aAbout the Show:
aThe Neutral Zone brings some heavy hitters of NBC Sports Radio AM 1060 together for a fast-hour of football chatter, analysis and picks. Welcome to the airwaves on Thursday night's from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m., Birdgang leaders Earl Burnett and Sean McConnell from Kazual Sportz, Javon Adams from The Focus with J Adams, and NFL veteran and 1998 NFC Champion, Ed Smith from EZ Sports Talk.
aEarl Burnett (A.K.A) Kazual_E of Kazual Sportz is a local Arizona sports writer currently studying at Full Sail University with an emphasis in sports media and marketing, Earl also completed broadcasting school at American Broadcasting University. Earl has been credentialed to many charitable outings representing Kazual Sportz in which he has covered the Arizona Cardinals players and their benefits. Part of attending such events, Earl has conducted one-on-one interviews with several players like Larry Fitzgerald, John Brown, Michael Floyd, Carson Palmer, Calais Campbell, head coach Bruce Arians, and a host of other current and former members of the Arizona Cardinals, including Hall of Fame quarterback Kurt Warner.
aEarl was raised in Los Angeles, Calif., by his mother, Mary Burnett. Earl is the father of three daughters. Earl's writing about the Arizona Cardinals have landed him guest appearances on local sports radio shows. To follow along with Earl's content, follow his website: https://kazualsportz.com/
aJavon Adams: J Adams is unafraid to hold the mirror up and laugh at the hypocrisy and give props where due. Stop by every week for unique sports conversation with a dash of music and all things in between.
aEdward M. Smith III was born in Trenton, New Jersey and moved to the small town of Browns Mills, New Jersey as a young boy. Ed was blessed with an incredible family and wealth of attributes. His strong family foundation, faith and unwillingness to never give up have sustained him in both his personal and professional life.
aAt an early age, Ed played the games that many boys do – baseball, basketball and football. As he grew, so did his skill on the playing fields and his true passion for sports. By the time Ed neared the end of his high school career at the age of 17, the unbelievable task of deciding his entire future weighed heavily on his shoulders. Which sport, baseball or football? At what level, collegiate or professional?
aEd chose to forgo college and pursue his professional career directly out of high school in 1987. He was drafted by the Chicago White Sox in the 7th round and began the quest to accomplish his childhood dream of playing Major League Baseball two days after graduating from Pemberton Township High School. After traveling the winding road of minor league baseball for nine years, frustrated by the results and direction of his career, Ed came to a crossroad in his life – the love he had for baseball had been replaced by the cruel reality of the business. It was time for a professional change, but what would he do next?
aOvercoming incredible odds, Ed pursued football as a second career. His transformation from a 9 year minor league baseball veteran to a tight end in the NFL was accomplished by a level of perseverance and dedication rarely seen. One of the rewards for all the hard work, an appearance in Super Bowl XXXIII as a member of the 1998 NFC Champions - The Atlanta Falcons (The Dirty Birds).
aToday Ed lives in Peoria, Arizona. He travels the country as a Motivational Speaker, supports a variety of charities and organizations and has a passion to help encourage the youth of America to stay on the right track and never give up on their dreams.