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George Teague

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Welcome to Huddle Up with Gus with 15-year NFL quarterback Gus Frerotte! On today’s show, it’s a full hour with one of footballs nicest guys off the field, yet when on the field, was able to do serious damage to running backs skeletal structures. We are speaking of course of George Teague, who played with the Packers, Cowboys, and Miami and broke records and bones in each city. George shares is youth with Gus and what brought him to the gridiron, having grown up as an Air Force Brat. When his family did settle in one place, Gus and George discuss how life was like living in a small Alabama town, especially issues of race, competitive sports, and his education. Then, it is onto the NFL when Gus and George go through some of the best and the worse their careers offered them at the time. As mentioned, George is an awesome guy who you just want to hang out with and you’ll enjoy your time with him on today’s show. Thanks for tuning into Huddle Up With Gus!

Hey everyone, Welcome to anotherepisode of huddle up with Gus, I'm your host, former NFL quarterback GusFrerotte and welcome to the new 16 31 digital new studio. You know, somepeople say no news is good news. Well I say to those people you've never read.16 31 digital news dot com. Go to 16 31 digital news dot com to get your latestnews, sports, music and entertainment and maybe even listen to your favoritepodcast. Follow up with Gusts. Check it out today at www. 16 31 digital newsdot com. Huddle up with Gusts is brought to you by Vegas sportsadvantage, clients of Vegas sports advantage are winning big in 2021 youcan be a part of the winning two. As of june 1st $100 bettors are up $3700.500dollars. Bettors are up $18,500.1000 dollar bettors are up $37,000 and $5000.Bettors are up $185,000 become inclined today by clicking the link in thedescription below and use promo code, huddle up To take 25% off your packagetoday. Thanks to our partnership. Welcome to what surely will be a doozyof a matchup brian here. Sports fans, whether your game is on the gridiron atthe diamond or on the links, we can only say, okay, welcome to this week's huddle upwith gusts. 15 year NFL quarterback Gus parents, passion for sports has takenhim on the field and behind the bench is playing for seven NFL franchiseswith 114 TVs under his belt. Gus knows who the players are and how the gamesare one. Uh, it's not every day you get to hang out with an NFL quarterback up.Okay, sports fans from the decked out and plush 16 31 digital studios, it'skick off time, so snap your chin straps on and get ready to huddle up with us.Strange variety, big play two Aleve. Hey everyone, welcome to anotherepisode of huddle Up with Gus, I'm your host, 15 year NFL quarterback GusFrerotte. Hey, I want to thank 16 31 digital news uh for hosting us in thestudio again, as you can see, we're not in the studio, but They do all of ourproducing and engineering. So I want to thank 1631 digital news for that. Iwant to thank our team Brian and Terry and I want to thank Sounder FM forhosting us on their platform. We also want to thank Vegas sports advantage uhfor for coming on and working with us and and if if you wanna win some realmoney and betting, I'm not good at it because I don't think I ever wantedanything especially betting, but go to Vegas sports advantage, Those guys aregreat, they'll they'll they'll improve your odds will help you and hopefullyyou can win some cash and put it in your wallet. Uh Today's guest I'mreally excited about. But before we get to that I had uh you know, we've beendoing this thing, where are our fans have been asking us questions. So I gota question from Jacob, Julius uh Jacob is out of Qattan in pennsylvania and hewants to know what's the greatest athlete I've ever played with? Uhthat's hard because, You know, there's so many incredible people that I'veplayed within the NFL over 15 years and seven teams and just seeing guys dosome amazing things on the practice field uh on a in a game, uh you know,seeing it in the weight room, uh, you know, just, just incredible people andwhat they can do. And my job was always dropping. But I will say this, I didsee Dante culpepper walk on his hands for about 30 yards one time and he, andrandy Moss used to have incredible competitions where they throw 100 bucksdown and they would have all these crazy things they would do. And, and uh,I saw Dante beat randy in a, in a 40 yard dash. I saw Dante uh Walk on hishands for 25 yards, but my man was a...

...credible athlete. He was a lot of fun.So, uh, I would say that was definitely one of the guys for a big guy. He wasdefinitely incredible athletes. So joining us today is a guy that playedin the league for a long, long time, Uh was the safety, was my nemesis on theother side of the ball. Uh you know, went to Alabama. Uh they have him asgrowing up as a as a a navy brat is a military brat where anair force, I don't know where you were George, but you were in Kansas and youmoved to Alabama. But I always hated that term that you were a brat becauseI know you weren't a brat because if you were a brat, your dad would haveput you in your place. So joining me today is George Teague. He has a greatpodcast out called Teague's Take uh and he does it with his son jay. Mhm. You're froze their second gust. Butokay, keep going. Could you repeat that list a little bit? Yeah, yeah. Hey,where do you, where do you, where do I stop at? Yeah, just as a military brat.Yeah, Can you hear me? George? Yes, I got you. Okay. No, I was just sayinglike, I hate to turn brat right? They always say these guys are militarybrats and when I was doing some research on you and I'm like, I'm surethat if George was any kind of brat, his dad would have been like, huh? Youweren't out of place at all. Right. And then you guys moved around. Uh, I thinkyou were in Kansas moved to Alabama. Uh, and then the rest is history. But youknow, I was just saying that that you were my nemesis out there. You were theguy that, that was on the other side of the ball, reading me and I was the onewatching you. So it was pretty cool and I'm really excited to talk to you today.How are you doing? Well, I appreciate it. I'm doing well. Um coaching highschool football now in texas. Um And yeah, I did grow up as a MilitaryBrandt. I guess we would call it. My dad served in the Air Force Air Forcefor 25 years yourself. So I grew up pretty much all of my, you know, youthon an Air Force base. Uh up until the time I got to high school in Alabama,then we act that was my first time actually living off base. Uh once I gotto 10th grade essentially. Um so that was a little bit different for me, butI love the growing up the way that we did as well. And I got to say also whenyou were talking about that one, some of the best people that you had everplayed with, the most athletic person that you played with, I'm glad youbrought in randy Moss. It's a great story about coal paper, but I reallyeventually went to randy Moss I guess just because I was in the second area,The scare that we had when he was out there. Yeah, culpepper wasn't runningby you. Yeah. So that, that didn't intimidate me as much. But uh, you know,just seeing what well that guy and and others uh, could do. There's so muchtalent and that's football league and guys that we've played with, you know,being on multiple teams. Um, It is very hard to try to find, you know, oneperson you could say it's the most, Yeah, you can't really do it. I mean,you've seen some incredible feats by people, right? Like you've seen someamazing things happen in the practice field and, and everywhere else, but toname just one person as the greatest athlete. Um, my favorite thing alwayswas George is that uh, I would get in arguments with other professionalathletes from other sports and they would try to talk like they're the bestathletes. Like most of time, I think it may be the only one that can competewith us is basketball, but, but I always like, come on, there's no waylike football is definitely the best athletes out there. Well, we are andI'm saying that socially, but I think you have to look at how many truefootball players, if I can say that were true football players thatactually can do multiple sports versus...

