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, he played football at a small school in Clayton, Missouri. Lately recruited, but with God given smarts, determination and athletic ability, he found himself starting at Yale. Not invited the combine, but drafted anyways. Now a predominant member of the Atlanta Falcons defense, budding NFL star and joining us in the Huddle Foyer aluicon. All right, hello everyone, this is gusts f rot and thanks for 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 coached this guy at John Borough School and St Louis Phenomenal Athlete, great person, great family, and so we want you to hear his story. So right now 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? Doing well. It's another great rainy day in Pittsburgh. It's yeah, this is a 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. So what 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 you got started in it, because your career is pretty amazing to me. And so, you know, one of the things we always ask is, who were those people that influence chew in sports? Where was it? Your parents? Were they athletic? Was it your brother? Was it your aunts and uncle's? Who Was it that, when you really were young, that you said, man, I love these Games, I love playing sports. Who was that? That's kind of hard because, like, my dad was not athletic, my mom is not athletic, but you know, my dad kind of 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 a bag full of like every type of ball you could have. We had golf ball, tennis balls, basketball, soccer balls, like footballs, everything, and we, me and my brother, kind of just grew up playing anything we could play because that was our way of like getting out the house and being active in doing stuff and getting friends and things like that. So kind of getting good at sports. Maybe I kind of wanted my brother was, you know, older than me, so I was wanted to be as good 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 little bit 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 need to 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 and my dad came over here, kind of put himself through college, Texas stay and I'm Kingsville. My mom came over later and then soon after they had us, and my dad and mom the kind of always, you know, preach academics to us because, you know, that's what got my dad through college and made him, you know, what he what he is in America now. So they always wanted us to be successful. He always wanted us to be hard working and smart. He preached that to us since like day one. And so, yeah, everything was about books with him. Like summers I'd be not locked up in my room, but I have like basically homework assignments throughout the summer doing work books and reading and doing essays for him and stuff, and he basically come home like a teacher and Greatam and my mom would. She worked in Nice, but she'd always like oversee us making you're always doing, doing what we needed to do to stay ahead and, you know, kind of getting a sports was our way to, you know, get away from all that because you know it's kind of stressful for kids always be doing school, working stuff. So my brother and I after school stuff with sports and do the summer the way get out the house with sports. Right. So did you have a lot of family here? Was it like your parents and everybody else was back in Nigeria, or did you have a lot of other relatives in the...

...states with you? Yeah, I wouldn't say we had relatives in the states. It was kind of my dad came over by himself, but he found a lot of you know, Nigerian descent 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 other Nigerians that way and we call them our aunts and uncles and stuff, but they 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 thought I was gonna go to college play soccer and there all that growing up until high school chose football over soccer. Actually, yes, set Luis is a pretty good soccer town, isn't it? Yeah, we were pretty good, I'd say. We were travel around the country and winning games and nationals and all that stuff. But I decided to go elsewhere with sports and folly got like a size fourteen shoe and and started tripping over his feet all the time until they said well, maybe soccer is not the sports that's better for the little guys usually. Yeah, so how competitive were you and your brother? Fought a body. Yeah, we're competitive, I mean and everything really, even school. 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 of started out that way. and soccer. We kind of always practice against each other playing soccer and then my dad would let us wrestling stuff on on a old 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, so that'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 it was fun, though we're close now, but you so had all the time now for was there a particular coach you had, you know, in your pret high school days when you're playing all these sports, that it's still kind of 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, he my first, not my first organized basketball, but I think third grade is or second third grades when I started playing for him. And then he's the one who introduced me to football. took me out of soccer and saying like it'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 and fifth grade I played for him and then going in high school, he's like always in my ear saying you need to play football and stuff. So you know, I was actually thinking about this the other day, like even because my dad's an engineer, but I always wanted to be in finance and business, and that's what coach Palin is. He's like wealth management everything. So kind of seeing guys hung out with him while my dad worked out of town, Mom worked at nights. So kind of seeing what he had and how 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 really influence a lot of kids to play football and and reach out and try to do other things and and we'll get into some more of those stories we get to foy's high school stuff. But foroy, so you're playing a lot of sports when you were younger. Who was your first? I had Ale the first sports star that you looked up to and wanted to be like? First one, apparently, I remember this. Kobe Bryant definitely the first one, and then soon after that very quickly change Allen Iverson because I loved Allen Iverson and I started not liking Kobe because they think they went to the finals or eastern confidence finals or no, the finals they had against each other went and I 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 to be my big even if I was like kicking or you know, start off the kickoffs and things. I'd say might...

