Huddle Up with Gus
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Renee Montgomery

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WNBA star Renee Montgomery joins the huddle! Listen in, as Renee and Gus talk about the current police brutality and pandemic issues facing the United States today. Also learn about Renee's successful career and her foundation. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Hey everyone, we appreciate you joining us in the huddle. I'm your host, fifteen year NFL quarterback gusts front, alongside my longtime friend and cohost Dave Hagar, where we talked to guests about how sports shape their life. Be sure to check us out on our website, how up with Gustscom, where you can listen to more episodes just like this. Now let's join the huddle. Hey everyone, welcome to another episode of Huddle up with Gusts. I'm your host, Gust far at fifteen, your NFL quarterback, and I'm usually joined by my friend and cohost Dave ager. Dave is not able to join me today, so I'm on my own. I'm really excited today. I think we're going to get into a lot of topics that are very much needed today, but we're also going to find out a lot about somebody who grew up in West Virginia. No PRO teams in West Virginia, so I'm anxious to find out who she rooted for. But today joining us is Renee Montgomery. Renee, you were drafted by the Minnesota links you play for. You Con one a national championship. You've wont to be WNBA Championships. You've done it all. Now you're moving on to with your foundation and you're kind of you really I think turning the ball would a lot of people want to do, but you really have the courage to go and do it and I really applaud you for that, because a lot of people could never do what you do. So thank you for joining us in the huddle today and, you know, I just appreciate you being with me. Thank you for having me on the side of yeah, so our show really starts about when you were young. I knew you grew up in St Alban's West Virginia, which is not that far from Pittsburgh, probably where I where I am, and you know, one of the things we always start with this. You know, when we're young, we always have that moment or something that you can connect back to how you fell in love with sports. Do you remember that or why that was that you fell in love with sports? Yeah, I can remember my sisters were playing. So I'm the youngest and anybody that's the youngest knows I have two older sisters, Nicole in the Shay, and so when both of them started getting interested in basketball, I'm like I'm dribbling too, because I just wanted to be like them and then just that little start that that's where I fell in love. Yeah, you know, and it's so important. Everybody has a different idea of and reason why they fall in love. I interviewed somebody the other day. It was just because he had a very you know, he loved the Yankees and Mariona Rivera was as idol and he just loved the Yankees, and that's all. We fell in love with sports and for you it was like me, you know, was it was family members and it was people in our neighborhood and then you just started going around. Now, did you play multiple sports? I did, so I played soccer in high school and our ranch tracks as I was young. Now, what did you run in track? A ran long business young, like. I don't know what I was thinking. As I got older, I...

...started running hurtles. So again, I don't know what I was thinking, because I had to stop running hurdles my senior year because I had already thought what you can okay, and they were like no more hurdles for you know, they weren't. I was like no words, it's a lot of work, you know. I coach Ezekul Elliott and high school and is Zeek was up was a state for your state champion Hurdler and you know he ran both the short and the long and I've watched you know he would leave football practice and he would go and work out for I mean it's a lot and the technique you have to do and everything to make it successful, but I'm assuming that all that track work helped you on the basketball court. Yeah, and the footwork was soccer to you know, like there's different things and stamina. So I think it all I took a ballet when I was younger. My parents, my parent that was my parents choice, not mine. I think all of those things like helped me have my footwork and help me be the player I am. Yeah, do you think it's important for kids today to play multiple sports? I mean, I definitely do, because I don't think you know what you like. You know, you might have a sports family that loves football, but you're in a soccer so if you only try the sport that your family may like, you may not know that you you have a lower passion for something else. So I definitely think multi sport is definitely the way to go. When you're younger. Yeah, we definitely made all of our kids try every sport. And you know, it's funny. My daughter we said, okay, you're going to try soccer, you know, and she stood by the goalie and talk to the goalie the whole game. So we're like, yeah, we don't think soccers really her sport. She wasn't a runner, but then she end up playing goalie in Lacrosse and field hockey. So you know, you just never know. You got to try it all to find out what you love. So then, you know you played multiple did you play like a you or anything when you were in basketball when you were a kid? Oh yeah, definitely, definitely. I played a you. I think starting out at twelve and played all the way through till when I graduated. So when did you really feel like Hey, man, I love this, this is this is going to be great, this is what I want to do. I have a real passion for it. And you know, was it when you were early on, or did was it more in high school? Definitely early on. Actually, wasn't very good early on I was kind of put in the game usually when they needed like a defensive stopper or things of that nature. So that kind of drove me as well, like I didn't like that I wasn't the player that played a lot. I didn't like that I wasn't the player that was playing at the end of the game. So that was almost my driving force when I trained, because I want to understood that I shouldn't have been that person. I wasn't good enough, I wasn't better than them. So that was my that was my posh in my force to try to get better so that I could get more minutes and then be on the court at the end of the game. Yeah, so you go to South Charleston high schools at right. Yeah, Stop Roston. Yeah, so you're in high school, you're playing. Now what when was it did you start getting recruited by all these schools? Because you went to Yukon, probably the best, you know, Women Basketball College in the country, and you know, when did you start getting recruited by all these schools? Well, I would say my sophomore years, where...

