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Huddle Up with Gus
Huddle Up with Gus

Episode · 2 years ago

Foye Oluokun

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As a high school player at John Burrough's school, Foye was coached by none other than Gus. Foye went on to play at Yale and was drafted to the Atlanta Falcons in 2018. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

A son of Nigerian immigrants: He playedfootball at a small school in Clayton Missouri lightly recruited, but withGod, given smarts determination and athletic ability, he found himselfstarting at Yale, not invited the combine but drafted anyways. Now, apredominant member of the Atlanta, the ELKANS defense, budting NFL star andjoining us in the huddle, fue alluicon, all right, hello, every one. This isGus Frot and thanks for joining us on huddle up with Gus, I'm here with mypartner, Dave and and we're getting ready to interview a special guest. Icoached this guy at John Burschool in St Louis Phenomenal Athlete GreatPerson, great family, and so we want you to hear his story so right nowjoining us is Foye. Alukan he's going to join us in the huddle. How are youdoing today? Foye, I'm doing pretty good? How about yourself we're doingwonderful? How you doing today Dave duing wall, it's another great rainyday in Pittsburgh. It's yeah! This is relative yeah. This islike beautiful weather for us in Pittsburgh, so but we're here and we'rereally happy to have you on Foye. So what we do we want to talk a little bitabout your childhood. We want to find out kind of what influenced you insports and how you got started in it, because your career is pretty amazingto me, and so you know, one of the things we always ask is is: Who arethose people that influenced you in sports? W were was that your parentswere they athletic? Was it your brother? Was it your aunts and uncles? Who Wasit that Ren? You really were young that you said man. I love these Games. Ilove playing sports. who was that that's kind of hard because, like myDad Wul not athletic, my mom is not acletic, but you know my dad kind ofintroduced it to sesports of the young age because he felt it was a good. Youknow, character, development type thing so, like we had a ball or a bag full oflike every type of ball, you could have. We had golf ball, t tennis, balls,basketball, soccer balls like footballs. Everything- and we me and my brotherkind of just grew up playing anything we could play, because that was our wayof like getting out the house and being active and doing stuff and gettingfriends and things like that so kind of getting good at sports.Maybe I kind of want my brother was you know older than me, so I was wanted tobe as good as him and everything so that probably drove me when I firststarted playing nice. So you said your parents weren'tathletic. I know a little bit about your background. So Ou tells a littlebit about your parents where they're from and like I want to know thesepeople need to know your story a little bit with everything that's going ontoday. I think your storyis very powerful, my mom and Dada from Migeria and my dad came over here kind of puthimself through College Tex, Otayinam Kingsville, my mom came over later andthen soon after they had us and my dad and mom a kind of always. You knowpreshs academics to us because that's what got my dad through college and made Hem. You know what hewhat he is in America now, so they always wanted us to be successful. Healways wanted us to be hard working and smart. He preached that to US ince likeday one and so yeah. Everything was about books withhim, like Summers, I'd be not locked up in my room, but I have like basicallyhomework assignments throughout the summer, doing workbooks and reading anddoing essays for him and stuff, and he basically come hone. Like a teacher inGradam and my mom went, she worked in nices, but she'd always like overseaus,making coris doing doing what we needed to do to stay ahead, and you know kindof gettingthe sports was our way to. You know get away from all that becauseyou know it's kind of stressful for kids always be doing schoolwork andstuff. So my brother and I O K ow after school stuff with sportsand do the summer to way get out the house with sports right. So did you have a lot of family here? wasthat, like your parents and everybody else was back in Nigeria? Or did youhave a lot of other relatives in the...

