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Kevin Lockett in Leawood, Kansas

Kevin Lockett in Leawood, Kansas

  • 0:54:40
  • 3 months ago

This edition of the Life of Fitz podcast features host Tim Fitzgerald calling his friend Kevin Lockett, the most prolific receiver in Kansas State football history and the first of the Locketts to come to K-State. Kevin came to Manhattan in 1992 from Tulsa’s Booker T. Washington High School and he quickly became known for flying high to make an endless string of aerial receptions for the Wildcats. During his career, Lockett rewrote the entire K-State receiving record book and if he doesn’t still hold a record, there’s a good chance the mark was surpassed by either his brother, Aaron, who followed him to K-State, or his eldest son, Tyler, who played for Snyder from 2011-14, and broke his father’s career receiving yards mark. Kevin was a first-team All-Big 12 selection in 1996 and was drafted in the second round of the 1997 NFL Draft by the Kansas City Chiefs, eventually spending time with four different franchises before putting down his family’s roots in Kansas City.

Since retiring from football, Kevin has worked for both the Kauffman Foundation and the Kansas Bioscience Authority before taking his 20 years of experience fostering early-stage businesses to become a partner in Fulcrum Global Capital, which invests with entrepreneurs in the fields agricultural, ag-tech and animal health. And the great news for football fans is there are three more Lockett boys on the way, with Sterling, a prospect in 2022 class recently receiving a Kansas State scholarship offer, while 11-year-old twins Jacob and Jordan are, of course, budding athletes. Kevin and his wife, Cheryl, also served a term on the Kansas State University Foundation’s Board of Directors.

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Tim Fitzgerald is a sports journalist who writes, does TV, radio and is a long-time podcaster. He has served as publisher of GoPowercat.com, a website that focuses on Kansas State sports, for more than 20 years. Fitz also has stage 4 prostate cancer, so his doctors have advised him to stay home and lay low. Welcome to his life and the Life of Fitz podcast.

Episodes of This Show

  • Mark Simoneau in Gardner, Kansas

    Mark Simoneau in Gardner, Kansas

    • 0:57:12
    • 3 months ago

    This edition of the Life of Fitz podcast features host Tim Fitzgerald calling his friend Mark Simoneau, a former Kansas State and NFL linebacker. During his time at K-State from 1995-1999, Simoneau became a dominant force for the Wildcats during the late 1990s. He was named the Big 12’s defensive player of the year after the 1999 season and went into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2012. After leaving K-State, Simoneau was drafted in the third round of the 2000 draft by the Atlanta Falcons. He spent three seasons in Atlanta, followed by three seasons each with the Philadelphia Eagles the New Orleans Saints. Mark completed his career with a final season with the Kansas City Chiefs in 2010. Mark is now the strength coach at Gardner-Edgerton (Kan.) High School in suburban Kansas City.

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    Tim Fitzgerald is a sports journalist who writes, does TV, radio and is a long-time podcaster. He has served as publisher of GoPowercat.com, a website that focuses on Kansas State sports, for more than 20 years. Fitz also has stage 4 prostate cancer, so his doctors have advised him to stay home and lay low. Welcome to his life and the Life of Fitz podcast.

  • Brien Hanley in Frisco, Texas

    Brien Hanley in Frisco, Texas

    • 0:57:00
    • 3 months ago

    This edition of the Life of Fitz podcast features host Tim Fitzgerald calling his friend Brien Hanley, an offensive lineman on the historic 1997 and 1998 Kansas State football teams. Hanley was part of a junior college recruiting class for Coach Bill Snyder that forever changed K-State football, as well as college football by proving a program can recruit juco players and still be a national title contender. Brien now works in banking in Frisco, Texas, but he also hosts his own podcast — Let's Talk Ball with Big B — and serves as the analyst alongside Fitz on the Powercat Postgame Podcast following every K-State football game.

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    Tim Fitzgerald is a sports journalist who writes, does TV, radio and is a long-time podcaster. He has served as publisher of GoPowercat.com, a website that focuses on Kansas State sports, for more than 20 years. Fitz also has stage 4 prostate cancer, so his doctors have advised him to stay home and lay low. Welcome to his life and the Life of Fitz podcast.