...big before it and stuff. It was funny. And then after that was Rondo, because I like Ron because he's like kind of I'd say, I say underrated, but he always kind of has his own demeanor by himself, kind of quiet but very competent in his own way. So I kind of be like that. I kind of try to be like that as well. Yeah, so the kids, my kids always full. You knows all my kids, and you know they always tell my favorite song is that post, mylone Song About Ellen Iverson. Yeah, that's like I listened to it all the time. I mean, I can't recite every lyric, but I just enjoy listening to it. It's one of my favorite great one of the best crossovers of any player ever to play M Ba. Oh Yeah, and not the biggest guy just went out and dominate 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 heart and 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 let Um Bella practice either. So did you get to meet Michael Vick? I didn'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 came in. He didn't play in it, but he came in like right after it ended. Took picture theiryboddy. I got to talk to him, tell him 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 of words at first. Had to regather myself before, you know, talking to him. Did you put that on social media, that picture? Did I did actually, and Iris in that same weekend to later I was out man and he was like parked this part and I would walking by it. I look 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, I guess, bodyguard, and we got talked about the old age of that, old days of basketball, because that's when I like ball, liked a lot better, 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 of Terry Brattraw and that's why I have my the number I had all my life was number twelve of because growing up in the Pittsburgh and the s and all that, and they were really good and I never got to meet brandsch out of my second year in the League. So that day was pretty amazing to me. And then somebody gave him a football to give him to me and 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. Did you 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 one thing. That put it into lay. He put it in play. Did he have like big glasses? Big, almost like prison issued glasses? That's see you. Yeah. So, yeah, he was interesting player, Nice Guy, boy. We're going to move on from your youth. Thank you for sharing that, and now we're going to talk a little bit about your high school experience and kind of that age in that area for you. So what 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 with with Foy as well. They starting they start in seventh grade. So it's a 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 academy and swickly. Yes, right, it was very high academics but also strong sports and only about a hundred people per class or some. Yeah, my daughter loved it and my boys not so much. You thought. So what what 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 sent us to a really high academic elementary school, kind of cross town and kind of guy, I guess, probably Guy Scholarship to go there and it's in it turned out to be a feeder school into kind of the more educational high schools in St Louis and John Burrows at the time by rank the highest of them. 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 colleges and be really successful and stuff some my dad was all about it. So that was that's where we're now playing football. John Bros your head coach was that's fry. What was your first impression? I guess when you met him, thinking about it like it was crazy, because the structure of practice and stuff kind of changed, but just as thinking of often like the offense, everything he put in like worked. And then, because we came from a season where we weren't very good and then we kind of had the same players basically, but that same year we went to state and you know, it wasn't it was kind of no secret that, you know, I guess Sam Bandor was a quarterback at the time and you know we had grant Wallace, a receiver, but you know, whatever he was kind of telling Sam to do and whatever you put in the offense was working. And then when he took over like head coach, you know, the whole you know, team like him, 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 really stick with the sport. But everybody liked him and everybody like the program and stuff. So it was cool for us to have like an NFL coach like in that kind of mine kind of, you know, telling us what to do, and he's a big part of it. Like guys, Thag was going to play basketball and calls, to be honest with you, and then you was kind of telling me, like, you know, take this football stuff seriously, and it's kind of coming from a good place to see was in the League for so long. kind of got to trust that word that you know you do have the skills and maybe this is the right calling for 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 me that kind of like gave me that confidence that I needed. Its styles a little more old school, probably them a lot of coaches nowadays. Also, it's coming from Western PA in a good way, I would get. We had a quarterback that I'd like to yell at every now and then. Boy knows who it is. We don't say Nick's name. Oh we just but it was fun, you know, the these kids were were it's a great school, like you mentioned, it's a highly academic school, and we only had two twenty eight players, usually twenty eight, thirty, somewhere around there, and everybody had to play and I love that. I love that everybody got to play in the game and everybody got to participate. So they're one of my favorite players that we had was was was Jack and for you knows I'm saying he he just was a great kid and and he's playing linebacker for us and and he was just doing a great job, you know. and Luckily we had foy a and Zeke on the team. So foyer so tell us a little bit. Some tell us one good Zeke story. K You, Elliott, but the later happening to a teammates at the school the size of 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 struggling a little. Beacons see it. But Zek was just the fun loving Dude. I mean we kind of different where I was like in Games, more serious and like, you know, focus on what you need to focus on, like this, if I don't want to lose and stuff, and he just like out there having a great time and just if he's having fun he's playing well. So I just remember Wayne Game. I think it was probably kind of tied it first, which during the regular season we were in accustomed to, and