Eye On The Ball with Jay Gonzales and Steve Rivera: Guests Jon Wilner and Levi Wallace

Day 2 of the Eye on the Ball radio show on KVOI 1030-AM with longtime Tucson sports personalities Jay Gonzales and Steve Rivera as co-hosts featured: Jon Wilner, San Jose Mercury-News sports columnist, and Levi Wallace, a former Tucson High football player who went on walk-on and make it big at Alabama before joining the Buffalo Bills as an undrafted free agent last season.

Wilner, who is as well-versed on Pac-12 athletics as any journalist nationally, discussed a variety of topics relating to the COVID-19 pandemic and how that might affect college football, particularly on how it affects the conference and Arizona.

Among his comments, Wilner said he envisions a fall with football, only after players are tested, and fans will not be admitted in the stadiums.

“There’s probably about a 60 percent chance that there will be some version of a football season in the fall but I don’t think it is going to be with fans,” Wilner said. “I don’t think there is any way they are going to play with fans.”

Wallace discussed life in his second season in the NFL and his meaningful “Gamers vs. Cancer” event as part of #GivingTuesday – a global initiative focused on charitable efforts. Wallace has teamed up with the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network to raise funding for the organization through the event that is scheduled to take place on Twitch today as noon Tucson time.

Wallace will join former Alabama teammates and fellow Bills players Jordan Poyer and Jaquan Johnson for a five-hour long live stream of the popular game, “Fortnite.”

“It means everything to me,” Wallace said when asked about the importance of the event. “Cancer is a big part of my family. I lost my aunt to it going into my freshman year of high school and I lost my granddad to it when I was at a young age.

“Not so long ago, I put my (phone) number out and I was able to talk to a bunch of people and a lot of those people did have cancer, and just hearing their stories motivated me to reach out to ACS and be able to be a part of this Gamers vs. Cancer.”

Fans are invited to follow along with Wallace and his crew on the dedicated Twitch page this afternoon from 12 to 3 p.m. Those interested in donating can do so during the streaming window. Resources collected will benefit the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network.


ALLSPORTSTUCSON.com publisher, writer and editor Javier Morales is a former Arizona Press Club award winner. He is a former Arizona Daily Star beat reporter for the Arizona basketball team, including when the Wildcats won the 1996-97 NCAA title. He has also written articles for CollegeAD.com, Bleacher Report, Lindy’s Sports, TucsonCitizen.com, The Arizona Republic, Sporting News and Baseball America, among many other publications. He has also authored the book “The Highest Form of Living”, which is available at Amazon.

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