Huddle Up with Gus
Huddle Up with Gus

Episode · 9 months ago

Matthew McConaughey

ABOUT THIS EPISODE

Welcome to the very best of Huddle Up with Gus! You’re in for a very special treat as we revisit Gus’ discussion with the great Matthew McConaughey about his love of football, how he became a Washington Football Team fan, what life was like growing up and how he juggles being a busy Hollywood icon and cheering on his favorite team in burgundy and gold. 

Hey everyone, Welcome to another episode of huddle up with Gus, I'm your host, former NFL quarterback Gus Frerotte and welcome to the new 16 31 digital new studio. You know, some people say no news is good news. Well I say to those people you've never read. 16 31 digital news dot com. Go to 16 31 digital news dot com to get your latest news, sports, music and entertainment and maybe even listen to your favorite podcast. Follow up with gusts. Check it out today at www. 16 31 digital news dot com. Welcome to what surely will be a doozy of a matchup brian here. Sports fans, whether your game is on the gridiron at the diamond or on the links, we can only say, yeah, welcome to this week's huddle up with gusts. 15 year NFL quarterback Gus parents, passion for sports has taken him on the field and behind the bench is playing for seven NFL franchises with 114 TVs under his belt. Gus knows who the players are and how the games are one. Uh, it's not every day you get to hang out with an NFL quarterback up. Okay, sports fans from the decked out and plush 16 31 digital studios, it's kick off time. So snap your chin straps on and get ready to huddle up with us two left. Hello everyone and welcome to huddle up with Gus, I'm your host, just parrot and thank you for joining us. You can find us on huddle up with gusts dot com. Uh and you can also find us on radio dot com and wherever you listen to your favorite podcast, you are joining us today in the News 16 31 digital news studio and we are glad to be produced by an tv. We are excited to be on K. S. I. X. You can find us there on sunday mornings at 10 a.m. Right before the NFL get started. Today is a great day. We were joined uh, this week by a great guest who grew up in texas. Told us about how uh sports shaped his life. Matthew McConaughey joined us, sat down with us this week, gave us a lot of insights that we didn't really know about him. Matthew and I were friends back in the days when I played with the Redskins, the Washington football team. And it's kind of funny when we sat and talked about all these green lights that he has because of his new book called Green lights. A lot of things. I had to go back and forth. You know, we talked about the old days and what was the old days? It was the Redskins. We talked about the new days and how Daniel Snyder might call him to help him name the Washington football team. But you know the insights that Matthew gave us into his life, all the green lights that have helped him through his life. The way he took his journals, wrote his story down, went out into the desert, took Took quite a few days. I think it was over 50 days um, at different periods of time to write his new book and to really hopefully help us all uh turn those yellow and red lights into green lights to move our life forward. And I really hope you enjoy this episode and now I think we should join the huddle. All right, Matthew we are ready to get in the show. I just wanted to get into some stuff that we always talk about with our guests and that's how sports shaped your life and you know, knowing you and reading your book. I actually listened to it because it was nice during your voice. Um And I think you did an amazing job reading it. Um So I listened to that and I think that you know, I never really found out. I mean you talk about chris hamburger a little bit back in the day, but how did you fall in love with sports at a young age? Yeah. Well we grew up, I mean there was, excuse me, there's always some sort of ball in the house. I got two older brothers, they were decent athletes. My middle brother Pat turned out to be a really really good golfer. Um We all played football up until about the eighth grade. My older brother played like ninth and 10th and that's about as far as we went. Um So whatever season it was, that's the ball that we played with this football season, played football, baseball season, we played baseball. I took up golf later on and played some tennis. Played 12 years of soccer. Um, you know, that, that's just the game we played basketball. That was what we did during, during the season. It's just kind of what we did, which most of the other neighborhood kids did. Um, you know, I became early on growing up in Longview texas about 2.5 hours east of Dallas. I became a, what was then called the Washington Redskins fan,...

