Huddle Up with Gus
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Taylor Funk

ABOUT THIS EPISODE

Joining me in the Huddle this week is professional golfer Taylor Funk. Taylor talks to me about traveling on the PGA Tour with his family, his dad is professional golfer Fred Funk. Taylor also talks about how his mom and his journey homeschooled him through high school and college at The University of Texas. Taylor explains how his favorite part so far has been visiting over 25 different countries and being able to play golf all over the world.

• 2013 Florida Class 2A Champion
• finished tied for ninth with Texas teammate Gavin Hall at the 2014 Porter Cup at Niagara Falls Country Club
• finished tied for sixth at the 2014 Trans-Mississippi Championship at Southern Hills CC
• finished tied for 12th at the 2014 Terra Cotta Invitational at Naples National Golf Club
• finished first at the 2013 Future Collegians World Tour at Inverrary GC
• finished first at the 2013 AJGA Ocala-Mario Sports Commission Junior Tournament
• finished first at the 2013 Press Thornton Future Masters
• finished first at the 2012 Future Collegians World Tour at Sawgrass
• finished fifth at the 2011 Future Collegians World Tour at Sawgrass
• ranked the No. 42 junior player in the Golfweek/Sagarin Junior rankings at the time of his commitment to Texas

Taylor's biggest accomplishment was his win at the 2015 Southern Amateur!

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Hey everyone, Welcome to another episode of huddle up with Gus, I'm your host, former NFL quarterback Gus Frerotte and welcome to the new 16 31 digital new studio. You know, some people say no news is good news. Well I say to those people you've never read. 16 31 digital news dot com. Go to 16 31 digital news dot com to get your latest news, sports, music and entertainment and maybe even listen to your favorite podcast. Follow up with gusts. Check it out today at www. 16 31 digital news dot com. Welcome to what surely will be a doozy of a matchup brian here. Sports fans, whether your game is on the gridiron at the diamond or on the links, we can only say, yeah, welcome to this week's huddle up with gusts. 15 year NFL quarterback Gus parents, passion for sports has taken him on the field and behind the bench is playing for seven NFL franchises with 114 TVs under his belt. Gus knows who the players are and how the games are. One. Uh, it's not every day you get to hang out with an NFL quarterback up. Okay, sports fans from the decked out and plush 16 31 digital studios, it's kick off time. So snap your chin straps on and get ready to huddle up with us two left. Hey everyone, welcome to another episode of huddle up with Gusts. I'm your host just for about 15 year NFL quarterback. I want to thank 16 31 digital News for having me in their studio today. And also I want to thank Sounder FM uh, for letting me join their new podcast network. I look forward to all the great things that they are doing in the future. And I want to thank Manscaped as well for letting us come on, do some great commercials. You heard that one at the beginning. Um and so Manscaped, you know, go to Manscaped, check out my code. Gus Frerotte, F R E R O T T E And you can get 20 off and free shipping on all your products. So go to manscaped, check it out. So today's guest, uh we, we talked to his father a few months back not too long ago, he was out in Colorado. We are now talking to his son. I think this is our first father son duo that we've had on the show. So I'm excited about that joining us today is pro golfer. Taylor Funk also went to texas. Uh played some golf there taylor, how are you doing today? Doing great, Doing great. And I just got back from Vegas and had a beautiful day here in Austin and this great day. Yeah, so you got some big shoes to fill. We've had some great uh you know, guests on from texas including Matthew McConaughey and Ricky Williams. So uh you know your your first uh celebrity golfer for from texas. So uh how are you doing? And tell me a little bit about growing up in uh, I'm not sure how to say that. How do you say that pump verde florida? Is that right Pontevedra? There you go. I I need a Floridian to tell me how to say that. I'm from Pittsburgh. So yeah, it's funny on the first tee whenever they announced us. Do we get point bird, A. B. Drug however you said it, we get it all. But yeah, it's Pontevedra Pontevedra. Nice. And so tell me about, I mean it sounds like you didn't really spend too much time there. I know you were home schooled because your family traveled with your dad everywhere he went on tour. Yeah. I think we traveled an average of 28-30 weeks a year growing up until I went to college. Um, and we had, I had a blast traveling and the 22 countries, um, all around the United States. It's, it was a dream come true the way I traveled, I think I would have hated being home schooled if I had to stay home the whole time. Um, but because we're on the road and with my dad and we're surrounded by professional athletes in business when there was great. So you can understand what all these kids went through this last year in 2020 when they had to be, you know, virtually. Yeah. Yeah, so that was, that was pretty cool. So who did all the teaching in your household. My mom taught me until I was in high school and then I did florida virtual school and then my sister is four years younger me they added florida virtual school to middle school as well as once she got to middle school she did for the virtual. Okay so uh when you were young I mean I'm sure you're on the golf course from the time you can remember uh were there other sports you played as well? I'm sure that you were doing other things as well when you were growing up. I was so small growing up my growth place didn't fully open so I was supposed to be 55 And I got on growth hormones and uh...

