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Lloyd Wells, the first full time African American scout in pro football, talks with veteran sports broadcaster Lenny Moon about the fierce competition between the AFL and NFL to secure premium talent from the collegiate ranks. This instance speaks to the ultra-talented wide receiver Otis Taylor who had starred for Prairie View A&M and coveted by both leagues during the 1965 draft. Wells was instrumental in providing the Chiefs with a liaison to the then largely untapped talent being produced by Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU). Aggressive tactics were at play during this era in the battle to procure the best talent being amplified by the upstart AFL. Taylor would go on to lead the Chiefs to 23-7 victory over Minnesota in Super Bowl IV.
Pro Football Hall of Fame Executive Director Joe Horrigan talks with veteran sports broadcaster Lenny Moon (see above video) about the festivities surrounding the 2018 Hall of Fame ceremonies slated for August 2-6 in Canton, Ohio. Inducted into the “Class of 2018” will be Bobby Bethard, Robert Brazile, Jerry Kramer, Randy Moss, Brian Urlacher, Ray Lewis, Terrell Owens and Brian Dawkins
Pro Football Hall of Fame member Michael Strahan talks with veteran sports broadcaster Lenny Moon about his college football playing days while a student-athlete at Texas Southern University in Houston, Tx. Strahan would go on to be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2014 after spending his entire NFL career with the New York Giants. Moon was on the TSU football broadcasting team during Strahan’s development into a star not only in the Southwestern Athletic Conference, but all of college football specializing in pressuring the quarterback.
Pro Football Hall of Fame offensive tackle Jackie Slater talks with veteran sports broadcaster Lenny Moon about blocking for two of the greatest running backs ever. Slater led the way for Walter Payton while the two were playing at Jackson State. “Sweetness” would go on to become the 4th player selected in the 1975 NFL Draft by the Chicago Bears. Slater, who played his entire 20-year career with the Rams, would later block for Eric “Pony Express” Dickerson who still holds the single season record for rushing yards. All three of the aforementioned are Pro Football Hall of Famers. (See video link above)
James Shack Harris talks with veteran sports broadcaster Lenny Moon about his struggle to overcome the stereotype and become the first regular starting Black signal caller in the NFL. Harris would go on to become the first Black QB to earn All-Pro status and embellish that feat by being the first Black quarterback to walk away with the NFL Pro Bowl MVP award. (See video link above)
Veteran sports broadcaster Lenny Moon talks with Black College Football Hall of Fame founders James “Shack” Harris and Doug Williams about their partnership with the NFL about procuring permanent housing within the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton Ohio (See video link above)
John Wooten, Chairman of the Fritz Pollard Alliance, discusses with Lenny Moon his organization’s position on former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick. The FPA was formulated in 2003 for the purposes of increased access and opportunity for minorities interested in coaching, front office and scouting positions in the NFL. Wooten is a former Pro Bowl offensive guard for Cleveland and Washington from 1958-68. Following his playing career, the Colorado University alum became Director of Scouting with the Dallas Cowboys from 1975-1991. He also served as VP/Player Personnel for the Philadelphia Eagles in 1992 and Assistant Director of Pro/College scouting for the Baltimore Ravens until his retirement in 1998. Kaepernick has not been offered another QB job in the NFL since his silent protest addressing unjust treatment of minorities. (See video link above)
Thomas Hollywood Henderson talks with veteran sports broadcaster Lenny Moon about the origin of his controversial assessment of Pittsburgh Steelers star QB Terry Bradshaw. The versatile Langston University product was recently inducted into the Black Colege Football Hall of Fame. (See video link above)
Dusty Baker talks with veteran sports broadcaster Lenny Moon about the tumultuous home run chase of teammate Henry Aaron back in the 70’s. The two were middle of the lineup sluggers for the Atlanta Braves where the senior Aaron became Baker’s mentor. Known as “The Hammer” during his active career, Aaron would go on to break Babe Ruth’s existing standard of 714 round trippers in 1974 with Baker on deck at the time of his historic clout. Baker discusses the death threats and other challenges faced when “The Hammer” closed in on the prestigous record that many “did not” want to see a Black man own. (See video link above)
Basketball icon Michael Jordan sat down with veteran sports broadcaster Lenny Moon back during the 1991-92 NBA campaign. The Chicago Bulls were making their only appearance in H-Town where the defending champs were preparing to take on the homestanding Houston Rockets led by Hall of Famer Hakeem Olajuwon. MJ discusses the maturation of team’s 1987 Draft mates Scottie Pippen and Horace Grant. (See video link above)
Veteran sports broadcaster Lenny Moon talks with CBS Sports college basketball personality Clark Kellogg about his distinctive delivery of the sport of roundball. The Cleveland OH native played collegiately at Ohio State and professionally with the Indiana Pacers where he was drafted with the 8th pick of the 1st round of the 1982 NBA Draft. (See video link above)
Kenny “Jet” Smith reflects with veteran sports broadcaster Lenny Moon about the Houston Rockets back to back NBA Championships of 1994 & 95. The Rockets defeated the New York Knicks in their first conquest and the Orlando Magic the next campaign. The “Clutch City” contingent was led by low post star Hakeem Olajuwon, Jet Smith, Vern Maxwell, Otis Thorpe, Robert Horry, Sam Cassell and Mario Elie. The following campaign, Houston native Clyde “Glide” Drexler was added to surplant Thorpe to sweep Shaq O’Neal and the Magic (See video link above)
Pro Football Hall of Fame selection Robert “Dr Doom” Brazile chats with veteran sports broadcaster Lenny Moon about his trek to becoming a Pro Football Hall of Fame member, Class of 2018. The former Houston Oilers star will be officially inducted in August of 2018. (See video link above)
Mike Wilborn chats with veteran sports broadcaster Lenny Moon about the early success of ESPN’s “Pardon the Interruption” aka PTI (circa 2004). The show first aired on Oct 2001 and nearly 17 years later, still going strong. (See video link above)