Huddle Up with Gus
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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, heplayed football at a small school in Clayton, Missouri. Lately recruited, but withGod given smarts, determination and athletic ability, he found himself starting atYale. Not invited the combine, but drafted anyways. Now a predominant memberof the Atlanta Falcons defense, budding NFL star and joining us in the HuddleFoyer aluicon. All right, hello everyone, this is gusts f rot and thanksfor joining us on huddle up with gusts. I'm here with my partner, Dave and and we're get ready to interview a special guest. I coachedthis guy at John Borough School and St Louis Phenomenal Athlete, great person,great family, and so we want you to hear his story. So rightnow joining us is foyer aluicon. He's going to join us in the huddle. How are you doing today, foy a, I'm doing pretty good.How much we're doing? Wonderful. How you doing today, Dave? Doingwell. It's another great rainy day in Pittsburgh. It's yeah, this isa relative yeah, this is like beautiful weather for us in Pittsburgh. So, but we're here and we're really happy to have you on foyer. Sowhat we do? We want to talk a little bit about your childhood.We want to find out kind of what influenced you in sports and how yougot started in it, because your career is pretty amazing to me. Andso, you know, one of the things we always ask is, whowere those people that influence chew in sports? Where was it? Your parents?Were they athletic? Was it your brother? Was it your aunts anduncle's? Who Was it that, when you really were young, that yousaid, man, I love these Games, I love playing sports. Who wasthat? That's kind of hard because, like, my dad was not athletic, my mom is not athletic, but you know, my dad kindof introduced us to the sports of the young age because he fellows a good, you know, character development type thing. So we had a ball or abag full of like every type of ball you could have. We hadgolf ball, tennis balls, basketball, soccer balls, like footballs, everything, and we, me and my brother, kind of just grew up playing anythingwe could play because that was our way of like getting out the houseand being active in doing stuff and getting friends and things like that. Sokind of getting good at sports. Maybe I kind of wanted my brother was, you know, older than me, so I was wanted to be asgood as him, and everything said probably drove me when I first started playing. Nice. So you said your parents weren't athletic. I know a littlebit about your background. So you tell us a little bit about your parents, where they're from and, like you, I want to know these people needto know your story a little bit. With everything is going on today,I think your story is very powerful. My Mom and Dad from Nigeria andmy dad came over here, kind of put himself through college, Texasstay and I'm Kingsville. My mom came over later and then soon after theyhad us, and my dad and mom the kind of always, you know, preach academics to us because, you know, that's what got my dadthrough college and made him, you know, what he what he is in Americanow. So they always wanted us to be successful. He always wantedus to be hard working and smart. He preached that to us since likeday one. And so, yeah, everything was about books with him.Like summers I'd be not locked up in my room, but I have likebasically homework assignments throughout the summer doing work books and reading and doing essays forhim and stuff, and he basically come home like a teacher and Greatam andmy mom would. She worked in Nice, but she'd always like oversee us makingyou're always doing, doing what we needed to do to stay ahead and, you know, kind of getting a sports was our way to, youknow, get away from all that because you know it's kind of stressful forkids always be doing school, working stuff. So my brother and I after schoolstuff with sports and do the summer the way get out the house withsports. Right. So did you have a lot of family here? Wasit like your parents and everybody else was back in Nigeria, or did youhave a lot of other relatives in the...

