Huddle Up with Gus
Huddle Up with Gus

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Ryan Fitzpatrick

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We all want health insurance, butthings can get confusing and it would be helpful to have someone in your corner. That's why there's covered California. We make it easy to compare plans sideby side so you can choose the one that's best for you. We're theonly place you can get financial help paying for your health insurance, and everyplan we offer includes free preventive care. So click the banner or visit coveredseacom to see your options. Covered California. It's life care to have coverage startingJanuary first enrolled by December fifteen. I am former NFL quarterback gusts,for I played quarterback fifteen years in the NFL. This is my show calledhuddle up with gusts. Each week I team up with my longtime friend DaveHagar, and we talked with guests about how supports shape their lives. ProAthletes, business executives, community leaders, everyone has a story to tell aboutsport. We invite you to huddle up with Guss this week. In thehuddle. From the Hay capital of the world, Gilbert Arizona, to theivy covered walls of Harvard to the palm trees of South Beach and seven verymemorable stops in between. A former seventh round pick now and is fifteen seasonin the NFL, we are very happy to welcome into this week's huddle.You may know him as fits Magic Miami Dolphins quarterback, Ryan Fitzpatrick. Ryan. So what we do is we appreciate you coming on with us and whatwe're going to do is get in the huddle. So what we do iswe get in the huddle, we break the huddle so we can go throughdifferent segments and we're going to go through your life a little bit, startingwith your youth. So we're going to jump in the huddle right now withRyan Fitzpatrick. Ryan. So one of the things we always start with isis how, when did you start playing sports and like what influenced you tostart playing sports? was in an uncle, your parents, your brothers? Whatwas it? Well, I have two older brothers that are a yearand a half older and me, identical twins, and it was known froma very early age that we are going to be a sports family. Ithink my dad felt like that was something that was important. My brothers werevery interested and so I just kind of fell in mind and that regard,but it was it was everything football, basketball, baseball, soccer. Butthe the unique thing, I think that we did when we were younger.My Dad like doing triathlons and races, and so we did iron kids whenI was growing up. So we would do the little tryathlons, a swim, bike and run and we're very competitive and those my brothers were a littlebit better than me, going to nationals and all that, but I wasno slouch. And just growing up in Arizona, swimming was a big thingtoo. So we did summer swim team every year. Where would you guysswim? So we just kind of at the local the local there's a millionswimming pulls out there, but the local team. I think we started offmaybe at Gilbert High School, which is which is where I'm from, butwe all swam until we were twelve and then moved on to other things.And my one older brother, the one that stuck with it, ended upbeing the swim captain at Notre Dame and a pretty good breaststroker, school recordholder, all that stuff. So it was cool that he was able tostick with it. Woll what was your first team sport that you played?My first team score was soccer I played. I was really big into soccer upuntil the age of ten and that's when I made the decision I wantedto play tackle football, and so, with those two being at the sametime, I kind of did soccer, which, coming full circle now,is very ironic because my wife was a soccer player at Harvard and is reallypushing the boys to play soccer. And My boys are twelve and ten nowand the twelve year old is kind of done with it. The ten yearold is on the fence right now about...

...continuing to play soccer or making thejump to tackle football. So we're at that stage in my life with mykids right now, which is interesting. That's really interesting. Ryan. Itthat you know going through that because your wife was an athlete in a differentsport, in you're obviously an athlete in football and and you know, we'llfind out, I guess, over the next couple of years, who wearsthe pants in a family. I think, is what we're trying to figure outreally. But anyway, so I want to go back to your childhooda little bit there right. So when you started playing youth football, didyour 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 his hand, I think the second year that he was playing anddecided that it wasn't for him and that was that was fine with my parents, but in not playing tackle football, he had to find another sport tofill it with. So we are always active and that regard wasn't for mybrother Jason, but my brother Brandon, his twin, played all throughout highschool and he was a quarterback. So you know, he always wore numbereleven and he was two years ahead of me in school, so I alwayswore number eleven and kind of followed behind him. So I think that brandonplaying quarterback shaped me a little bit in terms of my interests and what Iwanted to do. Now that that that's great. So we're your parents,like, did they push you to player? They just said, whatever you guyswant to do, we just want you to play sports and be happydoing it. Yeah, I don't think they. They pushed us and encourageus to play sports and I don't think they cared what we did. Youknow, we whether it was golf, tennis, you know, we didsome of that. Stuff in the summer to keep busy. No matter whatit was. They just wanted us busy and active and certainly at that timethere wasn't even a question of