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Penn State Podcast: Anthony "Spice" Adams

The former Nittany Lion joins us to trace his journey from the streets of Detroit to Happy Valley to the NFL to YouTube star to a TV career that has already included a recent role on HBO's "Ballers."

If you smelled what The Rock was cooking on the HBO series “Ballers” last season, you surely picked up a hint of Spice.

That’s pro-wrestling superstar turned Hollywood superstar Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. And that’s Anthony “Spice” Adams, the former Penn State and longtime NFL defensive tackle who is now carving out a nice career for himself on television.

In “Ballers,” Johnson plays a retired NFL player who has become a financial manager. As for Adams? Well, in three episodes, he played himself — or a takeoff of himself that was looking to build a hotel in the Miami area. This was no small cameo. Adams actually played a key role in one of the main storylines of the season.

As for his other on-camera work?

A dynamic personality with a great sense of humor even in his days back at Penn State (he lettered from 1999-2002), Adams has combined those qualities with his football knowledge (he spent nine season in the NFL, with San Francisco and later Chicago) to become an analyst with a comedic edge.

Listen to "Penn State Podcast: Anthony "Spice" Adams" on Spreaker.

This season, the 36-year-old is on the new offering “BTN Tailgate,” joining network veterans Dave Revsine and Gerry DiNardo on the live pregame show from various campus locations around the Big Ten. He is also co-host of “Inside The Bears,” which offers a behind-the-scenes look at Chicago’s NFL franchise from many different angles for the local Fox affiliate.

With Penn State enjoying a bye this week, I thought it would be great to catch up with “Spice” to cover various topics. 

On the lighter side, we have been a social media friends for years. As such, I had a pretty good understanding of how his TV career began — and it is almost too funny to be true. When it was clear his football career was ending in 2012, he began posting hilarious self-deprecating videos on his YouTube channel. He was a natural in front of the camera. And more than just fans noticed.

On a more serious side, even having known Adams since his days at Penn State, I’d never heard about his unique relationship with his father. But last month, Adams wrote an outstanding piece for The Players’ Tribune called, “Portraits From a Jail Cell.” 

Check out the podcast as we discuss those topics, how a kid from the streets of Detroit ended up at Penn State, his Nittany Lion and NFL careers, how he got his nickname and much more.

KEY LINKS

SPICE'S HOMEPAGE: spiceadams.com

SPICE ON TWITTER: @spiceadams

SPICE ON THE PLAYERS' TRIBUNE: Portraits From a Jail Cell

SPICE ON YOUTUBE: SPICEADAMS

Other FOS podcasts are available for download from the iTunes store below.


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This season, the 36-year-old is on the new offering “BTN Tailgate,” joining network veterans Dave Revsine and Gerry DiNardo on the live pregame show from various campus locations around the Big Ten. He is also co-host of “Inside The Bears,” which offers a behind-the-scenes look at Chicago’s NFL franchise from many different angles for the local Fox affiliate.

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With Penn State enjoying a bye this week, I thought it would be great to catch up with “Spice” to cover various topics. 

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On the lighter side, we have been a social media friends for years. As such, I had a pretty good understanding of how his TV career began — and it is almost too funny to be true. When it was clear his football career was ending in 2012, he began posting hilarious self-deprecating videos on his YouTube channel. He was a natural in front of the camera. And more than just fans noticed.

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On a more serious side, even having known Adams since his days at Penn State, I’d never heard about his unique relationship with his father. But last month, Adams wrote an outstanding piece for The Players’ Tribune called, “Portraits From a Jail Cell.” 

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Check out the podcast as we discuss those topics, how a kid from the streets of Detroit ended up at Penn State, his Nittany Lion and NFL careers, how he got his nickname and much more.

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KEY LINKS

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SPICE'S HOMEPAGE: spiceadams.com

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SPICE ON TWITTER: @spiceadams

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SPICE ON THE PLAYERS' TRIBUNE: Portraits From a Jail Cell

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SPICE ON YOUTUBE: SPICEADAMS

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Other FOS podcasts are available for download from the iTunes store below.

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If you smelled what The Rock was cooking on the HBO series “Ballers” last season, you surely picked up a hint of Spice.

That’s pro-wrestling superstar turned Hollywood superstar Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. And that’s Anthony “Spice” Adams, the former Penn State and longtime NFL defensive tackle who is now carving out a nice career for himself on television.

In “Ballers,” Johnson plays a retired NFL player who has become a financial manager. As for Adams? Well, in three episodes, he played himself — or a takeoff of himself that was looking to build a hotel in the Miami area. This was no small cameo. Adams actually played a key role in one of the main storylines of the season.

As for his other on-camera work?

A dynamic personality with a great sense of humor even in his days back at Penn State (he lettered from 1999-2002), Adams has combined those qualities with his football knowledge (he spent nine season in the NFL, with San Francisco and later Chicago) to become an analyst with a comedic edge.

Listen to \"Penn State Podcast: Anthony \"Spice\" Adams\" on Spreaker.

This season, the 36-year-old is on the new offering “BTN Tailgate,” joining network veterans Dave Revsine and Gerry DiNardo on the live pregame show from various campus locations around the Big Ten. He is also co-host of “Inside The Bears,” which offers a behind-the-scenes look at Chicago’s NFL franchise from many different angles for the local Fox affiliate.

With Penn State enjoying a bye this week, I thought it would be great to catch up with “Spice” to cover various topics.

On the lighter side, we have been a social media friends for years. As such, I had a pretty good understanding of how his TV career began — and it is almost too funny to be true. When it was clear his football career was ending in 2012, he began posting hilarious self-deprecating videos on his YouTube channel. He was a natural in front of the camera. And more than just fans noticed.

On a more serious side, even having known Adams since his days at Penn State, I’d never heard about his unique relationship with his father. But last month, Adams wrote an outstanding piece for The Players’ Tribune called, “Portraits From a Jail Cell.”

Check out the podcast as we discuss those topics, how a kid from the streets of Detroit ended up at Penn State, his Nittany Lion and NFL careers, how he got his nickname and much more.

KEY LINKS

SPICE'S HOMEPAGE: spiceadams.com

SPICE ON TWITTER: @spiceadams

SPICE ON THE PLAYERS' TRIBUNE: Portraits From a Jail Cell

SPICE ON YOUTUBE: SPICEADAMS

Other FOS podcasts are available for download from the iTunes store below.

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