The Pivot Podcast

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 Sep 18, 2022

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The Pivot Podcast hosted by former NFL Stars Channing Crowder, Fred Taylor & Ryan Clark.

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Ryan Leaf 1st Round NFL Pick on Fall From Top, Addiction, Prison Time & Life Now
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FOLLOW THE PIVOT PODCAST: MERCH | https://pivotpodcast.com  YOUTUBE | https://www.youtube.com/thepivotpodcast INSTAGRAM | https://instagram.com/thepivot TWITTER | https://twitter.com/thepivot TIKTOK | https://tiktok.com/@thepivot FACEBOOK | https://www.facebook.com/thepivotpodcast FOLLOW HAPPY DAD: https://www.instagram.com/happydad FIND HAPPY DAD: https://www.happydad.com/find The former 2nd overall pick, only behind Peyton Manning in the 1998 NFL draft, Ryan Leaf shares his emotional journey and his fall from the top to finding light again after very dark times. This episode of The Pivot is a story of redemption, addiction, and a conversation about restoring faith with the former first round NFL pick, Ryan Leaf, as he sits with Fred, Channing and Ryan to open up about how the star quarterback found himself in handcuffs a few short years after being at the top of the sports world. After losing his NFL career and football, the one thing he felt defined him, Ryan tried to lean into fame and eventually turned to pills to disguise the pain. His addiction over time led to desperation and burglarizing homes trying find prescription medications and anything that he could find to feed his fix until his actions left him behind bars in prison. Considered one of the best collegiate quarterbacks during his time at Washington State, Leaf admits now he wasn't mentally prepared to be under the NFL microscope from growing up in a small town in Montana to becoming a Heisman finalist to instant stardom and wealth of the NFL. Playing for five years in the league, Ryan admits that his career was over after his third game, despite winning 2 of the 3 because of how he handled them. Blaming everyone else for his short comings and behaviors, his outbursts and arrogance cost him his career, his money and he ended up quitting thinking he was bigger than the sport itself. This choice led him further down a path of poor decisions and pills to numb the absence of the thing he loved most, football. Ryan reflects back on his depression saying he was consumed by the validation of others and tried to cover up the shame of being considered the NFL’s biggest draft bust. Looking back, Leaf explains to guys that he’s grateful for his time in prison because it allowed him to humble himself and learn to take accountability for his actions. Although he believes that rehabilitation is a better solution for nonviolent drug offenders, Leaf shares that his fellow inmates taught him some hard lessons and made him realize the blame and also how to rebuild that life wasn’t over for him. If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, crisis counseling and referral services can be accessed by calling 877-8-HOPENY/text HOPENY (467369) (NY) 1-800-GAMBLER (1-800-426-2537) (IL/IN/LA/MI/NJ/PA/TN/WV/WY), 1-800-NEXT STEP (AZ), 1-800-522-4700 (CO/KS/NH), 888-789-7777/visit http://ccpg.org (CT), 1-800-BETS OFF (IA), visit OPGR.org (OR), or 1-888-532-3500 (VA). 21+ (18+ NH/WY). Physically present in AZ/CO/CT/IL/IN/IA/KS/LA(select parishes)/MI/NJ/NY/PA/TN/VA/WV/WY only. Void in ONT. Eligibility restrictions apply. Valid 1 per new customer. Min. $5 deposit. Min. $5 pre-game moneyline bet. Bet must win. $150 issued as six (6) $25 free bets. See terms at sportsbook.draftkings.com/footballterms. Ends 12/30/22 at 11:59PM ET. Sponsored by DK. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 29, 2022
Duke Legend Jay Williams Talks NBA, Kyrie, Media Frenzy & Life Changing Accident
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FOLLOW THE PIVOT PODCAST: MERCH | https://pivotpodcast.com  YOUTUBE | https://www.youtube.com/thepivotpodcast INSTAGRAM | https://instagram.com/thepivot TWITTER | https://twitter.com/thepivot TIKTOK | https://tiktok.com/@thepivot FACEBOOK | https://www.facebook.com/thepivotpodcast FOLLOW HAPPY DAD: https://www.instagram.com/happydad FIND HAPPY DAD: https://www.happydad.com/find NBA Analyst and Duke basketball legend Jay Williams joins the Pivot for a deep conversation addressing some of the latest media controversies and the tragedy he's overcome. With Fred returning from his trip this week, we asked Jay Williams, someone who we admire as an entrepreneur and media personality but also one of the greatest to play the game of basketball, to sit in for a special edition of The Pivot. With Thanksgiving just passing and the holidays around the corner, It's a good time to reflect on life and appreciate the growth life's journey takes us on. Jay joins Ryan and Channing for a conversation covering the latest topics in sports, media and takes us through the trials and tribulations he's experienced from being a star at Duke to being a #2 NBA draft pick to his life changing accident to finding his purpose in life through rehabilitation, media and family. Recently, Jay, a NBA analyst for ESPN, received backlash and sparked some viral debates as he was one of the first to publicly demonstrate support for Kyrie Irving in the controversy around his social media post promoting a documentary "Hebrews to Negroes: Wake Up Black America" and encouraged people to take a moment and allow for conversation around the situation without immediately condemning Kyrie for his thoughts. The guys go into detail about what led Jay to take this stance and jeopardize his job and put so much on the line to speak his mind. Jay details the night of the motorcycle accident that almost took his life and took the thing he loved most from him, basketball. In an emotional moment, Jay shares the fear and emotional battles he fought while also fighting physically to regain his strength. Finding purpose again and being able to have a gift to impact others through media and his businesses has been life saving and a blessing that Jay doesn't take lightly. A father of three and married to his best friend, Jay talks about how family is the foundation for all that he does and his backbone after growing up with a close knit family but one that wasn't exempt from emotional hardships as well. Gambling Problem? Call 877-8-HOPENY/text HOPENY (467369) (NY). If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, crisis counseling and referral services can be accessed by calling 1-800-GAMBLER (1-800-426-2537) (IL/IN/LA/MD/MI/NJ/PA/TN/WV/WY), 1-800-NEXT STEP (AZ), 1-800-522-4700 (CO/KS/NH), 888-789-7777/visit ccpg.org (CT), 1-800-BETS OFF (IA), visit OPGR.org (OR), or 1-888-532-3500 (VA). 21+ (18+ NH/WY). Physically present in AZ/CO/CT/IL/IN/IA/KS/LA(select parishes)/MD/MI/NH/NJ/NY/OR/PA/TN/VA/WV/WY only. Void in ONT. Eligibility restrictions apply. See terms at draftkings.com/sportsbook. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 26, 2022
Michael Irvin on Cowboys Wins, Jerry Jones, Thanksgiving in Dallas & Super Bowl?
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FOLLOW THE PIVOT PODCAST: MERCH | https://pivotpodcast.com  YOUTUBE | https://www.youtube.com/thepivotpodcast INSTAGRAM | https://instagram.com/thepivot TWITTER | https://twitter.com/thepivot TIKTOK | https://tiktok.com/@thepivot FACEBOOK | https://www.facebook.com/thepivotpodcast FOLLOW HAPPY DAD: https://www.instagram.com/happydad FIND HAPPY DAD: https://www.happydad.com/find The 3x Super Bowl Champ, Hall of Famer, and one and only, Playmaker, Michael Irvin sits down with Ryan and Channing after Dallas' big win vs Minnesota to talk everything Cowboys, Jerry Jones, his dominant era and a deep dive into how his upbringing shaped the man he is today. With Fred away for the holidays, Ryan taps in his playmaker’s partner to join the Pivot to kick off Thanksgiving week with all eyes on Irvin’s Dallas Cowboys to keep up their winning ways. Extremely fired up, Michael can't help share his excitement around this year's Cowboys team and how the meter is hot for this roster to go all the way this season, Championship or bust! Sharing his own memories from playing on Thanksgiving, Michael talks about the infamous Leon Lett moment, playing against Randy Moss and what the city of Dallas was like after the big Thursday game. Opening up about his love and respect for Jerry Jones and his close relationship with former coach, Jimmy Johnson, Michael goes in-depth on how it was just playing football in Dallas it became his way of life, sense of family and purpose. Ryan asks if it was always Dallas for him and Michael shares how he had a special connection to the team as a child from his late father who would watch the games growing up with him. One of 16 kids, Michael learned the importance of teamwork and sacrifice early in life and used it to help propel him to the next level in athletics. Explaining the lineage and meaning of new beginnings behind wearing #88 and how Drew Pearson was the first but Michael wanted to continue to make that the premiere jersey number on the Cowboys for decades to come which he has. Ryan jokes about Michael saying, “If you can’t help me win, you can’t be my friend,” as he talks about wanting to be surrounded by teammates on the Cowboys who had the same unwavering commitment in winning a Super Bowl As he did. If he found out a teammate didn’t align with this same mission, he wasn’t afraid to let it be known to the coaching staff or the player. On the road to three championships and a hall of fame career, Michael had to face greats such as Deion Sanders defensively and Randy Moss who was always in the shadows to be the next best at his position. Michael shares a few stories from the times competing against them and the respect he has for other receivers who may be more physically gifted but given the chance would trade careers with him if they had the chance, specifically citing Randy Moss. Michael has high hopes for this year's Cowboys team and talks about how they don't realize how talented they are sometimes which could be a weakness for them down the stretch. Attributing his success to three special women in his life, his mom, his mother-in-law and aunt, Michael says being able to experience the highs of life with them and travel the world has been the highlight of his life. Gambling Problem? Call 877-8-HOPENY/text HOPENY (467369) (NY). If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, crisis counseling and referral services can be accessed by calling 1-800-GAMBLER (1-800-426-2537) (IL/IN/LA/MD/MI/NJ/PA/TN/WV/WY), 1-800-NEXT STEP (AZ), 1-800-522-4700 (CO/KS/NH), 888-789-7777/visit ccpg.org (CT), 1-800-BETS OFF (IA), visit OPGR.org (OR), or 1-888-532-3500 (VA). 21+ (18+ NH/WY). Physically present in AZ/CO/CT/IL/IN/IA/KS/LA(select parishes)/MD/MI/NH/NJ/NY/OR/PA/TN/VA/WV/WY only. Void in ONT. Eligibility restrictions apply. See terms at draftkings.com/sportsbook. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 22, 2022
Ryan, Fred & Chan: The OG's Talk Twitter, UFC, Jeff Saturday, Deshaun Watson & More
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FOLLOW THE PIVOT PODCAST: MERCH | https://pivotpodcast.com  YOUTUBE | https://www.youtube.com/thepivotpodcast INSTAGRAM | https://instagram.com/thepivot TWITTER | https://twitter.com/thepivot TIKTOK | https://tiktok.com/@thepivot FACEBOOK | https://www.facebook.com/thepivotpodcast FOLLOW HAPPY DAD: https://www.instagram.com/happydad FIND HAPPY DAD: https://www.happydad.com/find It’s Friday and we are chopping it up or as Channing says- just your uncles sitting on the back porch talking about life and what's going on in the world. Many of you have asked for a show with just us, so we figured it's a good time to do that, catch up and talk amongst us OG's. And without a guest, we don't have to be on our best behavior so anything goes in this conversation! We are coming off a heart break after watching our guy Israel Adesanya lose his belt this past Saturday and speaking of Saturday, we also are talking Indianapolis Colts and the controversial hiring of their new head coach, Jeff Saturday along with other news around the NFL including the return of Deshaun Watson and also discuss some other questionable situations going on in sports. Ryan opens the conversation by discussing Izzy's recent fight in which was Fred's first time experiencing the UFC in person and how his emotion had him feeling like he was back on the field. Channing says how he took Izzy's loss personal since the fighter was just on the show while Fred took it personally that people were saying he shouldn't be doing interviews before a fight of that magnitude almost blaming it on a lack of focus instead of the actions in the octagon. This leads into a conversation about superstition and debate between commitment vs routine. Channing, Fred, and Ryan agree that they don’t believe in superstitions but they do believe in preparation. Transitioning to a conversation about the NFL, the guys talk Tom Brady and Bill Belichick, Jeff Saturday's hiring by his friend and former boss, the Rooney rule and return of Deshaun Watson to the Browns facility in an official capacity. Ryan firmly believes that Saturday's hire isn’t a race issue but rather one of familiarity and nepotism while the guys continue the tough conversation of how Deshaun's return will be received in the locker room as well as by Cleveland's fans. Fred thinks as long as he wins, people slowly forget what you were in trouble for but losing often magnifies the trouble surrounding someone. Being connected to controversy isn’t new for professional sports teams and seems ongoing as Fred asks the guys their opinion about Mitchell Miller, the Boston Bruins NHL Hockey Player. The guys get into a deep discussion on whether Mitchell’s career should be over and ruined due to his poor choices and actions as a young boy. Regardless of the outcome, Ryan makes it clear that any situation like this whether innocent or guilty, right or wrong, that athletes or people in the public eye can't ever escape the cloud that follows them with incidents like this. If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, crisis counseling and referral services can be accessed by calling 877-8-HOPENY/text HOPENY (467369) (NY)1-800-GAMBLER (1-800-426-2537) (IL/IN/LA/MI/NJ/PA/TN/WV/WY), 1-800-NEXT STEP (AZ), 1-800-522-4700 (CO/KS/NH), 888-789-7777/visit ccpg.org (CT), 1-800-BETS OFF (IA), visit OPGR.org (OR), or 1-888-532-3500 (VA).21+ (18+ NH/WY). Physically present in AZ/CO/CT/IL/IN/IA/KS/LA(select parishes)/MI/NJ/NY/PA/TN/VA/WV/WY only. Void in ONT. Valid 1 per new customer. Min. $5 deposit. Min $5 pregame moneyline bet. Bet must win. $200 issued as eight (8) $25 free bets. Sponsored by DK. Ends 11/20/2022 11:59 PM ET. Eligibility restrictions apply. See terms at sportsbook.draftkings.com/footballterms.#1 Rated Sportsbook App based on Eilers&Krejcik (2Q22). Product Analysis: Testing, Scoring, and Ranking U.S. Sports Betting Apps Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 19, 2022
Fat Joe: The Book of Jose, I’ve Done Bad Things in Life but Tried to Better the Wrongs
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FOLLOW THE PIVOT PODCAST: MERCH | https://pivotpodcast.com  YOUTUBE | https://www.youtube.com/thepivotpodcast INSTAGRAM | https://instagram.com/thepivot TWITTER | https://twitter.com/thepivot TIKTOK | https://tiktok.com/@thepivot FACEBOOK | https://www.facebook.com/thepivotpodcast FOLLOW HAPPY DAD: https://www.instagram.com/happydad FIND HAPPY DAD: https://www.happydad.com/find Grammy nominated, entrepreneur, philanthropist and now author, Fat Joe, joins Ryan, Fred and Channing for a conversation covering the release of his highly anticipated memoir, “The Book of Jose: A Memoir.” Taking a trip down memory lane, Joe opens up to the guys about the highs and lows of his career, parenting, philanthropy, miscues in his life and discloses some never-heard before moments and stories that peel back the layers of this young man who made it out of the Bronx. From growing up poor, to losing friends in music and from the neighborhood, to his climb to the top of music and stardom to thoughts of taking his own life to forming a close bond with Big Pun to turning pain into inspiration and respect to the greats who came before him is all detailed in Joe's book that comes out today. People see the end results and where he is now, but few understand the struggles and dark moments endured to get to this point in life. Although everything looks on the up and up now, Joe reveals his inner struggles and how he feels like there is a recurring shadow in his life that comes from betrayal and unexpected hurt. At his core, Joe feels he is a good guy doing bad things and he’s been working to set his legacy straight with each level of success and growth. Fat Joe admits that his upbringing in the Bronx wasn’t ideal but his mother’s strength served as the glue for the family and the financial struggles he experienced as a child helped shape the man he is today and his unique appreciation for life and forgiveness. Making music changed his life and Joe credits hip-hop stemming from minority communities as an attempt to make light of oppression and find light in dark times. Channing pushes back on his words, asking Joe where the desire to do bad things came from despite growing up in a loving household as he acknowledges that he did a lot of bad things, some that others knew about and some that no one ever found out about and he asks him how he got to that place in life. Opening up about one moment which changed Joe's perspective on life and made him move differently is revealed as he shares a story of betrayal by a person closest to him that forever changed how he moved. If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, crisis counseling and referral services can be accessed by calling 877-8-HOPENY/text HOPENY (467369) (NY)1-800-GAMBLER (1-800-426-2537) (IL/IN/LA/MI/NJ/PA/TN/WV/WY), 1-800-NEXT STEP (AZ), 1-800-522-4700 (CO/KS/NH), 888-789-7777/visit ccpg.org (CT), 1-800-BETS OFF (IA), visit OPGR.org (OR), or 1-888-532-3500 (VA).21+ (18+ NH/WY). Physically present in AZ/CO/CT/IL/IN/IA/KS/LA(select parishes)/MI/NJ/NY/PA/TN/VA/WV/WY only. Void in ONT. Valid 1 per new customer. Min. $5 deposit. Min $5 pregame moneyline bet. Bet must win. $200 issued as eight (8) $25 free bets. Sponsored by DK. Ends 11/20/2022 11:59 PM ET. Eligibility restrictions apply. See terms at sportsbook.draftkings.com/footballterms.#1 Rated Sportsbook App based on Eilers&Krejcik (2Q22). Product Analysis: Testing, Scoring, and Ranking U.S. Sports Betting Apps Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 15, 2022
Israel Adesanya: Talks Joe Rogan & Prepares to Defend His Championship Belt vs Alex Pereira at UFC 281
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FOLLOW THE PIVOT PODCAST: MERCH | https://pivotpodcast.com  YOUTUBE | https://www.youtube.com/thepivotpodcast INSTAGRAM | https://instagram.com/thepivot TWITTER | https://twitter.com/thepivot TIKTOK | https://tiktok.com/@thepivot FACEBOOK | https://www.facebook.com/thepivotpodcast FOLLOW HAPPY DAD: https://www.instagram.com/happydad FIND HAPPY DAD: https://www.happydad.com/find In anticipation of Israel's upcoming Middleweight Title fight in UFC 281's main event against Alex Pereira, Izzy is sitting down with Ryan, Fred and Channing a few days ahead of his biggest fight in one of the most candid and entertaining conversations. A global star and one of the top UFC fighters int he sport, Israel knows what's at stake and is embracing it, saying he is going to make this upcoming fight, "A Horror Movie".  Fully understanding the energy around this fight knowing that he has lost to Pereira twice in kickboxing, Izzy isn't worried about what others think and knows who he is as the champion and isn't worried about outside pressures. Israel says, people think he is joking when he says, he is prepared to die and prepared to kill, but once he steps into the cage and it lock behind them, it's on. Using the Lion King reference, he explains that sometimes you have to remind yourself who you are like Mufasa did to Simba, and now he is reminding himself who he is, and he knows he's a mother f**cking savage.  Getting into how some of his training has changed for this fight and how each of his past bouts have helped him grow and expanded his mind mentally and physically, Izzy shares what it's like preparing for battle and how his outside passions and interests shape his approach to battle, often watching cartoons and reading for motivation and inspiration. Izzy uses the analogy that pressure makes diamonds, and there are moments in a man’s life where he has to step up and this is one of those for me. The last three fights I showed up and made each camp better than the last one and this will be no different.  Channing asks him about some of the charismatic traits of his persona, wearing pearls, watching anime cartoons, theatrical fight entrances and why all of these unique aspects of him are important to who he is inside and outside the fight game. Freaky Fred puts some meaning behind his own nickname and asks Izzy about why he has an Only Fans account and what kind of material he puts out there to need one. The friendly banter continues as the guys talk about admiring greatness in other sports and athletes and how it takes a great one to admire a great one. Israel isn't just fighting for himself, he's fighting for his entire team and plans to give it all come Saturday night, even if that comes with physical sacrifice.  We are your one-stop platform for all your sports and entertainment content.If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, crisis counseling and referral services can be accessed by calling 877-8-HOPENY/text HOPENY (467369) (NY)1-800-GAMBLER (1-800-426-2537) (IL/IN/LA/MI/NJ/PA/TN/WV/WY), 1-800-NEXT STEP (AZ), 1-800-522-4700 (CO/KS/NH), 888-789-7777/visit ccpg.org (CT), 1-800-BETS OFF (IA), visit OPGR.org (OR), or 1-888-532-3500 (VA).21+ (18+ NH/WY). Physically present in AZ/CO/CT/IL/IN/IA/KS/LA(select parishes)/MI/NJ/NY/PA/TN/VA/WV/WY only. Void in ONT. Valid 1 per new customer. Min. $5 deposit. Min $5 pregame moneyline bet. Bet must win. $200 issued as eight (8) $25 free bets. Sponsored by DK. Ends 11/20/2022 11:59 PM ET. Eligibility restrictions apply. See terms at sportsbook.draftkings.com/footballterms.#1 Rated Sportsbook App based on Eilers&Krejcik (2Q22). Product Analysis: Testing, Scoring, and Ranking U.S. Sports Betting Apps Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 09, 2022
NFL WK 9 Turn of an Era w/ QBs, Top Trade Moves, NFC & AFC Picks & RBs in Dallas
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FOLLOW THE PIVOT PODCAST: MERCH | https://pivotpodcast.com  YOUTUBE | https://www.youtube.com/thepivotpodcast INSTAGRAM | https://instagram.com/thepivot TWITTER | https://twitter.com/thepivot TIKTOK | https://tiktok.com/@thepivot FACEBOOK | https://www.facebook.com/thepivotpodcast FOLLOW HAPPY DAD: https://www.instagram.com/happydad FIND HAPPY DAD: https://www.happydad.com/find Use code PIVOT for $20 off your first SeatGeek order: https://seatgeek.onelink.me/RrnK/PIVOT It's Football Sunday and start your day with The Pivot! Our friends at Seat Geek are waking you up with the top football storylines around the league and giving you access to the best of the best! Heading into Week 9 of the NFL season, it's about that time to see what rosters have the talent and depth to finish the season strong and Ryan, Channing and Fred are breaking it down for you. With one of the most active trade deadlines we've seen, the league's top teams didn't stray away from making moves to keep them in contention for the big game come February. Channing is big on Miami and the team's roster moves and feels strongly about Tua's performance that he is not only one of the top talents playing the position but could have been a MVP candidate if he didn't miss two games. Comparing his comeback after injury to Dak Prescott's return in Dallas, Channign says Tua is the better quarterback while Ryan feels that the two will be measured differently as Tua is more on his individual success while it's either Dallas goest o the Super Bowl or Dak and big D is considered a major let down. Getting into Dallas' running back situation and the explosive play of Tony Pollard, Ryan asks Fred to share insight on Pollard vs Zeke Elliott and if there is room for both to share the load or is this a passing of the torch situation. Fred reflects on his time in Jacksonville in similar scenarios and how he sees it playing out. With so many young quarterbacks stepping up with strong numbers and winning ways, the guys talk about if this is the end of an era of greats such as Tom Brady and Arron Rodgers as we see some of these younger more mobile quarterbacks top the league. As the discussion plays out, Ryan also shares a message about criticism he has received recently when speaking about Tom Brady and makes it very clear how he feels about #12 and the success he has had along with his contributions to the sport are unmatched but doesn't take away from his performance this season. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 06, 2022
SB Champion Martellus Bennett: Arts Over Football & a Mindset that Cost Him $40M
