Lawyer Milloy played 15 years in the NFL and won a Super Bowl with the New England Patriots. He always took a lot of pride in his Northwest roots, growing up in Tacoma and graduating as a 3-sport star from Lincoln High School.
On this week’s Silvi Knows podcast, Milloy talks about having to grow up fast and overcome troubles at home (12:00) and how he knew a college scholarship would give him his best chance to succeed and help his family.
He insisted on playing both football and baseball in college, and the Huskies gave him that chance (21:50).
Milloy talks about his early NFL days playing for Hall of Fame coach Bill Parcells (25:45), playing with rookie teammate Tom Brady (35:00) and his “aha moment” when a collision with Hall of Fame running back Emmitt Smith made Milloy realize he can play with the greats (39:20).
The interview wouldn’t be complete without the Husky great taking an Apple Cup shot at Cougars great and one-time Patriots teammate Drew Bledsoe (42:00).
Milloy’s story is one of tremendous accomplishment and as much as he achieved in his career, he shows us why he’s always been family first.
Mike Holmgren had what many fans believe was a Hall of Fame career. He spent 22 years coaching in the NFL which included five trips to the Super Bowl, winning two as a coordinator and one as head coach of the Green Bay Packers.
Former Seahawks owner Paul Allen offered Holmgren an eight-year contract to leave Green Bay and take over as head coach and general manager in Seattle, where he led the Seahawks to their first-ever Super Bowl.
In this week's podcast, Holmgren talks about his relationship with Allen (18:40) and the time Allen actually punched him (22:00).
Holmgren shares funny stories about Hall of Fame quarterback Brett Favre (27:43), as well as stories from behind the scenes on game day (37:00) and what was so special about his final season and final game as head coach of the Seahawks (45:00).
Holmgren still lives in the Seattle area and continues to work in the community with his wife, Kathy, who Mike admits is the "smarter Holmgren."
Damon Huard played 12 seasons in the NFL, winning two Super Bowls with the New England Patriots. The former Husky quarterback joined us on the Silvi Knows podcast and shared stories of his football career, which included the epic upset of the Miami Hurricanes in 1994, better known as the Whammy in Miami (13:00). While Huard admits that upset was one of his most memorable games, he says a UW-CAL matchup may have meant more to him (15:00) as well as his final Apple Cup (18:00).
Huard weighs in on whether college athletes should be paid for their likeness (20:00) and also talks extensively about his NFL career, which included backing up Hall of Famer Dan Marino in Miami (32:00) and the ultra-competitive Tom Brady in New England -- who once went a little overboard in a charity basketball game against a local fire department (43:21).
It was 10 years ago when mountaineering legends Peter Whittaker and Ed Viesturs led a group of mostly novice climbers to the summit of Mt. Rainier. The group included NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, Seahawks CEO Tod Leiweke and then Seahawks head coach Jim Mora. I was also part of that group. On this week’s Silvi Knows podcast, I sat down with Whittaker to hear some of his stories a decade later. He was 12 years old when he first summited Rainier (32:00) and at the top of his game when he summited Mt. Everest (40:30). Whittaker shares a lot of memories about guiding Goodell up Rainier and the challenges that came with it (10:45). As an elite climber, Whittaker was also impressed with Mora's effort on the 18-mile round trip (21:23). Our conversation goes a little off the rails when we talk about the necessities needed for a successful climb (33:00). Whittaker has climbed Mr. Rainier 254 times and he's not done yet, but for now we'll bask in his memories from 10 years ago and his achievements most climbers can only dream about.