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Huddle Up with Gus
Huddle Up with Gus

Episode · 11 months ago

Matthew McConaughey

ABOUT THIS EPISODE

When I played for The Washington Football Team (Redskins), I used to see Matthew every once in a while at games or our team facility. He was a big fan of the Redskins and we were a big fan of his too. I was excited to find out that he agreed to join me in the Huddle to talk about our past and his new book, Greenlights! I listened to Greenlights because it was narrated by Matthew and it was good to hear his voice but before we talked about his book we discussed the time we spent together in Washington DC and how he became a redskin fan living in Texas. I hope you enjoy this episode as much as I did. Please go to his Greenlights website to order his book or buy Merchandise. https://greenlights.com Please visit his Foundations website and donate to help children. https://www.jklivinfoundation.org Everyone knows his career but just in case you don't here is Matthews IMBD Bio.. https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000190/bio?ref_=nm_ov_bio_sm   See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Hello, everyone and welcome to hotdl upwith Gus I'm your host Gust for Rott and thank you for joining us. You canfind us on Huddl up with Gusscom, and you can also find us on RADIOCOM andwherever you listen to your favorite podcast. You Ere joining us today inthe New Sixuen D. Thirty one digital news studio and we are glad to beproduced by aunt TV. We are excited to be on ksix. You can find us there onSunday mornings at ten am right before the NFL gets started. Today is a greatday. We rejoined this week by a great guest who grew upin Texas. told us about how sports shaped is life Matthew,mcconnaugh, Ha joined us sat down with us this week gave us a lot of insight that we didn'treally know about Hem Matthew, and I were friends back in the days when Iplayed with the Redskins The Washington football team and it's kind of funnywhen we sat and talked about all these green lights that he has because of hisnew book code, Green Lights, a lot of things had to go back and forth. Youknow we talked about the old days and what was the old days? It was heredskins we talked about the new days and how Daniel Snyder might call em tohelp him name the Washington football team. But you know the insights thatMatthew gave us into his life all the green lights that have helped himthrough his life. The way he took his journals, rode his story down, went outinto the desert took took quite a few days. I think it was over fifty days atdifferent periods of time to write his new book and to really hopefully helpus all turn those yellow and red lights into green lights to move our lifeforward, and I really hope you enjoy this episode and now I think we shouldjoin the huddle all right, Matthew. We are ready to getin the shel. I just wanted to get into some stuff that we always talk aboutwith our guests and that's how sports shapes your life, and you know, knowingyou and reading your book, why I actually listened to it because it wasnice Rin your voice, and I think you did an amazing jobreading it. So I listene to that- and I think hatyou know I never really found out. I mean you talkd about Chris Hanburger alittle bit back in the day, but how did you fall in love with sports at a youngage? Well, we grew up. I mean there wasunexcuse me there as always some sort of ball inthe house. I got two older brothers. They were decent athletes. My middlebrother Pat turned out to be a really really goodGolfer. We all played football up until about the eighth grade. A tolderbrother plays like N, nine Tenh and thatws bout. As far as we went so whatever season it was. That's theball that we played with this football Sison played football as baseball siswe pay baseball. I took up golf later on a D played some tennis played twelveyears of soccer. You know that that's just the game. Weplayed basketball. That was what we did Durin Din the season, it's just kind ofwhat we did, which much of the other neighborhood kids did. You know I became early on growing upin long view, Texas, about two and a half hours east of Dallas. I became awhat it was then called The Washington Redkins Fan, which now called theWashton football team, and it was because of a few simple reasons that afour year old mind wiell fall in love. With the team I mean I' watchingWesterns with my dad and I'm rooting for the American Indians on horseback. I,like the guys, Ot the arrows into the guns after that favorite foods,hamburgers redskins got a middle linebacken in Chris Hamburger watth.Another great reason like this team, so I was a big underdog in Texas,obviously especially growing up outside of Dallas to be what was in called aRedskin Fan. There was one guy across the streetScott Smith, who actually was the only other risk in Fan, knew in Texas. Iused to go to the Texas stadium painted shirtless painted burginty on top withthe head dress, and you know the shammies used to drive a car off withOh yeah ye yeah I'd have a Shami wrapped around my waist with t with therope tying it on I'd, be barefoot and I'd be right. TDERE on the fifty yardline in Texas Stadium Whin, the Redskins a played the cowboys I was at,as you know, the last game at RFK, the first game at Jackan Cook and the firstgame at Fedex. I have burgardy soil and a Mason Jar fror, the Inzoun of IRFK and then just grew up loving. That team.I thought that's what I wanted to be at that time. They were calld. The WASHERRedkin I wante to be a riskin football player at the John Riggans was was myguy and I was the guy in the backyard. I was sort of a late bloomer, so Iwasn't very fast, but I had strong legs...

