Ballers with Babies

Ballers with Babies

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I'm Mark Willard and I'm excited to bring you the "Ballers with Babies" podcast, where I interview the top names in sports about the intersection of sports with family & parenting life. I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to go a little deeper and humanize these stars of sport. With each guest, we’ll get to hear where they came from, how they achieved success, and how they blended that with their family life at home. We’re all tired of canned answer interviews. I promise that each episode will give you something you've never heard before.

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Bernie Williams, Former New York Yankee
Bernie Williams joins Ballers with Babies.
22:42
July 16, 2019
Sage Rosenfels, Former NFL Quarterback
Sage Rosenfels joins Ballers with Babies.
40:30
July 3, 2019
Tom Tolbert, KNBR 680 Host and Former NBA Player
Tom Tolbert joins Ballers with Babies.
39:35
June 19, 2019
Steve Baker, Sports Agent
Steve Baker joins Ballers with Babies.
38:15
May 30, 2019
Chris Broussard, Fox Sports Analyst & Commentator
Chris Broussard joins Ballers with Babies.
45:00
May 14, 2019
Earl Watson, Former NBA Player & Coach
Earl Watson joins Ballers with Babies.
35:47
May 1, 2019
Kevin Frandsen, Former MLB Player and Current Broadcaster
Kevin Frandsen joins Ballers with Babies.
51:30
April 9, 2019
CJ Taylor, Mother, Football Coach, Community Leader
CJ Taylor joins Ballers with Babies.
44:42
April 2, 2019
George Wrightster, Former NFL Tight End
George Wrighster joins Ballers with Babies. Find George's podcast here: https://unafraidshow.com/
45:34
March 26, 2019
Joe Barksdale, Arizona Cardinals Offensive Tackle
Joe Barksdale joins Ballers with Babies
39:09
March 12, 2019
Cuttino Mobley, Retired NBA Shooting Guard
Cuttino Mobley joins Ballers with Babies.
38:06
March 5, 2019
Todd Ramasar, Founder & CEO, Life Sports Media & Entertainment
Todd Ramasar joins Ballers with Babies.
42:48
February 26, 2019
Ramona Shelburne, ESPN NBA Insider
Ramona Shelburne joins Ballers with Babies.
36:29
February 19, 2019
Rhett Lewis, Broadcaster
Rhett Lewis joins Ballers with Babies.
41:17
February 12, 2019
Nick Swisher, Former MLB Outfielder & First Baseman
Nick Swisher joins Ballers with Babies.
40:02
February 5, 2019
Charles Davis, Fox NFL Analyst
Charles Davis joins Ballers with Babies
42:20
January 30, 2019
Will Allen, Former NFL Safety
Will Allen joins Ballers with Babies.
40:16
January 22, 2019
Charley Hoffman, Professional Golfer
Charley Hoffman joins Ballers with Babies.
31:54
January 15, 2019
Tim Flannery, Former MLB Player and Coach
Tim Flannery joins Ballers with Babies.
39:27
December 18, 2018
T. J. Houshmandzadeh, Former NFL Wide Receiver
T. J. Houshmandzadeh joins Ballers with Babies.
43:17
December 11, 2018
Clayton and Ashley Richard, MLB Husband and Wife
Clayton and Ashley are this week's guests on Ballers with Babies.
40:58
December 4, 2018
JT O'Sullivan, Former NFL Quarterback
JT O'Sullivan joins Ballers with Babies.
42:52
November 27, 2018
Gabe Polsky, Director, Writer, and Producer
Gabe Polsky is this week's guest on Ballers with Babies.
30:39
November 13, 2018
Will Blackmon, Former NFL Defensive Back
Will Blackmon joins Ballers with Babies.
40:14
November 6, 2018
Norm Chow, Former NFL and NCAA Football Coach
Norm Chow is this week's guest on Ballers with Babies.
36:28
October 30, 2018
Leigh Steinberg, Sports Agent
Leigh Steinberg joins Ballers with Babies.
37:50
October 23, 2018
Joe Thomas, Former Offensive Tackle
Former Cleveland Browns offensive tackle, Joe Thomas, joins Ballers with Babies.
35:51
October 16, 2018
A.Q. Shipley, Arizona Cardinals Center
A.Q. Shipley joins Ballers with Babies.
