Aging, Acting & the NFL - A Patriots Perspective with Pete Koch

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Aging, Acting & the NFL - A Patriots Perspective with Pete Koch

Key Points, Top Takeaways and Memorable Quotes -

“How many people want to be where I am right now?” 6:57

“Anybody looking for motivation from the outside is not the right person to be playing at the highest level, it’s gotta come from inside.” 7:16

“Here’s an owner of the Raiders saying that, ‘You the former players are my family!’” 16:16

“Having somebody that believes in you is so powerful.” 29:05

“No news is bad news in Hollywood.” 33:20

“I would say the great ones need, you know, to be resilient less often because they’re dominating, you know, more regularly than the other players.” 34:05

“I think that it’s fair to say that Heartbreak Ridge has been a tremendous recruiting tool.” 49:56

“I don’t think there’s any organization in the world that can help people optimize themselves, personally like the military can.” 1:02:43

“By the way, I’m not fixing this shoulder as a 60 year old for a 60 year old, I’m fixing it for the 80 year old version of me.” 1:19:14

“Believe in yourself.” 1:25:27

“The hardest a job is to do, the more you have to be able to have fun while you do it, or else it becomes just a burden.” 1:26:43


Guest Bio -

Pete Koch is from Long Island, NY, and played football at the University of Maryland, then was drafted to the Cincinnati Bengals in the 1984 Draft.  He spent a total of 6 years in the NFL; first with the Bengals, then the Chiefs, and finally landed at the Los Angeles Raiders.  He also spent some time in Hollywood as an actor, starring as The Swed in Clint Eastwood’s Heartbreak Ridge, and now, he’s a fitness professional that works to spread fitness knowledge to aging humans and athletes.


Show Notes -

0:00 - WIMTS Podcast Intro

0:32 - Introducing Pete Koch

0:48 - Welcome to Pete

1:14 - Drafted to Cincinnati Bengals in 1984 from University of Maryland

5:53 - Converting Starter Mentality to Backup Mentality

9:12 - Los Angeles Raiders & It’s Alumni Family

17:00 - What’s Different in the NFL Today from When You Played?

22:04 - From Long Island, NY & Background in Acting

31:16 - BB Commercial

31:25 - Hearing the Word “No” in Sports & Theater

34:05 - Being Great Comes Down to the Details in the Preparation

38:38 - Audition for Heartbreak Ridge with Clint Eastwood

44:04 - My Role in Heartbreak Ridge

 47:21 - Clint Eastwood’s Gran Torino 

48:42 - Backstory of Heartbreak Ridge & Recruiting Tool for the Marines 

52:16 - Power of the Military & Life Lessons Learned from Serving

1:03:45 - Physical Fitness & Health Span Discussion

1:15:26 - How Do We Stay At Our Best?

1:20:34 - Be Your Own Best Health Practitioner 

1:25:09 - One Piece of Advice

1:31:49 - Thank You

1:32:01 - Where Can People Find You?

1:32:36 - WIMTS Podcast Closing


Links & Where to Find Pete -

IG - @petekoch

LinkedIn - Pete Koch 

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  • Chris

    This is how all podcasts should be


    Gold. Jesus Christ. How do you do it?

    6 months ago·6 likes·
  • Evaa22

    10:30 til around 20:00 is a great part


    Very thought out! Can't wait to try it out.

    6 months ago·1 like·
  • martin

    Andrew, you're the man! Nobody else provides this content to the extent you do. Thank you!


    The part where he mentions that he wants to be adopted by a more functional family even at 45 yrs really hits home. Really delineates how no matter how old and independent you are, you still need love and support.

    6 months ago·3 likes·

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