The Gameplan Premiere
September 15, 2009
Hosted by Anthony Herron aka “Big Ant”
The program will start with a description of me as the host and my background in sports and broadcasting. This will be the most detailed time that I’ll get into a self description because it’s the first time the audience will get to meet me on the air. Once I’ve talked about myself for a little while I’ll get into my thoughts on where things stand at that point in the NFL season. Later in the show I’ll be joined by Matt Bowen. He’s a former college teammate of mine that played in the NFL and is now a writer for the Chicago Sun-Times and a website called the National Football Post. Matt will be a regular part of the show as a guest commentator with expert knowledge and experience about football in general and especially in the NFC. I’ll finish the show with some closing thoughts and storylines. I’ll also make some predictions on the upcoming action that weekend.
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The Gameplan will be a show geared towards increasing your intricate sports knowledge. My background as a player in both major college and professional football gives me the perspective of what life is like between the lines for athletes. My immediate success as a coach and broadcaster has been because of a detailed understanding of the game and an ability to communicate this understanding to those around me while engaging them.
The show will contain facts, opinions, and stories from my deeply entrenched experiences in life, sports, and entertainment. We’ll mainly cover football but will veer towards other sports when significant stories take place. Talk of pop culture events will also be infused as stories from tv, movies, and music often relate to the top sports news of the day.
Your participation is STRONGLY encouraged by phone and email. There will be weekly segments and even occasional skits to look forward to.
Anthony Herron aka “Big Ant”
Sports fandom has been in Anthony Herron’s blood from very early on. He was born in Chicago into a family full of people that lived and died with the Bears and Bulls. They always rooted more strongly for the professional teams but that didn't stop them from keeping up thoroughly with the college game as well.
Upon accepting a football scholarship to the University of Iowa Anthony had big expectations for their success but they went unmet due in large part to a coaching change in his time on campus. He started the majority of his games there and was voted Team Captain and named All Big Ten as a senior in 2000. After starting in the Blue/Gray All-Star Game this led to an opportunity for him to play at the next level.
Anthony played in the NFL with the Lions, Packers, & Falcons before finishing his playing career in the Arena Football League. His career spanned 8 years and upon retirement he immediately began as the Asst Head Coach of the TN Valley Vipers of AF2. They won the Arena Cup Championship in 2008 and he then rushed off to be in the booth as an analyst with the Big Ten Network.
Anthony’s first extensive broadcast work came in Nashville where he did a variety of sports and entertainment television for Comcast and Fox. He’s also hosted sports talk radio shows for multiple stations. Anthony prides himself on his versatility so you shouldn’t be surprised to see him taking part in any number of adventures down the road.