...states with you yeah? I wouldn't say we had relatives in thestates. It was kind of my dad came over by himself, but he found a lot of youknow Ligeria and tescent people around, so they Havei that Durian CulturAssociation and St Louis. So we I growing up. We kind of always went tothose events an and met other n Igerin it that way, and we call them our auntsand uncles and stuff, but they are technically related to it. You might, you must have played soccer,I'm guessing it's a big sport, Oh yeah, that m first port. I thought I wasgonna, go to college play socker and all that growing up, UNTI high schooljoes football over soccer. Actually, yes, St Lus is a pretty good soccertown. Isn't it yeah we're pretty good I'd, say we were travling around thecountry and winning games and nationals and all that stuff, but I decided to goelsewhere with sports and fori got like a size, fourteen shew and and startedtripping over his feet all the time until they said well, maybe Socceris,not the sport at's better for the little guys,usually yeah. So how competitive were you and your brother Foday Bout? It yeah, we're competitive, Imean in everything, really even school grew a growing up. I think we foughtevery day to be honest with you. You know we had a basketball goopoutside we used to play one on one all the time and it kind of started outthat way and soccer, we kind of always practice against each other playingsoccer and then my dad would let us wrestleing stuff on on a old bedmattress that was a nice but we're always competitive and fighting Ba.That's that's brothers, he's only two years older than me, so that's kind ofhow it is the nature of brothers who want to be successful, an want to doeverything you know better than everybody else, so it was fun, thoughwe're close now but Youe. So at all tha time no foy was there a particularcoach. You had you know in your pre high school dayswhen you're playing all these sports, that it still kind of sticks out in yourmemory that maybe was an early influence. T you yeah, I meandefinitely coach. Rotn NOS anmani, manny, Balin, coach, Palin, he my first not my first organizedbasketball, but I think third grade is er. Second Third Grades, when I startedplaying for him and then he's the one who introduced meto football, took me out of soccer and saying like it's, not the sports forAmericans, whatever my dad got mad at that, but kind of put me in a football introducedme to that and fourth and fifth grade I played for him and then going into high school he's.Like always in my ear saying, you need to play football and stuff, so you know I was actually thinkg aboutthis. The other day, like even CA, my dads, an engineer, but I always wantedto be in Financian business and that's what coach Palin is he's like wealthmanagement and everything so kind of seeing gos hung out with him, while mydad worked out of town, mom, worke tonight so kind of seeing what he hadand how he was living life instead of him being so generous to other people.I kind of wanted to be like that to so he hadh he really helped a lot of kidsand get into boroughs and and helps really influence a lot of kids tho playfootball and and reach out and try to do other things and and we'll get intosome more of those stories when we get the foyets high school stuff, but Foyeso youw're playing a lot of sports. When you were younger, who was yourfirst idol, the first sports star that you looked up to and wanted to be like first one? Apparently, I remember thisKobe Bryant. Definitely the first one and then soon af that very quicklychange Allan Iverson, because I loved own Iverson and I started not likingKobe, because they, I think they went to the finals or eastern combentsfinals and now the finals they had against each other one. And I reallyliked AAn Iverson and cope beat him, but he won one game. So I really likeai and then soon after that, you know my bit came along a big michrelbig fan. You know any time I played for nomatter what I did. I always tried to be Mikdig, even if I like kicking or...

...you know, start off he, the kickoffsand things I say might big before it and stuff it was funny and then after that was Rondo, because I likeroat, though, because he's like kind of I say I say underrated, but he alwayskind of has his own demeanor by himself kind of quiet, but very competent inhis own way. So I kind of be like that. I try to try to be like tha as well yeah, so the kids, my kids, alwaysfully knows all my kids and you know they always tell Hem. Myfavorite song is that Post Malone Song About Ellen Iverson Yeah. That's like Ilisten to it all the time I mean I can't recite every lyric, but I justenjoy listening to it. It's one of my favorite right, one of the bestcrossovers of any player ever to play. Mba, oh yeah, and not the biggest guy,just went out and dominated right. I love his heart. THAT'S WHYT! I lovedItabout him like if you look at Hem on the court like he's shored out there,but he's like play for so much confidence and stuff and som much heartand parted and everybody. So I loved it h didn't like practice either. Yes yeah,he didn't like it. So I don't think Levvi a bell practiceeither. So did you get to meet Michael Vick? Ididn't mean Migao make this summer at chair, Er Yeah. I guess a charity eventSuper Bowl weekend and he was like a celebrity that came in.He didn't play in it, but he came in like Bryanter and ended took picturewith everybody. I got to talk to him telling where I'm from I played for theBALCON and stuff he said well, that's like he congratulated me and said likethis, that's good stuff and like we got a picture together and kind of had alittle conversation, but that was really cool for me, like I was at aloss of words at first had to regather myself before you know talking to him.IDYOU put that on social media. That picture did I I actuall MN IRIS. Onthat same weekend to later I Wen ou man, and he was like parked this part and I was walking byand I look, I ike that the no way it can be out IV, so I talke to an Ivedyfor like ten minutes with him in his, like guess, Body Guard and we I talkedabout the old, ageof, Bat old days of basketball, because that's not like Balike a lot better kind of ten years ago. Now it's been changed and stuff, but itwas cool conversation to yeah. I grew up o big fan, Atarry Bracha, and that'swhy I have the number I had all my life was number twelve because growing up inthe Pittsburgh in the s and all that and they were really good and and thenI never got to meet Bratchout of my second year in the League. So that daywas pretty amazing to me, and then somebody gave him a football to givehim to me and he signed it. So I still have that. So it was pretty cool mine.Was, U Tim foly. Now, if you remember Ti Oh yeah, Oh yeah is going way backprior to Foye being born, but your short stoff for the pirates they pickedup in seventy nine real scrappy. I randomly met him at an airport. Onetime. Did you really yeah? So what teams did Tim fully play for? Well he'smost, you started on the pirates. He was an angel. He was a mat he choked upon the bat about eight inches. That's one thing that put it into life: He putit in play. Did he have like big glasses, big, almost like prison,issued glasses as s yeah, so it y? He was interesting player, Nice Guy Boy, we're going to move onfrom your youth. Thank you for sharing that and now we're going to talk alittle bit about your high school experience and kind of that age in thatarea for you. So what was it that got you to John Burroughs? Because you knowI don't know if you know this, my kids went to John Boroughs with with Foye aswell. They start they start in seventh grade. So it's a great school and andreally more familiar than you think, John Bers, it's just for our PittsburghYiours. It would be kind of a combination, shady side academy andSwick. Yes right, it was very high academics, but also strong sports, and only about a hundred people per classor something yeah. My daughter loved it and my boys not so much. I thought W.So what what really got you to John...

