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Leigh Anne Tuohy

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Joining me in the Huddle this week is Leigh Anne Tuohy. Leigh Anne is the inspirational matriarch of the Tuohy family. While studying at the University of Mississippi, better known as Ole Miss, Leigh Anne met Sean Tuohy, her husband. Both were active and ambitious college students: Leigh Anne was a cheerleader, campus favorite, and an active member of her sorority, Kappa Delta; Sean became a record-breaking SEC basketball champion holds several SEC assist records. A Memphis, Tennessee native, Leigh Anne attended Briarcrest Christian School and graduated from the University of Mississippi with a Bachelor’s of Science in Interior Design. Leigh Anne owns “Flair I,” an interior design firm. Her work has been featured on HGTV and in numerous publications. She has designed for such clients as Peyton Manning, Scottie Pippen, Isaac Bruce, and OJ Mayo and was a member of the design team for Extreme Makeover: Home Edition Season 8 during the 2010-11 season.

They are the proud parents of daughter Collins and sons, Michael Oher and Sean, Jr. The chronicle of the Tuohy family’s life, The Blind Side, became a record-breaking Hollywood blockbuster that earned more than $300 million box office and became the number one opening weekend sports film in history. In February 2013, Leigh Anne and the Tuohy family were on the sidelines cheering Michael and the Baltimore Ravens on to his first Super Bowl victory.

Through all of their projects, the Tuohy family continues their mission to inspire hope, ignite generosity, and make it happen for the deserving but underserved youth.

For more information on Leigh Anne and her and Seans Foundation, please visit her site at https://www.leighannetuohy.com.

Hey everyone, Welcome to another episode of huddle up with Gus, I'm your host, former NFL quarterback Gus Frerotte and welcome to the new 16 31 digital new studio. You know, some people say no news is good news. Well I say to those people you've never read. 16 31 digital news dot com. Go to 16 31 digital news dot com to get your latest news, sports, music and entertainment and maybe even listen to your favorite podcast. Follow up with gusts. Check it out today at www. 16 31 digital news dot com. Welcome to what surely will be a doozy of a matchup brian here. Sports fans, whether your game is on the gridiron at the diamond or on the links, we can only say, yeah, welcome to this week's huddle up with gusts. 15 year NFL quarterback Gus parents, passion for sports has taken him on the field and behind the bench is playing for seven NFL franchises with 114 TVs under his belt. Gus knows who the players are and how the games are. 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's kick off time, so snap your chin straps on and get ready to huddle up with us two left. Hey everyone, welcome to another episode of her show up with Gus, I'm your host, Gusts for about 15 year NFL quarterback and welcome to the new 16 31 digital news studio. I don't know if it's new anymore, but we've been here for a while. I want to also thank Sounder FM uh for having us on their platform. And also Manscaped, you can go to Manscaped dot com and you can put in my code Gus Frerotte uh and you can save 20% and get free shipping, so go to Manscaped dot com, put in a code Gus Frerotte, save some money, get some great grooming products and uh you know save some on that shipping as well. So today's Guest, I'm really excited about a lot of you may may know her from from obviously the movie that came out about her family and their life and their story, but also there's a lot more to uh Leigh anne Tuohy than than I think everyone knows today joining us uh is Leanne TUI, she's obviously um the mother of the adoptive mother of Michael, or she's very famous for that incredible movie about their family and their times, but also I was reading, she's an interior designer uh and she's an incredible businesswoman and I just found out that she's a mover also, So Leanne, how are you doing? Yes, I've added that to my skill list. My my youngest son S. J. Thinks that that is something that I've become professional at and please don't call me to ask me to help any of you guys move because I'm really not good at it. But with that being said we've moved that little whippersnapper SJ played Division one basketball, a loyal of Maryland and he's my smart kid. Thank God he had that fifth year of eligibility. So he transferred to S. M. U. And played football. So he played to Division One sports that he coached at S. M. U. For a year. And then we moved him to faithful and he was special assistant to the head coach and like a third assistant for director football Ops. And then he moved to Lynchburg to Liberty University and was director of football operations there. And he is within weeks of finishing his PhD and he will um, now reside in Orlando because he's the new director of football operations at University of central florida as of about a week ago. So I'm not sure right today if I like Gus miles on or I want to slit his throat because this move was not expected when Gus called and offered him a job, I was like, no, no, no, no, no, but I didn't get my way. So he is...

