Huddle Up with Gus
Huddle Up with Gus

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Best of the Huddle with Joe Namath!

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Happy Holidays from Gus Frerotte and everyone in the huddle! While we all celebrate a wonderful Holiday Season, we can’t wait for a new year of fabulous interviews with Gus and great players, authors, and other celebrities. Gus wanted to reprise one of his most popular interviews with none other than Joe Namath himself – Broadway Joe! – Easy Rider who made NFL history a zillion times in his playing years. Sit back, relax, enjoy the holidays and this very special Best of Huddle Up with Gus!

Hey everyone. Welcome to another episode of hello up with Gus, I'm your host, former NFL quarterback Gus Faraday and welcome to the new 16 31 digital news studio. You know, some people say no news is good news. Well I say to those people you've never read. 16 31 digital news dot com. Go to 16 31 digital news dot com to get your latest news, sports music and entertainment and maybe even listen to your favorite podcast. Audio up with Gus. Check it out today at www. 16 31 digital news dot com. Huddle up with Gus is brought to you by Vegas. Sports advantage clients of Vegas. Sports advantage are winning big in 2021 you can be a part of the winning two. As of june 1st $100. Bettors are up $3700 500 dollars betters are up $18,500 and $1000 betters are up $37,000 and $5000 betters are up $185,000. Become a client today. By clicking the link in the description below and use promo code. Huddle up To take 25% off your package today. Thanks to our partnership. Welcome to what surely will be a doozy of a matchup right here. Sports fans, whether your game is on the gridiron at the diamond or on the links, we can only say welcome to this week's huddle up with Gus 15 year NFL quarterback GUS parents, passion for sports has taken him on the Field and behind the bench is playing for seven NFL franchises With 114 TV under his belt. Gus Known who the players are and how the games are one. It's not every day you get to hang out with an NFL quarterback up. Okay, sports fans from the decked out and plush 1631 Digital Studios, it's kickoff time. So snap your two straps on and get ready to huddle up with two left, right. Hey everyone, welcome to another episode of huddle up with Gus, I'm your host, Gus for a 15 year NFL quarterback and I want to welcome you to the huddle up with Gus podcast. Today we have a special guest and I can't wait to introduce them. But before we do that I want to thank all my friends out there and my sponsors. So I want to thank 16 31 Digital News. I want to thank my team brian and terry. I want to thank Sounder F. M. For always hosting us on their platform and putting us putting our podcast up. They do a great job with new technologies to really transcribe everything that we're saying and put it out there for all of you to to watch, read, listen to whatever you want to do. And then lastly I want to thank um Vegas sports advantage. If you really want to win some cash, go to Vegas sports advantage, you're gonna help you turn those bets into some real money. Use my code, huddle up and save 25% when you sign up, so go to Vegas sports advantage and win some money. But today, this is a guy that um, this is a player, this is a famous person that, you know, we kind of, we both grew up in Pittsburgh, he's just an incredible person, incredible player, so many stories, joe, I can't tell you how many things have been going through my mind since you said you would come on our show and I'd love to talk to you about how we grew up similarly, you know, but joining me today, Super Bowl three Champion all around, uh, just change the NFL and the A. F. L. And how things happen. But joining me today, joe Namath joe, how are you doing? I guess it's good to be with you, I'm doing well, six grandchildren, you know, and a couple of daughters and guys that they were all healthy. Yeah, you look great, you look great, You look like you still wing it a little bit. Oh man, I wish I could. I've been having a little problem. I think I heard it at the bowling alley with mine was at the racquetball court. Well, you know, when you get done, you want to stay in shape, right? And you hate just to run and lift and I was trying to play with my friends and I got on the racquetball court and the competitive stuff just comes out and I'm like, I want to beat these guys bad and I swung and tore my rotator and oh yeah, but you know, I don't know, it hasn't hurt my golf game, so I'm okay, well, I'm right on the edge of giving that sport up, playing the worst I've ever played in my life, and I haven't played actually for about six months now, so I don't know what's worse, like throwing an interception or having a bad round of golf on interception. Now we're dealing, we're dealing with the pain man, you know, you know, you know, oh yeah, we usually talk on the show about how we grew up and I know that you grew up in Beaver Falls, I mean, you have a long history, it's a Middletown, your parents were,...