...the other way around. You know, whenyou look at the Diaz bo Jackson's, you know, many of people that can dobaseball and football, you know, uh Russell Wilson, these are athletic guysthat were there. They opted to play football. I mean, that makes youincredibly there's a lot of basketball players that can't play basketballfootball. There's a lot of soccer players play, you know, So we weredefinitely when you have the makeup of International football league player,there are some dudes that are just amazing. It can be good at everything.Probably like how you're good at golf. I don't know if you're a good golfer.I'm okay. I'm okay. I'm not I'm like a 10 handicap. I'm just okay. Uh What'sthe so if you're not very good, what's the highest handicap you can have? I don't know like uh you know, if youshoot 100 every round, that'd be like a Like a 28 handicap. All right, well,I'm gonna take a 31 handicap, but there is a number two. Well, you know, it'snot for me, golf is just like, I don't work at it. You know, if you want to begreat and unbelievable, you gotta be out there and practice all the time. Ijust, I love just being out and going to play and laughing and having a goodtime and you know, sometimes you get to compete against some good buddies, putsome money on the line or whatever, but most of the time it's, I go out with mysons now, you know, and we have just the blast. I haven't, I haven't figuredout the golf, uh, endurance. I know we're not running, you know that, butyou know, four hours or longer out of the course. I just well, that's wherethe swing oil comes in to play George. You need a little swing oil to get youthrough to keep your engine nice and lubricated the whole way through. Sothat's what gets you through for four hours of golf, especially, you know,you're probably playing a bunch of when you're playing those golf tournament,like the pro, you know, with Charity events and all that. And then all of asudden there like six hours Man, you're just wore out at the end of those.That's right, that's right man. Hey, I see your producer said that 54 is a maxhanded Catholics could have. So I'm, Yeah, I'm definitely hiding the 31 Ibelieve, but I I really got speaking of the charity things, I tend to go put meon one hole, let me put, let me drive or whatever. It is. Not necessarilyplay the whole thing so I can see everybody talked to everybody then thatcan really get good at the green. If I shoot the same green. Yeah, then youknow, we're the ball where you gotta put it where you got to chip it orwhatever. Yeah, I hear you there. Um so George, when you're growing up in themilitary, I know a bunch of people that um, you know, there's a good friend ofmine, Ron coder, he played in the NFL here, he's older. He actually grew upin on a military base in Japan and played football over there and thencame over here and went to Penn State. But tell me about what it was likeplaying sports on the military base. It was um, I want to say different inthe sense of um, you know, you knew everybody right from the, from thebeginning because the basis tend to be smaller kind of classes and people umyou pretty much did everything. So I grew up playing really every sportbaseball, basketball, football, you just went from one rec team to the nextbecause your parents were trying to keep you involved as well. So that waskind of cool and I was being coached by my dad because you know, it wasn't likeyou were dealing with some of the fortunate and blessed today, we'rebeing taught by military personnel um you know, on the base. Um so it wascool because I was around, you know, my dad a lot with that. The one thing thatI don't think I mentioned this to you before we talk about, I had my onesuper highlight I would say is that I...

...actually played on a german soccer teamwhen we were state in Germany for four years. I was wow, good enough to beable to play on the german soccer team. So that really opened my eyes as far as,you know, we were in their culture already, but trying to be on a teamwhere I was really kind of the minority, you know, most of them which I wastrying to learn how to communicate with them and play and learn their systemsum as a you know, 5th grader, 6th grader, that was it was fun, but it wassuper challenging because that was when I really had to get off the base, youknow, and start to tell with people in a different way. Yeah. Then you kind ofkind of feel what it's like to be different, right, that you're overthere and you got to fit in and and uh I think that's pretty cool like but youknow you said you were you were young but when we're young we adapt so fastlike well how do you think you would adapt now? It's like you had to go overthere now and being that same situation would be way harder. I think it wouldbe a lot harder in this day. Especially I wasn't on the base. I think that wasan advantage for me personally, just because I was always exposed todifferent things and people and you know, moving, it was just kind of wayof life and it wasn't something that was just what we did. So you hadfriends, you had to fit in, you had to, you know, just just what we did. Sogoing from team to team or city, the city or country to country, whatever itwas, it just made me a different person. So even when I got the NationalFootball League and you get drafted by one team and you get traded to anotherand then you get cut and then you go to another team, you know, whatever it, itdidn't feel. Yeah. Yeah. It was like if you're justgoing to another place and you dive in, you fit in and you get in. Um, So diddid your dad, like you guys moved a bunch and military people move a lot.Do you still have friends from those times? So your parents still haven'ttalked to those people that they were on the base with? Or do you kind ofjust move on because you know, it's, you're, you're moving around so much.It's unbelievable how many friends I have from youth that we eitherreconnected some kind of way, whether it's social media or something becauseyou know, we all had that kind of struggle. There's just um family, Um,that really I just reconnected with because when I was in 3rd grade, youknow, I remember clearly uh, this girl's dad that always, or whistle, youknow, super loud. I was just amazed about this whistle, but that was hisway. You gotta bring your butt home and get to the house right now. And I meanthat's a little thing, right? But it's something that was reallyimpressionable on me and we kind of have that connection is militaryfamilies because we're all having to move and leave each other. And so we'realways trying to find out how I wonder where they went or what they, what theydo. And our parents tend to really be in touch with their parents and thentherefore asked the question. So it's really cool. I think it's like afraternity almost uh like reunions. I bet we probably could have Air Forcebase reunions if someone would ever think about it, because it probably bepretty cool to go back and see people we grew up with. Right? Yeah, thatwould be pretty cool. So you were in Kansas for a while, right. I think yourdad was stationed in Kansas that therefore stay there. And then how oldwere you when you finally kind of moved? It, was it like high school age toAlabama in middle school? Um, and then I moved to Alabama for high school? Yes,so I would have been going in my ninth grade year, middle, my ninth grade yearwe moved to to Alabama. Mm I ended up going to school and school called JeffDavis High School in Montgomery Alabama.

