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A Blast From The Past

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November 6, 2021 12:00 pm

Nikita is joined this week by one of his good friends, a man he's known for years, Kirk Talley. Nikita and Kirk discuss their love of football and their faith.


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This is the Truth Network a world champion wrestler, now a champion for Christ once told washing nightmare. Now the devil's worst night in your tagteam partner cheetah call this time. Welcome back to another episode here with the goal off as you heard no longer the Russian diaper but the doubles nightmare ship toward top and I am thrilled to have on the show with me today. A dear friend, going way way way way back Kirk Talley Kirk, welcome to the mat of Joe a thank you so much Nick, you have me on the show man, it's great to have you with what I say way way way back I was trying to calculate it and you can help me with this Kirk 1978, that's all right.

It would actually 1979 praying we had English all time. I got three of 1979. That was when I started I found out first month after high school in the working okay. And for those who know what it will observation. Remember that the professor's name there.

So what will Kirk is referring to is is our college days. We first met it at Golden Valley Lutheran College in Golden Valley, Minnesota.

That's that's what we first connected right yet that will revert connected and so yeah and so will, which is surprising for some is like waiting at the Russian nightmare went to a Bible college and I'm like yeah what I tell that story Kirk I'm like truthfully, I didn't go to learn about Jesus went because you know that the time when I went they were the number one you know football team and in in junior college football and and I knew several of the coaches at that time and it and that was my motivation for going there on a high school that will lo and behold our paths would cross the gel to people little bit about Kirk Talley at lovely bride of years that the beautiful wife your stereo, but just tell tell folks a little bit about who Kirk Talley is your early days yeah early days. I grew up in a Christian home my dad what a pastor and is retired pastor now ~counseling well into his 80s on a weekly basis, but I grew up in a Christian home certainly had things that I was doing that weren't appropriate, Christlike perspective grown up in and out of high school I met my wife when we were both in high school we knew each other were and we are blessed to stay together throughout your pre-which included that Golden Valley Lutheran when he had nine months will we didn't date but I got back together there at Golden Valley finished up there. I played one season of football at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma Washington at the time, and a high school and I played for a man named Rocky West.

During the impact my life more than anybody other than my parents and my wife and so he taught me how to integrate my faith in the coaching and that's what I've been doing for the last almost 40 years, neck, and will talk more about that bulimics let me just get interrupted there for just a second. So you and you and Terry go go all way back to the high school, like when you first meet Terry well I can went to a crazy junior high that in the town of Bloomington, Minnesota. It went off all the students and that junior high, three different high schools, and I stayed in touch with some of the guy that I went to junior high with while I was in high school. They started palling around Harry.

He became a Christian.

Early in her high school years, and so we cross paths quite a bit in high school so we can write each other. It really didn't start dating until I was high school and just working okay but but the two men would print primer to get Brandon you know Trent, yeah, well, he helped, and now getting carried with him to go to think then there your St. Cloud convince her to go to Golden Valley Lutheran on that's how we ended up staying together because it was probably more Trent than me.

I think inventing her to go to the Bible, junior college, Golden Valley.

I let's see I think back on those days. It is so so many memories but it's it's so it's interesting that's fascinating. You you guys know each other that long and and and then the hot how did you.

So what what was Trent. The reason you decide to go to go bellies woman yeah yeah NICU it so interesting to have the 2020 vision data that we have now, but I would I would not really a great student in high school.

I didn't like school anymore so I decided that by the way, yes, I think there's a lot of ballplayer I wanted to go to peel you because of Rocky from ninth grade on my parent allow their yeah and that my cognitive play for them for him in the early to mid 70s and he couldn't stop talking about the coach but anyway to make a long story short, I got accepted there but it was conditional and I said my pride get in the way I'm not taking some classes. No credit writing Lambert map but anyway to make a long story short, bottom line, if I chose work instead and I was all that I went to Normandale which you know Normandale. I know history I was going to go there play tight and tight in I and I was set to go there. Good old Trent called me up that don't go to Normandale and have no high school number two want to come up and visit Golden Valley and so I went up there on a Saturday in October and met the coaches I had got recruited one iota high school and nuclear step we know and love spoke to me and met crime and I was smitten with Golden Valley football program. The coaches and the players had no idea what I was getting into.

