Off The Net



"Off the Net" is an official weekly podcast of the Arena Football League, hosted by AFL front office veteran BJ Pickard. OTN goes beyond the boxscores to focus on storytelling and the incredible paths traveled by AFL players on their way to realizing their dreams.


  • OTN – EP014 – Mike Lewis

    11/03/2015 Duration: 19min

    An All-Arena selection in each of the last four seasons, Mike Lewis enters the 2015 season with more quarterback sacks than any active player in the Arena Football League. The former Adrian College All-American joins host BJ Pickard to discuss his free agent status, the Arena Football Hall of Fame, and his absence on the 2014 AFL Top 50 list.

  • OTN – EP013 – Mike Washington

    05/03/2015 Duration: 29min

    A former All-WAC wide receiver at the University of Hawaii, Mike Washington has become one of the most consistent targets in all of Arena Football. The Spokane Shock star joins host BJ Pickard to discuss breaking into the AFL via an open tryout, his diet and training regimen, and the outlook for the Shock heading into the 2015 season.

  • OTN – EP012 – AFL Commissioner Scott C. Butera

    25/02/2015 Duration: 13min

    In September 2014, Scott C. Butera was named the seventh Commissioner of the Arena Football League. The former Trinity College defensive lineman sat down with host BJ Pickard to discuss what led him to his new role, the “State of the League” right now, and his vision for the future of Arena Football.

  • OTN – EP011 – Erik Meyer

    19/02/2015 Duration: 17min

    One of the biggest names to hit the free agent market in 2014, Erik Meyer is a former FCS All-American, Walter Payton Award winner and Arena Football League MVP. The new starting quarterback for the San Jose SaberCats, “E$” joins host BJ Pickard to talk about his decorated college career at Eastern Washington, being selected in three different Major League Baseball drafts, and seizing his opportunity for a homecoming in 2015.

  • OTN – EP010 – J.J. Raterink

    12/02/2015 Duration: 33min

    The 2014 AFL Pulse Player of the Year, “America’s Quarterback” J.J. Raterink is entering his tenth season of Arena Football. The former Rhodes Scholar finalist and current quarterback for the Las Vegas Outlaws joins host BJ Pickard to talk about his experience on the AMC television series “4th and Loud”, being the face of an expansion franchise, and what motivates him to continue on in his football odyssey.

  • OTN – EP009 – Joe Hills

    05/02/2015 Duration: 19min

    Joe Hills is a three-year veteran of the Arena Football League and one of the newest members of the Jacksonville Sharks. The 2013 First Team All-Arena receiver joins host BJ Pickard to discuss playing college ball for Steve Spurrier at South Carolina, emerging as an elite wide receiver in the AFL, and being part of a unit that will try to bring the Jacksonville Sharks back to the top in 2015.

  • OTN – EP008 – James Bryant

    29/01/2015 Duration: 28min

    James Bryant is one of the most intense and intimidating players in the AFL. A USA Today, U.S. Army, and SuperPrep All-American coming out of high school, the free agent linebacker joins host BJ Pickard to discuss his experiences in the game of football, his venture into the world of pro boxing, and, of course, the story behind his signature mask.

  • OTN – EP007 – Greg Carr

    22/01/2015 Duration: 19min

    The 2014 AFL Rookie of the Year, Greg Carr burst onto the scene with 113 receptions for 1,435 yards and 36 touchdowns in his first season with the Orlando Predators. The three-time All-ACC receiver talks with host BJ Pickard about his stellar career at Florida State, his experience at the 2009 Senior Bowl, and what brought him to the Arena Football League.