I kind of knew I could choose where I wanted to go. You know, I signed with Yukon my junior year, so I didn't even my whole senior year. I knew where I was pretty much going and was almost a done deal. So I would say my freshman year I got some good amount of attention and then my buy, my sophomore year, I knew that I would be able to choose wherever I wanted to go to school. Now, did your family, your sisters, have influence on where you were going to go play? Not at all. If that was the case, I would have signed with the University of Maryland because that one was my number to pick, and my sister lives in Maryland, so that's I wanted to go there to be closer to her. But when I went to go visit Ukon, I knew that that was the school for me. Now, what was it when you went to the you know, you say it's a school, but is it like when you visited and all the team got to meet you? Was it just the atmosphere of being around other, you know girls that were like for me when I went to Tulsa, the coach and the team and what they were doing was more vibrant to me than the other schools that I visited. What was that interaction like when you first visited Yukon? Yeah, I would say that the same. It was the energy that was there and the energy and the culture this there, that's created by the coaching staff. So usually when you sign with a school, I mean, I know what with some guy players, you know, they go in a team up, but usually it's the coaching staff that creased the culture and they recruit players that can continue that culture. So that's what drew me to Yukon. It was the culture, it was the how they carry themselves. You know, I liked how professional Yukon was was and how how they treated their players and with the professionalism to so I just like the whole spill of Yukon. Like you know, I just was drawn to it because I love that they were discipline. I love that team work was the the the beginning and end of everything they did. I love that. You know, coach our I am. I really didn't care about superstars. You know, everybody says that, but he really honestly is the better the player you were. That was worse for coach or a him, because you know that he's going to get onto you. So yeah, I just liked everything about it. Valet, stay and play on your next getaway to Los Angeles, the Weston Bonnadventure hotel and sweets offers effortless access to all the city of angels has to offer, whether you're hoping to catch a concert or sporting event. Our hotel is just moments away from all the action and accessible to Hollywood beaches, museums and theme parks. The package includes a guest room and valet parking. For reservations, use Promo Code PSF in the code box when making your online reservation, or call one two hundred and three, six, two four one thou and ask for Promo Code PSF. Yeah, I kind of did that to Ezeko all the time. I said, look, I'm gonna be harder on you than anybody else. I know you got the talent and those people are looking up to you, not up to me, and so you know, I was hard on him to push him to be the best on the team and everything, and you know everybody followed suit. So you know, one of the things you mentioned, I read an article that you did and talked about when you were growing up. You know, you went to almost like an all white school...