...skyrocketed nine in a year. But And so fresh manure until freshman year high school I was under five ft tall. And um so the only position I could really play was catch her playing baseball and ah golf but I played baseball and golf and way too small to play football or basketball. Well I mean there's been a lot of small people play those sports right? It's just uh you know hey if I was, my dad was a golfer growing up I probably wouldn't do much else either. Uh You know he made me go I mean I broke my neck in ninth grade and I still played football so you know my dad was a mill guy, he's like get your ass out there. Um But You know it's it's pretty amazing. So when do you remember really like honing in on your swing? Because if you were you know if you grew nine in one year your swing had to change dramatically. Oh it didn't have to change all my clubs, had to change my swing. Uh It actually created a lot of bad habits and uh what's interesting about it is I really didn't think ted golf seriously until high school, I was always around it with my dad and always hitting balls and playing, but until I made the team from my high school, I was able to play for the local public high school under the tim Tebow rule, kind of being home schooled, and once I made that team when my freshman year, I started taking it seriously, and that's kind of right when I started growing, and I wouldn't any good at golf until my junior year, just because I've gotten so many bad habits from growing nine in here. Right, Well, I'll tell you this, I didn't play quarterback until I was a junior in high school either, so we got that going for us. Uh Yeah, so uh what was that like when you know your home schooled and then all of a sudden you gotta go play on this um this kind of like high school team right where you're not in school with these guys. But then did it take you out of kind of socialized and get to know those guys? Not really. I do most of them from just kind of hitting balls and being at the golf course around him anyways. Uh Now when I went to football games and went to the other high school sporting stuff, it was kind of interesting because they had their friend group, the national school and then me. So but I was pretty sociable. I was able to fit in pretty quick and had a nice friend group growing up. Well that's pretty cool. Yeah, I'm sure that there's uh some some good and bad things that go with that. You know obviously the socialization but getting to see 25 countries. Which one do you remember most my childhood with my dad? Uh South Africa was probably my favorite trip we had. We went to the President's Cup over there and then we went to the Sun City um shootout with no another shootout. We went on a safari. We South Africa was gorgeous. Um And then obviously all the trips in Ireland and Scotland were really fun. And then most recently my professional career I've been to Croatia Austria and South America. And those were pretty need experiences as well. What is the biggest difference when you play courses here in the U. S. Compared to other countries? Is there a lot of difference or not? It really depends on the country. I mean I went to Austria and it just felt like I was in Seattle Washington type deal and true lines so And then you go to Scotland Ireland and it's blowing 50, it's cold and it's got to run the ball up. It's a completely different game. You gotta, you gotta hit that stinger. Yeah and then you go down to south America and it's firm and fast and um it's, it really is different but you can kind of find every type of golf course in America or countries so diverse but and I've been lucky enough to be around the country. They go off everywhere but it's definitely different country to country. Yeah. That's so amazing like that you get to do that. And so when you're, what tour are you on now like when you're playing all over the place like that. I know there's so many different different levels to golf. What are you playing at currently? Uh currently I have no status, I am playing monday qualifiers for the Corn Ferry Tour And I played on PGA Tour Latinoamerica two years ago in 2018 and then I didn't really want to go back down there last year Or in 2019. So I didn't try for cute school and then I was going to play PGA tour Canada but that got canceled because it probably And you know, I still don't know if it's going to happen this year. They said it's probably 5050 chance whether Canada will happen. So it's kind of been a tough year with Covid, there hadn't been any qualifying schools and then they it's just very restricted...