...states with you? Yeah, Iwouldn't say we had relatives in the states. It was kind of my dad cameover by himself, but he found a lot of you know, Nigeriandescent people around. So they had a Nigerian Cultural Association and St Louis.So we growing up, we kind always went to those events and met otherNigerians that way and we call them our aunts and uncles and stuff, butthey are in technically related to it. You might you must play soccer.I'm guessing that's a big support. Oh Yeah, my first board I thoughtI was gonna go to college play soccer and there all that growing up untilhigh school chose football over soccer. Actually, yes, set Luis is a prettygood soccer town, isn't it? Yeah, we were pretty good,I'd say. We were travel around the country and winning games and nationals andall that stuff. But I decided to go elsewhere with sports and folly gotlike a size fourteen shoe and and started tripping over his feet all the timeuntil they said well, maybe soccer is not the sports that's better for thelittle guys usually. Yeah, so how competitive were you and your brother?Fought a body. Yeah, we're competitive, I mean and everything really, evenschool. Grew a growing up. I think we fought every day,to be honest with you. You know, we had a basketball hoop outside.We used to play one on one all the time and it kind ofstarted out that way. and soccer. We kind of always practice against eachother playing soccer and then my dad would let us wrestling stuff on on aold bed mattress. That was a nice but we are always competitive and fighting, but that's that's brothers. He's only two years older than me, sothat's kind of how it is, the nature brothers who want to be successful, want to do everything. You know better than everybody else. So itwas fun, though we're close now, but you so had all the timenow for was there a particular coach you had, you know, in yourpret high school days when you're playing all these sports, that it's still kindof sticks out in your memory that maybe was an early influenced you? Yeah, I mean definitely coach riding knows the many many paling coach Palin, hemy first, not my first organized basketball, but I think third grade is orsecond third grades when I started playing for him. And then he's theone who introduced me to football. took me out of soccer and saying likeit's not the sports for Americans whatever. My Dad got mad at that,but kind of put me in a football, introduced me to that and fourth andfifth grade I played for him and then going in high school, he'slike always in my ear saying you need to play football and stuff. Soyou know, I was actually thinking about this the other day, like evenbecause my dad's an engineer, but I always wanted to be in finance andbusiness, and that's what coach Palin is. He's like wealth management everything. Sokind of seeing guys hung out with him while my dad worked out oftown, Mom worked at nights. So kind of seeing what he had andhow he would live in life and stuff and being so generous other people.I kind of wanted to be like that too. So he had. Again, he really helped a lot of kids get into boroughs and and helps reallyinfluence a lot of kids to play football and and reach out and try todo other things and and we'll get into some more of those stories we getto foy's high school stuff. But foroy, so you're playing a lot of sportswhen you were younger. Who was your first? I had Ale thefirst sports star that you looked up to and wanted to be like? Firstone, apparently, I remember this. Kobe Bryant definitely the first one,and then soon after that very quickly change Allen Iverson because I loved Allen Iversonand I started not liking Kobe because they think they went to the finals oreastern confidence finals or no, the finals they had against each other went andI really liked Allen Iverson and Kobe beat them, but he won one game. So I really liked AI. And then soon after that, you know, my bit came along. A big Michael Big Fan. You know,any time I played for no matter what I did, I always tried tobe my big even if I was like kicking or you know, start offthe kickoffs and things. I'd say might...

...big before it and stuff. Itwas funny. And then after that was Rondo, because I like Ron becausehe's like kind of I'd say, I say underrated, but he always kindof has his own demeanor by himself, kind of quiet but very competent inhis own way. So I kind of be like that. I kind oftry to be like that as well. Yeah, so the kids, mykids always full. You knows all my kids, and you know they alwaystell my favorite song is that post, mylone Song About Ellen Iverson. Yeah, that's like I listened to it all the time. I mean, Ican't recite every lyric, but I just enjoy listening to it. It's oneof my favorite great one of the best crossovers of any player ever to playM Ba. Oh Yeah, and not the biggest guy just went out anddominate right. I love his heart. That's why I loved about him.Like if you look at them on the court, like he's short out there, but he's like played to so much confidence and stuff and so much heartand harder than everybody. So I loved it. You didn't like practice either? Yes, yeah, he didn't like it. So I don't think letUm Bella practice either. So did you get to meet Michael Vick? Ididn't meet B make this summer at chair or. Yeah, I guess,a charity event Super Bowl weekend, and he was like a celebrity that camein. He didn't play in it, but he came in like right afterit ended. Took picture theiryboddy. I got to talk to him, tellhim where I'm from and played for the Falcon and stuff. He said well, that's like he congratulated me and said like this, that's good stuff,and like we got a picture together and kind of had a little conversation.But that was really cool for me. Like I was at a loss ofwords at first. Had to regather myself before, you know, talking tohim. Did you put that on social media, that picture? Did Idid actually, and Iris in that same weekend to later I was out manand he was like parked this part and I would walking by it. Ilook like that's done, no way, it can't be out. I was. I talked Allen Iverthy for like ten minutes