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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 joiningus in the Huddle, I'm your host fifteen year, NFL quarterback cusbroud,alongside my longtime friend and cohose Dave Pager, where we talk to guestsabout how sports shape their life be sure to check us on our website oo upwith Guscom Wer, you can listen to more episodes. Just like this. Now, let'sjoin the Huddle Y. everyone welcome to another episodeof Hop with Gus on your host Gosprot fifting year at a OP quarterback andI'm usually joined by my friend and COOS TA Baker. Dave is not able to joinme today. So I'm on my own, I'm really excited today. I think we're going toget into a lot of topics that are very much needed today, but we're also goingto find out a lot about. Somebody H grew up in West Virginia no proteins inWest Virginia film, anxious to find out who she rooted for, but today joiningus is rename Mongomery Renee. You were drafted by the Minnesota links youplayed for UCON on National Championship. You Wont Ab WnbaChampionships, you've done it all now, you're moving on to with yourfoundation and you're kind of you really, I think, turning the ball. Whata 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 dowhat you do. So thank you for joining us in the huddle today, and you know Ijust appreciate you being with me. Thank you for having e onside yeah, soour show really starts about when you were young. I knew you grew up in sntAuvan's West Virginia, which is not that far from Pittsburgh, probablywhere I, where I am, and you know one of the things we alwaysstart with his. You know when we're young, we always have that moment orsomething that you can connect back to of how you fell in love with sports. Doyou remember that or why that was that you fell in love with sports yeah. I can remember, my sisters wereplaying so I'm the youngest and anybody that's the youngest knows. I have twoolder sisters, necoll in Eshade and so when both of them started gettinginterested and basketball, I'm like I'm dribbling to because I just wanted tobe like them and then just that little start that that's where I fell in loveyeah, you know, and it's so important. Everybody has a different idea of andreason why they fall in love. I interviewed somebody the other day. Itwas just because he had a very you know. He loved the Yankees and Mariona Raverawas his idol and he just loved the Yankees and that's how we fell in lovewith sports. A D for You Iwas, like me, you know was it was family members andit was people in our neighborhood and then you just started going around now.Did you play multiple sports? I did so. I played soccer an high school and Iread track since I was young now. What did you run? Ind Track? I rain longdistance y young. Like I don't know what I was thinkng...

...as I got older, I started runninghurdle. So again I don't know what I was thinking, because I had to stoprunning hurdles my senior year because I had already sout what you cin. Okayand ther were like no more hurdles for you. No, they weren't. I was like noWorl, it's a lot of work. You know I coaches Equ Elliot in high school andIzik was up. Was the state four years state champion Hurtler and you know he ran both the short andtelong and I've watched. You know he wul leave football practice and hewould go and work out. For I mean it's a lot and the technique you have to doand everything to make it successful, but IAM, assuming that all that trackwork helped you on to basketball, court yeah and the footwork wat soccer too.You know like ther's, there's different things and stamina, so I think it all.I took about late when I was younger, my parents, my parent, that was myparents- choice, not mine. I think all of those things like helped me have myfoot work atd help me be the player I am yeah. Do you think it's importantfor kids today to play multiple sports? I mean I definitely do because I don'tthink you know what you like. You know you might have a sports family thatloves football but you're into soccer. So you only try to sport that yourfamily May, like. You may not know that you, you have a lover passion forsomething else, so I definitely think molpasport is definitely the way to gowhen you're younger yeah. We definitely made all of our kids. Try every sportand 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 Talkd to the goalie. The wholegames who were like yeah, we don't think soccer is really her sport. Shewasn't a runner, but then she ended up playing goalie in Lacrosse and field hockey. So you knowyou just never know you got to try it all to find out what you love e. Sothen you know you played multiple. Did you play like a a you or anything whenyou were in basketball? When you were a kid? Oh Yeah. Definitely definitely, Iplayed AU a think starting out at twelve and played all the way throughtil 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 realPasson for it and you know was it when you were early on or it was it more inhigh school? Definitely early on actually wasn't very good early on. Iwas kind of puitting the game, usually when they needed, like a defensive,stopper or things of that nature. So that kind of drove me as well. Like Ididn'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 almostmy driving force when I trained, because I wante I understood that Ishouldn't have been that person. I wasn't good enough, I wasn't betterthan them, so that was my. That was my pushing my force to try to get betterso that I could get more menute and then be on the court at the end of thegame yeah. So you go to South Charleston High School 's that rightyeah, south Trastin yeah, so you're in high school, you're playing and now h t.When was it? Did you start getting recruited by all these schools becauseyou went to Ukon, probably the best. You Know Women's Basketball College in thecountry, and you know: When did you start getting recruited by all theseschools?...