...and backside and I was hard to get downin backyard football. So a thing was de name desire, youjus. Couldn't youcouldn't get me down? Well that didn't last started to go away. Everyone got biggerand Fashon than me, starting around thes, seventh or eighth grade, so myfootball creating go much further than that. But Sportsman I mean it's still my fav. It's sports is the truestversion of reality, TV thit's, just it's just you know. I got to twothousand and five national championship Wen Uiversity, O Texas, beach USC. Youcannot write that script in my business Hollywood, that's the SAE single, mostdramatic event, a piece of entertainment. I've ever seen the EBSand flows of that game. How you know I I just an it's, been a great teacher.Ind Me for preparation in my own job, because, as you know, you want toprepare so much that you're not thinking about what you have to do onthe day. You want to go in knowing your game plan so well and knowing theopponents game plan so well that you can call that audible with within itjust an instinct and that's for me. That's when I do my job the best right and do you think, like you,brought up a really interesting point that you can't replicate a game like that,and I think the movie industry has tried to do that.But you don't I mean, even though there's some been amazing sports moviesout there. I don't think any fan has ever gotten the same feeling has beenbeing at a true game. No, I I'm not a huge hand fan of a lot ofsports movies, because it's never as good as the rewriting R, and you know- and I think that thereare some that are fun like like slapshot and they're kind of funny, butit's never. I mean I could never do to be honest with you. I could never doanything in my life that will replicate that feeling I had when we beat thecowboys hat day at RFK, and that was the last game. I've tried, since I'veleft the game for fifteen years now, but nothing has worked right right.I've been I've, been an Egemeteri goty that bus nothing. I mean I love. My Family Havbeen married. Twenty six years, my kids are all grown. I get so much enjoymentan pride out of them, but I don't it's hard. I heard you on a podcastwith Chris long and his podcast green light and talking about just what do you do when you leave, becauseyou love some something so much and I feel like like you're so lucky becauseyou get to be you do the job that you love for so long. I mean you can beninety years old and still make a move. Yeah right and I had this short periodyeah and- and I just just wonder what do you feellike like? Is that part of why you always wanted to be like play at thehighest level is like you saw all that. Well, you know I was going to be Aliwasated towards law school and it wasn't to my sophomore year in college that Idecided to change my career rout and try to get into the Storyton buissn. SoI went to Film School University of Texas. Look, I you know to this day, still: Love Sports and I'm around myAlmamanor, the University of Texas, Long Orange and look I'm fifty one, butI still sit there and am watching practice or something and we'll see acuarterback. You know you know be a step laye on on knockingdown on a making a pass and in complete you by tipping it and L and I'll kindof hop and think I oh, I could have got that and then I realized. No, no, youhaven't got that no, but it still feels like it was fouryears ago when I was in college wer. My body tells me different, but it's stillin my mind, still feels like I was just the other day. I now have a job where I can go. Youknow. I've played three lawyers. I much prefer preparing for a role for three monthsworking in that roll for three months and then saying hey now, I've done sixmonths as a lawyer or whatever vocation whatever care, trum plan. Now I'm doneI can quit go to another job. I can go play another part. It is a realadvantage. What I get to do I get to go. Try to you know, live in all everybodyelse's different shoes of different walks of life, fromastronauts to quarterbacks, to lawyers poets to to biographies o people. It'spart of what I love about my job, because I've always been keenlyinterested in people and how they were the best at what they did or in my job.How were they the most true at what...

...they did, because my job's not alwaysabout winning it's one of the great things about sports? Is Sport? TADS OF T S? You can declare the winter. It's a hundred meter dash the first onethat crosses first winds, you're the winner. It's not a gray area in my job.Art is much more subjective. You know it's hard to say what'. What's the bestof something, and sometimes I wish it was, could be more clear cut that therewas more of a measuring standpoint to go like no. This is the winner. Thisperson is victoics because of this this and this, but it's much harder, becausearts just become more subjective. Now you grew up, and you said youalways had a ball in the house. I know you have kids now. Are you kind of doing that with them? Where youalways have Balgo play, go, do something when we were growing up. Weall I was never inside and I think kids today have changed. How do you feelabout all that? Like? Are you trying to get your kids out and doing as much aspossible? Well mean yes and we're trying to roll atthe Times of this electronic age in this digital age, because I see great assets and W incertain games, they play digitally handee coordination, seeing their brain work choices theygot to make, but we're very tryi to Bese Responsas. We can aboutwhat games we allow them to play and we very much limit the screen time,because I grew up in a ousehold like you did. If it's daylight outside you,get your butt outside yeah mom, saying many time, you're not going to watchsomebody do something for you that yould go out and do for yourself andthere's great lessons in that you go out. You learned a negotiate with kids,you know you, the bully comes up. You got to work your way out of thatsituation. You get picked on team. Sometimes you pick first. Sometimes youpick lass, because some people don't play fairly. How do you call them outhow what what's a good game? What do you Dow pe somebody? Somebody hits youtoo hard or you hit somebody do ar and they get ticked off. You know and you it's good fornegotiating life. You learn life lessons of had a goed aut life and deal. We still push our kids to get out quitea bit and they have to for quite a few hours a day. They have to be outsidemoving around they're playing all the sports rightnow. You know I'm trying to keep make sure that they don't get locked into only one sport, thisearly in their laft. My Kids are twelve, ten and seven, so one of them lovesoccer. The other one loves football. I'm like well keep playing them all.You don't need to specialize anything right now be an athlete. I remembermeeting you we can you still dumk Noi wish. I Wis, because when I met you folks out there,this man didn't need a running start standing under the under the rim up tohand jam on the Basketball Court. You were obviously an athlete yeah, you allkind of move, but I'm trying to Gat. You know teachour kids can't play all the sports and that's what I did right and that's whatI wanted to tell these stories about people growing up, because I thinksports is so important for all of us and hearing your story like yeah. Thereis a path that you took, but sports probably shaped and influenced you in away. Hey. Look. Your book is amazing. I love hearing the stories about your dadand your mom, and you mean my dad. I remember going home to bullies ferepicking on me. They stole my bike, Threuh it in a tree and I went homecrying. He was working in a garden after working in the Midle all day andhe said you better go get your bike and not come back home until you have it. I Ain that story reminded me a lot ofstories that you told about your dat, yeah scary proposition. But what is thestuff? We remember experiences Wemer experiencees much more than what wewere told or given advice for, and I'm bet you were scared. You know, as couldbe to go back and get that by, but then once you got it, I bet you respectedthat bike a held a lot more, but you probably took better care of it, and Ibet you, you grew up a lot. You know our paent parents are good. You know,that's what I mean when I say: NEGOTIAT ING The world. You know it's as apparents of you,especially when children are younger. You see him out on the playground andsomebody they get in an argument or somebody starts to getting a some kind of fight, you're tempted togo. Oh, I coul need to go interrupt. I need to go. Stop this, but there'sgreat value in going. No, no I'm GOINGTA sit back. I'M gonna see how mychild negotiates this situation because that's the real world and we're notgoing to be there all the time. So let him go tegosiate. Let em get scared andcome home without their bike that the two bullies through in the trees andtell them no you're going to have to go back or we're not you're not going to Schoolmar Anti. We have your bikeback and you're going to go. Get it there's great value in that. Well, how many Green Lights? Do youthink sports has given you...