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FOLLOW THE PIVOT PODCAST: MERCH | https://pivotpodcast.com  YOUTUBE | https://www.youtube.com/thepivotpodcast INSTAGRAM | https://instagram.com/thepivot TWITTER | https://twitter.com/thepivot TIKTOK | https://tiktok.com/@thepivot FACEBOOK | https://www.facebook.com/thepivotpodcast FOLLOW HAPPY DAD: https://www.instagram.com/happydad FIND HAPPY DAD: https://www.happydad.com/find Don’t miss out on all the NFL and NBA action this week at DraftKings! Sign-up using http://Dkng.co/pivot or USE Promo Code: PIVOT. Extremely talented as a football player, the offers and potential for Martellus to be one of the top Tight Ends in the league was present from day one, but his heart was always on the quality of life and how he would be remembered not for playing a game but for making an impact. One of the most well-rounded and intellectual Black men under the umbrella of the NFL shield, Ryan, Fred, and Channing dive into Marty’s journey and why he may just be the NFL's top creative mind. Marty opens up about his childhood with a single-parent father for the first nine years of his life before his mother, Penny, who provided the perfect balance between playful and stern, joined in his upbringing. Martellus tells the guys the greatest lesson he learned from his parents was to be present. In 2014 during his tenure with The Chicago Bears, Bennett got into a scuffle with teammate Kyle Fuller. He sets the record straight on The Pivot as to why the situation took place and how he’s a man that stands on principle. However, Martellus tells the guys that core values aren’t always taught to young athletes. Taking the stance that coaches only develop athletes physically rather than mentally, Martellus reflects on the importance of his diverse experiences as a kid such as being a Mathlete. Marty talks about his experience venturing into various projects such as samurai training, founding his creative agency, and becoming an author. Channing inquires about where this change in mindset stems from and Marty refers to always looking to update his “software.” He attests his evolution to three things; reading, traveling, and life-changing experiences. Always cognizant that there is more to life than football, Bennett admits that he almost retired from the league after his third season. Channing asks if that awareness resulted in an early career end which Marty admitted that it did play a major role. After taking a sabbatical to Japan, it was a realization about priorities and passion for Martellus when he realized he'd walk 50,000 steps for his love of curiosity and Arts but not for a NFL check. Towards the end of his career, Marty was one of the very few individuals to first take a knee during the National Anthem. But quickly realized that this form of activism wasn’t the best for him and he’d rather use his pen to improve his surroundings. Turning to his creative agency and love for the Arts, Marty describes the etymology of the name of his small creative agency and his mission to restore imagination and playfulness into society. If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, crisis counseling and referral services can be accessed by calling 877-8-HOPENY/text HOPENY (467369) (NY)1-800-GAMBLER (1-800-426-2537) (IL/IN/LA/MI/NJ/PA/TN/WV/WY), 1-800-NEXT STEP (AZ), 1-800-522-4700 (CO/KS/NH), 888-789-7777/visit ccpg.org (CT), 1-800-BETS OFF (IA), visit OPGR.org (OR), or 1-888-532-3500 (VA).21+ (18+ NH/WY). Physically present in AZ/CO/CT/IL/IN/IA/KS/LA(select parishes)/MI/NJ/NY/PA/TN/VA/WV/WY only. Void in ONT. Valid 1 per new customer. Min. $5 deposit. Min $5 pregame moneyline bet. Bet must win. $200 issued as eight (8) $25 free bets. Sponsored by DK. Ends 11/20/2022 11:59 PM ET. Eligibility restrictions apply. See terms at sportsbook.draftkings.com/footballterms.#1 Rated Sportsbook App based on Eilers&Krejcik (2Q22). Product Analysis: Testing, Scoring, and Ranking U.S. Sports Betting Apps Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 04, 2022
NFL Stars: The Pouncey Twins on Aaron Hernandez, Politics, Family & Mike Tomlin
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FOLLOW THE PIVOT PODCAST: MERCH | https://pivotpodcast.com  YOUTUBE | https://www.youtube.com/thepivotpodcast INSTAGRAM | https://instagram.com/thepivot TWITTER | https://twitter.com/thepivot TIKTOK | https://tiktok.com/@thepivot FACEBOOK | https://www.facebook.com/thepivotpodcast FOLLOW HAPPY DAD: https://www.instagram.com/happydad FIND HAPPY DAD: https://www.happydad.com/find Don’t miss out on all the NFL and NBA action this week at DraftKings! Sign-up using http://Dkng.co/pivot or USE Promo Code: PIVOT. In an emotional and at times, high-tension conversation, Mike & Maurkice Pouncey sit with Ryan, Channing and Fred for a different type of Pivot episode than we are normally used to where the men discuss controversial topics, have extremely heated debates and reveal truth in some scrutinized situations that they've been associated with over the years.  Mike, former Miami teammate of Channing and Maurkice, a former teammate of Ryan's in Pittsburgh, known for being two of the best Centers to play in the league during their prime began their NFL career both as first round picks and retired on the same day in Feb of 2021. Extremely talented, the brothers always were at the center of controversial topics and extremely loyal to causes they believed in which a lot of times went against cultural norms and often against their peers in the locker room.  Mike and Maurkice received a lot of backlash for their public support and loyalty to former Florida teammate and friend Aaron Hernandez after he was accused of murder and found guilty of several charges involved with serious off the field situations. For the first time since the death of Aaron Hernandez, the brothers publicly cleared the air and set the record straight on how their support was for the person, not the actions. Detailing the days of trial and leading up to finding Hernandez dead in his jail cell, many rumors and speculation circled about what really happened to Hernandez and both Mike and Maurkice share their personal insight into the situation. Fred also chimes in saying how he spoke to Aaron the night before he died as well and his thoughts on the overall feeling surrounding the incidents.  Playing college football at Florida, the Pouncey Twins played for Urban Meyer, who they credit for helping them develop into mature men at an early age. Mike shares his thoughts on why Coach Meyer was not as successful at the NFL level as he was in College. Fortunate to play for Coach Mike Tomlin, Maurkice spends time explaining why Tomlin is the greatest leader of men and how he doesn't get enough credit for the impact he has made on so many who have played for him. Ryan asks Maurkice about the infamous conversation that him and Big Ben had on the bench after the playoff loss in the 2020 season and what went through his mind that night to lead to early retirement. In a tearful explanation. Maurkice shares what that moment represented in his life and why it was so important for him to leave the NFL at that moment and also walk away from the game he loved with his brother on the same day.  If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, crisis counseling and referral services can be accessed by calling 877-8-HOPENY/text HOPENY (467369) (NY)1-800-GAMBLER (1-800-426-2537) (IL/IN/LA/MI/NJ/PA/TN/WV/WY), 1-800-NEXT STEP (AZ), 1-800-522-4700 (CO/KS/NH), 888-789-7777/visit ccpg.org (CT), 1-800-BETS OFF (IA), visit OPGR.org (OR), or 1-888-532-3500 (VA).21+ (18+ NH/WY). Physically present in AZ/CO/CT/IL/IN/IA/KS/LA(select parishes)/MI/NJ/NY/PA/TN/VA/WV/WY only. Void in ONT. Valid 1 per new customer. Min. $5 deposit. Min $5 pregame moneyline bet. Bet must win. $200 issued as eight (8) $25 free bets. Sponsored by DK. Ends 11/20/2022 11:59 PM ET. Eligibility restrictions apply. See terms at sportsbook.draftkings.com/footballterms.#1 Rated Sportsbook App based on Eilers&Krejcik (2Q22). Product Analysis: Testing, Scoring, and Ranking U.S. Sports Betting Apps Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 01, 2022
Thomas Jones from NFL Running Back to Hollywood Star: Finding Life After Football
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FOLLOW THE PIVOT PODCAST: MERCH | https://pivotpodcast.com  YOUTUBE | https://www.youtube.com/thepivotpodcast INSTAGRAM | https://instagram.com/thepivot TWITTER | https://twitter.com/thepivot TIKTOK | https://tiktok.com/@thepivot FACEBOOK | https://www.facebook.com/thepivotpodcast FOLLOW HAPPY DAD: https://www.instagram.com/happydad FIND HAPPY DAD: https://www.happydad.com/find Don’t miss out on all the NFL and NBA action this week at DraftKings! Download the DraftKings Sportsbook app today! Sign-up using http://Dkng.co/pivot or USE Promo Code: PIVOT. Kicking off Football Friday, We sit down with one of the best NFL running backs to ever play, Thomas Jones who found new success in life after football.  It is not an unfamiliar story that athletes struggle to transition in their post careers or to find something as fulfilling as the sport they dedicated their life to but developing a new identity gave new purpose to the former running back. Jones, a member of the 10,000 rushing yards club and a recent Pro Football Hall of Fame Nominee, opens up to Ryan, Fred and Channing about his journey to become who he is today, from a small town and strict family upbringing to playing on the big stage of the NFL and now a Hollywood star.  After a very successful on field career and one of the best at the position to play the game, Jones found himself lost after stepping away from the NFL losing that the locker room camaraderie and everyday focus was difficult. Going from waking up early in the morning to being at a NFL facility, Jones found himself on the verge of becoming an alcoholic drinking every morning headed down a dark path until he was introduced to acting which he says, saved his life. Determined to take on a new identity, Ryan points out that when you Google this former star-studded athlete, he’s known for being an “American Actor” rather than an “Ex-NFL Player.” Jones shares with the guys that this distinction was intentional as he has now carved a niche for himself in Hollywood with break out roles in the film industry including, Straight Out Of Compton, Being Mary Jane, P-Valley and now as a Show Runner and Producer in the unscripted world, documenting the lives of other former NFL players adjusting to life after football.  Of Course the banter with Channing continues as he starts asking the Channing type questions including what the sex scenes are like and intimate moments on screen with famed actresses such as Gabrielle Union as well as diving into some of his former high profile relationships, specifically his history with actress Meagan Good. Tap in every Tuesday at Noon eastern and on Fridays at 3:30pm est to catch some of the best conversations around sports and culture with life lessons. Our partnership with DraftKings continues and special offers to check out for this wknd's football games. If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, crisis counseling and referral services can be accessed by calling 877-8-HOPENY/text HOPENY (467369) (NY)1-800-GAMBLER (1-800-426-2537) (IL/IN/LA/MI/NJ/PA/TN/WV/WY), 1-800-NEXT STEP (AZ), 1-800-522-4700 (CO/KS/NH), 888-789-7777/visit ccpg.org (CT), 1-800-BETS OFF (IA), visit OPGR.org (OR), or 1-888-532-3500 (VA).21+ (18+ NH/WY). Physically present in AZ/CO/CT/IL/IN/IA/KS/LA(select parishes)/MI/NJ/NY/PA/TN/VA/WV/WY only. Void in ONT. Valid 1 per new customer. Min. $5 deposit. Min $5 pregame moneyline bet. Bet must win. $200 issued as eight (8) $25 free bets. Sponsored by DK. Ends 11/20/2022 11:59 PM ET. Eligibility restrictions apply. See terms at sportsbook.draftkings.com/footballterms.#1 Rated Sportsbook App based on Eilers&Krejcik (2Q22). Product Analysis: Testing, Scoring, and Ranking U.S. Sports Betting Apps Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 28, 2022
Tracy McGrady NBA Legend & Hall of Famer Talks Penny Hardaway, Kobe & Heartbreak
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FOLLOW THE PIVOT PODCAST: MERCH | https://pivotpodcast.com  YOUTUBE | https://www.youtube.com/thepivotpodcast INSTAGRAM | https://instagram.com/thepivot TWITTER | https://twitter.com/thepivot TIKTOK | https://tiktok.com/@thepivot FACEBOOK | https://www.facebook.com/thepivotpodcast FOLLOW HAPPY DAD: https://www.instagram.com/happydad FIND HAPPY DAD: https://www.happydad.com/find NBA legend and Tracy McGrady welcomes Ryan, Channing and Fred to Houston for a conversation covering his hall of fame career, brotherhood with Kobe and the darkest times he experienced on and off the court. Sharing tales from his storied career and some of the All-Time greats he played with or met along the way that helped him mold his on court play from Michael Jordan to Penny Hardaway to Kobe Bryant to his coaches to his teammates. Being ranked as the best player in the nation at 18 years old, adjusting to money and fame was part of the transition process. Never winning a championship, Tracy's career was defined by his hall of fame talent and one of the best wings to every play the game known for his shooting skills, scoring, dunking and aggressive defense. In an emotional moment, reflecting back on his career, Tracy opens up about the struggles he faced waiting his entire life and working so hard to be apart of a championship team and how his injury kept him from being apart of the run, ultimately sending Tracy to a very dark place where he didn't talk to anyone for months. Tracy describes the moment he realized he wasn't the player he once was capable of being due to injury and age, and the blows he took to his ego leading him down a path of despair. Being selected to the Hall Of Fame is the one thing that helped make all the painful moments and losses suffered along the way less of his focus and learned to relish in the moments of his success and understand the power of his legacy. Tracy's proudest moment has always been earning the respect of his peers and the guys he spent his life playing along side, especially a forever impactful statement from one in particular...the last interview with Kobe Bryant when he shared that the best player he ever faced was Tracy McGrady. Our partnership with DraftKings continues and special offers to check out for this wknd's football games. If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, crisis counseling and referral services can be accessed by calling 877-8-HOPENY/text HOPENY (467369) (NY)1-800-GAMBLER (1-800-426-2537) (IL/IN/LA/MI/NJ/PA/TN/WV/WY), 1-800-NEXT STEP (AZ), 1-800-522-4700 (CO/KS/NH), 888-789-7777/visit ccpg.org (CT), 1-800-BETS OFF (IA), visit OPGR.org (OR), or 1-888-532-3500 (VA).21+ (18+ NH/WY). Physically present in AZ/CO/CT/IL/IN/IA/KS/LA(select parishes)/MI/NJ/NY/PA/TN/VA/WV/WY only. Void in ONT. Valid 1 per new customer. Min. $5 deposit. Min $5 pregame moneyline bet. Bet must win. $200 issued as eight (8) $25 free bets. Sponsored by DK. Ends 11/20/2022 11:59 PM ET. Eligibility restrictions apply. See terms at sportsbook.draftkings.com/footballterms.#1 Rated Sportsbook App based on Eilers&Krejcik (2Q22). Product Analysis: Testing, Scoring, and Ranking U.S. Sports Betting Apps Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 25, 2022
Dolphins RB Raheem Mostert Talks Tua's Return, Tyreek & Miami as a Top Team in AFC
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FOLLOW THE PIVOT PODCAST: MERCH | https://pivotpodcast.com  YOUTUBE | https://www.youtube.com/thepivotpodcast INSTAGRAM | https://instagram.com/thepivot TWITTER | https://twitter.com/thepivot TIKTOK | https://tiktok.com/@thepivot FACEBOOK | https://www.facebook.com/thepivotpodcast FOLLOW HAPPY DAD: https://www.instagram.com/happydad FIND HAPPY DAD: https://www.happydad.com/find Quarterback Tua Tagovailoa is set to return this Sunday as the Miami Dolphins host the AFC rival Pittsburgh Steelers. The guys visited the Dolphins facility and spent time chatting with players and the organization ahead of this week's game to get a feel for the mindset and understanding of having their team leader return after one of the more difficult concussion incidents we have seen in the NFL. Running Back Raheem Mostert sits with Ryan, Fred and Channing to talk about how hard it was for himself and teammates, especially Tyreek Hill and Jaylen Waddle to be on the field in Cincinnati and see Tua, their brother, fall as he did. Described as one of the more difficult experiences, the team is full of optimism as they welcome back their team leader. Tua's leadership and determination has been proven and fighting through adversity is just one more level the quarterback has mastered. Mostert talks bout Tua's perseverance and what having him back in the huddle means to the team and that the Dolphins are a team that should be taken seriously as a championship contender in the AFC. The running back, most known for his quickness and dynamic play as part of the infamous 2019 Niners AFC Champion team, recognizes that the talent on this Dolphins roster runs deeper than what was on his team who went to the Super Bowl a few years ago. Mostert also jokes how he is faster than Tyreek dating back to their college days where on paper he is listed quicker than his current teammate and is not backing down that he is faster now either. But makes it clear, when the game is on the line, there is no one else who should get the ball than Tyreek, because he is the best he's seen play. If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, crisis counseling and referral services can be accessed by calling 877-8-HOPENY/text HOPENY (467369) (NY)1-800-GAMBLER (1-800-426-2537) (IL/IN/LA/MI/NJ/PA/TN/WV/WY), 1-800-NEXT STEP (AZ), 1-800-522-4700 (CO/KS/NH), 888-789-7777/visit ccpg.org (CT), 1-800-BETS OFF (IA), visit OPGR.org (OR), or 1-888-532-3500 (VA).21+ (18+ NH/WY). Physically present in AZ/CO/CT/IL/IN/IA/KS/LA(select parishes)/MI/NJ/NY/PA/TN/VA/WV/WY only. Void in ONT. Valid 1 per new customer. Min. $5 deposit. Min $5 pregame moneyline bet. Bet must win. $200 issued as eight (8) $25 free bets. Sponsored by DK. Ends 11/20/2022 11:59 PM ET. Eligibility restrictions apply. See terms at sportsbook.draftkings.com/footballterms.#1 Rated Sportsbook App based on Eilers&Krejcik (2Q22). Product Analysis: Testing, Scoring, and Ranking U.S. Sports Betting Apps Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 22, 2022
Charlamagne: Mental Health, Evolution from Infidelity & Self Sabotage to Life Now
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FOLLOW THE PIVOT PODCAST: MERCH | https://pivotpodcast.com  YOUTUBE | https://www.youtube.com/thepivotpodcast INSTAGRAM | https://instagram.com/thepivot TWITTER | https://twitter.com/thepivot TIKTOK | https://tiktok.com/@thepivot FACEBOOK | https://www.facebook.com/thepivotpodcast FOLLOW HAPPY DAD: https://www.instagram.com/happydad FIND HAPPY DAD: https://www.happydad.com/find Entertainment Personality and Entrepreneur, Charlamagne Tha God, a.k.a Lenard McKelvey, joins The Pivot Podcast for a conversation covering everything from mental health to evolving as men personally and professionally and his approach to growth as he continues to expand his entertainment empire. Keying in on the changes and steps as men they can all take to be better friends, husbands, dads and role models for younger generations. Not shying away from his shortcomings and mistakes over the years, he acknowledges the wrongs he did personally and professionally but is proud of who he is today. The guys talk about men in position to succeed and allowing the weaknesses of women, sex and ego take away from the hard work is the biggest mystery to him as they talk about the recent situation with Celtics Head Coach Ime Udoka and the lessons that can be learned.  Infamously known for his hot takes and wide open opinions on celebrities that would trigger negative reactions, Charlamagne tells the guys that it has never been his intention to rile people up, he was just always speaking honestly and saying the things everyone thought but was afraid to say. Never giving up on his dream, even after being fired several times, the years of experience and relationships led him to creating a media empire and recently being inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame, Charlamagne reflects on his path and recognizes to Fred, Channing, and Ryan that there are definitely things he wishes he could redo or should have held back on when speaking on others lives and careers but the biggest compliment to him is acknowledging the growth from that place to where he is now. Although he had and currently has what others consider the “perfect life”, Charlamagnes opens up and shares with the guys that there were very dark times and there was always this undiscovered void to fill. Influenced at an early age by his surroundings and environment, Charlemagne was on the verge of self-sabotage due to infidelity and substance abuse until he made the Pivot seven years ago to attend therapy which has been life-changing.  Therapy and counseling have always been frowned upon in black communities and Charlamagne has set out to change that philosophy and instill a new approach with one of seeking help and preventing activities to promote self sabotage instead of encouraging it. Fred also shares his struggles of anxiety over the years and how therapy has helped ground him and offer him alternatives to get through certain situations which he shares hoping to help others in similar situations.  If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, crisis counseling and referral services can be accessed by calling 877-8-HOPENY/text HOPENY (467369) (NY)1-800-GAMBLER (1-800-426-2537) (IL/IN/LA/MI/NJ/PA/TN/WV/WY), 1-800-NEXT STEP (AZ), 1-800-522-4700 (CO/KS/NH), 888-789-7777/visit ccpg.org (CT), 1-800-BETS OFF (IA), visit OPGR.org (OR), or 1-888-532-3500 (VA).21+ (18+ NH/WY). Physically present in AZ/CO/CT/IL/IN/IA/KS/LA(select parishes)/MI/NJ/NY/PA/TN/VA/WV/WY only. Void in ONT. Valid 1 per new customer. Min. $5 deposit. Min $5 pregame moneyline bet. Bet must win. $200 issued as eight (8) $25 free bets. Sponsored by DK. Ends 11/20/2022 11:59 PM ET. Eligibility restrictions apply. See terms at sportsbook.draftkings.com/footballterms.#1 Rated Sportsbook App based on Eilers&Krejcik (2Q22). Product Analysis: Testing, Scoring, and Ranking U.S. Sports Betting Apps Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 18, 2022
Micah Parsons & Trevon Diggs on Dak & Dallas' D Ready for NFC East Rival Eagles
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Oct 14, 2022
Deontay Wilder, Former WBC Heavyweight, on Past Suicide Thoughts & Oct 15th Fight
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FOLLOW THE PIVOT PODCAST: MERCH | https://pivotpodcast.com  YOUTUBE | https://www.youtube.com/thepivotpodcast INSTAGRAM | https://instagram.com/thepivot TWITTER | https://twitter.com/thepivot TIKTOK | https://tiktok.com/@thepivot FACEBOOK | https://www.facebook.com/thepivotpodcast FOLLOW HAPPY DAD: https://www.instagram.com/happydad FIND HAPPY DAD: https://www.happydad.com/find Former WBC heavyweight champion, Deontay Wilder, sits down with The Pivot Podcast ahead of his fight on Oct 15th at the Barclays Center vs. Robert Helenius, which is his long-awaited return after suffering two straight knockouts from Tyson Fury. Traveling to Tuscaloosa, Deontay's hometown and place where he's been training- Ryan, Channing and Fred are blown away by the journey and growth Deontay expresses and how he's dedicated the past few years to finding himself. From his environment shaping the man he is today to the impact becoming a father has had on his career to his experience with ayahuasca to his plans left in boxing. Considered one of the most prolific boxers of this era, the guys respect his journey from being a small town guy to global stardom and how his upbringing and need to protect himself and loved ones as a means of survival mode shaped him to one of the most successful athletes in the sport. After struggling with suicidal thoughts and suffering from mental health fears, Deontay took the initiative to start rebuilding and healing from the personal and professional trauma experienced. With highs, come lows, and Deontay opens up to the guys and talks about his suicide attempt. A decision lots of athletes face, Wilder explains how he overcame his lowest point, and why he embraces everyday...thankful for being alive. eContinuously on a journey of self-discovery, Deontay talks about ayahuasca and credits his experience with changing his views on life and refocusing his mind on boxing. The birth of his daughter, Naieya Wilder, served as his inflection point and greatest source of motivation. Naeiya was diagnosed with spina bifida in March of 2005 and Wilder turned to boxing as a way to release his family from the shackles of poverty. He quickly learned that his childhood fights served as a master class for his natural-born gift when he sparred with a professional and won. Ryan asks if Deontay has respect for Tyson Fury which he immediately says no while sticking to his story that Fury didn't win that fight naturally and created an unfair matchup. When asked why he didn't speak up more vocally on his thoughts, Deontay honestly responds he didn't want to mess up his opportunity financially and entertaining fans around the world. In recognition of his impact and growth, his home town of Tuscaloosa recently honored Deontay with a statue in the heart of his hometown, which he cites as his biggest accomplishment. If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, crisis counseling and referral services can be accessed by calling 877-8-HOPENY/text HOPENY (467369) (NY) 1-800-GAMBLER (1-800-426-2537) (IL/IN/LA/MI/NJ/PA/TN/WV/WY), 1-800-NEXT STEP (AZ), 1-800-522-4700 (CO/KS/NH), 888-789-7777/visit ccpg.org (CT), 1-800-BETS OFF (IA), visit OPGR.org (OR), or 1-888-532-3500 (VA). 21+ (18+ NH/WY). Physically present in AZ/CO/CT/IL/IN/IA/KS/LA(select parishes)/MI/NJ/NY/PA/TN/VA/WV/WY only. Void in ONT. Valid 1 per new customer. Min. $5 deposit. Min $5 pregame moneyline bet. Bet must win. $200 issued as eight (8) $25 free bets. Sponsored by DK. Ends 11/20/2022 11:59 PM ET. Eligibility restrictions apply. See terms at sportsbook.draftkings.com/footballterms. #1 Rated Sportsbook App based on Eilers&Krejcik (2Q22). Product Analysis: Testing, Scoring, and Ranking U.S. Sports Betting Apps Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 11, 2022
It's NFL Week 5: Talking Tua, Brady, Dallas' D, AFC North, Jalen Hurts & Game Picks
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Oct 09, 2022
Tamron Hall Overcoming Odds to Emmy Award Winning Talk Show Host to Media Mogul
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FOLLOW THE PIVOT PODCAST: MERCH | https://pivotpodcast.com  YOUTUBE | https://www.youtube.com/thepivotpodcast INSTAGRAM | https://instagram.com/thepivot TWITTER | https://twitter.com/thepivot TIKTOK | https://tiktok.com/@thepivot FACEBOOK | https://www.facebook.com/thepivotpodcast FOLLOW HAPPY DAD: https://www.instagram.com/happydad FIND HAPPY DAD: https://www.happydad.com/find Today on The Pivot, the guys are treated to a special guest- the very talented talk show host, Tamron Hall, for a conversation covering her underdog mentality, highs and lows of her career, starting a family late in her life, the value of second chances and proving people wrong.  Ryan, sharing similar Louisiana roots with Tamron, acknowledges that growing up, he didn't see many people that looked like him covering the news, especially females which is why he was so drawn to finding out how Tamron started her career. Opening up about a life changing moment while watching tv with her step dad and seeing Lola Johnson, the first African-American news anchor for a Dallas television station, inspired her to follow down that path and change the trajectory for black women with a passion in media.  Now an author and 2x Emmy winner of her own talk show, Tamron admits her road wasn't easy filled with many painful moments and shares how being a black woman on tv was once the loneliest place in the newsroom. Tamron speaks of her initial experience as a journalist and being chosen to cover stories because of her skin color and stereotypes rather than her skills. Fueled by her experiences, her commitment to diversifying the workplace and serving as a bridge to people like herself trying to get into the industry.  After leaving the Today Show, Tamron talks about how it was Harvey Weinstein who first tried to meet with her and pitch her on having her own show. Shortly after their first meeting is when Weinstein was exposed for sexual assault and Channing asks Tamron if she ever had any indication or saw signs of his behavior during their interactions.Sharing details for the first time publicly, Tamron opens up on how the entire scandal affected her personally and voices her thoughts on the entire scandal and aftermath of it.  If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, crisis counseling and referral services can be accessed by calling 877-8-HOPENY/text HOPENY (467369) (NY) 1-800-GAMBLER (1-800-426-2537) (IL/IN/LA/MI/NJ/PA/TN/WV/WY), 1-800-NEXT STEP (AZ), 1-800-522-4700 (CO/KS/NH), 888-789-7777/visit ccpg.org (CT), 1-800-BETS OFF (IA), visit OPGR.org (OR), or 1-888-532-3500 (VA). 21+ (18+ NH/WY). Physically present in AZ/CO/CT/IL/IN/IA/KS/LA(select parishes)/MI/NJ/NY/PA/TN/VA/WV/WY only. Void in ONT. Valid 1 per new customer. Min. $5 deposit. Min $5 pregame moneyline bet. Bet must win. $200 issued as eight (8) $25 free bets. Sponsored by DK. Ends 11/20/2022 11:59 PM ET. Eligibility restrictions apply. See terms at sportsbook.draftkings.com/footballterms. #1 Rated Sportsbook App based on Eilers&Krejcik (2Q22). Product Analysis: Testing, Scoring, and Ranking U.S. Sports Betting Apps Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 07, 2022
