Dwight Hicks, one of my guests on Friday’s edition of the Roughly Speaking podcast, has two Super Bowl rings but only wears one at a time, and he wore it to our studio the other day, when he dropped by to talk about his role in “X's and O's (A Football Love Story),” opening at Center Stage in Baltimore.
Hicks was a four-time Pro Bowl defensive back with San Francisco back when the 49ers started their run of four Super Bowl championships in the 1980s. Hicks was on two of those teams, in 1981 and 1984, and served as defensive captain. He finished his NFL career with the Indianapolis Colts a couple of years after the team left Baltimore. I noted that he wore “Colts blue” to the studio when he arrived for our chat with Jenny Mercein, who is not only a cast member of “X's and O's” but a collaborator on the play with KJ Sanchez.
People of a certain age -- you know, those of us who actually remember the Baltimore Colts of the Unitas years -- might recall Mercein’s dad, Chuck. He was a running back for the New York Giants and the Green Bay Packers, and he famously had a major role in the Packers’ game-winning drive against Dallas in the “Ice Bowl” of 1967, the NFL championship game played in subzero temperatures at Lambeau Field. Chuck Mercein also played for the New York Jets before retiring in 1971. I ask Jenny Mercein about her dad and his feelings about her play during the Friday podcast.
Also on the show, you'll hear how Hicks found a second act to life after football, getting into acting for films and television. "X's and O's" marks his stage debut.