okay, well, you're going to focus onthis sport and play it year round. We just did everything as a seasonscame up and just did all of the wreck leagues. You know, therewas no real travel or pressure to play on any of the travel teams oranything, and essentially it was just staying active and you know, we lovedI loved every time football season would come around and I loved every time weget into basketball season and baseball and swimming and it was it was a funlittle cycle that we had going on. But they encourage us to definitely playteam sports and you know, it's just something we always kind of found somethingto keep us busy. So so if, like you, got hurt right.So, when I got hurt when I was in eighth grade, Iknow I hurt my foot really bad. Went Home and I said Dad,I don't know if I could play football. I hurt my foot 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 and getback out there. And then I find out the end of the seasonthat I did have a broken foot. But that was my dad right.We're your parents like that, or just like if you got hurt, thatthey push you to fight through it. Well, I think I think theexample of, you know, if we're ever committed to something, they wouldmake sure that we finished it. And you know, I think one examplewould be my older brother decided he wanted to wrestle, wrestle freshman year highschool and realize right away it was a big mistake and didn't want to rest. But you know that are my dad especially. There was no there wasno quit you once you once you decided you're doing something, you're going tostick it out for the whole time. So there is encouragement in that regard. You know, maybe a not a gentle nudge but a two handed Seoto stay out there, but that's that's just how it was and my houseand once we committed something, we did it and I don't remember having toomany, too many injuries growing up. But the other cool thing, Ithink, just as we're talking about this...

...and I'm thinking about it is.My Dad was there for everything, you know, and having four boys,the commitment that he had to making sure that he was working a job thathe was going to be able to go to every football practice and every baseballpractice, and he wouldn't necessarily the head coach or the manager, but hewas there watching and he was very involved in what we're doing. And youknow, the car rides home, whether it was from practice or games,after a good practice or game, you kind of enjoyed it. After abad one, you knew you're in for a couple laps around the neighborhood andstirring talking to and that's the funny thing. Now, if my boys is I'mthe exact same way. You know, they sometimes don't want to get inthe car with that after a game, depending on how it went. ButI felt like that was the key part of my childhood and what's mademe who I am today, especially with competitiveness and sports, and something Ireally enjoyed that my dad did. Let me go quick sidebar on my momreal fast. The story I was just remembering. So a swim team inthe summertime. Sometimes it was waking up at thirty and going to the pooland swoon for two hours and I think I was eight or nine at thetime and I try to pull fast one on my mom because I didn't wantto swim and, you know, my brothers were there and I forgot mysuit, which I didn't really forget my suit, I just didn't put iton. I had some sweat pants on and she looked at me and shesaid, well, hopefully remember it next time and I swam the whole practiceof sweatpants on because fast though the pretty big mistake. But Ryan, besideyour father as an influence, was there a coach that stuck out that youremember is being a real motivator for you to, you know, continue tobe good and continue to play on? I think I had. I hada lot of good coaches growing up. That was something that I just thinkin terms of my dad's presence and being there, he always made sure thata lot of them we're friends of his, but they were guys that were therefor the right reasons and really there to teach the kids and trying toenjoy the whatever season it was. But my high school football coach, MikeReardon, he was a guy that I really appreciated. We want to goonto your high school years, you know, being the big man on campus inGilbert Arizona. What was it like grow growing up in Gilbert Arizona?Gilbert has changed a ton and the last twenty years just in terms of evenjust the population, in the growth and how many people are there. Butit was it wasn't necessarily small farm town when I grew up there, but, as I like to explain it, behind our house there was a cornfieldand you know, every Saturday, every other Saturday, the cropped uster wouldcome right behind our house and it's probably what you have a nicer beer ontheir watch to drop chemicals on the plant. So it wasn't an enormous place butyou know, it's it's it's a great place to raise a family.We have a home there now and eventually end up living there again. Buthigh school was a lot of fun for me. A lot of great friendshipsand I was a football player, basketball player and did track as well.So just kind of kept busy, you know, with sports and academics throughoutthe year and fit some fun in there too. I made one trip toGilbert in high school, coming up from Tucson. We're following our basketball teamgoing to the state playoffs and they've never remembered being homered any worse than rathsfrom Gilbert to the boys from South Point Catholic down in Tucson. I'd neverseen any like it in any sports I've ever watched since. But it's justa side note. But it's still it's still a little bitter. As youthere's not a lot of people that live in the valley that like the peoplefrom Tucson that are coming up. You know. Well, I probably don'twant especially the referee. Well, I...