...which now called the Washington football team. And it was because of a few simple reasons that a four year old mind we'll fall in love with the team. I mean, I'm watching westerns with my dad and I'm rooting for the american indians on horseback. I like the guys with the arrows into the guns after that. And favorite foods hamburgers. Redskins. Got a middle linebacker and chris hamburger. What's 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 then called a Redskin fan. Um, there was one guy across the street scott smith who actually was the only other risk. In fact, I knew in texas, I used to go to the texas stadium painted uh, shirtless painted burgundy on top with a headdress And you know, the shammy is used to drive a car off with, oh yeah, I'd have a shammy wrapped around my waist with a rope, tied it on. I'd be barefoot and I'll be right there on the 50 yard line, uh, in texas stadium. When the Redskins would play the cowboys. I was at, as you know, the last game at RFK, the first game at Jack Kent Cooke and the first game at Fedex, I have burgundy soil in a mason jar from the end zone of RFK. Um and then just grew up loving that team. I thought that's what I want to be at that time. They were called the washer Redskins. I wanted to be a Redskin football player at the john Riggins was was my guy and I was the guy in the backyard. I was sort of a late bloomer, so I wasn't very fast, but I had strong legs and uh backside and I was hard to get down in backyard football. So my thing was named Desire. You couldn't, you couldn't get me down. Well that didn't last uh started to go away. Everyone got bigger and faster than me starting around the seventh or eighth grade. So my football career didn't go much further than that. But sportsman, I mean, it's still my favorite sports is the truest version of reality tv. It's just, it's just, you know, I go to 2000 and five national championship with the University of texas beach, USC, you cannot write that script in my business of Hollywood, That's the single most dramatic event, a piece of entertainment I've ever seen. Um Ebbs and flows of that game. How, you know, I just, it's been a great teacher and me for preparation of my own job. Um, because as you know, um, you want to prepare so much that you're not thinking about what you have to do on the day. You want to go in knowing your game plan so well and knowing the opponent's game plan so well that you can call that audible with just an instinct. Um, 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, um, 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 movies out there, I don't think any fan has ever gotten the same feeling has been being at a true game. No, I, yeah, I'm not a huge fan of a lot of sports movies because it's never as good as the real thing. And you know, and I think that there are some that are fun, like, like slapshot, they're kind of funny, but it's, it's never, I mean, I could never do, to be honest with you. I could never do anything in my life That will replicate that feeling I had when we beat the cowboys that day at RFK and that was the last game I've tried since I've left the game for 15 years now, but nothing has worked, right? I've been, I've been an entrepreneur, Nothing. I mean, I love, my family had been married 26 years, my kids are all grown. I get so much enjoyment of pry it out of them but I don't, it's hard. I heard you on a podcast with chris long and his podcast Green light and talking about um just Mhm What do you do when you leave? Because you love some something so much. And I feel like like you're so lucky because you get to be, you do the job that you love for so long. I mean, you can be 90 years old and still making movies, right? And I had this short period and and I just just wondering, what do you feel like, like is that part of why you always wanted to be like play at the highest level is like you saw all that well, you know, I was going to be, I was headed towards law school and it wasn't to my sophomore year in college that I decided to change my career route and try to get into the storytelling business. So I went to film school, University of texas. Look, I, you know, to this day, I still love...

...sports and I'm around my alma mater, the University of Texas Longhorns and look, I'm 51 but I still sit there and and watching practice or something and we'll see a cornerback, you know, um you know, be a step late on, on, on on knocking down, making a pass an incompletion by tipping it and I'll, and I'll kind of hop and think, oh, I could have got that and then I realized, no, no, you could have got that. No, but it still feels like it was four years ago when I was in college. My body tells me different, but it's still in my mind, still feels like I was just the other day. Um, I now have a job where I can go. You know, I've played three lawyers. I much prefer preparing for a role for three months, working in that role for three months and then saying, hey now I've done six months as a lawyer or whatever vocation, whatever character I'm plan. Now I'm done, I can quit, go to another job, I can go play another part. It is a real advantage of what I get to do. I get to go try to, you know, live in all everybody else's different shoes of different walks of life. From astronauts to to to quarterbacks to to lawyers, to poets, to biographies of people. Um it's part of what I love about my job because I've always been keenly interested in people and how they were the best at what they did or in my job. How are they the most true what they did? Because my job is not always about winning. It's one of the great things about sports is sports has of you can declare the winner. It's 100 m dash. The first one that crosses first winds. You're the winner. It's not a gray area. And my job art is much more subjective. You know, it's hard to say what's what's the best of something. And sometimes I wish it was what could be more clear cut that there was more of a measuring standpoint to go like, no, this is the winner. This person is victorious because of this, This and this. But it's much harder because arts just more subjective. Mm hmm. Now you grew up you said you always had a ball in the house. I know you have kids now. Are you kind of doing that with them? We always have ball. Go play, go do something. When we were growing up. We all I was never inside. And I think kids today have changed. How do you feel about all of that? Are you trying to get your kids out and doing as much as possible? Yeah. Well, I mean, yes. And we're trying to roll with the times of this electronic age in this digital age. Because I see great assets. And in certain games they play digitally. Hand eye coordination, uh, seeing their brain work choices they gotta make. But we're very um try to be as responsive as we can about what games we allow them to play. And we very much limit the screen time. Because I grew up in a household like you did, if it's daylight outside, you get your butt outside. Remember mom saying many times, you're not gonna watch somebody do something for you, that you could go out and do for yourself. And there's great lessons in that you go out, you learn to negotiate with kids, you know, you're the bully comes up, you gotta work your way out of that situation. You get picked on team, sometimes you pick first, sometimes you pick last. Um because some people don't play fairly, how do you call them out? What's what's a good game? What do you know? Somebody, somebody hits you too hard or you hit somebody too hard and they get ticked off, you know, and it's good for negotiating life. You learn life lessons on how to get out of life and deal. Um, we still push our kids to get out. Um, quite a bit and they have to, for quite a few hours a day, they have to be outside moving around. Um, They're playing all the sports right now. You know, I'm trying to keep, make sure that they don't Get locked into only one sport this early in their life. My kids are 12, 10 and seven, so one of them loves soccer, the other one loves football. I'm like, we'll keep playing them all. You don't need to specialize in anything right now, be an athlete. I remember meeting you. Can you still dunk? I wish, I wish because when I met you folks out there, this man didn't need a running start. Standing under the, under the rim, up two hand jam on the basketball court. You're obviously an athlete. You know, you can move, but I'm trying to get, you know, teach our kids, play all the sports and that's what I did, right? And that's what I wanted to tell these stories about people growing up because I think sports is so important for all of us and hearing your story like, yeah, there is a path that you took, but sports probably shaped and influenced you in a way, Hey, look, your book is amazing. I love hearing the stories about your dad and your mom and you mean my dad, I remember going home, two bullies were picking on me. They stole...