then he comes out of the huddle after you can see like 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 if you having fun you can play a looser and everything. So I really credit a lot of how I am right now to him. What is your what is your biggest football memory? At Barrows had a lot of memories. You guys 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 team in Missouri. You know, second place, second place, second place. Not a lot of teams can do that. But I just say pie sophomore year starting. It's when I finally started starting at Corner Back. At the time. We went to CBC to play Carnal Ritter, who was pretty good at football, like in the area, and then we ended up winning a game 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 kind of that team work and that that feeling after the game was like, Damn, I really love this sports else sophomore year, because you know, kind of coming together and all playing together well as a team and kind of doing stuff that you know, people said you couldn't do. That was really big for 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 sure you can attest to this, is that, yeah, we did have ze Confoy on our team, and it's not like we had twenty eight like top superior athletes. We had zeekn foyer and then we had a bunch of guys who just loved the game, came together, played for each other weekend and week out, and you can really win when you have a team that is committed 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. So parents 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 kids going 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? Soltmore years were I don't even know that recruiting stories weird because I guess coach Rockins all you a little bit like. I guess colleges were interested in me and I 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 probably a little hardheaded on that, and then to like my dad, I guess would 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 but I didn't go to it wasn't until coach like really sad me down into like you 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, like northwestern, like my like some really education was that's always would what I really wanted 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 then kind of quickly after that I always committed to Yale. So yeah, what what was most interesting about Yale to you? Of all the IVY's, I kind of just came. I went up to campus there first on a basketball visit or camp for a week. I kind of fell in love with the campus. I kind of realize you can be whatever you want to be, like dress however you want to dress. And then, you know, a week later I went up there for a football camp visit and kind of I was already fell in love with the campus and everything. And this the vibe there'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 just be 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 do that a little bit and I don't really like doing that at all. So that was the biggest deciding factor. Going to your for I don't know if you know this, but you know we were going through this whole process with you as a coach right and I was trying to figure out where he wanted to go, where his dad wanted him to go, and trying to do the best that I could to get him recruited. And one of the schools that really offered them, and I don't know if you know this, was Oklahoma state. I know that. Yeah, man, you had a few day day offered you to ride to go there and but you know, after talking to your dad and you, the Ivy Leagues were the way to go and you know, and that was that was the talk. I don't even know if your dad remembers that, but you know, I spoke to the coaches 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 and your father being academics, and how important that was and and just what a school you could go to jail. I mean anybody would love to be offered to go to that school, and so I think it was just incredible that that you did have all those things out there and I don't know if you ever knew that, but Oklahoma state did offer you and you know. But I think you made the right choice because you never know what could have happened when 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, but I don't know if you could hit though. Right, I hite. Very well. They so foy did all these great things in high school. And then just tell us what your GPA was in high school for you at three eight. Yeah, so very academic, smart, great kids, Kids you love to have on your team, right right. And so foy a gets recruited by all the Ivy Leagues, picts yl. He told us a little bit about that last time. So burrows have been able to put out a lot of people in Diaby Leagues, you know, academically and athletically, which is nice. Well, last week on our show we had Ryan Fitzpatrick, because a Harvard Grad, and he told us a little bit about the rivalry with Yale, which is probably top five or ten in the country in terms of 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 and kind of rivalries where you don't really know that their team that well or kind of funny to me because you can tell they're trying to hate me, but I don't really know you to hate me like that. So it's more within the fans kind of just would like the schools don't like each other. But again, it is weird because a lot of the fans that show up to the game don't really are very passionate about football. It's kind of a big social event, but it's a lot of people that come to the Games and it's, you know, they get really passionate just about their school pride and stuff and it's the, you know, the best environment that we play in every year. It's our last game of the year and you always want to win in in front of like it's the one time that everybody in the school comes out to watch you play, so you kind of want to win in front of all your, you know, classmates in schoolmates like that. But yeah, it's interested, definitely. Yeah, I can imagine is. It is very interesting that that's like you said, it's one of the oldest rivalries ever in football, like and it's just such a it's such a cool game and 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 want to be better, all those types of things. We all had those guys that you love hanging out with. It made you better. Yeah, I mean my freshman or when you get there, you you aren't allowed to. Generally most athletes don't get to room with other athletes. I got into a room with some kid we call just, you know, kids who got in the school on their own. So,...

