares the story of the iconic football ‘The Duke’, and its history in the NFL. // About The Cleats Off Podcast //Cleats Off is the show that brings you closer to the game you love. Hosted by Liz Bhandari, each episode features a new story in American Football by interviewing players, legends, coaches, media personalities and more. // About your host, Liz Bhandari //Liz Bhandari is a blogger and podcaster. She founded NFLGirlUK.com in 2014 and is an active member of the NFL UK Community. She is the creator behind the weekly ‘NFLUKChat’ hour on Twitter, and is the event organiser behind ‘NFLUKFanMeetUp’.// Recommended Resources //Follow Liz via @NFLGirlUK on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and YouTube, and visit her blog at www.nflgirluk.com
In this episode of Cleats Off, Liz Bhandari speaks to Will Bryce, Head of Football Development at NFL UK. In his role, Will hopes to expand the reputation of American football beyond the US while giving British teenagers the opportunity of a lifetime.Liz and Will discuss:Will’s role in the NFL and how he got to where he is todayNews on how the NFL Academy is progressing, and what it takes to joinThe American Football talent here in the UK, and inspiring the next generation// About The Cleats Off Podcast //Cleats Off is the show that brings you closer to the game you love. Hosted by Liz Bhandari, each episode features a new story in American Football by interviewing players, legends, coaches, media personalities and more. // About your host, Liz Bhandari //Liz Bhandari is a blogger and podcaster. She founded NFLGirlUK.com in 2014 and is an active member of the NFL UK Community. She is the creator behind the weekly ‘NFLUKChat’ hour on Twitter, and is the event organiser behind ‘NFLUKFanMeetUp’.// Recommended Resources //Follow Liz via @NFLGirlUK on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and YouTube, and visit her blog at www.nflgirluk.com
In this episode of Cleats Off, Liz Bhandari speaks to Scott Fish, the founder of the world famous Scott Fish Bowl. Not only does Scott run the largest pro-am league in the fantasy industry, he also runs Fantasy Cares, a charity focused primarily on buying toys for Christmas for children in need. Liz and Scott discuss…- The inspiration behind setting up the Scott Fish Bowl- The amazing work he does for the charities- Plus information on how you can get involved, or even set up a league of your own.// About The Cleats Off Podcast //Cleats Off is the show that brings you closer to the game you love. Hosted by Liz Bhandari, each episode features a new story in American Football by interviewing players, legends, coaches, media personalities and more. // About your host, Liz Bhandari //Liz Bhandari is a blogger and podcaster. She founded NFLGirlUK.com in 2014 and is an active member of the NFL UK Community. She is the creator behind the weekly ‘NFLUKChat’ hour on Twitter, and is the event organiser behind ‘NFLUKFanMeetUp’.// Recommended Resources //Follow Liz via @NFLGirlUK on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and YouTube, and visit her blog at www.nflgirluk.com Learn all about the Scott Fish Bowl at www.scottfishbowl.com, and follow Scott at @ScottFish24 on Twitter.
In this episode of Cleats Off, Liz Bhandari speaks to Erica Tamposi, Producer of Around of NFL. Liz and Erica discuss…•Life in lockdown and managing the show away from the studio•The career path that brought her to this moment and the incredible people she met along the way•Her favourite sporting moments, and what it was like to be brought up in a sporting-mad New England.// About The Cleats Off Podcast //Cleats Off is the show that brings you closer to the game you love. Hosted by Liz Bhandari, each episode features a new story in American Football by interviewing players, legends, coaches, media personalities and more. // About your host, Liz Bhandari //Liz Bhandari is a blogger and podcaster. She founded NFLGirlUK.com in 2014 and is an active member of the NFL UK Community. She is the creator behind the weekly ‘NFLUKChat’ hour on Twitter, and is the event organiser behind ‘NFLUKFanMeetUp’.// Recommended Resources //Follow Liz via @NFLGirlUK on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and YouTube, and visit her blog at www.nflgirluk.com Follow Erica on Twitter at Instagram at @EricaTamposi.