  • Michael Smith in New Orleans

    Michael Smith in New Orleans

    • 0:59:35
    • 4 months ago

    This edition of the Life of Fitz podcast features host Tim Fitzgerald calling his friend Michael Smith, the first breakout star of Bill Snyder's Kansas State program as a highly productive receiver. Smith completed his K-State career in 1991 as the second-leading receiver in Big Eight Conference history and after a brief stint in the NFL, Smith entered coaching. He spent 17 seasons at K-State working for Snyder, first leaving in 2005 when Snyder retired and then returning in 2009 when Snyder returned. He departed again in 2013 working at Arkansas and Kentucky, where he stepped down just prior to the pandemic to seek another coaching position. Until he returns to the field, Coach Smith, and his family, is back in his hometown of New Orleans.

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    Tim Fitzgerald is a sports journalist who writes, does TV, radio and is a long-time podcaster. He has served as publisher of GoPowercat.com, a website that focuses on Kansas State sports, for more than 20 years. Fitz also has stage 4 prostate cancer, so his doctors have advised him to stay home and lay low. Welcome to his life and the Life of Fitz podcast.

  • Jamar Samuels in Manhattan, Kansas

    Jamar Samuels in Manhattan, Kansas

    • 0:45:40
    • 4 months ago

    This edition of the Life of Fitz podcast features host Tim Fitzgerald calling his friend Jamar Samuels, a former Kansas State basketball player for Coach Frank Martin. Over his four seasons, Samuels averaged 9.5 points and 5.4 rebounds a game, including a points average of 11 during his sophomore season. Samuels was always in motion, hustling, fighting, and too often fouling, but the fans loved him. When Samuels departed K-State, he was just the third Wildcat to exceed 1200 points and 700 rebounds in a career. The first two were Bob Boozer and Ed Nealy. Jamar has been playing overseas since graduation, with stops in Spain, Italy, Israel, Romania and Angola during his career. Now Samuels has decided to make Manhattan his offseason home.

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    Tim Fitzgerald is a sports journalist who writes, does TV, radio and is a long-time podcaster. He has served as publisher of GoPowercat.com, a website that focuses on Kansas State sports, for more than 20 years. Fitz also has stage 4 prostate cancer, so his doctors have advised him to stay home and lay low. Welcome to his life and the Life of Fitz podcast.

  • Al Jones in Summerlin, Nevada

    Al Jones in Summerlin, Nevada

    • 0:53:17
    • 4 months ago

    This edition of the Life of Fitz podcast features host Tim Fitzgerald calling his friend, fraternity brother and former Kansas State football player Al Jones. Jones walked onto the K-State football program under Stan Parrish and played two years as a tight end. Then when Bill Snyder arrived in December of 1988, he put Jones and his teammates through a trial by fire. Jones and those who survived the process are honored now as members of The Foundation for all that came after them. K-State football as it now is would not exist without the work put in my Jones and his fellow Wildcats. A model and talent scout since leaving K-State, Al Jones now lives in the Las Vegas suburbs.

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    Tim Fitzgerald is a sports journalist who writes, does TV, radio and is a long-time podcaster. He has served as publisher of GoPowercat.com, a website that focuses on Kansas State sports, for more than 20 years. Fitz also has stage 4 prostate cancer, so his doctors have advised him to stay home and lay low. Welcome to his life and the Life of Fitz podcast.

  • Claire Coggins in Lee's Summit, Missouri

    Claire Coggins in Lee's Summit, Missouri

    • 0:52:30
    • 4 months ago

    This edition of the Life of Fitz podcast features host Tim Fitzgerald calling his dear friend Claire Coggins, a former Kansas State women's basketball player and assistant coach. Claire was the focal point of the Kansas State women’s team in the mid-2000s, twice earning second-team All-Big 12 recognition before playing the 2007 season with the WNBA’s Chicago Sky and then one season professionally in Greece before deciding to retire from the game. She went on to coach, spending time on both Deb Patterson’s staff before becoming a full-time assistant coach for current K-State coach Jeff Mittie. She decided to get out of coaching after meeting the love of her life, former Texas head coach Karen Aston. The two now have a three-year-old daughter, Marilyn.

