End of the Bench
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Miracles happen at the “End of the Bench”. As a backup in the NFL and a special teams star, Tony will bring insight from a perspective of a behind the scenes player. Listening to personalities, talking to people from all walks of life, demonstrating a depth of knowledge in sports, business and politics that will intrigue our listeners is what you will hear at the End of the Bench”.
End of the Bench listeners will enjoy varied guests who give their take on the world of sport, business, politics and life. It’s celebrities and everyday people, talking about the today’s events that give them refuge from life’s mundane moments. Grab your water bottle and scoot down to the End of the Bench. The End of the Bench is where it all comes into focus and miracles happen.
Tony has a very diverse background. He has played in the NFL for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the NFL for four years, sat on the National Football League Players Association (NFLPA) and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society board of directors, won grants, started several successful businesses, owns 8 U.S. and international patents, been a FBS college football coach and founded the BAMfam Group, which is a part of the first ever social commerce company. He has also been an owner/operator in the convenience store industry and managed a $30+ million business unit for Circle K, the second largest convenience store operator in North America.
Tony has an extensive background in education. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Media Arts from the University of Arizona (1994), a Masters of Arts in Literacy and Education from the University of Arizona (1997), a Masters of Business Administration from the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University (2005) and a Masters of Science from the University of Akron (2011).
Tony has served on the University of Arizona National Alumni Board of Directors and is the past Vice President of the University of Arizona Maricopa County Black Alumni Association.
Tony is politically active in the Arizona politics. He ran for state office in 2008 and 2010.
He was also inducted into the University of Arizona Sports Hall of Fame in 2000. Tony is a cancer survivor with a wife and four young children.
Travis began his playing career at Moon Valley High School in Phoenix. He then received a scholarship to Northern Arizona University where he started for four seasons, playing in 43 games, setting numerous school records including career passing yards (11,400) and career touchdowns (86). He was inducted into the NAU Athletic Hall of Fame in 2004. After his college playing career, Travis went on to play six seasons in the National Football League. He played for the Philadelphia Eagles, Seattle Seahawks, Buffalo Bills and Indianapolis Colts. During his time in the NFL, Travis had the privilege to work with some of the greatest quarterbacks in the history of the game including: Donovan McNabb, Drew Bledsoe and Peyton Manning. He was also taught by many of the great coaches of his time at the quarterback position including: Steve Axman, Brad Childress, Mike Holmgren,Sam Wyche, Steve Kragthorpe, Jim Zorn, Kevin Gilbride, and Jim Caldwell. Travis uses his experiences and his resources to give quarterbacks the greatest opportunity to succeed by teaching them all the details associated with playing the quarterback position, as well as the skills to be leaders on and off the field. View Guest page
Anthony Crescenzo is a devoted family man and a wanna-be football player. Starring for the Trojans, and not the USC Trojans, the Trinity International University Trojans from 1995-1997. Before moving on and becoming an entrepreneur and opening two corporations, Quick Dry Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning Inc. and Johns By John II Inc., a full septic company, he went back to play football in 2003 for the Hernando Eagles, a semi-pro team in the Southern States Football League (SSFL). He went on to win the Rice Bowl, the “Super Bowl” of the SSFL and being named the MVP of both the Rice Bowl and the Pro Bowl game played in the Sun Life Stadium in Miami, where the Orange Bowl takes place. Like all non professional athletes, he did not make squat playing football. He lives on his dreams of what he could have been if he were only 5 inches taller. The closest he has come to the NFL, is marrying is wife Crystal, who was a Tampa Bay Buccaneers Cheerleader. Anthony has two children, Dawson (5) and Dallas (2). He lives just outside of Tampa, Florida. At the age of 33, he still plays flag football every week and will not give it up. He loves and breathes football. Career earning 2003-2009 estimated at $75,000 and still growing View Guest page
Thomas Gregory Everett
Thomas Gregory Everett (born November 21, 1964 in Daingerfield, Texas) is a former American football safety in the National Football League. He played nine seasons for three teams (Pittsburgh Steelers 1987–1991, Dallas Cowboys 1992–1993, Tampa Bay Buccaneers 1994–1995). He attended Baylor University where he won the Jim Thorpe Award as the top defensive back in college football. As a member of the Cowboys in 1993 he made the Pro Bowl. In 2006, he was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame. In Thomas' first season with the Cowboys he wore number 31 because reserve running back Curvin Richards wore number 27, the number Thomas wore for five seasons with the Steelers. When Richards was cut after the final regular season game in 1992 for fumbling, Thomas changed his number to 27 for the playoffs. The Cowboys went on to win the Super Bowl with Thomas recording two interceptions in a 52-17 victory over the Buffalo Bills. He is also the older brother of former NFL football player, Eric Everett (of Texas Tech University), who played for the Philadelphia Eagles (1988–89), Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1990), Kansas City Chiefs (1991), and Minnesota Vikings(1992). He currently runs an athletic camp called Thomas Everett Athletics but was hired to be the head football coach at the Episcopal School of Dallas starting in the Spring of 2010. Thomas was the first, and so far only, person to have his number retired at Daingerfield High School in early 1993 after the Dallas Cowboys won Super Bowl XXVII. His number hangs today in the Daingerfield High School field house. Thorpe Award Winner 1986 (NCAA best defensive back) View Guest page