...my bike through it in a tree and I went home crying. He was working in the garden after working in the middle all day and he said, you better go get your bike and not come back home until you have it, right. And that story reminded me a lot of stories that you told about your dad. Yeah, scary proposition. But what is the stuff we remember, experiences, We remember experience is much more than what we were told or given advice for. And I bet you were scared and you know, it could be to go back and get that bite. But then once you got it, I bet you respected that bike a hell of a lot more, but you probably took better care of it. And I bet you, you grew up a lot. You know, our parents are good. You know, that's what I mean. When I say negotiate in the world. Um, you know, it's, it's as parents, especially when Children are younger, you see him out on the playground and somebody, they get in an argument or somebody starts to get a some kind of fight your attempted to go, oh, I don't need to go interrupt, I need to go stop this. But there's great value in going, no, no, no, I'm gonna sit by. I'm gonna let see how my child negotiates this situation because that's the real world and we're not going to be there all the time. So let them go negotiate. Let them get scared and come home without their bike, that the two bullies through in the trees and tell them no, you're gonna have to go back or we're not, you're not going to school tomorrow until we have your bike back and you're going to go get it. There's great value in that. Well, how many green lights do you think sports has given you? Right well, as an approach to what I do, it's giving me endless green lights, did I say? I mean, you know, you played football, you play a bunch of sports, but got football that's a team sport. Most ports at their team sports. And you have something like golf, which is an individual sport. I played a lot of golf. I enjoyed that. Yeah. Mhm. That sort of inanimate object that there wasn't a real opponent. The opponent was yourself and how you dance and play the course. The course is already built now. Yes, the wind can pick up after you start to hit your shot and all of a sudden kick up to 35 mph in your face and knock your ball down and you under clubbed. But that doesn't happen all the time. Usually you can measure it. So there's a real art form to that individual sport. But football, Let's take football, for instance, in team sports. Yeah. You're playing for the other person. You're playing for your team and 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 if every player says I'm going to play my position to the best of my ability on every single play within the context of what needs to happen and what play is called, well then the collective team is going to play better. So I do see it as an individual responsibility and an individual game as well within a team sport that it is. But then again, that's how I look at life. I believe in the collective and I believe in groups and communities and in different tribes and what have you. But there's still, it's up to the person in the mirror, each one of us to say how good can I be at what I'm gonna do. Whether it's the game of life, whether it's with the relationship with our spouse or as a father or with our job. Um, So it is an individual sport, but we are collectively combined when we're really good at, if we're on a team were individually, everybody wants to be the best for everybody individually, wants to be damned excellent at what they do. That's what you're bound by. That's the collection. Um, because as you know, you get, you know, you got, you got 65 linemen and four of them. I want to be the best every play and the other one, it's kind of like when the hell's halftime, I'm tired. Well that's when that guy sneaks in on your backside right over that guy, that he was tired, you know, right? That's when you're pulling yourself up out of that nice RFK dirt that you have in a jar. Um So, so if you take sports and everything, you learn from it growing up and your love for it, how did you translate that into the work that you do today? Because it is a team that you're going to? Yeah. We don't get to see the behind the scenes and all the work. Like I think about like when I met you in our facility and I see you on the sidelines of games, we don't, we rarely get to see that as fans of what you do now in those, in all those processes. So if you are the star or the quarterback of that group, what responsibilities do you have to lead that team? Yeah. Well one I'm going to show up as or more prepared than anybody. I'm gonna be the master of my man, my character. Um Yes, somebody wrote it. Yes, I was directed me but I'm the master. It goes through me. I'm gonna know my character upside downside...