In this episode of Cleats Off, Liz Bhandari speaks to Melissa Jacobs, Founder and Managing Editor of TheFootballGirl.com. She is also the host of The Football Girl podcast which celebrates all the women who know and love football. Melissa is known for speaking with the most prominent female voices from all avenues of the NFL and shares a weekly musing on the intersection of football, society and feminism.Liz and Melissa discuss… A career in media covering American Football, including advice for those considering it. The inspiration behind launching TheFootballGirl.com Thoughts on the recent draft, and whether the NFL season kicks off in September// About The Cleats Off Podcast //Cleats Off is the show that brings you closer to the game you love. Hosted by Liz Bhandari, each episode features a new story in American Football by interviewing players, legends, coaches, media personalities and more. // About your host, Liz Bhandari //Liz Bhandari is a blogger and podcaster. She founded NFLGirlUK.com in 2014 and is an active member of the NFL UK Community. She is the creator behind the weekly ‘NFLUKChat’ hour on Twitter, and is the event organiser behind ‘NFLUKFanMeetUp’.// Recommended Resources //Follow Liz via @NFLGirlUK on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and YouTube, and visit her blog at www.nflgirluk.com Follow Melissa Jacobs at @thefootballgirl on Twitter, and @tfg_nfl on Instagram. Plus check out her website, www.thefootballgirl.com
In this episode of Cleats Off, Liz Bhandari speaks to Christian Scotland-Williamson, former rugby union star and now tight end for the Pittsburgh Steelers. Christian signed for the Steelers practice squad through the NFL’s International Player Pathway programme in May 2018. With experience under his belt, he now fights for a spot on the roster.Liz and Christian discuss:•How his mindset has changed two years in at the Steelers, and the individuals on the team helping to mentoring him•What he’s doing to keep motivated during coronavirus and in great physical shape•Plus, his experience on the International Player Pathway and advice to future talent// About The Cleats Off Podcast //Cleats Off is the show that brings you closer to the game you love. Hosted by Liz Bhandari, each episode features a new story in American Football by interviewing players, legends, coaches, media personalities and more. // About your host, Liz Bhandari //Liz Bhandari is a blogger and podcaster. She founded NFLGirlUK.com in 2014 and is an active member of the NFL UK Community. She is the creator behind the weekly ‘NFLUKChat’ hour on Twitter, and is the event organiser behind ‘NFLUKFanMeetUp’.// Recommended Resources //Follow Liz via @NFLGirlUK on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and YouTube, and visit her blog at www.nflgirluk.com Follow Christian Scotland-Williamson at @1CSW on Twitter.Article on Steelers.com written by Christian Scotland-Williamson, ‘The fight of their lives against COVID-19’ https://www.steelers.com/news/the-fight-of-their-life-against-covid-19
In this episode of Cleats Off, Liz Bhandari speaks to Osi Umenyiora, former defensive end with the New York Giants, and two time Super Bowl winner. Nowadays he is an ambassador for NFLUK where he brings his knowledge, experience and energy to the BBC’s NFL highlights show alongside Jason Bell and Mark Chapman. Liz and Osi discuss…- His story of discovering American Football- The journey from college to the NFL and his time with the New York Giants.- His thoughts on the off season moves so far.- Plus, a special message for the UK fan base.// About The Cleats Off Podcast //Cleats Off is the show that brings you closer to the game you love. Hosted by Liz Bhandari, each episode features a new story in American Football by interviewing players, legends, coaches, media personalities and more. // About your host, Liz Bhandari //Liz Bhandari is a blogger and podcaster. She founded NFLGirlUK.com in 2014 and is an active member of the NFL UK Community. She is the creator behind the weekly ‘NFLUKChat’ hour on Twitter, and is the event organiser behind ‘NFLUKFanMeetUp’.// Recommended Resources //Follow Liz via @NFLGirlUK on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and YouTube, and visit her blog at www.nflgirluk.com Follow Osi on Twitter at @OsiUmenyiora.Follow The NFL Show on BBC at www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b09427yw
In this episode of Cleats Off, Liz Bhandari speaks to Lori Locust, Assistant Defensive Line Coach for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Lo has over 14 years experience in coaching, and prior to joining the Bucs, was the assistant defensive line coach for Alliance of American Football team, Birmingham Iron.Liz and Lo discuss…- Lo’s coaching experience- Reuniting with Coach Bruce Arians- A typical day of an assistant coach- How Lo prepares for a game// About The Cleats Off Podcast //Cleats Off is the show that brings you closer to the game you love. Hosted by Liz Bhandari, each episode features a new story in American Football by interviewing players, legends, coaches, media personalities and more. // About your host, Liz Bhandari //Liz Bhandari is a blogger and podcaster. She founded NFLGirlUK.com in 2014 and is an active member of the NFL UK Community. She is the creator behind the weekly ‘NFLUKChat’ hour on Twitter, and is the event organiser behind ‘NFLUKFanMeetUp’.// Recommended Resources //Follow Liz via @NFLGirlUK on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and YouTube, and visit her blog at www.nflgirluk.com Follow Coach Lori ‘Lo’ Locust on Twitter at @CoachLoLoc or on Instagram via Coach_Lo_Loc.