...kind of, and that seemed to you. Know, I don't know how much you realize it then, and you know then you get to Yukon and there's probably a heck of a lot more diversity. So how do you feel like that affected you or helped you go into the school you did in high school? I think it all helps you. I think when you're submerged in another culture, that that's helpful. You know, after I got graduating UKON WBA players, we play in the WM gay in the summer and then after two weeks, after our season, we go play in Europe somewhere for seven months at a time. So I think those experiences only helped. They helped me understand another person's thought process. They had helped me understand another person's situation because, you know, in America we see it's fast, fast, fast, fast, pass everything we do as fast. We eat on the go, we do everything on the go. But and Europe they sit down to have dinner every night. You know, they enjoy things, they slow down. So I take a little bit from every culture. Yeeah now, that's that's great, you know, and I think that's that's so important. You know, we're all on these things all the time and people get very emboldened on there and then when you sit down to have a conversation facetoface. They don't say the same things to you, and I do that a lot with family, friends, that everybody, because you you know, what do you really believe? What are you feel? And then I'm there. It's really easy. FACETOFACE, like you're saying, it is tough, and that's and I think what's that's a lot to sports does right, because you have a coach that's facetoface with you every day, yeah, you know, and telling you what's right and wrong and coaching you. Yeah, and so what did you learn from your college coach? Oh, Gosh, I mean everything. I learned how to be, I learned how to prepare. So I think that that. That, to me, is one of the main things. And my parents had already started that with me in a sense of you know, my my Ditty, this is my daddy, always say, if you're not early, you're late, you know, and it's my parents already kind of laid the found foundation and then when I got to Yukon they just hammered it home. And how to prepare, like, basically, overpreparing is preparing. Can you do it so many times that you can't do it wrong? I can you do it right. One. So I started to learn different concepts of when I thought I was killing it and then he's like, all right, do it five more times and if you can't mess up, then you know how to do it, and I'm excited. I got it right once, right, right. I started to understand that I needed to prepare differently, and so I think that's what coach or I am and the coaching step. And you contaught me now that did. Did he kind of let girls would have graduated already, have gone onto the WNBA and and achieves these things? Did he let them come back in the locker room and speak with you guys? Oh, even, I'm come back and practice and beat up one is. What are you talking about? Those are the worst days, honestly, when I saw Rita Williams walking in the gym or Sue Bird and I'm like, okay, here we go, like because you know that he's gonna he knows that they're already going to have the up her hand. He's going to yell at you while they're doing it because he's going to enjoy right.

It's no, it's going to be one of those days. So but again, that that helps. That helps me because, as a young player, I had to give my mind right early, like, because I will get dominated like Bertie will not care if I'm if I'm doing it right or wrong, or if I don't know, like she's going to do what she's supposed to do. So I'll let me. I learned young that, like you just gotta be ready. They don't tell us the night before they're coming. They just walk up the practice and you're like, okay, well, that almost makes a game like that. You get in and you're like, oh, it's going to be on today. Yeah, and and you know it's it's interesting because you know, they rehab. You know, a lot of times, like the athletes that are former players, they go back to the school to Rehab. So they're there. I just love the Camaraderie of the program that you can go back to you kind of Rehab if you need you might get some shots up with us like they did, you know, like, but I just like that, you know, as a family environment. Yeah, you know, and it's crazy. I'm glad it's like that for you, because it wasn't like that for me. It ALSA was not a place where you could go back too easily. Wasn't very opened us former players come back. You know, they didn't have a problem with me giving the money but not coming to the Games and opportunities. So we all have a different story and I'm glad you got to have a positive one because I think it's so important. You know that you pay it forward, and that's what coach, I think, expresses to you. I've watched a lot about him and he seems like a great person. Yeah, he is, and that's the thing. You know, a lot of people get caught up and he yells a lot, but you listen to him talk and you see how his players talk about him, you can understand the type of guy is right. So then you're going in. Got To go move on. Yeah, have an understanding of like, Hey, I'm going to have a chance to go play in the WNBA, I'm going to be drafted. What was that process like for you? It wasn't that process. So people forget the WBA draft is like three days after the championship game. So I won the championship with the final four. You flying back, you have the parade, you have the rally and then you fly straight to the to get drafted. So it's a whirlwind. My God. I remember the night of the championship game signing with my agent. I think I signed with Nike that same night after the championship game, and the next day we flew out. It's really crazy, like it's a fast process for wnba players because it happens in the same week. So when did you get your take your first breath? Because it seems like it everything is just moving lightning speed for you. The fast because you know then you get drafted. You got your coach calling you like Hey, welcome to the team, can't wait to get you up there, and I'm like all right, cool, like you know. So you're kind of just riding away. Yeah, and then you get back to school and you got to celebrate with all your all your friends and players and the whole school. You got to go pack because you got to go to the don't pay team. You know, the wnba starts in the summer. So you have the final four and then you play that same summer with your WBA team. So it's not there's not that that period of of Tom where you just have off, it's you go one straight into the other. So then you're making...