...well as an approach to what I do? It'sgiven me endless green lifes. I say I mean you know we played football, you play abunch of spors but got football. That's a team spor most forth ot, their teenworte Anyo Hafe, something like golf, which is an individuals por. I played a lot of golf. I enjoyed that that sort of inanimate object thatthere wasn't a a a a real opponent. The opponent was yourself and who you danceand play the course the course is already built now. Yes, the wind canpick up after you struck o hit your shot and all of a sudden kick up tothirty five miles an hour in your face and knock your ball down and you underclub. But that doesn't happen all the time. Usually you can measure it. Sothere's a real art form to that individual sport, but football. Let'stake football, for instance, in Team Sports, yeah you're playin for the other person, you're playing for your teamand the best teams play for each other. But at the same time I still see it as a very selfish sport,meaning if everybody, if every player, says I'm going to play my position tothe best of my ability on every single play within the context of what needsto happen, an what play is called. Well, then the collected teams going to playbetter. So I do see it as a individual responsibility and an individual gameas well within Tha team sport that it is. But then again that's how I look atlife, I believe in the collective and I believe in groups and communities and an and different tribes an what haveyou but there's still it's up to the person inthe mirror, each one of us to say how good can I be at what I'm going todo, whether it's the game of life, whether it's with a relationship withtheir spouse or as a father or with our job? So it is an individual sport, but weare collectively combined when we're really good that, if we're on a team where individually,everybody wants to be the best or everybody individuall wants to be damnexcellent at what they do. That's what you're bound by that's the collection, because, as you know, you get you knowyou got, you got six five lieen and four of them want to be the best every player andthe other one, it's kind of like when the hills half time, I'm tired! Well,that's when that guy sneaks in on your backside right over that guythat said,he's tired. You know right! That's when you're pulling yourself up out of thatNice RFK dirt that you have in Ajar. So So, if you take sports andeverything you learn from it growing up and and your love for it, how did youtranslate that into the work that you do today, because it is a team thatyou're going to yeah? We don't get to see the behind the scenes and all thework like I think about like when I met you in our facility, and I wun see youon the sidelines of games. We don't we rarely get to see that as fans of whatyou do now in those and all those processes. So if you are the star orthe quarterback of that group, what responsibilities do you have and tolead that team yeah? Well, one I'm going to show up as are more prepared than anybody, Iwoint to be the master of my man, my character. Yes, somebody wrote it Yes ome asDirecte me, but I'm the master. It goes through me. I'm going to know mycharacter upside downside left right, I'm Gongna come tothe scene, I'm ga come to this set every day with four versions of thetruth. To give you on my character, throw it me whatever you want. I don'tcare, you tell any ofl those other cause. They can do what they want tosay what they want. I'm ready press record we're live, I'm I can call them.I can call my proverbial audible if you do something: that's not scripted or ifthe director wants to change something up. I'm like yes, always! Yes, yes, yes,I go in with an attitude that as soon as I walk out of my trailer, the CAMASrolling, not between action and cut, I am my man when I walk off the set untilI go home at night. So for that twelve hours, it's in my mind, I'm like it'slive, there's no audition, it's all one take you have one take and the camerasrolling right now, be your man mcona acs. What I tell myself so and thatcomes from preparation. I tried to Arr when you know I wasyounger, I' tried to arrogantly act like that, but if I wasn't prepared, Icouldn't you know I couldn't back it up. No Right, but now I've learned toprepare to where all my work is in preproduction yeah, meaning that your work is in practice andinrepts. And if you do the right work in the preseason, my preproduction,when it's Gametime or when I'm onset, I'm not working I'm playing, because I did the work it Ado from I'm,not thinking about it. It's not my head moved down to my instincts. It's moveddown to my body. You see you Hav many...