...you know, kind of going and seeing their day and seeing what they go through and then they get to see what we go through a kind of improves our relationship with from athletics to the normal kids there. And you know, they kind of push you to to study 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 for and they don't even have sports to do. So I'm like, I don't know what classes that you picked there, what you have to do that, but they chose that and you know, when they don't succeed, like they go back to the drawing board technically, and they, you know, I just grind harder or learn how to study better, and so it's the same with 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 for their help. What did you learn from this teacher, or how did you learn how to study, and they can help you be better. And then, of actually, 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 the normal students there. So it kind of improves like the community aspect of the school, which was really important for us to have. You feel like all that grind you had to go through, academics, athletics, everything that 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 got to Atlanta. You know, is really kind of just learned that as quick as possible and be able to apply it to the field, and I definitely think, you know, kind of having a grind in a classroom and then grind 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 now this is kind of more just like stressing for fun, which is it's kind of what I want to do now. So it makes you definitely the the stresses I went through a yell and prepared me for the stresses of the of the 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 seeing him have his success in the league, because, you know, that's a guy who athletically I compare very well too. So if he can, you know, go and be a superstar, always told myself I could definitely have no 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 got my shot, you know, wasn't like I've already seen like one of the best 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 trying to improve myself and do whatever I needed to do. Did you just do the pro days or were you invited to the combine? I don't want were words. I was not invited to the combat. I was very not well known, I guess. Just pro days and I did very well. My Pro 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. So it's kind of I was used to that, though. I knew that was going to happen, coming from yell and everything. Wait, I want to go back to one thing. So foy was really good in basketball. Like keep, 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. I did not dunk on them. Know, we usually on the yeah, even in practice were on the same team and stuff, kind of starters verse, you know, red or yellow team versus blue team and stuff. So we I never dunked on them, but we used to. I remember after school a lot we used to go up to our memorial gym and just like practice our dunks and stuff, and that was really cool. Like him seeing me Dune for the first time in the game was like a day after I learned how to like dunk two hands and everything, like weird's up there for one around and 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 going to practice our dunks later after that's like a wing dunking and dips. I think, yeah, yeah, we can't,...

...we can't do that. That kind of dunkey. So last thing about your college. All Right, so now you've played your whole career. You've had an outstanding career Yale. Like there's a picture of Fay. We're going to put it if, if you don'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 were when you block that field goal. Oh, yeah, that's cool. Yeah, because I don't know what your vertical was in that moment, but it looked like it was about forty five inches it. Yeah, I was like 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 workout at Colorado and then you say, okay, what's going to happen next? So where did you watch the draft? where? who were you with and what were you doing on that day? So I ended up going to my coach's house for the day, took a nap for the fourth round and then woke up fifth and sixth round and then just waiting on phone calls and stuff, and then, you know, I only got really two phone calls the whole day. I was like text my asient like we're in these phone calls going to come because usually, I said, they start recruiting you for free agency as the rounds go on, but I wasn't getting any phone calls. So I got one from maybe the Ravens, who were going to take me for wanting me to come free agency, and then the next one was I guess the Falcons. You know, the GM was on the phone and stuff, and my coach would I don't even know if my coach was there at the time. I think he went to go pick up his son from some basketball game, but the the wife was there and one of his sons was there and I was on the phone with a GM and he's like you ready to be a falcon? We're going to take you with the next pick. And I was like, you know, hyperventilated and yeah, then when the phone went off, I was just watching the TV and it really happened. Like, you know, said Foy a chat a Louiken, you know, pick two hundred falcons. I was like that's crazy, like all that, you know, this journey that I was on and people like always saying, you know, you might want to, you know, reconsider, you know, going to finance and stuff, but it's kind of what I chose to do and it worked out for me. Yeah, that's one of the things that we talked about, right, but you got to chase your dream when you got a chance to do it. But it doesn't come around and not many people get to even try. For he had a chance to go try and make himself better than Colorado. Proved that, as pro day said, he's an elite athlete, and then the Falcon saw that and you know, we're going to get into that now. Foroy A, you just were drafted by the Atlanta Falcons. You got to call. What you do right after the call? Did you call Your Dad? You Call Your parents, you call your brother? Who Was it? I called my dad and my parents first. I stare called my dad. My mom was on speaker phone, but yeah, I call my dad and you know, but I 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 I guess the Falcons reporters called me and I had to talk to them, but it was hectic. I thought my phone was about to explode really because it was 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 that scene 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 have a big brotherhood. That's we try to preach. So in our we were relatively young esprecially on defense last year, so we didn't really really hates that much. I mean, like a couple of the older veteran guys like to like play around with me, like say, go pick this up in that up and I you know, I do it because I'm supposed to be a good teammate and stuff. I want to you know, overset boundaries or seemed like, you know, stuck up or something. I know my role and you know I'm just trying to be out there being a good guy with the team and everything. So I was all right with it, but they didn't really hate it that much. You know, you're lucky I wasn't there. I love that was my favorite thing about...

