On this episode of Longhorn Blitz presented by Kettler Roofing Horns247's Jeff Howe, Austin radio veteran Matt Butler and lifetime Longhorn, six-year NFL veteran and current sideline reporter for Texas Longhorn football Rod Babers take Longhorn fans through more than an hour of Longhorn football talk.
This week the guys catch up with lifetime Longhorn and former Dallas Cowboys linebacker, Kalen Thornton. He explains what he is up to these days working in brand marketing at Nike. He also talks about his playing days at Texas and he goes into detail about what he had to do to become a successful player coming from a small private school.
The guys also discuss the recent uproar from some fans regarding the Alamo Bowl rings that were awarded to players. Rod also explains what the bowl rings he received as a player mean to him.
In addition to that, Matt breaks down the production that the Texas basketball team will be returning next season after the recent transfers.
Longhorn Blitz presented by Kettler Roofing (70:09)
Segment 1: “Behind the Burnt Orange Curtain” presented by Callahan's General Store (10:56)
12:07 – How split is the fanbase's opinion of Mack Brown
15:17 – On Kirk Herbstreit's comments about Texas having to prove their worth
18:12 – Rod explains what bowl rings mean to players
22:37 – Rod shares what his bowl rings and bowl gifts mean to him
31:07 – Why some fans reacted so negatively to the Alamo Bowl rings
Segment 2: V.I.P. Hotline – Kalen Thornton (36:07)
37:07 – On playing for the Dallas Cowboys and his current marketing job with Nike
38:46 – He explains his current job with Nike
40:00 – How Nike uses alternate jerseys and other new age products to stay popular with young people
41:56 – On players being rewarded with bowl rings
43:58 – On his transition from playing at a private high school to playing at Texas as a true freshman
45:33 – How he developed his edge on the field
47:51 – On his recruitment and how he adjusted to Texas coming from a private school
49:58 – What the Texas/OU rivalry has meant to him through his life
Segment 3 (53:47)
53:47 – Rod on Kalen's current career
54:35 – The guys revisit a hilarious piece audio
63:29 – On the future demolition of the Frank Erwin Center
Segment 4: Matt’s Stats for the Week (67:13)
67:13 – Matt’s rant
68:18 – The Next Episode