I would say my sophomore years, where Ikind of knew I could choose where I wanted to go. You know I sign with youcout my junior year, so I didn't even my whole senior year. I knew where Iwas pretty much going and was almost a done deal. So I was Sayg my freshmanyear. I I got some a good amount of attentionand then my by my sopmare year, I knew that I would be able to choose whereverI wanted to go to school now. Did your family or your sisters have influenceon where you were going to go play not at all. If that was the case, I would havesignd with the University of Maryland, because that one was my number to pickand my sister lives in Maryland. So that's I wanted to go there to be closeto her, but when I went to go visit Yucon I knew that that was the schoolfor 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 justthe atmosphere of of being around other? You know girls that were like for mewhen I went to Talsa the coach and the team and what they were doing was morevibrant to me than the other schools that I visited. What was thatinteraction like when you first visited Ukon Yeah? I would say that the same itwas the energy that was there and the energy and the culture this therethat's created by the coaching STAF. So usually, when you sign with a school Imean I know with with some guy players, you know they go en they team up, butusually it's the coaching step that creates the culture and they recruitplayers that can continue that culture. So that's what drew me the UCON. It wasthe culture it was the how they carry themselves. You know I liked howprofessional UCON was was and how how they treated their players and with haprofessionalism too. So I just like the whole spill of Youconn. Like you know, I justwas drawn to it because I love that they were discipline. I loved thatteamwork was the the the beginning and end of everything they did. I love thatyou know Colthure Im. I really didn't care about superstars. You knoweverybody says that, but he really honestly is the better of the playeryou were. That was worse for Coacha him, because you know that he's going to geton to you so yeah. I just liked everything about it. Valet stay andplay on your next getaway to Los Angeles, the Westen, Bonneventure hoteland suits offers eftholist access to all the city of angels has to offerwhether you're hoping to catch a concert or sporting event. Our hotelsjust moments away from all the action and accessible to Hollywood, beaches,museums and theme parks. The package includes a guest room and valet parkingfor reservations, use promocode PSF in the codebox when making your onlinereservation or call one two unde three six, two four one thousand and ask forPromo Code, PS, F, yeah, I kind of did that to Izeco all the time. I said.Look, I'm going to be harder on you than anybody else. I know you got thetalent and those people are looking up to you not up to me, and so you know Iwas hard on him to push him to be the best on the team at everything, and youknow everybody followed suit. So you know one of the things you mentioned. Iread an article that that you did and I talked about when you were growing up.You know you went to almost t like an...

