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Huddle Up with Gus
Huddle Up with Gus

Episode · 2 years ago

Ryan Fitzpatrick

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FITZMAGIC joins the huddle as we discuss, quarterback battles, NFL locker room pranks, and his role in the Harvard band?

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...to play soccer or makeing the jump totackle football so where, at that stage, in my life withmy kids right now, which is interesting- that's really interesting. Rying atthat. You know going through that, because your wife was an athlete in a different sport inyou're. Obviously an athlete ind football and- and you know we'll findout- I guess over the next couple years- who wears a pans in the family, I think,is what we're trying to figure out really but anyway o. So I want to goback youyour childhood little bitr right. So when you started playing youth football,did your brothers play with you, or was it just you by yourself? So they both my older brothers played and one of them one of them broke hishand. I think the second year that he was playing D, decided that it wasn'tfor him, and that was that was fine with my parents,but and not playing tackoe football. He had to find another sport to fill itwith. So we were always active in that regard. Wasn't for my brother Jason,but my brother Brandon, his twin, played all throughout high school andhe was a quarterback, so you know he always wore number elevenand he was two years ahead of me in school, so I always wore number elevenand kind of followed behind him. So I think that brandon playing quarterback shaped me alittle bit in terms of my interest in what I wanted to do now that that's great, so were yourparents like? Did they push you to play, or they just said whatever you guyswant to do. We just want you to play sports and be happy doing it yeah. I don't think they. They pushedus and encourages to play sports, and I don't think they cared what we did. Youknow we, whether it was golf tennis. You know we did some ofthat stuff in the summer to keep busy no matter what it was. They just wantedus busy Andactive, and certainly at that time there wasn'teven a question of okay, well you're, going to focus on this port and play ityear round. We just did everything as the seasons came up and just did all ofthe wreck leagues. You know there was no real travel or pressure to play onany of the travel teams or anything, and essentially it was just sayingactive and you know we loved it. I loved every time football season wouldcome around and I loved every time we get into basketball season and baseballand swimming and it was. It was a fun little cycle that we had going on, butthey encourage us to definitely play team sports and you know its justsomething we always kind of found something to keep us busy. So so, if like you got hurt right, so when I gothurt when I was in eighth grade, I know I hurt my foot really bad. Iwent home and I said Dad, I don't know if I could play football, I hurt myfoot really bad. He said well, I just bought you, those brand new, cleats andI'll, be damn if you're not playing football. So Tie your shoe, tighter andget back out there, and then I find out the end of the season that I did have abroken foot, but that was my dad right. Were your parents like that or justlike, if you got hurt, did they push you to fight through it? Welli think I think the example of you know we'reever committed to something they would make sure that we finished it, and youknow I think one example woul be my older brother decide he wanted toreshell wrestel freshman year high school and realize right away. It was abig mistake and didn't want to wrestle, but you know that are my dad. Especiallythere was no. There was no quit you once you once you decided you're doingsomething you're going to stick it out for the whole time. So there wasencouragement in that regard. You know maybe a not a gentle nudge but a to handageShov to stay out there, but that's that's just how it was in myhouse and once we committed something we did it ou. I don't remember havingtoo many too many injuries growing up, but the other cool thing I think, just aswe're talking about this and I'm...