Um there was an Air Force base therecalled uh Maxwell Air Force, so my dad was stationed there, but we lived offbase. That was your first time living off base, right? Yeah, it's my firsttime living out well what was the difference between being off base andbeing like no gates to go through, nobody checking on you all the time?Was it? Was it way better for you? Gus it was probably one of the hardesttimes in my life for multiple reasons. Uh If I could share one first timebeing off base um But we ended up moving to predominately blackneighbourhood, which was you know, it's not bad, it's just it was different. Wealways had mixture of people, right? Uh And at my age at that time and being inAlabama, they had these um a state rule that was called a majorityminority rule, right? Which is a a time where integration, we're still tryingto happen. So where I lived at, remember I said that was in thepredominantly black neighborhood, I was bussed all the way across the city togo to white school. Yeah essentially. Uh It's kind of weird to be talkingabout that right? But that's really how I was. And so that was you know thatwas troubling for me just because I didn't understand, you know why why arewe going to? You know I've never really been experienced with racism or tryingto fit in or in that type of way. And that was the hardest part because youhad basically two different worlds. You know what do you got white friends? Youknow you two black or whatever it is, you're all the way across town. Sotrying to go see friends, you know somewhere else. You you couldn't do it.Yeah. So it was a really challenging time for me emotionally I think becauseI didn't understand racism. I didn't it just was not in our D. N. A. So on themilitary, so on the military basis, you didn't really experience any of that.Like everybody is just we're all military were just together, right? Andthen you get out there and you're like what is this stuff like that had to behad to be really emotional for you. The military is like our football teams theway I put it, we're all in there for the same goal. Yeah right. It doesn'tmatter what color we were. Whatever we want to win games, you want to winsuper bowls, you know, and all you did was rely on the coaching staff and thepeople that were next to you to do what they were supposed to do and you didn'tcare whether or not they were white, black mexican asian whatever it is,that's where the military was. You know, they were serving their country and itdoesn't matter what religion you were, what color you were. We all had thesame goal, you know, for the country. And so that's the way it always had been forme until that time when it wasn't. And then you started seeing differentthings or hearing different words of, so it became really, really as, aspeople see it well, you got to go to University of Alabama and you got, youknow, you go to win a national championship. Yeah. But it took alittle little different type of work ethic I guess from that sense ofovercoming some of the other things that I had to overcome. Yeah. So didyou ever like truly experience some really terrible racism, you know, likewhere you, you had because I can never imagine what it's like to walk in yourshoes. But I think to give people an understanding of you know here's a guythat played in the NFL was at the top of his game and it probably was amoment in your life where you were kind of nervous right? That that this racismis real. Yes because I have experienced very specific things in the south umfrom you know the but as much as we said getting pulled over specificallybecause you know it was african...

...american and whatnot that happened tome that I was actually driving um a motor coach. You know we used to havethis little camper kind of thing and got pulled over because the the mudflower was a quarter of an inch too short and I don't know how anybodyknows that when they're driving around and looking at the thing and so youcan't help but go you know and then you know everybody out you know who you gotin the deal like bro really was was a speeding whatever. No you know you gotto you know so you know when your profile you can see right right I'vebeen not allowed into him restaurant or a bar and you know you know it's onpurpose you know the words yeah allowing other people to come and youknow everybody goes there's a wait how long is the wait 20 minutes and youknow you see people come up after you and you you know your bypass bypassbypass bypass you know and after a while you kind of go oh come on now umand it hurts you because we don't want people judging you just better coloryour skin especially right now. Yeah definitely definitely. Is thatsomething that you could talk to your parents about? It was um but it still was difficultbecause now you have to think we're the generation that my parents came fromwhen my dad, we had to pick and actually couldn't drink out of thewater fountain, you know, And so it was still, even though it was growth andbecause he had the military piece, you know, I wasn't raised that way to thinklike that was amazing considering what my folks had to go through, you know,for your military. Um, but he really just preached and talk to me about workethic and not worrying about that stuff. You know, you've got to be a goodperson. Yeah. My mom was about charity. You gotta help people, you know, yougotta have some change. You've got to be charitable, you gotta give money. Um,and these types of things and so they really shifted everything that, yeah,you got to go all the way over here to this other school, but network, meetpeople, you know, do something, you got to get over there, we'll drop you offor roger bike man, you know, get and do what you need to do, just be smart, geteducated and you know, it'll all work out. Yeah, no, I mean, I'm just tryingto kind of give our audience like uh you know, that we always talk abouttransitions and hard things and adversity in her life, right? Uh thatwas adversity for you, things that you were talking about and still you go onto be an incredible athlete and play in the NFL and that's what I tell kids allthe time too, is that, look, you're gonna have a roadblock or there'ssomething that you don't like or something that bothers you and you gotto find a way around it, over it, under it, whatever it is, and just just keepmoving forward And you may not be happy. You may not like it, but it's there fora reason. It's teaching you something, learn from it. Move on. Yes, I 100%agree to all your listeners and any parents that are dealing with kids, orif there are any Children who are listening um to be successful, you dohave to do exactly what he's saying there there. You're gonna have someobstacles. If you're going to be successful. If you're just looking forthe easy path, then you're just gonna be over there on that road with theaverage or less than the average person, because if you're not faced withadversity, um then we're not necessarily progressive. Some peopleshy away from that adversity. Um but that's how we get, you know, how we getbetter and we have to figure out things. We've got to lean on people, We got tolearn. We gotta try to figure out...