...all white school kind of, and thatseemed to you know. I don't know how much you realize it then, and you know,then you get to Ukon and there's probably a heck of a lot more diversity.So how do you feel like that affected you or helped you going to the schoolyou did in high school? I think it all helps you. I think, when you'resubmerged in another culture that that's helpful, you know after I goreadgraduated Ukon dpwba players. We play in the W game in the summer and then,after two weeks after our season, we go play in Europe somewhere for sevenmonths at a time. So I think those experiences only help. They help meunderstand another person's thought process. They helpd me understandanother person's situation, because you know in America we see its fastpastcast fast pats. Everything we do is fast. We eat on the go. We doeverything on the Gog, but in Europe they sit down and have dinner everynight. You know they enjoy things they slow down. So I take a little bit fromevery culture yeah. No, that's that's great. You know, and I think that'sthat's so important. You know we're all on these things. All the time andpeople get very emboldened on there and then, when you sit down and have aconversation face to face, then in'll say the same things to you and I dothat a lot with family friends, an everybody because you you know what doyou really believe? What do you feel and then O'n there? It's really easyfance the face like you're saying, is tough and that's and I think whatthat's a lot Tho sports does right, because you have a coach that's face toface with you every day you know and telling you what's right and wrong incoaching, you yeah and and so what did you learn from Your College? Coach? OhGosh, I mean everything I learned how to be. I learnhow to prepare. So I think that that that to me is one of the main thingsand my parents had already started that with me. In a sense of you know my mydidty Whi's Wust, my daddy, always say if you're not early, your leake, youknow and it's my parents already kind of laid the fout o foundation and then,when I got to Ukon, they just hammered it home and how to prepare like basically overpreparing ispreparing. Can you do it so many times that you can't do it wrong? Not? Canyou do the right once so? I started to learn dififerent concepts of when Ithought I was killing it and then he's like all right do a five more times. Ifyou can't mess upthing, you know how to do it and I'm excited. I got it rightonce righ right. I started to understand that I needed to preparedifferently, and so I think that's what Coltur Aam and the coache steput youcan' talh me now the did. Did he kind of let girls whul have graduatedalready e gone on to the WNBA A and achieve these things h? Did he let themcome back? Inthe, H, lockroom and speak with you guys, Yo Lo come back andpractice and beat up. One is what you talking about speak to US teone of theworst days honestly, when I saw Reada Williams walking in the gym or super,and I'm like okay, there we go like because you know that he's gonna. He knows that they're already going tohave the upper hand, he's Goinna Yell at she, while they're doing it, becausehe's going to enjoy e know it's going...

...to be one of those days so but againthat that helps that helps me because, as a young player I had to get my momright early like because I will get dominated like Bertie, will ill, notcare if I'm, if I'm doing it right or wrong. If I don't know like she's goingTa do what she's supposed to do. Well, I I learned young that, like you justgot to be bready. They don't tell US tonight before they're coming. Theyjust walk up Tho Practiceang you're like okay. That almost makes a gamelike that. You get it 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 rehave. You knowa lot of times like the athletes that are former players. They go back to theschool n to Rehav, so they're there. I just love the Camaraderie of theprogram that you can go back to you, cond O rehave. If you need, you mightget some shots up with us like they did. You know like, but I just like that.You know it's a family environment yeah. You know- and it's crazy, I'm glad it'slike that for you, because it wasn't like that. For me, Talso was not aplace where you could go back to easily wasn't very open us. Former playerscome back. You know they didn't have a problem with me, giving them money butnot coming through the Games and opportunities. So we all have adifferent story and I'm glad you got to have a positive one, because I thinkit's so important. You know that you pay it forward and that's what coach Ithink is presses to you. I've watched a lot about him and he seems like a greatperson yeah. He is and that's the thing you know a lot of people get caught upand he yells a lot, but you listen to him talk when you see how his playerstalk about him, you can understand. Tha type of Guye is right. So then you'regone in gonna go move on Yeah have an understanding of like hey, I'm going tohave a chance to go playing the WNB I'm going to be drafted. What was that process like for you? It wasn't that process. So people forget the WBA draftis, likethree days after the GMP ship game, so ono the championship with the final foryou flyin back. You have the parade. You have the rally and the you flystraight to to get drafted. So it's a whirld on my God. I remember the nightof the championship game signing with my agent. I think I sogned with Nikethat same night, epitoe championship game and the next day we flew out. It'sreally crazy, like it's a fast process for wgay players, because it happens inthe same week. So when did you get your take your first breath because it seemslike I, everything is just moving lightning speed for you fast, becauseyou 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 rightcool, like you know so, you'r kind of just riding away yeah, and then you getback fom school and you got to celebrate with all your all yourfriends and players and the whole school you gotto go pack because yougot to go to the desidatin. You know the WBA starts in the summer, soyouhave the final for then you play that same summer with your Wbat. Soit's not there's not that that period of Tom, where you just have off it's, yougo one straight into the other. So then...