...left, right. I'm gonna come to the scene, I'm gonna come to the set every day with four versions of the truth to give you on my character, throw at me whatever you want. I don't care you tell any of those other because they can do what they want to say what they want. I'm ready press record. We're live. I can call them, I can call my proverbial audible. If you do something that's not scripted or if the 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 cameras rolling, Not between action and cut. I am my man when I walk off the set until I go home at night. So for that 12 hours it's in my mind. I'm like, it's live, there's no audition. It's all one take, you have one take and the cameras rolling right now be your man. McConaughey is what I tell myself. So. And that comes from preparation. Uh, I've tried to, when I was younger, I tried to arrogantly act like that. But if I wasn't prepared, I couldn't, you know, I couldn't back it up. No, but now I've learned to prepare to where all my work is in pre production, meaning that your work is in practice and in reps and if you do the right work in the preseason, my pre production when it's game time or when I'm on set, I'm not working. I'm playing. Yeah, because I did the work. It's a door from I'm not thinking about it. It's not my head it's moved down to my instincts. It's moved down to my body. You see how many teams out there they get a new D. C. New defensive coordinator. It's got this really you know complicated defense. Pretty good reason to Tibet against that team next year because you'll see players thinking and if you see a player thinking if you see it, if you see a safety or cornerback thinking you've got Westbrook or whoever has gotta step on him. Because because because because the corner was thinking so you got to make that transition from intellectually learning something to wear. No it's past that now. It's in my instincts. It's in my gut. I'm not even have to think about I'm moving with it. I'm reading the context of the situation, I'm reading the tales on my man that I'm covering, I'm ready. I'm calling audibles in stride, you know, in the game. That's when I know I do my job the best and I would guess that that's when, you know, you athletes do their job the best when they're not have to have to 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 or third and long or whatever you name it, um it's not you're not going to be successful and you know, it just makes me think about how similar but different they are and I, you know, I compare football to a lot of things in sports, to a lot of things and I was just thinking about that, how your preparation and how our preparation would be the same and what your game time is, right? Your game time is is when you're doing all these great things. So tell me what was your game time? What was your I see your prep was your game time when you wrote this book? When you were taking going out to the desert. I mean to me, I was like, How do you do that? Because that that was a crazy preparation. Your preparation that took 30 years of you writing in the journal? Yeah, Yeah. years of preparation by writing the journal and then to get the damn courage to say I'm taking those journals away to go turn and see if it's worthy of being a book, which I think it ended up being and hope it did because that's what it is and that's what I got out there. But so when it was games out for me to go do that as you know, what's the hardest part about working out or doing so many things that we're afraid of doing or don't want to do. The hardest part about working out is tying your damn shoes right? And getting out the door for me to as soon as I've loaded all my, you know, you don't wanna do it as soon as you do it. That's the hardest part. You glad you did for me. That was it. As soon as I loaded up my truck with all my journals and my steak and my bourbon and and and and my water. Then I was like, okay, I'm doing this. I'm in. So I went to the I I like to go where I can have no other incoming frequencies, meaning so I went away to solitary confinement to this place with no electricity, no internet service. Um, nothing with just me and my journals, which is basically me hanging out with me over the last 50 years. All right. And I didn't want to. Yeah. What's that? Did you take one of your airstreams? One of your silver bullets, nope, nope, left us at home. That was too much luxury. Uh, he was just just a shit. And I knew that I would get bored. I would get frustrated. I would get lonely. I would get like, I don't feel like great, but I I didn't want to have an alternate escape. I wanted to be like, okay, if you're bored or you know what? You've got one thing to entertain you and that's your journals. So just...

