New Episode of “Going Direct: The Panini Podcast” Pays Tribute to Ben Ecklar, Reviews 2021 Panini Black Football and More

In this bittersweet episode of “Going Direct: The Panini Podcast,” hosts Tracy Hackler and Scott Prusha discuss the Panini America news of the week, including the big announcement regarding Christian Pulisic (including a quick, exclusive interview with the U.S. Soccer superstar himself) and the release of 2021 Panini Black Football.

But the heart of episode No. 11 belongs to Ben Ecklar, the longtime Panini America Product Development Director who passed away unexpectedly last week. This special episode includes a touching, funny and emotional tribute to Ben (the coworker, the father, the husband, the legend) by those who knew him better than just about anyone.


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