...can the feelings are mutual. Yeah, I know, I know that goes both ways for sure. So fitswhat you run in track, what you do and try. Were you javelinguy? So they didn't have the Javelin. I was interested in it, youknow. I just did it really to stay in shape, and soI remember one of my math teachers, Mr Scholtz, I believe his namewas, was so excited to get me out there. He's got it's gotan athlete out there, the quarterback of the football team. So he throwsme in the triple jump and immediately he realized that was a bit of amistake and I wasn't the athlete he made me out to be. So Iswitched to the four hundred meters and really it was just to stay in shape. So I ran my rand my first meet, I think two weeks afterwe started training, and you know it heard the four hundred was a toughrace but didn't think much of it. was beating everybody in the first twohundred and feeling really good about myself and then the proverbial what are we themonkey jumped on my back, or elephant or whatever it was, and Icame to a screeching halt and essentially got beat by ten seconds by almost everybodyin the field. So I learned a good lesson there and it really wasjust to stay in shape. I'm not any sort of track as fleet,but you know, it was a just have a fun time with my mybuddies and to be out there doing something. And remember yelling at you a coupletimes when we'd have to run sprints at the rams, about slowing down. So I don't want to hear about these fast starts and the monkey jumpon your back because, like, I think that carried through your whole career, where you start really fast, you know what they'll guess I'm feeling itnow. I'm at the point that you were when I was a rookie,and now the rookies are running by me. So I know exactly why you usedto get mad at me. Now. Yeah, well, I was reallymad at you. I just I just had to have somebody that togripe about. So, you know, because I was mad at myself forstill having to run at that thirty six years old. So so fits.What what year were you when you started getting notice, as like understand thatcolleges were interested in you and and you really wanted to go to college toplay football. So junior year of high school was the first season that Ihad started on Varsity and I got a little bit of interest after my junioryear. Started getting some letters. My Dad was very proactive in terms ofyou know, we took we took some trips and took a trip to theeast coast just to kind of check out schools and get a feel for andyou know, I'd never I'd never been that way. So just to geta feel for that side of the country and you know, the just differentschools other than Arizona State. And you have a and Ay you because thosewere the those are the three that everybody kind of did coming out of Arizona. And so I was, you know, continue to get letters, but whenit came senior year to people actually putting an offer on the table,didn't get any. Didn't get any. Had A couple maybe's, but easternWashington, out of the Big Sky, was the only school that offered mea scholarship. You know one Doaa School, which I guess FCS now, butthat was it. And so I still had held out hope that maybeI could be a recruited walk on and go to a school, a biggerschool, whether it be a, you know, Arizona State or a NotreDame Stanford cal. I started looking at academic schools at that point and then, you know, I had some letters from his Ivy League schools and truthbe told, that no idea, especially my junior year, that Ivy Leagueschools played football. And so once I once I knew that no scholarship offerswere coming my way besides eastern Washington, which which I went out there ona visit just to see it, because...

...they were the one that offered me, the one school that offer me, I took some visits to some IvyLeague schools, Harvard Princeton, we did some MON officials or my dad tookme out there and I just decided that I was going to try to goto the best possible academic school that I could go to, and that's whyHarvard went to the top of the lift and I was a big reason whyI chose to go there. I remember on my recruiting trip out there,the Charles River was frozen over in January and people were walking on it andme being a kid from Gilbert, Arizona, I didn't even know their rivers couldfreeze over. So that was a new experience for me. But Iknew that if I was, you know, I enjoyed it in January and theweather was probably the worst, you know, I would I would probablyhave a good time there. But in hindsight, thank goodness Arizona State didn'toffer me, because that would have been there and heartbeat and my life wouldbe significantly different now than if I would have gone down that put. Youknow what, the funny thing was Dirk Cutter, I think it was hisfirst year as a coach when I was a senior in high school, andso dirk didn't recruit me at all. And then, you know, twenty, let's see, two thousand and six, two thousand and seventeen, rolls around. I get a phone call with Dirk as the head coach of theTampa Bay Buccaneers, interested in bringing me on as a quarterback for their team. So I told him he was fifteen years too late, but decided togo with them anyway and have a good friendship with Dirk. Now, well, let's how the fits magic happened. Dirk brought the fits magic. Ijust think if he would, it's magic could have happened so many years agoif he would have just brought you into Arizona State. And so so go. Devil's fork them, Devil's Heyker's shaking his head over here. He likesto bear down a little bit. Fitzy and I who was that person inyour household that pushed you to be great in academics? Well, I