...this new transition. Do you feel like when? No, like you mentioned to bird when they came back do that? Did that kind of help you get ready to also transition right to the WNBA, because I feel like that experience alone, and then their work ethic that you got the saw and be a part of your you go into Wnba and you're like, Oh, okay, I got this, I've been around this. Yeah, definitely, and I mean not even just with Birdie and I'm coming back. Just the preparation that we do at Ukon on a day to day basis, whether they were there or not. That's why you see a lot of Yukon players where they were role players that you can but they still have a pro career five, six, plush years. That's because the thing I talked about before, you learn how to prepare, you learn what to do, what not to do, what's acceptable, what's not acceptable, and whether you're a young high school or coming in or not, it's still not acceptable. So just having to be consistent on a day to day basis, that's that's all prepare me most for the WBA. So I would assume you know, you go from winning a national championship. Now you're right into the WNBA. What was the first game that you played in. What was that experience like for you? I was nerve racking, I mean because you come you come from college where, you know, I was an all American, we won with the championship, and you've achieved a certain level of status and then you get to the pros and it is gone. They don't care who you are. Yeah, you don't care that I won championship a month ago, two months ago. They're they're ready to just play. And so it was. It was nerve racking in the sense that now you have to basically start from ground zero and build up again. Yeah, and then you realize it's a business too. Oh, yeah, yeah, and that sports is a business, period. And and, and you realize that now, this game that you played for fun your whole life, you can lose your job. Like it's your job, so you could lose it at any time as well. Yeah, and there's so many different factors that you have to deal with now. You know, before, like you said, Hey, I was going to school and have a lot of responsibilities. Now it's my job. Now I'm going to have a find a house, I could do all these other things I've never had to do before. How was that for you did you have a lot of support in that area. Yeah, so, again, WNBA's a little different. The WBA provides housing for us. So you know when I when I got to the League, they were providing housing and a car. So you literally just have to fly to the city and you, I mean you, and provide all of that. But you know now, just speaking of that, with colleges, name image and likeness. You know, college athletes are going to have to do a lot more. You know, when I was in college, you're right, I just got to be a student athlete. But Man, these college athletes now they're going to have to have somewhere and have have agents. They're going to be doing endorsement deals. So it's going to be they're going to be way further along as far as prepared when it comes to the business aspects of things in the pros. Yeah, it's funny. You mentioned that. They kind of help you the WNBA. In the NFL, there's no help, right. They said be here. You were...

...drafted in the sabbace drafting in seventh round. They said here's when you got to come to rookie camp. Be there, there's your hotel room and we'll see you then and then it's like, ok, what else? Was No other information? Oh, will send you the playbook. Learn this by the time you get here, and it's like, well, it's crazy and it's fast. Yeah, and so I you know, you go on. You played with the links and assume that that's who you won the championships with with correct. Correct. How did you like Minnesota, because I played there three years? Yeah, I love you. Look, Minnesota fan bases is so supportive. You know, that's that's the first thing I think. I want to think of Minnesota and then, you know, obviously think of my teammates and everything, but that's more basketball wise. So the city wise. I enjoyed it because the fans just I mean whether you're going to a restaurant, anything, like, the fans know you, they support you and they're behind you. So at for an athlete, you know, that's the best thing. That's the best case scenario for a city. Yeah, and I feel the same way about the fans up there. They really support their teams. I mean when I played for the Vikings, I played in the old dome. Never got to play in the new dome, but I played it for two different head coaches and everywhere I went, every restaurant. Like you said, they know you, they appreciate you and it's fun to give back to the community. Then, yeah, exactly. And then you want to play for a community like that. You know, it's like the Oklahoma City thunders and the communities where they just are completely behind you. You want to just play your best and make them proud. So yeah, loved playing there. So you mentioned that when the WNBA season would be over, you would go overseason play. I never experience that. What is that like? It is different because it now that again, it's the same in the WBA as as they provide housing, they provide a car, but now you're in a country where you don't speak the same language. So I'm in language. So I'm in the grocery store and I'm like is this chicken poor? And then now with the Internet, everything is so much easier, but when I first went over season two thousand and nine, it wasn't as easy, you know. So I'm in there like chicken poor, like I'm trying to really like figure out. Yeah, but those experiences, they they shift my mind. When I start to think about, you know, things going on with people, I always start to think about their situation because it's in Europe. It's so different than American like culture that I start to see things differently. Hey, hoddle up fans, this is producer Logan Carny. We thank you for listening to another great episode. If you want to hear more about how sports can change somebody's life, be sure to check out my novel our seats and left field, on Amazon. Our seats and left field is about Andy Smith, a sixteen year old kid who grows up a big pirates fan with his dad. Right before the pirates two thousand and thirteen magical season, he loses his dad to cancer. Read all about how Andy overcomes his depression while the pirates find a way to win. That's our seats in left field on Amazon. You can buy it right now. Now let's get back in the huddle. Yeah, is is the basketball any different? Definitely, it's definitely different.