...burrous kind of went to a elementary school? My Dad kind of took us out of where wewere and sent us to a reall, high academic, elementary school and Ofcross town and kind of got. I guess Pobaly Goyscholarship to go there and it's and t turned out to be a theater school intokind of the more educational high schools in St Louis and John Borroughsat the time by rank the Highes of en, like Educaton to what Liberal Arts HighSchool, not big, like small insides, but you know liberarate high school andthey, you know really big in education and told you you can get into collegesand be really successful an stuff. So my dad was all about it. So that wasthat's where we're now playing football. Jom Bros, yourhead coach was that's Fri. What was your first impression of Gus when youmet him? Thinking about it like it was crazy because the structure ofpracticeand stuff kind of changed, but just is thinking of ofting like theoffense everything Yo you put in like worked, and then because we came from aseason where we weren't very good, and then we kind of had the same playersbasically, but that same year we went to state and you know it wasnt. It was kind of nosecret that you know. I guess. Sam Bendo was a quarterback at the time andyou know we had grant wallace a receiverer, but you know whatever he was kind oftelling Sam to do and whatever he put in the offence was working and then,when he took over like Hay coach, you know athe whole. You know team likethem, which is big for Birs, because if the kids don't like it like Theydon't,really play it's hard. But you know they don't really stick with the sport,but everybody liked him. N Everybody like the program and stuff. So it wascool for us to have like a NFL coach like in that kind of mind. Kind of youknow telling us what to do and the's a big part of it, like Gos Goas, going to play basketball incollege to be honest with you, and then he was kind of telling me like you know,take this football stuff seriously and it's kind of coming from a good placebecause he was in a league for so long oukind of got to trust. That word, thatyou know you do have the skills, and maybe this is the right calling for meand I love football, but I didn't know that you know I was going to be thatgood at it. So him telling me that kind of like gave me that confidence that Ineeded it styles, a little more old school,probably than a lot of coaches nowadays alsoit's coming from Western PA in agood way. I would get. We had a quarterback that I'd like to yell atevery now and then for he knows who it is. We don't say:Nicks Name, Oh, we just did, but no no, it was fun. You know the these kids wee.Were it's a great school. Like you mentioned, it's a highly academicschool and we only had twenty eight players, usually Tsendy, eight thirtysomewhere around there and everybody had o play, and I love that I lovedthat everybody got to play in the game and everybody got to participate sothey're, one of my favorite players that we had was was was Jack and foreknows I'm saying he. I just was a great kid and and he's playing liebacker forus and- and he was just doing a great job. You know, and luckily we had foyeand Zique on the team. So foye so tell us a little bit. Some tell us one goodzig story: SELB having e teammates at school, the sizes at swuakely cademyhad two NFL players, onnot saying ther wer recruiting, but there might havebeen something: Oh, no, no there's! No! I got through after these guys gotthere. So I didn't recruit anybody. Yeah crudes not allowed at burrows, MEAnow, they're strugging a little becon se it, but te was just ha fun. LovingDude. I mean we kind of different. Where I was like engaged more seriousand, like you know, focus on what you need to focus on like I don't want tolose and stuff an you just like out there having a great time and just like,if he's having fun he's playing well, so I just remember one game. I think it was it as probably kind oftied at first which during the Ray ofther season we were't accustome toand then he comes out of the huddle after youcan see like them mentally breaking...