thinkagain, the same with the same with sports. You know, both myparents were just they encourage us. I think my brothers a little bit.I Fed off of them in terms of their success and it was always justan expectation in the household that you're going to come home with straight a's andif you didn't there was a problem, and so I just think there wasa good example set for me. And you know, it was just schoolfor a while came very easy to me. So like that, that was partof it as well. But I think the the work ethic that wasinstilled in us and really just the expectation as well that bees were not goodenough from a young age set me on the right path. Ryan. Nowyou've transitioned into Harvard. You left the sunny, warm, just feeling ofArizona. Now you're in Cold Boston and and what was your first time onHarvard's campus like that fall? Well, I you know, I went outI think two weeks early maybe, for for camp for football before school hadstarted, and it was a rude awakening because, yeah, Boston gets coldin wintertime, but it can get pretty toasty, pretty humid and the inthe summertime and none of the building set are conditioning. So that one tome, coming from Arizona and thinking that you could actually build a dormitory or, you know, any sort of place permanent establishment without air conditioning was abig shocker to me. So I sweated a little bit for the first afew months, but once once school got going, boy I thought he's aroute awakening to get in. You know, you start your football stuff, youfeel like a fish out of water. You're trying to meet new people andthen to get all the academic stuff thrown on you. If your classesand a competitiveness. It's a tough that first semester, such a tough semesterto get acclimated and try to figure things out. But you know, Ithink again alluding to coach Murphy and the...

...job that he does and the waythat he helped guys out and tried to set you up for success. Learnsome time management skills right away. That helped me throughout, and I wouldalso say before school started, when we're out there for camp, I gotthe first glimpse of my now wife, Liz a lies a barber at thetime and it took me a full two and a half years to say anythingto her, but she certainly caught my eye that day. WHOA that early? I didn't know that. Yeah, right away it was like, youknow, the soccer team and the and the football team kind of ate eightour meals at the same place in Dunster. Hall and and Yeah, so youguys heard it on as it ends, of the hall eating and then,like every like couple weeks, you'd move a little closer. It tookabout two years to actually sit beside her. Yeah, that you know. Iyell her name and hide behind a tree and there snowball, that adderand and then, you know, two and a half years later, justjust really swept her off her feet. You know, quite the romantic hehad note. We all know the importance of health insurance, but it's notalways easy to afford. That's why there's covered California. We are the onlyplace you can get financial help to pay for your health insurance, and thisyear there's more financial help available than ever before. So, even if youhaven't qualified in the past, be sure to check and see how much youcould see. Our experts can help find the best plan for you. Soclick the banner or visit covered Te Acom to get started. Covered California.It's life care to be covered by January first can roll by December. Fifteenchoice. She had no choice. That's awesome. So your parents followed youa lot, like you were talking about how in high school they went toeverything. They were really involved with you and your brothers lives. So thenyou're going how far is Harvard from Gilbert? It's like threezero miles. There's along, long flight. Yeah, the direct flight, I think thedirect flight going from Phoenix to the east coast is probably five hours or soand then maybe six on the way back. So how often did your parents getto come see you your first year? So I have a younger brother thatwas in basically mirrored me. So when I was a freshman in college, he was a freshman in high school, four years younger, and so hewould play on Friday nights and with my games would obviously the Saturday afternoonsand so my mom had to stay home a lot of the time with mybrother. Sometimes she would come and watch my games, but my dad nevermissed one. So my dad would go watch on my younger brother on Fridaynight top on a red eye and then he land, one of my roommateswould let him into our dorm. He'd try to sleep for an hour,maybe shower up a little bit and then head to the field and watch mygame and then flat home on Sunday. So that was really special to me, you know, for him to especially as you get older, I thinkyou start to really appreciate some stuff. But he made it a point tonot miss any of my games and whether it was a home or in awaygame, you know, he made sure that he was there and my mommade the most that she could with a another youngster at home. But sothe other guys I want to know about or your your roommates. who wereyour roommates and who were the guys that helped you get through college? Man, I don't mean they probably hindered they probably hindered me more than they helpedme in terms of the amount of halo that we played and the parties andthings we went to. But I'll say I'll say a couple things about him. Most of them were football players with me, and a few of themwere football players by our senior year. A couple of them were not.But I had seven roommates and just from all over the country, from differentbackgrounds, but we all had similar passions...

