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Our own Steve Swanson is a judge on "The Ride"!

Darrel Barnes - Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Athletic Republic's own Chief Science and Technology Officer, Steve Swanson, is now one of the six judges on the new reality show The Ride. He'll be deciding the fate of each of the young men competing for the elusive top prize.  The Ride is a first of its kind sports reality show that selects the nation's best "under the radar" prep quarterback over the course of of the ten-week series.  Eight high school quarterbacks from all walks of life and experiences compete for the top prize - the chance to earn a roster spot in the 2010 U.S. Army All-American Bowl and the increased media and recruiting attention that come with that honor.

The Ride will chronicle the athletes as they move from Football University in Philadelphia to FBU's elite and invitation-only Top Gun camp in Florida and then on to the Aloha Classic in Hawaii.  Only four of the eight quarterbacks were chosen to attend Top Gun and only three were selected to move on after the grueling camp.
The Ride then follows each of the remaining three athletes to his hometown and provides a glimpse of their play for his high school team.  Only two are selected to play in the Aloha Classic and the winner is named a U.S. Army All-American and chosen to play in the prestigious Bowl in San Antonio on January 9, 2010, which is broadcast on NBC Sports.

In addition to Steve Swanson, the other quarterbacks coaches and talent judges include: Tom Martinez, who serves as Tom Brady's guru; former NFL quarterback Mike Kruczek, tutor to Matt Ryan and Daunte Culpepper; former NFL quarterbacks coach Larry Kennan, private coach to Eli Manning; former NFL head coach Sam Wyche (Joe Montana's QB coach); and national recruiting expert Barry Every, among others.

The Ride will be airing locally on FSN West and also FSN (Fox Sports Network) and CSN (Comcast Sports) affiliates nationwide. Check out more on the show's website or catch all the episodes on