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Leigh Anne Tuohy

ABOUT THIS EPISODE

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 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. 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, yeah, 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 two left. Hey everyone, welcome toanother episode of her show up with Gus, I'm your host, Gusts for about 15 yearNFL quarterback and welcome to the new 16 31 digital news studio. I don't knowif it's new anymore, but we've been here for a while. I want to also thankSounder FM uh for having us on their platform. And also Manscaped, you cango to Manscaped dot com and you can put in my code Gus Frerotte uh and you cansave 20% and get free shipping, so go to Manscaped dot com, put in a code GusFrerotte, save some money, get some great grooming products and uh you knowsave some on that shipping as well. So today's Guest, I'm really excited abouta lot of you may may know her from from obviously the movie that came out abouther family and their life and their story, but also there's a lot more touh Leigh anne Tuohy than than I think everyone knows today joining us uh isLeanne TUI, she's obviously um the mother of the adoptive mother ofMichael, or she's very famous for that incredible movie about their family andtheir times, but also I was reading, she's an interior designer uh and she'san incredible businesswoman and I just found out that she's a mover also, SoLeanne, how are you doing? Yes, I've added that to my skill list. My myyoungest son S. J. Thinks that that is something that I've become professionalat and please don't call me to ask me to help any of you guys move becauseI'm really not good at it. But with that being said we've moved that littlewhippersnapper SJ played Division one basketball, a loyal of Maryland andhe's my smart kid. Thank God he had that fifth year of eligibility. So hetransferred to S. M. U. And played football. So he played to Division Onesports that he coached at S. M. U. For a year. And then we moved him tofaithful and he was special assistant to the head coach and like a thirdassistant for director football Ops. And then he moved to Lynchburg toLiberty University and was director of football operations there. And he iswithin weeks of finishing his PhD and he will um, now reside in Orlandobecause he's the new director of football operations at University ofcentral florida as of about a week ago. So I'm not sure right today if I likeGus miles on or I want to slit his throat because this move was notexpected 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 farthe last couple of weeks have been very good. So yeah, so that's how my movinghat has come in to about loading and trucking SJ around the country. Well, Idon't, I don't think it will be the last time because I know in the, in thegame of football that coaches, players, people move rather often. So I'm sureSJ will be moving back across the country. Hopefully it's not whole wayto Washington or L. A. Or somewhere for you next time. I hope not. I think itstopped at the Mississippi River right on the boundary line. That's it. I'mnot 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 wasretired 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 goneweeks and weeks at a time places. My mother was a homemaker and an interiordesigner. And so she kind of, she played high school basketball so herfocus kind of was on basketball. So she would throw, let's go to see a certainteam play basketball. I have one sibling, a brother that's four yearsyounger than me. My father never played any sports. He Stole his brother'sbirth certificate, actually enjoying the army at 16. And finally at 21 whenhe won a purple heart. He's oh by the way, my name's not Wesley Roberts atStanley Roberts, he fought in Korea and it took, you know, he was still in themilitary 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 domuch of sports. And my mother was the person that introduced my brother and Ilove sports and it really wasn't like to play in seventh or eighth grade, andI looked around and I thought I want to be a part of a team, a part ofsomething, a part of participating and being accountable but held accountableby other people and having to be somewhere at a certain time. I justnever really done that before. And so I I tried out for cheerleading, I'venever done anything like that before at all, and I made the cheerleading and Iknow a lot of people don't think cheerleading is a sport. Trust me, whenI tell you that it's a sport, I have a daughter that I say Collins is myathlete, 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'sgonna beat you all whatever you challenge her to and she to cheer, shedidn't cheer too late. Uh I wanted her to share in college because it is sucha different experience, I don't want to get burnt out. So she didn't reallystart cheering until she was in ninth or 10th grade, kind of, like I did, butbut I watched her do all those sports and she put just as much time in thegym 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 andwrestling 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 thinkthat's what connected us from beginning, because I like sports. I wasknowledgeable that I cheered in college, you know, I knew what a first down wasin a field goal. Some people, you know, s she has dated some girls that theyhad no idea that, you know, there were, you get three points for a bucket andbasketball as well as to so I I was not gonna be that person, my husband wouldnot have been happy with that. So, yes, so once Sean and I started dating incollege and you know, he's an all american basketball player still holdsrecords and, and it was our our life pretty much became sports. I meaneverything we did. We, you know, even prior to having kids, we would go togames, high school games on friday nights, college games on saturday. Andthen, you know, he broadcast in the NBA for 16 years. He was the Tv colorcommentary for the Memphis Grizzlies. So we, it was, it was a lot when theboys were, we're young, we had a white board in the laundry room and we grideveryone's schedules because you know, Sean had 82 NBA games and, and at thattime, you know, Michael was in college...