...and that, you know, welove sports. It didn't necessarily have to be football. A lot of them, you know, we're baseball guys or basketball guys or whatever, but weall kind of had that competit in this in a and which made for alot of late night Halo Games. And thing I'll say, though, asI am so glad that social media didn't really exist, you know, whenI was in college and the camera phones and everything. It's just started comingout, but we're very pixelated with the pictures because, you know, wehad a lot of fun and luckily none of it was really documented, youknow, and a lot of it can just kind of live in memory ofthe things that we did. But a lot of great guys and guys thatI still keep up with to this day and you know, they're all it'spretty neat now to see them having a lot of success in their careers,as we're coming up on about fifteen years out of school and everybody building familiesand doing that. So guys I still keep up with this day and willfor the rest of my life. So then, yet you guys all playtogether, you're enjoying your time at Harvard. You guys. You were just oneof the greatest athletes ever to come out of Harvard and just had someincredible experiences. I can't I mean you set records there and and I'm I'massuming most of them still stand. I mean you don't know if there's anyquarterbacks rushmore for more yards and you at Harvard. Some of them do.Some of them, though. You know, I think the Games change in alittle bit. But that mean the thing that I'm proud, very proudabout when I was there and my senior year, you know, me andthe guys that I was talking about and all the guys that came into buyclass, that senior class, we would send and know and and won theIvy League title, and that's something that was a great memory because, youknow, the different thing about Harvard from a lot of these other colleges,especially the bigger schools, is, you know, I am the exceptions.I mean there aren't very many guys that go on to play in the NFL, and so that last game versus Yale your senior years so meaningful because it'sit's the last game you're probably ever going to play, you know, interms of competitive tackle football in a game that means something. And so that'ssuch a such a big one for us to be able to send everybody offwith such a positive memory, because it is I've been very fortunate to dowhat I do, but for all of them, I mean it was theirlast game right, and I understand how that feels. And you know it'sfunny, Ryan is, I've played with three Harvard athletes, you, MattBurke and Isaiah Hasavinsky. So I there. I'm sure there were a few otherones, but it's a it's a football factory. Now, guess Iknow there's more dudes from Harvard and the League and Tulsa. I'll tell youthat. Yeah, I heard coach Murphy's building the big bubble now and,like you, guys are actually getting their conditioning in the dorms, all thosetypes of things. So, Brian, you go through, you have hisgreat career in Harvard and and you finish your your career against jail and,like you said, you win the Ivy League. When did you realize,like the NFL was actually gonna Happen? For you? All this was thiswas a funny story because I had my junior my junior season was the firstseason that I was the outright bona fide starter. There was a guy,Neil rose, my first two years there that was a great player and wehad kind of split time a little bit his last few years. The junioryear for me first year I've ever been the true, you know, tengame starter or whatever, and had had a fine year. I think wewent seven and three, and that professional football was not on my radar atall. I mean not at all. I starting to go to some ofthe different things that they had on campus for recruiting and looking at you know, well, if I go to New York, which banks can I workfor? And San Francisco and Chicago,...

...and starting to do some of thatstuff and think about it, and then I started getting calls from agents andI just when they started calling me, I'm thinking, what do they havethe right number, like what? What do they watching here? And truthfully, like that is the first time that I ever thought about it. Agentstarted calling me and I said, I'm showing up on some of these listsand showing up on everybody's radar as at least a potential prospect, and soat that point, you know, I deflected all those calls to my dad. He narrowed it down to a couple agents that at the end of mysenior year we would meet with, and I made it my goal at thatpoint say, Hey, let me throw everything I can into this and seeif I can at least get a shot at playing in the NFL. SoI went out and had decent senior season and try to do some Allstar Games. At the East West Hyne game, get the Whoa Bowl, was ableto them the combine and yeah, and then that. That would have concludedmy college career. So I won't talk about anything else until we get tothe proper Dave. Getting other questions for Ryan? Well, I was justgoing to say we're going to break this huddle, but when we come backwe're going to hear about gusts welcoming you to the rams and how that allwent. You know, I came in and kind of had some fun withyeah, I did guys treat you? He was the old savvy that youknow. He's been in the League some time at that point. was thereany hazing or how do you treat the young guy who was potentially going totake his position? I would tell you what I went through my first yearand didn't really receive any sort of hazing or you know, I had todo. I had a few rookie duties, but nothing, nothing crazy. Youknow, they made fun of me that I went to Harvard and calledme you know when all that I'll that stuff you'd expect. So I