...here and he loves Orlando. And so far the last couple of weeks have been very good. So yeah, so that's how my moving hat has come in to about loading and trucking SJ around the country. Well, I don't, I don't think it will be the last time because I know in the, in the game of football that coaches, players, people move rather often. So I'm sure SJ will be moving back across the country. Hopefully it's not whole way to Washington or L. A. Or somewhere for you next time. I hope not. I think it stopped at the Mississippi River right on the boundary line. That's it. I'm not I'm not going to pass that. So, so Leanne. I know you were from Memphis. So tell us a little bit about growing up in your first memories of, you know, maybe falling in love with sports and what, what did you play growing up? Well, you know, interestingly enough, my parents were both, my father was retired military and then a police officer in the United States Marshal. And so he worked a lot, especially in the era of the 60s and 70s. He was gone weeks and weeks at a time places. My mother was a homemaker and an interior designer. And so she kind of, she played high school basketball so her focus kind of was on basketball. So she would throw, let's go to see a certain team play basketball. I have one sibling, a brother that's four years younger than me. My father never played any sports. He Stole his brother's birth certificate, actually enjoying the army at 16. And finally at 21 when he won a purple heart. He's oh by the way, my name's not Wesley Roberts at Stanley Roberts, he fought in Korea and it took, you know, he was still in the military and they finally got his name all that straight. So he was you know, he just from 16 to He was 40, he you know he was military, so he didn't do much of sports. And my mother was the person that introduced my brother and I love sports and it really wasn't like to play in seventh or eighth grade, and I looked around and I thought I want to be a part of a team, a part of something, a part of participating and being accountable but held accountable by other people and having to be somewhere at a certain time. I just never really done that before. And so I I tried out for cheerleading, I've never done anything like that before at all, and I made the cheerleading and I know a lot of people don't think cheerleading is a sport. Trust me, when I tell you that it's a sport, I have a daughter that I say Collins is my athlete, she was my state championship pole vaulter and my level 10 gymnast, and I always tell Michael and s jake don't don't challenge her because she's gonna beat you all whatever you challenge her to and she to cheer, she didn't cheer too late. Uh I wanted her to share in college because it is such a different experience, I don't want to get burnt out. So she didn't really start cheering until she was in ninth or 10th grade, kind of, like I did, but but I watched her do all those sports and she put just as much time in the gym as the boys did, but that's kind of where where my my love of sports came, because when I was a cheerleader, we cheered for basketball and football and wrestling and everything else. And so I got to see, you know, all the sports, and then I married an athlete clearly, and so sean, you know, every I think that's what connected us from beginning, because I like sports. I was knowledgeable that I cheered in college, you know, I knew what a first down was in a field goal. Some people, you know, s she has dated some girls that they had no idea that, you know, there were, you get three points for a bucket and basketball as well as to so I I was not gonna be that person, my husband would not have been happy with that. So, yes, so once Sean and I started dating in college and you know, he's an all american basketball player still holds records and, and it was our our life pretty much became sports. I mean everything we did. We, you know, even prior to having kids, we would go to games, high school games on friday nights, college games on saturday. And then, you know, he broadcast in the NBA for 16 years. He was the Tv color commentary for the Memphis Grizzlies. So we, it was, it was a lot when the boys were, we're young, we had a white board in the laundry room and we grid everyone's schedules because you know, Sean had 82 NBA games and, and at that time, you know, Michael was in college...

...and we had to put his college games up there and SJs high school games and then it just rolled into SJs college games and Michael's NFL games and Shawn's NBA games. And Collins dated a young man that now is married to him that he played football and his father was a part owner of an NFL team. And we had all the, you walked in our line room and you looked at it and when cons and Cannon got engaged, we truly had it up there. And then cannons, one of Canon's brothers, uh, at the time was coaching for the titans. Arthur smith is now we're so happy. He's the new head coach of the Atlanta Falcons. And we had, so we had, we had the titans game and I looked at constant can and I said, you have one choice this day, right here has nothing on it and you better hope you can get a band and find someone to make a cake because that's what the day you got to get married truly. There was like one opening and I was like, this is crazy. But so that's how entwined sports R and R. It's like all sports, all day, any sport anywhere, anytime it could be, get up, you gotta go because somebody's got a game somewhere. So tell me, I mean, I agree with you. If you go back to, we're talking about cheerleading. My wife was a cheerleader, my wife was a gymnast. Um, you know, and, and I remember it's it's athletic, which she talked about it all the time. Like you have to learn tricks, you're holding people up on your shoulders, you have to be an athlete obviously. Um you know, you're either on the bottom or the top. Sometimes she made fun of that sometimes with some of her friends I remember, but uh you know, I think that if you go back to high school, tell us a little bit about like, you know, because as an athlete, you know, the cheerleaders were always there. I mean, I had a lot of friends that were cheerleaders and things like that, but tell us about the practice side of it, like what you guys have to do to practice because you obviously just didn't show up and do all these routines. Oh, no, no, no, no, no. I'm sure somewhere there are people that do that, they don't take the competitive approach and they're they're just for school spirit. That's great. If that's your school and your team do the best you can. That's awesome. But where I went and then Collins and Michael and SJ also went, the cheerleaders competed. It was a competitive and uh you know, Collins practice just as much as the boys did. She a lot of times had practice before school, when they were training for nationals, they had practice after school. And that went right into college. And I laugh now because we can be on a trip and the boys get up and they SJ played baseball and basketball and football. And Michael the same. Michael was tracking basketball and football, graded all three of those sports. And so they played a lot of sports too. But Collins is the one, she still has a slightly torn labrum that needs some attention and you know, there this is 15 years injury, she needs to get it worked on. She ISIS herself down, her knees, hurt, her ankles hurt. And the boys are kind of over there really would thank the Lord knock on wood. Don't have really any nagging injuries, like she does not laugh. I mean this is the cheerleader and she has more post um you know, college and high school injuries and you guys do. So it is, I mean they do, it's a lot of pounding on hardwood, you've got some mats, but they're not the greatest of things for support and um you know, for bouncing on and jumping on and it's a lot of pounding goes into your knees and your ankles and if you are on the bottom you're back takes a beating because you're lifting girls that are about the same size as you are most of the time you get into college and you have you know if you're on a coed squad like I was and she was then the boys you know or it's just such a so much better when you're doing that they can throw you around a lot easier. But that doesn't make it any easier being tossed up 30 ft in the air in the basket toss and then you landing on you know four guys bony arms. I mean that doesn't help either. Yeah. I mean cheerleading is a brutal sport. There's a ton of injuries as as a matter of fact my college cheerleading partner right before he played L. S. U. Um broke his neck and he's a quadriplegic to this day and he...