And overseas too. They expect you to do way more than in the pros because in the pros, you know, I have eleven other teammates and they're all all Americans as well. Right over he's just not necessarily the same. They need you to do more because your American. Now, did you get some time off to go sight seeing when you're over there? Because that would that seems like that would be what I'd want to do. It's a job, so you could like it's not like they give you off time to do it. But like on my time off, I usually would fly back to America or or relax, honestly, because in Europe you practice twice a day, so that's that's pretty tiring to me. So I would usually rest, but my teammates would take that time to go in school. Now, you know, here in the states are trainers that help us, that help us recover and do all those things for us. We're pretty I think we're pretty advanced as a country and all that and all the technology we have to get us back on the quarter of the field. Now over in Europe, was it the same where they as high tech, where they were? You know, I'm thinking like Europe's old school and they just give you a I got to say good luck. It is more old school and a sense of their approaches. You know, they have the can where they spray the cold air on you and different things like that, but it is old school. But yet some of their the the old school methods. Like I prefer them actually, because I'm like, I'm I'm a person that I get in the cold top. I do too. Yeah, everybody wants to do cry Oh, and I understand all the benefits, but like I like to soap my bones and my body in a cold top. So that's kind of old school now. So I do think that there's some type of benefits to the old school as well, and they are old school and some things. Yeah, now you're on a professional team WNBA here in the states and you go over there and you have a different coach, do they kind of leave you alone or they just kind of give you tips or how does that work? Because I've never dealt with that like where, you know, it's the same season. I'm I'm playing for professionally here, but I'm also over and overseas. What was that like? It's tough. You have that a short term memory. So I remember in two thousand and sixteen we've lost in game five of five and the championship game with the finals in the WBA finals, and then in two weeks I had to go fly to France and start and start that season. So I'm like heartbroken over losing the championship and then two weeks I started new season. That's difficult because you know, as athletes, you know you put your Heart in passion in one season and then you have to reset. That's hard. And as far as the coaches, they still definitely get onto you. They speak enough English and get there, you know when they mean business right. Yeah, they can piece together the sentences they need and some speak great English. So it just varies. So you've had this incredible career, you know, and I know you left it early to pursue other passions. You have a foundation. You seem to be really helping the the kids and the people back in West Virginia. You're doing a lot and which is amazing. So as that always been a passion of yours, because it seems...