...keep going to that. So For a total of 52 days spread out over different sort of 10 and 12 day parcels I spent in solitary confinement right in the book. Um, and that was it. I I ended up loving it so much and got so hot, you know when you get in the zone, I was working 17 hours a day on average writing and my only, my biggest challenge was putting the pin down and going, you need to get some sleep. That became the hardest thing is just because my mind was just on fire and I was writing and it was coming out of me and the words were coming out of me. And so that was the hardest part after a while was just to remind myself you've got to get some sleep or you're going to burn out. Well, I don't, I don't think you burn out. You know, I was listening to you talk and then I've watched several of your podcast that you've done with a lot of other people. And I was wondering in my mind if you would be a great rapper, because you're so poetic and you put words together so well, and I wonder if you've ever thought that Well, Yes, and look, version of what I do is wrap, you know, and, you know, the original, my original, my favorite rapper, the original wrapper, bob Dylan, that guy was a rapper. Man, if you ever listen to bob Dylan, that's what he's doing, rapping. He was a folk poet, but he was a rapper. Um, so yeah, I do have a tendency and an affiliation for for for putting music to words and, you know, I speak lyrically. Um, I'll, you know, I'll come up with the slang or jargon that'll that'll look that that feels and sounds and tastes like a, like a, like a title to a great rock and roll album. Um, and that's just how my mind works with, with words. And a lot of the writings in the book are sort of, have that sort of like, oh, we're in the rock and roll era right now. We're in the beatnik period of the sixties, like, Jack Kerouac, just spitting out jazz. And, um, that's, yeah, that's that's how my mind kind of computes and put sentences together a lot of times. Well, I loved your podcast for that reason, right? Um, because you were you were given a little short clip about what this meant to you, and then you would play the song that meant so much to you, and you just went song after song after song. And I'm not saying I was a fan of all the songs you listed, but there were so many that I connected to as well, and I thought that it was a great way to do a podcast. I've never seen that done before. Where did you get that idea? Well I did want you to ask me to do their first one when they had their their new their new U. two station. So I did 11 U. two songs. Um My favorite U. Two songs and I D. J. Them. And I actually spoke for like sometimes two minutes as an introduction to a song. And then you know music, I listen to a lot of music. Every character I play. I I may have a different album that I create for that character. I have a different song for every scene I've ever been in when I go on set. And so the Spotify uh list that I put together for Green lights were songs that over my 50 years um meant something to me. So there's a bit of a chronology, um, with, with the music that I chose. Um, some of the songs I love, some of them are not my favorite, but they were a seminal song for me at that time. Um, and so I just put that together guy and then late at night, you know, mixed cocktail came to dark room, started laying down some introductions as McConnell and a DJ for green lanes. I love it. I love it. You're like, you're like the first baseman that we know he's going to hit a home run and we hear his music come up and we all fall in love with her. Right? So there's somebody on set for you playing your music that when you come in, this is what I want to play and you're, you're getting ready to come up and bases loaded, hit a grand slam. Sometimes I'm carrying my own jam box. Hey, how come up with us listeners? Manscaped. Yeah, They sent me, uh, they hooked me up with a bunch of tools and formulations for their package three point oh kit. So you know, I want to show you guys what's in the perfect package, Right? We all think we got a perfect package, but they sent me the perfect package, three point oh kid. I want to show you what they sent me. So it was crazy. It came in this great box. Uh, you know, you can see what it says. They will thank you because they sent us this awesome trimmer. They sent us, uh, you know, stuff that makes you smell better. And then, uh, you know, they sent me this great, uh, uh, some boxers, you what you get right, protect them. And then, uh, you know, they sent me this cool uh, sack, I guess you want...

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Um you know and if we go back, you know I love the other part of your book that I really love with the bumper stickers because I think that's it makes so much sense, right? Because what you said was when you're riding 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 you can think about the Redskins, what would be your bumper sticker if the Redskins, the Washington football team had one on their car right now? What do you that bumper sticker would say? Time to hail H. A. I. L. That's right H. T. T. R. Right. Yeah. Yeah that would probably be, yeah. What's it gonna be now, hail to the red wolves? What's it gonna be? You know, they keep that song and just change out Redskins? I don't know. We'll see you help us with the name, bumper sticker. That's it. Right, so we're putting out there. I'm surprised that Daniel Snyder hasn't reached out to you to try to give them some understanding of what the name should be. I'm surprised to gust daniel. If you're listening out there, you got my number, man. We talk, we've talked a few times since this name changes 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 wordsmith? Right. Just tell Daniel that you too will go out into the desert for about. You don't have to be 50 days, maybe 20 days and we can come up with a name. Can you see me and dan Snyder in the Dc dan Snyder in the desert? In the cabin with no electricity for 52 days. That would be awesome. Right. How long do you think he would make it? Uh, he'd make it longer than he would initially think he could because you know what I mean? He'd show up, he wouldn't even want to he would look at the place and go oh no oh no. Oh no no no no no this ain't meets all right. No. I mean if I could just get him in and let and he'd be like man it's dinnertime yet you're like man it's still one PM. You know, slow through time down because you know his mind moves fast. You know you have to slow him way down. Um He'd be uncomfortable for a while but I think I think he'd get last, oh boy this is gonna be tough. But I I think I can keep him there for a week. Mhm. I'd have to put a helmet on him and a chin strap on him in the mouth guard because he'd be going out of his mind being being locked up out in the middle of the desert and cabin for a week. But I think we've been there for a week. I'm definitely taking the under on that one. It's no doubt in my mind, especially when you pull out a head of lettuce and put some ketchup on it, you know, he's like, I'm out of here, he's not eating that. Uh We'd have to have pastrami sandwich. Yes, he's a foodie. Yeah, he's definitely foodie like bourbon and some crackers isn't gonna cut it for him. Um You know, and I think this is great because you have been a fan so and you're not only a Washington football team fan but you're a huge texas longhorn fan and you've actually engrained yourself into that whole university community society In more ways than one. And so can you tell me what your favorite part of being a texas Longhorn is? Yeah. Look, you come to University of texas. Mhm. To play athletics, you are expected to compete for national championships. Um Have the facilities, have the talent and the coaching positions. Um It's an expectation. Um I am right now enjoying this, my role as Minister of Culture there, which is I'm trying to align the same values it takes to put a winning team on the field with the same values it takes to have a winner in the classroom in the university as a scholastic destination. Um They're very similar as, you know what it takes to win in the sport, as it does to take him to win in life. Um 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 of Austin hires more graduates from University of texas than any other city hires from their local university. I'd like to see uh, the university in the city start to reciprocate and feed off each other that way. Um look, we've got a long standing uh pride. This is a great, here's a great example and there's a...