John is a former NFL player, who spent eleven years in the National Football League, ten of those with the Buffalo Bills, and a one-year stint with the Arizona Cardinals. Fina attended Salpointe Catholic High School in Tucson, AZ were he was first team All-State his senior year, and is one of only two players in school history to have their jersey retired. Fina attended the University of Arizona. He was drafted by the Buffalo Bills in the 1st round, 27th overall, in the 1992 NFL Draft. He has played in two Super Bowls, XXVII and XXVIII against the Dallas Cowboys. He now resides in Tucson, Arizona. View Guest page
Doug's wife, Stephanie, was born and raised in Kalamazoo, Michigan where she became a Christian at the age of six at Vacation Bible School. She graduated from Northwestern University in 1986, where she played tennis. She played professional tennis for two years and then coached at the high school and college levels before coming on staff with Athletes In Action in 1989. Doug grew up in Atlanta, Georgia and received his degree from Auburn University, where he played baseball. In 1982 Doug was named Auburn Athlete of the Year and was drafted in the seventh round of the amateur baseball draft by the Kansas City Royals. He went on to play five years of professional baseball in the Kansas City Royals minor league system before coming on staff with Athletes In Action in 1989. He trusted Christ while playing baseball in the minor leagues through the influence of Athletes In Action and Baseball Chapel. Doug and Stephanie moved to Tampa in 1992 from Lawrence, Kansas where they ministered with Athletes In Action on the campus of Kansas University. Doug is the Pro Director for Athletes In Action in Tampa Bay. He has served as the chaplain for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for the past nineteen years. View Guest page
Born on May 12, 1962 in Shreveport, La. Is a former Professional American Football safety in the National League. He played eight seasons for the Saint Louis Cardinals and the Miami Dolphins. View Guest page
Mike Hollis began his kicking career back in 1985 serving as the kicker on his junior high school football team and continuing throughout high school, college and eventually the NFL. Mike began his professional career in 1994 with the San Diego Chargers (pre-season only) and retired in 2003, spending 7 years with the Jacksonville Jaguars, 1 year with the Buffalo Bills, and 1 year with the New York Giants. During that time, Mike connected on 200 of 250 field goals (80%), scored 879 points, had a consecutive streak of 20 field goals, and was voted AFC Special Teams Player of the Week 7 times. In 1997 he was selected to the Pro Bowl after leading the NFL in scoring with 134 points. Mike had his best season in 2000, converting on 24 of 26 field goals (92.3%), even when he missed 4 games after his second of 3 back surgeries. Mike presently holds some very impressive rankings in NFL history. He is in the top 5 of highest percentages in field goals over 50 yards (13/19, 68.4%); top 10 in accuracy over 40+ yard field goals (63/92, 68.5%); top 5 in field goal accuracy in the playoffs (16/18, 88.8%); and top 20 in overall field goal accuracy (80.0%). Throughout his career, Mike has been in the presence of many legendary kickers and punters. He has learned from these individuals and even worked with a number of them as well. Bryan Barker (Punter, Pro Bowl '98, 16 years, retired), Chris Hanson (Punter, Pro Bowl '02, 11 years, active),Brian Moorman (Punter, 2 time Pro Bowler '06, '07, 9 years, active), Jeff Feagles (Punter, Pro Bowl '09, 22 years active), Todd Peterson (Kicker, 12 years, retired), John Carney (Kicker, Pro Bowl '95 & '09, 21 years, active), Darren Bennett (Punter, 2 time Pro Bowler '96 & '00, 11 years, retired), Joe Zelenka (Snapper, 11 years, active), and David Binn (Snapper, San Diego, 16 years, active), are just a few of the very successful specialists that Mike has worked with. Mike has created the reputation among many NFL kickers and coaches as having one of the most efficient and smooth kicking forms during his career. View Guest page
Michael Husted was a kicker in the NFL for nine years. He was a member of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1993-1998), Oakland Raiders (1999), Washington Redskins (2000) and Kansas City Chiefs (2002). Husted holds the record for the longest NFL field goal made in the L.A. Coliseum with his 57 yard kick in 1993. His last season was 2002 where his last FG attempt ever was a 38 yard game winner... Husted Co-Founded iPlayers.net, an online interactive video recruiting tool for student-athletes which was acquired by the Active Network in 2007. He was GM for the site after the acquisition until recently when he decided to begin another entrepreneurial venture. He is currently President and Founder of The National Combine Series, Inc. Through its nationwide network, NCS operates events nation wide for kickers, punters and long snappers to help teach, evaluate and prepare them for the next level. Recently, Michael is involved in a new start up, Mental Fitness, Inc. This venture is geared towards sport psychology and helping all athletes at all levels mentally train through innovative mp3 audio files that can be downloaded to computers, ipods, and any portable device capable of holding and playing mp3 files. He currently resides in Solana Beach, CA with his wife Cass, his two daughters Zoe (11) and Vivi (8). View Guest page