...and we had to put his college games upthere and SJs high school games and then it just rolled into SJs collegegames and Michael's NFL games and Shawn's NBA games. And Collins dated ayoung man that now is married to him that he played football and his fatherwas a part owner of an NFL team. And we had all the, you walked in our lineroom and you looked at it and when cons and Cannon got engaged, we truly had itup there. And then cannons, one of Canon's brothers, uh, at the time wascoaching for the titans. Arthur smith is now we're so happy. He's the newhead coach of the Atlanta Falcons. And we had, so we had, we had the titansgame 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 findsomeone to make a cake because that's what the day you got to get marriedtruly. There was like one opening and I was like, this is crazy. But so that'show 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 gamesomewhere. So tell me, I mean, I agree with you. If you go back to, we'retalking 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 aboutit all the time. Like you have to learn tricks, you're holding people up onyour shoulders, you have to be an athlete obviously. Um you know, you'reeither on the bottom or the top. Sometimes she made fun of thatsometimes with some of her friends I remember, but uh you know, I think thatif you go back to high school, tell us a little bit about like, you know, because as an athlete, youknow, the cheerleaders were always there. I mean, I had a lot of friendsthat were cheerleaders and things like that, but tell us about the practiceside of it, like what you guys have to do to practice because you obviouslyjust didn't show up and do all these routines. Oh, no, no, no, no, no. I'msure somewhere there are people that do that, they don't take the competitiveapproach and they're they're just for school spirit. That's great. If that'syour school and your team do the best you can. That's awesome. But where Iwent 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 theboys did. She a lot of times had practice before school, when they weretraining for nationals, they had practice after school. And that wentright into college. And I laugh now because we can be on a trip and theboys get up and they SJ played baseball and basketball and football. AndMichael the same. Michael was tracking basketball and football, graded allthree of those sports. And so they played a lot of sports too. But Collinsis the one, she still has a slightly torn labrum that needs some attentionand 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 kindof over there really would thank the Lord knock on wood. Don't have reallyany nagging injuries, like she does not laugh. I mean this is the cheerleaderand she has more post um you know, college and high school injuries andyou 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 andum you know, for bouncing on and jumping on and it's a lot of poundinggoes into your knees and your ankles and if you are on the bottom you'reback takes a beating because you're lifting girls that are about the samesize as you are most of the time you get into college and you have you knowif you're on a coed squad like I was and she was then the boys you know orit's just such a so much better when you're doing that they can throw youaround a lot easier. But that doesn't make it any easier being tossed up 30ft in the air in the basket toss and then you landing on you know four guysbony arms. I mean that doesn't help either. Yeah. I mean cheerleading is abrutal sport. There's a ton of injuries as as a matter of fact my collegecheerleading partner right before he played L. S. U. Um broke his neck andhe'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 hedoes 100 times a day and I don't really know exactly. None of us were directlylooking at him when it happened, but you know, it's I've been through ainjury, a catastrophic injury with someone and you know, I'm close to himthis 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 wouldhave never done. You know, God just took him on a different path And he's awonderful person and we're so blessed and fortunate to still having with usbecause they told us the day of the accident, you know, we don't thinkhe'll live 48 hours. So you know, there are catastrophic injuries that happenin cheerleading just like that all the time. Other sports. Well they have alot of concussions, right? You get a lot of concussions, A lot ofconcussions. There's no protective gear in cheerleading not. And unfortunately,as in with Michael, we've dealt with a concussion with him. At least whenyou're in professional sports or even at the collegiate level, you do havequalified people in there that know the signs, no, the queues kind of know whatto do, how you should handle a person from the minute the injury happens towho to go see. And surely they're not quite as fortunate all the time becauseyou don't know in college, you do, you can go over and, you know, see thetraining step, but in high school they're not as equipped to handle someof 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 itevery day and I hope it will continue to get better. But yes you do and youhave 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 likefootball, but you're taking your body and your twisting in ways that may notbe meant to be twisted. And uh tell me about the competition. Like were you ina competitive team where