Ken Griffey Jr., Iconic Athlete Talks Career, Fatherhood, Aaron Judge & Lebron
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FOLLOW THE PIVOT PODCAST: MERCH | https://pivotpodcast.com  YOUTUBE | https://www.youtube.com/thepivotpodcast INSTAGRAM | https://instagram.com/thepivot TWITTER | https://twitter.com/thepivot TIKTOK | https://tiktok.com/@thepivot FACEBOOK | https://www.facebook.com/thepivotpodcast FOLLOW HAPPY DAD: https://www.instagram.com/happydad FIND HAPPY DAD: https://www.happydad.com/find Fired up to sit down with one of the most iconic athletes in sports, Ryan, Channing and Fred welcome one of their long time idols, Hall of Famer and thirteen-time All-Star, The Cincinnati Kid, Ken Griffey Jr. to the Pivot Podcast for a candid conversation covering his upbringing, relationship with his father, highs and lows of his career, the game of baseball today, becoming a pilot, and much more! Known as one of the most prolific home run hitters baseball has ever had, Griffey Jr paved the way for many young black athletes to chase their dreams and became a global icon for his elite play, charismatic attitude and approach to the sport of baseball. Starting the backwards hat trend, earning nicknames of the natural and Cincinnati Kid were all part of the larger than life persona that fans idolized about the young athlete.  Following in the footsteps of his father, Ken Griffey, the young Griffey knew playing professional baseball was something obtainable at a young age. Ryan asks him about his experiences with his father growing up and Griffey Jr tells the guys that his father was a “normal” dad. An individual who took pride in household structure and spending quality time with his children. At home, he was dad and on the field he was my teammate. It’s no secret that this father-son duo was historic. Ryan asks about the lack of diversity within MLB and what Griffey believes to be one word- money. Baseball serves to be a challenging sport for minority communities due to financial obligations. They guys speak on the reason behind why he wore #42 and how Griffey Jr understands that his legacy wouldn’t exist without Jackie Robinson’s ability to withstand. Fred and Channing ask about the use of steroids in the league and the effect it has had on the game and players as well as a personal whether he’s ever been affected by not winning a World Series, Ken lets the guys know he’s content because he gets to write HOF after his name and that to him is everything. With not too much left on his bucket list, there is one moment that Griffey Jr is looking forward to seeing, and that is the day where Lebron James may play with his son on the same NBA team. Griffey Jr. shares how he already told Lebron that both him and his dad will be in attendance that day to see them make history.  If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, crisis counseling and referral services can be accessed by calling 877-8-HOPENY/text HOPENY (467369) (NY)1-800-GAMBLER (1-800-426-2537) (IL/IN/LA/MI/NJ/PA/WV/WY), 1-800-NEXT STEP (AZ), 1-800-522-4700 (CO/KS/NH), 888-789-7777/visit ccpg.org/chat (CT), 1-800-BETS OFF (IA), visit OPGR.org (OR), call/text TN REDLINE 1-800-889-9789 (TN), or 1-888-532-3500 (VA).21+ (18+ NH/WY). Physically present in AZ/CO/CT/IL/IN/IA/KS/LA(select parishes)/MI/NJ/NY/PA/TN/VA/WV/WY only. Void in ONT. Valid 1 per new customer. Min. $5 deposit. Min $5 bet. Bet must win. $200 issued as eight (8) $25 free bets. Sponsored by DK. Ends 1/15/2023 11:59 PM ET. Eligibility restrictions apply. See T&C at sportsbook.draftkings.com/footballterms#1 Rated Sportsbook App based on Eilers&Krejcik (2Q22). Product Analysis: Testing, Scoring, and Ranking U.S. Sports Betting Apps Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 04, 2022
Marcus "Swagu" Spears from NFL to Analyst Talks Cowboys, Celtics & Growth as a Man
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FOLLOW THE PIVOT PODCAST: MERCH | https://pivotpodcast.com  YOUTUBE | https://www.youtube.com/thepivotpodcast INSTAGRAM | https://instagram.com/thepivot TWITTER | https://twitter.com/thepivot TIKTOK | https://tiktok.com/@thepivot FACEBOOK | https://www.facebook.com/thepivotpodcast FOLLOW HAPPY DAD: https://www.instagram.com/happydad FIND HAPPY DAD: https://www.happydad.com/find Former Dallas Cowboys defensive lineman Marcus Spears a.k.a “Swagu” joins The Pivot Podcast for a candid conversation covering his faith in God to pressures experienced while playing for the Cowboys to the expectations faced by sports analysts and the challenges men encounter through temptation. Receiving negative feedback as ESPN analysts for not speaking on the Favre situation, Ryan explains how it’s not his job as a host on a football show to talk about a former player’s off the field business- agreeing with Marcus that as football analysts it’s their job to cover what’s going on with players and football teams who play on Sundays. Avoiding speculation and understanding that not all the details are public, the guys talk about the Boston Celtics troubling situation involving the head coach and the shadow or casts for the organization, players and fans. And as men of color in power and positions of success, Marcus struggles to understand how and why people fall into these situations to lose everything they’ve worked for over temptation. Channing, Ryan and Fred all agree but also aren’t naive to the actions that led to Udoka’s suspension and the effect it has on the black community, especially females who looked to his partner Nia Long as a queen in their world. The men dive into a deep conversation of infidelity and Marcus opens up about how he is now in a place that he would never go down that road again.   Although stardom was familiar to Marcus, transitioning from college to first round pick of the Dallas Cowboys was challenging on many levels. The guys talk about pressures faced by being drafted early and the environment created by high profile owners such as Jerry Jones and what it’s like to play with a star on your helmet. Marcus shares Joe being deeply rooted in his faith was the only thing that kept him afloat during his career. Admittedly, as a former player and now ESPN analyst- Marcus speaks truthfully that he feels Jerry Jones is intrusive and adds stress to his players. Sharing his most pivotal moment and impact as a man, Marcus touches on his family. Self-aware of how he’s become successful, he pays homage to all those who have cared about him and believed in him along the journey such as his sister, Deidre Spears and how her emotional journey had inspired him the most. We are your one-stop platform for all your sports and entertainment conversations. Our partnership with DraftKings continues and special offers to check out for this wknd's football games. If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, crisis counseling and referral services can be accessed by calling 877-8-HOPENY/text HOPENY (467369) (NY)1-800-GAMBLER (1-800-426-2537) (IL/IN/LA/MI/NJ/PA/WV/WY), 1-800-NEXT STEP (AZ), 1-800-522-4700 (CO/KS/NH), 888-789-7777/visit ccpg.org/chat (CT), 1-800-BETS OFF (IA), visit OPGR.org (OR), call/text TN REDLINE 1-800-889-9789 (TN), or 1-888-532-3500 (VA).21+ (18+ NH/WY). Physically present in AZ/CO/CT/IL/IN/IA/KS/LA(select parishes)/MI/NJ/NY/PA/TN/VA/WV/WY only. Void in ONT. Valid 1 per new customer. Min. $5 deposit. Min $5 bet. Bet must win. $200 issued as eight (8) $25 free bets. Sponsored by DK. Ends 1/15/2023 11:59 PM ET. Eligibility restrictions apply. See T&C at sportsbook.draftkings.com/footballterms#1 Rated Sportsbook App based on Eilers&Krejcik (2Q22). Product Analysis: Testing, Scoring, and Ranking U.S. Sports Betting Apps Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 30, 2022
Alex Toussaint: Military School to World Famous Peloton Trainer Shares His Story
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FOLLOW THE PIVOT PODCAST: MERCH | https://pivotpodcast.com  YOUTUBE | https://www.youtube.com/thepivotpodcast INSTAGRAM | https://instagram.com/thepivot TWITTER | https://twitter.com/thepivot TIKTOK | https://tiktok.com/@thepivot FACEBOOK | https://www.facebook.com/thepivotpodcast FOLLOW HAPPY DAD: https://www.instagram.com/happydad FIND HAPPY DAD: https://www.happydad.com/find World Famous Peloton Trainer opens up about his pivotal moment on his journey to the top, fighting for and living out the American Dream. From a troubled childhood to acclaimed Peloton cycling instructor, Alex Touissant joins The Pivot Podcast to share his journey of success, the impact military school has had on his life and how searching for validation from his father shaped who he is today. From becoming the first black trainer at Peloton to now one of the biggest faces of the movement, Ryan, Fred, and Channing engage in a deep conversation about his journey and how it all started. Alex opens up about his “troubled childhood” and being kicked out of every single school he’s ever attended. His struggles led to his parents taking a tough love approach which helped mold and ultimately change the direction of Alex's life. Going years without speaking to his father, Alex opens up emotionally that military school instilled principles and habits that will remain with him forever and the appreciation of hearing the words, "I'm proud of you," from his father is the most instrumental moment of his life. From college dropout to being homeless, Alex shares how he wanted more for himself and had nothing to lose which is why one day, he took his coworker up on an offer to train a cycling class... Since then, Alex has rode his way into history impacting lives around the world and leaving a footprint far beyond what he could imagine as a young college drop out. Mending his relationship with his father and retiring his mother, life looks a lot different each day now as he realizes the impact he has with millions of people who he is able to motivate through movement. However, with great power comes great responsibility. Being the first Black instructor hired by Peloton wasn’t easy but the hardest time at work stemmed from the murder of George Floyd. Alex used his platform to speak on the inequality the Black community experienced, a decision that Peloton supported 100%. This support serves as one of the reasons he’s most proud to work for Peloton. And it wouldn't be our show, if Channing didn’t ask the important stuff! Tune into hear the craziness he asks Alex about and ofcourse getting into his personal life...Channing asks if he’s blown away with how far cycling has taken him in life and wants to know what it's like being the center focus of so many females tuning in everyday. If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, crisis counseling and referral services can be accessed by calling 877-8-HOPENY/text HOPENY (467369) (NY). 1-800-GAMBLER (1-800-426-2537) (IL/IN/LA/MI/NJ/PA/WV/WY), 1-800-NEXT STEP (AZ), 1-800-522-4700 (CO/KS/NH), 888-789-7777/visit ccpg.org/chat (CT), 1-800-BETS OFF (IA), visit OPGR.org (OR), call/text TN REDLINE 1-800-889-9789 (TN), or 1-888-532-3500 (VA). 21+ (18+ NH/WY). Physically present in AZ/CO/CT/IL/IN/IA/KS/LA(select parishes)/MI/NJ/NY/PA/TN/VA/WV/WY only. Void in ONT. Valid 1 per new customer. Min. $5 deposit. Min $5 bet. Bet must win. $200 issued as eight (8) $25 free bets. Sponsored by DK. Ends 1/15/2023 11:59 PM ET. Eligibility restrictions apply. See T&C at sportsbook.draftkings.com/footballterms #1 Rated Sportsbook App based on Eilers&Krejcik (2Q22). Product Analysis: Testing, Scoring, and Ranking U.S. Sports Betting Apps Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 27, 2022
Rotimi: A Son of Nigerian Immigrants Path to Power & Success in Music & Hollywood
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FOLLOW THE PIVOT PODCAST: MERCH | https://pivotpodcast.com  YOUTUBE | https://www.youtube.com/thepivotpodcast INSTAGRAM | https://instagram.com/thepivot TWITTER | https://twitter.com/thepivot TIKTOK | https://tiktok.com/@thepivot FACEBOOK | https://www.facebook.com/thepivotpodcast FOLLOW HAPPY DAD: https://www.instagram.com/happydad FIND HAPPY DAD: https://www.happydad.com/find American actor and singer, Olurotimi Akinosho, a.k.a Rotimi sits down with Ryan, Channing and Fred for a conversation covering everything from his Nigerian roots, music, acting, and his ongoing strive for excellence. Most recently recognized for his work playing the character, Dre, on the hit series Power, one of the most prolific shows over the past decade; the guys dive into Rotimi’s journey to this point and transformation to stardom. He opens up about his upbringing and being raised by immigrants which he attributes to the work ethic he has today. He tells the guys that his mother had a dream when she was 7 months pregnant that Bob Marley spoke to her and said, “Your son is going to finish my legacy.” This dream served as an inflection point for his future and his parents guided him towards entertainment because they believed it was his calling. Inquiring about Rotimi's Nigerian roots and how his values impacted the roles in his life that mean the most which is centered around family. He pays homage to his fiance', Vanessa Mdee by stating how influential African women are and their natural ability to take care of their partners. Africa serves as the motherland for POC and Rotimi suggests that everyone visits to feel connected to their roots. Leave it up to Channing to ask about how he met his now fiance, and to how they keep their relationship spicy! Pivoting back to work life, Ryan asks Rotimi what are his goals moving forward which Rotimi, openly says being self-aware that music is his passion, he plans to continue to serve as a bridge from Africa to America through his music. Inspired by African musicians Burna Boy and WizKid, Rotimi's focus is to become one of the greatest talents to walk this Earth. Wrapping up the conversation, Rotimi switches into his infamous Mr. Butterscotch character that captivates his following. Join our new DraftKings partnership, get ready for football talk and sports conversations throughout the coming months and for us to bring you some can't miss opportunities to make free money by downloading the DraftKings Sportsbook App and checking out the special offers using the promo code PIVOT. If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, crisis counseling and referral services can be accessed by calling 877-8-HOPENY/text HOPENY (467369) (NY) 1-800-GAMBLER (1-800-426-2537) (IL/IN/LA/MI/NJ/PA/WV/WY), 1-800-NEXT STEP (AZ), 1-800-522-4700 (CO/KS/NH), 888-789-7777/visit ccpg.org/chat (CT), 1-800-BETS OFF (IA), visit OPGR.org (OR), call/text TN REDLINE 1-800-889-9789 (TN), or 1-888-532-3500 (VA). 21+ (18+ NH/WY). Physically present in AZ/CO/CT/IL/IN/IA/KS/LA(select parishes)/MI/NJ/NY/PA/TN/VA/WV/WY only. Void in ONT. Valid 1 per new customer. Min. $5 deposit. Min $5 wager. $200 issued as eight (8) $25 free bets. Sponsored by DK. Ends 9/19/22 11:59 PM ET. Eligibility restrictions apply. See T&C at sportsbook.draftkings.com/footballterms. #1 Rated Sportsbook App based on Eilers&Krejcik (2Q22). Product Analysis: Testing, Scoring, and Ranking U.S. Sports Betting Apps Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 23, 2022
Teddy Swims Football Player Turned YouTube Phenom with 400M Views to Global Artist
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FOLLOW THE PIVOT PODCAST: MERCH | https://pivotpodcast.com  YOUTUBE | https://www.youtube.com/thepivotpodcast INSTAGRAM | https://instagram.com/thepivot TWITTER | https://twitter.com/thepivot TIKTOK | https://tiktok.com/@thepivot FACEBOOK | https://www.facebook.com/thepivotpodcast FOLLOW HAPPY DAD: https://www.instagram.com/happydad FIND HAPPY DAD: https://www.happydad.com/find Georgia singer-songwriter Teddy Swims, a.k.a Jaten Dimsdale joins The Pivot Podcast for a conversation covering everything from his influential upbringing, music, relationships, and future as a global recording artist. Teddy Swims, an acronym for Someone Who Isn’t Me Sometimes, has created a niche in a saturated world of music by covering artists and now writing his own music. Considered one of the hottest upcoming artists today, Ryan, Fred, and Channing dive into Teddy’s journey to this point and his transformation to stardom. Teddy opens up about his upbringing which he attributes to developing his chameleon soul. From being the grandson of a pentecostal preacher, a mother who loved southern country music, and a father who gravitated toward hip-hop and soul, music has always been boundaryless for Swims. Discovering early on that football wasn’t in his future, Swims took a risk by pursuing music. Sampling and making covers caught the attention of many such as Meghan Trainor and Warner Records. Teddy shares that his new ways of life took time adjusting to due to his middle-class upbringing and insecurities. Still, in awe of where his voice instrument has taken him, Swims lets the guys know his only goal is to become the best at what he does. Ryan, Channing, and Fred inquire about Teddy’s love for Michael Jackson which sparked a profound topic, black culture. Teddy goes on to pay homage to influential Black artists and states he’d never be in his position without Black culture. And of course, Teddy talks about his love for Black women which excites Channing the most. Join our new DraftKings partnership, get ready for football talk and sports conversations throughout the coming months and for us to bring you some can't miss opportunities to make free money by downloading the DraftKings Sportsbook App and checking out the special offers using the promo code PIVOT. If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, crisis counseling and referral services can be accessed by calling 877-8-HOPENY/text HOPENY (467369) (NY) 1-800-GAMBLER (1-800-426-2537) (IL/IN/LA/MI/NJ/PA/WV/WY), 1-800-NEXT STEP (AZ), 1-800-522-4700 (CO/KS/NH), 888-789-7777/visit ccpg.org/chat (CT), 1-800-BETS OFF (IA), visit OPGR.org (OR), call/text TN REDLINE 1-800-889-9789 (TN), or 1-888-532-3500 (VA). 21+ (18+ NH/WY). Physically present in AZ/CO/CT/IL/IN/IA/KS/LA(select parishes)/MI/NJ/NY/PA/TN/VA/WV/WY only. Void in ONT. Valid 1 per new customer. Min. $5 deposit. Min $5 wager. $200 issued as eight (8) $25 free bets. Sponsored by DK. Ends 9/19/22 11:59 PM ET. Eligibility restrictions apply. See T&C at sportsbook.draftkings.com/footballterms. #1 Rated Sportsbook App based on Eilers&Krejcik (2Q22). Product Analysis: Testing, Scoring, and Ranking U.S. Sports Betting Apps Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 20, 2022
It’s NFL Week 2: We Talk Key Moves & Catch Up with the Falcons
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FOLLOW THE PIVOT PODCAST: MERCH | https://pivotpodcast.com  YOUTUBE | https://www.youtube.com/thepivotpodcast INSTAGRAM | https://instagram.com/thepivot TWITTER | https://twitter.com/thepivot TIKTOK | https://tiktok.com/@thepivot FACEBOOK | https://www.facebook.com/thepivotpodcast FOLLOW HAPPY DAD: https://www.instagram.com/happydad FIND HAPPY DAD: https://www.happydad.com/find Sunday Morning with The Pivot and we are kicking off Week 2 in the NFL with Ryan, Channing and Fred talking about pivotal moments in the NFL and surprise performances around the league. Talking about the break out performances of a certain head coach down in Florida, a running back in NY and the two teams in AFC who have everyone talking. And in surprise fashion, Channing makes an apology about doubting a player who proved him wrong for sure...this may be the first time in 20 years Channing has said "I'm sorry"! The guys also sit down with AJ Terrell and Kyle Pitts of the Atlanta Falcons on the road and talk about this upcoming season and what the Falcons need to do to return atop the NFC South. Channing challenges Kyle on being more active as a tight end and his blocking while Ryan commends AJ on being one of the top DBs in the game. Both AJ and Kyle are very optimistic about the season, new coaches, young talent and most importantly leadership in the locker room which they feel will get them back to their winning ways. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 19, 2022
Eagles’ Darius Slay Talks Monday Night Matchup, Justin Jefferson & Dak's injury | The Pivot Podcast
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FOLLOW THE PIVOT PODCAST: MERCH | https://pivotpodcast.com  YOUTUBE | https://www.youtube.com/thepivotpodcast INSTAGRAM | https://instagram.com/thepivot TWITTER | https://twitter.com/thepivot TIKTOK | https://tiktok.com/@thepivot FACEBOOK | https://www.facebook.com/thepivotpodcast FOLLOW HAPPY DAD: https://www.instagram.com/happydad FIND HAPPY DAD: https://www.happydad.com/find With a lot of buzz this season around the Philadelphia Eagles team to not only win the NFC East this season but make a Super Bowl run, Cornerback Darius Slay welcomes the pressure and says the team is ready to make a run this year. From Juco to 4x Pro-Bowler, Philly's cornerback Darius Slay, joins The Pivot to talk about the Eagles this season, personal goals of legacy and hall of fame and how being a young father shaped the man he is today. At the age of 13 years old, Darius' mother gave birth to him and he was raised mostly by his grandma but extremely close with his mother throughout his life to this day. Darius, a young father himself, expresses how his upbringing of community and love taught him the importance of how it takes a village to raise a child and helped him transition into being a father. Darius opens up to the guys that without his son, he wouldn't be where he is today because becoming a young father served as motivation and helped change his course from getting in trouble, jail time to hearing his name called in the 2013 NFL Draft by the Detroit Lions. As the conversation moves toward football, Darius talks about how making it to the NFL gave him the opportunity to right the wrongs of some of his off the field troubles and the resources to help give back to the community that raised him and that taught him about life. Ryan asks how he feels about the NFC East rival losing Dak Prescott early and how it affects their mindset in the division. Darius, who is friends with the Cowboys quarterback from college days, hates to see a team lose its heartbeat but also is disappointed since he misses his chance to pick his old friend off this year. Ranking as one of the most elite cornerbacks in the league, Darius talks about his journey from Detroit to Philadelphia and how it hasn't always been smooth but hoping that strong leadership helps lead his current team on a path to a championship. Impressed by Quarterback Jalen Hurts and his transcension to the Eagles leader, Darius thinks that Jalen is the one who can keep the offense firing this year and Darius says the defense is ready to match the offensive efforts. Darius feels the team has all the pieces in place to be a super bowl contender and gets goosebumps thinking about the team's potential. Join our new DraftKings partnership, get ready for football talk and sports conversations throughout the coming months and for us to bring you some can't miss opportunities to make free money by downloading the DraftKings Sportsbook App and checking out the special offers using the promo code PIVOT. If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, crisis counseling and referral services can be accessed by calling 877-8-HOPENY/text HOPENY (467369) (NY) 1-800-GAMBLER (1-800-426-2537) (IL/IN/LA/MI/NJ/PA/WV/WY), 1-800-NEXT STEP (AZ), 1-800-522-4700 (CO/KS/NH), 888-789-7777/visit ccpg.org/chat (CT), 1-800-BETS OFF (IA), visit OPGR.org (OR), call/text TN REDLINE 1-800-889-9789 (TN), or 1-888-532-3500 (VA). 21+ (18+ NH/WY). Physically present in AZ/CO/CT/IL/IN/IA/KS/LA(select parishes)/MI/NJ/NY/PA/TN/VA/WV/WY only. Void in ONT. Valid 1 per new customer. Min. $5 deposit. Min $5 wager. $200 issued as eight (8) $25 free bets. Sponsored by DK. Ends 9/19/22 11:59 PM ET. Eligibility restrictions apply. See T&C at sportsbook.draftkings.com/footballterms. #1 Rated Sportsbook App based on Eilers&Krejcik (2Q22). Product Analysis: Testing, Scoring, and Ranking U.S. Sports Betting Apps Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 16, 2022
Ja Morant From Unknown to NBA All Star & Joined by Celebrity Trainer Mo Wells
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FOLLOW THE PIVOT PODCAST: MERCH | https://pivotpodcast.com  YOUTUBE | https://www.youtube.com/thepivotpodcast INSTAGRAM | https://instagram.com/thepivot TWITTER | https://twitter.com/thepivot TIKTOK | https://tiktok.com/@thepivot FACEBOOK | https://www.facebook.com/thepivotpodcast FOLLOW HAPPY DAD: https://www.instagram.com/happydad FIND HAPPY DAD: https://www.happydad.com/find From unknown and unranked to NBA All-Star, Memphis Grizzlies Point Guard Ja Morant joins The Pivot to share his journey to stardom, his family's influence on success and what his goals are for this upcoming NBA season personally and for his team. Sitting down with Ryan, Fred and Channing, the conversation spans everything from family to basketball to legacy. Ryan opens the conversation, inquiring about Ja's father, Tee Morant and his influence on Ja's career. Known for his infectious energy and continuous encouragement court side during Ja's games, the Morant Family is no stranger to the public eye. And with the increasing spotlight, comes increasing scrutiny...which Ja attributes to navigating by keeping his circle small and being loyal to the ones who've been with him from the start.  Getting into basketball talk, Ja reflects on his accomplishments this past season which include NBA All Star, Most Improved player, post season semi finals but also acknowledges falling short of his two main goals- winning Most Valuable Player and the NBA championship with his team. Focusing on staying healthy and being available for the season, especially as it gets into the postseason is most important for Ja who is joined by his trainer Mo Wells. The two discuss how they are using this offseason to maximize his availability, overall health and continued focus on being the best player on the court.   From transparency about the NBA’s competitive environment to the inspiration Ja receives from his fellow brothers in the league, Ja doesn't hold back opening up about his go hard and ask for forgiveness later mentality as well as the trash talking he does to keep himself and teammates in their opponents heads. Foreshadowing to the game against the Warriors on Christmas Day, Ja says his gift came early and that playing on Christmas is every NBA player's dream and to have this match up again is everything his team is looking forward to.  Join our new DraftKings partnership, get ready for football talk and sports conversations throughout the coming months and for us to bring you some can't miss opportunities to make free money by downloading the DraftKings Sportsbook App and checking out the special offers using the promo code PIVOT. Don't forget to like and subscribe to our youtube channel and check out https://www.thepivotpodcast.com. If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, crisis counseling and referral services can be accessed by calling 877-8-HOPENY/text HOPENY (467369) (NY) 1-800-GAMBLER (1-800-426-2537) (IL/IN/LA/MI/NJ/PA/WV/WY), 1-800-NEXT STEP (AZ), 1-800-522-4700 (CO/KS/NH), 888-789-7777/visit ccpg.org/chat (CT), 1-800-BETS OFF (IA), visit OPGR.org (OR), call/text TN REDLINE 1-800-889-9789 (TN), or 1-888-532-3500 (VA). 21+ (18+ NH/WY). Physically present in AZ/CO/CT/IL/IN/IA/KS/LA(select parishes)/MI/NJ/NY/PA/TN/VA/WV/WY only. Void in ONT. Valid 1 per new customer. Min. $5 deposit. Min $5 wager. $200 issued as eight (8) $25 free bets. Sponsored by DK. Ends 9/19/22 11:59 PM ET. Eligibility restrictions apply. See T&C at sportsbook.draftkings.com/footballterms. #1 Rated Sportsbook App based on Eilers&Krejcik (2Q22). Product Analysis: Testing, Scoring, and Ranking U.S. Sports Betting Apps Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 13, 2022
