Episode 56: Fred Biletnikoff

On the 56th episode of “Great Dane Nation,” Morten is joined by Raiders legend and Pro Football Hall of Fame brother Fred Biletnikoff (03:48 – 54:24). But first, he checks in with TommyFreezePops (Tom Carroll) for this week’s edition of the “Opening Kick” (01:02 – 03:43). After Justin Tucker made history on Sunday with his record-setting 66-yard field goal, Morten explains why Tucker is the greatest kicker in NFL history.We then move to our interview with Fred Biletnikoff, where he discusses a wide range of topics: the atmosphere in Las Vegas, why the team never felt at-home in Los Angeles, and trying to recreate the “Black Hole” at Allegiant Stadium (04:32); getting scolded by Pete Rozelle for smoking cigarettes on the sidelines while he was coaching (09:02); high praise for Darren Waller (10:41); why he believes the Raiders can win a Super Bowl with Derek Carr (11:47); some of his favorite Raiders on today’s team, and what the key to their success will be this season (13:19); being impressed with Vegas’ defense so far this season (14:45); insight into Jon Gruden, and what he thinks of the job he has done since returning to the NFL from the broadcast booth (16:32); what it was like to play for Coach Biletnikoff (18:05); why it was important for him to sign with the AFL’s Raiders instead of the NFL’s Lions (22:45); his first impressions of Al Davis, and how he’d describe the legendary owner to kids today that might not know who he is (24:49); the mentality that led to the Raiders of the 1970s to be feared league-wide (27:45); making the Hall-of-Fame-case for Daryle Lamonica, and how happy he was for Tom Flores getting inducted into Canton this summer (30:15); Kenny Stabler stories (33:30); why Tom Brady is the one quarterback playing today that he would have wanted to play with (37:06); absolutely roasting today’s NFL officiating (39:04); reminiscing about the late, great Bobby Bowden (41:18); spending his final season as a professional football player in the CFL (46:08); this week’s edition of “The Name Game,” featuring John Madden, Bill Walsh, Dave Casper, Ray Guy and Willie Brown (50:43); and proclaiming the 1970s Steelers as liars for not coming clean on the “Immaculate Reception” (54:03).Then we move to this week’s edition of “Morten’s Fast 5,” where our Hall of Famer makes picks for the five biggest games of the football weekend (55:12 – 01:02:19). Morten gives his picks for Buccaneers at Patriots (56:20), Cardinals at Rams (57:26), Raiders at Chargers (58:40), Ravens at Broncos (59:41), and Giants at Saints (01:00:48).Finally, “Morten’s Game Winner” returns – a weekly monologue from The Great Dane on his biggest takeaway of the week. This week, Morten talks about Fred Biletnikoff and the amazing Oakland Raiders of the 1970s (01:02:22).

Om Podcasten

"Great Dane Nation" is a weekly podcast hosted by Pro Football Hall of Fame kicker Morten "The Great Dane" Andersen, proudly presented by Vegas Insider!Each week, Morten is joined by fellow legends of the game to talk about their life in football, tell stories, talk about today’s NFL, and bring our listeners inside the locker room in a way they’ve never been before. Occasionally, Morten is joined by his friends from outside the football world, like Charles Barkley and Bill Murray!Each episode, Morten is joined by his sidekick, TommyFreezePops (Tom Carroll). They talk ball, preview each week's biggest games, and have a ton of fun along the way.If you love football past and present, "Great Dane Nation" is the perfect podcast for you.