you went out and competed against other teams andhow competitive where your teams like did you guys get like, did you have abig time rival that you couldn't wait to beat? You know in high school? Notso 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 ofthe first years that you see a, which is one of the, you know, the mainpeople that handle these competitions. That was the first year they everstarted. And so we right out of the bat, they kind of used us to try to figureout stuff. So really my first couple of years of doing that, it wasn't as muchthat we participated is that they used us to show people how to participate.And then my senior year, we finally participated and we were verysuccessful did really, really well. And then when I tried out for cheerleadingand old mess and made it, my freshman year competition had really cranked upand we went to nationals every year, we did really, really well, but it's it'sum I mean, and I tumbled. I mean we did things that had just had startedhappening. It's not anything to disagree that it is now what Collinsdid it all just if, if, you know, we could tumble across the field and dofive back hand springs that people would like, you know, well now youbetter have firecrackers and fireworks attached to you when you do thatbecause I mean, you know, everybody wants that, you know, wow effect andit's just like they all the one thing that we did do that they don't do anymore. Thank the Lord is we would build three and four high with people. And itwas like, this is even, I was like, this is crazy, this is just crazy. Butactually 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 wasthe 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 onethat ever did the mini trap and oh yeah...

...it was sponsored. Yeah, that's prettycool. You know he started that in college and I and of course my husbandwas a collegiate basketball player and he was an all american and um you knowthey one sec championships and it's just sean was a great athlete and it'sinteresting we could be at L. S. U. With a packed, you know stadium, itcould be so loud in the arena and they would put that mini tramp down and theywould get ready to go and the crowd would just stop and our our coach bobwith the time was bob. Well like the head basketball coach told us he wouldliterally 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 anational power tumbling champion. So he had done this for a long time but theywould pull students of the audience like five of them and he had hit themini tramp fly over them, do a flip and put the basket ball in the goal. And Imean the crowd would go nuts. So it's amazing because whether we were playingat Rupp Arena or we were at you know, wherever we were we could literallycompletely quieted the crowd down and I'll never forget one time we were atnationals it was the first round of like the N. C. Double A. And we hadcheerleading so we didn't get to go to the game and the basket head coach bobwell it got so mad. He called the athlete George was what do you mean? Hegoes I mean they get the crowd quiet at these places, I need them there and Iwas like dude we're not on your team. You know we are we're not. Well yeahnow the competition is amazing right? Because a few years ago so I coachedEzekiel Elliott in high school and he made the pro bowl and it was down um inOrlando and they were practicing at the ESPN complex there and it was the sametime they were practicing all the national cheerleading competitions weregoing on and there were so many people there for that and I went and watchedone day and it's it's just crazy like uh I was thinking like the moviesdidn't look what were those movies called, It came out about cheer, Youknow there was four or 5 of yeah and like I want, my wife loves to watchthose so we watch them. And so I went there and said okay maybe you know it'sa movie it's kind of like what you guys probably imagine with with the movieabout your life. It's you know, it's it's Hollywood, they change it a littlebit but then I'm watching I'm like man, these girls are amazing, they're notchanging any of this how they're competing. It's it's insane. Yeah, itgets pretty cutthroat sometimes and you know girls can be vicious, they canthose claws gonna come out, you know, you know when they're putting that redlipstick on a little bit darker that there it's all business, you know, thatthey mean business about it. So, but I mean, you know, your kids can go on afull scholarship Collins went on a full ride, just like Michael and SJ did. Sothat's a that's a that's a great thing. And if if your kids have any interestin it, just like I tell them all the time, the flag girls On the band, Imean 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 thereare for your kids to get clear of scholarships. You just kind of need todo a little digging and unearth some of the things that aren't as well known asas the academic and the leadership scholarships, everybody's looking toget those, but if your child has the least bit of coordination and uh she'sinterested in music or whatever. I mean there's opportunities like black girlsand things like that. Did you just go really their own full rides and about50 of the schools there on full rides? Well, I think if they have a passionand they're good at it and they love what they're doing, I think there'ssome place for them, you know? Um and all kind of look at E sports now, Esports