Michael Strahan Mastering the Media, Gap Between Football & Life & Saquon's Year
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FOLLOW THE PIVOT PODCAST: MERCH | https://pivotpodcast.com  YOUTUBE | https://www.youtube.com/thepivotpodcast INSTAGRAM | https://instagram.com/thepivot TWITTER | https://twitter.com/thepivot TIKTOK | https://tiktok.com/@thepivot FACEBOOK | https://www.facebook.com/thepivotpodcast FOLLOW HAPPY DAD: https://www.instagram.com/happydad FIND HAPPY DAD: https://www.happydad.com/find Don’t miss out on all the NFL action this week at DraftKings! Download the DraftKings Sportsbook app today! Sign-up using http://Dkng.co/pivot or through my promo code PIVOT. As the NFL kicks off its first Sunday of the season today, we are getting in on the action too. Throughout this NFL season, we will be adding Sunday morning specials to our line up focusing on conversations with former and current NFL players, league updates, locker room buzz and breaking down key match ups as well as player and team outlooks.  Kicking off our first Sunday morning, we visited the NY Giants facility and had the honor of sitting down with NFL legend and The King of NY, Michael Strahan. This is one of our favorite conversations filled with a lot of gems, funny stories as well as pivotal moments over the years that had Ryan, Fred and Channing intrigued and entertained laughing the entire time.  Strahan, known for his 15-year hall of fame career with the Giants winning a Super Bowl, opens up on the current state of the NFL, the future of Saquon Barkley in NY and shares his thoughts on the type of year the young running back will have. Growing up as a military child bouncing all over the world and choosing to play college ball at a HBCU, Strahan credits his father for instilling core value but also a "when" mentality vs having the "if" perspective. Transitioning from football into the media and entrepreneurial space, Strahan has set the bar high for current and former players paving the way for them to seek big opportunities in production, business affairs, admitting that the length and duration of his career helped him outlast the mistakes he's made.  Fred talks about Strahan's biggest pivot which he admits overtime has helped further his success off the field and asks about all the ongoing business endeavors he's involved with from the clothing brand, production company to Good Morning America to going into Space to the launch of his new skincare line Daily Defense. Setting an example to athletes globally, Strahan echoes the sentiment his father instilled in him that winning comes through positive relationships and true teamwork.  Ryan tries to wrap the conversation and get Strahan's perspective on life after the NFL while Channing switches it up talking about men's underwear referencing a recent debate Strahan had on Good Morning America about whether men prefer underwear with a pee hole or ones without. As you can imagine, this part of the conversation is one you don't want to miss! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 11, 2022
Michael Rubin: Bankrupt to Billionaire, Talks Fanatics, Reform Alliance, Meek Mill & More
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FOLLOW THE PIVOT PODCAST: MERCH | https://pivotpodcast.com  YOUTUBE | https://www.youtube.com/thepivotpodcast INSTAGRAM | https://instagram.com/thepivot TWITTER | https://twitter.com/thepivot TIKTOK | https://tiktok.com/@thepivot FACEBOOK | https://www.facebook.com/thepivotpodcast FOLLOW HAPPY DAD: https://www.instagram.com/happydad FIND HAPPY DAD: https://www.happydad.com/find Don’t miss out on all the NFL action this week at DraftKings! Download the DraftKings Sportsbook app today! Sign-up using http://Dkng.co/pivot or through my promo code PIVOT. It's Week 1 and the NFL season is underway...our training camp tour series highlighted the players and teams around the league and we plan to continue bringing you top guests and impactful conversations. Today we get to share a major life PIVOT for a man with ties not to just all the sports leagues and athletes, but a man making a major impact in business and culture. Bankrupt to Billionaire, Michael Rubin, the CEO of Fanatics and CoFounder of The Reform Alliance, joins The Pivot to share his journey of success and the parallels of business and sports in what was more like a masterclass of finding success through living life. Opening his NYC apartment to the guys, Rubin hosted Fred, Ryan and Channing for a conversation covering business, relationships, sports, mistakes and failures of life and the important initiatives fueled by his passion to help others. Storying his youth and attributing his entrepreneurial skills to growing up fearless of taking chances and betting on himself, Rubin opens up on how although life looks glamorous now, it comes with a history of a lot of losses that are just as big as the wins. “I was a god awful student and I was a terrible athlete.” This self-awareness forced Michael to gravitate to the sport of business at eight years old. Referencing relationships as the most important aspect of life and business, Rubin stresses you can have all the talent in the world on one team but still not perform well and that's because the key is not only to have the best people but get the best to all work together and build as one. Rubin shares how Tom Brady recently spoke to his entire company about how to translate leadership into winning and the importance of consistency in running the same plays which leads to crossing the goal line and bigger wins. Rubin says at this level, it's not about money, it's about doing what you love and making an impact. Although, there is no shortage of good times and famous friends- the guys give Rubin crap about his infamous White Party, which has become the star studded social event of the year. Fueled by a desire to win and something he doesn't plan on stepping back from, Rubin continues to expand his reach through the relationships he has cultivated. Ryan jokes that the people Rubin is in constant contact with are household names to the rest of us from Robert Kraft to Meek Mill to Jay Z to Tom Brady to Lil Baby to anyone you can think of really. Of all the endeavors Rubin has been a part of, one of the most rewarding experiences has been starting the Reform Alliance to help expose the struggles faced by those within the Black Community and dedicated to helping individuals who have been oppressed by our justice system. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 09, 2022
Bucs Leonard Fournette on Beating Odds & Tom Brady's Life Changing Call to Him
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FOLLOW THE PIVOT PODCAST: MERCH | https://pivotpodcast.com  YOUTUBE | https://www.youtube.com/thepivotpodcast INSTAGRAM | https://instagram.com/thepivot TWITTER | https://twitter.com/thepivot TIKTOK | https://tiktok.com/@thepivot FACEBOOK | https://www.facebook.com/thepivotpodcast FOLLOW HAPPY DAD: https://www.instagram.com/happydad FIND HAPPY DAD: https://www.happydad.com/find As the NFL Season is set to kick off this week, we are wrapping up our training camp tour and had the opportunity to sit down with dynamic running back and recent Super Bowl Champion, Leonard Fournette. Lenny, a man of many nicknames and native of Louisiana, joins The Pivot for an in-depth conversation about football and family. With the guys always on Channing about his footwear, Leonard starts the show by gifting him a new pair of Dunks to upgrade his shoe game. Sharing the LSU connection and New Orleans roots, Ryan goes back to Leonard's early football days from watching him in high school to college to him becoming a 4th overall pick in the draft and recognizing that he's always faced turmoil and backlash throughout his career but has always been a dominant player. Known for his unique ability to pick up blitzes and run the ball, Leonard discusses the trials and tribulations he’s faced throughout life and his determination to persevere beating all odds from his time in little league through high school and college to getting drafted by Jacksonville in 2017, learning an important lesson along the way: to whom much is given, much will be required. Fred, understanding the Jacksonville organization, asks Leonard what really happened with the Jags and the final straw for him to leave there when he was vested as the future of the team. Being released 2 weeks before the 2020 season was one of the most shocking NFL moves as well as a shot to Leonard and the relationship he felt he had with the coaching staff, especially Doug Marone. However this move, considered a blessing and a curse, as Leonard answered the call from across the state and ended up signing with Tampa Bay to play with Tom Brady. Fast forward to winning a Super Bowl that season but more importantly, evolving as a man, a leader and developing a more mature outlook on football and business. Under the leadership of #12, Leonard has tried to pass down his experiences to the younger players as Brady did for him and reunited for one more season, the Bucs are in position and ready to make another run this year at winning the Lombardi trophy. A family first mentality and tight knit group, Leonard shares the hard times growing up, tough love from his father making him who he is today and the hardships they faced after hurricane Katrina and how it made them stronger as a unit and reminded them they can get through anything as long as they are together. Tap in every Tuesday at Noon Eastern for the premiere of our weekly featured episode with special episode drops on Fridays at 6p eastern throughout our training camp tour. Don’t forget to like and subscribe to our channel and check out www.thepivotpodcast.com. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 06, 2022
Ohio State's QB CJ Stroud & Texas' RB Bijan Robinson Kick Off College Football
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FOLLOW THE PIVOT PODCAST: MERCH | https://pivotpodcast.com  YOUTUBE | https://www.youtube.com/thepivotpodcast INSTAGRAM | https://instagram.com/thepivot TWITTER | https://twitter.com/thepivot TIKTOK | https://tiktok.com/@thepivot FACEBOOK | https://www.facebook.com/thepivotpodcast FOLLOW HAPPY DAD: https://www.instagram.com/happydad FIND HAPPY DAD: https://www.happydad.com/find Taking a pause on our NFL Training Camp tour before we roll out the remainder of our camp episodes next week, We pivoted to this wknd as thousands of young men across the country take the field to chase their dreams! That's right, with all the excitement and buzz around college football kicking off, we had the opportunity to sit down with two of the nation's top players, Ohio State's CJ Stroud and Texas' Bijan Robinson. Ohio State starts the season hosting Notre Dame Saturday and Texas hosting LA-Monroe. Stroud, a front runner for the 2022 Heisman and possible No 1 pick in next year's NFL draft, is poised and excited to lead the Buckeyes to a winning season. Sharing his upbringing and opening up about his father not being around to watch him play now is an emotional but uplifting story of a son who is not just working for his team but for his family's future as the head of his household too. Texas, once known for a rich history of college football and top draft picks, went 5-7 last season and Bijan is on a mission this year to restore the school's winning ways and looks to be a top running back selected in next year's draft. Bijan talks about the current NFL guys he looks up to and watches, hoping to model his play after guys like Zeke, Saquon, Derrick Henry and Jonathan Taylor, who he feels should have been the league's MVP last year. A man of a faith, Bijan tells Fred that he is ready to run his way into history books for Texas while CJ shares with the guys that this year is the best he's felt about his teammates and the chemistry in the locker room. With NIL deals changing the college landscape, CJ and Bijan explain to Channing, Ryan and Fred how although seven figure deals are rolling in, they are still able to stay grounded and motivated by the love of the game and their teammates, not the money. Ahead of Ohio State's first game, CJ gifted each of his teammates $500 to buy a new suit and look the part to start their college season together as one. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 02, 2022
New York's Saquon Barkley Ready to Quiet Critics & Make a Run as the NFL’s #1 Back
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FOLLOW THE PIVOT PODCAST: MERCH | https://pivotpodcast.com  YOUTUBE | https://www.youtube.com/thepivotpodcast INSTAGRAM | https://instagram.com/thepivot TWITTER | https://twitter.com/thepivot TIKTOK | https://tiktok.com/@thepivot FACEBOOK | https://www.facebook.com/thepivotpodcast FOLLOW HAPPY DAD: https://www.instagram.com/happydad FIND HAPPY DAD: https://www.happydad.com/find As our NFL Training Camp Tour continues, we make a special Pivot stop in the Big Apple to sit down with one of the top running backs in the league. Sidelined by injuries and blurred by the noise from critics and media, Running Back, Saquon Barkley has more than a chip on his shoulder, he has a burning flame to remind the world just who #26 really is on the field. The running back says it’s no secret how quickly people flipped the switch on him from being the best they’ve seen to forgetting he could even play the position. Fred has a moment with his fellow running back and shares some of the tactics he used to regain his mental toughness and confidence after injuries that stalled him early on. Saquon talks about the importance of family and how his young daughter has helped keep perspective of what matters and his overall legacy. Ryan and Channing remind the young player all he’s accomplished and all that’s ahead of him personally and on the field. After an explosive rookie year in 2018, the world watched Saquon terrorize opposing defenses and run up yards and the score and in 2022, his contract year, it’s about leaving his mark in NFL history books. Excited for a new coaching staff and the accountability in the Giants locker room, Saquon is optimistic that Big Blue is ready to reclaim the NFC East. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 30, 2022
Tampa Bay Offensive Coordinator Byron Leftwich on Bucs Talent, Tom Brady & SB Wins
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FOLLOW THE PIVOT PODCAST: MERCH | https://pivotpodcast.com  YOUTUBE | https://www.youtube.com/thepivotpodcast INSTAGRAM | https://instagram.com/thepivot TWITTER | https://twitter.com/thepivot TIKTOK | https://tiktok.com/@thepivot FACEBOOK | https://www.facebook.com/thepivotpodcast FOLLOW HAPPY DAD: https://www.instagram.com/happydad FIND HAPPY DAD: https://www.happydad.com/find Our NFL Training Camp Tour stops in Tampa Bay to catch up with former teammate of Fred and Ryan's and family of The Pivot, the Super Bowl Champion Byron Leftwich who won both as a player and a coach and holds the current reins with the Bucs as the Offensive Coordinator. Winning the Super Bowl as a teammate of Ryan's in Pittsburgh and a coach of the Bucs in 2021, Byron talks about the urgency to get back to the big game and his reaction the moment he found out Tom Brady would be back for one more season. Discussing all the talent and how impressed he is by the offensive weapons especially with the addition of Julio Jones joining Mike Evans and Chris Godwin, Byron feels the team is poised and ready to make one more run at the big game. Talking about Tom Brady and what makes him special, Byron says it's pretty cut and dry- Tom views the game as simple and approaches it that way every play. Citing no one works harder and spends more time on the game than 12. The guys talk about moments and players throughout their careers comparing them to today's talent. Channing chimes in with some of his commentary about Byron and makes him an offer he immediately refuses if he wins another Super Bowl. Fred and Ryan talk about how Byron wasn't just one of the best teammates but one of the best humans and going to make one heck of a head coach as he is next up. Reminiscing about Byron's infamous college game where he was hurt and continued to play with a broken leg, the guys ask Byron what that experience was really like and how he was able to push through that time despite the severity of his injury. Fred asks if that was his most defining sports moment before winning a Super Bowl. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 26, 2022
Raiders Davante Adams: The NFL’s Best WR on Aaron Rodgers & Derek Carr & 2022 Team
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FOLLOW THE PIVOT PODCAST: MERCH | https://pivotpodcast.com  YOUTUBE | https://www.youtube.com/thepivotpodcast INSTAGRAM | https://instagram.com/thepivot TWITTER | https://twitter.com/thepivot TIKTOK | https://tiktok.com/@thepivot FACEBOOK | https://www.facebook.com/thepivotpodcast FOLLOW HAPPY DAD: https://www.instagram.com/happydad FIND HAPPY DAD: https://www.happydad.com/find As our NFL training camp tour continues, we continue to bring you the best of the best…And not that we ever need another reason to touch down in Vegas but visiting the Raiders training camp gave us a good one. In a rare sit down opportunity, Raiders Wide Receiver Davante Adams joins The Pivot for one of the most intriguing and open conversations we’ve done this summer. Allowing us into his mindset by sharing the little details that separate him from other receivers making him a true a 1 of 1. After creating a name for himself in Green Bay and becoming the league’s top receiver, Davante is ready for his next NFL chapter as a Las Vegas Raider. Understanding the foundation that the Packers gave him, Davante talks about his time playing with Aaron Rodgers, who he considers to have the Michael Jordan effect, making the people around him better and play differently just by being around them. Now, after signing with the Raiders and being reunited with his former college teammate and good friend QB Derek Carr, Davante believes the opportunity to win is inevitable and the talent on the team’s roster is loaded at each position. He breaks down his mindset and approach to each play before he lines up and shares what makes him such a threat to opposing defenses Channing pushes back on the “Best” label and says he sees other young guys who edge Davante out as being number one. But that’s one thing Davante has perfected, tuning out the noise and criticisms by letting his on field play do the talking for him. Signing a lucrative $140M deal, Davante is living differently these days but has never allowed the money to change him or make him forget where he came from. The star WR also shares how he recently sent a message to new head coach Josh McDaniels thanking him and acknowledging him as strong leader and someone who can turn this talented roster into a championship team. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 23, 2022
LA Chargers Derwin James Becomes the Highest Paid Safety in NFL History
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FOLLOW THE PIVOT PODCAST: MERCH | https://pivotpodcast.com  YOUTUBE | https://www.youtube.com/thepivotpodcast INSTAGRAM | https://instagram.com/thepivot TWITTER | https://twitter.com/thepivot TIKTOK | https://tiktok.com/@thepivot FACEBOOK | https://www.facebook.com/thepivotpodcast FOLLOW HAPPY DAD: https://www.instagram.com/happydad FIND HAPPY DAD: https://www.happydad.com/find Keeping up with our NFL Training Camp Tour bringing you some of the best football conversations around the league, we were able to sit down with Derwin James of the LA Chargers as he prepared to become the highest paid player at his position in NFL history. With several safeties around the league receiving big contracts of late, Derwin wasn't worried where he would fall in the pack and always remained confident that his on the field play would speak for itself when it came time for numbers. Putting his trust in agent David Mulugheta, the Chargers Safety stayed out of the negotiations and conversations between his team and representative knowing that he was in a good situation. Despite not signing a new deal before training Camp, Derwin showed up to support his team and partake in team activities, just didn't participate in practice. Ignoring the noise that he is injury prone and hasn't done enough to prove his consistent skill level, Derwin says it comes with territories and doesn't allow others opinions to affect how he approaches the game or his relationship with his organization, knowing fully that when he is on the field and playing- he believes he is the best safety in the NFL. Fred related to that notion as he dealt with some of that affecting his career and contracts while he played too. With full confidence in his quarterback Justin Herbert at the helm, Derwin believes the Chargers are not only the best team in the AFC West but a Super Bowl contender. "The more we get the ball to #10, we are going to win way more than we will lose". The Safety admits that it would be a letdown to get anywhere less than the big dance in February because he knows the talent on his team and what they are capable of this season, In a surprising response to Ryan's match up questions, Derwin says that Hunter Renfro is a guy they watch and believe is one of the better on offense that they face. Channing asks how he has avoided the pitfalls of being a star first in college and now in the NFL and what are some of the choices he made to rise above those situations that often derail young careers. Of course, no conversation is complete without Channing being Channing as he shares his thoughts on guys who use poor excuses of becoming fathers unexpectedly, and as usual it's a must listen! Growing up in Florida, Derwin talks about how he got his work ethic from his parents and watched his mom work out constantly as they were growing up so he adapted and did the same. As a father of his own little girl now, Derwin understands how this contract is not only life changing for him and his family but generational change too. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 19, 2022
Steeler Nation: NFL's Defensive Player Of The Year TJ Watt & Star RB Najee Harris
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FOLLOW THE PIVOT PODCAST: MERCH | https://pivotpodcast.com  YOUTUBE | https://www.youtube.com/thepivotpodcast INSTAGRAM | https://instagram.com/thepivot TWITTER | https://twitter.com/thepivot TIKTOK | https://tiktok.com/@thepivot FACEBOOK | https://www.facebook.com/thepivotpodcast FOLLOW HAPPY DAD: https://www.instagram.com/happydad FIND HAPPY DAD: https://www.happydad.com/find As our NFL Training Camp Tour continues, we made a special Pivot Stop in Latrobe, PA, the home of the Pittsburgh Steelers Training camp and as Ryan would say, the winning inspiration to our Pivot colors! While at St. Vincent's college campus, We spent time catching up with everyone's favorite Coach Mike Tomlin at practice and then sat down with not just one star but two- the Defensive Player of The Year, TJ Watt ANDDD Pro Bowl Running Back Najee Harris! Both conversations filled with football talk and off the field life conversations about the men they are today and the experiences that shaped them. Entering his second year with the Steelers, Najee Harris is setting high expectations to exceed last season's numbers and terrorize opposing defenses. Najee told Ryan, Channing and Fred, "I want to be the one who keeps defensive coordinators up trying to figure out how to play against me." Reminiscing about his draft party in a homeless shelter, Najee shares how he grew up in the Bay Area sharing how he will forever be indebted to how he was raised along with the loyalty and trust of those who help shaped him. Sharing some pointers and veteran advice, Fred opens up about some of the smaller things he can do as a running back that will have a big pay off in the end. Ryan is very candid about how Najee is perceived around the league by both teams and the media which has caused him to double down on always being his authentic self no matter the circumstances. Channing and Najee bond over playing for Coach Nick Saban although both speak on two entirely different experiences. Knowing the offense will be in a growth pattern with a new starting quarterback this year, TJ accepts the pressure for the defense to step up this year and help slow down some of the high powered offenses, especially in their rival AFC North. Growing up in a football family and following in the footsteps of his brother, future Hall of Famer JJ Watt, TJ talks about how living in the house with his two brothers helped mold him into the player he is today as well as the leader he strives to be on and off the field. Channing Asks TJ if he thinks he has his brother in talent and success on the field and in an emotional response, TJ takes the time to remind us of how good his older brother really is and all that he's accomplished in his career. Acknowledging that their team came up short last year and finished off with a record less than the standard of Pittsburgh Steelers football, Najee and TJ both share the sediment to get back to the post season and be Super Bowl contenders this season. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 16, 2022
Cleveland's Denzel Ward Responds to His AFC North Rival the Bengals: It's On!