...you know, your dad was a still guy, You have brothers and sisters, I mean that's how I was, I mean, I came from a big Catholic my dad had was one of 15 kids, right? There's nothing more Catholic than that. He was a male guy too. He worked at PPG um and talk to me a little bit about how growing up in Beaver, like the friendships you started and then when you really started to fall in love with sports, wow, as early as I can remember falling in love with sports. I mean there was like three buddies that one across the street this way, one across the street that way and the other and between the four of us that's all we did was play some kind of ball, whether we're getting mom to sew up a pair of socks, an old pair of socks that we can hit with a broomstick or a stick and in the backyard. I just love sports. I remember going up to the high school games when I was a kid on a friday night with the gang man from the lower end and uh I think I learned early on and watching that. Uh not only was it fun, but whenever you want, we were happy when we were competing at different parts of town, the projects, which was just a little north of us and beaver Falls and we'd go play them and uh life's a game, team game, you know, I've learned this through the years, gus uh we don't do much on our own, you know, we work together and sports is a great teacher and you learn uh that it's not all about you all the time, You know, you get humbled many times, you get knocked down a lot of times and uh hopefully with the right education and folks pushing you to get back up and keep going. So I love western pennsylvania man, you know, all about it too. Oh my gosh, you know, and people always ask me like what makes quarterbacks from P. A. So tough and I said, you know, for me it was my dad, my dad was just the toughest guy I've ever met, he was the youngest boy, he was the third youngest kid. He said, I know, you know, he was in the korean war, he goes, I never had a new pair of shoes until I got to the army, you know, and and so I've seen that guy do crazy things like take a chainsaw across his hand and and just keep working and I'm like, dad, you gotta go to the emergency room, he's like, ah we'll do it after I get done with the job, and I'm like, and so when I tell people what makes us tough, you know, our our parents and the people around us were tough, that's kind of how Pittsburgh is, you know, Gussie, you just bounced in my brain here again, it starts at home life if we're lucky enough to have folks around us, our environment, our family, the love and that can guide us in the right way. Uh we're very fortunate and uh I had a family of that nature to I had friends that didn't quite have that kind of family when we were growing up of it through life, I understand or have grown to know and believe that it starts at home most of the time and uh boy our families gave us a lot of support. Yeah, you know, it was amazing that what what they did give us and so I'm sure you played all three sports. You know, we didn't, growing up in Pittsburgh, we didn't have soccer and lacrosse and all that. We had football, Baseball and basketball. That's all I ever played. That's all I ever can remember. You know, Gus I tried hockey, I tried getting on that ice too, but I failed out on that cock six a couple of times pill bonus and oh man, I can't do this. Uh and Pittsburgh didn't have a professional hockey team back then. We were growing up, uh, football, basketball and baseball, 23 seasons, man. And uh, as an athlete, uh, I love making the transition into all of them. And there's not one of them that I disliked. You know, I I loved all of them and football by the way, people over the years would ask me about my favorite sport and it didn't always go, I didn't go to football because I told him I don't like getting hit. I don't like getting knocked down. I don't like, you know baseball, I love man basketball. I love this uh, football. We played it because we love the competition for sure. Well, I think it's it sounds like you were a lot like me because I grew up half a mile from our football field in high school When I was a kid. I can remember, we'd sneak under the fence, so we didn't have to pay for the ticket, which was like 75 cents or something. Right? We'd sneak under the fence and go to the Friday night games and just the energy and the people that were there, there was nothing like it because the whole town came. Yeah, You have defense. We had the fence that we climbed over instead of sneaking under that old Geneva College, you know, we played in the field that uh, Geneva had up there and...

...boy going through those friday night games. Man. I watched guys playing joe Walton. I don't know if you remember. Okay, well he was a great halfback and beaver falls and I watched him man when I was a kid growing up and joe went on the pit and of course the pro ball became a coach, but I just marveled at these guys so they could play football on friday nights. You know, we're watching him at halftime. Gus we'd go over behind the bleachers and play free for all. Yeah, yeah, yeah. That, that was no pad, you know, but the guy that got the, the stone or whatever it was. Everybody ran after him to tackle. Oh yeah. I mean, I just, I always tell people that growing up like we did and having a community like we did and where you played every sport, like I learned to play basketball. Not because I got coached in it just because we went and did it. There was no rest. Nobody like you called your own files and and you kind of you were still friends after the game. It was great. I mean I miss those days a lot. Yeah, well I knew I couldn't play basketball when those guys from Pharrell and Sharon came down and you were falls man, a cat's cat's could playboy in Washington too. Little Washington. Our basketball teams, we weren't as successful as well. We wanted to be. But I loved the basketball was able to palm it probably youtube, you know, you guys whatever man. When you could palm and when you could dunk front words and back words. One of the highlights of my sporting life was in college between my junior and senior year. I got the dunk two handed man. Yo yeah boy it was it was wonderful. I did dig basketball. Oh, it was great. You know, back in the day the music be playing the cheerleaders and all the kids from school would be in there. And then we had the great little gyms and you'd run down to the music and doing the lineup drill. Remember all that? That was like just so much fun. And then you got all your buddies have nicknames, you didn't call them by their real name. They all had nicknames. Yeah. And uh, I I remember it wasn't a real boy scout, but I went to join the boy scouts because the meetings were in the gym under a church, you know, in the church basement. So we could play basketball right after the meetings and stuff. But I wasn't a real good scout. And uh somehow I I didn't make the grade man, but we got to play it indoors during the wintertime a little bit. Yeah, you didn't get a lot of patches. You're saying when you were in the boy scouts, you shot a lot of, a lot of free throws probably. Um you know, and and and the other thing joe is that we had tough coach is right. You had, I think it was your coach with coach Bruno, right? And we had in football, you know, my coach, it was my wife's dad and that's how I met my wife was through him, but Uh there he was divorced from his wife and she lived with her mom, so I really didn't know her, but he was one of, he coached football for 42 years. We ran the wing t in high school and I never went through harder practices in my life than I did in high school. It was just like, and you, I mean, I think that's part of being tough to what what our coaches put us through and then they were mentors and I know your coach introduced you into the Hall of Fame, which tell me a little bit about, well going back through the lifetime, you know, I started with the home and how our family treated us and I can't put enough emphasis on what my high school coach larry Bruno brought to the table when he came to Beaver Falls High school in my junior year. Uh Coach Bruno, he was, he was terrific. Let's just put it that way and we won the championship. Senior coach Bruno was an all american football player himself a half half back at Geneva College and he ended up being selected to play in the east west shrine game. Yeah man. And he was a magician too, you know, an amateur magician and stuff and that's how we got the ball handling down and the deception in the backfield. People used to think the quarterback would make the big faith, but we had a fullback named Bert cursed letter, went on to Princeton and playboy Bert, He carried out, he didn't get a pocket up like that and clamped down. I just don't know, but I still had the ball, I just tucked it in there and he's the one that sold the fake. A lot of people think the quarterbacks are selling the face, but the running back and really yeah man. And then I go to out of high school coach Bruno, I get to go to meet and work play for coach paul bear Bryant at Alabama and I had never even heard of coach Bryant before that I...