...opportunities but you never know, you know, monday qualify and get into a tournament and see what can happen from there. Yeah, that's that's awesome. So uh where do you live most of the time now? Are you in Austin? Like you said, I am, ah, the whole family just moved here in february and the day before the giant snow ice storm here and uh, which is crazy timing. Exactly what welcome back. But uh, yeah, I just moved to Austin. I'll be here In and out and uh, still traveling 25, 30 weeks a year. Wow, that's amazing. So, like, I wanted to ask you a little bit about like your practice schedule because like in football, right, we play once a week. Um, and you know, we would practice, so we go, we go into work, we go get treatment and your lift, you run, you, you go to practice, you watch films. So it's like a full day of doing all these things. What is practice like for you and you know, when you become a professional and gulf, that practice has to really be every day, right? Yeah. I'm pretty much practice every day. The courses here are closed Mondays normally. So that's kind of my day off. But when I'm on the road or when I'm home, unless I'm traveling or the course is closed, I'm out here practicing, working out, Work out about four times a week and then practice every day. Try to switch it up. You know, some days on the range, some days playing something, some days both. I'm sure you all had stuff like that in football where you do drills and then you put in live sessions. But now it's, it's a grind. I mean it's our day, but I love it. I love the process of trying to get better and what do you take into your practice from what you learned from your dad? Like, I'm sure there's things that you do now still to this day that you remember him doing when you were a kid. Yeah. What's funny is he and I think completely different about golf. Yeah, he's very old school feel put away your camera the way you're tracking and you know the bottom lie and I'm kind of new school where it's you know, I know how to fix myself if I see it on camera and then I can kind of feel what that feels like getting the shortage is based on a radar instead of just sitting at a flag and guessing. Right, right. He uh he's very old school but one thing I will take away from him is his work. I think he always dug it down the dirty, never gave up. And he worked probably harder than 90 of guys out there. And I think that's why he's been so successful in his career. Yeah. So you know when you talk about new technologies, there's got to be, I mean I know a company called Rap Soto. Have you seen their their like a lesser trackman where you can actually use your iphone? Right? And it's I was reading about it the other day, I'm like this is crazy, you just put it on this little thing, you take it wherever you want. And they said their accuracy is only like two different than track man. And I'm like that's I'm with you. I'd rather like no my yardage instead of saying, I wonder how far that flag is. Exactly. Yeah, I mean the track man, I'll hit a shot. No one told me that was 97.6 yards and you know, I'm trying to hit it hundreds an excellent, let's get into 100. What's cool about is you can do a lot of drills with, You know, Cox 72 the whole and you can set up programs within the Trackman to give you a score based on how you hit your shot. Uh There's a lot of ways to build around how you play on the course with just with the track and and my dad hates it. Yeah. Well when you, when you say he's old school, like how do you how do you just, is that all feel like old school? And they say their old schools that just, you know, hey, it looks like it's about 93 yards and, you know, stepped it off. But you know, it's not it's not an exact science like with Trackman and all that stuff. Yeah, I mean, I remember washing my down the range sometimes he'd have his caddie go out there with his range finder and Laser my dad and say all right, that those balls are flying 97, Those are fine 1 47, you know, So that's kind of how they did it then to get yardages. Um But now you have a little ipad, I can tell you that instantly. Right, Right. Yeah, no, that's that, you know, I'm sure how when did you start playing like with your dad or against them? You know? Because you're always if you're playing together, you're kind of always competing. But when do you remember like the earliest time? So did you play like before 9th grade? And then you grew this this amazing amount and then you went from like even driving to out driving him? I'm sure that long with that long driver. I remember I Beat him...

