In this week's Cat-Griz Insider podcast, we have our first guest on the show and it's a familiar face to Montana football fans. Former Griz standout and Havre native Marc Mariani joins us on the show all the way from his new home in Nashville, Tennessee to talk about a multitude of things and allow 406mtsports.com to catch up with him and what he has been up to.
To highlight some key points, we will have our usual interviews with Amie Just and Greg Rachac to break down the previous week of football for the Bobcats and Grizzlies as well as look ahead. Amie kicks us off at 1:34 to talk UM's fun win over Sacramento State which saw quarterback Dalton Sneed run into the school's record book. Amie also chats about the impact true freshman Gabe Sulser had for the Griz against the Hornets. Sulser, a Billings Senior grad, scored a 53-yard touchdown on his first college touch. Amie also chats about linebacker Josh Buss who, now appearing fully healthy, also put himself at the top of some impressive lists over the weekend. We also take a look at UM's first road conference game of the year at Cal Poly.
Greg comes in at 12:44 to talk about MSU's victory on the road at Portland State over the weekend. Sophomore quarterback Troy Andersen, like Sneed, also had a strong performance on the ground over the weekend as Andersen appears to have overcome that left hand injury. Greg also dives into MSU's big home game against No. 5 Eastern Washington this Saturday and what the Bobcats will have to do to stop the Eagles and star quarterback Gage Gubrud.
Then, at 24:10, it's the man of the hour's turn. Mariani, who went on to play in the NFL for the Titans and Bears and was a Pro Bowl player in 2010, talks about what life has been like for him. The highlights of the interview include life in Nashville (24:43), officially retiring from the NFL (25:10), post-NFL life and the real estate business he has started with his wife (26:13), his thoughts on the return of Bobby Hauck at UM (31:35), how much football he watches these days (36:10), the similarities and differences between this Griz squad and when he played (37:41), how often he visits the Treasure State (38:57), reflecting on his football path (39:47), coaching high school football in Nashville (42:25), and what life has in store for him going forward (45:22) which includes real estate, coaching, expecting a son in January and trying his hand at radio.