...watched Alabama play Penn state in the Liberty Bowl like 59 or 60 and I think Alabama lost seven or nothing but, but I like the way they played man and uh then I I so coach Bryant, what kind of leadership that I was there under and discipline, you know, coach brought on coach brian if you want to play ball, you gotta do the other things in life first and measure up to how they want to do it and then gus I get in the pro ball and I got we've you Bank who has already won a championship in the NFL was a paul brown pupil. I mean that the football and she's guys, I was so lucky to have those kind of coaches even had even had a coach lou Holtz there for almost a full season. But what he did leave with me was he was a brilliant coach. It just like coach Saban, maybe college football or pro sports was not their cup of tea, so to speak. And they go back to college and God, oh my, they just were wonderful. Yeah, I had I had Coach Saban as my coaching when I played for the dolphins. Okay. Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah. I mean I'm not gonna say anything but I understand what you mean, like the pros probably weren't for coach Saban but uh definitely college, you know, it was, it was a little different uh story for him, obviously has been super successful, your alma mater. Uh but you know those coaches, like I looked up, we view banks, you know, and I started like thinking in my head, he looks just like my high school coach and like all these memories came flying back of high school and and what Harry did for us, Harry is a Hall of Fame coach in pennsylvania, You know, he coached many kids and uh you know, and we didn't have a lot of athletes. I mean, I played football with 19 kids on my team, I don't know what it was like a Beaver Falls, but we didn't have like a crazy amount of athletes, but Man, everybody gave 100 well, we were lucky, you know, we had a little league team in Beaver Falls to, I mean, we'd go out and play chip a wall or Elwood City or someplace around there, but we were fortunate with the adults that they loved football, man, you know, just Being 28 miles from Pittsburgh and the Steelers, uh we were big fans of the Steelers and the rooneys, of course, everyone, uh the family, yeah, you know, that was the thing too about growing up is that we didn't have a lot of channels, but everybody on Sundays in the fall, we'd go play our football games in the winter, um all of us, everybody from the whole town would come, we'd play football, but you had to be home by one to watch. That was always, that was always the thing, I tell people that all the time everybody would come and play football and then we'd just Had to be home by 1:00. You have to be if you had to go to church at eight after church, go home change football. Yeah, you just brought back in my mind's eye man, sitting there with my dad seeing bobby lane and the Detroit lines playing in Chicago and I would call pasa run like I knew what I was doing right and just feel watching them you know? But we watched religiously every week man, Oh it was great. My so my dad was one of 15 kids right Joe and and every Christmas it was like one day you go to one brother or sister's house, the next day would be the next so you didn't have people just coming in your house all the time. So I remember when we go to their house and I just sit in front of the tv and watch the game right? I wouldn't even care like well my one uncle had a lot of trains so I'd go look at all the trains he had in his basement, but then it was always watching football, you know, and for me it was like dan files, all these guys, it was it was just football has always been in my blood, it was great. Beaver falls high school, Geneva College Pittsburgh Steelers man when it was football season we were talking in it was wonderful. So I was pretty, you know when I started reading, I saw that you were thinking about Maryland as well. Like they recruited you pretty heavily. Yes, I really like Maryland. They had a coach there named Tom Nugent who had come in with an offense, he put the I formation and I believe while he was at florida state and he was just a full of energy, I really liked him. It was close enough to home only 300 miles away that you know, you could get that. And there was some western pennsylvania guys, They're too old, marty schottenheimer, God bless him, he left us too soon. But he and I recruited together, that's where...

I got to meet marty moe are Betina from downtown L equipment man. So I really like Maryland but I didn't measure up intelligence wise or college board scores, I messed up on the college board scores, I wasn't sharp enough And coach Nugent I believe called coach Bryant at Alabama and told him that I was still out there. Alabama had sent to coaches to beaver falls during our basketball season. Coach. Dude Hennessy and charlie Bradshaw was a coach that went on to be the head coach of Kentucky for a while too well. These two coaches came, they came to talk to me and it was in the afternoon before basketball game and gus I couldn't understand them that they really had the southern bro, you know, and I'm saying, whoa, wait, first of all it's basketball season, I want to focus on the basketball and so that's what transpired then. And then I was getting recruited by other schools and traveling around, I ended up signing with five different universities. You could do that at the time as long as they weren't in the same conference, right? So I I just didn't know I wanted to play baseball, I really wanted to play baseball Roberto Clemente man standing man, usual I saw stan the man one night step in the box and hit it out in the right field, force field hitting the home run. But then at the bottom of the inning they'll long that came up and their long hair. It is eight straight game home run right after that. Yeah. My uncle joe used to take me up to the pirate games. Oh you got to go to Forbes Field. Oh yes yes yes I did throw to you kid Mazeroski. It was such a thrill for me to meet Billy. Yeah. And play golf with Billy and one of those football players. Yeah. Yeah, they're tournaments. Yeah man. Oh yeah that would have been, that would have been a treat. I actually interned with the Pirates after my senior year in college back in Three rivers when it was three rivers and I loved it. Like I got to know everyone. I mean my dad used to fall asleep with a transistor radio on our glider on our porch listening to pirate games. Although yeah, I hear you? I could see myself sitting right there beside the radio, right there, beside the radio Milwaukee. And I think it was Elroy Face had a perfect game going Probably like 12 innings, 10 innings and the game ended up, I don't remember how it ended up sitting there just leaning against that radio as close as you could be there too. So I wouldn't upset my mother who was messing around working, not working. Oh yeah, game will be playing. He'd fall asleep on the glider because he just worked double or something, you know, and I'd cover him up and go to bed and he'd sleep out there all night. I was just this kind of how we grew up, you know? And I, I just think like I was just researching, you know, and thinking about where you grew up, where I grew up, how similar it was. Obviously I never won the championships. You did. Uh but I think it's just amazing like kids from this area all kind of were similar back in the day, like our dads were meal guys and and like if you were a kid that had any promise, you know, they didn't try to push you towards the meal. Like my dad, like most people went to PPG or Alger and I'm sure in your town a lot of people were meant to go to the steel mill. Right? But if you had some promise, the whole town kind of got around you, was that, did you feel like that happened at Beaver Falls a little bit with you because you were such an incredible athlete. Oh yes, absolutely. And and Beaver Falls, you know, the people, whether it's a ford city, whether it's been wherever other places, man, they're, they're proud of their players, their town, they want them to win. Uh, yeah, they were for us all the time. And uh, when we even messed up off the field, sometimes the police force would say, hey, you know, you, you gotta behave yourself. You got a game coming up friday night, you know, at home. Well, I was more afraid to go home to my dad than the police. Yeah, we had a cold cellar, we had a cold cellar basement. Yeah. You're just praying. Your mom didn't say anything to your dad. Oh please. Yes. Yeah. Because that wasn't good him working and coming home and have to take care of Youtube. But uh, you know, it's just those stories that pushed us through and then you get to Alabama, I went to Tulsa in Oklahoma. So I'm thinking like God, you went too far away from home. I went far away from home where your town, your people couldn't come see you and,...