II committed to going there in the spring, rather than even wake them all that excited yeah well that's a mix well and you talk about crazy stuff that that was another factor. The main reason with Golden Valley at high school was was back part of your your being. Their culture revert all Bill Burke who Bill Burke was the defensive coordinator and and my first male mentor in my life.

Yet it was my seventh grade football coach in the first romance for those you know my story to my dad up and I was three, so I had no male leadership in an coach, Burke was the first want to take me under his wing to seventh grade. It's oh so it was a defense according to visit there was about four or so of the coaches from Robbinsdale, where I was going high school graduating from that were over at Golden Valley at that time I had. He can convince me to go over there but Grace was another factor so I did. It didn't dawn on me to like my senior in high school that you actually have to have grades to get into college, like for really be my athletic ability, and the fact that I'm up a football start.

This will get me in every major college in America well. Unfortunately, no. So then I started to fully apply myself until my honestly till I junior and senior year. I just enough my freshman software you're the kind skate by and got into my major that's what were really certitude to excel for. For me personally, but her brother so we can answer yes to going back to those those golden duck and by the way, there's only one other person in my life.

Just so you know is only that I consider a friend dear friend. Others only one that I've known longer so so you're the second longest second longest reigning dear friend of mine. Of course you probably remain a woman referred to the far from you now but to lift up out here, Tim Pelletier, their yeah and Tim and I actually go back to high school. We play football together. Robbinsdale high school and and I met him in 1975 so how your early high school years. My early high school years he played quarterback there in high school.

Then he played quarterback for Golden Valley and he was another factor why want to Golden Valley so there were multiple reasons and and I like yourself I grew up being a PK for those who don't know that that's that's preacher's kid. I got up roping became so I tried to sleep through every Bible class. I had the Valley. You can probably picture that are. I did the same thing when it was Luther's class is a heart heart and soul that played really badly enough. I met allotted clap was such a soft-spoken man was Isabel Basey that he was a football coach is such a soft-spoken man. Oh yeah, except for our victory in the large either right. My gosh God what what are some other okay what are a couple other favorite memories you have from Golden Valley okay, I've told you many times over the years, but you know we had team both years I played that was ranked in the top 20 in that year. My first year there 79.

We are in the top 10 and we had really good football players including yourself and anyway one of my greatest memory was of Saturday morning we were at home. You and Joe and Palmer got a burger would come down Bam Bam, Bam Bam down the hallway to transfer my room down the door jump on the bed start beat the crap out of the entrance going and we watch Godzilla and Johnny Quest before we went over for a pregame breakfast. I see you all, till I use all all those who don't know, let me just so they may not be familiar with the be Justin or Jack so bomber Dan Johnson went on to play about 88 or nine years, the Miami Dolphins daughter coach Don Shula and and was a tight and and and whatnot I will.

And then on to Miami and but mistaken. You probably never better night. Did you catch to get to test on insuperable along the Russian nightmare here for crescent automotive buying a car is a nightmare for you, my friend Ryan and Jimmy Johnson. At present, automotive make it simple to find your preowned dream car, no hassle, she will place where you is always right there). Everybody should try present drain tile from the carpet right number one thing this is Nikita Cole and I want to limit for supporting my new show man on Saturday afternoon. 1230 truth that were he did get the last touchdown that my dad's job to the blogger the bomber. He and I played against each other in high school. He was a wreck school way to get them and I hope to yeah and and then Scotty Burger was a teammate of mine in high school from Robbinsdale, Scotty Burger, linebacker Evan had you said Joe. So most people go. Joe, who well, let's enlighten the audience to who were referring to. He would later become known as is who Kirk animal they had a whole Legion of doom road warrior. That's right if you had a whole world where actually we all played college football together think it back Kirk to do so. Animal and I before we ever entertained the idea of being professional wrestlers. We were actually performing body slams and an elbow drops on you guys all yeah but here's the thing, and it was that first English class when I met you, Gardner had played ball with y'all. You took me and googled all the guys were in that class except for Scotty Burger and we started walking into the classroom.