...thinking about it is my dad was therefor everything you know and having four boys the commitment that he had tomaking sure that he was working, a job, that he was going to be able to go toevery football practice and every baseball practice, and he wasn'tnecessarily the head coach or the manager, but he was there watching. Hewas very involved in what we're doing, and you know the car ride home whether itwas from practice or games after a good practicer game, you kind of enjoyed itafter a bad one. You knew you're in for a couple laps around the neighborhoodand stirring talking to- and that's a funny thing now with my boys- is I'm the exact same way. You know theysometimes don't want to get in the car with Dad after a game depending on howit went. But I felt like that was the key part of my childhood and what mademe who I am today, especially with competitiveness and sports, andsomething I really enjoyed, that my dad did with me. Let me go quick side Baron my mom real fast, the story. I was just remembering so a swim team in the summertime.Sometimes it was you know, waking up at fivethirty and going to the pool andSwin for two hours, and I think I was eighte or nine at the time and I try topull fast one on my mom because I didn't want to swim and my brotherswere there and I forgot my suit, which I didn't really forget my suit. I justdidn't put it on. I had some sweat pants on and she looked at me and shesaid. Well, hopefully you remember it next time and I slam the whole practiceof sweat, Panton ecause Ta, though s a pretty bigmistake but ryan. Besides your father as aninfluence, was there a coach that stuck out that you remember as being realmotivator for you to O o continue to be good and continue to play on you know, I think I had. I had a lot ofgood coaches growing up. That was something that I just think in terms of my dad'spresence and being there. He always made sure that an a lot of them werefriends of his, but they were guys that were there for the right reasons andreally there to teach the kids a and Tryin to enjoy the whatever season itwas, but my high school football coach MikeRearden, he was the guy that I really appreciated. We want to go onto yourhigh school years. You know be being the big man on campus and GilbertArizona. What was it like growing up in Gilbert Arizona, you know, Gilbert has changed the tonin the last twenty years, just in terms of even just the population in thegrowth and how many people are there, but it was. It wasn't necessarily small farmtownwhen I grew up there, but as I like to explain it behind ourhouse, there was a Cornfield and you know every Saturday, every otherSaturday, the crop dust or would come right behind our house, and that's probably why you has it NigorBer on there and watch a drop chemicals on the plant. So it wasn't an enormous place, but you know it it's a great place to raise a family.We have a home there now and eventually end up living there again, but high school was a lot of fun. For me, alot of great friendships- and I was a football player, basketball player anddid track as well so she's kind of kept busy. You know with sports andacademics throughout the year and sit some fun in there too. I made one trip to Gilbert in highschool, coming up from Tucson were following our basketball team, going to the state,playoffs and theyhave, never remembered being homered any worse than th Rafhsfrom Gilbert to the boys, from Southwane Catholic down in Tucson. I'dnever seen anything like it in any sports. I've ever watched since, butit's just a side note, but it's it's still. It's still a little bitter. Youmight there's not a lot of people that live in the valley that, like thepeople from Tucson that are coming up, you know I probably don't Wa,especially the referes. Well I can. The...

...feelings are mutual yeah. I know I know that goes both waysfor sure so fith what d you run in track? What d you Doin Tra? Were you ajavelin guy? So they didn't have the Javelin. I wasinterested in it. You know I just did it really to stayin shape, and so I remember one of my math teachers, Mr Shultz, Ibelieve his name was was so excited to get me out. There he's got, got anhathlete out there, the quarterback of the football team, so he throws meinthe triple jump and immediately. He realized. That was abit of a mistake and I wasn't the athlete he made me out to be so. Iswitched to the four hundred meeters and really it was just to stay in shape.So I ran my FRIENDOF. My first meet, I think, two weeks after we startedtraining- and you know it heard- the four hundred wasa tough race but didn't think much of it was beating everybody in the firsttwo hundred and feeling really good about myself and then the proverbial.What do we, the monkey jumped on my back or elephant or whatever it was,and I came to a screeching, holp and essentially got beat by ten seconds byalmost everybody in the field. So I learned a good lesson there and itreally was just ta stay in shape. I'm not any sort of track athlete, but youknow it was just to have a fun time with M my buddies and O be out theredoing something- and I remember yelling at you a couple times when we U'd haveto run sprints at the rams about going down. So I don't want to hear aboutthese fast starts and the monky jump on your back because, like I think thatcarried through your whole career, where you start really fast, you know what Theu guys, I'm feeling itnow. I'm at the point that you were when I was a rookie and now the rookiesare running by me, so I know exactly why you use to get mad at me now yeah!Well, I was really mad at you. I just I just had to have somebody to gripeabout so you know, because I was mad at myself- wor still having to run at thatthirty six years old, exactly so so fitz. What? What year were you when you startedgetting notices like understand that colleges were interested in you an, andyou really wanted to go to college, to play football so junior year of high school was thefirst season that I had started on Varsity and I got a little bit ofinterest after my junior year started getting some letters. My Dad was veryproactive in terms of you know we took, we took some trips,we took a trip to the east coast just to kind of check, out schools and get afeel for, and you know I'd never id never beenthat way. So just to get feel for that side of the country- and you know thejust different schools other than Arizona state n you OA and Nau, becausethose were the those were the three that everybody kind of did coming outof Arizona. And so I was you know, continue to get letters,but when it came senior year to people actually putting an off from a table, didn't get any didn't get any had acouple mabies, but eastern Washington, the Big Sky, was the only school thatoffered me a scholarship. Ou Know One DLA school, which I guessis FCS now, but that was it, and so I still had held out hope that maybe Icould be a recruited, walk on and go to a school, a bigger school, whether itbe you know, Arizona, state or a notedame, Stanford cal. I startedlooking at academic schools at that point and then you know I had some lettersfrom his ively schools and truth be told it no idea, especially my junoryear, that Ireleague schools played football, and so once I once I knew that no scholarshipoffers were coming. My Way, besides easern Washington, which, if I went outthere on a visit just to see it because...