...and the media wasn't the same. You know, our games weren't televised, like probably your games like Alabama played on national tv a lot, but that was probably a little different for you to explain that transition a little bit Well, when I was a freshman in 61 in Alabama are varsity, won the National Championship. It was the first one. Coach Bryant had come to the university, I believe it was in 58 and it took him a couple of years to get things going. But the other thing about coach Bryant when he coached in Kentucky because he had to Western pennsylvania quarterbacks there, Vito, Babe Perelli and George blander coach Bryant, new western pennsylvania. He knew football there and I just got to believe that because of George and Babe. Coach Bryant took a chance on me and and coach Bryant also went to Maryland his first year out of the military to coach. But going in as a freshman at Alabama, these guys, they expected to win. I mean they were gonna win. Coach Bryant was gonna teach us enough. He's gonna make us win. So we did uh man, my sophomore year, Gus huh, We were undefeated number one in the country would go over to Georgia tech and we end up losing over there 7-6. Then the next week we beat Auburn 38, nothing. Then we beat Oklahoma in the Orange Bowl 17 nothing. And one of the things Coach Bryant coldest in our freshman meeting first class. He said, y'all, you're going to remember the losses more than you can remember the wins and he is right boy losses in that college career, just they were all, you know, we're playing under center, we feel like that we didn't play our best and had, we would have probably won all four of those games, I just playing all the kickers for the game. Yeah, yeah, so like I could just imagine like when I went to Oklahoma, I had a lot of guys from Western P A down there went to Tulsa, right, we had a coach who was from Pittsburgh who recruited our area, so I felt at home a little bit and my accent wasn't so far off because there were a lot of other people when you got to Alabama, I mean that draw down there is way different than Pittsburgh. How long did it take for you to get used to that? Oh, uh a good while, I mean, I keep trying to to listen and, and, and I didn't understand things. There was one player on our team who was a transfer from Heinz Junior College, he was a senior and when I was a freshman and he was from philadelphia, South philadelphia and he was the oldest player on the team too. So he communicated to me pretty well. Uh Coach Bryant, I think coach Bryant let the team know that uh this yankee or these guys that they were still your yankee stuff man, you know, Oh yes, we, we got a lot of players with different attitudes on any team today you see. So it wasn't comfortable to start out with uh and they let you know where they were coming from but I gotta believe coach Bryant helped out big time with letting them know that this is about us now football and uh because he did coach babe and and and so he was yeah yankee accent. Yeah we got another one coming down. Yeah that was always tough. And then and then you go from Alabama which is you're on the national stage. I went from Tulsa but I go to D. C. And you go to new york like those to me I was like okay that's a city like new york. The media is crazy, huge D. C. The post and everything. I mean it was such a different something that I wasn't used to and but I'm sure you had a little bit of that because you guys were winning all the time in Alabama. Well we we were winning but uh my first game as a sophomore gus we're playing Georgia at home with the defending national champs And we win the game 31 nothing in Birmingham. Yeah we get in the locker room and sitting beside or I'm sitting beside him, our center and middle linebacker Leroy jordans. Great man and a great player boy if those guys come over and they start talking to me and all of a sudden coach Bryant comes up walking behind me, pushing those guys out of the way. He said, get away from that popcorn kid, go talk to the guys that did the winning. And then I said, Leroy hit me right across the chest. They just, boom, you don't know him yet buddy. You don't keep quiet. I started to take offense a...

...little bit or defend myself, but man, we had, yeah, the, the media covered us of course. But coach Bryant was there and, and we learned, um, I guess I never read about myself after college or whatever if I did, I snuck it and peak and, and uh, I learned that it was either too good or too bad. Funky. And then, and, and when it was really bad, I said, what am I putting myself through here? I know how we did. I know we did. I know it did. So I just, I was lucky to not read about myself for years to this time. You know, I appreciate the story that's done whatever. And if my daughter gives it to me and says, look at this, I was a good one. But to keep myself sane and to keep my nervous system intact, I learned, I couldn't do that back. You know, from Cali john man, I, I just couldn't do that because I beat myself up. Well you would because you feel like you played well and then all of a sudden some reporter comes out and says you didn't, you're like, what's he talking? You know what I mean? So you realize that you can't take any, you can't put any stock into what other people are saying. You have to look at yourself. Well, whether it was coach Bryant or coach Bruno, whether one of the coaches said, look, if you read that stuff, it's either too good or it's bad. He said, you know, don't, don't, don't, you never played that good or that well and you haven't played that badly. So you know, don't do that. Don't follow that. We evaluate how you played here with the team. Yeah, yeah. So hey, everyone, we're talking with joe Namath, uh, from the Jets and also played for the rams one year. Uh, we'll get into that a little bit, but joe, I appreciate you coming on. I, I want to thank you so much for sharing, taking some time and sharing your story. Um, hey, huddle up with Gus listeners manscaped. They sent me, uh, they hooked me up with a bunch of tools and formulations for their package three point oh kit. So you know, I want to show you guys what's in the perfect package, right? We all think we got a perfect package, but they sent me the perfect package, three point okay. And I want to show you what they sent me. So it was crazy. It came in this great box. Um, you know, and you can see what it says, They will thank you because they sent us this awesome trimmer. They sent us uh you know, stuff that makes you smell better and then, you know, they sent me this great uh some boxers, you know what you get right protect them. And then uh, you know, they sent me this cool sack, I guess you want to call it to store all your stuff in. So it's been great. Manscaped sent me a bunch of products um you know, and you know, you can see it all on here. Uh you know, you can go to Manscaped dot com and put in the code. Uh Gus Frerotte, that's G U S F R E R O T T get 20% off and free shipping when you use that code, but you can get a kit, you can get individual items like this way cool groomer that has a little led light, um, ceramic. These things come apart, they're waterproof, you can do a lot with them. So, you know, Manscaped is great. You know, it's funny, I remember when I was playing with the Denver broncos and I'm not going to mention any names, but there was a gentleman who was playing on our team and you know, if he ever hears the story, you'll know exactly what I'm talking about. But he brought his own clippers in one time and he used to trim his beard up his goatee and everything and he had them there for about two or three weeks and he goes in around the corner, he walks in and there's a person, another player that is actually manscaping with his beard trimmer. So you know, one of the things is, you don't want to use the same trimmer down there that you use up here. So he kind of freaked out a little bit and he said, hey, how long have you been using that tool there? And he said, well, showed up here about three weeks ago and I've been using it ever since, so you know, there is a lesson learned that, you know, don't leave things out and probably if it would have just said manscaped on it, we wouldn't have had that issue, but it's probably one of the funniest taking care of your ball stories I've ever heard or been around...