...for the first time in nine holes when I was 13 and then when I was 14 I started out driving him and doing them every once in a while and then Now I hit it 100 yards past him. But Um he's never been real happy like that. He's never been known for his length. I actually had my mom in there today getting fit for a new set of clubs shed and play golf in 26 years since I was born. Well, yeah, she was trying out for the LPG for the Tour to write and then like she she met your dad and then they had you and that was it. She said okay, I'm just gonna raise taylor. That's it. Yeah, but we got her in there today and she was hitting balls with and she was hitting the driver like 2 20 I called my dad, I said you better watch, She's only 30 yards behind you. Oh that's funny. That's funny. She probably probably like riding a bike. She just picked it right back up. Yeah. That's awesome. Point now really you haven't touched club in 26 years and here you go. I'm good right away. Yeah, that's funny. Um So you're you're you're going through high school, you're playing well in high school. How did you pick texas from florida? Like what made you want to go to texas? Well first off my mom went to texas, my uncles, my aunts, my grandfather, I was kind of raised the burning his blood and uh like I said I wasn't any good until junior senior year of high school and I was emailing schools like florida and florida state and they were saying, you know sorry, we don't have any room for you on the team. And then all of a sudden my worst finishing like five straight events was third and at one stage and I want an A J G A and you're like, hey you should come for a visit, we have room for you now. That kind of just rubbed me the wrong way a little bit. So coach fields here at UT basically said, you know, we have 20 scholarship for you and if you play well when you're on the team we can increase it. But we'd love to have you. And I grew up loving texas. So it was a win win for me. So what's it like, like your first tournament, remember that first time you went out, are you competing against the guys on your team or you competing against like automatically? Like how do you? Because I saw that like sometimes you start and sometimes you don't. So I was just wondering what that was like when you, when you play in in in college. Yes, so are Qualifying system was you know, you take five guys this huge tournament and we played within the team, we played four or five round tournaments against each other in the top five would go. And uh we had a very competitive team, I think five or six of the guys on my team are on the PGA tour now. Uh I mean Cramer hickok bo Hosler Scottie Scheffler Duggan and then we have two or three others that are on developmental tours of Canada or korn Ferry. And I mean we had a really good team so it was always hard to crack the lineup, but it was made you better. Yeah, I can imagine when you're playing against you know, really good competition and always it always makes you better. Um, so, so how many years did you, were you in texas? Did you go all four years? I was there 3.5. So I graduated high school early and came into college semester early and then I had a couple credits before I got here and was able to graduate in 3.5. So I technically still have a year of eligibility but didn't use in hindsight. I would have stayed another year, but I thought I was ready to turn pro and I wasn't and um, but yeah, I was here almost four years but still had another year of eligibility. Well, that's awesome. So when you left and you went in and you turn pro, do you have an instructor that you mainly use? So I kind of bounced around. I was using camera McCormick, uh, he's in Dallas extraordinary these coach. I started with him when I was going to college and my last year of college I didn't play good golf and I want another direction. They ended up coming across Jeff smith and he's out in Vegas, he's the best coach I've ever been to is incredible, so smart, knows how to teach each person differently the way they think and we've come a long way with my swing and with other aspects of the game and very thankful I've been able to work with him the last about three years, 2.5 when you say he's a great teacher, is that the physical side, the mental side, which one do you appreciate more? He's mostly physical. And what's cool about him is if he doesn't think he can help you in a certain way, he will send you to someone he knows can't. And so he sent me to couple of different sports psychologists or even psychiatrist sometimes, you know, so I can be, I got the funk brain, you never know what's going on up there and but and if he's...

...known to be just like a good ball striking coach, False one coach and uh he's been awesome. Yeah. You know that's amazing that when you see these guys, they have these amazing careers and like you're just starting out and you have this whole trajectory ahead of you. Do you call your dad often and say dad, you know what should I be thinking now? I mean you got you said your brains are wired differently but I'm sure that you can still call him and get a lot or is he like my daddy just you played, you know, my dad used to yell at me for throwing three interceptions but I threw four touchdowns. So there was always different people. Yeah, actually talk to my mom for advice. A lot more of my dad, I talked to my dad about once a week and you know when he's on the road, he they're focusing on his golf and I'm on the road focusing on mine. But my mom was basically my dad sports psychologist when he was on tour. Uh, and my mom sat in on every meeting and less than my dad ever had. So she's very smart when it comes to all the mental side and physical side of the game. And she gives me a better information than my dad. And a lot of times my dad, he don't even remember sometimes what he did yesterday. So I got to give him crap everyone small, but he's very helpful at times and I love him. And um, but yeah we think differently and there are times where he helps a lot but my mom is incredible at all that stuff as well. So what's the one like the best bit of advice she's ever given you? Is it for putting, is it for stamina? Like what has she like her one thing if I where she goes, if I have to tell you one thing, this is it. Uh she actually told my friend before the final round of Canada Q school and I think it kind of helped me too and helped him a lot that day. He goes just remember you don't have to be perfect out there. Everyone else is making mistakes too, now make a mistake, everyone else's there's pressure. So you know just composure is always a big word and she loves work ethic and just being composed and patient. Yeah you know it's cliche, it sounds simple but it's not always easy to do. So I always wondered this like, you know, there's an intimidation factor sometimes when you're playing not such a good team. Like I've played on some teams that weren't great, then you're playing these really good teams. Like I played with the broncos the year that we played the Ravens when they won the superbowl in their defense was amazing and there's a psychological factor to that. So when you play and you compete against somebody and you're you're walking the course with them. Was there ever head games that you play with somebody or have they ever played any with you? I think people try to, I remember in college or in high school when I was playing really good and winning everything, I was five shots back of the leader going in the last round, I put my bag right next to him on the range and played, all I do is win this song on the range, warming up next to him and I ended up winning, but I don't try to really get into people's heads. If you take care of your own business, shouldn't shouldn't matter too much sinking up. Birdie puts way better than saying anything, right? Yeah, I think they'll freak out enough if you start playing playing good golf trying to catch him. Yeah, so um besides your dad, is there anybody that you were really a fan of and you and that's like your your guy to watch because of the swing or anything like that, Who's who's your guy that you like to watch in the tour? I'm a big fan of Rory and Jordan Sith um just because I know them both pretty well and Roy has been a super nice guy every time I have talked to him and I love to swing when he was playing good, he's kind of struggling right now, Jordan the way he's fought back from how bad he's played the last three years, been pretty fun to watch, you know, a lot of grit and determination there, but he's just so talented and things through the game really well. Um and Ricky has always been super nice to me, but those, those guys have been awesome obviously every time Tiger tees it up, hopefully he will be able to again. But I love watching Tiger. So why do you think that is that guys get to the top and then they fall back a little bit, right that they've played so well and then is it just like man I got here and they will just take a breath and they let down a little bit or is it just, you know, I mean, I know golf such a mental game, but what do you think that that component is that makes guys just, you know, they're up there all the time and you see other guys that have been there, but they...