You and I with our sunglasses on, as if we were that you web connection guiding got you always say (here, man said, so I don't know if you remember that, but I do I do. I do remember the guy ever. I member the structures is God for the wrestling fan out there the East West connection was was just the body mentor. That's right just event that's right, and Adrian Adonis East Coast with the East West connection so we would mimic or imitate Jesse the body mentor Adrian Adonis, East West connection strutting in the Bible class. Oh my God will.

Here's one thing that you brought up right I will never get there. I remember like it was yesterday. My wife probably pointed out. I remember the other six of our wedding day walking I'm walking down the aisle with my bride.

After the wedding and I look and I you and Bradley sitting in the back row and I start rocking when I picture of it in our wedding album just to the body's drug called BIL on the wedding day looking at cuticle read Radley all my God wrestling is had a profound effect in many ways still to still sue picturing the cartoons and add prior to our our pregame breakfast and and and barging in on you guys and in mauling you guys yeah you know here here's the interesting thing that that I thought they would always call printing everything you got never said to me, and with more Joe than anybody you're here early on because current had a strong faith are the reason I chose to go to Golden Valley. I knew you would keep me in check. Yeah, and entrant did not where you think you have a very kind and gentle guy. Great football player go. I think that Joe, Kenneth and some of the other guys are picked up on that you would bring right and so he got picked on a little bit not enough disrespect and never right it was all in jest but I think there was a Connor respect for Trent because he walked by state but Joel, the other guy didn't know how to go with it and no that's what happened at that 2020 vision. Later, while it is just because you Joe came from a from a Catholic background where animals was from a Catholic background. I essentially came from no church background anymore lessening you know we attended a Lutheran Church in at best. When I was little living in Minneapolis we were CEOs we were Christmas and Easter only crowds that were part of that crowd at best, but but I look back, Kirk and I really I can look back and go what God has a sense of humor I end up at a Bible college in trying to sleep you Bible classes, but nevertheless seeds were still be implanted right Caesar still be implanted in it and just to be around you guys who grew up in that and to be out of Bible college at any but we get to what you're doing and in modern day fast for the modern day but did have one under one last favorite memory from Golden Valley. You know what I think about putting it on the box after the game on. You know it. I remember some of the thing in regard on the field but you know the thing made of Circle be unbroken after the games a lot of times and things like that.

And those are some great memories for sure it's it's and I know the topics we played in the course you know we were like clearing like some tonic Christian football conference right me. We were just in no way to send regular regular football conference, but we were the only Christian school.

Yeah, and in the absolutely I remember.

And so with other teams we would get made fun of.

In fact, I remember my freshman year when I fractured my leg up in up in the thief River Falls. You know that the other team you know you harassing us the goody-goody boys from Golden Valley, you know, we were not a Bible college, but when we left. We left at all in the field that we as you said we had some very dominating teams no doubt write a note but were long because they're back with the speed limit was 55 and in our conference. We I think the cotrustee was three or four hours a deeper fall 66+ hours at all absolutely on the bus, yellows are some long bus rides but some great times of fellowship and so when you mentioned that all by the way, so you we would talk about your lovely bride Terry but you have some children to yes sir we have Britney, our oldest who is married and live with her husband and two kids up in Connecticut where her husband is from and then Christie live right there in Roseville. She's got a son and well there in their mid-30s now so were getting up there working on there.