38:52
October 9, 2018
Rob Riggle, Actor and Comedian
Actor and comedian Rob Riggle joins Ballers with Babies to discuss family life, his latest projects, and more.
30:54
October 2, 2018
Chris Gronkowsi, Former NFL Fullback
Chris Gronkowksi joins Ballers with Babies.
34:00
September 25, 2018
Robert Smith, Former NFL Running Back
Former NFL running back Robert Smith joins Ballers with Babies.
40:12
September 18, 2018
Seyi Ajirotutu, Former NFL Wide Receiver
Seyi Ajirotutu is this week's guest on Ballers with Babies.
36:17
September 11, 2018
Kyle Turley, Former NFL Offensive Lineman
Former NFL Offensive Lineman Kyle Turley is this week's guest on Ballers with Babies.
50:48
September 4, 2018
Jim Leyritz, Former MLB Catcher
On this week's episode of Ballers with Babies, Jim Leyritz discusses his experience playing for so many different teams while trying to keep his family together, how he overcame mistakes and found a new purpose in life, and what the current Yankee squad filled with homegrown talent compares to the mid-90s teams.
42:06
August 28, 2018
Jordan Palmer, Former NFL quarterback, current quarterback coach and entrepreneur
Jordan Palmer joins Ballers with Babies and shares why he turned out to be a better coach than player, his model for successful parenting, and whether or not Josh Allen and Sam Darnold are ready to start.
47:23
August 21, 2018
Casey Jacobsen, Former NBA player and European Basketball Star
Former NBA player and European basketball star Casey Jacobsen joins Ballers with Babies and shares what it was like playing and raising a family in Europe, what it was like going back to Stanford to complete his degree, and why he thinks Lebron made the right decision coming to the Lakers.
44:48
August 14, 2018
Matt Chatham, Former NFL linebacker and current broadcaster
On this week's episode of Ballers with Babies, Matt Chatham shares what it was like playing for Bill Belichick, memories from the Janet Jackson Super Bowl halftime snafu, and what it's been like transitioning from playing football to now covering it.
45:39
August 7, 2018
Brady Quinn, former NFL quarterback and current broadcaster
Brady Quinn joins Ballers with Babies and discusses why he feels his NFL career ran short, if he still has animosity towards USC for the "Bush Push" and what it was like playing with Tim Tebow.
45:44
July 31, 2018
Willie Roaf, Hall of Fame NFL Offensive Lineman
Willie Roaf joins Ballers with Babies and discusses the challenges of parenting after a break-up while also being a professional athlete, how he’s matured since his NFL playing days, and shares his thoughts on Terrell Owens skipping out on the Hall of Fame induction.
43:50
July 24, 2018
Olden Polynice, Former NBA Player
Olden Polynice joins Ballers with Babies and shares what he learned from his playing days in the NBA, what it was like being traded for Scotty Pippen, and his advice for DeMarcus Cousins.
45:17
July 17, 2018
Steve Fisher, Former San Diego State & Michigan Basketball Coach
In this week's episode of Ballers with Babies, former NCAA basketball coach Steve Fisher joins to discuss life after coaching, how he recruited the "Fab 5" at Michigan, where he see's the future of college basketball heading, and what it was like coaching Kawhi Leonard.
43:23
July 10, 2018
Omar Epps, Actor
Actor Omar Epps joins Ballers with Babies to discuss his new book, "From Fatherless to Fatherhood."
39:56
June 26, 2018
Dahntay Jones, former NBA player
Dahntay Jones, former NBA player, joins Ballers with Babies. Among topics discussed include why he initially wasn't interested in playing for Duke, what he thinks of Draymond Green, how he came to discover Al Harrington is his cousin, and where he thinks Lebron James will sign in free agency.
36:03
June 19, 2018
Lance Moore, former NFL wide receiver
Lance Moore joins Ballers with Babies.
43:05
June 12, 2018
Shawn Marion, former NBA player
Former NBA star Shawn Marion joins Ballers with Babies.
35:21
June 5, 2018
Paraag Marathe, President of 49ers Enterprises and EVP of Football Operations
On this week's episode of Ballers with Babies, Paraag Marathe joins to discuss his role running the 49ers - from blocking out the noise and the critics, managing a full workload with two young kids, what's it like negotiating NFL contracts, and what he learned from the great Bill Walsh.
