Phillip Kirkland - Former Receiver for Bethune Cookman University & the New York Jets
Life and Football
In this episode of the Life and Football Podcast our Special Guest was Phillip Kirkland. Phillip Kirkland is a former Wide Receiver for Bethune Cookman University, he’s jersey number while there was number 82. Phillip also a short free agent stint with the New York Jets. Phillip was born and raised in Quincy, Florida. He attend James A. Shanks High School before it closed as a High School onto the new zoned East Gadsden County High School (Currently Gadsden County High School). While at East Gadsden and Bethune Cookman he was a star football and track athlete. This was a great interview! With Phillip it is evident that sports have had a big impact on the culture of HBCU life and enjoyment of learning influence far beyond the playing field. Phillip stated that most people see that athletes are so focused on their sport and performing well athletically that they only worry about maintaining their eligibility. And in some cases many of these students choose easy majors and take easy. Phillip said that he did not want to be the normal stereotypes that exist about the academic success and failure of student-athletes. The idea of the “dumb jock” is often unchallenged, by the general public and academic community. Just know that Phillip Kirkland always loved learning and School work above playing any sports. Phillip gives a detailed look into his life journey. He’s currently working as an IT engineer with Home Depot, he manages staff members, and he’s a recruiter for the company as well. Phillip loves giving back as he is on a board at BCU, mentor’s students at BCU who has interest in engineering and he has plans on starting programs and motivating kids from his hometown of Quincy, Florida.
Tyree Price has been in the coaching profession for 19 years. He has coached a number of All Americans, MEAC All Conference Performers and MEAC Conference Champions.We talk about coaches that influenced him as well as his approach to training his athletes. He goes into some detail to explain the progression of improvement in his athletes. I hope you enjoy.--- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/appSupport this podcast: https://anchor.fm/brandon-morton8/support
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In today’s episode, I talk with Bethune Cookman head coach Vanessa Blair-Lewis, whose journey has been an accelerated one.After a stellar playing career at Mount St. Mary’s, she served two years as an assistant coach there before getting the job handed to her on the cusp of the season beginning at 25-years-old. All she did with that was become the first person in NEC history to win both the Player of the Year and Coach of the Year awards.She won 120 games at the Mount then undertook a new challenge at Bethune Cookman where she took a last place team and turned them into a MEAC powerhouse.We also discuss her family, including her NBA official husband and ballhog 6-year-old son, race in coaching, and much more.
Player Spotlight: Marques Ford (2020 NFL Draft Prospect, DE/OLB, Bethune Cookman)
2020 NFL Draft Prospect, DE/OLB out of Bethune Cookman University, Marques Ford joins the show to talk about his journey to the NFL draft, where he's training at for his pro-day, what the experience was like to perform in front of scouts earlier this month at the College Gridiron Showcase in Fort Worth, TX and more! Coming out of high school in the Tampa, FL area, Ford was a 4-star recruit and initially committed to the University of Tennesee before making stops at Rutgers, Jones County Junior College and finishing his collegiate career at Bethune Cookman where he was voted First Team All-MEAC in 2018 & 2019. Follow on Twitter @ChrisShanafelt
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