...they were the one that offered me theone schoold offer me. I took some visits to some Ivylgu schools,harbor Princeton. We did some unofficials wher. My Dad took me outthere and I just decided that I was going to tryto go to the best possible academic school that I could go to and that'swhy Harvard went to the top of the list and now that was a big reason why I choseto go there. I remember on my recruiting trip out there. Th charldesriver was frozen over in January, and people were walking on it and me beinga kid from Gilbert Arizona. Hiw doeven know that rivers could freeze over. So that was a new experience for me,but I knew that if I was you know I enjoyedit in January when the weather was probably the worst. You know I would. I would probably havea good time there, but in hindsight, thank goodness ArizonaState didn't offer me because it would have been there in heartbeat and mylife would be significantly different now than if I would have gone down thatPat. You know what the funny thing was dirt cutter. I think it was this firstyear at the coach when I was a senior in high school and so dirk didn'trecruit me at all, and then you know twenty, let's see two thousand andsixteen wo thouand and seventeen rolls around. I get a phone call with terasthe head coach of the Tampa Bay buckanewers interested in bringing meon as s a quarterback for their team. So I told him E was fifteen years toolate, but decided to go with them anyway and have a good friendship withdirk now. Well, let's hell, the Fitz magic happened. Dirk brought the fiftz magic. I justthink if he would have F, Fitz magic could have happened so many years ago,if he would have just brought you into Arizona State and Soso go dawn, forcom,devils, Hagar's shaking his head over here helikes to bear down a little bit fitzyand. who was that person in yourhousehold that that pushed you to be great and academics Welli? Think again the same with thesame with sports. You know both my parents were just theyencourage us. I think my brotheris a little bit. I Fed off of them in termsof their success, and there was always just an expectation in the householdthat you're going to come home with straight A and if you didn't, there wasa problem, and so I just think there was a good exampleset for me, and you know I was just school for a whilecame very easy to me to like that. That was part of it as well, but I think thethe work ethic that was instilled enoush and really just the expectationas well that bees were not good enough from a youngage set me on the right, tat, Ryan, now you've transitioned into Harvard youleft the sunny warm just feeling of Arizona now you're in cold, Boston andand what was your first time on Harvard's campus like that fall. Well, you know I went out, I think two weeksearly, maybe for for camp for football before school hadstarted and it was a root awakening because yeah, you know, Boon gets coldin the wintertime, but it can get pretty toastbe pretty humid in the inthe summertime, and none of the building had air conditioning so thatwone to me coming from Arizona and thinking that you could actually build adormitory or you know any sort ofplace. Permanent Establishment without air conditioning was a big shopper tome. So I sweated it out a little bit for the first, a few months that once once school got going boy I sait's a rod awakening to get in. You know you start your football stuff.You feel like a fish out of water, you trying to meet New People and then toget all the academic stuff throwing on you with your classes and thecompetitiveness. It's a tough. That first semester issuch a tough semester to get acclimated and try to figure things out. But...