...lot of debate about the eyes of texas right now, so I don't want to get into that debate, but I will get into what I think is beautiful about the ritual of us singing that song. We sing that song, Win or lose. Now. The really beautiful part is that we sing that song when we lose because what is it basically saying? We have a long view here. We may have lost the battle today, but we're going to win the war. Um that's a sense of pride in history and tradition and expectations about the long future we're going to head into as a university that I that I really like. Um it's there's there's a great entrenched and rich tradition and expectation of excellence and a halo of excellence that is expected um for being a long one. Mhm. Well, you know, and so following you and like I said after I finished, I've been trying to find my passion, my place, whatever you want to call it, but you seem to have so many and you do them all so well and I don't know if you are somehow getting extra hours in the day, but I'm just trying to figure out how you do so much at such a high level. Can you give us a little insight to how you do that? Good question. I'm very organized. I mean, look, I have I heard about you keeping your list to go to the bathroom. Mhm. I'll put that on there, I'll put any any easy fun thing to do during the day on the list. I love having a longer list and be able to mark mark more things off of it. Um you know, a few years back, I did feel like I needed more hours in the day and I felt like I was sort of making B minuses C plus and the five things that are on my proverbial monday morning desk. And I looked down and I said, you know what, this music company, this music label in this production company, let's get rid of that, liquidate that, get rid of it. So I got rid of two of the five things and they had three things in front of me acting the foundation and my family. And I said instead of making B minuses and these five things, let's make a s in these three things and put more energy. Um an intent into these three things and, and for the most part work I was able to concentrate and give more time to the things that really matter to me. Um I do have a big life, I got a lot going on. I think I'm very good at compartmentalizing. Um and here's the other thing though, I don't do anything now that I don't authentically have a passion for that I don't authentically 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 because all works hard, Good work is hard, but it's the wrong kind of hard if we don't believe in it and I get it's the wrong kind of fatigue, I'll be the wrong kind. I don't like being tired at the end of the day, feeling like I worked my butt off, but I ran in circles and I'm like, I don't even know what I, if I, if I built anything today, I don't know if I pulled anything up. I don't like, that's the kind of fatigue. I don't like what I do like is a good day's hard work at the end of the day going, so, okay, cocktail is gonna taste good because I earned it, you know? Um and so I've been pretty good and I just try to keep work in front of me that I believe in. Yeah, I think that's so important for anyone. And I think what is great is that anybody of whatever your statuses or wherever you are in life, can read your book and get something a little bit out of that because the way you just said that it can be anyone, it doesn't have to be a professional athlete, a movie star, It could be anyone in any walk of life and you can take these things and just tell yourself that today is gonna be good day, I'm gonna go do work that I love and I'm gonna be happy when it's over. Yeah. And you know, not everyone can do work that they love. You know, I understand that, but I also know I've done things in my life and still do that. I may not love it, but but I'll, it had, it does enough for me that I need to do it, that I'll work to be good at it. And once I get good at it, I kind of learned to love it because it feels good being good at something, you know what I mean? So I I still do work and I mean everyone people out there who are like, hey man, I got a job that I don't love, you know what do you how are you talking to me? I'd say well I'm still talking to you because you can go if you go do something well, even if you don't love it, you can learn to love something because it feels good to do something over and over again that you're good at. No, I I agree with that. And so you know if I think about it When I was...

