One Dedicated Olympian
April 22, 2015
Hosted by Jeff Reed
Not very often do you get an opportunity to interact with one of the greatest athletes in the WORLD. I met Ryan Lochte about a year ago and realized I met a superstar, even after personally being a part of two Super Bowl-winning teams. He was very polite, showed no signs of arrogance, and generally looked like an extremely happy person. In this show, Lochte and I discuss his childhood, what it feels like to be on the heels of fellow Olympian Michael Phelps then surpass him as the face of USA Swimming, and of course what goes through an athlete's mind and body when a Gold Medal is placed around his/her neck. Many other aspects of Lochte's life will be discussed as well as we all get to know him better in an hour's time. Who is his biggest inspiration? How can you eat a 10,000-calorie meal then go swim at such a high level, with minimal body fat? What charities are a part of his life? If swimming ended suddenly, what angle of a profession would Lochte pursue? Tune in and find out.
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This is an opinion-based hour with topics that range from relationships to sports to pets to current issues/events. There is no topic too controversial. However, we do tend to avoid race, religion, and politics unless it is discussed on a very broad basis. Being a former NFL football player, and one that still has most of his brain cells, I have experienced the highest of highs in winning two Super Bowl titles after mastering a degree in journalism, as well as attacking some low lows head-on. My show exemplifies what it is like to take a stand on any issue, but there is plenty of self-deprecation. I have no problem siding with someone or completely putting him/her in his/her place by believing in what I truly believe in. I never said I'm always right, but I sure have no problem stating what I BELIEVE is right and why.
Jeff Reed, two-time Super Bowl champion and former placekicker for the Pittsburgh Steelers, grew his roots and found his love for sports in Charlotte, North Carolina. By the age of five, he was already playing soccer, which became the center of his attention for the next 13 years. In his junior year of high school, while being the captain of the varsity soccer team, the head football coach at East Mecklenburg High School saw his football potential and gave him a brochure for a kicking camp. Since switching into football, he broke his high school’s record for longest field with a 54-yarder, later joining the University of North Carolina Tar Heels as a walk-on. Despite only getting playing time for his last two years of five in college, he was their team captain.
Reed first entered the National Football League in 2002 as a part of the New Orleans Saints. In that same year, he was signed by the Pittsburgh Steelers, where he was active for the next nine years. In that time, he had a career field goal percentage of 82.2%, and he’s second in all-time points scored by a Steeler. He played in Super Bowl XL in Detroit and Super Bowl XLIII in Tampa, both of which the Steelers walked away from with a world championship ring. Since becoming a free agent in 2011 after Reed was released by the Seattle Seahawks, he has started a successful sports, life, and random-topic show called ‘Barely Controlled Radio,’ is a motivational speaker, and a radio personality on WFNZ-AM in Charlotte.