is is growing. There's full scholarships for kids to go play videogames in college and do these things, it's insane. Um You know, and who knowswhat these next few years are going to be looked like because the collegestook a big hit in the last year. But there are opportunities, if you love todo something, you have a passion for it. I think there are plenty ofopportunities 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 couldbasically 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 softballteam or an entire volleyball, you know, whatever it might be. And so the esports, you're right. I mean, they can basically put a building up and likerifle 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 orA and M. Is competing. It's old missing riflery, they shoot from their own homefacility and just the scores are digitally turned in. So it's not allthe 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 areinteresting, like you said with the E sports, it's crazy. We have a friendthat's just trying to get us to go in with like building these buildings forpeople to compete in these sports. And I'm like, this is nuts. So tell meabout how did your daughter come to you and say, hey mom, I want to try polevaulting. 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 intopole 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 doall 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'svery competitive and everybody in our family, you know, who can brush yourteeth the fastest, who tied their shoes too quick and everything is like acompetitive, competitive, competitive. And the boys were like, well, you'renot gonna quit, are you? And she's like, I'm not a quitter, I'm gonna dosomething 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 getwet every morning and me have green hair. So the hair thing kind of flippedher out just a little bit and she was a great swimmer. She had swam just on theschool swim team and she just said, I'm gonna try pole vaulting. And aninteresting little side bar is uh there's a guy in Jonesboro Arkansas ofall places. His name is Earl Bell and Earl, is it? I mean he is the polevaulting guy in the country and Collins would go. And so we heard this, we wentover and we met him and he's real laid back, real cool, this kind of facilityout 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 threethings 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. Andhe gave her about five instructions Intentionally just to see what shewould do with it. And she went right down and hit it and cleared 7ft withouteven 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 nofear, no fear. And we would drive to Jonesborough twice a week and this waswhen she was probably the 10th grade. So she was cheering kind of at the sametime and he would coach her and we would show up and you would have theentire Arkansas Ohio state, all their pole vaulting people would be there.All of our olympians train there and Collins would be right in the mixtraining with them and Earl, you know, well pretty much well if you show up totrain he'll work for a couple of times, you know, you just probably should takeup needle pointing or something. This isn't in your DNA, he's very honestwith that. Yeah, but Collins had it and he worked with her and you know, shedid 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 cometo train in Jonesboro Arkansas with Earl Bell. But they, do you know what Iwas 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 doyou think you drove for your kids? Like I was just thinking about that with mywife and like we we had a Denali, right? A big Yukon Denali. And I mean thatthing was on the road every day, all...

...day, all day and all night. And howmany times that I would change the guy, the boys would change like SJ would goright from the au basketball game to baseball, competitive bait trap. So wewould be like going from his basketball game and wherever Jackson Tennesseedriving down to Huntsville, Alabama to a baseball game and staying withMichael. He, especially when tracking basketball overlap. He had come off thebasketball court and I'd go get in the car, Here's a sandwich, Here's a bottleof water. We've got to be in Brentwood Tennessee for a track meet in threehours 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 itgot down to it. I said, look, here's the deal with Michael with baseball andtrack. I said, I mean if you really think you like baseball, we'll figureit out. But I think you'd be really good. You know, sometimes parentingcommon sense comes into play because she was doing 82 NBA games. And so I'mtrying to you know, figure out what to do with Collins and Michael's athleticschedule, what they started driving. And he goes, no, I like track stuff. Sothat was made it much easier. He did shot put and discus. You know, he wasgreat at track and that made easier on me that he and Collins both in trackand 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 wassitting next to Sean when we were playing. We were on a Kentucky floridabasketball swing, and he was on the airplane next to me. I I it was myfirst road trip for basketball, didn't know either players. We had just comeout of football. I was a sophomore, my freshman year, I cheered for girlsbasketball, freshman cheerleaders, cheer for girls basketball. And thenthen football, but I've never done varsity, you know, basketball. And hewas next to me and