After years of playing the sidekick, Jerry Ferrara is happy to step into the spotlight, even if it’s on a different wavelength.
Ferrara, who plays Turtle on HBO’s “Entourage,” recently pacted with Sirius Satellite Radio to host a show dedicated to the booming world of fantasy football.
A lifelong sports fan (his heart lies with the New York Giants) and fantasy football addict, Ferrara eagerly pursued an on-air job when he heard Sirius was creating a channel dedicated to fantasy sports leagues.
“I had a gig with Fox Sports radio doing something similar years ago, but when I heard what Sirius was doing I called my agent and had them pitch the idea to Sirius,” Ferrara says. It wasn’t a hard sell.
“I guess you could say I’m just a lucky bastard to be able to do this,” he said.
Fantasy football has evolved over the years from a hobby of sports junkies to a lucrative business with bigtime winnings at stake. Ferrara describes his role on the show, which airs Thursdays at 7 p.m. ET during pigskin season, as a sort of therapist who tries “to talk people off the ledge” from making a bad mistake on their own fantasy football roster.
“Ferrara’s Fantasy Football” is squarely aimed at the hardcore football fan. But he said he plans to eventually mix it up a bit with celeb guests, including visits from some of his “Entourage” pals.