...what's the best strategy to to movepast those things. And it could be something like what we're talking aboutor it could be an injury or it could be anything teacher that don't like you orwhatever you got. Well yeah, we all had those things, death in the family, allthat stuff, right? We've all dealt with all those types of things and you justgotta kinda it's tough and you go through it. Um And hopefully you havesome good support. Sounds like you had some really good support in your timewith your parents. Um And uh you know that they really helped you throughthings. You know they pushed you in the right direction. They gave you goodadvice. So when when you say go home and you say, hey mom and dad, I'm gonnago to Alabama, what was the reaction, what were, what did they help you? Thatdecision was that all you? Um, the decision Alabama was mine. Um, they'reall very happy. We were, Alabama fans are not necessarily auburn fans. So Idid the heartburn as well. Um, but again, because we weren't there, Ididn't have that emotional attachment to say man, you know, that I'm going togrow up and I want to go play for the crimson tide. That, that wasn't even itbecause I didn't know where I was going to be, you know? Um, and the onlyreason I was there gus is, so even when we got to Alabama, my dad was actually restationed the two years, so it would be my junior year. Yeah. To Turkey. Oh wow,okay. And so that was another decision that had to be made. Okay, where isGeorge kind of graduate from? Because Turkey is going to have to graduate inTurkish school on a military base or or whatever it is or we're going to gosplit family. Um And that's where my parents decided to do. So my mom stayedback stateside. He went over so that I could finish high school. Uh Obama.Yeah, so it was, now I can tell you this though. I'll give you a good storyabout that though. What was a good thing about it was so I don't know ifTulsa what to any ball games or whatnot, but you know, you get those bowl checkswhen you have to travel or whatnot. Well, my residency was listed in Turkey.Uh Alabama is like what? I write a check for how much? Uh Yeah. So to getback to Turkey, I was like, hey man, yeah, that's my daddy. We had all thepapers and all that kind of stuff was like, you know, I don't I don't live inMontgomery. You know, I live in Turkey. It's it's 11,000 miles away. That'll be$2 a mile. That's how George got his first car. Yeah. So what was your firstcar? That was my first that I bought afford probe, anybody, whatever weightwas it a stick shift? Yes, it was a stick shift. You know, I had a red line,that thing as much as possible. They were like front wheel drive machines.Those four probes, yep. That was my very first car that I actuallypurchased. That would have been right after my senior year, right before Igot drafted. Actually. I think what we just said, I said, did you drive astick shift and you said yes. Nobody says that today. I don't think theymake cars with stick shifts anymore. No, unless you're a trucker. Yeah, I don'tknow how to drive them. Anyway. Uh man, I learned I used to take this kid's carat Tulsa baba bubbles from Oklahoma. He had a stick shift. I said, Bubba, letme borrow your car, can you drive a stick? And I'm like, yeah, I didn'tknow how to drive. Me and this kid from philadelphia with his nickname was fishhead. So fish had, I would take his car.

We taught each other how to drive astick on bubbles car and we bring it back and bubbie. Like how'd it go?We're like, oh, it was great. You know, growing up, oh my God, we clutch wasslipping. And he's like, what's wrong with my car? I don't know. But that'show I learned to drive a stick. It wasn't from my dad. Oh, there you go. Ilike it. That's a great one. And my black, I didn't have the purple one. Sowe all the viewing. It was not a purple one that was not flashed. I wasn't fromflorida. So I didn't go with purple. Yeah. Well I had, my first car was aCamaro 1977 Camaro. Z 28. Oh that's bad. I paid 900 bucks for it. You can't getanything for 900 bucks now. So in high school, the cars I had to drive. Why? Ireally considered the upgrade because I also drove a mercury zephyr. The Z. E.P. H. Y. Yeah. Yeah. Yeah. The four door terrible car. But that's theparents about for me and I was happy to have it. Um But you know what it didn'thave a reverse. So I was driving to school here. I am this big timefootball player right? Trying to get all this stuff done. And I hadstrategically I had to get to the school at the right time so I couldpull all the way through. Um So yeah you couldn't pull out. So what wouldhappen if you had to go back up? You just put it in neutral and push it. AndI I got a really strong left leg and my best buddy was a £300 linemen. Just uhand his nickname was reversed. Yeah. Okay look at that baby. Oh man is thata zephyr? Yeah but I didn't have that one. Didn't look like that, that onehas reversed. You didn't have that one. Yeah. You never so tell your now you'reat Alabama right? You've been through a lot inyour life, uh you've faced all kind of adversity moving around um and you goto the school that has a lot of history and that's one thing, like, you know,tall says history, but not like Alabama's football history. Like howdid that kind of hit you? Like when you walk in there? And I mean there's justsuch history that hit you in the face when you go into Alabama. Yes, uh itdid and I was, I knew I was blessed to be able to get there. Um and this goesinto the theme of our story here, I guess because my first year there, so Ididn't get red straight, it's red shirt. I was one of two people who do not getred shirted this freshman. So um when I came in, it was all business and wentto school when the football practice and that was kind of it, you know, didwell in class and I was overwhelmed with everything. We had bill curry wasmy coach at the time, he was, you know, kind of all Bryant bear, Bryant ish,kind of dude in the tower phone and it was just like, man, this is Obama, youknow, this kind of thing. Well after my freshman year, they got fired, so mycoaching staff was gone and that's, you know, another form of adversity thatfelt like I'd hit things like, oh gosh, who's coming in, they're gonna write,what are we gonna do, You know, blah, blah, blah. And that man, I wasterrified um about that. It didn't matter, it wasAlabama just knew at that point, it was now we got new coaching staff and weknow how people, you know, go after their own people. Um uh you know, Ikind of went into a slump there for a minute just because, I mean, I stillplayed well, I ended up starting. Um but it was the, I think I'm saying thisto others is that goes into the mindset of what you could have, it was veryeasy for me to go, man, I need to...