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FOLLOW THE PIVOT PODCAST: MERCH | https://pivotpodcast.com  YOUTUBE | https://www.youtube.com/thepivotpodcast INSTAGRAM | https://instagram.com/thepivot TWITTER | https://twitter.com/thepivot TIKTOK | https://tiktok.com/@thepivot FACEBOOK | https://www.facebook.com/thepivotpodcast FOLLOW HAPPY DAD: https://www.instagram.com/happydad FIND HAPPY DAD: https://www.happydad.com/find And so, the NFL Training Camp Tour continues and so does the build around the 2022 season.... Earlier in the week, we made a Pivot stop in Cincinnati and the Bengals wide receiver trio had a message for their AFC North rivals, well one player in particular...so we headed across Ohio and sat down with Cleveland's million dollar man to see what he had to say.  Browns' cornerback Denzel Ward, the league's highest paid defensive back and one of the most elite, heard the message loud and clear and his response: "Well, you see what I did that game (against the Bengals) so it makes sense." Ward, known for being a man of few words, has allowed his on field play do the talking for him and is ready for the Browns organization to be on a different path of success heading into this season. Circling the Bengals on their schedule is a match up the Browns' DBs look forward to each year. With talent on both sides of the ball, Ward is letting the world know, the Cleveland Browns are not the same team people think they are still. Tuning out the noise and distractions that have plagued the franchise from losing seasons to coaching changes to Baker Mayfield drama to most recently the DeShaun Watson acquisition..Ward is speaking out on the renewed locker room camaraderie and leadership he brings to the team. By showing support to one another and trust in the organization's choices, Ward feels the team has become a closer unit which will ultimately help them play better, especially behind new quarterback DeShaun Watson, whenever he takes the field this season. Ryan asks about the loss of Denzel's father and how it impacted his life and Denzel opens up about how he almost walked away from the game of football all together and was ready to give everything up in 2016. "Make Them Know Your Name" a message his father instilled in him, is also the name of his foundation as a tribute to the legacy his family name brings and a reminder on how to treat people always. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 12, 2022
Ja’Marr Chase, Tee Higgins & Tyler Boyd the NFL’s Top WR Trio: Super Bowl or Bust
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FOLLOW THE PIVOT PODCAST: MERCH | https://pivotpodcast.com  YOUTUBE | https://www.youtube.com/thepivotpodcast INSTAGRAM | https://instagram.com/thepivot TWITTER | https://twitter.com/thepivot TIKTOK | https://tiktok.com/@thepivot FACEBOOK | https://www.facebook.com/thepivotpodcast FOLLOW HAPPY DAD: https://www.instagram.com/happydad FIND HAPPY DAD: https://www.happydad.com/find We can’t do a NFL training camp tour if we don’t include the best, so we made a pivot stop to check in with the AFC Champions and had the privilege of sitting down with the league’s top wide receiver trio in Cincinnati. We know how demanding camp is, so for these three young guys to give us so much time in between practices and meetings was truly a special conversation. The prolific Bengals offense boasts targets Ja’ Marr Chase, Tee Higgins and Tyler Boyd who did record breaking numbers last season while turning an organization around from 4-12 to AFC champions in one season. Coming off a Super Bowl loss to the LA Rams, the three guys talk about the disappointment but also the motivation to want to get back there and take another crack at it. Focused on the team goals, the three guys said the key to their continued success is the overwhelming unselfishness in the locker room and how everyone wants each other to excel. It’s unique to have this much talent at one position and the guys explain how well the team has connected over the past year on and off the field. With QB Joe Burrow healing from a medical procedure, the guys explain how the team is staying focused and positive looking ahead to the games. Ja’ Marr doesn’t hesitate to admit that he would take a super bowl ring over his rookie of the year honors as Tyler Boyd continues to stress how zero selfishness exists on the team which is why they have confidence to not only repeat their success from last season but surpass it. It doesn’t take long for Channing to realize all three young star players are single as he dives into the personal life and what it’s like being a young single man with so much success so early in their careers. The three receivers talk about the NFL defensive backs they consider the top players at that position with a specific one coming out their division rival Cleveland Browns. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 09, 2022
Lions QB Jared Goff on Growth After SB loss, Leaving LA & 2022 Goals for Detroit
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FOLLOW THE PIVOT PODCAST: MERCH | https://pivotpodcast.com  YOUTUBE | https://www.youtube.com/thepivotpodcast INSTAGRAM | https://instagram.com/thepivot TWITTER | https://twitter.com/thepivot TIKTOK | https://tiktok.com/@thepivot FACEBOOK | https://www.facebook.com/thepivotpodcast FOLLOW HAPPY DAD: https://www.instagram.com/happydad FIND HAPPY DAD: https://www.happydad.com/find As our NFL Training Camp tour gets under way, we made a Pivot Stop in motor city to check on our guys at the Detroit Lions and it was an unbelievable day.  We had the chance to sit down with Quarterback Jared Goff in between practice and meetings and the conversation was one we all really walked away with a different perspective on Jared as a team leader and man. Being the first round pick to the LA Rams, leading his team to a Super Bowl but then traded to Detroit the following year all while watching his former teammates go on to win the Super Bowl without him has made Jared Goff’s journey an imperfect one but one with a lot of growth and humility.  Jared explains how it was hard to watch the Rams win last year but he was also happy for his buddies and respected their win, but it also made him want to work even harder to get back there again as quarterback of his new team. Openly sharing his ups and downs that have helped pave the way for his new path in Detroit, Goff expresses his renewed excitement for football in Detroit and how the coaches have helped create a winning atmosphere and he knows now is the time to go after that NFC North championship. Ryan and Fred ask about breakout stars in training camp while Channing compliments Dan Campbell as being a dynamite head coach and true leader. Jared takes some jabs at Channing after seeing the Kevin Hart episode, while Ryan says how defensive players have it more difficult than offensive guys which Fred quickly chimes in to agree with Jared that isn't the case.  Being featured on this season of Hard Knocks, Detroit's fields and facility were filled with cameras and crew members documenting the 6 week experience these players go through leading up to the season. The first episode of Hard Knocks premieres Tuesday at 10p eastern. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 05, 2022
Broncos Star Patrick Surtain II & His Dad, Former NFL CB Pat Surtain on the 2022 Season
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FOLLOW THE PIVOT PODCAST: MERCH | https://pivotpodcast.com  YOUTUBE | https://www.youtube.com/thepivotpodcast INSTAGRAM | https://instagram.com/thepivot TWITTER | https://twitter.com/thepivot TIKTOK | https://tiktok.com/@thepivot FACEBOOK | https://www.facebook.com/thepivotpodcast FOLLOW HAPPY DAD: https://www.instagram.com/happydad FIND HAPPY DAD: https://www.happydad.com/find As The Pivot gets underway launching a special series in August of NFL Training Camp shows featuring NFL players and coaches around the league, Denver's Pat Surtain II is joined by his father, former NFL star cornerback Patrick Surtain for an in-depth conversation with Ryan, Channing and Fred sharing perspectives from two NFL generations and goals for the upcoming 2022 season. The 9th draft pick overall for 2021, Pat Surtain II is entering his second NFL season with the Broncos after coming off a stellar rookie season and on pace for an All Pro career, much like his father had. Acknowledging the tough AFC West Division as the most competitive in the NFL this season, Pat says that whoever finishes atop the AFC West will be the Super Bowl team and believes Denver can hit that mark. With the addition of Russell Wilson as quarterback, Pat believes it has elevated the playing field for the divisional matchups with Kansas City, LA and Las Vegas, now having a leader who can compete with the other three. Ryan, still a little bitter about Pat II not attending LSU, jokes about the WRs the Tigers had vs Pat's Alabama teammates and where they rank in the NFL today. Channing and Fred ask what motivates him and propels him to work hard despite growing up in an environment very different from a lot of guys in the league. Another Denver great and one of the cornerbacks Pat modeled his play after and looked up to, Champ Bailey, says young Pat has the special skill set to be a Hall Of Famer. Pat, being raised in a NFL family, then having his dad coach him at the high school level shares what it was like growing up with the opportunities but also the pressures surrounding his play on the field. Pat Sr and Fred further the discussion about parenting and when to push your kids or know they have it in them vs the parents who push their kids too hard at youth sports trying to live vicariously through their child. After an extremely successful high school coaching stint in South Florida, Pat Sr is now in his first year coaching with the Miami Dolphins and talks how this will be the first time in his son's life that he isn't able to attend his games which will definitely be an adjustment. Pat also talks about the Miami Dolphins and how full of talent and depth the team is at each position and will make a run to challenge the AFC East favorite Buffalo Bills. New Episodes of The Pivot release every Tuesday at 12 noon eastern with special drops on Friday afternoons. All shows are available on Youtube, Spotify, Apple and other audio streaming platforms. Follow ThePivot on Instagram, Twitter and TikTok for behind the scenes of the episodes and exclusive updates around the show. Don't forget to get your latest Pivot merchandise and tag us on social media. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 02, 2022
Kevin Hart on Sacrifice, Success & Never Allowing Mistakes to Overshadow Purpose
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FOLLOW THE PIVOT PODCAST: MERCH | https://pivotpodcast.com  YOUTUBE | https://www.youtube.com/thepivotpodcast INSTAGRAM | https://instagram.com/thepivot TWITTER | https://twitter.com/thepivot TIKTOK | https://tiktok.com/@thepivot FACEBOOK | https://www.facebook.com/thepivotpodcast FOLLOW HAPPY DAD: https://www.instagram.com/happydad FIND HAPPY DAD: https://www.happydad.com/find We have had our biggest Pivot guest in Shaq and now today, he may be our smallest guest but by far the biggest show we've done...Kevin Hart joins the Pivot and we promise we didn't F**k this one up! With nothing off limits, this conversation is the perfect blend of insightful stories, life experiences and sound advice with some "light-harted" moments as Ryan, Channing and Fred talk with Kevin about everything from his career to family to personal miscues to getting to the top and staying there.   Straight off the stage at Madison Square Garden with Chris Rock and Dave Chapelle, Kevin sits down with us and is very candid about how his journey has evolved and his addiction to winning motivates him everyday to keep being better and expanding. Stressing the power of collaborations and relationships, Kevin says there is room for more than one great in a certain space and sharing success is the best way to stay at the top, recognizing that, the blessing and the curse, is the sacrifices we make to get where we want to be.  Ryan asks Kevin how living out some of his personal relationship issues in the public eye with his first marriage and now his second, never affected his persona or allowed scandals to be larger than the purpose. Kevin opens up on how being honest and owning his mistakes publicly allowed him to move forward and also earn respect and grace along the way. Nobody is perfect and when we realize that everyone messes up, it's easier to block out the people who don't matter and focus on what does. Kevin explains how he turned his miscues into humor allowing art to imitate life and became better for it.  Leave it to Channing to derail the conversation as he tries to ask a simple question that pivots the show into an entirely different direction that gives Kevin an up close and personal look into the wild mind of Channing but it doesn't take for Channing to realize he has met his match as Kevin fires back and it's priceless.  Getting into a little Philadelphia history, Fred talks about some of the greats and people Kevin admires from his hometown with the long history of stars. As we get ready to head off to our NFL training camp tour, Ryan couldn't help but ask Kevin about his infamous Philly Super Bowl Snub a few years ago and the story is just as funny now as it was back then.  New Episodes of the Pivot premiere every Tuesday at Noon eastern with special drops on Friday afternoons. Since January 4th, We have released over 50 episodes, accumulated over 40 million views and have almost 500K subscribers. As We wrap our first season and prepare to hit the road to start our NFL Training camp Tour next Tuesday, we will be bringing you some of the best football guests in the NFL cities we visit- it's going to be a wild ride so thank you for sticking with us and making this PIVOT with us!  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 26, 2022
Phil Heath 7x Mr. Olympia Talks Bodybuilding, Mental Health & Personal Struggles
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FOLLOW THE PIVOT PODCAST: MERCH | https://pivotpodcast.com  YOUTUBE | https://www.youtube.com/thepivotpodcast INSTAGRAM | https://instagram.com/thepivot TWITTER | https://twitter.com/thepivot TIKTOK | https://tiktok.com/@thepivot FACEBOOK | https://www.facebook.com/thepivotpodcast FOLLOW HAPPY DAD: https://www.instagram.com/happydad FIND HAPPY DAD: https://www.happydad.com/find Phil Heath, one of the greatest body builders of all time and a seven-time winner of Mr. Olympia joins The Pivot in a special Friday conversation talking his journey into fitness and performance as well his personal struggles along the way. Sitting down with Ryan, Fred and Channing, Phil details his path from his childhood dream of being a professional athlete to wrestling to finding his calling as a bodybuilder. But a lot of success didn’t come without a lot of struggle. Overcoming mental health issues and loss, Phil turned his setbacks into motivation and explains how he was able to make peace after suffering emotional disappointments. And no show would be complete without Channing being able to ask the questions we all want to know but wouldn’t dare say out loud! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 22, 2022
Daniel Cormier UFC Hall of Famer on Career, Losses, Jon Jones & Connor McGregor
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FOLLOW THE PIVOT PODCAST: MERCH | https://pivotpodcast.com  YOUTUBE | https://www.youtube.com/thepivotpodcast INSTAGRAM | https://instagram.com/thepivot TWITTER | https://twitter.com/thepivot TIKTOK | https://tiktok.com/@thepivot FACEBOOK | https://www.facebook.com/thepivotpodcast FOLLOW HAPPY DAD: https://www.instagram.com/happydad FIND HAPPY DAD: https://www.happydad.com/find UFC Hall of Famer Daniel Cormeir joins the Pivot in a special conversation after his recent 2022 Hall Of Fame Induction in Las Vegas.  One of the trailblazers for the UFC and former light heavy weight and heavy weight champion, Cormier, known as DC, is one of the most respected and gifted athletes to come out of the sport. Channing and Fred have been waiting for this moment to have DC, who is Ryan's co-host on their ESPN UFC show, finally sit down with the group. It doesn't take long for the three of them to join forces and team up against Ryan on everything and anything that comes up.  DC, a Louisiana native like Ryan, shares how his upbringing didn't expose him to a lot outside his community and that pursuing wrestling instead of football molded him to have a different childhood. Watching his parents work multiple jobs and stay positive through tough situations helped him develop a "no quit" work ethic and was the foundation for his long prosperous career. Detailing his journey of loss and struggle, DC talks about how the difficulties in his life only helped propel him to the next level of success and only work harder. Losing his daughter tragically, his father on Thanksgiving and mother recently...his journey hasn't been a clean one but how he was able to bounce back better from adversity is his message. DC shares that without all life's adversities, he wouldn't have all the fortune, the success and the accomplishments he has today. Currently a commentator and tv personality for the UFC, DC gives praise and talks the differences of the modern day athlete vs the ones during his time and also talks about Connor McGregor, Floyd Mayweather and Jon Jones, recalling his bouts against Jones, who he still doesn't respect and explains why he has never been able to make peace with that part of his career. The guys laugh their way through some of the tougher moments in the conversation and share an important life message for anyone who may be experiencing hardships on their journey and open up about fatherhood and the roles they serve in their children's lives. New Episodes of The Pivot release every Tuesday at 12 noon eastern with special drops on Friday afternoons. All shows are available on Youtube, Spotify, Apple and other audio streaming platforms. Follow ThePivot on Instagram, Twitter and TikTok for behind the scenes of the episodes and exclusive updates around the show. Don't forget to get your latest Pivot merchandise and tag us on social media. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 19, 2022
Jamarcus Russell Tells All: The NFL's 1st Pick to the Biggest Bust in History?