...you're making this new transition. Doyou feel like when Tho like you met Subir n 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 their work ethic that you gotthe Thalnd, be a part of you go in the WNBA and you're like Oh okay, I gotthis. I've been around this yeah definitely, and I mean not, even justwith Berdiein them coing back just the preparation that we do at UCON on thaday to day basis, whether they were there or not. That's why you see a lotof UCON players where they were role, players at UCON, but they still have apro career five, six plus years. That's because the thing I talked about beforeyou learn how to prepare. You learn what to do whatnot to do what'sacceptable, what's not acceptable and whether you're a young high schoolercoming in or not its still, not acceptable, so just having to beconsistent on a day today basis. That's that's what prepared me most for the WB, so I would assume you know you go fromwin in a national championship now you're right into the W NBA. What wasthe first game that you played in? What was that experience like for you? I was nerve racking, I mean I becauseyou come. You come from college, where you know I was an alive American. Wewon with the championship and you achieved a certain level of status andthen you get to the pros and it is gone. They don't care who you are you don't care that I won championshipa month ago, two months ago, there they're ready to just play, and so itwas. It was nerve. recking, Intis sinse that now you have to basically startfrom ground zero and build it up again. Yeah, and then you realize it's abusiness too oh yeah, yeah and that sources a business period and and- andyou realize that now this game that you played for fun your whole life. You canlose your jod 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 nowyou know before, like you said, Hey I was going to school. I dan't have a lotof responsibilities. Now it's my job now I'm going to have a find a house. Icoan do all these other things. I've never had to do before. How was thatfor you? Did you have a lot of support in that area? Yeah so again, wbais alittle different. The WBA provides tousing for us. So you know when I,when I got to the League, they were providing housing and a car, so youliterally just have to flag tot the city, and you I mean you c provide all of that, but you knownow, just speaking of that with colleges name image in likeness. Youknow college athletes are going to have to do a lot more. You know when I wasin college you're right. I just got to be a student athlete, but man, thesecollege athletes now they're going to have to have someere AV, have agentsthey're going to be doing endorsement deals, so it's going to be they'regoing to be way further along as far as prepared when it comes to the businessaspects of things in the prose yeah. It's funny. You mentioned that theykind of help you, the WNB ind, the NFL, there's no help right, they said behere. You were drafting and the Sautas...

...drafting in seventh round. He said:here's one you got to come to Grookie camp, be there, there's your hotel roomand we'll see you then, and then it's like okay. What else? There's nootherinformation? Oh we'll, send you the playbook, learn this by the time youget here and it's like what it's crazy and it's fast yeah, and soyou know you go on you play with the links and I assum t that's who you won.The championships are with correct, correct. How did you like Minnesotabecause I played there three years yeah, I love you look. Minnesota fan basis isso supportive. You know, that's that's the first thing I think of when I thinkof Minnesota, and then you know, I obviously think of my teammates andeverything, but that's more basketball, wise, so the city wise I enjoyed itbecause the fans just I mean whether you're going to a restaurant. Anythinglike the fans know you they support you and theyre behind you. So I for anathlete, you know that's the best thing. That's the best case scenario for ourcity, yeah nd. I feel the same way about the fans up there. They reallysupport their teams. I mean, when I played for the Vikings I played in theold dome, never got the play in the new dome, but I played for two differenthead coaches and everywhere I went every restaurant. Like you said theyknow you. They appreciate you and it's fun to give back to the community, thenyeah exactly and then you want to play for a community like that. You knowit's like the Oklahoma City, dunders and the communities where they just arecompletely behind you. You want to just play your best and make them proud. Soyeah love plaing there. So you mentioned that when the NW BA seasonwould be over, you would go overseasan play. I never experienced that. What isthat like is different, because it now again is the same in the WBA as as theyprovide housing. They provide a car, but now you're in a country where youdon't speak the same language. So I'm in language, so I'm in the grocerystore- and I'm like- is this chicken por, an non and and now with theInternet. Everything is so much easier, but when I first went orerseisin twothousand and nine, it wasn't as easy. You know so I'm in there like chickenpoor for up like I'm, trying to really like figure out yeah but those experiences they shift mymind when I start to think about. You know things going on with people. Ialways start to think about their situation because it an Europe is sodifferent than American, like culture that I start to see things differently:Hey holdl up fans. This is producer, Logan Carney. We thank you forlistening to another great episode. If you want to hear more about how sportscan change somebody's life besure to check out my novel, our seats and leftfield on Amazon, our seats and left field is about Andy Smith, a sixteenyear old kid who grows up a big pirate fan with his dad right before thepirate's two thousand and thirteen magical season. He loses his dad tocancer, read all about how Andy overcomes his deppression. While thepirates find a way to win. That's our season left field on Amazon. You canbuy it right now. Now, let's get back in the hudle yeah is, is the basketball anydifferent definitely is definitely...