...down and he like yells out A. I guessour team, like these guys, are getting flesterd and, like he said, the wordflustered and, like the all whole team, looked at him like you, don't us like.I don't know just like words that he, you wouldn't see him using and then wekind of all laughed an hem made it an inside joke and stuff. But he kind of always taught me just havefun out there and if you have't fun, you can play a looser and everything.So I really credit a lot of how I am right now to to him. What is your, what is your biggestfootball memory at boroughs? Igot, a lot of Memorie dom you guys had some pretty good teams,though right stayoh yeah, I yeah attime and you know Los all of them,but aggrgat were the best. You know team in Missouri. You know second place.Second play second place. Not a lot of teams can do that, but I just say by sophomore year starting it when I finally startedstarting at Corner back at the time we went to CBC to play Carnal Ritter, who waspretty good at football like in the area, and then we ended up winning agame that I guess the press said we had no chance being in or whatever, andthat's when I like. You know that win and you can kind of that team work andthat that feeling after the game was like dam. I really loved this poyt IwasSophomore her, because you know kind of coming together and all playingtogether. Well as a team and kind of doing stuff that you know people saidyou couldn't do. That was really big, forcand kind of felt great, so wenninglike winning in football, probably the best feeling I really get ever so. Youknow the best memory. What was great about Borroughs, Foya and I'm sure youcan attest to this- is that e h. We did have Zecan floy on our team and it'snot like. We had twenty eight like top superior athletes, Wehad Zecan Foya,and then we had a bunch of guys who just love the game came together,played for each other weeken and week out, and you can really win when youhave a team that is committed and wants to be there, like. I ask these guys: Do you want to meeton Sunday theyre all yeah yeah, let's meet so parents were bringing in donutsand and food and then the school say. Well, you know you can't meet on Sunday,because you can't keep these kids going seven days a week, so we had to givehim a break, but you know it was their choice: they loved it, they enjoyed it and what stage did you start to getinterest from colleges eer? I don't even know that recruitingstoris weird, because I guess coach Rockan Sell Yo a littlebit like. I guess. Colleges were interested to me and I didn't reallypay mind to it or much attention to it. Like one, I thought s one. I wanted to playbasketball for the longest time and but probably a little hard headed on thatand then to like my dad. I guess would see letters and stuff, and I wouldn't Iwouldn't even know about it. So there are a couple of junior days. I guess Igot invited to, but I didn't go to it. Wan't until coach, like Really SantMe Down Andto, like you, have a shot a playing at the next level that I waslike. Oh hes, like what school d you want to go to. Basically I was like youknow the Ivy Leagues and you know maybe Stanfordi like northwestern, like mylike some really education was like always wuld what I really wanted to do,so it kind of sent my film out to them, then really quickly. After that youknow all the ivies came, knocking and then kind of quickly. After that Iaways committed to Yale. So what what was most interesting aboutYale, Toyou ofall, the Ivies, I kind of just a I went up to campusthere. First on a basketball visit or camp for a week like I just fell inlove, ith the campus, I kind of realized you can be whatever you wantto be like dress. However, you want to dress, and then you know week later Iwent up there for a football camp visit and I'm kind of I laryou tell in love withthe campus and everything and his thevibe. There is kind of in the middleof a I wan, say rundown city, but it's little older city. You can kind of gothere and just be who be be yourself...

