328 – Jerry Glanville: Still a Badass

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The one-and-only former NFL head coach and NASCAR racer Jerry Glanville is in studio for an interview that Dale Earnhardt Jr. has been eagerly anticipating.

Glanville rose to fame as head coach for the Houston Oilers and Atlanta Falcons in the 80s and 90s, and then turned to NASCAR and broadcasting as he competed across multiple different series. He befriended racing legends along the way, including Dale Earnhardt Sr.

His stories are wide open from the gridiron to the race track. Plus, his status as a cultural icon in the 90s landed him in movies and music videos. He tells all about his incredible life and how he balanced his two passions – football and racing.

Glanville details what led him to become a football coach and how he quickly rose the ranks to land high-profile NFL coaching gigs. Hear how he became known for turning programs around and his secret to success.

The former Falcons head coach is remembered as the man who drafted Brett Favre. Dale Jr. Download co-host Mike Davis brings up Glanville’s Wikipedia page and asks how much is actually true about his time coaching Favre. Learn why he wasn’t sold on the future superstar off the field and how that led him to make a trade.

When the name of another high-profile NFL coach that’s in racing is brought up, Glanville shares why he isn’t on good terms with Joe Gibbs and the one playoff game that caused the bad blood.

Like Dale Jr., Glanville is a big Elvis fan. He famously left tickets for Elvis at a pre-season game between the Oilers and Patriots. He tells that story and explains why he left the tickets.

While most football coaches enjoyed golf in their spare time, Glanville chose the adrenaline rush of racing. Hear how he transitioned from coach to racer and how he landed his first opportunity behind the wheel of a Cup car.

As he raced in multiple different series from late models up to Xfinity, Glanville recalls some of the sports biggest names he competed against as they climbed the ranks.

Many NASCAR stars stepped up to help Glanville in his racing career. Hear what the Intimidator taught him and what happened in their first race together on track. Glanville also reflects back on lessons from Richard Petty, Dale Jarrett and Bill Elliott.

Dale Jr. competed against Glanville early in his career and once threatened to fight Glanville. Find out what happened on track and how Jerry responded.

Learn why he’s still racing and coaching football today at nearly 80 years old.

Afterwards in Ask Jr., Dale Jr. explains his reasoning behind joining the IndyCar Nashville GP ownership group and what he hopes to learn from the partnership to help NASCAR. Plus, his take on the caution for rain late in Sunday’s Cup race and why NASCAR is doing too much hand holding.

Dale Jr. uncovered some NASCAR history recently and shares his findings of an artifact that few have ever seen. You’ll want to hear what details of the sport’s history he discovers and why it has him questioning some of racing’s origins.

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