...just come right back down. I think it's different for different people. I know like David Duval, when he got to number one, he's like, where is this, it, this is what did all that work for And then there's the guys that want to keep getting one better and they end up hurting themselves. My coach, he teaches, he teaches Aaron wise, he was get a year on tour a couple of years ago and Aaron is like, I think we need to change my swing after one on tour, was rookie of the year and uh, and my coaches like, all right, well let's weigh the costs first benefit here. If we make you a little bit better, what's it going to do? And this could kill you too. So it's kind of trying to weigh that out and Jordan started messing with his swing when he was number one in the world, They killed him and they tried to get one better and fell off the map. Yeah. You know, that's that's that's a good point that, you know, when you're at the top, why would you want to change anything? But I know quarterbacks go out and they get coaches besides their their quarterback coaches and they're practicing, they're doing things with other guys because they're filming, it's all about mechanics and making sure that their arm is same, their motion is the same, everything is the same all the time so that you can be as accurate as possible. And to me, it sounds like that's what they're trying to be as a little bit better. But sometimes in the end it also can be a detriment to you as well. Yeah, I mean, I had to watch play portals sort of the ball for a few years in Jacksonville and your team. Yeah. Diehard, I'm excited for this year. But I know he wouldn't assault on house or the quarterback coach and came back thrown ducks because he was so worried about what his arm was doing and uh, you know, it's, it's always a grind to get better and sometimes it makes it worse. I'll tell you what taylor I've been in training camp and there's been days where you go out there and you can't throw a spiral and you're gone, what? You know, and the coaches on your ass, you're like, he's like, gus what are you doing? Like, I don't know, I can't throw a spiral today. You know what I mean? Like, let's just hand the ball off today, you know? Like, let's just forget about this day, Let me go have a beer and then we'll come back tomorrow and try it again. But It is, it is hard. And I mean, I've played golf, I'm not I'm not great at golf. I'm like, uh I shoot like right around 80 all the time and just I just have fun. I don't I'm not worried about getting better, but it is a mental game. Like when I go out, I'm not concentrating, man, I am all over the place. So so it is hard, but I can't imagine where you are because for you, it's like, I got to be great all the time, like to get to the level where you want to go. So how, how are you mentally prepare for the game? Like when you're not actually swinging a club? Well, that's something I'm working hard on now because I've gotten to a point where I feel like my talent level in my physical abilities plenty good and I'm just killing myself mentally on the course. And yeah, I mean, my coach, You asked me the other day, he goes, uh your level, what percent of the games? Mental? And I said 90%. And that guy, there's 500 guys in the world right now that can or more that can do what I do, do what Dustin johnson does, but they're not mentally, you know, like these guys and that's something I'm working on now with a couple to different sport mental coaches and it's a grind because it's hard to practice it without getting competition. Do you do um do you do like meditation or breathing techniques or anything like that? Because that really helps a lot of people. Yeah, I mean I worked on meditation for a little bit, I can't say I stuck with it um working on just being more aware of my thoughts and working on visualization, we're gonna pre shot routine stuff um journaling, you know, I tried to Wim Hoff breathing method for a while, I mean, you know, I've tried a lot of things but uh sometimes keeping the most simple can be the easiest and the best for you, and then sometimes I've had to dig pretty deep to try to get rid of some past demons, but it's a grind, I've gone through a couple of mental coach is trying to find something that works for me and uh I think we're starting to get there. Yeah. It is hard, like, do you feel like when you mentally, like when you don't start off well, it just turns into that, or can you overcome that? Because I know when I've played and I don't like, I'm not accurate that day or you're just a little bit off and you're like, I just can't vote, you know what I mean? Like it's not like a focus thing, but it's just like there's something missing and like, I think it's that way in golf too, it's like...