31:00
May 29, 2018
Jeff Pearlman, New York Times best-selling author
Jeff Pearlman, New York Times best-selling author and sports writer joins Ballers with Babies.
38:44
May 22, 2018
Toi Cook, former NFL defensive back
Former NFL defensive back and Super Bowl champ, Toi Cook, is this week's guest on Ballers with Babies. He shares the role coach Jim Mora played in his first son being born, whether or not he regrets playing football, the issues he has with the NFL concussion lawsuit, and why he's not a fan of early sport hyperspecialization.
36:49
May 15, 2018
Kevin Youkilis, former MLB player and current Chicago Cubs special assistant
On this week's episode of Ballers with Babies, former MLB infielder Kevin Youkilis joins the show. Topics include: What he’s been up to since retiring: his new brewing companyThe best years to develop children in sportsHow he was impacted by being told he wasn’t good enough at baseball growing up… athlete hater adrenalineWhy he uses meditation and breathing to become a parentThe role of religion in his lifeThe differences in how he was parented vs how he parentsThe story of how his college coach told his dad he would become a millionaire somehowWhy he such a big advocate of supporting charitiesThe reason he decided to finish his career playing in JapanWhat makes good beer  Stick to Sports: What he likes and dislikes about analytics in baseballHis feelings putting the Yankee uniform on at the end of his careerWhat it was like facing Ohtani in JapanHis favorite nickname
36:12
May 8, 2018
Rodney Peete, former NFL quarterback and current broadcaster
On this episode of Ballers with Babies, Rodney Peete shares what it’s been like raising a family with the cameras on them, how to make the best of the transition from pro athlete to retirement, what concerns him most about this generation’s kids, and his thoughts on this year’s NFL Draft.
38:40
May 1, 2018
Ephraim Salaam, former NFL offensive tackle
Ephraim Salaam joins Ballers with Babies and among the topics discussed include: the reason he waited until after football to have kids, why he won’t let his kids play football, and what he thinks NFL teams do wrong when evaluating players before the draft.
46:01
April 24, 2018
Jim Jackson, former NBA player
Former NBA player Jim Jackson joins Ballers with Babies and shares his experience playing for 14 different NBA teams, not knowing about his son for the first 5 years of his life and then building a relationship with him, and what he would do if he could make one change to the NBA.
34:34
April 17, 2018
Gotham Chopra, Author, Filmmaker and Entrepreneur
On this week's episode of Ballers with Babies, Gotham Chopra shares what it's been like working with some of the greatest athletes in sports history - Tom Brady, Kobe Bryant, and now Lebron James - who all have managed parenting at the same time.
31:43
April 10, 2018
Caron Butler, former NBA player
On this week's episode of Ballers with Babies, Caron Bulter shares how he survived a tough upbringing and what he's up to in his post-NBA career.
32:39
March 28, 2018
Nick Hardwick, former NFL offensive lineman and current broadcaster
Nick Hardwick joins Ballers with Babies and shares how he was able to lose so much weight post-football career, whether or not concussions have impacted his life, what it meant to protect Phillip Rivers, how difficult the Chargers move to LA has been for him.
47:02
March 20, 2018
Ryan Leaf, Former NFL Quarterback and Current Broadcaster
Former NFL quarterback Ryan Leaf joins Ballers with Babies and discusses his growth as a person, getting involved in sports broadcasting,  why athletes and military veterans face similar issues post-career/post-service, his thoughts on athletes coming out about mental health issues, and if he thinks Baker Mayfield will excel at the pro level.
32:18
March 12, 2018
Ryan Wendell, former NFL offensive lineman
On this week's episode of Ballers with Babies, Ryan Wendell shares what it was like playing for the Patriots, the worst parenting advice he's ever received, and how he's adjusting to his post-NFL life.
29:46
March 6, 2018
Jill Arrington, Sportscaster and Reporter
Jill Arrington joins Ballers with Babies to share her path to success in a male-dominated industry.