...you know, I think again, alluding thecoach, Murphy and the job that he does and the way that he helps guys out andTrie to set you up for success, learn some time management skills rightaway. That helped me throughout, and I would also say, before school startedwhen eere out there for camp. I got the first glint of my now. Wife Liza lies abarber at the time and it took me a full two and a half years to sayanything to her, but she certainly caught my eye that daywow that early, I didn't know that yeah right away. It was like you knowthe soccer team and and the football team kind of ate paid our meals at thesame place, N in Dunster, Hall and yeah. So you guys titonit Ento. Thehall eating and then like every lik couple f weeks, you'd move a littlecloser. It took about two years to actually sit beside her yeah, that you know ideller name andhide geind a tree, and I gors now ball better and and then you know two and ahalf years later, just just really swept her off her feet. You know quitethe romantic, but we had no, we all know the importance of health insurance,but it's not always easy to afford. That's why there's covered California,we are the only police. Wyou can get financial help to pafor your healthinsurance, and this here there's more financial help available than everbefore. So, even if you haven't qualified in the past, be sure to checkand see how much you could say our extarts can help find the best plan foryou. So click the banner or visit cover tacom to get started. Howerd.California, it's lifecare to be covered by January first, en roll by Decemberfifteent choice. She had no choice, that's awesome! So your parentsfollowed you a lot like you were talking about how in high school theywent to everything. They were really involved with you and your brother'slives. So then you're going how far is Harvard from Gilbert. It's like threethsand miles. It's a long long flight yeah t the direct flight. I think the direct light going fromPhoenix to the east coast is probably five hours or so and then maybe six onthe way back. So how often did your parents get to come? See You your firstyear, so I have a younger brother that was inbasically merrored me. So when I was a freshman in college, he was a freshmanin high school four years younger, and so he would play on Friday night andwith my games would obviously be Saturday afternoons, and so my mom hadhave stayed home a lot of the time with my brother. Sometimes she would comeand watch my games, but my dad never missed one. So my dad would go watchSan, my younger brother on Friday night pop on a red eye and then he'd land.One of my roommates would let him into our dorm he'd, try to sleep for an hour,maybe shout up a little bit and the head to the field and watch my game afyhome on Sumday. So that was really special to me. You knowfor him to especially as you get older. I think you start to really appreciatesome ofth stuff, but he made a point to not miss any of my games and whether itwas a home or in a way game. He made sure that he was there and my mom madethe most that she could with another youngster at home. But so the otherguys tha want to know about are y? U Rroommates, who are your roommates andwho are the guys that helped you get through college man? I don't I mean they probablyhindered. They probably hindered me more than they helpd me in terms of thamomen, the amount of halo that we played and h the parties and things wewent to but I'll say I'll, say a couple things about hem. Most of them were football players with me, and a few of them were football playersby our senior year. A couple of them were not, but I had seven roommates and just from all over the country fromdifferent backgrounds that well had...