...teams out there. They get a new DC newDEFENSI coordinator. It's got this really. You know complicated defense,pretty good reason to bet against that team next year,because Yo see players. Think and if you see a player thinking, if you seeit, if you see a safet, Yor, cornerback thinking, you've got West Brook orwhoever has got a step on him, because he because he cous cute, because thecorner was thinking, so you got to make that transition from intellectuallylearning something to where no it's past that now it's in my instincts,it's in my gut, I'm not even Havf to think about I'm moving with it. I'mreading the context of the situation, I'm reading the tales on my man thatI'm covering I'm ready, I'm calling audibles in stride. You know in thegame. That's when I know I do my job the best, and I would guess that that'swhen you know dude athletes do their job the bestwhen they're, not after Hav, you think about it, they're actually doing it yeah. If you have to think about it,and it's fourth and seven, you know, and it's a big part of the game orthird and long or whatever you name it. It's that you're not going to besuccessful, and you know it just makes me think about how similar butdifferent they are. And you know I compare football to a lot of things andsports to a lot of things, and I was just thinking about that, how yourpreparation and how our preparation would be the same and what your gametime is right. Your gametime is is when you're doing all these great things. Sotell me: What was your Gametime? What was your I see your pret was yourgametime. When you wrote this book when you were taking going out to the desert,I mean to me that was like how do you do that like because that that was acrazy predolation? Your perpration, it took thirty years of you Rightin in theJournal, yeah thirty, six years of preparation,Byt, writing the Journal and then to get the damn courage to say I'm takingthose gourals away to go, turn it and see if it's worthy o being a book which I think it ended up being andhope it did because that's what it is and that's what I got out there, but sowhen it was gamed o for me to go. Do that, as you know, what's the hardestpart about working out or doing so many things that we're afraid of doing ordon't want to do the hardest part about working, ous, tin, your damn shoesright and getg by the door I deme Toas soon, as I loaded all Mik, you know you don't want do it as soonas you do it. That's the hardst part you're glad you did for me. That was itsoon. As I loaded up my truck with all my journals and my steak and my BourbonM A D and my water, then I was like okay, I'm doing this, I'm in so I wentto the I like to go where I can have no other incomingfrequencies, meaning so I went away solitary confinement to this place withno electricity, no Internet service, nothing with just me and my journals,which is basically me hanging out with me over the last fifty years, all rightand Youtak. I didn't want O to. What's that? Did you take one of yourair streams? One of your silver bullets. Nop nope left dos it home. That was toomuch luxury e just said just a shit, and I knewthat I would get bored I would getfrustrated. I would get lonely I would get like. I don't feel like Rit, but Ididn't want to have an alternate escape. I wanted to be like okay, if you'rebored or you don't do you've got one thing to entertain you and that's yourjournals. So just keep going to that. So, for total of fifty two days spread outover different sort of tin and twelve day parcels, I spent in Solicharecomplinment rigt in the book, and that was it. I ended up, loving itso much and got so hot. You know when you getin in the zone. I was workingseventeen hours a day on average writing and my only my biggestchallenge was putting the pin down and going. You need to get some sleep right. That became the hardest thing isjust because my mind was just on fire and I was writing and it wascoming out of me and the words were coming out of me, and so that was theharst part. After a while was just to remind myself, you got to get somesleep, Wer you're going to burn out. Well, I I don't think you burn out. Youknow I was listening to you talk and then I've watched several of yourpodcasts that you've done with a lot of other people, and I was wondering in mymind if you would be a great wrapper because you'reso poetic and you put words together so well, and I wonder if you've everthought that well, yes and look fersion Ol. What Ido is wrap. You know, and you know the Origina my originally written myfavorite wrapper the original rapper Bob Dyllin. That guy was rapper man. Ifyou ever listen to Bob Dylan, that's what he's doing rapping, he w's a folkpoet, but he was a rapper so yeah. I do...