with him and his, Iguess, bodyguard, and we got talked about the old age of that,old days of basketball, because that's when I like ball, liked a lotbetter, kind of ten years ago. Now it's been changed in stuff,but it was cool conversation too. Yeah, I grew up a big fan ofTerry Brattraw and that's why I have my the number I had all mylife was number twelve of because growing up in the Pittsburgh and the s andall that, and they were really good and I never got to meet brandschout of my second year in the League. So that day was pretty amazing tome. And then somebody gave him a football to give him to meand he sounded it. So I still have that. So it's pretty cool. Mine was a Tim Foley, if you remembered Tim Oh. Yeah,Oh, yeah, this is going way back, prior to for being born, but your short stop for the pirates. They picked up in seventy nine.Real scrappy. I randomly met him at an airport one time. Didyou really? Yeah, so he's what teams did Tim Foley Play for?Well, he's most you've started on the pirates. He was an angel.He's a matt he choked up on the bat about eight inches. That's onething. That put it into lay. He put it in play. Didhe have like big glasses? Big, almost like prison issued glasses? That'ssee you. Yeah. So, yeah, he was interesting player, Nice Guy, boy. We're going to move on from your youth. Thank youfor sharing that, and now we're going to talk a little bit about yourhigh school experience and kind of that age in that area for you. Sowhat was it that got you to John Burroughs? Because, you know,I don't know if you know this, my kids went to John Burrows withwith Foy as well. They starting they start in seventh grade. So it'sa great school and and really I'm more familiar than you think John Brows.It's just for our Pittsburgh viewers it would be kind of a combination shadyside academyand swickly. Yes, right, it was very high academics but also strongsports and only about a hundred people per class or some. Yeah, mydaughter loved it and my boys not so much. You thought. So whatwhat really got you to jump? Burrows?...

Kind of went to a elementary school. My Dad kind of took us out of where we were and sentus to a really high academic elementary school, kind of cross town and kind ofguy, I guess, probably Guy Scholarship to go there and it's init turned out to be a feeder school into kind of the more educational highschools in St Louis and John Burrows at the time by rank the highest ofthem. Like education. Why? Liberal Arts High School, not big,like small inside, but you know, liberal arts high school and they,you know, a really big education and told you you can get into collegesand be really successful and stuff some my dad was all about it. Sothat was that's where we're now playing football. John Bros your head coach was that'sfry. What was your first impression? I guess when you met him,thinking about it like it was crazy, because the structure of practice and stuffkind of changed, but just as thinking of often like the offense,everything he 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, itwasn't it was kind of no secret that, you know, I guess Sam Bandorwas a quarterback at the time and you know we had grant Wallace,a receiver, but you know, whatever he was kind of telling Sam todo and whatever you put in the offense was working. And then when hetook over like head coach, you know, the whole you know, team likehim, which is big for burrows because if the kids don't like it, like they don't really play as hard, but you know, they don't reallystick with the sport. But everybody liked him and everybody like the programand stuff. So it was cool for us to have like an NFL coachlike in that kind of mine kind of, you know, telling us what todo, and he's a big part of it. Like guys, Thagwas going to play basketball and calls, to be honest with you, andthen you was kind of telling me, like, you know, take thisfootball stuff seriously, and it's kind of coming from a good place to seewas in the League for so long. kind of got to trust that wordthat you know you do have the skills and maybe this is the right callingfor me because I love football, but I didn't know that, you know, I was going to be that good at it. So him telling methat kind of like gave me that confidence that I needed. Its styles alittle more old school, probably them a lot of coaches nowadays. Also,it's coming from Western PA in a good way, I would get. Wehad a quarterback that I'd like to yell at every now and then. Boyknows who it is. We don't say Nick's name. Oh we just butit was fun, you know, the these kids were were it's a greatschool, like you mentioned, it's a highly academic school, and we onlyhad two twenty eight players, usually twenty eight, thirty, somewhere around there, and everybody had to play and I love that. I love that everybodygot to play in the game and everybody got to participate. So they're oneof my favorite players that we had was was was Jack and for you knowsI'm saying he he just was a great kid and and he's playing linebacker forus and and he was just doing a great job, you know. andLuckily we had foy a and Zeke on the team. So foyer so tellus a little bit. Some tell us one good Zeke story. K You, Elliott, but the later happening to a teammates at the school the sizeof swigly academy had two NFL players on that. Not saying them recruiting,but there might have been something. Oh No, no, there's no work. I got there after these guys got there, so I didn't recruit anybody. Yeah, we recruits, not allowed. It burrows me. Now they're strugglinga little. Beacons see it. But Zek was just the fun lovingDude. I mean we kind of different where I was like in Games,more serious and like, you know, focus on what you need to focuson, like this, if I don't want to lose and stuff, andhe just like out there having a great time and just if he's having funhe's playing well. So I just remember Wayne Game. I think it wasprobably kind of tied it first, which during the regular season we were inaccustomed to, and then he comes out of the huddle after you can seelike them mentally breaking down and he like...