...was just warming up before the L. S. U. Game getting ready and it was just a freak accident. It did something he does 100 times a day and I don't really know exactly. None of us were directly looking at him when it happened, but you know, it's I've been through a injury, a catastrophic injury with someone and you know, I'm close to him this to this day Walsh not he's a wonderful person, lives in Oxford, Mississippi and he of course does things with his life now that he would have never done. You know, God just took him on a different path And he's a wonderful person and we're so blessed and fortunate to still having with us because they told us the day of the accident, you know, we don't think he'll live 48 hours. So you know, there are catastrophic injuries that happen in cheerleading just like that all the time. Other sports. Well they have a lot of concussions, right? You get a lot of concussions, A lot of concussions. There's no protective gear in cheerleading not. And unfortunately, as in with Michael, we've dealt with a concussion with him. At least when you're in professional sports or even at the collegiate level, you do have qualified people in there that know the signs, no, the queues kind of know what to do, how you should handle a person from the minute the injury happens to who to go see. And surely they're not quite as fortunate all the time because you don't know in college, you do, you can go over and, you know, see the training step, but in high school they're not as equipped to handle some of the things like they are, if you're in like football or basketball now, they're making great strides and shielding and they're working on it every day and I hope it will continue to get better. But yes you do and you have the concussions and contusions and torn labrum is and you know torn A. C. S. You all the same injuries that that you get and you know the other sports. Oh yeah it's it's it's super athletic. It can be super not violent like football, but you're taking your body and your twisting in ways that may not be meant to be twisted. And uh tell me about the competition. Like were you in a competitive team where you went out and competed against other teams and how competitive where your teams like did you guys get like, did you have a big time rival that you couldn't wait to beat? You know in high school? Not so much. So when I was probably in the 9th grade, back in the dark ages, dinosaurs roamed the Earth. They just had started competitive cheerleading. And we did, we competed. I went, the high school that I went to was one of the first years that you see a, which is one of the, you know, the main people that handle these competitions. That was the first year they ever started. And so we right out of the bat, they kind of used us to try to figure out stuff. So really my first couple of years of doing that, it wasn't as much that we participated is that they used us to show people how to participate. And then my senior year, we finally participated and we were very successful did really, really well. And then when I tried out for cheerleading and old mess and made it, my freshman year competition had really cranked up and we went to nationals every year, we did really, really well, but it's it's um I mean, and I tumbled. I mean we did things that had just had started happening. It's not anything to disagree that it is now what Collins did it all just if, if, you know, we could tumble across the field and do five back hand springs that people would like, you know, well now you better have firecrackers and fireworks attached to you when you do that because I mean, you know, everybody wants that, you know, wow effect and it's just like they all the one thing that we did do that they don't do any more. Thank the Lord is we would build three and four high with people. And it was like, this is even, I was like, this is crazy, this is just crazy. But actually one of the guys that cheered with me, his name was tight at Ole Miss, his name was Ty Cobb and he was the original bud light daredevil. So Ty was the first person that ever did the flip dunks. He had a team was the first guy, his team of like eight of them toured all the NBA games, the very first one that ever did the mini trap and oh yeah...

...it was sponsored. Yeah, that's pretty cool. You know he started that in college and I and of course my husband was a collegiate basketball player and he was an all american and um you know they one sec championships and it's just sean was a great athlete and it's interesting we could be at L. S. U. With a packed, you know stadium, it could be so loud in the arena and they would put that mini tramp down and they would get ready to go and the crowd would just stop and our our coach bob with the time was bob. Well like the head basketball coach told us he would literally say the referee dude, if you hadn't seen this you need to watch, it's crazy. And they would line up like students and that I would tie was a national power tumbling champion. So he had done this for a long time but they would pull students of the audience like five of them and he had hit the mini tramp fly over them, do a flip and put the basket ball in the goal. And I mean the crowd would go nuts. So it's amazing because whether we were playing at Rupp Arena or we were at you know, wherever we were we could literally completely quieted the crowd down and I'll never forget one time we were at nationals it was the first round of like the N. C. Double A. And we had cheerleading so we didn't get to go to the game and the basket head coach bob well it got so mad. He called the athlete George was what do you mean? He goes I mean they get the crowd quiet at these places, I need them there and I was like dude we're not on your team. You know we are we're not. Well yeah now the competition is amazing right? Because a few years ago so I coached Ezekiel Elliott in high school and he made the pro bowl and it was down um in Orlando and they were practicing at the ESPN complex there and it was the same time they were practicing all the national cheerleading competitions were going on and there were so many people there for that and I went and watched one day and it's it's just crazy like uh I was thinking like the movies didn't look what were those movies called, It came out about cheer, You know there was four or 5 of yeah and like I want, my wife loves to watch those so we watch them. And so I went there and said okay maybe you know it's a movie it's kind of like what you guys probably imagine with with the movie about your life. It's you know, it's it's Hollywood, they change it a little bit but then I'm watching I'm like man, these girls are amazing, they're not changing any of this how they're competing. It's it's insane. Yeah, it gets pretty cutthroat sometimes and you know girls can be vicious, they can those claws gonna come out, you know, you know when they're putting that red lipstick on a little bit darker that there it's all business, you know, that they mean business about it. So, but I mean, you know, your kids can go on a full scholarship Collins went on a full ride, just like Michael and SJ did. So that's a that's a that's a great thing. And if if your kids have any interest in it, just like I tell them all the time, the flag girls On the band, I mean those girls are full scholarships and people are always asking, you know, what kind of scholarships to look for my Children, what kind of options are? And I think people would be blown away at some of the opportunities that there are for your kids to get clear of scholarships. You just kind of need to do a little digging and unearth some of the things that aren't as well known as as the academic and the leadership scholarships, everybody's looking to get those, but if your child has the least bit of coordination and uh she's interested in music or whatever. I mean there's opportunities like black girls and things like that. Did you just go really their own full rides and about 50 of the schools there on full rides? Well, I think if they have a passion and they're good at it and they love what they're doing, I think there's some place for them, you know? Um and all kind of look at E sports now, E sports is is growing. There's full scholarships for kids to go play video games in college and do these things, it's insane. Um You know, and who knows what these next few years are going to be looked like because the colleges took a big hit in the last year. But there are opportunities, if you love to do something, you have a passion for it. I think there are plenty of opportunities out there. Well that was like Collins pole vault and you know, they basically did. She just had offers...