...the first t um wide, right, you know, down the fairway, it's gonna be a long day. Yeah, I mean, some of my best rounds have started with a bogey because I kind of refocuses you and some days I get out there and I'm like, what am I doing? I don't even remember playing the last three holes, I was so out of it. And then some days I'm just so zoned in but it's, it is different every day and that's the, that's hard part, I don't know, it's due to how you sleep or what you eat, but every day is a little different and um but I do, I make enough early's my rounds, I can overcome bad starts, obviously I never want those, but uh that is a is a common thing, so uh hey everyone uh welcome to help with Gus, we're talking with taylor funk, we're gonna take a quick commercial break, I want to thank Manscaped for for hanging with us and helping us out and go to Manscaped dot com, check out Their products and use my code Gus farid, get 20 off and free shipping, we'll be right back hey, head off with gusts, listeners manscaped. Uh They sent me uh they hooked me up with a bunch of tools and formulations for their package three point oh kit, uh so you know, I want to show you guys what's in the perfect package, right? We all think we got a perfect package, but they sent me the perfect package, three point oh kid, I want to show you what they sent me. So it was crazy. It came in this great box, uh you know, you can see what it says. They will thank you because they sent us this awesome trimmer. They sent us uh you know, uh, stuff that makes you smell better. And then, you know, they sent me this great uh some boxers, you what you get right protect them. And then uh, you know, they sent me this cool uh, sack, I guess you want to call it, uh, to store all your stuff in. So, uh, it's been great. Manscaped sent me a bunch of product. Um, you know, and you know, you can see it all on here. Uh, you know, if you can go to uh, Manscaped dot com and put in the code, uh, Gus Frerotte, that's G U S F R E R O T T E. Uh, get 20% off and free shipping when you use that code. But you can get a kit, you can get individual items like, uh, this way cool rumor that has a little led light, um, ceramic. These things come apart. They're waterproof. You can do a lot with them. So, you know, man scape is great. You know, it's funny. Oh, I remember when I was playing with the Denver broncos and I'm not going to mention any names, but there was a gentleman who was playing on our team and uh, you know, if he ever hears the story, he'll know exactly what I'm talking about. But he brought his own clippers in one time and he used to trim his beard up, his goatee and everything and he had him there for about two or three weeks and he goes in around the corner, he walks in and there's a person, another player that is actually manscaping with his beard trimmer. So you know, one of the things is, you don't want to use the same trimmer down there that you use up here. So uh, he kind of freaked out a little bit and he said, hey, how long have you been using that tool there? And he said, well, showed up here about three weeks ago and I've been using it ever since. So you know, there is a lesson learned that, you know, don't leave things out and probably if it would have just said manscaped on it, we wouldn't have had that issue, but it's probably one of the funniest, uh taking care of your ball stories I've ever heard or been around in the locker room in the NFL, so It's a great story, um, but you know, I always said there was no way to know, there's no name on it, and the guy was just using it and another guy was using, it was not good, but it's a heck of a funny story, so one of the best I've ever heard in my 15 years playing in the league, um, but you know, there's so many great things about manscaped and what they're doing, because guys, you got to take care of yourself even though I got great hair, um and getting older, but you still have to maintain some sort of grooming, right? And so, you know, we all work out to me, I like working in my yard doing those things now that I'm retired. Get a little sweat on and everything. You want to smell good. You know, you got to take care of yourself. They've got some great products, uh, you know, this one, but a little, uh, you ball deodorant,...