...yells out. I guess our team, like these guys are getting flustered, like he said the word flustered,and like the all whole team looked at on like you don't use like,I don't know, just like words that he you wouldn't see him using,and then we kind of all laughed and I made it inside joke and stuff, but he kind of always taught me just have fun out there and ifyou having fun you can play a looser and everything. So I really credita lot of how I am right now to him. What is your whatis your biggest football memory? At Barrows had a lot of memories. Youguys had some pretty good teams. All right, stay. Oh, yeah, finals. Yeah, I went to the state times and, you know, lost all of them, but aggregate were the best, you know teamin Missouri. You know, second place, second place, second place. Nota lot of teams can do that. But I just say pie sophomore yearstarting. It's when I finally started starting at Corner Back. At thetime. We went to CBC to play Carnal Ritter, who was pretty goodat 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, and that's when I like, you know, that win and you kindof that team work and that that feeling after the game was like, Damn, I really love this sports else sophomore year, because you know, kindof coming together and all playing together well as a team and kind of doingstuff that you know, people said you couldn't do. That was really bigfor us and it kind of felt great. So winning, like winning in football, I by the best feeling I really get ever. So you know, the best memory, what was great about Borrows Foyer, and I'm sureyou can attest to this, is that, yeah, we did have ze Confoyon our team, and it's not like we had twenty eight like topsuperior athletes. We had zeekn foyer and then we had a bunch of guyswho just loved the game, came together, played for each other weekend and weekout, and you can really win when you have a team that iscommitted and wants to be there like we they. I asked these guys,you want to meet on Sunday? They're all yeah, let's meet. Soparents were bringing in donuts and and food and then the school say, well, you know, you can't meet on Sunday because you can't keep these kidsgoing seven days a week. So we had to give him a break.But you know, it was their choice. They loved it, they enjoyed it. At what stage did you start to get interest from colleges? Soltmoreyears were I don't even know that recruiting stories weird because I guess coach Rockinsall you a little bit like. I guess colleges were interested in me andI didn't really pay mind to it or much attention to it. Like one, I thought one I want to play basketball for the longest time and probablya little hardheaded on that, and then to like my dad, I guesswould see letters and stuff and I wouldn't I wouldn't even know about it.So they're a couple of junior days. I guess I got invited to butI didn't go to it wasn't until coach like really sad me down into likeyou have a shot playing at the next level that I was like, oh, he's like what schools you want to go to? Basically I was like, you know, the Ivy Leagues and you know, maybe Standford, likenorthwestern, like my like some really education was that's always would what I reallywanted to do. So it kind of sent my film out to them.Then really quickly after that you know, all the ivy's came knocking and thenkind of quickly after that I always committed to Yale. So yeah, whatwhat was most interesting about Yale to you? Of all the IVY's, I kindof just came. I went up to campus there first on a basketballvisit or camp for a week. I kind of fell in love with thecampus. I kind of realize you can be whatever you want to be,like dress however you want to dress. And then, you know, aweek later I went up there for a football camp visit and kind of Iwas already fell in love with the campus and everything. And this the vibethere's kind of in the middle of a I would say run down city,but it's a little older city. You can kind of go there and justbe who beat, be yourself, and...