skatedthrough rookie year thinking, man, you know, people tell these horror storiesand talk about, you know, getting bullied and picked on and it wasnothing, what a cake walk. Well, I was a little bit wrong,because then my second year starts up and we've got a new coach,Scott Linehan, who decides to bring in one of his guys that he's workedwith, gusts frock. So gust comes in immediately, takes my Jersey numberwithout telling me and switches my jersey. I think I went from eleven totwelve or twelve to eleven. It wasn't real meaningful, but he set thetone early with that one. And then I'll tell you what. We'll getinto some of these stories, but you know, gusts and I became reallyclose and it was always all these stories, I think at least. You know, he convinced me that they were out of love for me, butfor all the things that he did to me, he really you know,we would have dinner over at their house all the time and hang out andhe was he was a huge influence on me, especially early on in mycareer. Can you tell us the story about your wedding rings, because tome that that's that's so important, and I think you knew that from thefirst time you ever saw her, but you didn't know that that's the wayit was going to go. But tell us a little bit of about thatbackground. What are you talking about? The actual proposal? Are you justtalking about wearing the wedding ring when I play, which, yeah, sothat that story is amazing. I mean, I don't really want to tell peoplehow you proposed her in a McDonald's. I mean we want to we don'treally want to talk there. Yeah, I want you to tell why youleave your wedding ring on all the time. Well, I just itwas actually when I was in Cincinnati, I accidentally left it on for apractice and it didn't bother me for then I started really thinking about it and, you know, thinking about what it would mean to me. You knowwhy I would take it off, what it would mean to me and whatwould mean to her to leave it on. And so from I think it wasat some point in two thousand and...

...seven, we've been married in twothousand and six, when I just meant the decision like this, this weddingrings never to come off my hand and it has nothing to do with throwingit in anybody else's face. It's just a personal decision for me and somethingthat I feel like is important for me to show lies of that, youknow, it is forever and it's always on my mind. And then Ido love her each and every day, and that's that's a lot of thereason why I don't take it off. But it seems like every place you'vegone you've guys. You guys have a kid to match. Right, sothat's seventeen. If you're seventeen, just as your ace now, is theregoing to be another child after this? This is are going to be aneighth child. I know you just had jake, right. Yeah, wejust so. Jake's three months old. Now we've had seven kids and sevendifferent states, and so I think the saving grace here for not having anotherone is I'm moving in state from Pampa to Miami. So we'll see.We'll see if it matches the states or if it matches the teams, butI think right now we're thinking that it's going to match the states and stayat seven, but we'll see. We still got some time to the side. Yeah, you've made so many transitions in your job and your line ofwork, from youth to high school, to college, to the pros andto eight teams now. Just give her audience a bit of how you cando that all the time and over and over and over again. Well,I think there's a lot of parts of that question. The first thing Iwould say, and just about family and having to constantly make that transition,is we've always made it a point to stay together. You know, wheneverI've made a move, and this is and this is something you know thatyou did as well. You know, especially in the early parts of yourcareer and again for me and the early parts of my career, every timewe moved we stayed together and we moved together and you really try to becomea piece of the community that you're living in and and even if it mightbe putting roots in the ground for for one year or for two years,or you my longest stops for years, you try to become invested and involvedas much as you can in that particular community. And that's what we've doneand we have so many great friends now that we have made from the placeswe've lived in. And we also look at every move as an adventure,you know, and so as long as we're we're keeping a positive outlook andshaping these things in the right way, our kids have always followed along.I mean my wife, wise, is one of the most positive, youknow, people you'll ever meet, and so our positivity, and especially throughher and the way that she is on a daily basis, is really trickleddown to our kids. And looking at each move as an adventure to attackthat at another angle. Transition for me and having a move just, youknow, careerwise, and being in different spots and different roles, back upstarter, you know, fighting for job. I've always had to have the utmostconfident to myself and, you know, I've believed in myself every step ofthe way and if I didn't, then none of this would have beenpossible and none of it would have worked. And it gets hard at times,especially as a as a quarterback in the NFL. But this is foryou, you know, any any job that you had, you get beatendown a little bit. You know, mine might be in a little bitmore of a of a setting, but ultimately there are certain core values andbeliefs that you have to rely on and you really learn a lot about yourself. And so you know, I've been through a ton of adversity of mycareer. But for me, I've never lost belief in myself. I knowmy my family has never lost belief in...