...similar passions and that you know welove sports, it didn't necessarily have to be football, a lot of them. You knowwe're baseball, guys or YO, know basketball, guys or whatever,but we all kind of had that competitiveness and of and which madefor a lot of late night, Halo Games and the other thing I'll say, though, isI'm so glad that social media didn't really exist? You know when I was incollege and the camera phones and everything it's just started coming out,but we're very dixilated with the pictures because y we had a lot of fun and, and luckilynone of it was really documented. You know, and a lot of it can just kindof live in memory of h, the things that we did, but a lot of great guys andguys that I still keep up with to this day, and you know they're all. It's prettyneat now to see them having a lot of success in their careers as we'recoming up on about fifteen years out of school and Everybody Building Familiesd and doing that so guys at. I still keep up with o this day and will forthe rest of my life. So then yeah, you guys all play together. You're enjoyingyour time at Harvard you guys. You were just one of the greatest athletes everto come out of Harvard and just had some incredible experiences. I can't Imean you've set records there and I'm Ho I'm assuming most of themstill stand. I mean, don't know if there's any quarterbacks rushmore formore yards than you at Harvard am some of them do some of them. Don'tyou know, I think the Games change in a little bit, but that I mean the thingthat I'm proud very proud about. When I was there and my seenor year, you knowme and the guys that I was talking about and all the guys that came intomy class at senior class. We went Senio and and won the Ivy League title andthat's something that was a great memory, because you know the differentthing about Harvard from a lot of these other colleges, especially the biggerschools. Is You know? I am the exception. I mean there aren't verymany guys that go onto play in the FL and so that last game versus Jale your senioryear is so meaningful because it s it's the last game. You're probably evergoing to play. You know in terms of competitive,tackle football, an a game. That means something, and so that's such a at wassuch a big one for us to be able to send everybody off with such a positivememory, because it is I've been very fortunate to do what Ido, but for all of them I mean it was their last game right and I understandhow that feels, and you know hit's Funny Ryan is I've played with threeHarvard athletes, you Matt Burke and Isaa Kasavinski, so I' There I'm surethere were a few other ones but tit'sait's a football factory. NowGuess I know: There's more dudes from Harvard in the Leagman Tolsa I'll tellyou that yeah, I heard coach Murphy's building a big bubble now and like youguys, are actually getting there tonitioing in the dorms, all thosetypes of things so brian you go through. You have this great career in Harvard,and you finish your your career against Yail and, like you said, you win theIvy League. When did you realize, like the NFL was actually gonna Happen Foryou? Oh this was. This was a funny storybecause I had my juior. My junior season was the first season that I wasthe outright bonafied starter. There was a guy. Neil rose, my first twoyears there that was a great player and we had kind of split time a little bithis last few years so junor year. For me first year, I've ever been the trueyou know ten game starter or whatever and had a had a fine year. I think wewent seven and three and TNOT PROFESSIONA football was not on myradar at all. I mean not at all I starting to go to some of the different things that they had oncampus for recruiting and looking at you know. Well, if I go to New York,which banks can I work for and San Francisco and Chicago, and starting todo some of that stuff and think about...

...it, and then I started getting callsfrom agent and I just when they started calling me I'm thinking what do theyhave the right number like what what do they wanting here and truthfully like that was the first timethat I ever thought about it. Agent started calling me that said: I'mshowing up on some of these lists and showing up on everybody's Raitar is atleast a potential prospect, and so at that point you know I deflected all those calls tomy dad. He narrowed it down to a couple agents that at the end of my siner year,we would meet with, and I made it my goal at that point: Hey. Let me throweverything I can into this and see if I can at least get a shot at playing theNFL. So I went out and had deon senior season and try to do some all star games at theEast West Rind game, tit te hoobol the will pretend to combine and yeah, and then that would haveconcluded my college career. So I won't talk about anything else until we getto the proceror they've get any other questions for rint. Well, I was justgoing to say we're going to break this huddle, but when we come back we'regoing to hear about gust, welcoming you to the ramsand how that all went, you know I came in and kind of had some fun with you. I did.How did guys treat you? He was the Old Sadi that you know he's been in theLeague sometime at that point was her any hazing or how did you treat theyoung guy? who was potentially going to take his position? I would tell you what I I went throughmy first year and didn't really receiveany sort of hazing, or you know I had to do. I had a fewrookie duties, but nothing, nothing crazy. You know they made fun of methat I went to Harvard and called me. You know when all that ill, let fyowexpect so I skated through rookie year thinking, man. You know, people tellthese horror stories and and talk about you know getting bolliyed and picked onand it was nothing what a cake walk. Well, I was a little bit long becausethen my second year starts up and we've got a new coach Scotlandhan who decidesto bring in one of his guys that he's worked with Gus Ferot, so gus comes in immediately takes myJersey number without telling me and switches my jersey, I think I went fromeleven to twelve or twelve to eleven. It wasn't real meaningful, but he septthe tone early with that one and then I'll tell you what we'll getinto some of these stories. But you know Guss and I became really close and it was always allthese stories. I think at least you know he convinced me that they were outof love for me, but for all the things that he did to me. He really, you knowwe would have dinner over at their house all the time and hang out, and hewas. He was a huge influence on me, especially early on O my career. Canyou tell us the story about your wedding rings, because to me thatthat's that is so important, and I think youknew that from the first time you ever saw her, but you didn't know thatthat's the way it was going to go, but tell us a little bit of about thatbackground. What are you talking about? The actualproposal? Are you just talking about wearing the wedding roo when I playwhich yeah yeah, so that that story is amazing? I mean I don't really want totell people how you proposed her an a McDonald's. I mean we wantto. We don'treally want to talk there. I want you to tell them hy. You leave your weddingring on all the time. Well, I just it was actually when I was inCincinnati. I accidentally left it on for a practice and it didn't bother me so then I started to really thinkingabout it, and you know thinking about what it would mean to me. You know why I would take it off whatit would mean to me and Woald mean to her to leave it on and so from. I thinkit was at some point in two thousand...

