Pigskin Tales

The podcast is a single hosted biography-style show that is informative utilizing historical context. it is the re-telling of an athlete’s life story through newspaper clippings and youtube videos. the host adds their own opinion on the athlete’s performance based on stats found online at profootballreference.com it is not connected to the NFL in any way. The podcast is strictly written and produced by a guy who loves history and football.

Host - Ross Blilie

The host of the Pigskin Tales podcast is Ross Blilie ( pronounced BLY-LEE). He lives in Grand Forks, ND with his wife and dog. He started podcasting in March of 2018 as a suggestion from his older brother to continue with his love of being on the radio Ross has worked in several radio stations as an announcer in both Fargo, ND and Grand Forks, ND. Ross’s radio career started in 2004 as an intern for Y-94 in Fargo, ND. Eventually he made his way to Grand Forks in 2011. He has college degrees from MSUM in Moorhead, MN and Mayville State University in Mayville, ND.

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Hey friends! On the last episode of the podcast, I wrote a short story on Dave Casper. He was a one of a kind guy who played with the Raiders, Vikings and Oilers. He was born in Bemidji, Minnesota, but grew up in the woods of Wisconsin. Don’t take the literally folks, please. He won...
When Dave Casper was a member of the Oakland Raiders, he said “With the Raiders we don’t have to put up with that Mickey Mouse stuff. We don’t have rules about keeping our chinstraps buckled on the sidelines. We don’t have coaches encouraging a lot of false chatter on the practice field. The phony stuff...
For those that are new to listening to the Pigskin Tales Podcast, thanks for choosing to listen. I appreciate the fact that you took the time out of your busy day to find out what this podcast is all about. Before really get into it, I want to take some time to tell you a...
Thanks for listening to the Pigskin Tales Podcast. This story was written and produced by Ross Blilie; Edited by Nikki Blilie. To support the podcast join me on Patreon. You can find the podcast on any platform you want. Spotify, Apple Podcasts, and Audible. If you like the story, help me out by doing a...
In this episode of the Pigskin Tales Podcast, I interviewed Jim LeClair’s eldest daughter Kelli. She and I have a special relationship since 2011 when I attended Mayville State University as a student taking classes in Elementary Education. She was one of my teachers. I had no idea that her dad was one of the...
Last time on the pigskin tales podcast, I introduced you to a man that became a star in Cincinnati Bengals franchise history. Jim LeClair was a guy from South Saint Paul, Minnesota who grew up to be an All-Pro at the NFL level. His passion, toughness, and never say quit attitude propelled him to the...
This is not an episode. This is my ” why is patreon important?” sales pitch. It also includes some promos I made for other podcasters like Darin Hayes and Joe Zagorski. Pleae consider supporting me on patreon. here is the link to check it out. www.patreon.com/pigskintales
On this episode of the Pigskin Tales, the populations of Minneapolis and Saint Paul are compared. The NFL was becoming a more popular sport with increased stadium attendance, and Jim LeClair from South Saint Paul, Minnesota, becomes an all-metro first team roster member in the Twin Cities in 1968. Next time, you’ll hear a story...
This is the last episode in the Bronko Nagurski series. In this episode, Nagurski and the Bears play in the ’34 NFL championship that’s dubbed “The sneakers game.” Plus, Nagurski retires after being told by Halas that he can’t get a raise to help secure his family’s future.
Yesterday’s Sports is part of the Sports History Network – The Headquarters For Sports Yesteryear. EPISODE SUMMARY In this episode, I used interviews from a youtube video from former NFL players created in 2018 and a youtube clip from NBC Sports created in 2021. I also input my own thoughts about the first ever playoff championship...