...and everybody kind of has their littlerole. You don't have to become somebody else to fit in there soand that's kind of other ivylievs. I feel like you have to do that a littlebit and I don't really like doing that at all, so that was the biggestdeciding factor going to Yo. For I don't know if you know this, but youknow we were going through this wholeprocess with you as a coach right and I was trying to figure out where hewanted to go, where his dad wanted him to go and trying to do the best that Icould to get him recruited and one of the schools that reallyoffered him. And I don't know if you know this was Oklahoma state. I knowthat yeah man, you had a f Da Day off er you to Rarie o go there, and but youknow after talking to your dad and you, the Iva Leagues were the way to go, andyou know- and that was that was the talk. I don't even know if your dadremembers that, but no I spoke to the coaches, an Oklahoma state, quite a bitabout you, because I knew your skill level. I knew your athleticism and Iknew that you could play at that level, but I also knew what the desires werefor you as being academic and your father being academics and howimportant that was and and just what a school you could go to jail. I meananybody would love to be offered to go to that school, and so I think it wasjust incredible that that you did have all those things out there, and I don'tknow if you ever knew that, but Oklahoma state did offer you and youknow, but I think you made the right choice because you never know whatcould have happened when you went to Oklahoma foy did all these great thingstat, John Borroughs, you played basketball football. Well, I didt playsoccer borroughs. Did you play Baseball Baseball, yeah, Baseball Guy, but Idon't know if you could hit, though right I hit very well ver. Sefore e did all these great things inhigh school and then just tell us what your GPA was in highschool for EA, three, eight yeah, so very academic,smart, great kids, kids. You love to have on your team right right and sofoye gets recruited by all the Ivy Leagues Pical.He told us a little bit about that last time, so borroghs a been able to putout a lot of people in divy leagues. You know academically and Athletically,which is nice well last week on our show we had Ryan Fitz Pattrick becausea Harvard Grad and he told us a little bit about the rivalry with Yale, whichprobably top five or ten in the country in terms of rivalies. What? How wouldyou describe that? Rivaly? It's fun! It's interesting because, like I don'treally know n any of the harbor guys and kind of rivalries where you don'treally know the other team that well or kind of funny to me, because you cantell they're trying to hate mee, but I don't really know Youre to hate me likethat Tos, more witin, the fans kind of just with, like the schools,don't like each other. But again it's weird, because a lot of fans that sowup to the game don't really are very passionate about football.It's kind of a big social event, but it a lot of people that come to the Gamesand it's you know they get really passionate just about their schoolpride and stuff, and it's you know the best environmentthat we play in every year: s R last game of the year and y. You always wantto win in in front of like it's the one time that everybody in the school comesout to watch you play, so you kind of want to win that in front of all your.You know classmates and schoolmates. Like that eyes, it's interesteddefinitely yeah. I can imagine I. It is veryinteresting that that's like you said it's one of the oldest rovelries everin football like and it's just such it's such a cool game and and goingback to Ryan some of the things we talked about like who was your roommatelike who ere your friends in college that really kind of had an influence onyou pushe you to want to be better all those types of things we all had thoseguys that you loved hanging out with that made you better yeah. I mean myfresh mar when you get there, you aren't allowed to. Oh generally, mostathletes don't get to room with other athletes. I got into room with some kid.We call just you know: Kids Ha got into schoolon their own, so...

...you know kind of going and seeing theirday and seeing what they go through and then they get to see what we go through.It kind of improves our relationship with from athletics to the normal kidsthere, and you know they kind of push you to studybetter and learn better study, habits and stuff, because you know the coursesthat they choose and stuff like they're grinding all night, which I grind allnight to but like they're up to like four, and they don't even have sportsto do so. I'm like I, don't know what classes that you picked. What you haveto do that, but they chose that, and you know when theydon't succeed like they go back to the drawing board technically and they youknow, I did grind harder, learn how to study better, and so it's the same withus like when we don't do well on the field. You know we go back to thedrawing Boardan. We learn how to do better, and then we maybe don't succeedin the classroom. We can ask for their help. What did you learn from thisteacher Wer? How did you learn how to study and they can help you be betterand then eventually, you know I kind of moved back to rooming with athletes,but by that time you already have a good relationship with a lot of thenormal students there, so it kind of improves like the community aspect ofthe school, which was really important for us to have. You feel like all that grind that youhad to go through academics, athletics, everything that you've done at y'll,prepared you for what you're doing now. Oh definitely I mean when they kind ofhanded me, the playbook right before I got to Atlanta, you know is really kind of just learnedthat as quick as possible and be able to apply it to the field, and I definitely think you know kind ofhaving a grind in a classroom and then griing on the field at same time. It'slike it's definitely stressful still now,but it' GT. I've al been through a lot, tougher stresses and and Ow. This is kind of more just likestressing for fun, which it's kind of what I want to do now, so it makes ou.Definitely the the stresses. I went through a Yearan prepare me for thestresches of the of the NFL. At what point did you feel you know what Ithink I really have a leginimate shot to play in the NFL. What really helpedme actually was Zegan drafted, number four and then seeing them Hav hissuccess in the League ecause. You know that's a guy who athletically I comparevery well to so. If he can, you know, go and be a superstar. I was toldmyself. I could definitely have you know a role in the league so using thatI kind of just you know always propelled myself to to Trind to makethat stage as well, just to prove to myself that I could definitely do it and then, when I finally got my shot,you know wasn't like I've already seen like one of the best people. I've kindof grew up with him. So you know like I wasn't really faced by anybody forrealize just out there trying to improve myself and do whatever I needto do. Did you just do the pro days or were you invited to the combine? I don't oe woreworwas, not Onvi, to the combine. I was very not well known, I guess just Prodasiand I did very well N. my pro day was King of put me on the map and then thethe Falcons took a chance on me, which I appreciateit a lot so wats kind. I I was used to that, thoughI knew hi was going to happn coming from Yale and everything wait. I wantto go back to one thing, so flay was really good in basketball, like hee asthe star of the school and hoops every year right. So one question I havke foryou Fay. Did you ever dunk on Zik? I know you guys were team, ates, Beca,just dunk on them. I Not Don Gon Hem. No, we usually on the yeah. Even abractics were on the same team and stuff kind of starters, verse. You knowso red or yellow team, Ber, blue team and stuff. So I never dunked Donham,but we used to I remember after school a lot we used to go up to our memorialgym and just like practice, our dunks and stuff, and that was really coollike him. Seeing me done for the first time in the game was like a day after I learned how to like Dumktwo hands and everything like we were just up there foring around andpracticing. So we kind of like work, each other's higtmen. To be honest withyou, it was fun. Yes, Gussin are going to practice our dung later after that'slike a wing dunking in dips. I think...