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FOLLOW THE PIVOT PODCAST: MERCH | https://pivotpodcast.com  YOUTUBE | https://www.youtube.com/thepivotpodcast INSTAGRAM | https://instagram.com/thepivot TWITTER | https://twitter.com/thepivot TIKTOK | https://tiktok.com/@thepivot FACEBOOK | https://www.facebook.com/thepivotpodcast FOLLOW HAPPY DAD: https://www.instagram.com/happydad FIND HAPPY DAD: https://www.happydad.com/find From the No. 1 overall pick in the 2007 NFL draft to never making another NFL roster 3 years later, Jamarcus Russell joins The Pivot to finally tell his side of the story about what really went on to cause such a short NFL career for the quarterback who had so much potential. This conversation covers everything with emotion filled losses, tension filled frustrations and honest reflection of one of the most disappointing stories in the sport's history.  Jamarcus, the highly successful LSU alumni and MVP of the 2007 Sugar Bowl, shares the Tiger ties with Ryan and reached out because he felt after all these years, it was time to answer many of the stories that shadowed his career and ultimately led to his downfall. Giving him every opportunity to explain and take accountability for what went on- Ryan, Fred and Channing ask the tough questions to find answers we all want to know. Getting right into it, the guys ask him about substance abuse stories, not watching film, missing team meetings and relationships with coaches and teammates on the Raiders during his years there. Ryan asks Jamarcus if he considers himself the biggest NFL Bust of all time to a response that may come as a surprise but he also makes it clear where he stands financially after getting 35 million guaranteed and addresses rumors of the former quarterback being broke.  Not overlooking his ability to play at a high level, Channing asks Jamarcus how his talent led to losing seasons and not a lot of playing time as Jamarcus talks about his regrets, relationship with Al Davis, Nick Saban, Tom Cable, Hue Jackson and others in the organization who he feels played a role in his short NFL career. Reflecting back on a lot of "What Ifs', Jamarcus tells Fred he often wonders what it would have been like and how the course would have changed if Randy Moss was never traded to New England the year he was drafted and dispelling the rumors of his beef with Jeff Garcia and why he never made it on to another NFL roster.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 12, 2022
Inky Johnson on His Paralyzing Football Injury & Turning Heartbreak into Purpose
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FOLLOW THE PIVOT PODCAST: MERCH | https://pivotpodcast.com  YOUTUBE | https://www.youtube.com/thepivotpodcast INSTAGRAM | https://instagram.com/thepivot TWITTER | https://twitter.com/thepivot TIKTOK | https://tiktok.com/@thepivot FACEBOOK | https://www.facebook.com/thepivotpodcast FOLLOW HAPPY DAD: https://www.instagram.com/happydad FIND HAPPY DAD: https://www.happydad.com/find Athlete turned motivational speaker Inky Johnson joins The Pivot in an inspirational and touching conversation. Known for his motivational talks and being a man admired by many for his enthusiasm in life, perspective on challenges and making the most of every situation, Inky talks about what helped shape him into the man, husband and father he is today.  Sharing the details of the unforgettable day where a routine play on the field changed his life forever, Inky describes the moment he realized he would never be able to play football again. Taking us through the exact play on the field to waking up around his teammates realizing he couldn't move to the urgency of the ER doctors when he realized he may not make it...this conversation carries so much emotion and powerful moments that will be life altering.  An emotional Ryan, Fred and Channing ask how he has been able to recover and stay so positive when the sacrifices have been so great. Looking at his injury as a life blessing has been hard but also rewarding in making the pivot and finding his purpose.  Along the journey, the people and many athletes Inky has impacted have been numerous from his time on coaching staffs to now touring as a speaker. In particular, Inky opens up about his close brotherhood with former NFL standout Eric Berry who wore #29 in honor of Inky and the two remained close as Inky overcame his own obstacles and in turn, he was there to help Eric through his cancer fight and returning to the field.  Inky stresses that we may not be able to control our circumstances but we can control how we adapt, adjust and move forward...always willing to be stronger than the strongest excuse. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 08, 2022
UFC's Sugar Sean O'Malley on the No Contest, His Future & Having an Open Marriage
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FOLLOW THE PIVOT PODCAST: MERCH | https://pivotpodcast.com  YOUTUBE | https://www.youtube.com/thepivotpodcast INSTAGRAM | https://instagram.com/thepivot TWITTER | https://twitter.com/thepivot TIKTOK | https://tiktok.com/@thepivot FACEBOOK | https://www.facebook.com/thepivotpodcast FOLLOW HAPPY DAD: https://www.instagram.com/happydad FIND HAPPY DAD: https://www.happydad.com/find Sugar Sean O’Malley: UFC’s rising star on why he feels he won despite the no contest, the story behind face tattoos, pink hair, skittle Lamborghinis & having an open marriage. Hours after UFC 276 event in Vegas, we sat down with bantamweight star, Sugar Sean O’Malley, after his fight against Pedro Munhoz was ruled a no contest. Explaining his disappointment in the outcome of his pay per view fight and his disagreement in the fight being called after an alleged eye poke…he is able to share the positive side that he was able to mentally break his opponent and describing in detail why he feels he won the fight. Ryan, who was at the live event, breaks down the fights of the night with Sean and shares how he’s been a long time fan of Sugar Sean the fighter and his new found respect for him as a person. Dropping out of high school and moving from Montana to Arizona to chase his UFC dream, Sean talks about the risk vs reward of controlling your own destiny and how his climb to fame and success has been steady. In a honest and dynamic conversation, Sean explains his take on why he chooses to have an open marriage with his wife Dani and his perspective on why building love doesn’t have to follow the strict rules of marriage and religion. Channing jokes that he needs his advice to convince his wife of this perspective, while Fred asks how that philosophy may change over time now that Sean has a daughter and what his parenting practices will be when it comes to that situation. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 05, 2022
Mike Tyson High on Life, Fighting Under Influence, Loss, Legacy & 25 yrs Ago vs Holyfield
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FOLLOW THE PIVOT PODCAST: MERCH | https://pivotpodcast.com  YOUTUBE | https://www.youtube.com/thepivotpodcast INSTAGRAM | https://instagram.com/thepivot TWITTER | https://twitter.com/thepivot TIKTOK | https://tiktok.com/@thepivot FACEBOOK | https://www.facebook.com/thepivotpodcast FOLLOW HAPPY DAD: https://www.instagram.com/happydad FIND HAPPY DAD: https://www.happydad.com/find 25 years ago today, the infamous fight between Mike Tyson and Evander Holyfield occurred…and man that doesn’t even seem that long ago which means we are getting old!  But in a special edition of The Pivot, we are sitting down with the legend himself, Mike Tyson in a conversation covering everything from boxing, the highs and lows, evolving, relationships and business endeavors.  Considered the baddest mother f’er on the planet, the respect and admiration spans decades but so do the questions, as Ryan, Fred and Channing dive into the life and legacy not only one of the world's greatest athletes of all time but one of biggest bad asses we've ever seen. Mike opens up about some of the low moments shaping the man he is today and the transition from athlete to entrepreneur which has helped him get back on his feet after years of trials and tribulations.  Crediting his wife Kiki for a lot of his transformation, Mike goes in depth about evolving, having his heart broken and going to jail, which ironically, he says was the most peace he ever had in his life. Without all the loss, we never would see the rise. Mike’s new venture of Tyson 2.0 with his cannabis, Tyson bites and chocolates are opened during the episode making for a raw but epic show. And of course, Channing and Mike have to talk about the females over the years and compare stories which has everyone in tears. Tyson also reveals that his recent fights he fought on shrooms and wish he was able to do it during his actual career. The Pivot releases new episodes at noon eastern every Tuesday with special drops on Fridays at 3pm est. Subscribe to our channel for new updates and extra content. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 28, 2022
Mike Tomlin on Pitt legacy, Super Bowls, Flores Hiring & Future without Big Ben
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FOLLOW THE PIVOT PODCAST: MERCH | https://pivotpodcast.com  YOUTUBE | https://www.youtube.com/thepivotpodcast INSTAGRAM | https://instagram.com/thepivot TWITTER | https://twitter.com/thepivot TIKTOK | https://tiktok.com/@thepivot FACEBOOK | https://www.facebook.com/thepivotpodcast FOLLOW HAPPY DAD: https://www.instagram.com/happydad FIND HAPPY DAD: https://www.happydad.com/find A man who needs no introduction...we have a great one for you today with an extended version of this episode and more to come during the week! In a rare sit down appearance, Pittsburgh Steelers Head Coach, Mike Tomlin joins The Pivot for a candid conversation talking about impactful moments over the years and sharing untold stories from Super Bowls to coaching dynamic players to inside look of being the NFL's only current black Head Coach.  Ryan, who played for Coach Tomlin, reminisces through their Super Bowl runs and legendary defense the team assembled in the late 2000's while Fred is eager to ask the question of why Coach didn't try to sign him when he became a free agent after all those high yardage games at Heinz Field. In awe of the relationship Mike T has developed his with the men who played for him, Channing enviously asks what is the secret to earning the respect of all and never having a losing season in 15 years. Continuing the conversation, the guys get into minority hiring around the league and how Brian Flores ended up as part of the current staff after controversy surrounded his release. Coach Tomlin says it was never the intent but describes the addition as a win for the organization to have Flores apart of the coaching regime. Ryan talks about some of his former Steeler Teammates and asks the specifically noting that this will be the first time in 15 seasons that Tomlin has coached the Steelers he has always had Big Ben at the helm to run his offense and how the team will move forward. In a lighter moment, Channing asks about the infamous Jacoby Jones return interference which cost Mike T a 100K fine in 2013 as we get the play by play of what really happened that day. Admiring the legacy Tomlin has formed, Fred, Channing and Ryan all share something special they take from their conversation and the mutual respect they have for his impact on the game. The Pivot releases new episodes every Tuesday at noon eastern with special drops on Fridays at 3pm est. Audio versions available on Spotify, Apple and all other major platforms. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 21, 2022
Garrett Wilson: New York Jets 1st Round Pick & Former OSU WR, Welcome to the NFL
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FOLLOW THE PIVOT PODCAST: MERCH | https://pivotpodcast.com  YOUTUBE | https://www.youtube.com/thepivotpodcast INSTAGRAM | https://instagram.com/thepivot TWITTER | https://twitter.com/thepivot TIKTOK | https://tiktok.com/@thepivot FACEBOOK | https://www.facebook.com/thepivotpodcast FOLLOW HAPPY DAD: https://www.instagram.com/happydad FIND HAPPY DAD: https://www.happydad.com/find Welcome to the NFL Garrett Wilson! New York Jets first round pick and star wide receiver joins The Pivot to chat with Ryan, Channing and Fred about the transition from Ohio State to the NFL. With high expectations to transform the Jets organization, Ryan talks to Garrett about his new relationship with quarterback Zach Wilson and what to expect out of this year’s offense. Garret shares what the first few weeks have been like post NFL draft, his experience of mini camp, the difference in match ups he will face and what it’s like playing in New York. Fred shares a lot of wisdom and his experiences to help open the eyes of Garrett as he enters his first year in the NFL and what to watch for and some areas to focus his energy on and off the field. Channing chastises Garrett about relationships and what the next few years will be like living in NY under the Broadway lights and attention. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 21, 2022
Gary Vee on Entrepreneurship, NFTs, American Dream & Future of Owning the NY Jets
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FOLLOW THE PIVOT PODCAST: MERCH | https://pivotpodcast.com  YOUTUBE | https://www.youtube.com/thepivotpodcast INSTAGRAM | https://instagram.com/thepivot TWITTER | https://twitter.com/thepivot TIKTOK | https://tiktok.com/@thepivot FACEBOOK | https://www.facebook.com/thepivotpodcast FOLLOW HAPPY DAD: https://www.instagram.com/happydad FIND HAPPY DAD: https://www.happydad.com/find From Belarusian Immigrant to Multimillionaire Entrepreneur, Gary Vaynerchuck (known as Gary Vee) joins The Pivot to share his journey of finding success and securing happiness.  This conversation with Channing, Fred and Ryan is filled with free game and has an entertainment value second to none. Pull out the notepads and be ready to soak up the financial advice, listen to the life lessons and absorb wisdom through experience.  Known for his motivational talks and digital content creation, Gary Vee has affected lives all around the globe and continues to inspire people with his over sharing of experiences and openness.  Starting off as a young business mind, first with his father’s business and then expanding into his own empire, Gary Vee shares what makes him still go hard everyday and the little things which have made a big impact on how he conducts his work everyday.  The die hard NY Jets fan, Gary Vee shares a story about publicly calling out former NFL quarterback Mark Sanchez and jeopardizing his client relationship with the organization by having a fan first mentality, which he firmly stands by today.  Ryan asks how he has time for family with all that he does in a day while Channing asks what is the end goal if money isn’t what he’s chasing than what is the purpose?  Diving into NFTs, Channing and Ryan try to soak up the basic knowledge behind this economic trend while Fred talks the business structure and where the world is headed because of NFTs. Gary Vee explains how the skepticism around NFTs can be compared to how the world 20 years ago didn’t understand the power of the internet or didn’t think buying alcohol online and dating apps would ever become popular let alone acceptable practices.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 14, 2022
Eric Dickerson: Iconic Running Back, The Pony Express Scandal & Top RB's in NFL
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FOLLOW THE PIVOT PODCAST: MERCH | https://pivotpodcast.com  YOUTUBE | https://www.youtube.com/thepivotpodcast INSTAGRAM | https://instagram.com/thepivot TWITTER | https://twitter.com/thepivot TIKTOK | https://tiktok.com/@thepivot FACEBOOK | https://www.facebook.com/thepivotpodcast FOLLOW HAPPY DAD: https://www.instagram.com/happydad FIND HAPPY DAD: https://www.happydad.com/find Eric Dickerson, The NFL's most iconic running back, joins The Pivot for a legendary conversation talking the Pony Express scandal, SMU's football death sentence, his NFL career and current running backs in the league today. The LA Rams hosted Channing, Fred and Ryan in the "Rams" Hollywood House for an evening of great conversation and memorable moments. Wasting no time, Ryan and Channing get right into Dickerson's days at SMU and the money scandals that followed him and his college teammates during that time and the infamous Trans Am story. Sharing what really transpired back then, Eric opens up about how all of that really played out and how it has affected his legacy. Fred talks the skill set of the NFL running back position during Eric's playing days and asks him who the #2 and #3 Rams running backs are in history and who the top 5 current backs today. Considering himself a Ram for life, the foursome discuss how Dickerson never wanted to play for another team, the current Rams roster with recent super bowl run and what really went on with the talked about ticket situation with Dickerson's seats. The Pivot Podcast releases new episodes on YouTube and all audio platforms every Tuesday at Noon eastern with special drops on Fridays at 3pm Eastern. Find exclusive Pivot merchandise and stay connected with us at https://www.pivotpodcast.com. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 10, 2022
Cam Newton Challenges Channing on the Bottom 5, Talks Personal Miscues & Legacy
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FOLLOW THE PIVOT PODCAST: MERCH | https://pivotpodcast.com  YOUTUBE | https://www.youtube.com/thepivotpodcast INSTAGRAM | https://instagram.com/thepivot TWITTER | https://twitter.com/thepivot TIKTOK | https://tiktok.com/@thepivot FACEBOOK | https://www.facebook.com/thepivotpodcast FOLLOW HAPPY DAD: https://www.instagram.com/happydad FIND HAPPY DAD: https://www.happydad.com/find Opening up in a honest and humble conversation, Cam Newton sits down with Fred, Ryan and Channing to discuss everything that has been going on from football, to his personal life to recent issues with some of the statements he has made. A deep and impactful discussion between men on growth, learning from mistakes and how to keep moving forward when the cards are stacked against you. And Cam shared a powerful burst of what the fire he still has to play football every Sunday. Allowing the vulnerability to come through, Cam opens up about some mistakes he made with relationships and owning up to the responsibilities his choices have caused and accepting the fall out and positives that have come with it. Back to football- Cam challenges Channing on his statement of him not being one of the best 32 quarterbacks and asks him if the bottom of the pack is better than him. The two debate why he is or isn’t in that group and Channing says the league has deemed he is no longer going to be a starter a team. Fred believes Cam still can land on a team this season before they go back to talking about his college days and time at Florida, asking if the off the field incident that Cam got into during his early college which led him to leaving for Auburn. Ryan gets into Cam’s recent situation and the comments he made about women and he explains how they were taken out of context and how his remarks were intended. Understanding that his words will never be louder than the media’s, Cam shares his thoughts and the message behind his words. Understanding the role of being a black man and leader for youth, Cam talks about how his impact in the NFL should have been greater than Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers and the Peyton Manning’s of the world because of his influence on all communities and not just his play on the field. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 07, 2022
Aaron & Sanya Ross: 2 Champions, College Sweethearts Talk Love, RHOA & Parenting
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FOLLOW THE PIVOT PODCAST: MERCH | https://pivotpodcast.com  YOUTUBE | https://www.youtube.com/thepivotpodcast INSTAGRAM | https://instagram.com/thepivot TWITTER | https://twitter.com/thepivot TIKTOK | https://tiktok.com/@thepivot FACEBOOK | https://www.facebook.com/thepivotpodcast FOLLOW HAPPY DAD: https://www.instagram.com/happydad FIND HAPPY DAD: https://www.happydad.com/find Super Bowl Champion and 4x Olympic Gold medalist, who just happen to share the same last name, join The Pivot for our first ever couple to be on the show! That's right, Aaron Ross and Sonya Richards-Ross sit down with Ryan, Channing and Fred for a conversation filled with impactful moments of each's storied athletic career, highs and lows of their 19 year relationship and life now as parents finding their way into new passions. Sanya courageously opens up about her personal struggles on way to chasing gold at Beijing and shares how difficult the decision of having an abortion 2 weeks before the Olympic Games was on her and now husband Aaron. In an emotional statement, Sanya explains how the moment never gets easier to talk about but how she was able to find peace in the situation and alleviate blaming herself after missing Gold in an event that was supposed to be a lock for her. Dealing with the aftermath took a toll, but Sanya shares how she found comfort in her relationship and grace in winning gold again. Channing states how Sanya is the most successful athlete in the room and accomplished the most out of all of them and he raises the financial question if that was ever an issue in how little she made compared to her husband. Sanya and Aaron both laugh and say it was actually the opposite in college when Aaron called his then girlfriend his sugar mama! Reminiscing about the first time meeting Sanya in college, Aaron tells the guys how watching his wife work so hard at her sport at an early age motivated him to want to be the best at his. The first round NFL pick went on to win two Super Bowls with the NY Giants and both credit each other with finding the ultimate success in their passions. Aaron and Sanya discuss how becoming parents was a major transition in their lives as they both retired from their respective sports and adjusted to being together more and calling a new city home. Life with out football found Aaron in a two year rut where he can now look back and say he was in a depression but didn't know it while he was experiencing it. Currently, Sanya is part of the Real Housewives of Atlanta series that is airing now and the two talk about how they have embraced the show and found a way to become closer through it. Join Prize Picks now to compete against Channing, Fred and Ryan throughout the NBA Finals. Get a free $100 matched with your first $100 spent when you enter the code PIVOT. Start playing now: https://bit.ly/PrizePicksPivot Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 03, 2022
Andrew Whitworth Talks Super Bowl, Sean McVay, Retirement, Cincy & Carson Palmer
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FOLLOW THE PIVOT PODCAST: MERCH | https://pivotpodcast.com  YOUTUBE | https://www.youtube.com/thepivotpodcast INSTAGRAM | https://instagram.com/thepivot TWITTER | https://twitter.com/thepivot TIKTOK | https://tiktok.com/@thepivot FACEBOOK | https://www.facebook.com/thepivotpodcast FOLLOW HAPPY DAD: https://www.instagram.com/happydad FIND HAPPY DAD: https://www.happydad.com/find After 16 years in the NFL, All Pro and Super Bowl Champion Andrew Whitworth is finally hanging up his cleats. The 2021 Walter Payton Man Of The Year recipient, sits down with Ryan, Fred and Channing as the guys talk about how Whitworth did not leave any stone unturned throughout his professional football career, excelling on and off the field starting 235 out of 240 games. Ryan and Whit jokingly bond over their Louisiana roots and sharing a common friend in the Lombardi trophy while a salty Fred and Channing can only admire from a distance. Whitworth goes into great detail about Sean McVay and what makes him a great coach, noting that he's known for being an offensive guru, but Whit says that is almost a disservice to who he really is because what makes him rare is his ability to lead on all fronts and in tough situations. "He's one of one," Whit says, describing his former head coach. He goes on to explain how McVay was the core to uniting so many big personalities and widespread talent on the Rams Super Bowl team. Opening up about leaving Cincinnati, Whitworth reveals how he wrote a personal letter to owner Mike Brown, expressing his gratitude while looking for a way to work out a fair deal for him to play out his career with the Bengals. Despite what it seemed on the outside and to fans, the response from that letter is what eventually led Whitworth to join the Rams. Whit describes how he didn't want to be perceived as deserting the organization or compared to his former quarterback and teammate Carson Palmer for an abrupt exit and talks about how Palmer’s move ultimately soured the two’s relationship. Channing questions how a big offensive lineman lands Miss Louisiana as his wife and what the action in the bedroom is like after winning a super bowl. The guys pivot the conversation into marriage and family life as they talk about the example as men they set for their children and the values instilled no matter race, religion, skin color are important. Retiring as a Bengal or Ram, Whit said he’s uncertain yet but jokes he was waiting to see if he can get on the Eric Weddle plan of playing 3 games and a Super Bowl. Closing out the conversation, Fred rolls off all the accolades Whit has achieved in his long NFL tenure as the guys are in agreement that his day in Canton as a future hall of famer should be locked in. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 31, 2022
Omari Hardwick on Ghost, Evolution of Power, Working with 50 Cent & What’s Next
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FOLLOW THE PIVOT PODCAST: MERCH | https://pivotpodcast.com  YOUTUBE | https://www.youtube.com/thepivotpodcast INSTAGRAM | https://instagram.com/thepivot TWITTER | https://twitter.com/thepivot TIKTOK | https://tiktok.com/@thepivot FACEBOOK | https://www.facebook.com/thepivotpodcast FOLLOW HAPPY DAD: https://www.instagram.com/happydad FIND HAPPY DAD: https://www.happydad.com/find Most well known for his starring role as James “Ghost” St Patrick in the hit Starz series Power, Omari Hardwick sits down with the guys to talk about his career, behind the scenes life and how his character translates into his everyday persona. Crediting the show Power and the evolution of his character Ghost, Omari say his role allowed people to relate to the imperfections all of us deal with and made a cultural impact no just in the black community but resonating with all people. Omari opens up about his relationship with 50 Cent and how it helped shape his career and also shares insight about the personal bonds formed. An athlete before acting, Omari relates to the preparation and mindset one has when seeking perfection and trying to be the best at their craft. He explains to Fred, Ryan and Channing that the people who are a little off are the ones who we often admire as they choose to take risks and put themselves out there. Ryan dives into Omari’s upbringing and family life as he deals with personal choices under a microscope along the way, including his marriage to wife Jennifer. Channing asks about the sex scenes and what it’s really like with a camera that close during those moments! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 27, 2022
