PFT Live: Mark Kriegel and Lions talk with Dave Birkett

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PFT Live took a little summer vacation last week, but camps are opening and the show is back to provide your midday dose of football.

Mark Kriegel will join Mike Florio to talk about his new role on NFL AM, the NFL Network morning show that kicks off next week. They’ll also talk about how the league should be dealing with off-field incidents and whether the concussion crisis will force changes to the NFL like the ones boxing experienced after Ray “Boom Boom” Mancini killed Duk Koo Kim in the ring in 1982. Kriegel has a book on Mancini coming out in September, which will be a must-read if it is anything like his masterful biographies of Joe Namath and “Pistol” Pete Maravich.

Off-field issues will also be on the docket when Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press joins the program. The Lions parted ways with cornerback Aaron Berry on Monday as a result of his two offseason arrests and we’ll hear about what else the team might have in the works after seeing their players wind up in handcuffs seven times since the end of last season. We’ll also check in on the players that haven’t been guests of the state as the Lions get ready to start training camp.

You can watch it all live at noon ET.

3 responses to “PFT Live: Mark Kriegel and Lions talk with Dave Birkett

  1. The death of Duk Koo Kim changed the sport of boxing but it wasn’t the blow to the sport that the death of Charlie Mohr was at the University of Wisconsin in 1960. Kim’s death changed how we did championship fights reducing the fights from 15 rounds to 12 but the death of Mohr took away the life blood of the sport, its youth.

    When Mohr died the NCAA discontinued all boxing at that level for scholarships. A youth could no longer box and get a college education. The chance of making money in any sport is slim to none and even less in boxing. Now that you couldn’t even get an education while boxing gyms closed all over the country.

    Boxing is and always will be my favorite sport and I do fear for football my second favorite sport. We are seeing already parents not wanting their children to play. A sport is only as strong as its youth. I will be checking out this book for sure as this was a monumental time in boxing.

  2. Not to split eyebrows, but Duk Koo Kim did not die in the ring – he collasped in the ring after the TKO in the 14th, but died 4 days later.

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