Every sports fan dreams of getting up close and personal with their favorite athlete, but Ben Lyons actually gets to do it. Serving as a stand-in for fans everywhere, Ben travels the country, meets the biggest names in the game and asks the questions every fan wishes they could. How does it feel to go from star to role player? Did you cheat to break that record? Why do you keep a giant snake in your bedroom? In short, Ben lives the Real Fan Life.



Real Fan Life: Backstage with Michael Strahan

While backstage with Michael Strahan at LIVE with Kelly and Michael, we discussed his playing days, life after football, his sack record and even got a preview of his new suit collection.


Real Fan Life: Bowling with Paul Pierce

As a lifelong Knicks fan, Paul Pierce broke my heart many times over the years. Time for some payback …


Real Fan Life: LaMarcus Aldridge's Car Collection

After nine years in Portland and a few trips to the playoffs, LaMarcus Aldridge decided to go back to the Lone Star State to make a run at a title. To be honest, once I saw his car collection, I…


Real Fan Life: MMA with LaDainian Tomlinson

Disclaimer: You are about to see a grown man cry.


Real Fan Life: Dwight Howard's Exotic Snakes

I caught up with the often misunderstood D12 and his reptile entourage to discuss his passion for zoology, his early days in the NBA and how he handles the hecklers, of whom I am one …


Real Fan Life: Evan Longoria's Wedding Tasting

What do you do if you are one of the best players in baseball and you're about to marry the woman of your dreams? If you’re Evan Longoria, you invite me to your wedding tasting, obviously.


Real Fan Life: Golfing with Jalen Rose

TPT EXCLUSIVE: I hit the links with Jalen to talk about giving back and what it feels like to have Kobe drop 81 on you.



Real Fan Life: NFL Vets Edition (Part Two)

Part Two of the NFL Vets podcast is here — aka "The Magnificent Seven."


Real Fan Life: Evan Longoria

I caught up with Rays 3B Evan Longoria for the menu tasting before his recent wedding, so it's only right to catch up with him on the Real Fan Life podcast now that he's hitched.


Real Fan Life: Wide Receivers of the Future

Everybody says it's The Age of the Quarterback in the NFL. To be honest, that's only partly true.

GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 01:  Defensive lineman Joey Bosa #97 of the Ohio State Buckeyes walks off the field after being ejected for targeting during the first quarter of the BattleFrog Fiesta Bowl against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at University of Phoenix Stadium on January 1, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona.  The Buckeyes defeated the Fighting Irish 44-28.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Real Fan Life: NFL Combine Edition

At #SB50, I caught up with a few guys who are preparing for the draft: Utah running back Devontae Booker, Memphis quarterback Paxton Lynch and Ohio State linebacker and potential No. 1 overall pick Joey Bosa.


Real Fan Life: NFL Vets Edition

On this episode of the podcast, we catch up with a few made guys. No mysteries. No "rising stars." These guys have earned their stripes.


Real Fan Life: NFL Rising Stars Edition

At #SB50, I caught up with San Diego Chargers rookies Kyle Emanuel and Brock Hekking as well as Jaguars quarterback and first-time Pro Bowler Blake Bortles.


Real Fan Life: NFL Legends Edition

I caught up with NFL legends Marcus Allen, Mike Singletary, Jerome Bettis and Emmitt Smith at Super Bowl 50 in San Francisco to talk about their memories of playing in the big game, and their lives after football.

Radio Row at Super Bowl 50 in San Francisco, on February 5, 2016. (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn for the Players' Tribune)

Real Fan Life: SB 50 Edition – Bedtime Stories

Everyone knows what happens on Super Sunday, but how are players preparing the night before? Ben Lyons finds out in this Super Bowl 50 edition of Real Fan Life.


Real Fan Life: Victor Cruz

The Real Fan Life is in San Francisco for Super Bowl 50 and joining Ben Lyons this episode is Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz. The Super Bowl Champion talks about playing in New York, how having Odell Beckham Jr. on…

Radio Row at Super Bowl 50 in San Francisco, on February 4, 2016. (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn for the Players' Tribune)

Real Fan Life: Archie Manning

On the this episode of Real Fan Life, NFL legend Archie Manning (and father to Peyton and Eli) joins Ben Lyons from Super Bowl 50 weekend to talk all things football.


Real Fan Life: Sundance Film Festival Edition

Welcome to a special sports and movies addition of the "Real Fan Life," where Ben Lyons catches up with the team behind the films "Eddie the Eagle" — about British ski jumper Eddie Edwards — and "Race," which follows the…

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Shawne Merriman Breaks Down Conference Title Games

Friend of The Players' Tribune — the man they call "Lights Out," former NFL linebacker Shawne Merriman — stopped by the #RealFanLife podcast to preview the NFL conference title games.

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Real Fan Life: Antonio Brown and Mike Sweeney

Happy New Year, people! The first #RealFanLife pod of 2016 is here!