...transfer, I need to leave, coach isgone. I don't know what's going in, you know, like maybe what could happentoday, you know, new collegiate rules, but that wasn't really the option. Itwas, I want to Alabama because one I wanted to graduate from there, uh, to Ibelieve that everything they told me about the networking, uh good footballeducation. Yeah, and so I said, well I'm gonna stay here and I'm just goingto grind it out and try to win this spot, you know, again. Um, and so, um,did work out obviously that ended up playing that year, but that was another tough time for me, sophomorejunior. You're just trying to make sure I was their guy. Yeah, that's, it'snever easy. It's never easy. That's for sure. Hey everyone, um, we're gonnatake a quick commercial break, but we're talking with George t gonna comeback and I want to hear about how he trans transitioned from corner tosafety because I have a good friend that I coached that plays for thefalcons on transition from corner to linebackers. I want to talk to George alittle bit about that, but we'll be right back. Yeah. Hey, how come up with uslisteners? Manscaped. Well, they sent me, uh, they hooked me up with a bunchof tools and formulations for their package three point oh kit. Uh, so, youknow, I want to show you guys what's in the perfect package, right? We allthink we got a perfect package, but they sent me the perfect package threepoint okay. And I want to show you what they sent me. So it was crazy. It camein this great box. Uh, you know, uh, and you can see what it says. They willthank you because they sent us this awesome trimmer. They sent us, uh, youknow, stuff that makes you smell better. And then, you know, they sent me thisgreat, uh, some boxers, you what you get, right, protect them. And then, uh,you know, they sent me this cool, you sack, I guess you want to call it tostore all your stuff in. So, uh, it's been great. Manscaped sent me a bunchof product. Um, you know, and you know, you can see it all on here. Uh, youknow, you can go to Manscaped dot com and put in the code. Uh Gus Frerotte,that's G U S F R E R O T T E. Get 20% off and free shipping when you use thatcode. But you can get a kit, you can get individual items like uh this waycool rumor that has a little led light, um, ceramic. Uh, these things comeapart, they're waterproof, you can do a lot with them. So, you know, getManscaped is great, you know, it's funny, um, I remember when I wasplaying with the Denver broncos and I'm not going to mention any names, butthere was a gentleman who was playing on our team and uh, you know, if youever hears the story, you'll know exactly what I'm talking about. But uh,he brought his own clippers in one time and he used to trim his beard up, hisgoatee and everything, and he had him there for about two or three weeks andhe goes in around the corner, he walks in and there's a person, another playerthat is actually manscaping with his beard trimmer. So you know, one of thethings is, you don't want to use the same trimmer down there that you use uphere. So uh, he kind of freaked out a little bit and he said, hey, how longhave you been using that tool there? And he said, well, showed up here aboutthree weeks ago and I've been using it ever since. So you know, there is alesson learned that, you know, don't leave things out and probably if itwould have just said manscaped on it,...

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...probably wasn't as difficult as itcould be um because I was, I I always made sure I knew what everybody wasdoing even when I played corner, you know? Uh and so I think that's reallywhy they moved me into the safety position because Uh one I was alreadyphysical enough to, I kind of knew how to line everybody up already. Um so itwas a natural piece for me to be a signal caller or the defense. Um Nowphysically it changed what I had to do in the mindset that you've got to havebecause now you're, you know, looking at big gaps and see gaps and run anddepending on what it is, you have to drop down, you know, something in thatnature, that was um that is probably the hardest part for a corner to haveto try to move into the safety is the run game. The feeling of runs, you know,for being in the middle of the field, word corners, you're always outside,your angles of tackle are limited, but its safety now you've got more space.So, um there's a lot of work that you have to do. Uh huh there, that makes,makes it kind of difficult to go in. I know the NFL now they kind of moveolder guys into the safety position, right? Yeah, switch them around alittle bit. Yeah, we've seen that with other like Rod Woodson Charles wouldlike, they've all moved a little bit, but tell me who was the running backfor you? That, that when you're watching a film this week and you weresaying, I don't know coach, I think covering two looks pretty good. I don'tfeel like feeling that that big gap when he's coming through there. WellI'm going to answer this from the pro level first and then I'll tell you thecollege one, but this is easy for me and the professional level. There's noway I ever wanted to taco barry Sanders, so you don't want to be on thehighlight? No sir, I don't want to be away from him as much as possible. Um,so I know I gave linebackers and defensive lineman a lot of incentivesto make sure they didn't get into the secondary or that he didn't get to thesecondary. You're going to be on that. Uh Dude was amazing. Oh my gosh! Andyeah, I missed him a few times and uh you know, shoestring tackle them once we were in Detroit, I was playing withthe packers, right? We're playing quarters. So I got to see gap, They run that stretch all the time.That was their deal, right? I'm sure you remember that and uh He shootsthrough the sea gap. But here I am 10 yards away from him, 12 yards away fromhim. My heart is just going right. So everything we worked on was don't dancewith him. It's one on one you're probably gonna miss. We got it. Youjust gotta take your shot. That's what that was our coaching from the coaches.Just take your shot, hope for the best, you know, this kind of thing. So whatdo I do here he comes, He's running, I took my shot gus now I think I hit thelittle plastic tip on his uh he and so I'm on the ground and I'm lookingbecause he's stumbling, boom, boom, boom, boom, he falls down, falls downgus, I got up and cheered like, yeah, my favorite ever player, everybody, Ilike really George. Yeah, yeah. Really? You see all the highlight tapes makingpeople look stupid. I mean, yeah, I hear you, man, that that is that isgood, you know, because I think like you were a hitter, I think with the big guys like contact,like knowing they're coming at me, it...

