Monday, December 7, 2009 8:00pm ET over at FDL.

Blood Equity: NFL Pro Football Players

Dakine hosts Rico McClinton, Producer, Joe Ruggiero, Producer, and William J. Macdonald, Associate Producer. Join the discussion, tonight.

Roman Phifer – three time Super Bowl Champion and Assistant Coach for the Denver Broncos – and his business partners Rico McClinton and Joe Ruggiero produced this hard hitting film that focuses on the issues facing former NFL Players following their retirement, including their ironic struggle against the NFL Player’s Union and the Owners they made rich.

The film features intense, passionate interviews with such notables as Mike Ditka (Player Super Bowl V, VI; Coach Super Bowl XX), Harry Carson (Super Bowl XXI), Willie Wood (Super Bowl XXIV), Cyril Smith, Donnie Green, Tony Dorsett (Super Bowl XXXVII), Darryl Johnston (Super Bowl XXX) who share heartfelt and personal testimonies of living their dreams as NFL players – as well as the dark side of that life and some of the unforeseen nightmares.


Rico McClinton was born November 27, 1965 in Los Angeles, CA. Rico has personally trained top NFL athletes for approximately 12 years. Such names include Shawn Merriman, Roman Phifer, Broderick Bunkley, and Jamal Anderson, just to name a few. He has also been involved in acting for the past eight years landing roles in television shows such as ALIAS and CSI: MIAMI and also within several independent features. Rico currently resides in Los Angeles, California with his wife Angel and their three kids.


Joe Ruggiero was born in Akron, Ohio in 1973. He attended Crespi Carmelite High School and lettered in Football, Baseball and Track. He later played Football and Baseball at Whittier College. He signed a minor league contract with the Antelope Valley Ravens in 1995. Joe has worked on The Price is Right, The Late Late Show with Tom Snyder and Real TV. Joe currently lives in Santa Monica, CA.


William J. MacDonald is an American film and television writer and producer.

Bill is a graduate of Georgetown University, and has a law degree from Fordham University in New York. With a background in international trade and business affairs, he eventually rose to run the famed Hollywood Producer Robert Evans’ production company at Paramount Pictures.

Bill is responsible for producing such films as SILVER, JADE, AN OCCASIONAL HELL, ROUGH RIDERS, MOLLY and ONE MAN’S HERO. He has also written for the TNT series, WITCHBLADE which ran from 2001-2002.

Bill is also the co-creator of the HBO original series ROME (in association of the BBC) along with Bruno Heller and John Milius. MacDonald serves as a writer and executive producer on the series.