In the latest episode of ‘NFLGirlUK meets…’ Liz Bhandari aka NFLGirlUK is joined by Chris Wesseling, writer and co-host of the much loved Around the NFL podcast where Chris provides non-stop analysis and opinions on all things American football.Chris shares some thoughts around the history of the NFL, what it is like working with Gregg Rosenthal, Dan Hanzus and Marc Sessler from the show. He takes us back to what made him fall in love with writing, and who influenced his style.
In the latest episode of 'NFLGirlUK meets…’, Liz Bhandari aka NFLGirlUK is joined by Brandon London, former wide receiver and both Super Bowl and Grey Cup champion. Brandon shares what it was like being an NFL player and part of the New York Giants, the differences when he joined CFL team Montreal Alouettes, plus setting the foundations for when his playing days were over.
In this episode of ‘NFLGirlUK meets…’, Liz Bhandari aka NFLGirlUK speaks with Henry Hodgson, Vice President of International Marketing & Fan Development at the NFL. Henry shares the story of his career within the league, the growth of sport here in the UK, plus his thoughts on what’s needed for a UK franchise.// About the show //NFLGirlUK meets … the show that brings you closer to the game you love. Follow Liz on Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and Facebook at @NFLGirlUK.Read her blog at www.nflgirluk.com// About Henry Hodgson //Henry Hodgson, Vice President of International Marketing & Fan Development at the NFL. Henry joined the NFL in 2003, having previously been part of the London Monarchs looking after NFL legend William ‘Refrigerator’ Perry.Follow Henry on Twitter at @nflukhank.
In the latest episode of ‘NFLGirlUK meets…’ Liz Bhandari aka NFLGirlUK speaks to Jennifer King, the NFL’s first Black Female in a full-year coaching role. This will be Jennifer’s first year as a coaching intern for the Washington Redskins, where she will be working closely with the offensive staff, and specifically assisting Randy Jordan with the Running Backs. In our interview Jennifer shares what it means to be part of the team, her career journey so far, the importance of a female coaching network, and inspiring the next generation of coaches. About the show:NFLGirlUK meets … the show that brings you closer to the game you love. Follow Liz on Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and Facebook at @NFLGirlUK.Read her blog at www.nflgirluk.comAbout Jennifer King:Jennifer King enters her first full season coaching in the NFL and her first as the Redskins' full-year coaching intern in 2020. In her role, King will work with the offensive staff throughout the course of the offseason, training camp and regular season and will specifically assist Randy Jordan with the running backs.Follow Jennifer on Twitter at @JenniferKing5 or on Instagram @Jennifer.King5
In this episode of NFLGirlUK meets, Liz Bhandari speaks with Laura Okmin, sideline reporter for NFL on FOX, and founder of GALvanize where Laura trains and mentors women entering the sports world. In the interview, Laura shares how her career came to be, how fulfilling it is to run her own production company, supporting fellow women in sports reporting, as well as giving top tips to anyone considering a career in media.About the show:NFLGirlUK meets is an American Football podcast, that brings you closer to the game you love. Follow Liz on Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and Facebook at @NFLGirlUK.Read her blog at www.nflgirluk.com About Laura Okmin:Laura Okmin is a sideline reporter for NFL on FOX, founder of GALVANISE, and runs LO Productions where the show PROfiles gives you insight to NFL personalities off the field through 30 minute interviews.Follow Laura on Twitter and Instagram at @LauraOkmin.Read more about her at www.lauraokmin.com
In this episode of ‘NFLGirlUK meets…’ Liz Bhandari speaks with the inspirational Connie Carberg, the NFL’s first female scout. Connie became the first female scout in NFL history in 1976, under Mike Holovak, where some of the best drafts in New York Jets history happened with her help.Connie shares how she grew up with the Jets, what it was like to be the first female scout, as well as the highs and lows of the aftermath.
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