...was probably okay for you. It was moreof those guys like barry that. Yeah, I'm gonna give you that and go theother way and yeah, so a lot of teams and peoplewould ask me because once I moved into safety, we still had to play man to manon those slot guys, if they didn't have a tight end of the game or something.And that was so I was always more afraid of the smaller shifty type guysthat, you know, really could embarrass you. I'd rather have a cover MichaelO'brien who was, you know, big right? And you can get your hands on it. I'drather fight with him, sterling sharps, uh, even chris carter, you know thosetypes of views where you, you know, I'd rather be up in their face and theseguys, I'd rather do that because if I could bang and, and put my shoulderpads on you and get down close enough to the line of scrimmage or press, Ialways felt like I could I could win guys, you could enjoy Galloway's rocket dish miles and all these otherdudes. I really well he randy Moss. I mean he was big too. What his speed wasjust yeah, it's great. Well, I would think that and the game has changedfrom when we played to even even more, you know, back probably when we firstcame in, you know, it was still a lot of run game power football. You knowwhat I mean? Like and because that's like you you think about moose johnsonkicking out Emmett smith. And and I mean that was what it was back in theold Redskins, john Riggins like all that now. It's like five wives all thetime. Our pos, baby, our pos, you know how you went to the provo you know howmany profiles you went to with this R. P. L. Stuff that you have? Three recordplayer? Uh huh. All right. So, well there was there was a highlight up ofMoss the other day and he commented on it since I follow randy and it waseverybody was in it was three tight ends and Mosses only receiver and he'stightened down and he's the only one going out in the route. And DarrenSharper was playing safety for Packers at the time. And Dante just runs alittle fake Takes like you know 10 10 yard drop. He just waits for randy torun past everybody and girls as far as he can. Like jesus dude was crazy. Butthe game has changed a lot. Like you watch like I watch like Big Ben playfrom when he first came in the league to what he did was doing now. I mean heused to throw 12 times a game, now he's throwing it 50 times a game. It's crazyto me. It was crazy and that makes it hard for from as a defensive player,you know, I guess it is, it's fun for this because it seemed to be gearedtowards offense more and more points, this kind of stuff. Um, and even as a,as a coach, as a high school coach now, what we used to have for goals, youknow what our goal board looks like. It's different now. It's notnecessarily even about, you know, it used to be if you can hold an X amountrunning yardage and passing. Now it's really about Score. You know, we werehappy if you could hold them to 17 points, you know, 21, No, it's not likethat man, hey, you just got to get, we're not even putting those type ofthings on our board. We need to make sure we have enough three doubts. Youknow, we're just trying to get off the field now. Anyway, we can yes, we gotto get off the field. How do we flip the field and not really talking aboutpoints and stuff anymore because they're gonna score if there were orsalt and you really can't, you know, stop anybody. Well, yeah, well, when Icoached in ST louis, so Ezekiel Elliott was my running back in high school,right? And then I had foyer louis Kahn, who was a receiver. Now he's alinebacker for the falcons. That's he...

...went from corner, he played at Yale,Now he's outside linebacker. The Foul because I had these two incredibleathletes. We only had like 25 kids on my team. But we would play these likewing T teams and all this stuff in the playoffs And they would hold the ballfor like five minutes right? And everybody be getting nervous. Oh no.And I'm like look we're gonna score once or twice. They're going to getnervous. They can't catch up because they can't throw it. You know what Imean? Once you get ahead they those teams that never practice that stuff,they can't come back on you. You know, and that's what I would that's what allwe did. I said don't worry is he's gonna get his two touchdowns. It willbe fine. That cat was good, pretty nice to be able to coach. It's easy to coachwith guys like that toss, right? Oh yeah. And then he always tried to tellme he could throw it. I said you cannot throw it. We ran one time where hethrew a touchdown to foyer and ends on that was it. We were on the five yardline of like that's all the further. You love to throw it because I know youcan't throw it all. But it was fun coaching high school football. But ittook me a while to learn how to connect with them because youknow, in your, in the NFL, you have a language, you talk a certain way withguys and everybody understands you. And then you get to a kid who's in 10thgrade, you know, he doesn't know anything. Yeah. And then all of asudden you, I told you he has no clue what you're talking about. So I had tolearn to adjust a little slower, make sure I go into the weeds a lot morewith details. Yes, absolutely. You have to do more, you know, especially nowthese, this age of kids that there's a lot of because a lot of kids areplaying starting to play later. Right? Um, you know, so they may not even knowhow to tackle hit proper forms, different things because, you know,parents may be worried about or what not. And then you got how the kids orthe families may not necessarily be playing for your brand. You know,they're trying to position themselves. I hate this part of our game in highschool now transfers people moving high schools,you know? Yeah, it's tough. I think we talked about that and I'm sure you'rein texas, correct? Yeah. And I'm sure in texas it's even harder. I mean,those kids probably move all the time. There's a ton of high schools. I mean,the city just north of us. Uh, you know, they got 11 high schools, you know, andkind of open enrollment move around if you wantto, you live in the city, But yeah. You know, so you could be moving around anduh, it's just tougher for us to try to handle certain parts of that,especially when you take away from what we really want to do at this age,mentoring kids try to help them through the adversities, understanding, youknow, and preparing them for life after football or life after high school. Um,yes, they have their dreams and they should have their dreams about, youknow, Oh, yeah, yeah. And then you have to, like, my first question to my kidswas always, do you want to play football after high school? I don'tcare what level is, do you want to, Right? And then if I had kids come upto me, I don't care who they were. I said, all right, then, well, whateveryour level is of what happens in your career, we'll find a place for you toplay football, might be Division three, might be whatever. And if you don'twant to, that's cool, too. And, and you know, then I'll then that helps you,that helps me. There's no pressure, you know, like, because sometimes theparents are so bad, like, the kid doesn't want to play, but the parentsare like, we're, you know, we got to get him a scholarship and I'm like,it's not gonna happen, don't work like that. Yeah, yeah. You know, and um so,so you're there, what do you think that the mole the coach that taught you themost that helps you coach now, Like, that you learned from, was it college,was it? Um You know, somebody in the...