...all over the country because they could basically give this one girl a stick in a uniform and she forget. Here you go, you're our title. Let's go. We got it. Here we have versus an entire softball team or an entire volleyball, you know, whatever it might be. And so the e sports, you're right. I mean, they can basically put a building up and like rifle the riflery teams, you know, they don't compete in person to the very end. I mean, if there's, if you're one to Kentucky's competing, it's old mess or A and M. Is competing. It's old missing riflery, they shoot from their own home facility and just the scores are digitally turned in. So it's not all the travel and not just give them a cute little shirt and that's let's go. And and so so it's an interesting, those type of opportunities are interesting, like you said with the E sports, it's crazy. We have a friend that's just trying to get us to go in with like building these buildings for people to compete in these sports. And I'm like, this is nuts. So tell me about how did your daughter come to you and say, hey mom, I want to try pole vaulting. Well, when you're the level gymnast that she was most gymnasts, either when they're that level, they either go into diving or they go into pole vaulting. Really? I didn't know that. That's awesome. Yeah, when you're, because the level 10 you get that's your pretty elite and so if you can do all that, if you're not afraid to go upside down and twist and all that, there's still opportunities that you can do if you're in, like I said, she's very competitive and everybody in our family, you know, who can brush your teeth the fastest, who tied their shoes too quick and everything is like a competitive, competitive, competitive. And the boys were like, well, you're not gonna quit, are you? And she's like, I'm not a quitter, I'm gonna do something else. And so we looked around and realistically in Memphis Tennessee, first of all, she goes, I'm not getting up at 5 30 in the morning, My hair get wet every morning and me have green hair. So the hair thing kind of flipped her out just a little bit and she was a great swimmer. She had swam just on the school swim team and she just said, I'm gonna try pole vaulting. And an interesting little side bar is uh there's a guy in Jonesboro Arkansas of all places. His name is Earl Bell and Earl, is it? I mean he is the pole vaulting guy in the country and Collins would go. And so we heard this, we went over and we met him and he's real laid back, real cool, this kind of facility out in the middle of a freaking filled in Jonesboro Arkansas. And he goes, well, let me see what she can do here, take this. And he told her like three things to do and like, like what steps to go on. I mean, the first time ever, she had never seen a stick, she had never seen the run path, nothing. And he gave her about five instructions Intentionally just to see what she would do with it. And she went right down and hit it and cleared 7ft without even looking back. And he goes, she needs to do this? And I was like, really? And he goes, yeah. And you could probably could tell she had no fear, no fear. And we would drive to Jonesborough twice a week and this was when she was probably the 10th grade. So she was cheering kind of at the same time and he would coach her and we would show up and you would have the entire Arkansas Ohio state, all their pole vaulting people would be there. All of our olympians train there and Collins would be right in the mix training with them and Earl, you know, well pretty much well if you show up to train he'll work for a couple of times, you know, you just probably should take up needle pointing or something. This isn't in your DNA, he's very honest with that. Yeah, but Collins had it and he worked with her and you know, she did great and it was awesome and and like I said, he's the guy and you just, it's hard to imagine that the athletes from all over the world literally come to train in Jonesboro Arkansas with Earl Bell. But they, do you know what I was thinking of is uh you know, our families are probably a little Samar. We drove our kids everywhere. Did all the sports. How many miles a year do you think you drove for your kids? Like I was just thinking about that with my wife and like we we had a Denali, right? A big Yukon Denali. And I mean that thing was on the road every day, all...