...different and overseas to they expectyou to do way more than in the pros, because in the pros you know, I haveeleven other teammates and they're all all Americans as well overe ist, notnecessarily the same. They need you to do more because you're American now didyou get some time off to go sight sing when you were over there, because thatwould that seems like that would be. What I'd want to do is at job, so youcould like it's not like. They give you off time to do it, but like on my timeoff, I usually would flow back to America or or relax honestly, becausein Europe you practice wice a day. So that's that's pretty tiring to me M, soI would usually rest, but my teammates would take that time to go an flor now.You know here in the states, oure trainers that help us that help usrecover and do all those things for us, we're pretty. I think we're prettyadvanced as a country and all that and all the technology we have to get usback on the corner of the field now over in Europe. Was it the fame wherethey as high tech, where they or you know, I'm thinking like you're a oldschool, and they just give you a bag of ice. Ot, say: Good Luck. It is more olschool and a sense that their approaches. You know they have the can,where they spray the cold air on you and different things like that, but itis old school, but yet some of their the the old school methods like Iprefer them actually, because I'm like I'm the I'm a person that I get in theColto go toyeah everybody wants to do Cryo and I understand all the benefitsbut like I like to soak my bones and my body in a cold Tup, so that's kind ofold school now. So I do think that there is some type of benefits to the old school as well andthey are on school and some things yeah now you're on a professional team Wnba herein the states and you go over there and you have a different coach. Do theykind of leave you alone or they just kind of give you tips or how does thatwork? Because I've never dealt with that like where you know it's the sameseason, I'Mi'm playing for professionally here, but I'm also overand overseas. What was that like, as puffy up t, have a short term memory?So I remember in two thousand and sixteen we lost in game, five, O fiveand the championship game with the finals in the WBA finals and then intwo weeks I had to go Glat of France and start and start that season. So I'mlike heartbroken over losing the championship and then two weeks Istarted new season, that's difficult because you know as athletes. You knowyou put your Heart in passion, n one season, and then you have to resetthat's hard and as far as the coaches, they still definitely get on to you.They speak enough English and get there. You know when they mean business rightyeah they can piece together. The sentences they need is some speak greatEnglish, so it just baries. So you've had this incredible career. Youknow, and I know you left it early to pursue other passions. You have afoundation, you seem to be really helping the the kids in the people backin West Virginia you're doing a lot and which is amazing. So is that alwaysbeen a passion of yours because it...

...seems like you're so busy withbasketball. There's no offseason for you. How did you kind of manage to doall those things? You seem incredibly busy yeah. So that's that's the thing.I've always kind of been interested and helping people. My parents told me allthe time Iwas my nature, so I feel like this was going to happen with me at acertain point. But you know the Strang of events that happened in the todaydisclimate pushed it forward. You know, I think it fast forwarded innocence butyeah. I already had my foundation before I oped out of the WBA so thatthat that was already going to be something I was doing and then, when Iopked it out, my foundation is just going to be the vehicle and which Imake he the initiatives or I do get the change done. So what are you doing withyour foundation? Currently I mean I've read one of them. It's I think it'scalled, let's Co pro or something like that, and then I'm assuming you're doing other thingswith black lives matters and whether it's in stemic racism. I know you wantto fight for all this stuff, so tell me a little bit about what your foundationis and what really what you're passion about? Okay. So the mission statementfor my foundation was the spread positivity through things I learne insports team work, confidence discipline so those same things that I just talkedabout that I learned at UCON. I think that those are life things. I thinkthat if you learn to be a good, teammate and regular life, that in theworkplace, you'll be a better coworker. If confidence, you know you'll presentyourself better and then, if you have discipline, everybody knows thatdiscipline is how you get a lot more done in a little bit of time. So watedall of my events to have this certain energy about it and the energy was apositivity. So, with that type of mission statement, it gave me a lot ofroom to work when it comes to this social aspect. I want to go toeducational reform and I have two different initials that are coming out.One is going to be a boning, an initiative where it's all informational.What is a Democrat? What is it a p Republican? What do you need when yougo to the Poles like? How are you going to get there if, in a sense of allthings, informational? How does healt care relate to you? If you have a Copay,that's healthcare. You know like connecting the thought so that peoplecan understand what they're voting for not just go vote. So that's the votingcampaign and then I have another one. That's HBC HBCU campaign where you knowdifferent funding for hbcs is just not there. So those are two. Those are thetwo avenues that I'm going in. That's why I said I'm pretty sure I was goingto do this and n and life anyway and now I just got fast forwarde and pushedup hey listeners thanks for joining Dave and I in the huddle we invite youto join our exclusive huddle through Patreon, where you can get access tocontent made just for VIPs, like yourself, head to our website, huddleup with Guscom and hit support our podcast on the pop up ad. Once again, that's huddle up withgustcom. Now, let's get back in the huddle when I know that hbcus arereally struggling with everything going virtually online and they didn't reallyplan for those types of things in hbcus have really fallen by the wayside and alot of this, and so that you're working...