NFL who taught you, like, where you getyour, kind of coaching skills from your dad from way back when, uh, you know,there's actually, I think I moved myself after a few people. Um, I'lltell you one of them is in high school was my high school defensive court name.His name is Bubba Lewis, but he probably had the biggest impact on meearly on because he really showed what you were talking about, Hey, what doyou want to go to school? What do you want to do? Hey out, you know? And sowe're always talking about off the field stuff, but he really dove intoreally trying to help me. Um, so that helped me as a coach to being able todo like what you said, that was a high school, uh, college. Um, I had a couple of really good coaches,but Bill Oliver, who is our defensive coordinator at the Alabama, reallytaught me about film study how to actually do it the correct way and howto get the statistical stuff and and things of that nature. So I try topreach that the kids now and how to watch film. Um and then in the prosthere's a couple mike Zimmer who is the head coach of the Minister right now.Clancy Pendergast. Yeah, I remember that name. And Arizona Cardinalsplaying cowboys, He's being with us sea cow. Anyway, all those guys reallystarted to, you know, show me about coaching andhow they related to players even at that level, how you could actually, You know, mentor a 30 year old, right?You shouldn't mouth um you know, high level football. So I still talk to thema lot now. That's good. I still talk to Clancy a lot now I do call when I'mplaying them option teams man, you know, because we were all texas, then we gotto play this one option team. Like all right, there's this new veer out now,you know, How do we stop this and single wings making its return? Well,you know, it's amazing to me that that that you're doing that. I think thatcomes from what your mom said, you got to give back, you know, and what abetter way. I always say like we got our PhD in football, right? I meanthat's what we did for a long time. I don't know how many years you were in.I was in 25 total with going through, you know, when I was young, hold upthrough the NFL it's a lot of years that we spent a lot of knowledge thatwe gained and I always say like, if I can go and share that with somebody,it's, it feels really good to teach a kid, um something new that they haven'tlearned guys, Let me tell you this and you mademe think about this and my mom has passed away, okay. But she was gettinginto football, So I got six older brothers, two oldersisters. Um but I didn't know if I was going to play football or not really,actually, I'll tell you why because I want to be pay late, remember? Oh yeah,on the german soccer team and I was really good at it. And how many timesyou practice a bicycle kick? Oh man. All the time. I think that stretchmarks about that. Um but I'm saying that because when I came, when I cameto Alabama was the first time that I had to make a choice, a decision inhigh school, I couldn't play football and you couldn't play soccer, that wasjust a rules. So we had to choose. Um I was smaller at the time, it's about 100and £55. I thought it was gonna be running back if I played football withall these dudes that Jeff Davis high school running back to 185 192 £100 I'm1 55 like this ain't gonna work right? Um So I decided to play soccer. Gus Idid really until I got home and told my folks thatand my mom pulled me aside. It's a...

...let's talk about this and she talkedthrough this and convinced me to go play football and not soccer. And sheactually talked me into going into playing defensive back. That's how shegot it. So she was really step so well what are your strengths? What are yourweaknesses? You know? So we talked about speed and physical illness andthat's okay if you can't be the running back, you're worried about runningrunning back, where else can you go? You know, how do you catch? You know,these are the kind of questions. No, so it all lead over to this defensive backthing she said, so well, didn't you need to go out there and you need to goplay try out for the team as a defensive back? See if that will workfor you? Well, your your mom sounds like a heck of a woman because I don'tthink and she must have understood football to see your skill sets to saythis is what you should be doing instead of soccer because most momswould be like soccer is going to be way better. You're not gonna get hit asmuch. Yeah, And I just think that, you know, so I'm thankful and when I talkto people like this about our parents, you know, oftentimes we as kids don'twant to listen to our parents, particularly our moms or whatever it is.And in this case, hey, my mom was right. You know, a couple of years later I amgetting a scholarship to the University of Alabama. Four years later, I'mgetting drafted into the National Football League. I don't know what itwould have been. You know, if I went down to soccer out. But I know I hadsome parents where, you know, they could guide and talk and say, okay. Somy encouragement to everyone is a man. Sometimes our parents, they really doknow what they're talking about, right? Yeah. Well they, you know, it's calledlife experience. You know what I mean? They've made a million. Your parentsespecially made a ton of choices and decisions because of all the movies youmake and it's not easy, you know, I can't imagine what it was like for themwith all those kids moving all the time. I mean I kind of know, I mean we moveda lot, but we only had three. Well yeah, no it was it was very difficult. I meanyou were probably always the last one. Like it's George here, there probablyalways wondered where you were, where is he, what's going on there? So Iwanted to, you know, kind of the, when you got six older brothers, I had topick on somebody. They yeah, they probably helped with some of mytoughness. Uh I know it helps with some of my toughness because you have tocatch, you know, a bunch of balls being thrown at you um or at least knock themdown. I think that's why I became a good defensive back because I had tofind a way to make sure I didn't get hit. Um So anyway, it was just, youknow, I want to make sure I shared that because it was, you know, that's a bigcritical point in my life. Yeah, no, that's great. I think it's that's, youknow, as a parent and I'm sure you've done this with your kids, I've donethis with my you try to not tell them what to do, but you kind of give youruh kind of what you see, you know, that's kind of what I feel like she didto you, this is what she saw and let's sit down and talk about it, you know,I'm not gonna tell you what to do, but I'm gonna give you more choices thanmaybe you think you had. That's right. That's exactly right. There were somany experiences because I didn't have so many older siblings too. At thattime, I wasn't looking at through that lens. They saw what happened when mybrother graduated in Germany, have my brother, they graduate overseas. Uhhe's fine. He's successful. But his, his he was a very, very good footballplayer. He was awesome. But his career stopped at that pointbecause yeah, when going to college, play college, you know, there and hecouldn't get back in the States to, to make it on the team. So um wisdom, knowledge above the elderly,I'm scoring it right here. That's us now, That's us, that's us. Where's JTjt listen to this? You should be...

