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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

Actor Omar Epps joins Ballers with Babies to discuss his new book, "From Fatherless to Fatherhood."

Dahntay Jones, former NBA player, joins Ballers with Babies. Among topics discussed include why he initially wasn't interested in playing for Duke, what he thinks of Draymond Green, how he came to discover Al Harrington is his cousin,... more

Lance Moore joins Ballers with Babies.

Former NBA star Shawn Marion joins Ballers with Babies.

On this week's episode of Ballers with Babies, Paraag Marathe joins to discuss his role running the 49ers - from blocking out the noise and the critics, managing a full workload with two young kids, what's it like negotiating NFL contracts,... more

Jeff Pearlman, New York Times best-selling author and sports writer joins Ballers with Babies.

Former NFL defensive back and Super Bowl champ, Toi Cook, is this week's guest on Ballers with Babies. He shares the role coach Jim Mora played in his first son being born, whether or not he regrets playing football, the issues... more

On this week's episode of Ballers with Babies, former MLB infielder Kevin Youkilis joins the show. Topics include: What he's been up to since retiring: his new brewing company The best years to develop children in sports How he was... more

On this episode of Ballers with Babies, Rodney Peete shares what it's been like raising a family with the cameras on them, how to make the best of the transition from pro athlete to retirement, what concerns him most about this generation's... more

Ephraim Salaam joins Ballers with Babies and among the topics discussed include: the reason he waited until after football to have kids, why he won't let his kids play football, and what he thinks NFL teams do wrong when evaluating... more