and he actually, when I met him, he we talked a littlebit and toward the end of the trip, he said, you know, I think I'mtransferring uh in a couple next couple of weeks, he said my girlfriend goes tosmith 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 transferto Holy Cross. Well, I was raised, you know, I wasn't catholic, I didn't knowabout 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 ofhung 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 cheerleadingwhat they were doing basketball and we just kinda all hung out the chilies inbasketball. And by the time we landed back in Oxford Um I had, there's acouple of us had a car where we got on the buses and they were all divvying upand I said, you know, we got room, I'm going to ride. And he goes, yeah, I'lltake a ride. So he we dropped everybody off and then it was my car. And when Iwent to the dorm to drop him off, we set out in the car and talk to probably5:00 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 hardabout it. And a week later, you know, we were dating and I said okay, we gotto do something about this girl at Holy it up. His girlfriend went to smith andI said you got to do something about the girl at smith. And so I thinkwithin a couple of weeks he had broken up with her. I don't know, it doesn'tsound like you were asking him questions. I don't think that I put itin a question for him. I think it's pretty much able to clear it. Astatement if you want to know the truth. Yeah. Yeah. He was like, yeah, maybeI'll stay. Um So, how how tall is Sean Sean is 61? It was flat footed. So helaces up. He's about six to and I think they listed him as 63 and all theprograms and he ain't ever seen 63 But come on, you can't give them away likethat. 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 andthe Big Short and all kind of things. And he was interviewing, he came toMemphis to interview um the manning boys and Sean and Michael Lewis andPeyton 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, lookSean, I'm one of the boys in town because he married a girl from Memphisand I'm gonna come up and interview him. And I'd love to get a few snippets fromyou at the same time as Sean said, Sure, come by the house, he and Michael Lewishad 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 thequestions and our life was just going on. I met him briefly, but there weretwo tutors there and it was just I didn't have time for that. And I thinkthe kids were maybe in 10th grade and Michael Collins, and he got ready toleave like 11 o'clock and he gets to the front door and he's all right, Idon't have time out. He said, I mean, who the hell is this big black kidrunning 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 thisyoung man and that he just had, you know, didn't have really any stabilityor structure and didn't have a great family life. And we offered him theopportunity to come live at our home and he spent one night and then onenight became a week and then a week became a month and it just becamenormality for us. And it's like how did this happen here he is. Then all of asudden it's just I can't imagine life without him. So Michael Lewis just goesand writes an article for the new york times here. At the time he was writingfor the new yorker uh there sunday supplement in the sunday paper and hewrote this article about this little family in Memphis and had this youngman that had come to live with them and how that, you know, people should opentheir hearts and their homes and that we've got you know we need to learn alot of people that don't look like us and it was a great article and just gota 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 diveinto this and can you put like a small book together? I think he had just donelike several small books like coach and I don't even know but but several likeshort versions that which I didn't know this like people write these littlebooks and they The. US. government will buy 400,000 and put them in christmasbaskets for our military. It's it's interesting these things like who dothis, you know what, I don't know the number, don't quote me on the actor butit's but people do those kind of things and so he did he he said look I can dothis with you or without you. And we're like what are you talking about? And sowe we didn't he did an inordinate amount of research on his own and hewould show up and who would be in Memphis we wouldn't even know it halfthe time but did an interview us and and we didn't know what direction itwas going to take this and really the book the blonde side, it's not a bookabout us write the book about football and the left tackle and the evolving ofthe position and the whole billy Beane Moneyball theory. So they didn't reallyum kind of come and ask you questions about what if you like what's in it ornot is no, absolutely not. Never know. As a matter of fact, when we had notseen anything, he had written not a word of it and he sent us a rough copyand I think there's like five cuss words in the book and I'm like, youjust 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 whydon't you say that word for that wasn't even necessary and pardon me for sayingit. 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, Ididn't get an opinion, I didn't have to say so about it was nothing to do withit. And then he, the book came out and I'll never forget about two days laterrecalled those, look, I gotta tell you...