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...man. I'd be watching the Long Island teams on television, you know, new york. Oh yeah, those yeah kids were great lacrosse. Yeah. But it was just that thing about a guy with that, with that sticking his hand being able to whack somebody the way jimmy Brown used to play, you know, it's just well jimmy Brown's like you, he changed the rules about everything. Lacrosse. You know what I mean? Like he uh you know, he would just run, he'd just put that stick on his chest and run through people. My I always said if we would have had lacrosse growing up, it would have been such a fun sport to play. You know, it was everything that we liked. It was baseball, football, Basketball, movement, passing, vision, hitting, you know, it was all of it. Yeah. Well I was never real keen on the hitting part of getting here, I should say. Uh So when people ask me what my favorite sport was, I tell them baseball and I like basketball. Uh it's not football. I said, well I love football. I didn't like to get hit. Uh but football is a tough game, tough, physically tough mentally. And uh well I'm like, you we all have knee issues and we have other injuries. Football takes its toll on your body all the time. And you up when those rests weren't blowing the whistles fast when you were getting hit, you know, the rules were different, no doubt. You know, the gang is better today than ever. The athletes are bigger, stronger, faster and that's great. We've learned from yesteryear, just like these great coaches now, like Nick Saban, you know, he's learned from the coaches ahead of him. Uh Paul Brown's or whatever. He worked with Belichick two of Cleveland. You know these they go back in history and they've learned from it. The Good Lord did a wonderful job with the animal. We are, you know, physically mentally. But these bodies aren't designed to play that sport. Yeah, I heard a story about like you had like such an innovative knee surgery while you were playing, but you weren't quite under right and you had to show him where your knee was hurting or something, where your bone spur was during the surgery. Well, actually coming out of it going in, I didn't have a problem with the doctor. Nicholas knew where my problem was by moving it around until you go inside and dr Nicholas mentioned this to at the time until you go inside. You're not absolutely sure what your kid did where and uh we did the surgery when I woke up after the surgery got uh I had a cast on from my ankle to my thigh And standing next to my bed. Where was my three brothers? My three older brothers and dr Nicholas was down at the end of the bed. Yeah and I said oh you know I'm glad to see my brothers but I'm still a little bit foggy. Right dr Nicholas started about exercise, how we had to start working on that quadricep muscle, how we get the legs strong again. And I said yes yes and he takes my leg and he picks it up by the heel and he has my right knee in the air the right leg and he has deal. He said not joe we're going to start now. Yes sir. So we're gonna start now. He said I'm gonna move my hand away from your heel and I want you to hold that leg up there. Well guys uh my three older brothers were standing there you know I had to really try man, I had to really try. I felt like that thing was bursting blowing up his hand away man I was struggling, I'm shaking, I held it up a little while there and then I couldn't hold it anymore But if my three brothers hadn't been there I wouldn't last that long. Oh that's that's funny. And you've played with I mean you played your career with a lot of injuries and I think in Super Bowl three you played with a broken thumb? Is that right? Well it wasn't broken. We never did X ray effect. Well we didn't we didn't know what was wrong, do things he just didn't know it hurt. Yeah, I hadn't pulled back, I fell on it wrong but we didn't know the extent of it. I couldn't quite uh early on in a couple of weeks before. I couldn't quite put the kind of pressure with the hand, you know, with the thumb. Maybe it would it would distract me, it would distract. And then in the game one time I end up bumping the helmet and had to come off the field for playing Vito went in there man, my man vito loved...