...everybody kind of has their little role. You don't have to become somebody else to fit in there. So,and that's kind of other ivy leaves, I feel like you have to dothat a little bit and I don't really like doing that at all. Sothat was the biggest deciding factor. Going to your for I don't know ifyou know this, but you know we were going through this whole process withyou as a coach right and I was trying to figure out where he wantedto go, where his dad wanted him to go, and trying to dothe best that I could to get him recruited. And one of the schoolsthat really offered them, and I don't know if you know this, wasOklahoma state. I know that. Yeah, man, you had a few dayday offered you to ride to go there and but you know, aftertalking to your dad and you, the Ivy Leagues were the way to goand you know, and that was that was the talk. I don't evenknow if your dad remembers that, but you know, I spoke to thecoaches at Oklahoma state quite a bit about you because I knew your skill level, I knew your athleticism and I knew that you could play at that level. But I also knew what the desires were for you as being academic andyour father being academics, and how important that was and and just what aschool you could go to jail. I mean anybody would love to be offeredto go to that school, and so I think it was just incredible thatthat you did have all those things out there and I don't know if youever knew that, but Oklahoma state did offer you and you know. ButI think you made the right choice because you never know what could have happenedwhen you went to Oklhomas foyd did all these great things. That John Burroughs. He played basketball, football. Well, I didn't play soccer. Burrows,did you play baseball? Baseball, and yeah, Baseball Guy, butI don't know if you could hit though. Right, I hite. Very well. They so foy did all these great things in high school. Andthen just tell us what your GPA was in high school for you at threeeight. Yeah, so very academic, smart, great kids, Kids youlove to have on your team, right right. And so foy a getsrecruited by all the Ivy Leagues, picts yl. He told us a littlebit about that last time. So burrows have been able to put out alot of people in Diaby Leagues, you know, academically and athletically, whichis nice. Well, last week on our show we had Ryan Fitzpatrick,because a Harvard Grad, and he told us a little bit about the rivalrywith Yale, which is probably top five or ten in the country in termsof rivalries. WHO, how would you describe that rivalry? It's funny.It's interesting because I I don't really know not any of the harbor guys andkind of rivalries where you don't really know that their team that well or kindof funny to me because you can tell they're trying to hate me, butI don't really know you to hate me like that. So it's more withinthe fans kind of just would like the schools don't like each other. Butagain, it is weird because a lot of the fans that show up tothe game don't really are very passionate about football. It's kind of a bigsocial event, but it's a lot of people that come to the Games andit's, you know, they get really passionate just about their school pride andstuff and it's the, you know, the best environment that we play inevery year. It's our last game of the year and you always want towin in in front of like it's the one time that everybody in the schoolcomes out to watch you play, so you kind of want to win infront of all your, you know, classmates in schoolmates like that. Butyeah, it's interested, definitely. Yeah, I can imagine is. It isvery interesting that that's like you said, it's one of the oldest rivalries everin football, like and it's just such a it's such a cool gameand it going back to Ryan, some of the things we talked about,like who was your roommate, like, who were your friends in college?That that really kind of had an influence on you, push you to wantto be better, all those types of things. We all had those guysthat you love hanging out with. It made you better. Yeah, Imean my freshman or when you get there, you you aren't allowed to. Generallymost athletes don't get to room with other athletes. I got into aroom with some kid we call just, you know, kids who got inthe school on their own. So,...

...you know, kind of going andseeing their day and seeing what they go through and then they get to seewhat we go through a kind of improves our relationship with from athletics to thenormal kids there. And you know, they kind of push you to tostudy better and learn better, study habits and stuff, because, you know, they courses that they choose and stuff, like they're up grinding all night,which I grind all night too, but like they're up to like forand they don't even have sports to do. So I'm like, I don't knowwhat classes that you picked there, what you have to do that,but they chose that and you know, when they don't succeed, like theygo back to the drawing board technically, and they, you know, Ijust grind harder or learn how to study better, and so it's the samewith us, like when we don't do well on the field, you know, we go back to the drawing board and we learn how to do better. And then we maybe don't succeed in the classroom, we can ask fortheir help. What did you learn from this teacher, or how did youlearn how to study, and they can help you be better. And then, of actually, you know, I kind of moved back to rooming withathletes, but by that time you already have a good relationship with a lotof the normal students there. So it kind of improves like the community aspectof the school, which was really important for us to have. You feellike all that grind you had to go through, academics, athletics, everythingthat you've done yell prepared you for what you're doing now. Oh, definitely. I mean when they kind of handed me the playbook right before I gotto Atlanta. You know, is really kind of just learned that as quickas possible and be able to apply it to the field, and I definitelythink, you know, kind of having a grind in a classroom and thengrind on the field the same time as like. It's definitely stressful still now, but it's de I've a I've been through a lot tougher stresses and nowthis is kind of more just like stressing for fun, which is it's kindof what I want to do now. So it makes you definitely the thestresses I went through a yell and prepared me for the stresses of the ofthe NFL. At what point