...have a tendency, an affiliation forputting music to words, and you know I speak lyrically I'll. You knowi'll come up with theslang or a jargon, that'll that'll. Look that that feels and sounds andtaste like a like a like a title to a great rock and roll album and that'sUST. How my mind works with words and a lot of the writings in the book aresort of have that sort of like Oh we're in the rock and roll area right now,we're in the beatnick period of the s like Jack Carrolack, just spitting outjazz and that's yeah. That's that's how my mindkind of computes and put senses together a lot of time El. I loved yourpodcast for that reason. Right because you were, you were given a little short clipabout what this meant to you, and then you would play the song that meant somuch to you and you just went song after song after song and I'm notsaying I was a fan of all the Sologo, this t, but there were so many that Iconnected to as well, and I thought that was a great way to do a podcast. I'venever seen that done before where'did you get that idea. Well, I did wane. You two asked me todo their first one when they had their newtheir new outu station Ro. I dideleven youto songs of my favorite youtu songs and I djthemand I actually spoke for like sometimes two minutes as an introduction to us Ol and then you know music. I listen a lotof music every character I play. I have have a different album that I createfor that character. I have a different song for every scene. I've ever been inwhen I go on set and so thes. The spotify list that I put together for for greenlights were songs that over my fifty years, Minte something to me so there's a bitof a chronology. W H with the music that I chose some ofthe songs I love. Some of them are not my favorite, but they were a siminalsong for me at that time, and so I just put that together guy andthen late at night you know, mix e cocktail came to dark cromes started,laying down some introductions as Makano DJ for Green Lines. I love it. Ilove it. You're, like you're, like the first baseman that we know he's Goin tohit a home runing. We hear his music come up and we all fall in love withher right. So there's somebody on set for you playing your music that whenyou come in this is what I want to playand you're, getting ready to comeup and basis, Loadan it a grand slap. Sometimes I'm carrying my oun jam box,and sometimes I don't have a gymbox, but I'm just playing my chest: LiinWithe Ostram! You know right hi. This is former NFL quarterback GustarotSixhuenden ndthirty one digital advertising. Is Your one, stop shop topromote Your Business and get new customers for awardwinning creative togetting as online in display video o TT connected TV and streaming audio go tothsixteuen thirty one digital advertisingcom amp, the multiformatnetwork, is here to help create, produce, distribute and sell. Yourcontent for more information. Send A MESSAGE TO INFO AT AA MP, DOT TV,that's Info at a MP DOT TV. Do you have any questions about legalissues? Have you ever been stopped by a police officer and issue a ticket thatyou're scared to deal with? Have you ever been in trouble with the law anddon't know what to do? Do you have a will or a power of attorney question?Is Your home being foreclosed upon and you don't know where to turn? Maybe youare given a contract that you don't understand for freedom and a worry freesolution call for Legal Shield today, at two hundred a three two, four fiveone: Three: Zero Five: it's that simple you wil have access to high quality lawfirms that will fight for you for less than a dollar a day. Pieace of mind isjust a callaway. That's for Legal Shield call two hundred an three twofour five one: Three: zero five or visit us at no court dot, US it'sjustice for all and not justice, for some welcome back everyone. Thanks forjoining us in the new NHIXHUNDEN ND thirty one digital news, studioproduced by ANP TV, you can find us on Huddl up with guscom. Now, let's jointhe huddle, you know and if we go back you know Ilove the other part of your book that I really love of the bumper standers,because I think that's it makes so much sense right, becausewhat you said was when you rynng down the road and you see a bumper sticker,you immediately kind of get an idea of that person in that car. So what I wanted to ask you is, if youcan think about the Redskins, what would be your bumper sticker if theredskins well, the Washington football team had one on their car right now?What do you think that bumper sticker would say time to Hail Ha il that's right, httr, right, yeah, yeah, that's that would probablybe yeah an what's it going to be now...

...haile to the red wolfs. What's it goingto be, I don't Anoildoi D, they keep that song and just change out. Redskins,don't know we'll see, yeah help us with a name bumper sicker.That's it right, so we're putting out there. I'm fro surprised that Daniel Seider hasn't reached out to youto try to give thim some understanding of what the name should be. I'm surprised too Gush Daniel. If you're listening out there,I you got my number man. We taught. We've talked a few times since thisname change even come up, but you haven't even asked me yet mcconaughey.Give me a lyric. Give me a bumper sticker. Give me a name. That's right.WHAT BETTER WORD SMITH RIGHT! Just tell Daniel that you two will goout into the desert for about. You know ha to be fifty days. Maybe twenty daysand Wen come up with the name. Can you see me and Tem snater in thedks dance side in the desert, in a cabin with no electriicty for fifty twodays? That would be awesome right. How long do you think he would make it he'd make it longer than he wouldinitially think he could ecause? You know ai mean he'd show up. He wouldn'teven want tit. He He'd look at the place and go oh! No! Oh! No! Oh N, N O!No, the same AC! All Right! No! I mean Ifi a just, get him in and let and he'd be like man's itdinner time. Yet you like Manit still one PM. You need slow their time down,because you know he his mind moves fast. You know right, wo, have to slow himway down, he'd be uncomfortable for a while, butI think I think he could last oh boy. This is going to be tough, butI think I could keep them there. For a week. I'd have to put a helmet on him and aChin Strap on him' an a mouth guard because he'd be going out of his mind.BEIT's been locked up out the middle of the desert and cabin for a week, but Ithink we calln there for a week, I'm definitely taking the under on that one S. no doubt in my mind, especially whenyou pull out of ahead of let put some catch upon it. You know he's like I'mout of here, he's not eating that hidwe'd have to have prostami sandwich.Yes, he's a foody yeah he's deniitely foody like Bourbonand some crackers. I got to cut up for him. You know- and I think this is greatbecause you have been a fan so an you're not only washingt a football team fan but you're,a huge Texas, Longword Fan and you've actually engrained yourself into thatwhole university community society in more ways than one. And so can you tellme what your favorite part of being a Texas Longhorn is yeah. Look Yo come to Uiversity of Texas to play athletics. You are expected to compete for NationalChampionships, a the facilities have the talent and the coaching positions. It's an expectation IAM right now enjoying this. My role isminister of Culture. There, which is I'm trying to align the same values ittakes to put a winning team on the field with the same BAGAS. It takes tohave a winner in the classroom in the university as cholastic destination,the very similar, as you know, I whant it takes to win in a sport as it doestake to win in life. I'm also working on the relationship of the city of Austin,with the University of Texas, I'd like to see a future where the city ofAustin hires more graduates from University of Texas than any other cityhires from their local university. I'd like to see it, the university in thecity start to reciprocate and feed off each other. That way, look we've got a long standing prive. This is a great. This is he's agreat example and there's a lot of debate about the eyes of Texas rightnow, so I don't want to get into that debate, but I will get into what Ithink is beautiful about the ritual of US singing that song we sing that songwin or lose now. The really beautiful part is that we seen that song when we lose, because what is itbasically saying? We have a long view here. We may havelost the battle today, but we're going to win the war tthat's a sense of pride in history andtradition and expectations about the long future we're going to head into asa university that I that I really like Hees, there's a great entrenched enrich tradition and expectation of excellence and a halo of excellencethat is expected for being alongon. Well, you know,...