Caitlyn Jenner: Wheaties Boxes to Woman of the Year & Talks Meeting Pete Davidson w/ Kim Kardashian
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FOLLOW THE PIVOT PODCAST: MERCH | https://pivotpodcast.com  YOUTUBE | https://www.youtube.com/thepivotpodcast INSTAGRAM | https://instagram.com/thepivot TWITTER | https://twitter.com/thepivot TIKTOK | https://tiktok.com/@thepivot FACEBOOK | https://www.facebook.com/thepivotpodcast FOLLOW HAPPY DAD: https://www.instagram.com/happydad FIND HAPPY DAD: https://www.happydad.com/find In a special Pivot conversation, Caitlyn Jenner joins Ryan, Channing and Fred in a rare and open discussion from sports, to transitioning, to transgender athletes, to dishing on all her children and even gets into where she stands on her own personal relationships.  Ryan opens up the conversation saying to Caitlyn, at one time as Bruce Jenner, you were the greatest athlete in the world and on Wheaties boxes...She responds yes, I have the greatest double in life- best male athlete and woman of the year, and jokes I bet you will never have another guest who can say that! As the conversation gets underway, Jenner recalls how her gender dysphoria began at an early age, and cropped up throughout her life, including at her highest moment, right after winning the gold medal in the decathlon at the 1976 Olympics. Sharing with guys that she woke up the next morning with nothing on, staring at the gold medal and wondering what had she done, questioning herself if she created a larger than life male figure that she would be stuck with for the rest of her life. For Jenner, she shares that winning the Olympics is Caitlyn's fondest memory of Bruce.  With her children as her proudest accomplishment, Caitlyn shares about all of her kids and grandkids between the Jenner and Kardashian clans and what it was like telling them about her transition and the process of asking them before she did it. She shares how they were very afraid but in the end supportive of her choice to be happy and lives authentically.   Extremely happy for Kim's new relationship with Pete Davidson, Caitlyn jokes how they are happy to have a comedian in the family and have enough rappers and athletes and gushes about Travis Scott being a great father to Stormi and Devin Booker being a strong partner for Kendall. Sharing some of her parenting hopes, she only wants the best for all her children and if they are all happy then she's happy.  Channing turns the conversation personal when he dives into dating and how Caitlyn is spending her time nowadays. Caitlyn's business partner and friend Sophia Hutchins joins the conversation in a funny banter about relationships and makes it clear that there is nothing going on between the two and that she prefers males to females. Continuing the banter, they get into politics and Sophia is clear that if Bruce was the one running for Governor he would have won by a lot but being Caitlyn made that feat much harder.  Closing out the episode, Caitlyn shows off her gold medal to the guys who are in awe of this accomplishment and allow Caitlyn to reflect on the biggest pivot she has made and share her insight to others going through anything! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 25, 2022
Super Bowl Champion Ryan Mundy Talks Mental Health, CTE & Junior Seau's Death
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FOLLOW THE PIVOT PODCAST: MERCH | https://pivotpodcast.com  YOUTUBE | https://www.youtube.com/thepivotpodcast INSTAGRAM | https://instagram.com/thepivot TWITTER | https://twitter.com/thepivot TIKTOK | https://tiktok.com/@thepivot FACEBOOK | https://www.facebook.com/thepivotpodcast FOLLOW HAPPY DAD: https://www.instagram.com/happydad FIND HAPPY DAD: https://www.happydad.com/find May is Mental Health Awareness Month and we wanted to do a special episode around mental health and generate awareness within our community to help reduce the stigma so many experience. Ryan Mundy, Super Bowl Champion and founder of Alkeme Health joins The Pivot to share his work in this space since retiring from the NFL.  RC, welcoming his former Steeler teammate, starts the conversation off by talking about their time in the league, their Super Bowl run and life after football.  Mundy talks about his experiences with counseling during football and what led him to purse a career and be an advocate for mental health, especially in the black community.  Fred opens up about dealing with anxiety and what’s the best way to present situations to kids and sharing advice for not getting caught up in social media.  Channing breaks down with the emotion he still deals with after losing friend and teammate Junior Seau to suicide.  Asking someone if they are ok and actually listening to the answer is a big part of checking on the people we love and care about. If you know someone who may be struggling, reach out to www.suicideprevention.com. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 21, 2022
Miami's Victor Oladipo Talks Injury Comeback, Jimmy Butler & Playing the Celtics
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FOLLOW THE PIVOT PODCAST: MERCH | https://pivotpodcast.com  YOUTUBE | https://www.youtube.com/thepivotpodcast INSTAGRAM | https://instagram.com/thepivot TWITTER | https://twitter.com/thepivot TIKTOK | https://tiktok.com/@thepivot FACEBOOK | https://www.facebook.com/thepivotpodcast FOLLOW HAPPY DAD: https://www.instagram.com/happydad FIND HAPPY DAD: https://www.happydad.com/find Ahead of Game One of the Eastern Conference Finals, Miami Guard, Victor Oladipo, joins The Pivot to talk about his storied comeback from injury and his journey that landed him on the Miami Heat. From #2 Draft Pick to five different teams to an injury that most thought he may never play again...Oladipo beat the odds to work his way back into the lineup in time for Miami to be heating up in the playoffs.  Victor explains the pain and frustrations behind his quad injury and the recovery process mentally and physically sharing the struggles but accepting the challenge to be better everyday. Fred shares his own challenges on rebounding from injuries and the emotions that come with it while Ryan discusses some specifics about the illness when he was on the Steelers to recovering and playing a year later in the Super Bowl.  The guys ask about the locker room and who the leaders are while wondering what playing with Jimmy Butler is like and the mindset the Heat have heading into the finals. Oladipo explains what makes the team so special is that they don't care about opinions of others and embrace being the underdog. When everyone counts us out, we just focus on winning and the leadership of Butler is the glue to the team right now. Ryan talks through the match up against the Celtics and the similarities the teams share but Oladipo recognizes it's going to be a fight but that his team is prepared for the fight. Channing asks about the rumors of Vic turning down 45million from Houston and Vic sets the record straight about those comments and then goes on to say how he is thankful for all the obstacles because they have landed him where he belongs now.  Closing out the show, Channing mentions to Oladipo how his wife is a big fan of Oladipo's music and asks if singing is his way of picking up girls. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 17, 2022
Myron Rolle, From Oxford to the NFL to Neurosurgery, the 2% way
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FOLLOW THE PIVOT PODCAST: MERCH | https://pivotpodcast.com  YOUTUBE | https://www.youtube.com/thepivotpodcast INSTAGRAM | https://instagram.com/thepivot TWITTER | https://twitter.com/thepivot TIKTOK | https://tiktok.com/@thepivot FACEBOOK | https://www.facebook.com/thepivotpodcast FOLLOW HAPPY DAD: https://www.instagram.com/happydad FIND HAPPY DAD: https://www.happydad.com/find A Rhodes Scholar, a father, a husband, a doctor, an athlete and now author…Myron Rolle joins The Pivot to talk about his book The 2% Way and his philosophy of how small improvements took him from Oxford to the NFL to Neurosurgery. Ahead of the book's release- Ryan, Channing and Fred sit down with Myron and pick his brain on his unprecedented journey. The guys talk about how rare it is to be successful at two demanding, high profile professions in medicine and professional sports, which also seem complete opposites- one is a sport for entertainment and the other is life and death. Although from the outside it seems very different, Myron explains how similar the two careers really are in philosophy, approach and mindset. Balancing both athletics and academics allowed for a seamless transition from one career to the other and is something he shares with young mentees today . Ryan had the chance to play with Myron in the league and embraced the opportunity of soaking up some of the knowledge he shared along the way as well as the immense respect for his medical work and sacrifice during the pandemic. Referring to him as the smartest player to ever play in the NFL, Channing asks Myron how he could know so much about the brain and consequences of playing football yet still desire to play such a tough sport which opens up the conversation on CTE and the work Myron has done through research and partnering with the NFL. Fred acknowledges the positives and a lot of the success stories surgeons have but the guys get into a tougher conversation on how some of the losses are handled and the pressures of working at highly touted hospitals and institutes such as Mass General and Harvard. Closing out the conversation, Ryan turns it over to Myron to share his message to young people and how it's never too late to choose a different path in life and the value of hard work. The 2% Way is available starting May 17th in all major bookstores and digital platforms. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 13, 2022
Charles Barkley on the Dream Team, Being Controversial & Retiring from Television
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FOLLOW THE PIVOT PODCAST: MERCH | https://pivotpodcast.com  YOUTUBE | https://www.youtube.com/thepivotpodcast INSTAGRAM | https://instagram.com/thepivot TWITTER | https://twitter.com/thepivot TIKTOK | https://tiktok.com/@thepivot FACEBOOK | https://www.facebook.com/thepivotpodcast FOLLOW HAPPY DAD: https://www.instagram.com/happydad FIND HAPPY DAD: https://www.happydad.com/find The always outspoken NBA legend and current television analyst Charles Barkley joins The Pivot in a wide open discussion on topics from his playing days, competing against MJ, criticism of his recent political and racial stances to his current tv career winding down. With only two years left on his television contract, Barkley is ready to sign off from the public eye and at peace with going into full retirement. “Fame is hard, a lot of prices to pay with fame,” he explains to Ryan, Fred and Channing and it’s ok to step back from it. Against social media and calling out people who hide behind it, Barkley explains the different world we live in right now and how everything thought and statement is under a microscope. Ignoring opinions that he is too controversial, Barkley defends his stances on certain hot topics recently especially with race crimes, police treatment and politics. Barkley credits his biggest inspiration, his grandmother, for his work ethic and staying out of trouble as he reminisces how he earned the larger than life nicknames from being 300 pounds playing college ball. Sharing stories about the 1992 Dream Team, Barkley goes into detail about how he believed he was the best player in the world until he got around Michael Jordan and laughed about the good ole’ days. Fred says Barkley never received enough credit for his contributions during that time while Channing challenges him saying he didn’t get the credit because he didn’t warrant that type of MJ attention! Barkley ends the episode addressing the elephant in room of people always judging him about not winning a championship- he defends his career saying “Hey, we got to the ok corral- we just didn’t win it, and I’m good with that”. Join Prize Picks now to compete against Channing, Fred and Ryan throughout the NBA Finals. Get a free $100 matched with your first $100 spent when you enter the code PIVOT. Start playing now: https://bit.ly/PrizePicksPivot Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 10, 2022
Hall of Famer Warren Sapp Talks Early Symptoms of CTE and How He Manages Each Day
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FOLLOW THE PIVOT PODCAST: MERCH | https://pivotpodcast.com  YOUTUBE | https://www.youtube.com/thepivotpodcast INSTAGRAM | https://instagram.com/thepivot TWITTER | https://twitter.com/thepivot TIKTOK | https://tiktok.com/@thepivot FACEBOOK | https://www.facebook.com/thepivotpodcast FOLLOW HAPPY DAD: https://www.instagram.com/happydad FIND HAPPY DAD: https://www.happydad.com/find NFL Hall Of Famer and Super Bowl Champion Warren Sapp joins The Pivot in a conversation about lessons learned and life after football. In a honest and emotional discussion, Sapp talks about his struggles with memory loss and the side effects he is starting to experience as he hits that 20-year mark of playing football. Channing brings up Junior Seau and how hard that was to learn about as Sapp explains to Ryan and Fred the fears that lie ahead. Sapp admittedly discloses that it’s easier for him to recount stories when he is in a familiar environment like the locker room atmosphere and goes on to share some memories with Ryan, Fred and Channing of his playing days and his Super Bowl run along with leading one of the best defensive units in NFL history. Fred asks if Sapp thinks Aaron Donald is the best to play the position as he explains his answer. Leaning into the veteran perspective, The guys ask Sapp what advice he would give to younger players and youth today. Not shying away from his infamous Arizona incident from 2015 and how quickly things can change, “Dungy always told us five things that would keep us on the straight and narrow…And he was right,” Sapp says. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 07, 2022
Dana White Shares His Darkest Moment, Timeline of UFC, Talks Trump & Jake Paul
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FOLLOW THE PIVOT PODCAST: MERCH | https://pivotpodcast.com  YOUTUBE | https://www.youtube.com/thepivotpodcast INSTAGRAM | https://instagram.com/thepivot TWITTER | https://twitter.com/thepivot TIKTOK | https://tiktok.com/@thepivot FACEBOOK | https://www.facebook.com/thepivotpodcast FOLLOW HAPPY DAD: https://www.instagram.com/happydad FIND HAPPY DAD: https://www.happydad.com/find Dana White shares his dark moment around the sale of UFC, his relationship with Trump and addresses Jake Paul in an open and brutally honest discussion this week on The Pivot. The UFC President and Business Icon invites Ryan, Fred and Channing to UFC headquarters and doesn’t hold back as he talks tough topics with the guys. As Ryan asks Dana about his mindset during the business dealing of the UFC, Dana breaks down in a vulnerable moment saying how he shut down and went through a very dark time when the sale of the UFC was happening- “I locked myself in a hotel room off the radar and was really F’d up for a few days,” as he explains the moment. Dana goes on to share with Fred and Channing how when the UFC was a nothing brand yet that no one wanted to deal with, one person had his back and let him host events and that was Donald Trump. He discusses his long relationship with the former President and goes on to explain how we all have friends who we don’t always agree with on everything but it doesn’t change us from being their friend. Getting into the pay scale of fighters and often criticized business end of UFC, Dana explains his “eat what you kill”’motto which is something Channing is a big proponent of. One important message he gets across is that you don’t have to like everyone to do business as Dana explains his disdain for the likes of Tito Ortiz, Bob Arum and Jake Paul but doesn’t let his personal feelings get in the way of closing a deal. By the end of the conversation, Fred recognizes the respect level he has for Dana and explains how media misconceptions led him to have a pre-conceived notion about Dana but his openness and honesty changed that. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 03, 2022
Plaxico Burress on Getting Shot and How it Changed His Life Forever
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FOLLOW THE PIVOT PODCAST: MERCH | https://pivotpodcast.com  YOUTUBE | https://www.youtube.com/thepivotpodcast INSTAGRAM | https://instagram.com/thepivot TWITTER | https://twitter.com/thepivot TIKTOK | https://tiktok.com/@thepivot FACEBOOK | https://www.facebook.com/thepivotpodcast FOLLOW HAPPY DAD: https://www.instagram.com/happydad FIND HAPPY DAD: https://www.happydad.com/find With the NFL draft underway, we felt it was important to share this episode. We filmed this with Plax as we were just getting started with The Pivot because we felt his story was symbolic of what it means to Pivot. Plaxico was the 8th overall Pick in the 2000 NFL draft, was one of the top wide receivers in the league and is a super bowl champion. But one off the field slip up changed his career and the question always lingers “What If”…what if that never happened, what would the legacy be of Plaxico Burress. In a candid conversation, Plax opens up to Ryan, Fred and Channing about his journey to the league and the infamous night that changed his life forever. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 02, 2022
Ric Flair: The Nature Boy Discusses Loss of Son & His Own Near Death Experience
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FOLLOW THE PIVOT PODCAST: MERCH | https://pivotpodcast.com  YOUTUBE | https://www.youtube.com/thepivotpodcast INSTAGRAM | https://instagram.com/thepivot TWITTER | https://twitter.com/thepivot TIKTOK | https://tiktok.com/@thepivot FACEBOOK | https://www.facebook.com/thepivotpodcast FOLLOW HAPPY DAD: https://www.instagram.com/happydad FIND HAPPY DAD: https://www.happydad.com/find The Nature Boy joins the Pivot in an entertaining yet emotional conversation about life with Ryan, Channing and Fred. The conversation opens up with Flair explaining his inspiration for the larger than life persona he cultivated through his in-ring antics and lavish personality which became the standard of swagger for generations. "It all really started when I saw Joe Namath at Alabama and heard he slept with a hundred girls his freshman year and I said, that's my kind of man," Flair laughs while telling the story as the guys continue to reminisce with him over some of the more notable stories of his career. Wrestling was a gateway to being an entertainer for The Nature Boy who is proud of the reputation he created while setting a standard for people all over the world who genuinely admired him for his boastful behavior and carefree lifestyle. As the conversation continues, Flair opens up about some of the darker moments in his life: losing his son and his own near death experience. With the anniversary of his son's death near, Ric talks about the loss and how he cried everyday for years after losing him to a drug overdose. "For five years, I drank from 10 in the morning until 2am...Everyday I'd wake up and it's still right in front of me what happened," Ric shares in an emotional moment describing how hard it was to find his son and how it doesn't get easier even though it's been years. Offering comfort as fathers, the men relate to his post loss mentality and couldn't imagine being in that position. Flair goes on to share how he fortunate he feels to be alive and have made the global impact he did on so many lives sharing stories and conversations he's had with various celebrities and athletes over the years. Turning back to a positive note, Flair shares that his infamous coined phrase "Wooo!" was derived from Jerry Lee Lewis' 1957 hit "Great Balls of Fire" while listening to the song on a road trip. Channing goes right for the gusto asking if the rumored number of sleeping with 10,000 women is accurate...The Nature Boy breaks down the numbers by days and explains how although he doesn't know the exact number, it could be close to that figure! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 26, 2022
Shaq Opens Up About His Divorce & His Only Regrets: Penny Hardaway & Kobe Bryant
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FOLLOW THE PIVOT PODCAST: MERCH | https://pivotpodcast.com  YOUTUBE | https://www.youtube.com/thepivotpodcast INSTAGRAM | https://instagram.com/thepivot TWITTER | https://twitter.com/thepivot TIKTOK | https://tiktok.com/@thepivot FACEBOOK | https://www.facebook.com/thepivotpodcast FOLLOW HAPPY DAD: https://www.instagram.com/happydad FIND HAPPY DAD: https://www.happydad.com/find Shaquille O’Neal opens up about his divorce, relationship with Penny Hardaway and what really went on between him and Kobe Bryant in a rare look back into his life as he shares with the guys what keeps him up at night. For the most part, Shaq says how he’s lived life his way but as he’s become older, he looks back with a couple of regrets, the main one being his divorce and the other never reaching out to Kobe after they finished playing together. As Ryan leads the conversation about family and all of them making mistakes at one point or another over the years- the men discuss the point of coming to a realization that sometimes mistakes become decisions that can be difficult to come back from. The conversation takes a somber tone as Shaq shares how he is to blame for his marriage ending and the struggles he faced after not having his family with him everyday. Channing lightens the mood, by talking shit with Shaq about his reputation of missing free throws, his eyes being close together and can’t resist asking about the sexual challenges Shaq faces by being such a large human and curious to how it all goes down. Fred gets into the basketball conversation with Shaq and the guys take a trip down memory lane of how his career played out and what he would have done differently if given the chance. Being transparent about his playing days with the Magic his move to LA and then to Miami, Shaq shares how he believes Penny Hardaway was Kobe Bryant before Kobe was Kobe. “If Penny didn’t get hurt, he would have been one of the top 3 players in the history of game” Shaq says. Losing his sister unexpectedly and then dealing with the death of Kobe, Shaq regrets not picking up the phone and has no excuse but shares the lesson- we are never too busy to make a call. The Pivot Podcast releases new episodes every Tuesday at Noon eastern on YouTube with audio only versions available on Spotify, Apple and all other major platforms. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 19, 2022
Julianna Peña Confronts Ryan Clark on Why He Picked Amanda Nunes Over Her to Win
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FOLLOW THE PIVOT PODCAST: MERCH | https://pivotpodcast.com  YOUTUBE | https://www.youtube.com/thepivotpodcast INSTAGRAM | https://instagram.com/thepivot TWITTER | https://twitter.com/thepivot TIKTOK | https://tiktok.com/@thepivot FACEBOOK | https://www.facebook.com/thepivotpodcast FOLLOW HAPPY DAD: https://www.instagram.com/happydad FIND HAPPY DAD: https://www.happydad.com/find UFC Women’s bantamweight champion, Julianna Peña joins The Pivot and is ready to set the record straight with Ryan about who the champ really is after Peña pulled off the win against Amanda Nunes. “I’m here to say ‘I told you so,” to Ryan for picking against me and saying I didn’t have a chance,” Julianna first says as she sits down. Channing and Fred ofcourse egg on the banter and tell Ryan they might not be able to help him if she tries to fight him. Ryan admits he was wrong but that his UFC prediction was influenced by being a longtime fan of Amanda and he is sorry for shit talking her as an opponent. Learning more about Julianna’s journey to the top of the sport, Fred gets into her background as well as some of the legal troubles that she faced while coming up the ranks. “I only fight to get paid, no more street fights,” she jokes with the guys. Channing is amped up as he hears the fight in her and how much passion she has for being the best in the cage and her approach to being a professional athlete. The conversation moves into motherhood and relationships and the challenges facing female athletes to balance both the personal and work side of the sport. Preparing for the rematch in early summer, Julianna says how she still will approach the fight and training as if she is the challenger with a target on her back to be dethroned as the champion. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 15, 2022
Errol Spence’s Return to the Ring After Accident & Talks Sparring Floyd Mayweather
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FOLLOW THE PIVOT PODCAST: MERCH | https://pivotpodcast.com  YOUTUBE | https://www.youtube.com/thepivotpodcast INSTAGRAM | https://instagram.com/thepivot TWITTER | https://twitter.com/thepivot TIKTOK | https://tiktok.com/@thepivot FACEBOOK | https://www.facebook.com/thepivotpodcast FOLLOW HAPPY DAD: https://www.instagram.com/happydad FIND HAPPY DAD: https://www.happydad.com/find Ahead of his April 16th Showtime Pay Per View fight against Yordenis Ugas at AT&T stadium, Errol Spence sits down with The Pivot to talk his revival in life and the journey he overcame to get back in the ring. The 32 year old undefeated welterweight champion invited Ryan, Fred and Channing to his Dallas gym a week before his boxing comeback. After suffering a bad car accident where Spence was ejected from the vehicle and thrown in the middle of the road- the young champion wasn’t sure if he would ever step in the ring again, especially at a high level. After spending months in the hospital suffering severe injuries to his body and head, Spence worked tirelessly in therapy and rehabilitation to find himself back in the ring. It was a wake up call for me said the young fighter, I was surrounding myself with the wrong people and worried about the wrong things. Spence said getting a second chance in life helped him reconnect with family and his first love, boxing. With the opportunity of a lifetime on the line, Spence was set to fight Manny Pacquiao, for what would have been the fighter’s biggest match up and pay day of his career this far, only to be forced to back out days before the bout when he discovered having a torn retina. “The entire time I was trying to figure out how I could still fight and determine if it was worth it to only have one working eye the rest of my life…that’s how much it meant to me,” Spence emotionally explained when Ryan asked about that moment. With family and fatherhood his number one priority, proving himself to be the best in the sport is still at the forefront of Spence’s mind heading into Saturday. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 12, 2022
New Teeth, Who Dis?