...me and I've, you know,always decided to make sure that I focus on the things that are positive andmake sure that I focus on things that are important, and so nothing's moreimportant to me than my family, you know, and we've we've had agreat ride. But I also continue to love playing this game. I lovethe adversity and you know, every other year getting on a new team andtrying to figure out with a new set of guys. I mean, Ireally excited for my opportunity this year and now I feel really old in thelocker room. But with with age, I guess there should come some wisdom. So hopefully I can impart some wisdom on these guys and, you know, we'll be able to handle the adversity. But just the last thing here,the the biggest thing for me, I think as a player, andyou know, I always want to be respected by the guys that you playwith and against, but certain the guys you play with, because they seeyou on a daily basis as I try to be the same person every singleday, whether you know, we're on a ten game win streak or aten game losing streak. Try to attack the day the same way, preparethe same way, treat people the same way I and that's gone a longway for me in my career. One last thing on your in your career. You've been in the NFL for what, fifteen years now? Yep, sameas you gut. Fifteen. You're getting ready to beat me, though. You're going to be two years in Miami. So, but what isyour favorite, what was your favorite of all the Times you've had in theNFL? What is your favorite on field playing experience so far? Who mayberookie the week? This is a tough this is a tough question. There'sa lot of them, you know. I think when you say that,the things that pop into my head my first ever game. You know,we're, I was, it's not nos, fourth stringer to start the year andthen, I think it was in November, get thrown into a gamedown twenty one and we end up coming back and win in an overtime.I had no idea what I was doing. I think about when I was inbuffalo and we had a hot start to the season and home game againstthe Patriots where we beat them. Just a feeling in that stadium at thatpoint something that I've never, ever, ever leave me. You know,I had some great memories in New York and some of the Games that wehad down the stretch. They're just with that group of guys. That wasa really special group of guys. And then they start in Tampa last yearwas so much fun. So there's I mean there's a million memories that Ihave, but those are a few that pop into my head right away.All right, great, Dave. Anything else? And Ryan's pro career?Well, I think we get back on our no huddle segment. We're goingto ask Ryan for his best gust story and vice versa. Well, yeah, Ryan, so what we do is the no huddle. We usually askquestions, like stupid questions, like, you know, what is your favoritefood? And for you it'd be all everything. You're just like me,so it doesn't really matter. So anyway, we're going to break the huddle comeright back with Ryan Fitzpatrick. All Right, Ryan, this is ourno huddle segment. What we do usually is ask some crazy questions. Butinstead of that, I think that what we should do, since you andI know each other so well, is is while you go first share yourfavorite gusts Furrat story and then I'm going to share one of, maybe afew, of my favorite Ryan Fitzpatrick Stories. Yeah, I mean I'm going toleave the best one for you because I know which one you're going totalk about and it was an absolute classic. But there was one I was tellingthe other day. I mean just it was little stuff on a dayday basis. But you know, Guss and I didn't realize that at thetime, but in preseason, you know, I'm a size thirty six, wasteand get ready for your preseason football...

...games. You know, my wholefuture and career is on the line each and every one of these games.I'm battling out, I think it was with Dave were going at that time, for the third string spot on the on the rams. You know,guess was certainly the backup and Boulger was the starter. So there were threejobs and I was battling for that last one, you know. So it'sa serious time for me. preseason game one feel good game to my pantsstart feeling a little bit tighter, but I don't think anything of it.You know, third game, I didn't really play in the game. Startingto feel a little bit tighter, but again not thinking anything of it.But I learned later on that gusts every week would take my pants. Iwas down two sizes and so I went from a thirty six to thirty four, to thirty two to that last game being in something close to a thirtyand being a young guy in a rookie not really saying anything but Josh,feeling like either I was gaining a bunch of later that my pants were gettingsmu, you know. So playing with my life on the line, gusttoying around with me. And then the other thing. I know two thingsthat used to do as well. One as he would you know, wehad the radios in our helmet. He would take the radio while I wason scout team, they're in practice, and just start talking to me andsaying weird things that I was up the line of scrimmage trying to call Kate. That was funny. And then another thing I remember him doing again goingout there playing for my life, you know, ready to ready either winor lose the job. And you know, asking me if I was ready togo. Yeah, I'm ready to go. You've got a water bottlein his hand, thinking, man, that's the Nice guy going to giveof water, and then he squirts it all over my crotch. So Irun out the huddle looking like I had tea in my pant. But hewas he was able to help me keep things in perspective and keep it loose. So those are a few of my