...all something. He said, the book issold 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 movieever. 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 youit became a movie and it became one really quickly. And once again, johnLee Hancock was the writer of the director and he just, he could havetaken the book, the blind side and just as easily have written about joeMontana and Lawrence taylor or you or anybody. But he chose to pull apart outand 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 likethat we needed to realize in this world that there's a lot of people that youdo the least little random thing for them. The least smallest random act ofkindness, a smile holding the door. There's so many ways that you canchange someone's life without say, you know, just investing a massive amountof money or whatever it is. I mean, you're giving of your time is a majorthing. And so why johN chose to write it like he did and, and make it moreabout our family. I'm not really sure. But once again, we didn't have anythingto do with it. I mean we sat there just like, oh no. And then when the firsttime we saw as we had no idea what it was gonna be like, or were you upsetwhen you first saw it? You know, there's things I would like to havechanged? I mean look that we were very fortunate to people that they chose toplay us and we did have an opportunity to meet them. And I will say that oncethat they were uh chosen, that they did say, look, can we just would love toshadow you a little bit and ask a few questions and I'm like, why? Becauseyou know, 150 people in this world, no us Out that no one is going to, but butSandy really do. Sandra Bullock portrayed me, tim McGraw portrayed SeanKathy Bates portrayed Miss Sue and I mean they really did kind of want toget the authenticity of our family and our platform and our message becauseMichael was not the first person that we had done things for Sean and I wereboth raised by very giving philanthropic parents that gave on, youknow, I think my dad ever made more than $60,000 a year and Shawn's fatherwas a high school coach at Newman and and uh I just don't think he ever mademore than $40,000 a year, but that didn't matter because there they alwaysopened up their homes and and their tables were always open to invitepeople to eat with them if you didn't have a meal. And so Sean and I werevery kindred spirits like that, we got married. So we have always been bigbelievers and our our door is always open to anyone that needs and whateverit is, however, we can help wherever we are, whatever we got, it's yours, letus do whatever we can, you know, to help. So we have done a lot of thingsbefore and and so for them to come into our world and for Hollywood just to nottotally screw it up is a miracle because they screw everything up. Butfor the yeah there's something, yeah. I said look Sandy, I'd like you to beblonde and have 36 D. Boobs. So the world thinks I'm all that more. Butthat didn't happen. And and and and and sean looks nothing like tim McGrawunfortunately, you know, I said tim can't you just twinkle you know, rub onhim 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 theworld, he's the most awesome person in the world. So I certainly did. I don'tmean to be doing that because 39 years, he has been he is a saint and he haswings and a halo for putting up with me. Yeah, Well that's that's that's prettygood. Um Tron just remember that wasn't me saying all that stuff. So when youlisten 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 guysreally didn't have, like they didn't come to you and say we want to mirrorwhat happened. Obviously it's Hollywood, they want to take it and make itsensationalized and make it fit into their narrative what they think isgonna sell. But so then obviously though you you did have a relationshipwith Michael and you've you you know, you're his family and so tell me aboutum like what I always wanted to know, not about the football stuff. I mean, Ilived that life, I've been through all that, but how you dealt with like, soMichael, you know, he came from another family. How did, how did that, did youever 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 thingsthat would have never known if he hadn't spent hours and hours and hourscoming 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 inthe blind side. The book he wrote is 100 accurate. I mean, there he he hasboxes and boxes and boxes to back up everything that he put pen to paper. Sothe movie had the ability to use Michael Lewis's knowledge To puttogether things. So a lot of the stuff like all about Michael's father, hisbiological father, he died very shortly after we met Michael and uh, and wefound out and had to go to high school and the principal and I, you know, wentand told him and his mother, you know, just had addiction issues and she'swith everyone's tried to help her. And we hope that one day she will be acontributing member of society. She's had a lot of opportunities. But I'vecome to realization at 60 and I don't give a crap what people want to hear itor not, people have to want to help themselves. Uh, and, and so it gets toa point that you can only beat your head against the wall so much that ifpeople 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 Childrenand 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 thatthings will get better. And and I thought that you just have to pray thatthat will happen. But you know, he just has it ebbs and flows with withrelations just like everybody just, it's like everybody. What is, what issomething that you learned from Michael being in your life? Oh, I think themost important thing that all of us took away is that we garnered far morefrom here. You know, we we learned to to give, we learned that families don'thave 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 wegarnered for far more him living with us and he probably learn from us and itforever changed our life for the better. And I, you know, I can't imagine lifewith without Michael. And it's just, you know, people you have to realizethat there's so many, I'm very involved in in foster care and there's so manygreat kids like Michael that age out of foster care every single day that ifthey are given the least little bit of chance that their lives will be changedfor the better. And I think that that is what we realize that, that when youinvest time in people, that it changes, you know, their lives and and that hasjust made such an impact on our family. I mean, SJ is involved with a lot ofcharitable organizations and he comes back every day from being involved withyour mom because I met this great kid and, and he just needs a chance andessay just gets, he gets so excited about it because he understands thatwhen you spend time with people and you invest quality time with them, that itchanges their lives and where these kids are aging out of foster care everyday at this rapid rate and they're...

