RUSH: Now, here’s Wayne Huizenga. Wayne Huizenga this morning on Bloomberg News, the correspondent Lizzie O’Leary interviewed Huizenga. She said, ‘You would not have objected to Limbaugh being an owner in the NFL?’
HUIZENGA: No. I mean, Rush, wouldn’t bother me a bit if he was in just like it wouldn’t bother me if Obama was an owner. There’s a vast difference of opinion in the NFL as it is today in all sports. I mean, you know, there’s Republicans and there’s Democrats and there’s people that don’t have any allegiance. And so I think Rush would have been fine. You asked me a question, would I have objected? No, I would not have objected.
RUSH: Wayne Huizenga, who still owns 5% of the Miami Dolphins. And full disclosure, I know Wayne. We’ve socialized together. I told the broadcast engineer, ‘I don’t want you to play sound bite number three,’ but I have an interesting story about Marshall Faulk. I don’t want to waste time telling the story, but it’s a funny little story about the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic golf tournament. Last night on ESPN they talked to John Clayton and asked, ‘Okay, the status now, the Checketts bid with Limbaugh gone.’
CLAYTON: Well, because he’s reacted to the public I think in a better spot, and also if he can pull in a Marshall Faulk, somebody that would be very dear to St. Louis Rams fans, that’s going to help out. So I do think he’s in a better spot today than he was yesterday.
RUSH: If they get Marshall Faulk in the group it’s obviously going to help ’em, but let me tell you a little Marshall Faulk story. This was three years ago now, I think, the years run together, but I took a bunch of buddies of mine out to Palm Springs and we played in the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic and it’s a week long thing and it’s a five day tournament with the amateurs playing the first four days. And every night you go out to dinner somewhere, and I grabbed my buddies, there were three of them, plus my security detail, and we’d ask the Bob Hope organizers to give us a good restaurant name, they gave us an Italian place so we went there and they put us in a small back room and there are only four other groups in there and one of the groups was Marshall Faulk and a bunch of his friends. So we sat down and we started having dinner and talking and there’s a table of five women and a table of six or seven guys and women, couples, total maybe eight people there.
So after about a half hour, I said to my buddies, ‘I’m going to go over and say hello to Marshall Faulk.’ So I went over to Marshall Faulk and said, ‘Hey Marshall, Rush Limbaugh,’ and he had this blank look on his face. ‘Hey Marshall, it’s Rush Limbaugh, and I just want to tell you I really admire your work.’ He has retired from the NFL. And he looked at me and was polite, but non-interested, uninterested. So I went back to the table, I said, ‘You know, I think I just got dissed here by Marshall Faulk. I just went over there to tell him how much I admire his work and so forth and he acted like he didn’t know who I am,’ which might have been the case. So at that point one of my buddies said, ‘Well, let’s show him who you are.’ One of my buddies went over to the table of the five women and said, ‘We’d like to buy you a drink.’ And the women said, ‘No, Limbaugh can buy us one but you can’t.’ So I smiled, I went over to the table, and they all wanted pictures, and I’m sitting on their laps and they’re sitting on my lap taking pictures and then the other table, once I had gotten out of the table and said, ‘okay I’ll do some pictures,’ they all wanted pictures and Faulk and his buddies were in the corner, ‘What the hell is going on? This Rush guy, what’s going on in here?’ Because nobody was asking Marshall Faulk for a photo or anything.
So the next morning I’m on the putting green and Marshall Faulk is walking by, he’s in the group ahead of me with — well, I think he’s with Marcus Allen, who is a friend of mine, former Chiefs and Raiders running back. Marcus Allen, you remember that vocabulary program of one of our early sponsors? Verbal Advantage, yeah, before he quit the Chiefs he wanted to go into broadcasting, and he was a listener. Bob Chandler was a good friend of his, who is now the late Bob Chandler, wide receiver for the Raiders and the Buffalo Bills, played with O.J. Marshall walks by, stops and looks at me and says, ‘Rush, huh?’ (laughing) It was nice, don’t misunderstand. It was just one of those fun times that you have when you’re out with your buddies at a golf — (interruption) what are you saying, Dawn? Shaking your head. Hm-hm. Well, I don’t know that he didn’t know who I am. I have no idea that he really didn’t know, but he might not have. But that’s why I introduced myself to him, and, you know, told him how much I admired his work.
He played with the Indianapolis Colts and then got traded I think to the St. Louis Rams. He was the best athlete on the field during his career. He was probably the greatest show on turf back in the Mike Martz, Dick Vermeil days. I remember them doing a big feature — he grew up in New Orleans and they had a Super Bowl there I think it was the Patriots in New Orleans — big feature on Marshall Faulk, took him back to his neighborhood, relived where he’d come from and so forth, and it might have been ESPN or NBC, I forget which.