...and so following you and like I saidafter I finished I've been trying to find my passion my place whatever you want tocall it, but you seem to have so many and you do them all so well, and Idon't know if you are somehow getting extra hours in the day, but I'm justtrying to figure out how you do so much at such a high level. Can you give us alittle insight to how you do that good question? I'm very organized I mean look. I have there was. I heard I heard about youkeeping your list to go the bathroom I'll, put that on there II'll put anyany easy fun thing to do during the day on the list. I love having a longerlist and be able to mark mark more things off of it. You know a few years back, I did feel like I needed more hours inthe day and I felt like I was sort of making B, MINUSC plus in the fivethings that are on my proverbial Monday morning desk and I look down, and Isaid you know what this music company, this music label in this productioncompany, let's get rid of that liquidate- that get rid of it. So I gotread of two of the five things and had three things in front of me: acting thefoundation in my family, and I said instead of making B maneses and thesefive things, let's make as ind these three things and put more energy andintent into these three things and I for the most part worked. I was able tto concentrate and give more time to the things that Av really mattered. Tome, I do have a big life. I got a lot goingon. I think I'm very good at compartmentalizing and here's the other thing, though Idon't do anything now that I don't authentically, have a passion for R that I don'tauthentically believe in and if you know, if we go do something, if we go,do some work that we don't believe in it's the wrong kind of hard, becauseall works hard good work is hard, but it's the wrong kind of hard. If wedon't believe in it and I get it's, the wrong kind of fatigue, I'll havethei'll be the wrong kind. I don't like being tired at the end of the dayfeeling like I work my butt off, but I rent circles and I'm like I don't evenknow what I W ul. If I built anything today, I don't know if I pulledanything up, I don't like that's tha kind of fatigue. I don't like what I dolike is a good day's hard work, ai the do they going. Okay cocktail is going to taste goodbecause I earned it. You know, and so I've been pretty good, and I just tryto keep work in front of me that I believe in yeah. I think that's so important foranyone, and I think what is great is that anybody of whatever your status is orwherever you are in life, can read your book and get something a little bit outof that, because the way you just said that can be anyone, it doesn't have tobe professional athlete. A movie starcould be anyone in any walk of life, and you can take these things and justtell yourself that today is going to be good day. I'm going to go do work thatI love and I donn to be happy when it's over yeah and you know not everyone coan dowork that they love. You know. I understand that, but I also know I'vedone things in my life and still do that. I may not love it, but I, but it had it does enough for me that Ineed to do it that I'll work to be good at it, and once I get good at it, I kind of learn to love it, because it feels good beinggood at something. You know I mean really so I'v E. I still do work and Imean everyone people out there who are like hey man. I got a job that I don'tlove is it you know what what are you doing? How are you talking to me? I'd,say well I' still talkg to you, because you can go if you go do something well, even if you don't love it, you canlearn to love something because it feels good to do something over andover again that you're good at yeah. No, I agree with that, and so you know,if I think about it, when I was playing, because I never gotto go to my dad's work when I was a kid right, he worked for PPG for forty twoyears. I never got to go see where he worked. It was wasn't allowed in thefactory, so for me I took my kids in the lock room. Sadly, my daughter couldn't go in therea lot, but when I could take er I would but my boys were always in there,because I wanted to see them and what I was doing all the time. Do you try todo that with your kids and show them what you're doing so that they can seethe work that you're putting in yeah? I do you know I'm real fortunatethat in that regard you know before Camill and I decided to have children. She said to me on one condition: An said: what she goes. You Go. We goso my family comes with me wherever I go work on set all around the world, soI go...