...yeah yeah, we can't we can't do that. Thatkind of ducking so last thing about your college. Allright so now, you've played your whole career. You've had an outstandingcareer Yale like there's a picture of Foye we're going to put it. If youdon't mind when we do this and we put it out there for if I can share thepicture of Yiou Yeah when you were when you block that fill go. Oh yeah, that'scool yeah, because I don't know what your vertical was in that moment, butit looked like it was like about forty five inches because I to yeah I waslike it was. He was so far off the ground, but you had such a great career.You go through all this that Yale you go and you do your work out at Coloradoand then you say: okay, what's going to happen next, so where did you watch thedraft e? who were you with and what were you doing on that day? So I endedup going to my coaches house for the day took a nap for the fourth round andthen woke up fd six round and then just waiting on phone calls and stuff. Andthen you know I only got really two phonecalls. The whole day I was like text. My Asian, like wone of these phonecalls going to come because usually I guess ats, so they start recruiting youfor free agency as the rounds go on, but I wasn'tgetting any phone calls. So I got one from maybe the Ravens who were going to takeme for wanted me to come for Adency and then the next one was, I guess, theFalcons. You know the GM was on e on the phone and stuff and my coach with, I don't even know if mycoach was there at the time. I think he went to go pick up his son from somebasketball game, but the the wife was there and one of his sons was there andI was on the phone with t e GM and he's like you ready to be a Falcon and O.Take you with the next pick and I was like you know, hyperbentilated and yeah hen when the bone went off. I wasjust watching the TV and it really happened like you know, I said VoyeShada Luik an you know, pick two hundred falcons. I walik is crazy, likeall that you know this journey that I was on, and people like always sayingyou now you might want to you know reconsiderther. You know, go going tofinance and stuff but know it's kind of what I chose to doing it worked out forme. Yeah. That's one of theme, things that we talked about right wbut. If yougot to chase your dream, when you got a chance to do it right, it doesn't comearound and not many people get to even try for he had a chance to go. Try makehimself better in Colorado proved that his pro days, that he's an eliteathlete and then the Falcon saw that and you know we're going to get intothat now. Woye you just were drafted by the Atlanta Falcons. You got the call what d you do right after the call. Didyou call Your Dad? You Call Your parents, you call your brother who wasit. I called my dad and my parents. First, I stal called my dad ND. My mom was onspeaker phone, but yeah. I call my dad and you know, but I couldn't reallystay on the phone that long, because my phone was blowing up so like every twoseconds year like beeps and stuff, and then I guess the Falcon's reporterscalled me and I had to talk to them, but it was hectic. I thought my phonewas about to explode really because it was just you know a lot more attentionthan it ever got before. Itwas really cool experience.Definitely you know life changing and everything when you got to the got the training camp. How was that scene w? was there anyrookie, hazing or anything like that? Or were people pretty welcoming orthey're? PRETTY WELCOME IN? In Atlanta mean we have a big brotherhood? That'swe try to preach. So in our we were relatively young, especially on defenselast year. So we didn't. They din't really hate jus.That much I mean the like. A couple of the older veteran guys like to likeplay around with me like, say: Go pick this up and Thad up, and you know I doit because I'm supposed to be a good, teammate and stuff I do't want to youknow: oversed boundaries. Jos seem like you know, stuck up or something. I knowmy role and you know I'm just trying to be out there being a good guy with theteam and everything. So I was all right with it, but they didn't really hatethis that much kno you're Lucke. I wasn't there. I love that was myfavorite thing about, because I was in...