...listening to this. Yes. You know, Jt isan old soul. Is he does help me with our with our podcast and things of thatnature. He's is way more mature at his age and you know, I could ever imagineTo be, I do have a daughter who is 21. You didn't get a chance to meet her.She just graduated from U. T san Antonio. Oh wow. She would be a mediaas well. So she's going to come in at some pointon teague steak. Oh absolutely. Yeah. Yeah, she's good. She's she's good.She's going to be the one running the show pretty soon. Yeah. Yeah. So youplay in the NFL for a long time, You play with some incredible people. LikeI have, what's your favorite memory of your time playing in the NFL? What'sthe one thing like if somebody like I like I'm asking you now, what is yourmemory that you go to that you say this is what I kind of think of when I thinkof my career um I think I go early into my career because I had the opportunityto play with Reggie White and he's showed me a different side of I want tosay people football players I guess being a minister that he brought adynamic into that locker room that he was so tenacious and you know whatyou're talking about, he's hip toss and all these kind of people that he couldcome back in and come to my house and literally start talking to me aboutfinancial growth. You know how to be a good man um introducing you to peopleand my family, my wife, you know had a newborn that you know he when he walkedinto my house and when I did not know into there and he's like man T. G. Ineed to talk to you man, I need to get you on the right path in the um that Ialways go back to. Its not a play, I've had some place, you know, and doing those things uh yeah, I cantalk about that all the time, but with that part of my early part of my careerand having someone really trying to pull you aside and say, hey man, takecare of your business this way and you can be successful. That that helped mea bunch because it carried me when I had adversity, you know, when I gotwhen I did get traded from Green Bay to get cut from the falcons. It's so truethough. Like you coaches aren't talking to you about that stuff, Generalmanagers aren't talking to, you know, there's people they bring in to talklike the guy, you know, the team has like Stafford to help the players andall that. But it's people that have been there that are veterans that kindof show you the path and what you should be doing and just know that like,dude, your money can be gone in an instant if you don't take care of it,you know what I mean? Like and and then you need to have, because it's aboutyour career isn't long. You know, when we're 20, we think we're going to playforever and all of a sudden we're in our thirties and we're like, how muchlonger than I got. Yeah, it's over. But now I love that, I love that I playedwith Reggie and a Pro Bowl and and it was like every time he sat in the bus,I just tried to sit by him, you know, because I know we're on the same teamso he wasn't going to hit me. I was pretty happy about that. I cannotimagine being a quarterback boss. Uh, I commend you for that and all thequarterbacks to do that. But that Russia getting the child and have theirtelling you standing there and take the hit and throw the ball. Well, your owndefense boss. Uh, what's his name? Who was a defensive tackle for you guys atDallas Big Cat? Yes, leon. Leon Lett So leon trey johnson sets them short, setsthem trade, johnson's are left guard. Big dude leon just swiped him acrosslike this. Like he was not even there. And I just remember, I still talk aboutthis. He's running directly at me with...

...his hands up in the air. He had to be10 ft tall, doing that. And I think I threw it to like the back, but it wasincomplete or something, you know. And then he hit me and north goes, the guywas wide open. Why don't you throw it to him? And I stopped the film and Isaid, do you see who's like run ahead me? Like you need to tell the receiverto get open faster, that dude's massive. It's some good times. But uh, it istough sometimes. So George tell all of our fans, everybody what you're doingnow and how they can follow you. Yeah. So I am a high school football coach ofjohn paul, the second high school and playing on texas. But I do have my ownpodcast. It's called Ticks Take Me and my son and instagram at Teague Teague football,Teague football both on twitter and instagram. You can follow the podcastthat takes take podcast on twitter, instagram and facebook. Um, so we dothat. We have guests on. We really enjoyed, we'll be in a full year intoit now. So we're calling this the knicks Series. This is the season towrite season two coming up. I was, was I the last guy in season 1? Uh, yourfirst down Susan to know you're the last one. So we're switching, we'regoing to start up. Yeah, in july you guys finished in style. I like it. Yeah,we always say that last. But yeah, I loved it. It was, it was, it was, wehad a great time. I love how you do it. Um, and I love that you have your sonon there. It's it, that was a great thing. You know, you guys have a good,good command. He does seem like an old soul. Jt yeah, yes he is. And thank youfor having me on man for inviting me to come be a part of this too. I doappreciate it very much. We'll catch up again. We'll definitely, definitelythanks George and maybe next time I'm gonna wear my, my little Washingtonfootball team hat and I'll wear my Washington gear so that we can kind ofmatch up what, what I'm going to tell you what we're gonna do for the familyand now we're, we're not, but we're going to dosomething between when the Redskins play the cowboys, we can also doMinnesota and Green Bay to All right, There you go. So we, we think outsidethe box and we'll do something fun. Alright buddy. Alright. Hey everyone,thanks for joining us and huddle up with Gus. I want to thank my guesttoday. George. Teague, check him out on his podcast, takes take podcast and youcan follow him on twitter at Teak football. So um I really appreciateeveryone listening. Uh don't forget to submit your questions to me. Anyquestions you have about the NFL or other sports. So Jacob Julius was our guy this week,jake. Hey buddy, thanks for submitting your question. Please go to my uhwebsite, huddle up with Gusts dot com and subscribe and like and we reallyappreciate everyone listening. And don't forget to go to Vegas sportsadvantage. Put in my code, huddle up and save 25% when you bet now. Sothanks Digital. 16 31 Digital news. Thanks brian. Thanks terry and thanksSounder F. M. And thank you George for joining me on how to up with Gus and that's a wrap sportsman. Thanks forjoining in the fun at the 16 31 digital studios For another actually, huddle upwith Gusts featuring 15 year NFL quarterback Gus parent huddle up withGus is proudly produced by 16 31 digital media and is available on applemusic.

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