Real Fan Life: Adam Ottavino

This week, Adam Ottavino stopped by The Players' Tribune office, and we chopped it up about growing up in New York, heckling, making it to The Show and what he's thinking about for his life after baseball.

Archie Griffin visits The Players' Tribune office on December 11, 2015. (Photo by Taylor Baucom/The Players' Tribune)

Real Fan Life: Archie Griffin

Without question, one of the greatest college football players ever is two-time Heisman Trophy winner and Ohio State alum Archie Griffin.


Real Fan Life: Jon Ryan and Sarah Colonna

The very funny Sarah Colonna and the equally hilarious Seattle Seahawks punter Jon Ryan came on the #RealFanLife podcast to talk punts, jokes and ... Beverly Hills 90210. Random, I know.

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Real Fan Life: Michael B. Jordan

Calling in for this episode of the #RealFanLife is actor (and Knicks fan) Michael B. Jordan, who stars in the new boxing film Creed.


Real Fan Life: Anthony Mackie

Actor Anthony Mackie stopped by the #RealFanLife podcast to talk acting, sports, and basically just to talk trash to me.


Real Fan Life: Haley Joel Osment

Haley Joel Osment stops by this episode of #RealFanLife on The Players' Tribune after a round of golf at Mountain Gate in Los Angeles.

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Real Fan Life: Jerry West

On a special edition of the #RealFanLife podcast, I caught up with one of the greatest basketball players of all time, Jerry West, aka "Mr. Clutch."

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Real Fan Life: Matt Lauria and Jonathan Tucker

On this episode of Real Fan Life, Ben Lyons catches up with Matt Lauria and Jonathan Tucker of TV show Kingdom.


Real Fan Life: Pooch Hall

Listen as I catch up with New England native and former Golden Gloves champ Pooch Hall to discuss the post-Floyd era in boxing, his Showtime show, Ray Donovan, and more.


Real Fan Life: NFL Kickoff

Finally! Football is back, and to celebrate, we've got a special NFL Kickoff episode of the #RealFanLife featuring my conversations with analysts like Maurice Jones-Drew, Ike Taylor, Kurt Warner and Michael Irvin.


Real Fan Life: Layshia Clarendon and Jeremy Sisto

On this episode of the #RealFanLife podcast, Layshia Clarendon and I discuss her recent Players' Tribune article and actor Jeremy Sisto to discuss his new film, "Break Point."


Real Fan Life: Clayton Kershaw

Clayton Kershaw joins Ben Lyons on the #RealFanLife podcast to talk about the Dodgers' chances of a run in October, his beloved Dallas Cowboys and why he's not as intense on game day as he used to be.

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Real Fan Life: Derrick Coleman

Derrick Coleman joins Ben Lyons to talk about his journey, the upcoming NFL season and why he isn't feeling Game of Thrones.

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Real Fan Life: Chris Bosh

Chris Bosh joins me for the Real Fan Life to discuss the retooled Miami Heat, his newfound passion for the guitar and his future plans for life after his playing days are done.

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Real Fan Life: Victor Ortiz and Erin Heatherton

In this episode of the #RealFanLife, I had the chance to sit down with boxer Victor Ortiz, who pops up in the new movie "Southpaw," and supermodel Erin Heatherton.


Real Fan Life: The ESPYS

The red carpet at the ESPYS was a wild scene, as always, so I'm glad Kevin Love and Tara Lipinski could play co-hosts for a little bit and help hold down the fort.


Real Fan Life: Paul Lo Duca

All-Star catcher and TVG analytics Paul Lo Duca sits with Ben Lyons for the latest edition of Real Fan Life.

Grayson Boucher "The Professor" Feature

Real Fan Life: The Professor

He may have had to walk on to his junior college team, but Grayson Boucher (aka The Professor) has since made a career out of breaking ankles. I spoke with him this week on the #RealFanLife podcast to talk all…

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Real Fan Life: Brandi Chastain

This week on the #RealFanLife podcast, I spoke with former USWNT star Brandi Chastain. Oh, and at some point, she confirmed my masculinity. Just listen. There’s something for everyone here.​


Real Fan Life: Tommy Lasorda

For the third episode of the #RealFanLife podcast, former Dodgers manager and MLB legend Tommy Lasorda talks about everything from his first game in the big leagues to why Yasiel Puig reminds him of Raul Mondesi.


Real Fan Life: Marcus Smart and ‘The Panel’

I had a blast in Austin during SXSW this year with Jason Collins, Alonzo Mourning and Bo Kimble. Also on this episode, Celtics rookie Marcus Smart checks in to discuss his first season in the league.

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Real Fan Life: Kenny Smith and Jeremy Roenick

On the second episode of the #RealFanLife podcast, TNT analyst and NBA Champion Kenny Smith and Jeremy Roenick each discuss projects they're working on and running back LeSean McCoy gets a fresh start in Buffalo.

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Real Fan Life: Blake Griffin and Paul Pierce

Blake Griffin and Paul Pierce called in for this, the first episode of Real Fan Life, where Blake sets the record straight on how he got his staph infection and Paul tells us the best way to throw dice at…