...a different Ara than foy right,apparently coup yeah a couple years before it would have gotten. You KnowReally Hage, but I think they could put a step to that. Well, I used to likeyou know one one year I shaved, the guy's head, like you know, put it downthe middle and did all that and he had to go out Tho practice with the pressthere and everything the next day. I know foyes coach, Dan Quinn and DanQuins a great guy, and so what do you think of Dan Foy you've been with themover a year now, and so you know, what do you think is this head coaching styl,how he treat you? I know he's a defensive guy yeah. I think he's reallygood. I mean definitely guy likes to put his trustin the people that he chooses and you know so once he once you welcome in tothe devend, like he kind of handingslected you and you kind of putyour trust in you and want you to be accountable to La like what you'resupposed to do. So it's definitely guy. You don't want to nech things up forbecause you know you can tell that what we kind of have esspecial and Isninlike that on a lot of other teams for you've been through a year now,what's the biggest you lesson you think you know that you feel like you'velearned from being in the NFL for your wasther, whether it's you know on thefield and practice an the community. What do you think of that is on the field? Just youjus always got to be improving. Youcan never. You know get complacent with yourself, because one week you mighthave done really well but like the next week, everybody's, like just as good asyou weekend week out so in order to you, know, stay on top of. You know thecompetition about to play. You have to do the work you the but the time inregardless you can never really relax for the whole year and you know fromIvelie we play ten games in E. Nflwe really played for me, twenty games withpreseason and then for it's foor game. So Y. it's it's a really long grind,but you really got to put it in that work weekend week out and then in thecommunity. You kind of got to know that people really look up to you. I E et'skind of weird for me because Yo nobody really cares about the football as muchand then you know you come out here. I don't really get noticed until you knowI'm ened Aven with my Jersey, honor and pad, and whatever it is ecause, becausepeople are trying to emulate at people trying to be like you, because theykind of you know idolize you in that sense, and I think it's reallyimportant for you to be always putting out the best example, because peopleere trying to be like you yeah, you got to get to know o e thoserestaurants in the community, so yougo get those free meals. I love that hat alot of those free meals in DC Dave yeah. I roade that for that chain for a little bit, yeahyeah there's nothing wrong with a gass for sure yeah, the Gusbu. I had a lotof people on the Gusbus. It was a lot of fun for a long time. So, what's your favorite? You had oneyear under your belt, you played outside line back your insidelinebacker.You were on special teams. What was your favorite part of this wholescenario? My favorite part personally was justyou know, proven myself that I could play regardless of where they put me atthe lineback ters a new position for me, and that was another. You know questionmarkets. Can I learn it? Can I be successful back there and then, as the weeks went on, I think I justyou know proved myself more and more that I could fit behind the ball andeverything. So I was just you know, trying to get better back there and thespecial teams it's just like you know. We need you there. You know play there,so I was just you know, happy to provide for the team and that sense andand be successful. There too, is there a hit in particular sticks out.In your mind, fornaime there was one hit, I wouldn'tsay big hit. BS Remember I had a TFl against Agen person that was really cool. I waslike my first CFL to his life Thas Agen P. I used to grow up watching him andeverything, so that was really cool and y tack them again a couple times andthat game was just like really cool. For me, it's just like somebody who uslike. Oh my God, like a you, mean, I...