32:11
February 27, 2018
Curtis Conway, former NFL wide receiver and current broadcaster
Curtis Conway joins Ballers with Babies and shares what it was like having Muhammad Ali as a father-in-law, why football is an important outlet for those in poor communities, why he struggles with spoiling his kids, and how to combat burnout in youth sports.
36:23
February 20, 2018
Marcellus Wiley, former NFL defensive end and current broadcaster
Marcellus Wiley shares why he almost quit football at age 12, what it was like growing up in Compton, how his family deals with the spotlight, the reason he became a Clipper fan, and why he thinks the Chargers made the right decision coming to LA.
30:30
February 13, 2018
Rob Ryan, Veteran NFL Defensive Coordinator
Rob Ryan is this week's guest on Ballers with Babies. He shares how he's managed coaching and raising a family, what it was like having a dad as an NFL coach, why he's better looking than his brother Rex, and coaching under Bill Belichick.
28:16
February 6, 2018
Matt Leinart, former NFL quarterback and current broadcaster
Matt Leinart is this week’s guest on Ballers with Babies. He discusses his dominant run coaching his son, Cole, in flag football, why he retired, why he still believes football is a great game for kids, Sam Darnold leaving for the NFL, and more.
40:29
January 30, 2018
Kirk Morrison, former NFL player
Former NFL linebacker, Kirk Morrison, joins Ballers with Babies. He shares how football helped shape his parenting style, realizing his dream of becoming a Raider, the best organizations in the NFL, how he used an alter ego to differentiate the person he was on the field from off the field, and why he thinks players are misunderstood by fans.
34:40
January 23, 2018
Matt Barnes, former NBA player
Matt Barnes joins Ballers with Babies and shares what it’s like having twins boys, how he’s different on and off the court, the situation with Derek Fisher, why he’s so close to Draymond Green, and what his plans are now that he’s recently retired.
29:28
January 16, 2018
Danny Woodhead, Baltimore Ravens Running Back
Baltimore Ravens running back Danny Woodhead joins Ballers with Babies and shares how he's managing 4 kids under the age of 6, how being undrafted motivated him, and what it was like playing for BIll Belichick.
40:49
January 9, 2018
Arron Oberholser, former PGA golfer and current broadcaster
Former PGA golfer and current broadcaster Arron Oberholser joins Ballers with Babies and discusses the importance of avoiding burnout, letting your kids make their own decisions, what it was like playing golf with Tiger Woods throughout college, and why so many millennials are dominating the PGA tour.
45:16
January 2, 2018
Ryan Hollins, NBA veteran
Ryan Hollins joins Ballers with Babies and shares what it was like having kids young, playing basketball overseas, how he got the nickname "Booty Call" and why he believes every player should look out more for their own brand.
39:49
December 19, 2017
Jim Abbott, former MLB pitcher
Former MLB pitcher Jim Abbott joins the Ballers with Babies podcast to discuss his life off the field, if he had any hesitancy having kids due to being born with only 1 hand, his thoughts on the current state of baseball and more!
38:22
December 12, 2017
Mark Schlereth, former NFL player
On this week's episode, Mark Schlereth discusses the struggles athletes endure finding purpose post-football, how he got into the food business, and why he still believes football is a safe sport for kids to play.
38:47
December 5, 2017
Kenyon Martin, former NBA player
Kenyon Martin joins Ballers with Babies and gives us a peak into how he raises his kids, the importance of getting an education, and what retired life looks like for him.
33:23
November 28, 2017
Keyshawn Johnson, former NFL player and current ESPN radio host
Keyshawn Johnson joins Ballers with Babies to talk family life including his parenting style, his knack for identyfiying talent at a young age, why he pulled his son out of Nebraska. In the final segment, Mark and Keyshawn "Stick to Sports" and discuss whether or not Sam Darnold is the real deal.
28:02
November 21, 2017
Mychal Thompson, former NBA player and current broadcaster
On the pilot episode of Ballers with Babies, former NBA player and current Los Angeles Lakers broadcaster, Mychal Thompson joins the show to share his experiences raising his 3 sons. He is the father of basketball players Klay Thompson, and Mychel Thompson, and baseball player Trayce Thompson.
35:24
November 14, 2017
Introducing Ballers with Babies
A preview of what's to come on the Ballers with Babies podcast.
02:33
November 6, 2017
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