...him boy, he was a great teacher babe Pirelli boy. Yeah, yeah. So I I think that we've all been through that and all the struggles that we went through growing up and you see our families, like you talk about it starts at home and toughness that there are so many times when I would get hit and I'd be laying there and it would just hurt and I just think about my dad be like all I hear in my head was get your ass up off the ground, right, that was what I heard like and how it all started at home like we were talking about how many, what was that like? When? Because I mean I know you played through a lot in your career, a lot of injuries and all that. What was that? Did you have that voice in your head that was telling you that mm hmm. Starting with the Good Lord. Yeah. Give me a chance to get back to get you to, to go at uh, I was very religious and still am. I knew I had to try, I knew I had to try. I didn't like the alternative. I wouldn't accept not doing it so to speak. You know, some people have injuries where they don't have a choice. You you can't go on. But what I had with The knees and the hands shoulder, you know, three torn ligaments Picking up a middle linebacker on the six came from a 61 blitz up the middle man and just came clean and so I just relaxed and boy. First thing hit the ground with that right shoulder. That was three ligaments boy. But uh, we were lucky, I was lucky. I look at, I followed your career guys. I don't know how man, I wouldn't have been able to make the transitions. I don't think that you were able to make uh, see I did play for chuck Knox with the Los Angeles rams and I loved chuck and his wife Shirley man. I met him when he was a junior high basketball coach, pennsylvania. Yes, yes. And chuck. He went on of course to become head coach in pro ball. But he was also the offensive line coach of the new york Jets when they were recruiting me or talking playing for him. So we had a few years together with the Jets and one of the things that I, I was kind of felt bad about the chuck, he left us, he moved on to a more paying job, you know, a better job. I mean these guys weren't making a lot of money at all. Uh so chuck had moved right right after our third year, maybe the Buffalo and we got joe spencer, which was a heck of an offensive line coach and we win the Super Bowl, the championship that year. So I wish chuck had been a part of that, he was a part of it, but he just wasn't there at that time. Yeah, well, you know, I think everybody moves on and that's the hardest part of sports, right, that you feel like. So like when I was in Washington, I had, my quarterback coach was cam Cameron and cam and I were just in sync everything I knew, like he taught me so well and I respected him so much and then he moved on to take a head coaching job somewhere else. And you feel like that, that it's probably like when you left, we've or when he retired, right, you lose that part and and you're trying to find it again. It's really hard to do. It is hard to do. And uh if it were easy anybody could do it, you know assignments in life and because it's hard doesn't mean we won't try to do it man. Yeah, that's true, that's true. So I have a question from a friend of mine. His name is steve buck and steve has been the voice of um Washington their basketball team. You know, it's been they've had a couple of names but I've known him since I played with the Redskins. So I was texting him the other day and tell them that you're going to come on. He said oh my God joe is like one of the only guys he's interviewed son, he knows all the guys sunny sam rigo who's a buddy of yours, He knows them all. So I said what would you ask joe? And he said can you ask joe for me where he got the confidence to guarantee that they would win that Super Bowl. That's what I always wanted to ask him. And so that's my that's steve buck hands down in D. C. Wanted to ask you that question. If you don't think you can, you won't. That was one of the first things coach Bryant told us when we were what what what what are we gonna do? I was teed off actually but you know it didn't say anything because for two weeks guys, the media people were telling everything, you couldn't avoid seeing it or hearing it with links being a high number, you're an underdog like this and all. Ah and the guy again, this is in the Miami touchdown club banquet. I was receiving a thing. They recognized me. I was down there with our immediate director frank ramos, God bless him boy, he's still around man, but frank and I were down there and as I get up to the podium, a guy in the...

...back of the room yells out, hey name it, we're gonna kick your. And I said, whoa, wait a minute, we've been listening to that for 23 weeks. I got news for you buddy, we're gonna win the game. I guarantee it. And I was, I was at him, you know, it wasn't like, oh, I'm telling the world that guy right there were, you know, and uh well that's that's that's that's whatever it came out and you can imagine gus uh what was the look on frank's face, Oh frank. I didn't look at frank, I didn't know, you know frank knew me well enough by that time though, this is my fourth year again guys, I had a lot of li wei and education from the president of the jet team. Initially a fellow named Davide, Sonny Werblin now Mr Werblin. Yeah, he was in show he was in a lot of businesses but he and the gentleman Lew Wasserman had music corporation of America and had all these movie stars and everything and and the government said you've got to break up that conglomerate, whatever. Well, Mr Werblin ended up Coming back to jerseys from Jersey and he's a brilliant man and they found out that Harry Wismer and the Titans were for sale for $1 million. So Mr Werblin, along with four other guys put up 200 grand apiece and bought the Jets franchise. Mr Werblin literally said stars sell tickets, I'm gonna help you, joe, you're gonna help us, this is it together, He would get me on the Tonight show, he would he knew johnny Carson, you know, Freddy de Cordova, he knew the the network leaders wasn't old joe thinking of these things. You see Sonny Werblin and how he handled me those first three years and take me around Manhattan, two different restaurants, you know, the top spots introduced me to people like Considine, you know, these you guys and and he had more to do with that than I did, I could play and I wanted to play, but I was naive, I was ignorant to what really he was doing with me, knowing that he's helping me and I didn't realize it so much at the time, but I really learned to love the man and his wife and uh Mr and mrs Werblin that they were the reason that I grew up in new york and winning, of course guys, you know, Yeah, that helps everything, right? Yes, absolutely. You went from, so Mr Werblin helped you go from Beaver Falls joe to broadway joe is what you're saying. Well there's no doubt about it. Yes. Uh he again, if you think you can't, you won't and he left, he made things big, he got me opportunities and I got an education through those opportunities, didn't do all of the things uh as well as I would have liked to have done, but I did learn from them, so you know, we keep trying to improve. Yeah, Yeah, exactly. And so he was a big, was he a big part of the merger of the A. F. L N. F L. Merger? Because I know that's like there was a lot of like when you were going through that you were a fl and then he'd go to the NFL and the NFL teams were giving you guys a lot of flack about, oh yeah, they're not real pros there in the NFL and then you guys come out and smack them, you know what happened? Uh We had five owners with the Jets. Mr Leon Hess uh was a wonderful man, he's not with us anymore. His son johnny is and his family, but doesn't own the Jets at this time, they johnny needed had to had to sell uh he was elected to sell. Um anyway Mr Hess and Mr Werblin had a disagreement and uh they got an envelope and put in what they had paid for the other guy share and Mr Hess outbid. Mr Werblin and Mr Werblin wasn't an owner when we went into that fourth season and won the challenge, but we were still together as friends and mr to Mr Hess would come to the hospital, not just when I was in there, but when every player we had was in there, he would go into the hospital visit with them, the hospital was on Park Avenue and that's where Mr Hess lived. It wasn't big, but it was awful nice of that man to show every player on that team that he cared for them and their families, so that way it was cool. Yeah. So, you know, I think about like every you won a championship at every level and you and I was thinking about what my friend Rick Giusto said to me about how you broke barriers, you're the first guy to win a championship in...