...day, all day and all night. And how many times that I would change the guy, the boys would change like SJ would go right from the au basketball game to baseball, competitive bait trap. So we would be like going from his basketball game and wherever Jackson Tennessee driving down to Huntsville, Alabama to a baseball game and staying with Michael. He, especially when tracking basketball overlap. He had come off the basketball court and I'd go get in the car, Here's a sandwich, Here's a bottle of water. We've got to be in Brentwood Tennessee for a track meet in three hours and I'd be driving 90 to get to a track meet. Like I said, it was always, you know, especially with Collins and Michael did the exact same age when it got down to it. I said, look, here's the deal with Michael with baseball and track. I said, I mean if you really think you like baseball, we'll figure it out. But I think you'd be really good. You know, sometimes parenting common sense comes into play because she was doing 82 NBA games. And so I'm trying to you know, figure out what to do with Collins and Michael's athletic schedule, what they started driving. And he goes, no, I like track stuff. So that was made it much easier. He did shot put and discus. You know, he was great at track and that made easier on me that he and Collins both in track and then, you know, I was just whoever I could farm SJ out too. I was like, yeah, we'll get to you one day to day something. That's funny. That's funny. So how did you and Sean meet in college? We did. We met in college. I was sitting next to Sean when we were playing. We were on a Kentucky florida basketball swing, and he was on the airplane next to me. I I it was my first road trip for basketball, didn't know either players. We had just come out of football. I was a sophomore, my freshman year, I cheered for girls basketball, freshman cheerleaders, cheer for girls basketball. And then then football, but I've never done varsity, you know, basketball. And he was next to me and and he actually, when I met him, he we talked a little bit and toward the end of the trip, he said, you know, I think I'm transferring uh in a couple next couple of weeks, he said my girlfriend goes to smith college and I'm just, I'm not, you know, I'm not real happy here, coaches are really an asshole, I don't like it and I think I'm gonna transfer to Holy Cross. Well, I was raised, you know, I wasn't catholic, I didn't know about Holy Cross, I mean, I knew new thing, but I didn't know how I said, well where is that? And he's telling me, well, by the end of the trip we kind of hung out a little bit, we had two days between the Lexington, you know, Gainesville Jill. And so they took us to Disney World, just like as a Perk. And they practiced at Rollins College and we were practicing cheerleading what they were doing basketball and we just kinda all hung out the chilies in basketball. And by the time we landed back in Oxford Um I had, there's a couple of us had a car where we got on the buses and they were all divvying up and I said, you know, we got room, I'm going to ride. And he goes, yeah, I'll take a ride. So he we dropped everybody off and then it was my car. And when I went to the dorm to drop him off, we set out in the car and talk to probably 5:00 AM. And I said, you know, maybe you shouldn't transfer to Holy Cross. And he said, well I'll think about it, I think you should think really hard about it. And a week later, you know, we were dating and I said okay, we got to do something about this girl at Holy it up. His girlfriend went to smith and I said you got to do something about the girl at smith. And so I think within a couple of weeks he had broken up with her. I don't know, it doesn't sound like you were asking him questions. I don't think that I put it in a question for him. I think it's pretty much able to clear it. A statement if you want to know the truth. Yeah. Yeah. He was like, yeah, maybe I'll stay. Um So, how how tall is Sean Sean is 61? It was flat footed. So he laces up. He's about six to and I think they listed him as 63 and all the programs and he ain't ever seen 63 But come on, you can't give them away like that. That's all right. Listen, here's...

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...know if people familiar with Michael, it's a very prolific writer. He's written Large Poker and Moneyball and the Big Short and all kind of things. And he was interviewing, he came to Memphis to interview um the manning boys and Sean and Michael Lewis and Peyton and Eli and Cooper all went to the same high school in New Orleans, Newman and all family friends for a long, long time. And Michael said, look Sean, I'm one of the boys in town because he married a girl from Memphis and I'm gonna come up and interview him. And I'd love to get a few snippets from you at the same time as Sean said, Sure, come by the house, he and Michael Lewis had gone to school from three year old kindergarten to 12th grade at Newman. That's really cool. And so Michael Lewis came, He stayed at the house for, I mean, probably four hours she's catching up and visiting and asking the questions and our life was just going on. I met him briefly, but there were two tutors there and it was just I didn't have time for that. And I think the kids were maybe in 10th grade and Michael Collins, and he got ready to leave like 11 o'clock and he gets to the front door and he's all right, I don't have time out. He said, I mean, who the hell is this big black kid running around your house and acts like he lives here? And Sean goes, oh, that's Michael, You know, he does live here and I they were on the front porch. And he tells this brief Sean tells him this brief story of how we met this young man and that he just had, you know, didn't have really any stability or structure and didn't have a great family life. And we offered him the opportunity to come live at our home and he spent one night and then one night became a week and then a week became a month and it just became normality for us. And it's like how did this happen here he is. Then all of a sudden it's just I can't imagine life without him. So Michael Lewis just goes and writes an article for the new york times here. At the time he was writing for the new yorker uh there sunday supplement in the sunday paper and he wrote this article about this little family in Memphis and had this young man that had come to live with them and how that, you know, people should open their hearts and their homes and that we've got you know we need to learn a lot of people that don't look like us and it was a great article and just got a lot of feedback and the new york times like going whoa this is great, we've had a major response to this, you know, you need to really do a deep dive into this and can you put like a small book together? I think he had just done like several small books like coach and I don't even know but but several like short versions that which I didn't know this like people write these little books and they The. US. government will buy 400,000 and put them in christmas baskets for our military. It's it's interesting these things like who do this, you know what, I don't know the number, don't quote me on the actor but it's but people do those kind of things and so he did he he said look I can do this with you or without you. And we're like what are you talking about? And so we we didn't he did an inordinate amount of research on his own and he would show up and who would be in Memphis we wouldn't even know it half the time but did an interview us and and we didn't know what direction it was going to take this and really the book the blonde side, it's not a book about us write the book about football and the left tackle and the evolving of the position and the whole billy Beane Moneyball theory. So they didn't really um kind of come and ask you questions about what if you like what's in it or not is no, absolutely not. Never know. As a matter of fact, when we had not seen anything, he had written not a word of it and he sent us a rough copy and I think there's like five cuss words in the book and I'm like, you just had to be the asshole that through those in just to be like, you know, it's just like all of a sudden master randomly go shit and you go, well why don't you say that word for that wasn't even necessary and pardon me for saying it. But I mean it's just like, why did you even put those words in there, potty mouth? And so, and I was not happy about that, but like I said, I didn't get an opinion, I didn't have to say so about it was nothing to do with it. And then he, the book came out and I'll never forget about two days later recalled those, look, I gotta tell you...