did you feel hey, you know what,I think I really have a legitimate shot to play in the NFL. Well, really helped me actually was zee getting drafted at number four and then seeinghim have his success in the league, because, you know, that's aguy who athletically I compare very well too. So if he can, you know, go and be a superstar, always told myself I could definitely haveno a role in the league. So using that, I kind of just, you know, always propelled myself to China make that stage as well,just approved myself that I could definitely do it and then when I finally gotmy shot, you know, wasn't like I've already seen like one of thebest people. I've kind of grew up with him. So, you know, like I wasn't really faced by anybody for realize, just out there tryingto improve myself and do whatever I needed to do. Did you just dothe pro days or were you invited to the combine? I don't want werewords. I was not invited to the combat. I was very not wellknown, I guess. Just pro days and I did very well. MyPro Day was kind of put me on the map and then the the falcons, took a chance on me, which I appreciate it a lot. Soit's kind of I was used to that, though. I knew that was goingto happen, coming from yell and everything. Wait, I want togo back to one thing. So foy was really good in basketball. Likekeep, was the star of the school and hoops every year. Right,so one question I have for you for a did you ever dunk on Zeke? I know you guys were teammates because I just dunk on them. Idid not dunk on them. Know, we usually on the yeah, evenin practice were on the same team and stuff, kind of starters verse,you know, red or yellow team versus blue team and stuff. So weI never dunked on them, but we used to. I remember after schoola lot we used to go up to our memorial gym and just like practiceour dunks and stuff, and that was really cool. Like him seeing meDune for the first time in the game was like a day after I learnedhow to like dunk two hands and everything, like weird's up there for one aroundand practicing. So we kind of like we're each other's height men.To be honest with you, it was fun. That's what Uson are goingto practice our dunks later after that's like a wing dunking and dips. Ithink, yeah, yeah, we can't,...

...we can't do that. That kindof dunkey. So last thing about your college. All Right, sonow you've played your whole career. You've had an outstanding career Yale. Likethere's a picture of Fay. We're going to put it if, if youdon't mind, when we do this and we put it out there for you, if I can share the picture of you. Yeah, when you werewhen you block that field goal. Oh, yeah, that's cool. Yeah,because I don't know what your vertical was in that moment, but itlooked like it was about forty five inches it. Yeah, I was likeit was he was so far off the ground. But you had such agreat career. You go through all this that Yale, you go and youdo your workout at Colorado and then you say, okay, what's going tohappen next? So where did you watch the draft? where? who wereyou with and what were you doing on that day? So I ended upgoing to my coach's house for the day, took a nap for the fourth roundand then woke up fifth and sixth round and then just waiting on phonecalls and stuff, and then, you know, I only got really twophone calls the whole day. I was like text my asient like we're inthese phone calls going to come because usually, I said, they start recruiting youfor free agency as the rounds go on, but I wasn't getting anyphone calls. So I got one from maybe the Ravens, who were goingto take me for wanting me to come free agency, and then the nextone was I guess the Falcons. You know, the GM was on thephone and stuff, and my coach would I don't even know if my coachwas there at the time. I think he went to go pick up hisson from some basketball game, but the the wife was there and one ofhis sons was there and I was on the phone with a GM and he'slike you ready to be a falcon? We're going to take you with thenext pick. And I was like, you know, hyperventilated and yeah,then when the phone went off, I was just watching the TV and itreally happened. Like, you know, said Foy a chat a Louiken,you know, pick two hundred falcons. I was like that's crazy, likeall that, you know, this journey that I was on and people likealways saying, you know, you might want to, you know, reconsider, you know, going to finance and stuff, but it's kind of whatI chose to do and it worked out for me. Yeah, that's oneof the things that we talked about, right, but you got to chaseyour dream when you got a chance to do it. But it doesn't comearound and not many people get to even try. For he had a chanceto go try and make himself better than Colorado. Proved that, as proday said, he's an elite athlete, and then the Falcon saw that andyou know, we're going to get into that now. Foroy A, youjust were drafted by the Atlanta Falcons. You got to call. What youdo right after the call? Did you call Your Dad? You Call Yourparents, you call your brother? Who Was it? I called my dadand my parents first. I stare called my dad. My mom was onspeaker phone, but yeah, I call my dad and you know, butI couldn't really stay on the phone that long because my phone was blowing up. So like every two seconds here like beeps and stuff, and then Iguess the Falcons reporters called me and I had to talk to them, butit was hectic. I thought my phone was about to explode really because itwas just, you know, a lot more tense than it ever got before. It was really cool experience, definitely, you know, life changing and everything. When you got to the got the training camp, how was thatscene it? was there any rookie hazing or anything like that or what?People Pretty welcoming, or they're pretty welcoming in Atlanta. I mean we havea big brotherhood. That's we try to preach. So in our we wererelatively young esprecially on defense last year, so we didn't really really hates thatmuch. I mean, like a couple of the older veteran guys like tolike play around with me, like say, go pick this up in that upand I you know, I do it because I'm supposed to be agood teammate and stuff. I want to you know, overset boundaries or seemedlike, you know, stuck up or something. I know my role andyou 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'treally hate it that much. You know, you're lucky I wasn't there. Ilove that was my favorite thing about...