...falling through the cracks and with allthey 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 canplay a role in all of that? Because I feel like sports is a big, huge part ofyour family. Sports is a huge, huge part of our family and sports isgetting 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 beenvery single focused, old school, good old boy type thing. And I think thatfinally, through a series of events, through social media, through realizingthat what other people are doing, that theycould be doing or shouldn't be doing because it's good and bad. It goes bothways that just threw a compilation of all of that, that all of a sudden thatI think sports is realizing, hey, we can have a positive impact. We can be apositive influence because historically I think that it's not, it's like youlook athletic and you can play for me and I want you on my team and yeah, youmay come away making some money, but we don't really care about your health oryour whatever. Just strap it up. Let's go games on, go games over, take a fewTylenol Cinemark practice it. Just, I think it's over the years, it'sinvolved 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, yourhealth is important, that the, um, character of your players is importantthat your players do have an opportunity. There's such role modelsthat they do have an opportunity to affect, whether it's inner city kids orwomen, whatever it is, the movement that they can be such a positiveinfluence and role models and, and I just think that there's a lot ofopportunities for sports to change our culture and to move um the train in theright direction and it's just I think people have just not realizedhistorically that that opportunity is there, but I hope that we are all awareof it now and that, you know, sports will um you know, have an immediateimpact on these kids about you need to get an education. Yes, if you'reathletic, that's great, go out there and play it, but your education is soimportant and being kind to people is so important. You know, it's it's allabout it's about being well rounded and I hope that that that sports willcontinue moving in a positive direction all sports because it does have such animpact on so many people and there's nothing, you know, we always looked atit as our family is pretty tight and we love being with each other throughholidays and everything, but I had so many families in sport, right? And thegood coaches knew that, and we, we were there for each other, We've supportedeach other and we learned more than just putting a basket in a hoop orthrowing a football and completing a pass. Right? That, that I think you'reso 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 backgroundor poor background or a different place, I think good coaches can see that andcan have such an impact on people's lives. And I believe that as much asyou do, and you know, that's why I'm trying to do certified coaching clinicsso that people don't just, it's not just about the X's and oh's, it's aboutlearning about the kid and, and making them feel part of a team and, and thatleads to good things I think for the rest of their lives, right? I mean, Ihad so many conversations with, you know, with all my kids coaches throughthe years and I was like, you know, I...

...just, you've got to add more to this. Idon't care if you collect cans and do a food drive or you have them go door todoor collecting money for the march of dimes or the cancer society or humaneshelter or the elderly or Alzheimer. I mean, whatever it is, but you've got tomake sure that these kids are young men or young women, whether it's highschool or collegiate or on the, you know, NFL NBA level, whatever level ofsports it is that they've got to be involved in something more than likeyou said, XS and OS and wins and losses. I mean, you got to be, they've got tobe part of the community. They need to have a platform, they need to have amessage they need to give of their time. And I do think that it's getting betterand I think people are realizing that in sports teams are having certaincauses and things that they're involved in and promoting and pushing and whichis great because I have seen from everything from one love to you name,whatever the organization is that, you know, the groups are getting involvedwith and, and that's, that's good because it's, it's the power ofpositive thinking makes really a big difference in, in these kids livesright now. It's so does, it's so important to, and you know, there's nobetter example than probably you and your husband and all the people thatyou've affected and, and the giving, I know that that's a big part of yourlife is that you guys really want to give back. So tell us a little bitabout 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 lastline of defense. It's, it's about these foster kids that are aging out and Ithink there's 400 probably 50,000 foster kids right now in the UnitedStates, uh, which is it the numbers, it's rising very rapidly because of alot of things pandemic. I mean there's just a lot of reasons that the fosterkids opioid addiction. I mean there's so many Things that have caused thenumbers to rise in foster care and we have probably 100 and 50,000 kids thatage out constantly. And then they turned, they have no support system, nostructure system. They turn to whatever drugs, prostitution, they have no meansof survival. They don't have an education. They have no family. Theyhave nothing. And They turn to whatever and people look at them and go watchwhat they're doing that. Remember? What else do you want it? They have no, theyhave nothing else. We, we take care of them when they're 17, there kicked onthe street at 18 and they're giving a black garbage bag, most of them. Andgood luck. I mean, we took care of yesterday, but we hope you find a placeto sleep tonight and some food to eat. And if you look at the numbers, uh, ourprisons, I think it's like three out of five incarcerated people were in fostercare. Uh, sex trafficking. It's like four out of five women in sextrafficking were in foster care. The numbers are catastrophic. If we tookcare of foster care, all of that would go down. And it's just a crazy peopledon't want to talk about it. It's uh, it's not looked at. That's somethingyou talk about it around behavior. Heard about what's going into fostercare. 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'scalled Forever Family friday. And there is a kid that I post and all someonehas to do is go got it. I can have and it they're ready to be adopted. Allsomeone has to do is say yes. I mean we vet these kids, We spent an orderamount of time vetting these kids finding kidspost that are ready to beadopted. And we're having a really, you know, success. We asked people just totalk about them re post your picture. People can't do this all over thecountry, all over the country. I mean, you know, one kid last week fromCalifornia, the kids markedly from Wisconsin and the one next week couldbe from florida and they can be adopted anywhere. The kids that we vet and wepost can be adopted anywhere. They don't have to be in the state thatthey're in. So you know, we're just trying to if one kid at a time we'veseen at work and that's kind of what we're trying to do. There's 400 and Ithink 50 or 60,000 faith-based...