...all something. He said, the book is sold to become a movie and we're like, what? And he goes, yeah, he goes, look, all of my books have sold to be movies and not one has ever become a movie ever. He said, you have zero to worry about it will never be a movie. Well, people think Michael Lewis is smart, not that smart because let me tell you it became a movie and it became one really quickly. And once again, john Lee Hancock was the writer of the director and he just, he could have taken the book, the blind side and just as easily have written about joe Montana and Lawrence taylor or you or anybody. But he chose to pull apart out and make it a relational ship movie because he felt like, I guess, I mean, I don't know this, you'd have to ask john this, but I think john felt like that we needed to realize in this world that there's a lot of people that you do the least little random thing for them. The least smallest random act of kindness, a smile holding the door. There's so many ways that you can change someone's life without say, you know, just investing a massive amount of money or whatever it is. I mean, you're giving of your time is a major thing. And so why johN chose to write it like he did and, and make it more about our family. I'm not really sure. But once again, we didn't have anything to do with it. I mean we sat there just like, oh no. And then when the first time we saw as we had no idea what it was gonna be like, or were you upset when you first saw it? You know, there's things I would like to have changed? I mean look that we were very fortunate to people that they chose to play us and we did have an opportunity to meet them. And I will say that once that they were uh chosen, that they did say, look, can we just would love to shadow you a little bit and ask a few questions and I'm like, why? Because you know, 150 people in this world, no us Out that no one is going to, but but Sandy really do. Sandra Bullock portrayed me, tim McGraw portrayed Sean Kathy Bates portrayed Miss Sue and I mean they really did kind of want to get the authenticity of our family and our platform and our message because Michael was not the first person that we had done things for Sean and I were both raised by very giving philanthropic parents that gave on, you know, I think my dad ever made more than $60,000 a year and Shawn's father was a high school coach at Newman and and uh I just don't think he ever made more than $40,000 a year, but that didn't matter because there they always opened up their homes and and their tables were always open to invite people to eat with them if you didn't have a meal. And so Sean and I were very kindred spirits like that, we got married. So we have always been big believers and our our door is always open to anyone that needs and whatever it is, however, we can help wherever we are, whatever we got, it's yours, let us do whatever we can, you know, to help. So we have done a lot of things before and and so for them to come into our world and for Hollywood just to not totally screw it up is a miracle because they screw everything up. But for the yeah there's something, yeah. I said look Sandy, I'd like you to be blonde and have 36 D. Boobs. So the world thinks I'm all that more. But that didn't happen. And and and and and sean looks nothing like tim McGraw unfortunately, you know, I said tim can't you just twinkle you know, rub on him a little bit, you know? Um But but but but the message of the of the show, we're just beating them up today, you know, and he's the greatest guy in the world, he's the most awesome person in the world. So I certainly did. I don't mean to be doing that because 39 years, he has been he is a saint and he has wings and a halo for putting up with me. Yeah, Well that's that's that's pretty good. Um Tron just remember that wasn't me saying all that stuff. So when you listen um no, you know, it's it's it and you wonder when you watch the movie, how closely related is and it's very...