Tyoka is a 12 year NFL veteran that has successfully transitioned into post NFL life View Guest page
David Lockhart is a successful local attorney in Phoenix, Arizona and is an avid sports fan. The memory detail he has is unparalleled. He will bring an insightful analysis to the discussion while keeping the discussion lighthearted View Guest page
Todd was a 2 time all San Gabriel Valley offensive/defensive selection, and earned 3 letters in track. At Northern Arizona University, Todd was a 4 year letter winner and 3 year starter. After injury, Todd came back his senior to earn the Most Improved Player Award and All Big Sky Honors. Todd played in the CFL for 1997 to 1999. He was nominated as the team’s nominee for Rookie of the Year. Todd signed with the Chicago Bears. After playing sparingly his first year with the team, the Bears later allocated Todd at the end of his first season to NFL Europe. He played for the Frankfurt Galaxy and was named to the All –NFL Europe team. In the NFL, McMillon became known as a special team standout and a reserve cornerback. Todd played 5 seasons with the Chicago Bears. Todd was active in the Chicago community. His favorite was participating in the Organ Donor Program at the various high schools with Walter Payton’s wife. Todd resides in Phoenix, Arizona with his wife and their 3 children. View Guest page
Vernon Parker - Republican U.S. Congressional Candidate in Arizona congressional district 3 Raised by his grandmother in a severely underprivileged neighborhood, Parker was able to escape the drugs and violence of his environment through the lessons of personal responsibility, education and the commitment of family. • Long-time Arizona resident. Married for almost 20 years to Lisa, a native Arizonan. • Served as Mayor of Paradise Valley and is a small businessman—nominated for small-business of the year award. • Served as a Special Assistant at the White House under George H.W. Bush and as Assistant Secretary of Agriculture under George W. Bush. • Served for two years as an interim pastor of a local church. • Graduated from Georgetown Law School in Washington D.C. and holds a finance degree from California State University, Long Beach. • Served as member of the National and Greater Phoenix Salvation Army Board and Christian Family Care Agency. • Endorsed by Sheriff Joe Arpaio, Phoenix Councilman Sal DiCiccio, former Congressman Matt Salmon, Tempe Mayor Hugh Hallman, Scottsdale Mayor Jim Lane, the AZ2010 Project and Taser International Chairman Tom Smith. View Guest page
Mr. Smith was a former American football player who was selected by the New Orleans Saints in the first round of the NFL draft in 1993. As a tight end, he went on the star at the University of Notre Dame. Mr. Smith played in the NFL for seven seasons. View Guest page
Lamar Thomas is a former NFL player and former color commentator. Thomas played college football, college basketball and ran Track at the University of Miami before being drafted in the third round of the 1993 NFL Draft by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. With the University of Miami Thomas set a then-school record for most receptions in a career (later eclipsed by Reggie Wayne). He was the victim of "The Strip", George Teague's strip of the football at the 10 yard line in the 1993 Sugar Bowl that continued an Alabama rout of the University of Miami. Thomas was interviewed about his time at the University of Miami for the documentary The U, which premiered December 12th, 2009 on ESPN. Thomas played eight seasons in the NFL as a wide receiver, three with the Buccaneers and five with the Miami Dolphins, where he had his greatest success. In his final year of NFL play, he had 43 receptions for 603 yards and five touchdowns. His last two seasons were spent on injured reserve (shoulder and hip). View Guest page
Mark C. Walczak
Mark C. Walczak Born: 4/26/1962 Rochester, New York Position: Tight End / Special Teams - Deep Snapper College football: University of Arizona, “Wildcats” 81-85 Position: Tight End/ Special Teams Deep Snapper NFL Experience: Indianapolis Colts, Buffalo Bills , Arizona Cardinals, San Diego Chargers. Years: 86-94 CFL Experience: Hamilton Tigercats, Memphis Maddogs Years: 94-95 Currently : Mark is the President and owner of Az Real Estate Advisors . Mark is also Director of Pro Player Health Alliance . A National Sleep Apnea Awareness group. Focused on testing and treatment awareness options for preventing Sleep Apnea. View Guest page
Leonard Wheeler attended Troy University in Alabama on a full football scholarship and received his bachelor's degree in Business Administration. He was drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals in the 3rd round of the 1992 draft. He also spent time with the Minnesota Vikings before he retired with the Carolina Panthers in 2001. Cherishing his long-standing relationship with the NFL, Leonard remains involved as a former player. Leonard is the Former President of the NFLPA Former Players Charlotte Chapter and serves as the only retired player on the financial committee that regulates over 460 financial advisors for all current and former NFL players. Leonard is certified in Emotional Intelligence as a mentor through EQ Mentor, certified in Sports Axiology, working with one of the top coaching companies in the country, Coachville. He is a columnist for Savior Faire magazine, which goes out to more than 40,000 readers. He is also the President of The National Business Association, a networking platform for professional athletes and business professionals (www.TNBA.net.) Leonard serves on the board of directors for the "Youth Commission International" that touches 132 cities in 32 states to better educate our youth. Leonard resides in Charlotte, N.C. with his wife and daughter. He is currently serving his first term on the NFLPA Former Players Board of Directors. View Guest page