...and seven we've been married in twothousand and six when I just ment the decision like thiswith wedding rings, never going to come off my hand, and it has nothing to do with throwing itin anybody else's face is ust a personal decision for me and something that I feel like isimportant for me to show lizer that you know it is forever and it's always on my mind andthen I do love her teaching every day and that's that's alot of the reason why I don't take it off, but it seems like every place.You've gone you've guys. You guys have a kid to match right so that seventeen,your seventeen, just as your eighth now is there going to be another childafter this is there going to be an eighth child? I know you just had jake right yeah, we just sa Jakes three months oldnow, we've had seven kids and seven different states, and so I think thesaving grades here for not having another one is I'm moving in state fromPampa to Miami so we'll see we'll see if it matches thestates or the matches the teams, but I think right now we're thinking thatit's going to match the states and stay at seven, but we'll see we still gotsome time to design yeah yea you've made so many transitions in your job and your line of work fromyouth to high school, to college, to the pros and to eight teams now justgive Er audience a bit F of how you can do that, all the timeand over and over and over again well, I think, there's a lot of parts of thatquestion. The first thing I would say, and just about family and having toconstantly make that transition is we've always made it a point to staytogether. You know whenever iave made a move, and this is- and this is something you know that youdid as well. You know, especially in the early partsof your career and again for me in the early parts of my career. Every time wemoved, we stayed together and we movedtogether and you really try to become a peace of the community that you'reliving in and even if it might be putting roots in the ground F for oneyear for two years or you know my longest, stop is four years you try tobecome invested andinvolved as much as you can in that particular community,and that's what we've done, and we have so many great friends now thatwe have made from the places we lived in and we also look at every move as anadventure. You know, and so as long as we're we're keeping a positive outlookand shaping these things in the right way. Our kids have always followed along. Imean my wife pises one of the most positive. You know people you'll evermeet, and so our positivity, especially through her in the way that she is on adaily basis, is really trickled down to our kids and looking at each move as anadventure oattack that at another angle,transition for me and having to move just. You know,career, wise and being in different spots and different roles, backupstarter, you know fighting for job. I've always had to have the utmostconfidence in myself, and you know IV believed in myself every step of theway, and if I didn't, then none of us would have been possible and thone ofit would have worked and it gets hard t a times, especially as as a quarterbackin the NFL. This is for you, you know any any job that youhad. You get beaten down a little bit. You know mine might be in a little bitmore of a public setting, but ultimately there's certain core valuesand beliefs that you have to rely on, and you really learn a lot aboutyourself, and so you know I've been through a ton of adversity in my career,but for me I've never lost believe in myself. I know my my family has neverlost belief in me and I've. You know...