...because I was in a different era than for you, right, apparently, no. Couple yeah, a couple years before we'd gotten, you know, really haze, but I think they put a step to that. Well, I used to like, you know, one year I shaved the guy's head like, you know, put it down the middle and do it all that and here to go out to practice with 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 what do 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 he treat you? I know he's a defensive guy. Yeah, I think he's really good. I mean definitely a guy who likes to put his trust in the people that he chooses and you know, so once he once you welcome to the defensive like he kind of hand in selected you and he kind of put your trust in you and watch you to be accountable to that, like what you're supposed to do. So it's definitely a guy you don't want to match things up for because you know, you can tell that we'll be kind of have is special and it is in like 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've learned from being in the NFL for your was there, whether it's, you know, on the field and practice and the community. What do you think of that? Is All 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 do the work, you have put the time in. Regardless, you can never really relax for the whole year. And you know from I believe we played ten games and nfl you really played for me twenty games with preseason and therefore is four games. So you know, I said, it's a really long grind, 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 people really 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'm at an event with my Jersey on or in pads and Ors, whatever it is, because people are trying to emulate the people trying to be like you, because they kind of, you know, idolize you in that sense, and I think it's really important for you to be always putting out the best example, because people were trying to be like you. Yeah, you got to 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, the Guss, 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 favorite you 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 that I can play regardless of where they put me at. The linebackers a new position for me, and that was another you know question markets can I learn it? Can I be successful back there? And then as the weeks went on, I think I just, you know, proved myself more and more that I could fit behind the ball and everything. So I was just trying to get better back there. And then special teams, it's just like we know we need you there. You know play there. So I was just, you know, happy to provide for the team in that sense and and be successful there too. Is there a hit in particular sticks out in your mind for another time? Mean, there was one hit. I wouldn't say 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 like that's agent Piercon. I used to grow up watching him and everything, so that was really cool. And Yeah, I tackle them again a couple times and that game was just like really cool for me. It's just like somebody who's like, Oh my God, like I should be. I wouldn't say a hero of mine, but it's just...

...somebody who used to watch and be like that dudes amazing, and then you know you're there now playing against him in 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 think 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 in ten years if you're not playing, if I'm not playing? That's a good 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 finance if I want it. You know, wealth management was kind of the way I 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 announce in or, you know, and being an analyst, you know, stats and stuff, playing with numbers. Still they're could be good at. But definitely longer I stay in the sport, the more I want to, you know, continue with this poor ath room. Done well. One thing I can say 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 is all 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 all those people. I mean I was on seven teams, I was all over this 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 things like that, and then you start those communications. For Way, it'll take you so far and those those are relationships that you'll have for the rest of your life and they mean a lot to you. Well, add Yale on top 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's a little difference to part what you want to do exact exactly, but on another know, you know he was talking about tackling Adrian Peterson. So Adrian was a rookie when I was in o eight, my last year for a in it the Vikings, and he used to tackle gunner and Gabe in the locker room and and Russell with them all the time. So there's there's our difference, 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 a usining how this all comes into play. So yeah, whole life. Yeah, so all right, we're going to break the huddle right here. We're going to come back and we're going to do a quick no huddle with Foy Louilcon 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 fire questions at you. You can take your time and answer them or you can fire back as fast as you can, but you know we're going to we're going 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 time making me laugh. Doan Jones, I like it. Hit him, Dave. All right, where's somewhere in the world you'd like to go? These are tough question. Somewhere in the world I'd like to go? I probably I guess I go back to Nigeria see my my grandma. I've and seeing her in a long time, since I was too actually. I haven't been back and my dad's always trying to get us to go back, so that would be nice to get back there. All right, how about your Biggest Pet 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 with their 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 go to a concert Alma. Oh Man, you got to get that. You know those concerts crazy. How about bad habits? What bad habits? You Have 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 your favorite 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 Right now. 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, so it's hard as hard to get. You know, those good restaurants in the city 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 drive it really well, are you gonna last one? If they were making a movie 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 that guy played movie miles, 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 be allowed to have anybody else but this guy, Ronnie psychlely, for our audience, because you remember morning psyche. They've always says Ronnie psychlely. I don't know, I don't see it, but hey, whatever. But for a man, thanks for getting in the huddle with us today and we appreciate you coming on and joining us and telling us a little bit about your story, all your transitions and how sports really influenced you to where you got today and and hopefully sports takes you further in your life and and just I learned a lot about you today and even know and just appreciate you and just keep working your butt off. You're going to have a long, long career in the NFL. Thank you, David. There Hey, what a solid guy. I can see why you're you're so high and for a great guy, and thanks for coming on. Thank for having me appreciate it.

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