BLOOMINGTON, Minn. - Wyomissing native Ross Tucker knows football. After playing seven years in the NFL, he's parlayed that into becoming a sports broadcaster.
Although hailing from Philadelphia Eagles territory, he's fully aware of life with New England. Tucker spent the 2005 season with the Patriots.
"It's kind of miserable up in New England," Tucker told 69 Sports' Sam Marcinek in Minnesota. "I mean, it's 100 percent negative reinforcement. You know, your whole goal every day is to not be on the low-light video that [Patriots Coach Bill] Belichick puts out at the start of every meeting."
Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and Belichick may not conjure up a direct image of Wyomissing Spartans Head Coach Bob Wolfrum, but the trio do share a common trait.
"All three of them, they don't really have to say anything to you. You just don't want to disappoint them," Tucker said. "Even going back to high school, Coach Wolfrum never had to yell at you. When you messed up, you knew that you disappointed him, and it crushed you."
Having played in the trenches, Tucker knows just how important the battle upfront will be, and that just may be the Eagles' biggest edge.
"That that can be the difference in the game, it's going to have to be," Tucker said. "I mean, you think about the playoff games the Patriots have lost to the Denver Broncos, twice to the [New York] Giants, it's when Brady is getting beat up the entire game."
While the teams are preparing for their most important game on the gridiron, Tucker has just as busy a week, broadcasting his "Ross Tucker Football Podcast," then with SiriusXM Westwood One and other TV outlets, it's going to be a whirlwind.
"My only goal at this point is to try to avoid a real job as long as I possibly can," Tucker said. "I guess I've done it for 20 years, so I'll see how much longer I can do it, but honestly it's a blast. I mean, I'm here talking to people about football. This is not work."
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