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...couple other things on their, I'm sure Trevor wasn't like me, but uh, you know, I'm excited firm as well. I think they have a pretty good kind of core unit in Jacksonville. They were missing some pieces. Um, and so I think that quarterback and running back will be big for them. Uh, you know, and, and there, I wouldn't say they're rebuilding, but you know, they've kinda, I think after the draft, they're gonna have a good foundation for the next several years, especially with how many draft picks we have the next two years. And um, as you know, the quarterback can make all the difference. Yeah, he really can. And that's the guy that the team relies on pushes. I mean, we've seen a guy do it last year in Tampa that's been doing it for a long, long time and you know, you don't have to be some guy that can run around, There's all types of quarterbacks out there and I think the bottom line is coming down to winning, you know, can you win in those tough situations? It's a mental game, just like engulf. Yeah, I completely agree. I'd hate to play tom brady and golf. He'd probably kick our butt mentally, I would say. Yeah, it's like my dad having to play Bernard Langer every week is a german machine. Yeah, there's no, there's it's just, it's just one line focus, that's it. You probably can't even joke with them. Oh, he'll laugh. My dad gives some crap, He's he just goes it's what I do. Yeah, it's great. That's awesome. That's awesome. So when you say you like to fly a drone, how big is your drone? Do you have like one of those little mini ones? Use your cell phone to fly? Or is it like a big one? Like you got your own controller? I have the DJ Maverick for, you know, his full controller and everything. I ended up just getting the D. J I F PV drone, which is the one that can go like 100 MPH and do flips and you can you have to wear the goggles to fly it? Oh you can do that. Yeah. Oh my God, do you watch those drone? I've watched those that it's amazing to me that they can fly him so fast and through all the obstacles. Yeah, I just I've used it for about a week, so I'm still getting used to the flying it through things, but uh, it's fun to fly. It's amazing how much power that thing is. Yeah, So are you a game or two? Because that kind of goes with gaming, I would say, like when you put the goggles on, do that, I go through spurts with gaming. Everyone Smile, Bring my Xbox with me to the tournaments and stuff. But uh, I consider myself a decent gaming. So yeah, so you're a Madden guy or like, what's your game like? Or you call Duty Guy? Yeah, I play Call of Duty. Uh, Madden. I've been into this racing game with my Buddy recently will play for like $5 a race and just race around in different cars. Um, but really anything, I, I just like to compete so whenever I can compete with people, you know, it's a video game is fun. Well you got your hat on, your Vegas hat on, So dru, do you play NHL? My kids called Shell, I call it to my, one of my buddies is from Canada and he grew up in Tampa and he uh lived with us for a few months and we played NHL, he's big hockey, yeah, we played in a show every night and he beat me every night because it's very technical game. But uh, that's when I got big in the hockey and the, he goes, right, you got to pick a team now because I got so into it and he goes, the lightning are so good, I'm not letting you pick the lightning because that's just gonna be a bandwagon nerves and I'm like, okay, so I'm always in Vegas, my coaches in Vegas and their brand new team when this was going on. So I was like, I'll be a nightstand. They got a good goalie, they took our goalie from Pittsburgh marc andre fleury. So, uh, I love that guy. I don't know why we let them go, but I guess our goal is doing okay now. I mean we just have a couple of players on our team that are pretty good. Sidney, Crosby, Evgeni Monk and, but the night, but the nights are good. I mean, it was awesome to see how well they did when they moved there, you know, and I'm just hoping that oh my buddies that the Raiders can do the same thing. Yeah, that would be cool. I would, it is Vegas deserves teams like that. It's fun to be there in the stadium is incredible. Have you, have you seen the new Raiders facility? I was there yesterday in Vegas and drove right passage crazy from that? From the outside. I haven't been inside of it, but it seems like it's just like a spaceship has landed right in the middle of Vegas. That's what it looks like. It looks like a Roomba like those doctors. That's a good one to call my buddy and say everybody you in the room. But right now that's a good one. Well, hopefully that they don't have a lot of dirt to clean up this year because I know last year was a little little...