...wouldn't say a hero of mine, but it's just somebodywho used to watching be like that dudes amazing, and then you know you therenow playing against a an at the time. You're, not really thinking much of it,because you know it's your job you're there to do that. But after now that I've gotten to thinkabout it for a long time. It's really cool experience now, hopefully you're still playing inten years. But whert. Do you see yourself in ten years, if you're notplaying? If I'm not playing, that's a good question. I've had it it's kind of a lot of. I guess different things Icould do. I could go back into finance. If I wanted, you know the wealthmanagement was kind of the way I was going to I kind of want to keep it in sports.Now you know longer, I play I feel, like the more passionate for you know, stayng N inthe sport I'd be so you if Tatt, you know the corporate side or bin the sideof you know one of these organizations or, if that's you know, maybe announinor you know, ant being an analyst. You know stats and stuff play with numberstill there could be good at, but definitely the longer I stay in thisport. The more I want to you know continue with this poor Athrim donewell. One thing I can say is when you're out you're out, there's no goneback, so you know one thing I wish I would have done more is all the peoplethat I got to meet in fifteen years in the NFL was getting their cards gettingto know them staying in touch with all those people I mean I was on seventeams, I wase all over this country and you meet so many people. You don'trealize it when you're young, but for you to go up to somebody and say Hey:Do you have a business card? Can I connect with you and things like that,and then you start those communications, Foya it'll, take you so far and thowsthat those are the relationships that Youl have for the rest of your life andthey mean a lot to you. We add Yale on top of that too. Well, yeah I mean he'sjust got yea. I had Talsu, so there's a don't know how much difference there'sa little difference, topen what you want to do, I guesseaexac exactly, buton another now you know he was talking about tackling Adren Peterson. SoAdrian was rookie when I was in o eight, my last year Foye and at the Vikingsand he used to tackle gunner and gave in a locker room a and wrestle withthem all the time. So there's there's our difference like but we're connected.Somehow you got to tack Wadrin I got to play with them and throw hin touchdown.So it's amazing how this all comes into play, so life yeah. So all right we'regoing to break the huddle right here, we're going to come back and we'regoing to do a quick nohadl with Foye leuil Kon be right back Ifoya we'regoing to get back in the huddle. Now we're going to do our nohotdle segment,so Dave's Goin to fire questions at you. You can take your time and answer themor you can fire them back as fast as you can, but you know we're going towe're going to get down TA field score, touchdown, real, quick here, all rightwho's, the funniest person. You know ONS pretty funny. I like hanging aroundhim like he's always having a good time making me laugh the young Jones. I like it, hit himDave all right. Where is somewhere in the world you'd like to go. These are tough question. How somewherein the world I like to go? Probably IGUESS IGO back to Nigeriaseemy my grandma. I haven't seen her in a long time since I was two actually Ihaven't been back and my dad's always trying to get us to go back, so thatwould be nice to get it back. There, alright, how about your biggest petpeeve, Beis pet pe? What irritates you, the most, the watchroom, Wat, Alo, think IRRETAITEMENT TASE YEFOR! You got iertated a lot. Probably I guess people maybe tuing with their mouth Omensmacking a lit yeah. There you go yeah, I'm always yelling! That's how IM NO HIyeah yeah!...

How about the last concert you went to? No, I didn't go to a Concerin Alam. Oh Man, you got ta get Don. You knowthose con crazy. How about bad habits? What bad habits you have IGG CANDYRIGTA lot of candy! I need to stop it. I tried your favorite candy, but Ican't hit's good. What's your favorite candy? What's that,what's your favorite candy right now, probably Aras! I had ce back in the day,but I'm big here head Guy Right now. What's your favorite restaurant? Wheredo you go EATIN ATLANTA? What's that it's like teds Montanagrill been really good. Its Gil don't live like directly in thecity. I live like up north, so it's hard it's hard to get. You know thosegood restaurants in the city. For me, how about any hidden talents we mightnot know about poy golf, I wouldn't say I'm good atgolf back. I can drive it really. Well, all rigt! You go last one. If theyweremaking a movie about you who would play you wo the do who play booby miles. That'smy favorite actor. I don't know his name, but I like that guy play H, booymiles and the other guy in glory road. I, like him, Nice Nice who would play you. You say it all the time I wouldn't beallowed to have anybody else, but this Guy Ronnie Cycli for our audience,because you remember on Sike they've always says Bronnie Cycle. I don't knowI don't see but hey whatever, but foya man, thanks for getting in the huddlewith us today, and we appreciate you coming on and joining us and telling usa little bit about your story, all your transitions and how sports reallyinfluenced you to where you got today and- and hopefully sports takes youfurther in your life and- and I just I learned a lot about you today- didn'teven know and just appreciate you and just keep workingyour butt off you're going to have a long, long career in the NFL ninty days, a ded hey, what a solid guy I can see why youyou're so high and four a great guy and thanks for coming on. Thank for havingme appreciate it.

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