...playing because I never got to go to my dad's work when I was a kid, right? He worked for PPG for 42 years. I never got to go see where he worked. It was wasn't allowed in the factory. So for me, I took my kids in the locker room uh sadly my daughter couldn't go in there a lot, but when I could take 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 to do that with your kids and show them what you're doing so that they can see the work that you're putting in? Yeah, I do you know, I'm really fortunate in that regard, you know, before Camille and I decided to have Children, she said to me on one condition, I said what? She goes, you go, we go. So my family comes with me wherever I go, work on set, all around the world, so I go concentrate on my work all day. But when I walked through that door my kids are there jumping up and we're saying hi and they're busting my my bubble, you know, and I'm out of it now, I'm dad. So you know that kept me from having to go to work, be intensely at work for three months, then come back home to see my family and have to make up for lost time because my family is with me, I don't have to do that much. Um you know, I talked to a lot of uh men that were fathers that were older than me that are in my business about how they do it and I talked to a few of them and each one of them said look you're gonna have to decide the kids are going to stay with their friends or they're going to go with that and everybody I talked to let their kids stay with their friends and didn't bring them with them to set and every single one of them in hindsight said they regretted it right. So, and we, they come with me. Um, and that that helps a lot in our relationship plus with my relationship with my wife. No, I agree. You know, and I always thank my wife too for being so supportive because I played for seven teams. We for 15 years, we traveled the country and we lived all over sometimes running home. Sometimes we bought a home. But that was the most important thing to me. And um, I couldn't have survived all those cuts and losses and winds and everything that I went through the red light, yellow light in the green lights unless I was able to go home and share it with every day. I thought it was so important. Yeah. And you know, good on you. You had a, you had a spouse that support you, you know, and that's asking a lot of our spouses especially you know nowadays when when um you know a lot of women have even more independence and and and and and go have their own roles and succeed in their own ways of their own vocations in life. It's it's hard. It's a privilege to be able to have a spouse on on either side that can support you with their time that much and especially if you have Children. Yeah. Yeah. It is hard. I thank my wife and every day and now she works as a nurse and a therapist and I try to support her. You know, the roles have changed and it's kind of funny how that is and and uh I think that's what makes a family strong amp the multi format network is here to help create, produce, distribute and sell your content for more information. Send a message to info at a M P dot tv. That's info at double a mp dot tv. Hi, this is former NFL quarterback Gus Frerotte 16 31 digital advertising is your one stop shop to promote your business and get new customers for award winning creative to getting as online in display video, O. T. T connected tv and streaming audio. Go to 16 31 digital advertising dot com. Are you a small business owner or pursuing the dream of starting your own company? Do you know where to start or how to grow that existing business? The american business trust company has the answers you need. The american business Trust company can help you with start up capital business strategy sales and marketing and establishing your company with 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 ab Trust co dot com. That's A B T R U S T C O dot com. Or call them at 65760 018 76. That's the American Business Trust company. 65,760 01 876. Call them today. That can help your business right away. Hey everyone, welcome back in the huddle. You can find us at radio dot com or wherever you listen to your favorite podcast. Now, let's join the huddle. Um you know, so you've spent some time in the huddle with me today. But I wanted to ask you if you could go join any huddle right now out in the NFL, which one would you like to be in? Mm. What huddle would I like to be in right now? And I know you...

...still watch all the games to do and in all of sports now, let's just say the NFL right now in the NFL, what huddle do I want to be in right now? Um, do do do do do do do dude, I want to be in where there's so many quarterbacks down and out right now, aren't there? Don't say the cow. Don't say the cowboys because you would just get annihilated. No, no, no, no, no, no. You know what I tell you who I like um, as a quarterback end, as a person and how in the demeanor with which he runs his offense and huddles up in the poise that he keeps russell wilson Seattle. Yeah. You know what, you know what's funny? It was I was thinking that because I feel like that's exactly how you would be in the huddle because you never see him frazzled, You see him taking care of everyone around him and he's always in the right spot at the right time. And that's just, that's kind of what I was thinking. That's how you would be, you would be that guy in the huddle. No, I would hope so. He does have quite a bit of poison, especially for that height. You know, I gotta say, I tell you a funny story. I did this movie too for the money where I played this uh quarterback in college who went on to become a game tower and and picker. But we went out and shot this scene that was cut back to days, you know, earlier years of my character where he was playing football and he was a quarterback and he got to go line, went for the running, got hit, broke his leg. But the scenes leading up before they got the leg broken were his great passes, completions and winning drive. Well. The crew that they hire on the movies to be the stunt football teams are X Division one football players. All right. I'm 5 11, 3 quarters. Not little guys. I'm 5 11 3 quarters. And look, they're all told this is a scene. Whatever you do, don't hit number one on the call sheet me. So I know they're not going to hit me. But The first six passes where I drive back and I know the route. It's a it's a 15 yard cross. I'm throwing it. Lead him in. I got a good arm, all that stuff. I airmail that receiver by 23 ft because these monsters coming at six ft five, I'm not going how do the drew Brees and the Russells and see over this? Finally I had after on the sixth take, I was like, okay, you drop back here, you look left, look right at this point when he cuts throw it, that I had all I could see the scoreboard way above all the guys, the defensive lineman and I said throw it at that scoreboard, just throw it about 25 yards. That was the only pass that I completed. And that was the take we used. But all the 65 early ones, just airmail man, just out of sheer fear going, oh my gosh, they're gonna crunch, they're gonna crumble on top of me. Um, So yeah, it's a, it's a, it's a hell of a job to have the poise back there. Well, that's, you know, when, when you talk about that and earlier you were talking about golf, right? To me, it's a little bit of same when you're playing quarterback, everything is out, right? It's just me, that receiver, I'm beating the D. B. I can't control anything else, right? Like you control how I throw it to that guy. Maybe if I make a guy missed because I move my feet or whatever, but it's a mind game and you gotta focus, you gotta get rid of everything else and golf is so like that and and you know, you might throw a pick, it's just like I might put my drive to fairways over, I got to let it go and go to the next play, but you it's great. You've got to kind of fill that. Mhm. You know what I mean? Because when you get knocked, you get your dick knocked in the dirt and you got to get back up and make the next big play, it's one of the hardest things to do in the world. I uh Yeah, but that's it. You said it, you got to get you get back up, dust off, forget the last one move on. So have you ever been on set or It just hasn't been a good day and you had that happened to you over and it just wasn't going. And so how did you pull yourself out of that? What I mean? You were going through a red light after red light. I've been there, I've done it right and I got to get out of this. How am I gonna get the green light? Well, there's 22 mentors. I've done it both ways. I have gritted my teeth and force my way through it and said I'm coming out the other side and I'm sticking, I'm gonna out endure this until I absolutely just get it. And I've also had to take the more eastern view where I'm like, you know what, I'm gonna take...