...college and then go to the pros and win a championship and you won one in high school as well, like, there's not many people that can say those kind of things and then you broke so many other barriers in the NFL for future players, as far as pay goes, as far as, you know, like what you're talking about with Mr Werblin, like just being out there and doing commercials and I think one of the biggest things I read about you that I was so impressed with was that you were the first guy that a man, a woman, a child could idolize in sports, you know what I mean? Like it wasn't just one or the other, the other, it was everyone. And you did such a tremendous job with all of that, you know, gus um, I can't take much credit for any of that comes from home. First, our families taught us respect, respect people no matter where they're from, what color they are or what religion they are, You treat people the way you want them to treat your own yourself. You know, you gotta have respect Coach Brown was a very respectful man. I saw him go out of, it will go out of his way. It's just the way he was to help people and respect people of color to you see, and this is in the heart of dixie at the time, which was a different world So well, the first black man didn't play in Alabama to what, 1970, I think something like that, I don't remember the exact year, but, but I think coach Bryant had the big saying all that, Oh yeah, absolutely. He had a big say and all that. He was, he was a strong man and he believed he had coached in the military as well and he had coached at the University of Maryland, which was, I believe integrated at the time, I'm not sure, but coach Bryant was around coaches that had coached integrated teams. Uh, it was crazy, you know, going back and we were talking about something now that we know is wow billy, it's archaic, you know, But having experienced, that was a great education and also even going into pro football, uh, you know, you gosh, you're on six teams or so, or you know, maybe that was on to a pro ball, but we do know not every guy in the locker room is on the same page every day with one another. And uh, there were times in the locker room where guys would get cranky or whatever and uh, you know, you try to be reasonable and if you just separate or something, you know, but work through it, we worked through it for the main goal, it's us the team together. And I, I was fortunate again, starting at home with the right attitude to this day, with the right attitude, man, God, the Good Lord's put a lot of us animals down here and it's your unhealthy for us to all get along together rather than fighting with one another. Well, you know, one of my things when I was in the locker room, I thought it was so important that all good teams started in the locker room, you know, we, we all had good coaches, we all had great athletes on our teams, but the locker room was key and I did things sometimes that, you know, I'd go to the coach and we had, we had had offseason workouts and I'd say instead of today, can I take all these guys and can we go do this team building thing together, right, we'd go play paintball or we do something like that, it made us all closer and guys appreciated it and I also love playing pranks on people in the locker room on guys, I knew that wasn't gonna kick my butt, but I love doing that in the locker room. Like when Morten Andersen came to um Minnesota and he was our kicker, I was the holder that year, I had to learn how to hold for more than a left footed kicker Hall of Famer the first day he's there, it's freezing out, I take his clothes and I put him in a little thing, a bucket of warm water and I freeze him and I put him back in his locker while he's in his special teams meeting and then he comes out and they were all frozen in his locker and he's like you know there's morton's been playing forever and he just yells my name across the locker room and it like broke the ice because he was new and we've been friends ever since that and then I came out from my meeting and my locker was completely empty and my clothes were all frozen over the goalpost outside. So from that point on we were buddies but did you ever play any pranks on anybody in the locker room Ah boy, you know, being a quarterback and a smaller guy than most of them. But being back to morton had to say what a wonderful character he is. Got to know him over the years just from getting together at these athletic events and stuff and he is a trip boy. I just think, yeah, he was great now and I think that, but like you said,...

...the locker room is so important and you know, I was always, I love being in the locker room getting to work early, seeing these guys come in seeing their stories. We were all different. I was married young, I had young kids, I'd bring them in, but it was just something about those are the things that you miss about playing the camaraderie, the getting along or not getting along. It's an ongoing education, learning how to treat different personalities or be treated from different personalities, life's and ongoing education if you allow it to be. Yeah, no, I agree with that. I love that. I love the way you said that I'm going to remember that and use that from now on. I appreciate that. Oh man, we live and learn, hopefully we keep growing, you know, hopefully. But uh, it's not a perfect world. Yeah, no, it's not last thing I want to ask you before we go here is that, you know, I played football for 25 years straight through high school college and the pros, you played probably the same amount of time right from little, you know, midgets hallway on up and then all of a sudden when you're done, it's done and we don't get that excitement, that experience anymore. How did you deal with that? Because you had some really highs in football and then, you know, so did, I was very lucky, very humbled for everything I got to do, but you just never get to do that again. And sometimes I search for, how do I get that back? You know, I was lucky enough to be around good people as I said, chuck Knox and he and Shirley uh, from Corey operas, pennsylvania by, uh, when I got out to the RAMs, I met a different set of people, so to speak. I had worked in a few movies prior to going out there and so that transition out there, I met a couple of people and had a couple of new opportunities and so I took some risks. I wanted to learn some things voice teacher to this day. I remember my first musical that I did, I couldn't sing a lick, I don't know from singing and to this day, like I could swing a little bit because of what he taught me. So being on stage and always kind of feeling on stage as a Gemini when I'm on the field or whatever. I know I'm performing and there's a side of me that knows I'm on stage and I'm performing with and for the people and that's a kind of a pressure and it's, it's a thrill, you know when we do it well it is great, we don't feel good about it, but we don't quit, we don't give up, you know, you go back after because you appreciate that opportunity and you enjoyed it, I enjoyed it so much. So I had a chance to exercise still being on the field, whether it be the boards or in the theaters, you know, and that test ah time to go out there, you know, the heart starts beating your back behind curtains and then you know, you start getting excited and getting the adrenaline rush for several years in that area. It was a blessing and it wasn't because I thought about it, it was because someone else thought about it. I think it's so right, like it's an adrenaline rush, It's the butterflies that you missed before the game. The first snap, your understand, you know what I mean? Like and you're playing a tough defense and you're like, oh man, this is gonna be a, you know, a heck of a game, you get the first snap or the first hit like those things like I think what you're saying is right, like you get to go out and you want to perform but like that you'll never, you know what I mean, like sometimes you just want somebody to hit you and say, okay, I'm ready, let's go. We got that first game when I was a sophomore starting against Georgia, we didn't score on the first drive or whatever. And I came over and I, I was nervous. I swear I have never been, I've never felt that kind of pressure before, nervousness, whatever leaving the locker room going down the ramp man, my head was pounding, it hurt so bad. I was so tense. Every my head was pounding and we got down at the bottom of that runway and started to go on the field and the dad gum million dollar Alabama band started playing dixie. You're talking about getting fired up and going out there, you know? And when it, well the first quarter, I'm not playing well and I come off the field and I'm throwing helmet down under, under the bench there and I sit down and coach Bryant comes over, he sits down beside me, he puts his hand up on the back of my neck here and he starts squeezing my neck. He said, boy, if you...