...because I was in a different erathan for you, right, apparently, no. Couple yeah, a coupleyears before we'd gotten, you know, really haze, but I think theyput a step to that. Well, I used to like, you know, one year I shaved the guy's head like, you know, put itdown the middle and do it all that and here to go out to practicewith the press there and everything the next day. I know Foye's coach,Dan Quinn, and Dan Quinn. It's a great guy. And so whatdo you think of Danfoy you've been with them over year now and so,you know, what do you think is this head coaching style and how hetreat you? I know he's a defensive guy. Yeah, I think he'sreally good. I mean definitely a guy who likes to put his trust inthe people that he chooses and you know, so once he once you welcome tothe defensive like he kind of hand in selected you and he kind ofput your trust in you and watch you to be accountable to that, likewhat you're supposed to do. So it's definitely a guy you don't want tomatch things up for because you know, you can tell that we'll be kindof have is special and it is in like that on a lot of otherteams. For you've been through a year now. What's the biggest you lesson? You think? You know that you feel like you've learned from being inthe NFL for your was there, whether it's, you know, on thefield and practice and the community. What do you think of that? IsAll the field just use always got to be improving. Can never you know, get complacent with yourself because one week you might have done really well,but like the next week everybody's like just as good as you week in,week out. So in order to, you know, stay on top of, you know, the competition you about to play, you have to dothe work, you have put the time in. Regardless, you can neverreally relax for the whole year. And you know from I believe we playedten games and nfl you really played for me twenty games with preseason and thereforeis four games. So you know, I said, it's a really longgrind, but you really got to put in a work weekend, week out, and then in the community you kind of just got to know that peoplereally look up to you. I G's kind of weird for me because,Yo, nobody really cares about the football as much and then, you know, you come out here, I don't really get noticed until you know I'mat an event with my Jersey on or in pads and Ors, whatever itis, because people are trying to emulate the people trying to be like you, because they kind of, you know, idolize you in that sense, andI think it's really important for you to be always putting out the bestexample, because people were trying to be like you. Yeah, you gotto get to know those restaurants in the community so you get those free meals. I love that and a lot of those free meals. and DC Dave. Yeah, I read that for that train for a little bit. Yeah, yeah, there's nothing wrong with that, but for sure, yeah, theGuss, but I had a lot of people on the guess Blus.It was a lot of fun for a long time. So what's your favoriteyou had one year under your belt. You played outside Linebacker, inside Linebacker, you're on special teams. What was your favorite part of this whole scenario? My favorite part personally, were just, you know, proven to myself thatI can play regardless of where they put me at. The linebackers anew position for me, and that was another you know question markets can Ilearn it? Can I be successful back there? And then as the weekswent on, I think I just, you know, proved myself more andmore that I could fit behind the ball and everything. So I was justtrying to get better back there. And then special teams, it's just likewe know we need you there. You know play there. So I wasjust, you know, happy to provide for the team in that sense andand be successful there too. Is there a hit in particular sticks out inyour mind for another time? Mean, there was one hit. I wouldn'tsay big hit, but I just remember I had at TFl against Adrian Peterson. That was really cool. I was like my first CFL to is likethat's agent Piercon. I used to grow up watching him and everything, sothat was really cool. And Yeah, I tackle them again a couple timesand that game was just like really cool for me. It's just like somebodywho's like, Oh my God, like I should be. I wouldn't saya hero of mine, but it's just...