...interesting that you know, you guys really didn't have, like they didn't come to you and say we want to mirror what happened. Obviously it's Hollywood, they want to take it and make it sensationalized and make it fit into their narrative what they think is gonna sell. But so then obviously though you you did have a relationship with Michael and you've you you know, you're his family and so tell me about um like what I always wanted to know, not about the football stuff. I mean, I lived that life, I've been through all that, but how you dealt with like, so Michael, you know, he came from another family. How did, how did that, did you ever meet his mom and Yeah. Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes. The movie got that part of it, you know, very accurate Michael Lewis did in a, I mean, he unearthed things that would have never known if he hadn't spent hours and hours and hours coming school records and foster care records and county record. Just he just, he dove in and did a massive amount of study. That's who he is. Everything in the blind side. The book he wrote is 100 accurate. I mean, there he he has boxes and boxes and boxes to back up everything that he put pen to paper. So the movie had the ability to use Michael Lewis's knowledge To put together things. So a lot of the stuff like all about Michael's father, his biological father, he died very shortly after we met Michael and uh, and we found out and had to go to high school and the principal and I, you know, went and told him and his mother, you know, just had addiction issues and she's with everyone's tried to help her. And we hope that one day she will be a contributing member of society. She's had a lot of opportunities. But I've come to realization at 60 and I don't give a crap what people want to hear it or not, people have to want to help themselves. Uh, and, and so it gets to a point that you can only beat your head against the wall so much that if people don't want to help themselves, you just there just comes to a point. You go, I've done all I can do. And Michael is one of many, many Children and he is uh, he's tried to help them and make a difference in their lives. And there's several that we've been close to over the years and you just, you know, things evolve and things change and you hope with time that things will get better. And and I thought that you just have to pray that that will happen. But you know, he just has it ebbs and flows with with relations just like everybody just, it's like everybody. What is, what is something that you learned from Michael being in your life? Oh, I think the most important thing that all of us took away is that we garnered far more from here. You know, we we learned to to give, we learned that families don't have to match. We learned that you have to love people that don't look like you. I think the lessons and the opening of of of our minds and our hearts that we garnered for far more him living with us and he probably learn from us and it forever changed our life for the better. And I, you know, I can't imagine life with without Michael. And it's just, you know, people you have to realize that there's so many, I'm very involved in in foster care and there's so many great kids like Michael that age out of foster care every single day that if they are given the least little bit of chance that their lives will be changed for the better. And I think that that is what we realize that, that when you invest time in people, that it changes, you know, their lives and and that has just made such an impact on our family. I mean, SJ is involved with a lot of charitable organizations and he comes back every day from being involved with your mom because I met this great kid and, and he just needs a chance and essay just gets, he gets so excited about it because he understands that when you spend time with people and you invest quality time with them, that it changes their lives and where these kids are aging out of foster care every day at this rapid rate and they're...

...falling through the cracks and with all they need is someone to take a chance on him. And so that's our platform. That's a drum that we beat every day. So how much do you think sports can play a role in all of that? Because I feel like sports is a big, huge part of your family. Sports is a huge, huge part of our family and sports is getting better at playing a role in these type of things. Historically. They've sucked at it because it's why do you think that is? Well? Yeah, that's another whole, you know episode. I think, I think it's very, it's been very single focused, old school, good old boy type thing. And I think that finally, through a series of events, through social media, through realizing that what other people are doing, that they could be doing or shouldn't be doing because it's good and bad. It goes both ways that just threw a compilation of all of that, that all of a sudden that I think sports is realizing, hey, we can have a positive impact. We can be a positive influence because historically I think that it's not, it's like you look athletic and you can play for me and I want you on my team and yeah, you may come away making some money, but we don't really care about your health or your whatever. Just strap it up. Let's go games on, go games over, take a few Tylenol Cinemark practice it. Just, I think it's over the years, it's involved evolved into where now I hope that it's more, there's more social, um, socialization coming out of it where people are understanding that you, your health is important, that the, um, character of your players is important that your players do have an opportunity. There's such role models that they do have an opportunity to affect, whether it's inner city kids or women, whatever it is, the movement that they can be such a positive influence and role models and, and I just think that there's a lot of opportunities for sports to change our culture and to move um the train in the right direction and it's just I think people have just not realized historically that that opportunity is there, but I hope that we are all aware of it now and that, you know, sports will um you know, have an immediate impact on these kids about you need to get an education. Yes, if you're athletic, that's great, go out there and play it, but your education is so important and being kind to people is so important. You know, it's it's all about it's about being well rounded and I hope that that that sports will continue moving in a positive direction all sports because it does have such an impact on so many people and there's nothing, you know, we always looked at it as our family is pretty tight and we love being with each other through holidays and everything, but I had so many families in sport, right? And the good coaches knew that, and we, we were there for each other, We've supported each other and we learned more than just putting a basket in a hoop or throwing a football and completing a pass. Right? That, that I think you're so right, is that sports can have such a major impact on the whole group, right? So that if you bring somebody in that comes from a different background or poor background or a different place, I think good coaches can see that and can have such an impact on people's lives. And I believe that as much as you do, and you know, that's why I'm trying to do certified coaching clinics so that people don't just, it's not just about the X's and oh's, it's about learning about the kid and, and making them feel part of a team and, and that leads to good things I think for the rest of their lives, right? I mean, I had so many conversations with, you know, with all my kids coaches through the years and I was like, you know, I...