...ever come off the field like that again, I'm gonna kick your ass back to pennsylvania before you know it. And, and, and, and, and, and I turned and said, coach I'm not piste off at you or anybody else. I'm piste off of myself and he just looked at okay and he got up and left man, whoa boy. But that was the truth. I was frustrated. I was angry at myself man. And and uh again we went out there and and we won that game But uh boy pressure it's fun. That's the adrenaline we get. And then when we have a chance to get feedback that is literally people are smiling and join you will please everybody. We're never going to please everybody know you know but we'll give it a shot right. Exactly exactly. So joe tell us what you're like what charity is what you're doing now if our fans can follow anything or donate to anything that you're doing. You know I've been living down here in southeast florida for the same house for 31 years now. And I've been blessed with two daughters that are healthy And they both have three Children. Uh They they have a 14 year old girl six year old boy and a two year old daughter. And Jessica and Ishwar have a 10 year old daughter. Uh Four and a five he'll be five in september and a seven month old. And you want this whole last two years guys you know with this covid stuff Jessica and those three grandchildren live next door to me. I've been lucky every day and I've been following the guidelines that the C. D. C. Has to say I I gotta believe what dr Fauci says and I want to. Yeah I I believe that So I haven't been traveling. I've made one trip since December of 19. I left town once and one airplane ride. Since that's probably the first time. Like when, when's the last time you can say that you've done that. Like you probably now you've probably traveled so much in your lifetime. It's probably good just to senior year in high school, you know, we got recruited then we started traveling and, and since that time on no, but uh december 8th of 19 man, I got back here to to home and hadn't traveled until uh this past july I believe it was this july when there was a calming down before this delta, I had come up uh and I've been vaccinated and all. I was uh went up to present an award at the espys in new york, you know, fly in, stayed in the hotel man and did end and guy Yeah, but they should have just used the hologram of you like at the Hall of Fame when you come out in the locker room. Oh yeah, my favorite things. I love, I, I go when I take people over because you know, we're in Pittsburgh, we're not that far and I said, you gotta see joe come out in the holographic image. It is so cool in that locker room at that's a wonderful spot, man. I guess. I talked to David baker Two days ago, three days ago when I decided I can't go because again with grandchildren that are under 12 and haven't been vaccinated. I'm with them every day. And you know, you you can contract, you can get the virus and it be asymptomatic and even pass it on. Right? So no, I I'm gonna have to use you as the P. S. A for all of this because my son's interning at the Hall of Fame and he's over there right now. He's the one like if you would have shown up, Gabe would have been the one driving you around in a golf cart. Oh, man. I hope that that would be great. He loves it. He's having such a good time over there. It's wonderful of those people do a great job there and then being around the teammates of yesteryear guys, you appreciate what they've done anybody. I mean that, you know, I don't know if either one of us know the odds on playing professional football from uh high school level on and then to play as long as you did in professional football or you know what? Well, I don't know if it would have happened if it wasn't for people like you changing the game and paving the way. So I want to thank you for that because you're the idol, you were the guy that made so many kids want to play...

...the game. So thank you. Well, thank you. Gus and I hope you and I can get together again during the season maybe, man. So yeah, that'd be great. Talk again. Yeah, we'll go to a Jets game when they're when they're eight. No, wow. I uh but you know what, I don't know. I guess there's there's probably odds on Kansas city maybe be at eight. No, at one point, not even on that bed in Vegas would probably, and if it happens that probably when you help. That's right. You know, I I yeah, you know how hard it is to win man. Competition is keen. Yeah, well, I hope their young quarterback and can play pretty well. Oh, there's not one out there, you know, for the last 30 years and couldn't play pretty well, you know. Right? Yeah, it's a tough place, man. Yeah, it's been a tough place, but Joe, I want to thank you if you can hang on for a second, I'm gonna close the show and just talk to you off the air for two seconds after we're done. All right. Thank you. Yes. Alright. Hey everyone, I want to thank you for joining me in the huddle up with Gus, what a special show today. Um, I want to thank all of our sponsors and, and, and really thank you joe for coming on and sharing your story. Uh, just somebody who grew up, like I grew up and, and we got to do the same job, which is incredible. And joe thank you so much. Thank you to all our sponsors sounder. I want to thank 16 31 digital news and don't forget to go to Vegas sports advantage joe and I were just talking about it. Go place that bet with Vegas sports advantage for the Jets to be eight and oh and you might win some money. So they'll help you out use huddle up. That's my code and save 25%. So thanks everyone for joining us. What a great show and we'll see you next time. And that's a wrap sports fan. Thanks for joining in the fun at the 16 31 digital studios for another action packed huddle up with Gus featuring 15 Year NFL quarterback. Gus parent huddle up with Gus is proudly produced by 1631 digital media and is available on apple music.

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