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    Tim Fitzgerald is a sports journalist who writes, does TV, radio and is a long-time podcaster. He has served as publisher of GoPowercat.com, a website that focuses on Kansas State sports, for more than 20 years. Fitz also has stage 4 prostate cancer, so his doctors have advised him to stay home and lay low. Welcome to his life and the Life of Fitz podcast.

  • Wyatt Thompson in Manhattan, Kansas

    Wyatt Thompson in Manhattan, Kansas

    • 0:55:10
    • 4 months ago

    This edition of the Life of Fitz podcast features host Tim Fitzgerald calling his good friend Wyatt Thompson across town in Manhattan. Thompson is entering his 19th school year as Kansas State’s Voice of the Wildcats, the title carried by a long line of sports play-by-play announcers. Being called the Voice of the Wildcats comes with incredibly high expectations from a fan base who has enjoyed some of the best talents in the radio business. Thompson came to K-State from Colorado State, following athletic director Tim Weiser from CSU once he threw the door open to a negotiation for the athletic department’s radio rights, and K-State fans have grown to love his style. It’s his voice associated with the highlights from Kansas State’s historic 2003 Big 12 football championship victory over Oklahoma, numerous big bowl wins and a couple of trips to the Elite Eight of the NCAA basketball tournament. For every current Kansas State student, it was Thompson’s voice they heard if they listened to a K-State sporting event on the radio during their childhood.

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    Tim Fitzgerald is a sports journalist who writes, does TV, radio and is a long-time podcaster. He has served as publisher of GoPowercat.com, a website that focuses on Kansas State sports, for more than 20 years. Fitz also has stage 4 prostate cancer, so his doctors have advised him to stay home and lay low. Welcome to his life and the Life of Fitz podcast.

  • BJ Kissel in Overland Park, Kansas

    BJ Kissel in Overland Park, Kansas

    • 0:53:40
    • 4 months ago

    This edition of the Life of Fitz podcast features host Tim Fitzgerald calling his former student and Kansas State baseball player BJ Kissel, who now is an in-house reporter for the Kansas City Chiefs of the NFL. The former K-State athlete was one of about 15 students in a sports writing class offered in the spring of 2006 by K-State's AQ Miller School of Journalism, which was taught by Fitz. After leaving K-State and moving to KC, Kissel worked on the edges of the industry for years, writing a blog as more of a hobby but he was honing his craft. Then six years ago, the Kansas City Chiefs created a job for an in-house reporter and Kissel landed the job. He was in the right place at the right time and had prepared himself the right way to earn a unique spot in the journalism industry.

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    Tim Fitzgerald is a sports journalist who writes, does TV, radio and is a long-time podcaster. He has served as publisher of GoPowercat.com, a website that focuses on Kansas State sports, for more than 20 years. Fitz also has stage 4 prostate cancer, so his doctors have advised him to stay home and lay low. Welcome to his life and the Life of Fitz podcast.

  • Joe Bob Clements in Stillwater, Oklahoma

    Joe Bob Clements in Stillwater, Oklahoma

    • 0:50:20
    • 4 months ago

    This edition of the Life of Fitz podcast features host Tim Fitzgerald calling former Kansas State football player and coach Joe Bob Clements who now coaches the defensive line at Oklahoma State in Stillwater, Oklahoma. Clements was one of the players who was the heart and soul of the 1998 Kansas State Wildcats, who went unbeaten in the regular season. After completing his playing days, Clements launched right into coaching, paying his dues as an unpaid assistant coach for four years and then sliding onto the full-time staff in 2003 as part of the school’s Big 12 title team. Clements departed after Coach Bill Snyder retired following the 1995 season, but returned to Manhattan in 2009 to join Snyder’s new staff, and he then shocked the K-State world by jumping to Oklahoma State prior to the 2013 season, where he remains.

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    Tim Fitzgerald is a sports journalist who writes, does TV, radio and is a long-time podcaster. He has served as publisher of GoPowercat.com, a website that focuses on Kansas State sports, for more than 20 years. Fitz also has stage 4 prostate cancer, so his doctors have advised him to stay home and lay low. Welcome to his life and the Life of Fitz podcast.