I have worked for Boston, the Patriots, and now the NFL Network, but Mississippi is my home

February 21, 2016
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I have worked for Boston, the Patriots, and now the NFL Network, but Mississippi is my home

I have worked for Boston, the Patriots, and now the NFL Network, but Mississippi is my home

“It has been a wild ride since I started out covering Mississippi State football for the Clarion-Ledger. I didn’t and didn’t know how to do the job. I learned how to screw it up and figure it out and after two years, I was hired to cover Alabama for the Birmingham News. Out of all of the jobs I have had, that is the most intense. There was so much competition, and if you screwed up, there was was backlash. That was the most pressure I have ever felt. It was also the biggest catapult, especially when Nick Saban got there. The whole world was watching and every violation was big news. Paul Finebaum hated me and talked about me all of the time, but I was on his show last month.”

“I have worked for Boston, the Patriots, and now the NFL Network, but my wife went to Mississippi State and Mississippi is now my home. I love coming back and the relationships here. I love my job and it’s OK to love your job. Most people don’t. I like to break a big story and the things leading up to it. Breaking stories depends on relationships and figuring out who knows what and what is a good tip. How does this person know what they know and when do I go after the story? It takes a long time to learn trust and when a person gives you something, it is gold. You have to figure out if they have an agenda. I have a responsibility and pressure to be careful because people take this seriously and a lot of people listen to what I say, which is still strange. It didn’t used to be like this.”

“I love the trips to the Senior Bowl in Mobile because I get to build relationships there. I majored in history. I had not idea that this NFL job was even possible. I was happy with newspapers and then this happened. Life is strange sometimes.”

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