...with them is wonderful. I work with agroup here in Pittsburgh, called the energy innivation center and we talkeabout and we met another company out of Philadelphia called Jona Cooper Llc,and we just had a big long conversation about HPC US and how we can help. Youknow those those kids coming out of there get jobs or better fund them orwhatever we need to do, because they are kind of falling back. People wantto say well, they're doing fine, no they're, not t y'v. They there used tobe, I think, over two hundred. I think it's a lot less now, I'm not sure Idon't know the exact numbers, but that's amazing that you're doing thatright and that's exactly it hen. When you see schools like, I believe it wasa harvard that said, they're going all electronic, no, no one on campus. Whenyou see that that's okay for Harvar, because people are going to seek outgoing to Harwar, they don't have to recruit. But when you have schools likean HBC ou. Well, when you go online or when you do different things, maybethose studens don't even go to school anymore. You know people that aebeengoing to those hbcs, they might just opp out that year and go to workbecause now they're in a situation because of Covin, so yeah they're, nottheing, okay, and that's exactly why I'm going to focus on that. No withyour with your voting initiative, you know every state is a little differentknow. Are you kind of studying all the states and trying to figure out like sosomebody gets you from California or you just kind of broadening it? Sowe're going to it's going to start here in Atlanta and it's going to beinformation, there's going to be broad information and then there's going tobe local information. Okay, N, when we talk federal that'll, be every state.The federal like you know, who is the commander in chief? You know if you asksome people that some people might not know, that's the president. You knowwhat I mean Thoug, it's just educating people so that when they are watchingthe news or when they are reading different stances, they have a base Lonof knowledge to work from so there will be federal. There will be local as faras here in Atlanta, I'm starting I'm going to be workingwith the the hawks and coach loid peers, because I don't know if you saw, butthey opened up there and Rainou as a pulling side and the melon andeverything in fature. So it's going to be exciting because a lot of people aretrying to do things and that's how a lot's going to get done. You know. Onething I always felt with professional sports was that the professional sports don't cometogether enough. You know, even though you're in Atlanta there's some amazingother leagues. There we don't talk, you know we don't ever communicate. One ofthe things I was always so upset about is our ALUMNIS and our unions don't putus in front of other alumnis and other union so that we can all kind of if weall have the same goal, the more of us that are doing it, themore powerful it's going to be agegood. I think that that's the one thing thatI'm so thankful for when I announced that I was up and out at the WBA seasonman. I had boat loads of NFL soccer, WBA players, NBA players, like everyonereaching out to me, trying to show their support and asking do. I needanything, and I'm like this is perfelike so it' if this pandemic. Ifthis, 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 Westen,bondaventure, hotel and swueets, and enjoy breakfast for two on us, nomatter how you plan to spend your trip to Los Angeles start every day with ahearty meal to kick start your morning enjoy breakfast for two on US each day.You stay for reservations, be sure that Promo Code Sfor B appears in the Promocodebox when making your online reservation at Mariottcom Backsa, LAX,bw or call one eight hundred twoo, eight hnnine Ty Udred D. Ninety, and asfor a promotional code, SFOR B right right, no and just like today had agentleman call me, and they have this: they develop this test that that sometype of monitor you can wear to see. If you have covid symptoms, not if youhave covid, but if you have the symptoms, whether your temperature's upall those types of things and he asked if they could come on the podcast andI'm like, of course, we all want sports to come back. You know we all want tobe a part of this, and and- and so I said of course, so the more