friend. Well, I'll tell you. I'll tell you Ryan. Through all that stuff, right, there wasa guy that was in the background and he was fist pumping every day,right, and we still I still call him fist pump right. So Ryan'sDad. He becomes our two day practices. He'd be standing in the end zoneand we'd be in practice and Ryan would throw a touchdown to receiver andyou just see his dad just in the background, fist pumping up in theair, throwing it up and and Boulder and I caught wind of it andit just happened. And and but you know, that goes back to everythingRyan talked about about how his parents were there for him through thick and thin, supported him through everything, and they still do that to this day.And and you know your values came from them and it's just an amazing story. My Ryan Fitzpatrick Stories, probably my favorite one, I still try toshare with most of the most of the teams you go to. I don'tknow if I said it to anybody in Tampa Bay, but I did sendit to Nick Mangold, your center when you were with the jets. SoRyan obviously went to Harvard. We heard that story and so Ryan, Iwas doing an interview. I don't know if you were doing it, Iwas doing it, but I expressed that you know Ryan, how Ryan gotinto Harvard and people want to say, well, he was recruited there.I said, well, no, that's not really that. What happened.You know, what really happened was Ryan was in the band in high school. He got he was a really good trumpet player and he got recruited byHarvard to be in the Harvard band. And so when Harvard Sam what kindof athlete he was, you know he made the football team and that's kindof my story. So one Christmas, look, is not true. It'snot true, and thought true at all. Like we know that's not true,but I was just having a lot of fun with it, and Ryanwas great sport, you know. And Ryan, if you weren't such agood sport about all this, I'll probably would have quit in the first one. But you really do, really enjoyed it for some reason, I don'tknow why. And Boulder really enjoyed it too, I think right. So, so I get our photographer to take a picture of Ryan and his Harvarduniform, right, and he's throwing a football from one hand to the nextlike this in his hands are up in the air, and our photographer forthe rams takes that picture. You know...

...now today I probably could edit itmyself, but I had no idea what I was doing back then. Andhe put trumpet in one hand a bouquet flowers into the other hand and itsaid Mary Christmas from the Harvard Band on it. And so we made thispicture. Mark Boulder and I went into the to the room where all thecopy machines were and we literally made copies for everyone in the building. AndRoan, you could tell me if I'm wrong, if I'm I mean I'vebeen hitting the head as many times as you. But so I had Imean so I had no idea this is going on. And you know everybody'sfestivate in the holiday spirit. So I'm walking around, well, I don'tone's Ram Ram's part what we are, going up to meetings, right toquarterback now going up to meetings, and people are, you know, fromsecretaries to people in the corporate par to ticket sales. You know, they'reall coming up to me to thank you so much, trying. Thank you, Mary Christmas, you know, thank you so much. Marry Christmas,and I'm just I'm feeling great about myself. Boy, I might I must justexude. You know, the Christmas spirits, you said, like babylies. I sent out like Christmas cars everybody. Yeah, like, I'mthinking boy lies. Of It's really on top of her stuff. And thenwe get to the meeting and guess and mark are giggling 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 OneI don't know where where she was, she was a secretary for something.She came up and she said, Ryan, when you sign my Christmas card,and that she had it to you and you looked at it and thenyou immediately turned around and Boulder and I were lists laughing our heads off andthere's the picture of you. It's an eight by ten the heart Mary Christmasfrom the Harvard Band. I think you signed it for but that's when youreally realize what we did. And actually we put one in Georgia frontier,he's office to and I think she got one as well. Yeah, I'msure she loved it. So liked it. That's my right, Fitz Pat.I'm there's so far others I could tell, but I got to sharethose, but that one another was a lot of fun. And Ryan isjust such a good guy, great family guy, great son, great father, everything that that you want to be, and I hope that that you guys, you know, take some of his stories and take him to heartand can really listen to him and put them into your life somehow, becausehe is an unbelievable person, you know, just from his beginnings and Gilbert toget into Harvard and doing what he has done in the NFL and allthose transitions. And Ryan, we appreciate you coming on so and you know, do you mind if I may share that that picture for my no huddlesaying out. Yeah, if you still have a guest, throw it outthere right. It's on my phone. It's your screensafer, of course.So I can't tell you how much it means for me to for you tocome on our show, and so we really appreciate you spend the time withus. Well, thank you for having me. I appreciate the opportunity andit was fun catching up with the guy. Well, I look forward to yougoing Sixteen and Oh and Miami this year and and and watching the run. I'll be down to watch several games, so enjoy it, Dave. Gettinglast words for for Ryan. Just worst of luck to the sun devils, but it's great talking to you. Yeah, and I tucking to youguys. All right. See Ryan. All right.

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