...always decided to make sure that Ifocus on the things that are positive and make sure that folcus on thingsthat are important and so that things more important to me than my family. You know and we've we've had a greatride, but I also continue to love playing this game. I love the adversityand you know every other year getting on a new team and trying to figure Iout with a new set of guys. I mean I really excited for my opportunity thisyear and now I feel really old in the lock room,but with with age. I guess there should come some wisdom. So hopefully I canimpart some wisdom on these guys and you know we'll be able to handle theUNVERSITY, but just the last thing here that the biggest thing for me, I think,as a player- and you know you always want to be respected by the guys thatyou play with and again but certain the guys you play with, because they seeyou on a daily basis. As I try to be the same person every single day,whether you know we're on a tin game, win streak or ten game leaks, losingstreet try to attack the day. The same way prepare the same way, treat peoplethe same way and that's gone a long way for me in mycareer. One last thing on your in your career:You've been in the NFL for what fifteen years now yeah same as you guys, fifteen you'regetting ready to beat me, though you're going to be two years in Miami. So, but what is your favorite? What wasyour favorite of all the Times you've had in the NFL? What is your favoriteon field playing experience so far, whomaybe rookie the week? This is a tough. This is a toughquestion, there's a lot of them God. You know, I think, when you say that the things that popinto my head, my first ever game you know were I was it not nose, fourthstringer to start the year and then I think it was in November, get throwninto a game down twenty one and we end up coming back and winning n overtime.I had no idea what I was doing, I think about when I was in buffalo and we hada hot start for the season and home game against the Patriots where we beatthem just a feeling in that stadium. At that point, something that I'l neverever ever leave me. You know I had some great memories inNew York and some of the Games that we had down the stress there. Just with that group of guys. That wasa really special group of guys, and then they start in Tampa last year wasso much fun. So there's I mean there's a million memories that I have, butthose are a few that pop ino my head right away. All right. Great Daveanything else on Rhyne's pro career. Well, I think W en we get back on ourno huddle segment, we're going to ask Ryan for his best gut story, an viceversa, well, yeah righ. So what te do is an know. How do we usually askquestions like stupid questions? Like you know, what is your favorite foodand for you Itd, be all everything you're just like me, so it doesn'treally matter so anyway, we're going to break the huddle, come right back withRyan Fitz, Patrick all, right Ryan. This is our no hubtlesegment. What we do usually is ask some crazy questions, but instead of that, Ithink that what we should do, since you- and I know each other so well- is- iswhile you go first share your favorite gus for ot story and then I'm going toshare one. Maybe a few of my favorite ryme Fits Patrick Stories, Yeah Mani'm gon to leave the best onefor you, because I know which one you're going to talk about and it wasan absolute classic, but there was one I was telling the otherday I mean just it was little stuff on a dayday basis, but you know gus and Ididn't realize it at the time, but in preseason you know I I'm aside thirtysix waste and get ready for your...

...preseason football games. You know mywhole future and career is on the line each and every one of these games I'mbattling out. I think it was with Dave Er gone at that time for the thirdstring spot on the on the rams. Guess was certainly the backup and Bolger wasthe starter, so there were three jobs and I was battling for that last one. You know, so it's a serious time for me,preseason game, one feel good game to my pants start feeling a little bittighter, but I don't think anything of it. You know third game. I didn't reallyplay in the game, starting to feel a little bit tighter, but again, notthinking anything of it. But I learn later on that Gods. Every weekwould take my pant size down two sizes, and so I went from a thirty six tothirty fouro thirty, two to that last game being in something close to athirty and being a young guy and rookie, not really saying anything but Goshfeeling, like Eier Iwas, gaining a bunch of waite that my pants weregetting small, also playing with my life on the line.Guess Toying Aroundh me and then the other thing I know two things he usedto do as well one, and he would you know we had theradios in our helmets and he would take the radio while I was on scout teeth, terein practice and just start talkingto me and saying weird things that that was up the line of SCRIMIG trying tocall case. That was funny and then another thing.I remember him doing again going out there playing for my life. You knowready to ready either win or lose the job, and you know ask me if I was readyto go yeah, I'm ready to go, he's got a water bottle in his hand, Thinkin Manthisis a nice guy, going to give you some water, and then he squirts it allover my crotch. So I run out the head of looking like I had te in my pant, but he was. He was able to help me,keep things in perspective and keep it loose. So those are those are a few ofmy fal. Well I'll. Tell You I'll tell you Ryan through all that stuff right.There was a guy that was in the background and he was fist pumpingevery day right and we still, I sil, call him FIS pup right, so Ryn's dad hewouldcome to our two day. Practices he'd be standing here in the endzoneand we'd, be in practice and Ryan would throw touchdown the receiver, and youjust see his dad just ind the background fist pumping up in the air,throwing it up and and Buldr, and I caught wind of it and it just happened,and but you know that goes back to everything. Ryan talked about about howhis parents were there for him through thick and thin supported him througheverything, and they still do that to this day and- and you know, your values came from them and it'sjust an amazing story. My rynt fits Patrick Story is probably my favoriteone. I still try to share with mot of most of the teams you go to. I don't know if I sent it to anybody inTampa Bay, but I did send it to Nick Mangold your center when you were thejets, so rin obviously went to Harvard. We heard that story, and so Ryan. I was doing an interview. I don't knowif you were doing ir. I was doing it, but I expressed that you know Ryan howRyan got into Harvard and people want to say well, he was recruited there. Isaid. Well, no, that's not really. What happened. You know what really happenedwas Ryan was in the band in high school. He got. He was a really good trumpetplayer and he got recruited by Harvard to be in the Harvard Band, and so whenHarvard saw him what kind of athlete he was, you know he made the football teamand that's kind of my story. So one Christmas Lookii, not true thit's,not true N, not true at all, like we know that's son Trup, but I was justhaving a lot of fun with it. Then Ryan was your Frin Sport, you know and Brian.If, if you weren't such a good sport about all this, I probably would havequit an the first one, but you really you really enjoyed it for some reason.I don't know why and Bolger really enjoyed it too. I think right so yo Iso I get our photographer to take a picture of Ryan in his Harvard uniformright and he's throwin a football from one hand to the next like this and hishands are up in the air and our photographer for the rams. Take thatpicture you know now today I probably...