...hairy, but uh, I'm excited for Jackson. I think they can do really well. Um, and I think that you're going to have a lot to cheer for. I'm sure that you hope you get the, the in your fantasy league. I'm sure. Do you play fantasy football? I do. I love fantasy football. Um Hopefully uh you know, I'll take Trevor Lawrence in the draft though. You gotta go with your guy man. So if you have the first pick, who you taking uh running back? Probably Maybe. Yeah. I normally wait until like the 5th round to get my quarterback. Yeah. Yeah, because they come and go. But I don't know, there's a couple of guys out there, like I took Lamar last year in my fantasy and you know, because he's like a he's kind of like a slash runner thrower, like sometimes he runs for as many yards he throws for, and it's like he just gets crazy points. You know, it's like when you're picking fancy, you want to go with your heart, but you also want to go with the guys who gets the most points. So I can see you not wanting to take Trevor. But uh but then, you know, you're going to be watching them every week and saying, man, it's just something about fantasy that makes the N. F. L. A little bit more fun. It does, it gives you something where it's kind of like sports betting. Yeah, but oh man, if I could get, my son is off a fanduel, that'd be great. It's addicting. It is, it is, and, you know, like picking who's going to win tournaments and soccer and like, there's just so much, it makes it great, and in Pittsburgh in pennsylvania, you're allowed to do Sports book, you know, we were talking about everything you were doing and, and uh, you know, kind of some of your hobbies and and teams you follow, and then I want to know where our fans and the people that are listening to the show can follow you if you don't mind sharing, like how they can follow taylor with your social media or what you're doing now. And if you have any favorite charities. Yes. So, uh, we talked about the hobbies, uh, my enzymes funk on scored taylor, um, Kay underscore T A Y L. O. R. And twitter's T funk 10 30 and you know, my every dirty, uh, carry the folds of honor, golf them. And you know, love what they do for the phone folders, families and all that. And I've always been take any military organizations that can natural warriors going to warrior project. And my dad's kind of sparked my interest in that in the military and €2 of our country and give them back to them. Yeah. Okay. And I mean, I think all of them are, are wonderful and make sure that you fall follow all of those. And, and uh, you know, I've had many, many, many family members that have been in the military, so supporting them and in any way possible, uh, is wonderful. Thank you for doing that. And then one last thing I wanted to ask you, I was trying to remember the name of your dad's course out in colorado that he's working with. It's called Brandon. That's it, Rain dance. And uh, that's an awesome. So if you've been out there and got to, uh, when's it gonna be ready? What's it, what's the prognosis Is out there? And they're probably talking spring of 2022. It's gonna be awesome, awesome. And now has he been like, I mean, I know I talked to dad before, but is he, is he excited about it as he like talk about it a lot? Like, is is he pretty pumped about this opportunity? Yeah, it's probably the thing he talks almost right now. He's really excited about it. Yeah, that that would be really cool to finally get, you know, there's a lot of guys that do that but to be able to go out and design your course, put it in, build it the way you want that. That would be amazing. No better place than colorado. You can hit the ball a mile out there. Yeah. It's funny. The world's shortest cough. We're gonna create the world on cough yourself. Oh that's funny. We won't, we won't, we won't share that part with them. He's fine with it. But well you know that might be the place your mama drives him. So yeah, I'll let you guys know the second that happens and I'm gonna I will never let him live it down. Yeah, I'm sure you want that will be uh I was just showing these guys there's there's like an app called Me Matic that you can make like cool crazy memes and all kind of stuff on and I use it to take pictures of my friends and send to him when I pick on him. And uh but I'm sure you'll do that to your dad as well. My kids do that to me all the time. Yeah, we need to uh we always gotta give my dad crap because you normally takes pretty well and it's a he's fun to mess with. Yeah, no,...

...that's awesome. Well, taylor, hey, I appreciate you joining me on how to up with gusts and, and I wish you all the best of luck in the corn ferry uh tournament coming up and and you know, I hope all your dreams come true and you know, hit him straight as they say buddy, awesome, thank you so much. God bless you. God bless and have a good one. Everyone thank you for joining me another episode of How to Up with Gus, we had a great guest in taylor Funk, We interview his dad not too long ago fred and and uh you know, make sure that uh you know you follow Taylor uh on his social media, you know, check out his dad's of course on Colorado Rain dance and maybe someday you can get out there and play and you'll see taylor out there hidden them long and straight. So everyone, thanks for joining me on huddle up with us. Thanks again to 16 31 Digital News. Thank you to Sounder FM and thank you to Manscaped, Go to Manscaped dot com. Check out my code Gus Frerotte, that's F R E R O T T E. And get 20 off and free shipping on all their products. So thanks again everyone for joining me. Another episode of huddle up with gusts and that's a wrap sports fan. Thanks for joining in the fun at the 16 31 digital studios For another actually, huddle up with Gus featuring 15 year NFL quarterback Gus, Theron, huddle up with. Gus is proudly produced by 16 31 digital media and is available on apple music.

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