...organizations in this country. If everyfaith based organization would take one kid in foster care and place them in aloving home, we would wipe out the need for foster care. So, you know, there'sa lot of things in this country that we can't manage and we can't figure outand they fight about and we act like fools, but we can manage foster care ifwe could just get people involved with it. So that's that's our foundation, wewere involved. We we it helps in a lot of ways and helps the kids that areaging out. It helps some of the people with adoption fee. It is, it's got amerit of ways that we help and when you try to do, you know what we can andwe're supportive of other organizations that are doing the same thing. But youknow, it's it's uh we just ask people people go, well, I can't do this orcan't do that. But the one thing you can do is go to my instagram and lookat that kid. If you don't do anything else, just reposted. Because the morewe re post these kids, the algorithm gets up and more and more people seethem. And we're seeing that like we're getting responses. The last couple ofweeks we've had 10 and 15 people inquire about the kids like order homestudies, because more and more people are talking. So, you know, at the endof the year, if we can say we put 52 kids in a loving home this year, we'vedone something at least we've moved the needle and made a little bit of adifference. So, you know, just kind of do what you can so give us again thewebsite for your Foundation, it's the making it happened Foundation. So it'sW W W dot making it happen foundation dot com. And also you can totally intoit dot com and all that information is on there as well. And the kids I postare also on both of those each week. You can find them on both thosewebsites or on my social media. So yeah, it's it's just there's you don't wantto get I tell people all the time, don't get bogged down. I don't carewhat your passion is, but just do what you can because you hate for peoplejust to cover their heads up and not get out of the bed in the morning andplug themselves in. Because much like you are family, we tell people all thetime, you got two options. You can be in the game or on the sidelines andthat's kind of that's kind of our mantra in our house. It's like gettingthe 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 youcan make the most difference and have the most impact is when you're in thegame, you're not gonna be able to do crap on the sidelines. So get in thegame Right and get in the game doesn't necessarily mean that you're the one ofthe if it's football one of the 11, right? There's so many people that haveto be a part of the game to make it successful, right? There's coaches,trainers, cheerleaders, right? Everybody that that needs to be a partof it to make that team successful. And it's no different with this. Soeveryone get in the game, go to make it happen. Is that making it happen ormake it happen, making it happen, making it happen, Foundation dot comAnd um you know, support Leanne and her husband and everything they're doingbecause I think it's a wonderful, wonderful thing. Um Leanne, thank youfor joining us. I thought this was a great conversation. Um You definitelyare, you have a lot going on, but it seems like you definitely can handle itmay be moving is not what your next step in life is. If you read SJobituary, it goes, I just got a job offer because that I'm out of southflorida. We're going to uh we're going to Chicago but it'll be in a hearsetrust. 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 justhold on one second land. But everyone I want to thank you for joining us on thehuddle up with Gus. Thanks for sharing our day. What a great guest we had withLeann to um please visit her. Leanne TUI dot com or you can go to making ithappen. Foundation dot com. Support all of our charities and we appreciate youlistening, Check me out at huddle up...

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