...somebody who used to watch and belike that dudes amazing, and then you know you're there now playing against himin at the time you're not really thinking much of it because you know it'syour job, you're there to do that. But after now that I've gotten tothink about it for a long time, it's really cool experience. Now,hopefully you're still playing in ten years, but what do you see yourself inten years if you're not playing, if I'm not playing? That's agood question. I've had it. It was kind of a lot of,I guess, different things I could do. I could go back in the financeif I want it. You know, wealth management was kind of the wayI was going to I kind of want to keep it in sports.Now you no longer I play, I feel like the more passionate for,you know, staying in the sport. I'd be so either if that's,you know, the corporate side of or been the side of, you know, one of these organizations, or if that's, you know, maybe announcein or, you know, and being an analyst, you know, statsand stuff, playing with numbers. Still they're could be good at. Butdefinitely longer I stay in the sport, the more I want to, youknow, continue with this poor ath room. Done well. One thing I cansay is when you're out, you're out. There's no going back.So, you know, one thing I wish I would have done more isall the people that I got to meet in fifteen years in the NFL.was getting their cards, getting to know them, staying in touch with allthose people. I mean I was on seven teams, I was all overthis country and you meet so many people. You don't realize 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 thingslike that, and then you start those communications. For Way, it'll takeyou so far and those those are relationships that you'll have for the rest ofyour life and they mean a lot to you. Well, add Yale ontop of that too. Well, yeah, I mean he's just got yeah,I had Tulsa. So there's a I know how much difference? There'sa little difference to part what you want to do exact exactly, but onanother know, you know he was talking about tackling Adrian Peterson. So Adrianwas a rookie when I was in o eight, my last year for ain it the Vikings, and he used to tackle gunner and Gabe in thelocker room and and Russell with them all the time. So there's there's ourdifference, like, but we're connected somehow. You got to tack with Adrian.I got to play with them and throw him touchdown. So it's ausining how this all comes into play. So yeah, whole life. Yeah, so all right, we're going to break the huddle right here. We'regoing to come back and we're going to do a quick no huddle with FoyLouilcon be right back. If we're going to get back in the huddle now, we're going to do our no huddle segments. So Dave's going to firequestions at you. You can take your time and answer them or you canfire back as fast as you can, but you know we're going to we'regoing to get down the field score touchdown real quick here. All right,who's the funniest person? You know? I Sayd both Deon Beyond Jones.Pretty funny. I like hanging around him like he'd always having a good timemaking me laugh. Doan Jones, I like it. Hit him, Dave. All right, where's somewhere in the world you'd like to go? Theseare tough question. Somewhere in the world I'd like to go? I probablyI guess I go back to Nigeria see my my grandma. I've and seeingher in a long time, since I was too actually. I haven't beenback and my dad's always trying to get us to go back, so thatwould be nice to get back there. All right, how about your BiggestPet Peeve is pet pee. What irritates you the most? You're the room. What a lot of things irritate me. Takes me for you got here.Say it a lot, probably. I guess people maybe be chilling withtheir mouth opens back in a lot. Yeah, there you go. Yeah, I'm always young. That's how I'm yelled us. Yeah, yeah,how about the last concert you want to...

...well, now, I didn't goto a concert Alma. Oh Man, you got to get that. Youknow those concerts crazy. How about bad habits? What bad habits? YouHave Big Candy Right, a lot of candy. I need to stop it. I tried your favorite candy, but I can't it's good. What's yourfavorite candy? Was that? What's your favorite candy right now? Probably ares. I had scarily back in the day, but I'm big air head Guy Rightnow. What's your favorite restaurant? Where do you go eating Atlanta?What's that? It's like Ted's Montana grew been really good. It's a kilt. I'll live like directly and they see that live like up north, soit's hard as hard to get. You know, those good restaurants in thecity for me. How about any hidden talents we might not know about?By Golf, I would say I'm good at Golf. Back I can driveit really well, are you gonna last one? If they were making amovie about you, who would play you? The Dou who play booby miles?That's my favorite actor. I don't know his name. I like thatguy played movie miles, and the other guy in glory road, I likehim. Nice, Nice. Who would play you? You say it allthe time. I wouldn't be allowed to have anybody else but this guy,Ronnie psychlely, for our audience, because you remember morning psyche. They've alwayssays Ronnie psychlely. I don't know, I don't see it, but hey, whatever. But for a man, thanks for getting in the huddle withus today and we appreciate you coming on and joining us and telling us alittle bit about your story, all your transitions and how sports really influenced youto where you got today and and hopefully sports takes you further in your lifeand and just I learned a lot about you today and even know and justappreciate you and just keep working your butt off. You're going to have along, long career in the NFL. Thank you, David. There Hey, what a solid guy. I can see why you're you're so high andfor a great guy, and thanks for coming on. Thank for having meappreciate it.

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