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Mark Willard

Ballers with Babies


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I'm Mark Willard and I'm excited to bring you the "Ballers with Babies" podcast, where I interview the top names in sports about the intersection of sports with family & parenting life. I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to go a little deeper and humanize these stars of sport. With each guest, we’ll get to hear where they came from, how they achieved success, and how they blended that with their family life at home. We’re all tired of canned answer interviews. I promise that each episode will give you something you've never heard before.

On-Demand Episodes

Nick Hardwick joins Ballers with Babies and shares how he was able to lose so much weight post-football career, whether or not concussions have impacted his life, what it meant to protect Phillip Rivers, how difficult the Chargers move... more

Former NFL quarterback Ryan Leaf joins Ballers with Babies and discusses his growth as a person, getting involved in sports broadcasting, why athletes and military veterans face similar issues post-career/post-service, his thoughts on... more

On this week's episode of Ballers with Babies, Ryan Wendell shares what it was like playing for the Patriots, the worst parenting advice he's ever received, and how he's adjusting to his post-NFL life.

Jill Arrington joins Ballers with Babies to share her path to success in a male-dominated industry.

Curtis Conway joins Ballers with Babies and shares what it was like having Muhammad Ali as a father-in-law, why football is an important outlet for those in poor communities, why he struggles with spoiling his kids, and how to combat... more

Marcellus Wiley shares why he almost quit football at age 12, what it was like growing up in Compton, how his family deals with the spotlight, the reason he became a Clipper fan, and why he thinks the Chargers made the right decision... more

Rob Ryan is this week's guest on Ballers with Babies. He shares how he's managed coaching and raising a family, what it was like having a dad as an NFL coach, why he's better looking than his brother Rex, and coaching under Bill... more

Matt Leinart is this week's guest on Ballers with Babies. He discusses his dominant run coaching his son, Cole, in flag football, why he retired, why he still believes football is a great game for kids, Sam Darnold leaving for the NFL,... more

Former NFL linebacker, Kirk Morrison, joins Ballers with Babies. He shares how football helped shape his parenting style, realizing his dream of becoming a Raider, the best organizations in the NFL, how he used an alter ego to... more

Matt Barnes joins Ballers with Babies and shares what it's like having twins boys, how he's different on and off the court, the situation with Derek Fisher, why he's so close to Draymond Green, and what his plans are now that he's recently... more