...like you're so busy with basketball, there's no offseason for you. How did you kind of manage to do all those things? You seem incredibly busy. Yeah, so that's that's the thing. I've always kind of been interested in and helping people. My parents told me all the time with my nature. So I feel like this was going to happen with me at a certain point. But you know, the Strand of events that happen in the today. They climate pushed it forward, you know, I think get fast forwarded in a sense. But yeah, I already had my foundation before I opted out of the WBA, so that that that was already going to be something I was doing and then when I opted out, my foundation is just going to be the vehicle and which I make the the initiatives are I do that get the change done. So what are you doing with your foundation currently? I mean, I've read one of them. It's I think it's called let's go pro or something like that. And then I'm I'm assuming you're doing other things with black lives matters and whether it's some stomach racism. I know you want to fight for all this stuff. So tell me a little bit about what your foundation is and what really what you're passionate about. Okay, so the mission statement for my foundation was to spread positivity through things I learned in sports, team work, confidence, discipline. So those same things that I just talked about that I learned at Yukon. I think that those are life things. I think that if you learned to be a good teammate in regular life, that in the workplace you'll be a better co worker. If confidence you know you'll present yourself better, and then if you have discipline, everybody knows that discipline is how you get a lot of more done in a little bad time. So I wanted all of my events to have this certain energy about it, and the energy was a positivity. So what that type of mission statement? It gave me a lot of room to work. When it comes to this social aspect. I want to go to educational reform and I have two different initiatives that are coming out. One is going to be a voting and initiative where it's all informational. What is a Democrat? What is it a Republican? What do you need when you go to the polls? Like how are you going to get there? In a sense of all things informational. How does Hell Care Relate to you? If you have a codpaid, that's healthcare, you know, like connecting the dot so that people can understand what they're voting for, not just go vote. So that's the voting campaign and then I have another one. That's HBC HBCU campaign where, you know, different funding for hbcus is just not there. So those are two. Those are the two avenues that I'm going in. That's why I said I'm pretty sure I was going to do this in and life anyway, and now I just got fast forward and pushed up. Listeners, thanks for joining David I in the huddle. We invite you to join our excusive huddle through Patreon, where you can get access to content made just for VIPs like yourself. Head to our website, huddle up with Gustscom and hit support our podcast on the pop up ad once again. That's huddle up with gustscom. Now let's get back in the huddle. Well, I know that hbcus are really struggling with everything going virtually online and they didn't really plan for those types of things in hbcus have really fallen by the wayside and a lot of this and so...

...that you're working with them is wonderful. I work with a group here in Pittsburgh called the Energy Innovation Center and we talked about and we met another company out of Philadelphia called Jonah Cooper Llc, and we just had a big, long conversation about HBCUS and how we can help, you know, those those kids coming out there get jobs or better fund them or whatever we need to do, because they are kind of falling back. People want to say, well, they're doing fine. No, they're not. They've they there used to be, I think, over two hundred. I think it's a lot less now. I'm not sure. I don't know the exact numbers, but that's amazing that you're doing that. You're right and that's exactly it. When when you see schools like, I believe, with the harbor that said they're going all electronic, no no one on campus. When you see that, that's okay for Harvard because people are going to seek out going to Harvard. They don't have to recruit. But when you have schools like an Hbcu, well, when you go online or when you do different things, maybe those students don't even go to school anymore. You know people that have been going to those hbcus. They might just opt out that year and and go to work because now they're in a situation because of COPD. So yeah, they're not doing okay and that's exactly why I'm going to focus on that now with your with your voting initiative. You know every state is a little different now, or are you kind of studying all the states and trying to figure out like so if somebody gets you from California or you just kind of broadening it. So we're going to it's going to start here in Atlanta and it's going to be information. There's going to be brought information and then there's going to be local information. Okay, when we talk federal, that'll be every state. The federal like you know who is the commander in chief? You know if you ask some people that, some people might not know that's the president. You know what I mean, though. It's just educating people so that when they are watching the news or when they are reading different stances, they have a baseline of knowledge to work from. So there will be federal, there will be local. As far as here in it in Atlanta, I'm starting to I'm going to be working with the Hawks and coach Lloyd Piers, because I don't know if you saw, but they open up their arena as a pulling side and the Mel in and everything in nature. So it's going to be exciting because a lot of people are trying to do things and that's how a lot's going to get done. You know, one thing I always felt with professional sports was that the professional sports don't come together enough. You know, even though you're in Atlanta. There's some amazing other leagues there. We don't talk, you know, we don't ever communicate. One of the things I was always so up said about is our ALUMNIS and our unions. Don't put us in front of other alumnis and other unions so that we can all kind of if we all have the same goal, the more of us that are doing it, the more powerful it's going to be. Agree and I think that that's the one thing that I'm so thankful for. When I announced that I was up and out of the WBA season, man, I had boatloads of NFL soccer, wnba players, NBA players like everyone reaching out to me, trying to show their support and ask and do I need anything, and I'm like this is perfect. Like so, if, if this...