...a little walk, I gotta press reset, I gotta go get a new perspective, I got to come back into this scene fresh. Um I gotta go think about something else or let my mind wander to nowhere in particular and both have worked, I would say from my job where tension is an actor's worst enemy, that Eastern approach of, I'm gonna take a little walk, check out, have a new perspective, come back in and start a new, is a better way to do what I do when I'm stuck at a red light. Yeah, mm. Yeah, I I think that that's so smart. So you know, I just appreciate you telling us some stories about how sports has helped you, How has affected your life, good and bad and how you're gonna, you know, maybe take some of these things on and teach your kids about them because I think that passing those stories on are so important 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 green Lake under it. I know. Well thank you. I think it much for reading it. Thanks for talking me about it. Yeah, No, it's awesome and I appreciate you sharing your life with us because you know, you grew up like a lot of americans, it wasn't easy growing up, you know, you had struggles, right? And if you love something you have a passion. It's just what you love the part where you told your dad, dad, I'm not going to be a lawyer. I want to go to film school and you just said that that's what made him happy that you had a passion 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 and my dad's heart, he was happy even though I was not going to do what I was always expected to do. He, I think he took some honor and going, yes, my son is being a rebel. 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. Yeah, well hey, I appreciate you joining me. Matthew was great to catch up with you. It's been a long, long time and you know, thank you for sharing your stories. I look forward to, you know, hopefully seeing you sometime in the near future and you know, sharing this book with everyone because I think we can all get so much out of it. So tell us how everybody can get your book or you know, some last words of wisdom for all our fans out there. Hey, green lights go to green lights dot com. You want to find out you get the book there. But it's it's it's at any bookstore all over all over the world right now. I mean from the, from the, your local bookstores to your Barnes and nobles. It's it's out there. Um, and the audible version is out there to which I do read and I perform um look to, to say howdy and uh, and altro see you later. Here's to catching and creating more of these green lights in our own lives and in other people's lives. And I would say this, you know a lot of times we think that creating a green light in our own life and in someone else's life, we often think that's a contradiction that those two don't go together. But I don't believe it's true. There's ways which we can make a choice that is both selfish for us, us and self less and the best choice for the most amount of people as well. And that's the place I hope we get to, especially right now at a time in our nation where we have such great divide, we gotta start, we gotta figure out what trust each other again. We've got to figure out how to believe in each other again. Um and I think it's through our values where we can say, you know what, let's at least have a conversation even though we may not have the same points of view or the same politics. Meet you in the middle. Well, thank you for spending some time with me and huddle up with Gus, uh and the new 16 31 digital news studio. We really appreciate your time uh and good luck with the rest of everything and hopefully I'll see your kid, your son playing out for the texas longhorns someday. You never know. That might happen. There's one of them might happen, I don't think will happen with all of them, but it might happen with one. I can dig it up. I would love to see it. I guess. I appreciate, I enjoy nice catching back up with and that's a wrap sports fan. Thanks for joining in the fun at the 16 31 digital studios for another, huddle up with Gus, featuring 15 year NFL quarterback Gus, parent huddle up with. Gus is proudly produced by 16 31 digital media and is available on apple music.

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