HFP: Marty Smith on History, Humanity, and Authenticity of LSU-Alabama

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HFP: Marty Smith on History, Humanity, and Authenticity of LSU-Alabama

Stay away from brick walls while listening to this one, because after hearing Marty Smith, you’ll want to run through one.

No one in sports has more passion or compassion than ESPN’s Marty Smith, today’s guest on the show. He views sports as a vehicle to understand people, and big games – like LSU vs. Alabama – are, for him, stages on which we see the very best qualities humanity has to offer.

Authenticity. Vulnerability. Passion. Pride.

All of that comes through in today’s conversation with Marty, and I’m grateful to have been able to get him for a few minutes.

We talk about, among many other things:

Ed Orgeron as an American treasure

Joe Burrow, the ultimate competitor, something Marty saw long before Joe wore purple and gold

– The magnitude and rarity of No. 1 vs. No. 2

– His incredible book, “Never Settle: Sports, Family, and the American Soul,” and how the proceeds are benefiting students across the country

After that, we sit down with LSU defensive line coach Bill Johnson and run through the men in the trenches who will help determine Saturday’s outcome.