...just, you've got to add more to this. I don't care if you collect cans and do a food drive or you have them go door to door collecting money for the march of dimes or the cancer society or humane shelter or the elderly or Alzheimer. I mean, whatever it is, but you've got to make sure that these kids are young men or young women, whether it's high school or collegiate or on the, you know, NFL NBA level, whatever level of sports it is that they've got to be involved in something more than like you said, XS and OS and wins and losses. I mean, you got to be, they've got to be part of the community. They need to have a platform, they need to have a message they need to give of their time. And I do think that it's getting better and I think people are realizing that in sports teams are having certain causes and things that they're involved in and promoting and pushing and which is great because I have seen from everything from one love to you name, whatever the organization is that, you know, the groups are getting involved with and, and that's, that's good because it's, it's the power of positive thinking makes really a big difference in, in these kids lives right now. It's so does, it's so important to, and you know, there's no better example than probably you and your husband and all the people that you've affected and, and the giving, I know that that's a big part of your life is that you guys really want to give back. So tell us a little bit about your, your, I think you have a foundation, is that correct? We do. It's called the making It happen foundation and it's a kind of a last line of defense. It's, it's about these foster kids that are aging out and I think there's 400 probably 50,000 foster kids right now in the United States, uh, which is it the numbers, it's rising very rapidly because of a lot of things pandemic. I mean there's just a lot of reasons that the foster kids opioid addiction. I mean there's so many Things that have caused the numbers to rise in foster care and we have probably 100 and 50,000 kids that age out constantly. And then they turned, they have no support system, no structure system. They turn to whatever drugs, prostitution, they have no means of survival. They don't have an education. They have no family. They have nothing. And They turn to whatever and people look at them and go watch what they're doing that. Remember? What else do you want it? They have no, they have nothing else. We, we take care of them when they're 17, there kicked on the street at 18 and they're giving a black garbage bag, most of them. And good luck. I mean, we took care of yesterday, but we hope you find a place to sleep tonight and some food to eat. And if you look at the numbers, uh, our prisons, I think it's like three out of five incarcerated people were in foster care. Uh, sex trafficking. It's like four out of five women in sex trafficking were in foster care. The numbers are catastrophic. If we took care of foster care, all of that would go down. And it's just a crazy people don't want to talk about it. It's uh, it's not looked at. That's something you talk about it around behavior. Heard about what's going into foster care. It's just not a subject that people are comfortable talking about. Um, I do post a child every friday on my instagram, every single friday. It's called Forever Family friday. And there is a kid that I post and all someone has to do is go got it. I can have and it they're ready to be adopted. All someone has to do is say yes. I mean we vet these kids, We spent an order amount of time vetting these kids finding kidspost that are ready to be adopted. And we're having a really, you know, success. We asked people just to talk about them re post your picture. People can't do this all over the country, all over the country. I mean, you know, one kid last week from California, the kids markedly from Wisconsin and the one next week could be from florida and they can be adopted anywhere. The kids that we vet and we post can be adopted anywhere. They don't have to be in the state that they're in. So you know, we're just trying to if one kid at a time we've seen at work and that's kind of what we're trying to do. There's 400 and I think 50 or 60,000 faith-based...

...organizations in this country. If every faith based organization would take one kid in foster care and place them in a loving home, we would wipe out the need for foster care. So, you know, there's a lot of things in this country that we can't manage and we can't figure out and they fight about and we act like fools, but we can manage foster care if we could just get people involved with it. So that's that's our foundation, we were involved. We we it helps in a lot of ways and helps the kids that are aging out. It helps some of the people with adoption fee. It is, it's got a merit of ways that we help and when you try to do, you know what we can and we're supportive of other organizations that are doing the same thing. But you know, it's it's uh we just ask people people go, well, I can't do this or can't do that. But the one thing you can do is go to my instagram and look at that kid. If you don't do anything else, just reposted. Because the more we re post these kids, the algorithm gets up and more and more people see them. And we're seeing that like we're getting responses. The last couple of weeks we've had 10 and 15 people inquire about the kids like order home studies, because more and more people are talking. So, you know, at the end of the year, if we can say we put 52 kids in a loving home this year, we've done something at least we've moved the needle and made a little bit of a difference. So, you know, just kind of do what you can so give us again the website for your Foundation, it's the making it happened Foundation. So it's W W W dot making it happen foundation dot com. And also you can totally into it dot com and all that information is on there as well. And the kids I post are also on both of those each week. You can find them on both those websites or on my social media. So yeah, it's it's just there's you don't want to get I tell people all the time, don't get bogged down. I don't care what your passion is, but just do what you can because you hate for people just to cover their heads up and not get out of the bed in the morning and plug themselves in. Because much like you are family, we tell people all the time, you got two options. You can be in the game or on the sidelines and that's kind of that's kind of our mantra in our house. It's like getting the game right, staying in the game no matter what right? Get in the game, take a risk, getting the game and that's where you're gonna find that you can make the most difference and have the most impact is when you're in the game, you're not gonna be able to do crap on the sidelines. So get in the game Right and get in the game doesn't necessarily mean that you're the one of the if it's football one of the 11, right? There's so many people that have to be a part of the game to make it successful, right? There's coaches, trainers, cheerleaders, right? Everybody that that needs to be a part of it to make that team successful. And it's no different with this. So everyone get in the game, go to make it happen. Is that making it happen or make it happen, making it happen, making it happen, Foundation dot com And um you know, support Leanne and her husband and everything they're doing because I think it's a wonderful, wonderful thing. Um Leanne, thank you for joining us. I thought this was a great conversation. Um You definitely are, you have a lot going on, but it seems like you definitely can handle it may be moving is not what your next step in life is. If you read SJ obituary, it goes, I just got a job offer because that I'm out of south florida. We're going to uh we're going to Chicago but it'll be in a hearse trust. Thank you for having me. Gus I love Yeah. Yeah. All right, thank you. And please stay on one second. I have uh terry has a comment for you so just hold on one second land. But everyone I want to thank you for joining us on the huddle up with Gus. Thanks for sharing our day. What a great guest we had with Leann to um please visit her. Leanne TUI dot com or you can go to making it happen. Foundation dot com. Support all of our charities and we appreciate you listening, Check me out at huddle up...

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