...concentrating my work all day, but whenI walk through that door, my kids are there jumping up and we're saying hiand they're Busteng my my bubble, you know and I'm out of it now, I'm Dad. Soyou know that kept me from having to go to work, be tensely at work for three months.Then come back home to see my family and have to make up for lost time,because I my families with me, I don't have to do that much. You know. I talked to a lot of men that are fathers that were olderthan me that are in my business about how they do it, and I talk to a few ofthem and each one of them said: Look you're gonna have to decide the kids are onto stay with theirfriends or they're going to go dad and everybody. I talked to let their kids stay with their friendsand didn't bring them with them o set and every single one of them inhindsight said they regretted it right an so, and they come with me andth t that helps a lot in our relationship plus, be my relation withmy wife. No, I agree. You know- and I alwaysthank my wife too, for being so supportive, because I played forseventeen wefor fifteen years we traveled the country and we lived allover, sometimes runnold home. Sometimes we' bought a home, but that was themost important thing to me and I couldn't have survived all thosecuts and losses and winds and everything that I went through the redlight ill light in the green lights. Unless I was able to go home and sharewith every day, I thought it was so important yeah and you know good on you.You had a you hat, a spouse that support you. You know and that's askinga lot of our spouses, especially you know nowadays, when you know a lot ofwomen have even more independent and and go have their own roles and succeedin their own ways in their own vocations in life. It's it's hard. It'sa privilege to be able to have a spouse on he on either side. That can supportyou with their time that much and especially, if you have children yeah, it is hard. I thank my wife and everyday and now she works as a nurse and e therapist, and I try to support her.You know the roles have changed and it's kind of funny how that is- and Ithink that's what makes a family strong, amp. The multiformat network is here tohelp create, produce, distribute and sell. Your content for more information,send a message to Info at AA MP, dot TV, that's Info at UA, MP, DOT, TV hi. Thisis former NFL quarterback Gusterot Shixhuenden ndthirty one digitaladvertising. Is Your one, stop shop to promote Your Business and get newcustomers for a ward winning creative to getting as online in display video oTT connected TV and streaming audio go to Thosandsixhunden thirty one digitaladvertisingcom? Are you a small business owner or pursued the dream ofstarting your own company? Do you know where to start or how to grow, thatexisting business? The American Business Trust Company has the answersyou need the American Business Trust Company can help you with startupcapital, business strategy, sales and marketing and establishing your companywith a physical location or on the Internet. You decide you bring the idea.The American Business Trust Company can help with the rest for free evaluation.You may visit them online at am trust, Cocom, that's Ab tr USTCOCOM or callthem at six: Five: seven, six, zero Zerol, une n, eight seveny six, that'sthe American Business Trust Company, six, five, seven, six Zeros Erol unedand eight seveny six Collin. Today they can help your business right away. Heyeveryone! WELCOME BACK IN THE HODDLE! You can find us at RADIOCOM or whereveryou listen to your favorite podcast. Now, let's join the huddle, you know, so you spent some time in theHod wit me today, but I wanted to ask you if you could go join any huddleright now out in the NFL, which one would you like to be in what huddle would I like to be in rightnow, Doi know you still wa all the game todo and in all e sports? No, let's just say the NFL right now in the N fl. What hubdle do I want tobe in right now, do do to do Tudi want to be in Wertheres, so many quarterbacks downand now right now. Aren't there don't say the cow, don't say the cowboys,because you would just get annihilated. No, you know what I tell you who I like, as a quarterback and as a person andhow, in the domenion with which he runs, is offense and huddles up in the poisethat he keeps Russell Wilson, Seattle,...