We get up there and and you guys live in Florida sunshine State. Yes sir, we live in central Florida writing and before we get to do what you're doing and how our folks can follow you and so you mentioned going out to the Tacoma Washington PL you Pacific Lutheran in and out but you you spent almost 40 years in coaching so didn't give a give a quick snapshot on on your coaching career.

Yeah, you know I started coaching part-time there in the Twin Cities at Bethel University coach there recruited me out of Golden Valley and chose not to go there, but he yeah me to coach and so started coaching there. My first gig doing defensive line, and that we will ground on I was a graduate assistant for a couple years might first old-time paid position within the college head coach that's pretty crazy. That was 1988 just turned 28 and will ground the country did my fifth head job here at Warner University and then a huge blessing never ever would've thought that idea head coach for 26 seasons throughout my career, that's for sure. That's that's me silly so you tell telephone together with the college are currently at. Yeah, I'm at Warner University is a small Christian school around a thousand students down here in central Florida were about an hour from Tampa Bay. More about 45 minutes to an hour to Disney World okay and over the course got there just a few minutes left Kirkwood over a couple couple highlights on on on your coaching career. Yeah I would say that the first highlight is my eating young man that I recruited in high school and then they leave and get back to me just say how the good Lord or that I impacted them and I said good Lord Holy Spirit working through me impact or influence their lives and how they either live or holiday work with their kids. Interesting, probably a couple to guide the defendant.

The biggest pain in the butt on and off the field during their time underneath me at the head coach are probably the guys that I'm closest to where it had most contact with here so it's sort of crazy how God works in mysterious ways. That way if somebody's kids that I got caught drinking have always been a Christian school for my first gig in our this or that happens. I got to meet with them and them anyway that those are some of the highlights for me on the conference. Many times of awful lot like teams as well but that we we want a lot more gains in the plot that's been a blessing as well. Well I think I Kirk and Ed and Reza want to have you on the show simply because of our our long-standing friendship and more than anything you know the.

The impact to what you just said the impact that you're making on on young lives.

And you know for the listeners out there. You know Kirk Kirk is a necessarily a Nick Sabin per se. No law on the law in the limelight on on the me on a major platform.

However, my Kirk, here's what I think about you. Here's I think here's the Scripture comes to mind when he finished his last will be first in the first of the lasting meaning take a guy like Nick Sabin, who is this is by all accounts. First, right hobbies, right side right of me. He's got it rolling with the time right so he's a man of notoriety. But here's Kirk Talley, who was don't who is given 40 nearly 40 years of his life on on a smaller scale and on a lot lesser platform less and less known by by by the major audiences. Nevertheless, making as great or even greater an impact on young men's lives, because thank you remodeling Jesus for the and eventually I picture men in heaven because of what you modeled as as a coach for today's youth of these young men, Kirk and you know just about such a love in my heart for you.

You brought back some great memories today like oh my gosh, I completely forgot about that. But some great memories and and and kudos to you and and I hope the listeners are going and look up your collagen and follow your coaching career down there in Florida man such and such a pleasure to have you on the show today. Thanks so much, grabbing my friend well and and much continued success and and more conference championships is my prayer for you and not to so that you can build your own accolades, but Lord is the Lord gives us because your you're very incredibly people. I'm sure can tell incredibly humbling and in that sense God says clearly in his word that he'll you will build the platform for those who walk humbly before him absolutely yelp and he's going to continue to give you greater and greater and greater influence on many, many, many more lives and so appreciate you and in your lovely bride Terry and your family think Nick well today on the map show Kirk Talley head football coach and making a difference.

What are you doing to make a difference like what he liked whatever chosen field. You find yourself in whatever endeavor, whatever wherever you're employed by you working those on on demand or work is as going to the Lord.

I think clearly you can see Kirk is working as though unto the Lord, even though he's employed as a head football coach and so I just want to encourage you and/or challenge you today. If you don't yet have a personal relationship with Jesus, can I encourage you to make that decision today.

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