...pandemic, if this, if this police brutality, of all of that, it's all a lot of good comes from it. Then it wasn't. In main, Start Your Day sunny side up at the Weston Bonaventure Hotel and suites and enjoy breakfast or two on us, no matter how you plan to spend your trip to Los Angeles. Start every day with a hearty meal to kick start your morning. Enjoy breakfast for two on us. Each day you stay for reservations, be sure that Promo Code S for B appears in the Promo codebox when making your online reservation at Mariottcom. BACKSLASH LAX BW or call one eight hundred two to eight one thousand two hundred and ninety and asked for a promotional code s for B. Right right now, and just like today at a gentleman call me and they have this. They developed this test that that some type of monitor you can wear to see if you have covid symptom. It's not a few of Covid, but if you have the symptoms, whether you're temperatures up, all those types of things. And he asked if they could come on the podcast and I'm like, of course, we all want sports to come back, you know, we all want to be a part of this and and and so I said, of course. So the more that we can do, and you're one of them that's doing the most out there and I applaud you for all of that. And and thank you. And I'd love, like I said before, I'd love to introduce you to foyer, who's in Atlanta. He's a great kid, great person, and I think he's also doing a lot in the community and I think that the more we can all get together and work with each other, the more will get done. Love it, definitely love it. I look forward to meet him. Yeah, and so you know, I know you're short on time. Usually we go a lot, a lot of indepth stuff. One of the last things we do is called the no huddle. It's the two minute drew at the end. And all right, just, okay, couple quick questions. What's your biggest pet? Peeve, Oh, smacking all your food. All right. What's your favorite sports movie? I know you watch a lot of those planes. I'M gonna have to go with love and basketball. Remember the titans? All right, cool. Now you follow other sports? Yeah, some of what? So who are you fan of in West Virginia? You know there's another yeah, I know, I'm like a free I call it. I was the unrestricted free agent. When it came to picking my team's Um I'm going with everything Atlanta. So I'm go one, Falcons hawks. It's the one team now, right, I love it. I love it, all right. So who was your idol off the court. Well, I don't have to. That's that's my mom must look and just seeing how intelligently she moved, you know, and she had like six different jobs and didn't even need them, but you know, she was a college professor and then she was a tutor and then she you know, she was doing different things all the time. So I would say great, what was her what was her nickname? Look, I college a book of I love it very like forty plus years. So I'm proud of them. Yeah, I'm on. My wife and I are twenty five years, so we're on our way. All right. If you're the commissioner for a day in the...

WNBA, what rule would you change? I would try to fund for private flights night. What is that like? I will try to get funding for us to flack provit. Oh Wow, so what do you why do you fly? We frockically black commercial. So you just go to the airport. Yeah, and you're just with all the other pastors, like you don't have that is crazy. They did a lot of people come up and talk to you. Some do. Yeah, actually they don't. White people probably like try to find little corners and stuff and they kind of chill out and stay low key. Yeah, I hear you there, I went to all right. So last one. You know, the WNBA a lot of great players. WHO's the greatest player in the WNBA currently? Currently Fin Cross? That's Ross. He's not retired yet. So she's that player. Yeah, I just interviewed a gentleman from New York and he actually brought her name up and said that she's intense. Yeah, she know, she's she's passionate. Yeah, passion hence has intens because that she's passionate in a good way. Like yeah, why? Actually asked him, like who would you model yourself after, if you had a model in that two weeks? Said so smart, he's smart. Hey. So last thing. Tell us how everybody can find you, how they can follow you, and you know what we can do to help you. Yeah, so I would say follow my journey and the way people can always help of retweet, a like, you know, a comment, because companies like to see that people support you. So on Instagram I am it's ring a, M it s re and EM and my nonprofit is RMF nonprofit. So you can follow both those on instagram. They're both the same. On twitter. Yeah, follow the journey like join in on the journey. So join in on the conversation. I think that that that cost people nothing, a simple retweet, a simple comment like but it means a lot to brands that want to support like initiatives. Right. No, I appreciate it. Thank you for spending a little bit of time out of your busy day with us on huddle up with guys, and we really appreciate I'll send you an email and introduce you for you awesome. Thank you all right. Well, good luck down in Atlanta. I know it's hot down there. It's hot in pittsburghs it's got to be on the Atlanta. Thank you all right, thanks for NAT take care. Thank you for joining Dave and I in the huddle. We hope you enjoyed our podcast. If you'd like to hear more podcast just like this, go to huddle up with Gustcom, where you can find our social channels, subscribe to hear more by our merchandise and join our exclusive huddle through Patreon. Please join us next week when we talk to more guests about how sports shape their life.

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