...could edit it myself, but I had no ideawhat I was doing back then and he put a trumpt in one hand a bouquet flowers,in the other hand- and it said Merry Christmas from the Harvard Band on it,and so we made this picture mark bolder and I went into the to the room where all the copyn machines were,and we literally made copies for everyone in the building and Ryan. You can tell me if I'm wrong,I'm I mean I've been hitting ahead as many times as you, but so I had I meanso I had no idea this was going on and you know everybody's festive and theholiday spirit, so I'm walking around Welat one ram mrams part. Well, we weregoing up to meetings right to quarterback yea, going up to meetingsand people are, you know from secretaries, the people in thecorporate par to ticket sales. You know they're all coming up to meantay. Thankyou so much right. Thank you! Merry Christmas, you know, thank you so muchMary Christmas and I'm just I'm feeling great about myself boy. I might. I mustjust exude you know the Christmas Ori. You said like Bayby Liza sent out likeChristmas cars to everybody, yeah, like I'm thinking, boy lies at as really ontop of her stuff and and th en we get to the meeting and gus and Marborgiggling like two school girls, and you could finish it off gus I mean that.Well, I think the kicker was when we were walking down the hall and the One. I don't know where, where she was, shewas a secretary for something she came up and she said Ryan. When you sign myChristmas card and tha, she handed to you and you looked at it and then you'vimmediately turned around and bolder and Irere list laughing our heads offand there's the picture of you. It's an eight by ten, the heartmarrye Christmasfrom the Harvard Band. I think you signed it for R, but that's when youreally realize what what we did and actually we put one in Georgeafrontiery's office too, and I think she got one as well yeah, I'm sure she loved it. So likethat, that's my Ryne Fits Patch Im. There's several others I could tell,but I gotto share those, but that one othert was a lot of fun and Ryan isjust such a good guy, great family guy, great son, greatfather, everything t at that. You want to be- and I hope that that you guysyou know, take some of his stories and take them to heart and can reallylisten to him and put them into your life somehow, because he is anunbelievable person. You know just from his beginnings andGilbert to get into Harvard and doing what he's done in the NFL and all thosetransitions and Ryan. We appreciate you coming on so, and you know. Do you mindif I may share that that picture? For my know how to say yeah if you stillhave a go, throwit out there right, it's anl, my it's your screen safer ofcourse, so I can't tell you how much it means forme for you to come on our show, and so we really appreciate you spending thetime with us yeah. Well, thank thank you for havingme appreciate the opportunity and it was fun catching up with you guys. Well,I look forard to you going sixteen an Ho in Miami this year and and andwatching the run I'll be done to watch several games so enjoy it dave getting last words forForryan, just worst elucted th Sun devils, but it was great talking, Toou, Yeah Nice talking to you, Guy Right allright see right all right.

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