that we cando and you're one of them that's doing the most out there, and I applaud youfor all of that, and and thank you and I'd love like I said before. I'd loveto introduce you to Foye who's in Atlanta he's a great kid great person and I think, he's also doing a lot inthe community, and I think that the more we can all get together and workwith each other, the more we'll get done, love it definitely love it. Ilook forward to meeting them yeah, and so you know I know you're short on time.Usually we go a lot of lot of indepth stuff. One of the last things we do iscalled the no huddle. It's the two minutes. Drow at the end, yeah all right, just okay, couple, quickquestions: What's your biggest pet peeve, oh smacking, on your food, all right! What's your favorite sportsmovie, I know you watch a lot of those planes. I'M gonna have to go with loveand basketball. Remember the titans all right cool! Now you follow other sports yeah, somehat so who are you fan of in West Virginia Tno? There's aother yeah, Iknow I', like Arei call it. I was a unrestricted free agent when it came topicking my teams, I'm going with everything Atlanta. SoI'm ging, Wen, balcons hops is the home theme. Now Right. I love it. I love itall right. So who was your idol off the court? I don't Ave to go. That's that's my momMu, look and just seeing how intelligently she moved, you know andshe had like six different jobs and didn't even need them. But you know shewas a college professor and then she was a tutor and then she you know shewas doing different things all the time. So I would say great what was her? Whatwas her neck name? Snok I cal ID love it likefoy year, Oi'MPROUDFYEAH, I'm on my wife and I are twenty five years so we're on our way allright. If you're the commissioner for a...

...day in the WNBA, what rule would youchange? I would try to fun for private flats. What is that like? I will try to get funding for us,the flat propit, Oh wow, so what do you? How do you fly? CreFrac, Coe plakormercial, so you just go to the airport, yeah and you're. Justwith all the other pastor, like you, don't have, that is crazy d. A lot of people come up and talk toyou o some do yeah. Actually they do H,like people probably like try to find little corners and stuff and they candof chill out and stay little Keat Yeah. I hear you there. I went too all right.So last one you know the WNBA a lot of great players who is the greatestplayer in the WNBA, currently carerently dintrossid Tatnes, Ross, e's,not retired, yet so she's that player yeah. I just interviewed a gentlemanfrom New York and he actually brought her name up and said: Tha Shee's,intense yeah. She now she she's passionate, just passion, penses and TISCA. Itshe's Passione in a good way like yeah. Well, I actually asked him like who would you model yourself after? Ifyou had a mode in that who he said N, smart, hey so last thing tell us howeverybody can find you how they can follow you, and you know what we can doto help you yeah. So I would liy follow my journey n and the way people canalways help a bree tweet alike. You know a comment, because companies liketo see that people support you so on Instagram I am it's for an Amits Rdeemam y nonprofit is RMF nonprofit, so you can follow both those on instagramthey're. Both the same one, twitter yeah follow the journey like join in onthe journey so joinitg. On the conversation, I think that that thatcost people nothing a simple retweet, a simple comment like, but it means a lotto brands that want to support like intitiatips right. No, I appreciate it.Thank you for spending a little bit of time out of your busy day with us onhotdewop WIS, Gus Anda. We really appreciate I'll, send you an email, anintroducion play, so thank you all right. Well, GOOD LUCKDOWN IN ATLANTA! I know it's hot down there toutn Pittsburgh. It's got to behot ther La Thank you for Hal, thanks for ney takecare. Thank you for joining Gav, an I in theHoddel. We hope you enjoyed our pod Eh if you like to hear more podcast, justlike this go to Hotdo op with Duscom, where you can find our social channelsdescribe to hear more by our merchandise and join our ecusive huddlethrough Patrion. Please join us next week when we talkto more guests about how sports shape their life.

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