The Greater Than The Game Podcast
By Greater Than The Game
The Greater Than The Game Podcast Apr 20, 2023
Beyond the Whistle: The coaching Journey of Stephen Sauers
Beyond the Whistle: A Coach's Journey with OCD
On this episode of the Greater Than The Game Podcast, we talk with former Assistant Basketball Coach Stephen Sauers. Sauers is the son of hall-of-fame college basketball Coach, Doc Sauers. In his career, he has had multiple coaching and administrative positions at programs like NJIT, Marist, and Seton Hall. Sauers managed his roles without letting anyone know he was battling with OCD.
In the Podcast, Sauers talks about his basketball journey from his time as a college basketball player for his father to his time coaching overseas. He opens up about his OCD and the strategies he uses to manage it. He also speaks on what pushed him to be more vocal about the condition and become a spokesperson for Mental Health Today, where he travels the country telling his story and raising awareness.
A General Manager’s Guide to Leadership: The Story of New York Riptide’s GM Rich Lisk
In this episode of the Greater Than The Game Podcast, we talk with the New York Riptide’s GM, Rich Lisk. In the episode, we talk about how Lisk was able to overcome childhood adversities to eventually become the General Manager of the Riptide, a member of the National Lacrosse League.
Lisk discusses the challenges he and his team faced, like instilling a winning culture in a new franchise and dealing with an extended absence from the facility due to Covid restrictions. Lisk gives insight into how to build a winning team in the business world and much more!
A Jet for Life: The Legacy of Connie Carberg, The NFL’s First Female Scout
In this episode of the Greater Than The Game Podcast, we have a fascinating conversation with Connie Carberg, the NFL's first female scout. Carberg takes us on a journey through her football career, starting with finding her passion for the sport when the AFL was formed in the 1960s.
The X’s and O’s
We delve into her journey to find herself and stay involved with football in college at Ohio State University under the tutelage of legendary head coach Woody Hayes.
Carberg then shares her experiences working with the Jets, initially as a secretary for the scouting department. We explore her remarkable transition from being a secretary to adding additional duties as a scout, and she provides insight into her responsibilities on draft day and the exhilarating experience of making a selection for the Jets in the NFL Draft. She also reveals her discovery of Jets legend Mark Gastineau.
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Dancer Love: The Impact and Career of Two-Time Crossfit Games Athlete Jenn Dancer
In this episode of the Greater Than Than The Game Podcast, we talk with two-time Crossfit games athlete, former professional soccer player, and entrepreneur Jenn Dancer.
The Road to the CrossFit Games
In the podcast, we talk about Jenn Dancer’s transition from a professional soccer player to a Crossfit athlete. She talks about her journey from being thrown into a competition her first time ever doing CrossFit to placing second in the team event at the Crossfit Games.
Along the way, we get her thoughts on dealing with nerves as a high-performance athlete and how she gauges success as an athlete and a mom.
The Dancer Love Foundation
Dancer speaks passionately about the special needs community and the origins of the non-profit founded by Jenn and her husband Sam, The Dancer Love Foundation. The Love Foundation is a non-profit whose mission is “Empowering individuals with intellectual and physical disabilities through fitness, education, and love.” If you would like to learn more about how to get involved with the Dancer Love Foundation, click here.
Audacious: The Life and Career of George Veras
In this episode of the Greater Than The Game podcast, we sit down with George Veras, Executive Vice President of Productions & Media Ventures at the Pro Football Hall of Fame. In the podcast, we talk about his journey from working with the New York Jets as a ball boy to working for the NFL Hall of Fame.
Going Above and Beyond
We discuss Veras’s career in sports media, working as a producer/director for
various outlets in sports, including CBS and ABC. in the episode, the ten-time Emmy winner gives us his first-hand perspective on some iconic moments in sports history, like the 1980 Winter Olympics and the Freezer Bowl, the NFL’s coldest game.
All Around the World
Veras also shares lessons learned from producing shows across the world with composer and keyboardist Yanni and with PBS. He also discusses his upcoming book series, The American Dream Job.
A Touchdown of a Life Time: The Journey of Cancer Survivor Turned Walk-on Timmy Ward
On this episode of the Greater Than The Game Podcast, we talk with Rutgers football player Timmy Ward. Ward made headlines across New Jersey after scoring a touchdown on a blocked punt against the Michigan Wolverines during this season, but that moment only scratches the surface of Timmy Ward's incredible story.
Ward grew up wrestling and playing football. He attended Canton High School, where he became a standout on both sides of the ball. He ended his junior season with 645 yards and seven touchdowns at wide receiver and 84 tackles and 11 interceptions at defensive back, earning him all-state honors for the second consecutive season.
After the end of the season, Ward had a biopsy on a swollen lymph node and was diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma causing him to miss the rest of the school year due to treatments. In the podcast, Ward breaks down what kept him going during his treatment and how the game of football took on a whole new meaning for him during his recovery. In 2019, he was declared cancer free and chose to make his return to the wrestling mat, coming in 6th place in the Pennsylvania state tournament.
A Scarlet Knight
The next year, Ward returned to the football field but suffered an ACL tear that ended his season. Check out the podcast above to find out what got him through his injury and how he turned a job as an equipment manager at Rutgers into a roster spot at the highest level of college football.
On A Mission of Advocacy: The Story of Paralympic Hopeful John Edward Heath
On this episode of the Greater Than The Game Podcast, we talk with professional athlete and Paralympic hopeful John Edward Heath. In the episode, we talk about his mission of advocating for people in the adaptive space, his journey overcoming mental health issues, and his mindset of competing in competitions worldwide as a new amputee.
An Unbreakable Bond. The Story of Jaguars Linebacker Tom McManus
In this episode of the Greater Than The Game Podcast, we talk with former linebacker for the Jacksonville Jaguars, Tom McManus. We explore his journey to the NFL, going from an undrafted free agent to a bartender to playing in fifty games for the newly-minted Jaguars.Mentors
We also discuss the impact that Tom Coughlin had on him in both college and in the NFL and the impact of learning about his Dad’s service in World War II while trying to make it on his first NFL roster. To listen to the full- podcast, click on the link above.