...yeah, you know what you know what'sfunny I was. I was thinking that because I feel like that's exactly how you would be in thehoddle, because you never see him frazzled, youseem taking care of everyone around Hem and he's always in the right spot atthe right time, and that's just that's kind of what I was thinking. That's howyou would be. You would be that guy in the huddle, nol I'd hope, so he does have quite aboit of Poisean, especially for that height. You know I got to say I tellyou a funny story. I did this movie to for the money where I played this quarterback in college, who went on tobecome a game towter and picker, but we went out and shot this scene. It wascut back to day's. You know earlier years of my character where he wasplaying football and he was a quarterback and he set tho go line andwent to the run and got hit broke his leg, but the scenes leading up beforethey got the leg broken where his great passes, completions and winning drivewell the crew that they hire on movies. Tobe the stunt football teams, our x division, one football players, allright, not Wan, I'm five, eleven three quarters not a little guys, I'm five inthree corts and look they're all told this is a scene whatever you do. Don'thit number one on the call sheet me. So I know they're not going to hit me, but the first six passes where I drawback-and I know the route it's a it's a fifteen yard cross, I'm throwing itleav him in. I got a good arm all that stuff. I armailed that receiver by twentyfreaking feet likebecause these momsters coming at six foot, Fiv, I'mloke going how of the dew breezes in the russwalls and see over this.Finally, I had after on the sixth take I was like. Okay, you drop back here.You look left. You look right at this point when he cuts throw it that I hadtha all I could sees the scoreboard way, above all the guys, the DEFENDOF Lymanand I said, throw it at that scoreboard, just thow it about twenty five yards.That was the only past that I completed in. That was the take we used, but allthe sick F, the five early ones, just air mail man, just out of sheer feargoing. Oh my gosh they're, going to crump they're going to crumble. On topof me, so yeah, it's a it's a hell of a job to have the poiseback there. Well, that's you know. When you talkabout that and earlier you were talking about golf right to me, it's a littlebit of same when you're playing quarterback. Everything is out right.It's just me that receiver, I'm beating the DB. I can't control anything elseright. I like to control how I throw it to that guy. Maybe if I make a guy missbecause I move my feet or whatever, but it's a mind game and you got to focus,you got to get rid of everything else and golf is so like that yeah and- and- and you know you might throw a pick-it's just like- I might put my drive to fair ways over. I got to let it go andgo the next PLAC it, but you it's great God. Who's GotTho kind of fill that you know what I mean, because when you'r hit not an you get your dickknocked into dirt and you got to get back up and make the next big play it'sone of the hardest things to do in the world. I yehso yeah, but that's it. You saidit. You gotta, get you get back up dust off. Forget the last one move on so have you ever been on set where itjust hasn't been a good day, and you had that happened to you overand it just wasn't going, and so how did you pull yourself out of that? WhatI mean you were going through red light after Red Light, I've been there, I'vedone it right, and I got to get out of this. How am I going to get throu greenlike well? There's two two maners I've doneit both ways. I have greited my teeth and force my way through it and saidI'm coming out the other side, and I'm sticking I'm gongna out and Jur thisuntil I absolutely just get it, and I've also had to take the more easternview where I'm like you know what I'm going to take a little walk. I gota pressure reset. I got to go, get a new perspective. I got to come backinto this scene fresh. I got to go think about something else or let mymon wander to know where in particular and both have worked, I would say frormy job where tension is an actor's worst enemy, thateastern approach of I'm going to take a little walk check out, have a newperspective come back in and start a new is a better way to do what I dowhen I'm stuck in a red light yeah. I think that that's so smart, soyou know I just appreciate you telling us somestories about how sports has helped you how's itaffected your life, good and bad, and how you're going to you know maybe take some of these things on and teachyour kids about them, because I think...

...that passing those stories on are soimportant and you know we're lucky. I don't know which cover you like,better the one with you on it or the one with just your. You know green light on it, but I think me like under it I know well. Thank you. I think that'sfor a read wit, think of talking me about it, yeah. No, it's awesome, and-and I appreciate you sharing your life with us because you know you grew uplike a lot of Americans. It wasn't easy growing up. You know you had struggles right and ifyou love something you have a passion, it's just what you love the part whereyou told Your Dad Dad I'm not going to be a lawyer. I want to go to filmschool and you just said that. That's what made him happy that you had apassion and you were going to follow your dream. That is what made him happy. He saw.His youngest son choose his own path at that time and I think in my brother inmy dad's heart he was happy, even though I was not going to do what I was awaysexpected to do. He I think he took some honor and going yes, my son's being arebel he's going to go his own way. He didn't even ask me permission to yes,that's what you need. That's what you need to succeed. Well, Hey! I appreciate you join me.MASSYW was great to catch up with you. It's been a long long time and you knowthank you for sharing your stories. I look forward to you know hopefullyseeing you sometime in the near future, and you know sharing this book witheveryone, because I think we can all get so much out of it. So tell us howeverybody can get your book, or you know some last words of wisdom for allour fans out there, yeah, hey green lights, go to Greennightscom,you want to find out, you get the book there, but it to any bookstore all over all over the world. Right now I meanfrom the from th your local book store to your Barns, a nobles it it's outthere and the audible version is out there towhich I do read and I perform look to say a howto in a an outro, see youlater herse to catching and creating more ofthese greenlights in our own lives and in other people's lives, and I would say this- you know a lot oftimes. We think that creating a green light in our own lifeand in someone else's life, we often think that's a contradiction that thosetwo don't go together, but I don't believe it's true there's ways which wecan make a choice. That is both selfish for us us and selfless, and the bestchoice for the most amount of people as well, and that's the place Opro we getto especially right now, at a time in our nation, where we have such greatdivide, we got to start. We got to figure out what trust each other again,we got to figure out how to believe in each other again, and I think it'sthrough our values where we can say you know what let's at least, have aconversation, even though we may not have the same point of view or the samepolitics reaching Os meet you in the middle.Well, thank you for spending some time with me and huddle up with Gus and thenew Sixeen thirty one digital new studio. We really appreciate your time and good luck with the rest ofeverything, and hopefully I'll see your kid. Your son playing out for the Texaslongborn some day. You never know that might happen. There's one of themmight happen. I don't think I happen with all of them, but if might havewith one I cal dig up, I would love to see it all right. Ret Ienjoy it. Nice catching back up withya. This content was brought to you by allages. Media programming find more information about our MF in system atAP, DOT, TV.

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