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FOLLOW THE PIVOT PODCAST: MERCH | https://pivotpodcast.com  YOUTUBE | https://www.youtube.com/thepivotpodcast INSTAGRAM | https://instagram.com/thepivot TWITTER | https://twitter.com/thepivot TIKTOK | https://tiktok.com/@thepivot FACEBOOK | https://www.facebook.com/thepivotpodcast FOLLOW HAPPY DAD: https://www.instagram.com/happydad FIND HAPPY DAD: https://www.happydad.com/find The long anticipated reveal of Channing’s new teeth and the woman behind the magic is here! Watch the process of Channing going into his pre surgery appointment to getting fitted to the end results! The process is fascinating and leads into Ryan and Fred finding out more about the person tasked with this challenge. The guys invite the renowned Dr. Amira Ogunleye to sit down with them and share her success story from humble beginnings to being raised by her father to creating her own niche as one of the most sought after dentists in the world. Working with many well know A list celebrities and athletes, Dr. A has established herself as one of the most prominent women in the business. A true inspiration as a working mother and immigrant, Dr. A’s story is one we can all take away and learn from. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 11, 2022
Floyd Mayweather Gets Deep with Alex Rodriguez
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FOLLOW THE PIVOT PODCAST: MERCH | https://pivotpodcast.com  YOUTUBE | https://www.youtube.com/thepivotpodcast INSTAGRAM | https://instagram.com/thepivot TWITTER | https://twitter.com/thepivot TIKTOK | https://tiktok.com/@thepivot FACEBOOK | https://www.facebook.com/thepivotpodcast FOLLOW HAPPY DAD: https://www.instagram.com/happydad FIND HAPPY DAD: https://www.happydad.com/find As the guys wrap the interview the with A-Rod, Floyd shows up at A-Corp headquarters and the conversation gets good fast. The talk is candid and uncensored as Ryan, Channing and Fred pick the brains of two of the greatest athletes of all time. The men talk business, family, sports and legacy for one or the most riveting conversations. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 08, 2022
A-Rod Opens Up on the Highs & Lows of his Career to Becoming a Business Mogul
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FOLLOW THE PIVOT PODCAST: MERCH | https://pivotpodcast.com  YOUTUBE | https://www.youtube.com/thepivotpodcast INSTAGRAM | https://instagram.com/thepivot TWITTER | https://twitter.com/thepivot TIKTOK | https://tiktok.com/@thepivot FACEBOOK | https://www.facebook.com/thepivotpodcast FOLLOW HAPPY DAD: https://www.instagram.com/happydad FIND HAPPY DAD: https://www.happydad.com/find Alex Rodriguez joins The Pivot in a revealing and emotional tell-all conversation from growing up to baseball to business to personal relationships and how it impacted the man he is today.  The 14x All Star welcomes Ryan, Channing and Fred to his business headquarters in south Florida where a rare and unguarded ARod shares his experiences and the lessons he's learned along the way. "Such a humiliating time in my life...I was too much of a narcissist to think about taking my life, but that's just because I was so damn arrogant," Alex opens up about his PED suspension. Not holding back, Alex breaks down the pain he felt during his suspension and the amount of work he had to do mentally to return to baseball and getting his life back on track. Admittingly, he reveals how the person he was pre suspension is a version of himself he didn't like. Championing his time in therapy and how it saved his life, Alex talks about the dark times and hitting rock bottom. Sharing his personal story, in a heartfelt plea, he reminds anyone listening to this conversation who may be going through rough times to never give up because if he gave up, he wouldn't be sitting here today.  Reverting back to his childhood and growing up with his mom and siblings, Alex explains how his roots were developed and the simple things he learned as a child are the same core values he applies in his everyday adult life. Focusing on generational wealth and using his mom and family as motivation, the All Star turned Business Mogul shares how he took a little bit of money and built an empire in his life after baseball. From real estate investment, to technology to owning a NBA team- Alex describes the journey and his mentors along the way, including Magic Johnson, Warren Buffett and business partner Marc Lore, who helped provide a blueprint in business.   Turning the focus to family and being a girl dad, Ryan relates to some of the struggles they face walking the line between being a "cool dad" but also a protective one. Alex jokes that his family is very 2022 when he describes how he co-parents with ex-wife Cynthia and her husband while raising their girls together and doing joint family trips. Channing jokingly refers to himself and ARod as dimes and talks to Miami's most eligible bachelor about relationships and what it's like to be Alex Rodriguez trying to date.  Channing goes on to address the rumor of Alex having a reputation of being a bad teammate- the guys ask him about playing with Derek Jeter and if any animosity ever existed between the two iconic Yankee teammates.  As the conversation is wrapping...the guys are joined by a special guest when Floyd Mayweather drops by and sits down to talk with the guys. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 05, 2022
2x Super Bowl Champ Malcolm Jenkins Announces Retirement & Talks What’s Next
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FOLLOW THE PIVOT PODCAST: MERCH | https://pivotpodcast.com  YOUTUBE | https://www.youtube.com/thepivotpodcast INSTAGRAM | https://instagram.com/thepivot TWITTER | https://twitter.com/thepivot TIKTOK | https://tiktok.com/@thepivot FACEBOOK | https://www.facebook.com/thepivotpodcast FOLLOW HAPPY DAD: https://www.instagram.com/happydad FIND HAPPY DAD: https://www.happydad.com/find After announcing his NFL retirement on the Pivot Podcast, Malcolm Jenkins had an in-depth conversation with Ryan, Channing and Fred about life after football and lessons he’s learned along the way. Culminating a 13 year illustrious NFL career, Malcolm’s decision comes at a time when the 2x Super Bowl champ is ready to embrace a career change with efforts focused on film production and furthering his aspirations for cultural change. Channing talks about all the highs and lows of his career on the field while making a joke about not modeling his play after Ryan, who was known for his physicality while playing. “I wanted to save my body so I couldn’t play like Ryan,” jokes Malcolm. Ryan speaks with Malcolm about some of his efforts over the years to unite change and being outspoken for action in regards to equality and empowering women. Malcolm says without the empowerment of women and putting them in the forefront of life and business, we are at a disadvantage. Fred asks about his rocky relationship with Drew Brees and if the two have mended fences since the 2020 remarks from his former quarterback. Channing says he won’t be invited to Brees’ HOF induction and they laugh it off as Malcolm opens up that one person he has reached out to for leadership and mentorship is Jay Z. “It took me over a year to think about the right question to ask him when I had my chance so I wanted to make sure I was prepared for that first conversation,” Malcolm tells the guys. “He since has gone on to help shape some of my efforts with life after football.” Bonding over fatherhood, the guys discuss how parenting has changed over the years and how spending time with their children makes them better men, challenging them to be at their best always. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 01, 2022
Jalen Ramsey on Super Bowl win, Golden Tate feud, NFL contracts & Jacksonville
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FOLLOW THE PIVOT PODCAST: MERCH | https://pivotpodcast.com  YOUTUBE | https://www.youtube.com/thepivotpodcast INSTAGRAM | https://instagram.com/thepivot TWITTER | https://twitter.com/thepivot TIKTOK | https://tiktok.com/@thepivot FACEBOOK | https://www.facebook.com/thepivotpodcast FOLLOW HAPPY DAD: https://www.instagram.com/happydad FIND HAPPY DAD: https://www.happydad.com/find Jalen Ramsey on winning a Super Bowl, leaving Jacksonville, Golden Tate feud and his top WRs in the game. In his first interview since winning the Super Bowl, All Pro Jalen Ramsey sits down with The Pivot to share his journey to his first NFL Championship. Reflecting back to playing on sport's biggest stage, Jalen describes an unexpected play that caught him on the wrong end of Cincinnati's big score and admits there was nothing he could do but laugh to himself and say, "That was crazy, that really happened in the Super Bowl..I was for real laughing. Like, I got scored on in the Super Bowl bro." Jalen jokes how he was probably just as happy as Tampa Bay fans to have Tom Brady back so he no longer will be the last person Tom Brady threw a touchdown on. The conversation shifts to the beginning of his career as Fred asks him to open up about his experiences in Jacksonville and why he really wanted out from that organization. Jalen explains his disappointment from draft day with hopes he would be the first defensive player off the board or end up the #4 pick with the Dallas Cowboys. Channing commends Jalen for making the moves to get out of an organization and compares it to Fred's decision to stay with a team who had no chance of winning. Ryan and Channing dig into the off the field rumors and ask what really transpired between Jalen and Golden Tate, the mother of his children's brother. Referencing ongoing feuds, Fred asks who Jalen would rather face in a celebrity boxing match: Golden Tate or AJ Green to which the All Pro answers, AJ Green. Jalen expresses his love for being a girl dad and how he cares more what they think of him as a man than any of his football accolades. As the conversation wraps, Ryan puts Jalen in the hot seat to name his top five wide receivers currently in the league which he struggles to get them out in order before ranking the four DBs after him. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 30, 2022
Sportscaster Taylor Rooks: The way I look shouldn’t determine how good I am at my job
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FOLLOW THE PIVOT PODCAST: MERCH | https://pivotpodcast.com  YOUTUBE | https://www.youtube.com/thepivotpodcast INSTAGRAM | https://instagram.com/thepivot TWITTER | https://twitter.com/thepivot TIKTOK | https://tiktok.com/@thepivot FACEBOOK | https://www.facebook.com/thepivotpodcast FOLLOW HAPPY DAD: https://www.instagram.com/happydad FIND HAPPY DAD: https://www.happydad.com/find The multi talented sports journalist and broadcaster, Taylor Rooks, joins the Pivot to talk all topics from working as a female in sports, to dealing with physical appearance being a career factor to overcoming questions about her personal life while trying to keep the headlines focused on her interviews, not who she’s dating. Taylor shares her story and how she carved a niche for herself as one of the top females interviewers in sports media and how the climb in the industry is a struggle everyday. Channing comes right out and addresses the rumors swirling the internet about her personal relationships which she says is frustrating but always false! “Just because I stand next to someone or have chemistry in an interview doesn’t mean I’m dating them,” Taylor responded. Fred dives into the what they future holds for Taylor and if motherhood is something she is worries about affecting her career and Ryan talks about how the industry is changing and the respect Taylor has earned from the exclusive access to interviews she’s done. Tackling each day, Taylor shared wisdom she took from Serena Williams about always striving to be be better from one day to the next. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 25, 2022
First Take's Stephen A. Smith on Fame, Kyrie, Iverson, Dating & Being #1 on Sports TV
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FOLLOW THE PIVOT PODCAST: MERCH | https://pivotpodcast.com  YOUTUBE | https://www.youtube.com/thepivotpodcast INSTAGRAM | https://instagram.com/thepivot TWITTER | https://twitter.com/thepivot TIKTOK | https://tiktok.com/@thepivot FACEBOOK | https://www.facebook.com/thepivotpodcast FOLLOW HAPPY DAD: https://www.instagram.com/happydad FIND HAPPY DAD: https://www.happydad.com/find Stephen A. Smith welcomes Channing, Fred and Ryan into his home for a special edition of The Pivot. Working together at ESPN, Ryan and Stephen A. talk about how their relationship got off to a rocky start and how the two men were able to eventually figure it out and come to good terms. Never one to hold back his opinion, Stephen A. shares his thoughts on topics ranging from his personal life to Kyrie to James Harden partying to the Iverson days to taking over "First Take" from Skip Bayless. The former college athlete details his journey into sports media and growing up in a household of women who were his toughest critics. "I never dreamed in my wildest dreams that I would be in a position where I'd walk into an arena and be more popular than 90% of the players," Stephen A. tells the guys as he opens up about his current stardom. Ryan talks about some of the more controversial stories Stephen A has sounded off on over the years including Colin Kaepernick, race issues and being suspended from ESPN. Rounding out the conversation, Fred talks about making mistakes along the way and relationships with athletes as Stephen A says: I don't try to protect players from being accountable, I try to protect players from being character assassinated for who they are,". Prying about the mysterious personal life of Stephen A. and why that is something he chooses not to share with the world, Channing says, "Why not talk about it, I mean I've seen your house, I'd date you". The First Take host jokingly responds, "I never ask anyone about their personal life, ever, So I don't answer questions about mine." Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 24, 2022
Former NBA star Michael Beasley Breaks Down Talking Loss, Kevin Durant & Needing Help
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FOLLOW THE PIVOT PODCAST: MERCH | https://pivotpodcast.com  YOUTUBE | https://www.youtube.com/thepivotpodcast INSTAGRAM | https://instagram.com/thepivot TWITTER | https://twitter.com/thepivot TIKTOK | https://tiktok.com/@thepivot FACEBOOK | https://www.facebook.com/thepivotpodcast FOLLOW HAPPY DAD: https://www.instagram.com/happydad FIND HAPPY DAD: https://www.happydad.com/find We sat down to talk to Michael Beasley about basketball and ended up having one of the most powerful and honest conversations... The former Number 2 NBA pick, Beasley opens up about his life without basketball and how he feels helpless and alone in a world once filled with money and fame. Breaking down how everyone in his life has stolen from him and created a narrative based on their own judgements of his reactions, Beasley tell Ryan, Fred and Channing how he’s done trying and ready to give up. Fighting through emotions, the guys talk his nba career, the loss of his mother, relationship with Kevin Durant and his current mental health as they try to work through what comes next for the once NBA superstar. Beas finds it important to talk about his own narrative instead of letting everyone think they know what goes on his life. Never judge a book by its cover, we all have stories and journeys that lead us to where we are in life. No matter who we are, we all need help along the way. We commend Beas for opening up and sharing his story and for the vulnerability to help impact others. If you or someone you know is struggling, please reach out and talk about it, holding things in does none of us any good. Mental Health is not something to take lightly. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 15, 2022
Antonio Brown on Longtime Feud with Ryan Clark, NFL Exits, Tom Brady, Kanye & What Team is Next
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FOLLOW THE PIVOT PODCAST: MERCH | https://pivotpodcast.com  YOUTUBE | https://www.youtube.com/thepivotpodcast INSTAGRAM | https://instagram.com/thepivot TWITTER | https://twitter.com/thepivot TIKTOK | https://tiktok.com/@thepivot FACEBOOK | https://www.facebook.com/thepivotpodcast FOLLOW HAPPY DAD: https://www.instagram.com/happydad FIND HAPPY DAD: https://www.happydad.com/find With all the recent interviews and media surrounding Antonio Brown, the conversation today as he joins The Pivot is raw, real and honest as it comes.  Antonio Brown clears the air with Ryan, talks about his NFL exits, gratitude for Tom Brady, relationship with Kanye, what's next for him as he looks to make his NFL return with sights set on Dallas as a possible home.  Sitting down for the first time since their longtime feud, Ryan And AB talk about how their once close friendship as teammates fizzled into years of animosity. Ryan shares his side as AB fires back on his thoughts of what went wrong- Claiming the other guys on team were jealous of his contract as a young player, Ryan pushes back that no one cared about the money, they were bothered when AB felt like he was the team and the final straw was his aggression towards HOF coach Dick Lebeau. The two hash it out and then go into Tampa situation and why other quarterbacks should trust AB in the future, referencing how it ended with Big Ben and Tom Brady. AB immediately shares his gratitude for Tom Brady and upmost respect for him changing his life and giving him a chance when he was in a dark place but says he can't control what the organization does. AB relies on Ryan to back him up on how only the ones in Pittsburgh knew how Bruce Arians treated him back then and how it carried over to Tampa years later. "Only you and I know what it was like..." Fred comes from a different point recalling their training days together and how much talent AB showed and how he's always been one of his favorite players.  Channing can't help himself as he dives into the female topic and asks AB what really went on the night before NY game with the girl which leads into a conversation about relationships, sex before games as AB tells him he is a different breed! AB opens up about his plans for the future and upcoming surgery, his music career, business relationship with Kanye and why Dallas may be a good home for him. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 09, 2022
Darren Waller: Over 100 Failed Drug Tests to Working in Grocery Store Before NFL Return
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FOLLOW THE PIVOT PODCAST: MERCH | https://pivotpodcast.com  YOUTUBE | https://www.youtube.com/thepivotpodcast INSTAGRAM | https://instagram.com/thepivot TWITTER | https://twitter.com/thepivot TIKTOK | https://tiktok.com/@thepivot FACEBOOK | https://www.facebook.com/thepivotpodcast FOLLOW HAPPY DAD: https://www.instagram.com/happydad FIND HAPPY DAD: https://www.happydad.com/find After battling years of addiction and drug abuse, NFL Tight End Darren Waller joins The Pivot to tell his story of hitting rock bottom and how he climbed his way back into the league and today is one of the NFL's top players in the game. Darren details his addiction battle starting at a young age and takes the guys through years of him playing at the college and NFL level where he played most of his early career under the influence. It started off with pain medicine to pills and spiraled into anything that could give him a quick fix. Playing through so many games high and lying to teammates, coaches, friends and family was the hardest part of his battle. Fred relates to how difficult playing through injury causes dependence on pain medication and how the addiction can creep up on you when it becomes part of a normal routine. Ryan asks what was the moment that flipped the switch for him to know that he needed to change...And Darren recalls a terrifying incident where he pulled into a parking lot and sat in his car breaking out into convulsions before waking up hours later all alone in a cold sweat not knowing where he was. At the time, His trainers for the Baltimore Ravens said his toxicology report indicated if he didn't get medical help he wouldn't be able to survive much longer which led him into the NFL Drug Rehab program. Through long periods of work and recovery, Darren wasn't sure if football would be in his future again and he humbly began a job at a grocery store stocking shelves and bagging goods. Channing in awe of his size, makes the joke that he had to be the largest human in the aisles everyday and what customers would do when they saw him. Since his comeback, the Las Vegas Raiders Tight End has played his best football the past couple years, being named to the Pro Bowl and more importantly has found balance and alternatives to keep his mind at peace away from the field. Darren spends a lot of his free time recording music, podcasting, volunteering and connecting with nature and faith. After a lot of off the field issues and mishaps overshadowed the Raiders on field success, Waller expressed his excitement for new head coach Josh McDaniels to bring an offensive mindset to the organization and a positive change in the locker room as well. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 04, 2022
Jana Kramer on Overcoming Infidelity & Healing from Divorce & Guys Talk Sex Addiction & Micro Penises
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FOLLOW THE PIVOT PODCAST: MERCH | https://pivotpodcast.com  YOUTUBE | https://www.youtube.com/thepivotpodcast INSTAGRAM | https://instagram.com/thepivot TWITTER | https://twitter.com/thepivot TIKTOK | https://tiktok.com/@thepivot FACEBOOK | https://www.facebook.com/thepivotpodcast FOLLOW HAPPY DAD: https://www.instagram.com/happydad FIND HAPPY DAD: https://www.happydad.com/find Star Actress, singer & podcaster Jana Kramer opens up to the guys after her recent divorce and describes how she was able to find peace again.  Jana doesn't hold back in an emotional and pivotal conversation of how she found a way to climb up after hitting rock bottom in her marriage and family life dealing with very public relationship issues. Being in the spotlight, everyone thinks you have a perfect life until it becomes headlines that your husband is a sex addict and habitual cheater. The cycle of abuse and taking someone back to preserve family values was the hardest situation to bounce back from Kramer explained.  After being married to ex NFLer Mike Caussin, Jana battled through infidelity and her ex going to rehab for sex addiction which spins the conversation as Channing and the guys question whether sex addiciton is really a thing or just an excuse for being a cheater.  The chart topping songstress, with a current number one single Story right now, details that reality of heartbreak and humiliation on how she handled everything playing out on the public stage and even did a show about it. Ryan tells Jana how in their culture, black women often protect their men not sharing what goes on with their relationships outside of the home so he is curious why Jana chose to openly share about her situation.  "I felt if I could help one person heal or learn from my experience then it was worth it," Kramer said. Fred doesn't find her actions petty or weak, he tells Jana she is brave for sharing and being able to bounce back stronger than before.  Kramer says how she was made to believe that the NFL locker rooms breed this type of behavior and the guys are the first to say that is not the case. Ryan speaks up immediately saying the locker room has some very good men and bad choices are a reflection of the person you are not an excuse for your environment. Of course Channing digs further into the sexual conversations and calls out Jana on a recent headline about her new boyfriend having a small penis which she laughs off and says is definitely not the case- "Having a micro penis is not what I said or what he has,"! Continuing the light and humorous tone, Channing challenges Jana to a sing off with Little Mermaid as the two break out into a duet, as they bond over parenting and always wanting a better life for your children.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 01, 2022
Ryan, Channing & Fred Reflect on Starting The Pivot, Talk Life on the Road & What's Next
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FOLLOW THE PIVOT PODCAST: MERCH | https://pivotpodcast.com  YOUTUBE | https://www.youtube.com/thepivotpodcast INSTAGRAM | https://instagram.com/thepivot TWITTER | https://twitter.com/thepivot TIKTOK | https://tiktok.com/@thepivot FACEBOOK | https://www.facebook.com/thepivotpodcast FOLLOW HAPPY DAD: https://www.instagram.com/happydad FIND HAPPY DAD: https://www.happydad.com/find After a wild and busy 7 weeks, Ryan, Channing and Fred sit down to reflect about life on the road, the grind launching The Pivot and share some of their best moments along the way. Ryan talks about the various guests we've had and the team's approach in searching out stories and traveling location to location to get it done. Fred leans in on the hustle and camaraderie between the guys and Channing shares his laughable moments as well as the teachable ones. Reflecting on the guests so far, the shows we've done and looking ahead for a preview of what's to come, It's all about the lessons learned and how to accept, adjust and move forward. We appreciate all of you rocking with us and joining us on this journey, we are just getting started! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 25, 2022
Ricky Williams: Failed Drug Tests, NFL Exit & Life Now
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FOLLOW THE PIVOT PODCAST: MERCH | https://pivotpodcast.com  YOUTUBE | https://www.youtube.com/thepivotpodcast INSTAGRAM | https://instagram.com/thepivot TWITTER | https://twitter.com/thepivot TIKTOK | https://tiktok.com/@thepivot FACEBOOK | https://www.facebook.com/thepivotpodcast FOLLOW HAPPY DAD: https://www.instagram.com/happydad FIND HAPPY DAD: https://www.happydad.com/find Former NFL Running Back Ricky Williams opens up to Ryan, Channing and Fred on all the mystery surrounding his former NFL career as he went from one of the league's best running back's to a man living off the grid. Ricky tells the guys that playing in the league isn't for everyone and that it can be defined as crazy if you try to stay longer than your meant to be, even if your talent is at a high. Channing gets Ricky to open up about some specific moments and takes the chance to call him out on some of his questionable stances he took in the league as well as off the field. From failing drug tests to dressing in women's clothing to his free spirit approach to his personal life. The bond over the running back position between Fred and Ricky lead to talks about his incredible play on the field and the pace of him being one of the best rushers in the league and a hall of fame running back. Ryan poses the question, did the running back great leave the league far too soon before he really left his mark in the history books. The guys switch gears and talk about opportunities with HBCU's, despite going to a predominantly white college, Ricky has become a major advocate for working with the colleges. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 22, 2022
The LA Rams are Super Bowl Champions: Aaron Donald is 1 of 1
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FOLLOW THE PIVOT PODCAST: MERCH | https://pivotpodcast.com  YOUTUBE | https://www.youtube.com/thepivotpodcast INSTAGRAM | https://instagram.com/thepivot TWITTER | https://twitter.com/thepivot TIKTOK | https://tiktok.com/@thepivot FACEBOOK | https://www.facebook.com/thepivotpodcast FOLLOW HAPPY DAD: https://www.instagram.com/happydad FIND HAPPY DAD: https://www.happydad.com/find It's the first weekend without football, so we had to drop something to close out the season and what better way than to do a show from the home of the Super Bowl Champion LA Rams! Defensive Coordinator Raheem Morris fresh off the Super Bowl parade sits down with Ryan, Channing and Fred for a celebratory conversation and look into the Rams comeback win against the Bengals. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 20, 2022
Floyd Mayweather on Logan Paul claims & not flying commercial in over 20 years
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FOLLOW THE PIVOT PODCAST: MERCH | https://pivotpodcast.com  YOUTUBE | https://www.youtube.com/thepivotpodcast INSTAGRAM | https://instagram.com/thepivot TWITTER | https://twitter.com/thepivot TIKTOK | https://tiktok.com/@thepivot FACEBOOK | https://www.facebook.com/thepivotpodcast FOLLOW HAPPY DAD: https://www.instagram.com/happydad FIND HAPPY DAD: https://www.happydad.com/find Floyd Mayweather answers Logan Paul claims, talks legacy, toughest opponent and relationships. The night before Super Bowl Sunday and the Champ himself sits down with Channing, Fred and Ryan to talk about life's pivots and opens up about his journey of becoming who he is today. Floyd attributes his success to making his dad proud and said one thing always at the forefront of his mind was to never let his father down. In boxing and in life, having the right people around you is everything and being able to put trust in himself has allowed him to excel in all areas. Being a father and watching his children grow and evolve is his biggest worry because of how life is so different than it was and it's not the same as it was for him as it is for them. Having many titles and accolades around the world, Floyd's most cherished name to go by today is "paw paw" and being a grandfather to KJ, the son of Iyanna Mayweather and rapper NBA Youngboy, is one of his greatest joys. Describing his journey of working from the ground up, putting in his own blood, sweat and tears...Floyd's approach paved the way for other athletes and entertainers to be their own boss and always wanted to be on a different path as he transitioned from boxer to promoter to iconic businessman. Quieting the accusations that the wealthy athlete owes Logan Paul money from their exhibition, Floyd explains that these types of claims come with the territory and that it's not money he personally owes to Logan but money that still comes in on the backend of PPV fights. He says that certain people should be appreciative of their biggest payday they had in life and be patient. Ryan starts explaining his excitement with his row one flight accommodations as Floyd interrupts asking what A1 means and confused that boarding passes are now on phone admittingly saying it's been almost 20 years since he has flown commercial. When Channing asks how he moves about the world, Floyd says let me show you- he grabs his phone and calls his pilot who is on stand by and ready to fly on a moment's notice. Chiming in on Floyd's infamous saying, having one is closer to having none, Ryan and Channing start digging in and ask about the women and at what point will Floyd be able to settle down and want to do "old man" stuff....the champ laughs it off and says what's for everybody else may not be for him. Before closing out the show, Ryan asks Floyd who his toughest opponent in the ring was and as a surprise to some, Floyd answers long time rival Manny Pacquiao who he defeated 10-2 in the ring. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 15, 2022
Super Bowl Weekend in LA with Terrell Owens
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FOLLOW THE PIVOT PODCAST: MERCH | https://pivotpodcast.com  YOUTUBE | https://www.youtube.com/thepivotpodcast INSTAGRAM | https://instagram.com/thepivot TWITTER | https://twitter.com/thepivot TIKTOK | https://tiktok.com/@thepivot FACEBOOK | https://www.facebook.com/thepivotpodcast FOLLOW HAPPY DAD: https://www.instagram.com/happydad FIND HAPPY DAD: https://www.happydad.com/find T.O. calls former agent Drew Rosenhaus a snake and discusses beef he has had with others over the years before he explains why he’s riding with his old team in Cincy to be Super Bowl champions. But before the episode gets started, Ryan addresses the public words exchanged between himself and T.O. over social media and how things got twisted into their blow up that they settle. Ryan and Fred peel back the many layers of Terrell Owens and uncover the true reason why he didn’t show up in Canton for his HOF induction and what really defines him as a person life after football. Not holding back, Terrell says how he really feels about his former agent Drew Rosenhaus referring to him as a snake and a person that can’t be trusted. As the conversation carries on, the banter between T.O. and Channing heats up about age, retiring, name calling and of course women! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 11, 2022
BeastMode Super Bowl Week
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FOLLOW THE PIVOT PODCAST: MERCH | https://pivotpodcast.com  YOUTUBE | https://www.youtube.com/thepivotpodcast INSTAGRAM | https://instagram.com/thepivot TWITTER | https://twitter.com/thepivot TIKTOK | https://tiktok.com/@thepivot FACEBOOK | https://www.facebook.com/thepivotpodcast FOLLOW HAPPY DAD: https://www.instagram.com/happydad FIND HAPPY DAD: https://www.happydad.com/find You asked and we delivered- It’s Super Bowl week and we are in Beast Mode. An exclusive sit down discussing the highs and lows with Marshawn Lynch. Marshawn joins Fred, Channing and Ryan this week on The Pivot for an in-depths and wide open conversation ranging from childhood to becoming International BeastMode. Talking off the field troubles, to family life, to infamous media battles to his running back fame to winning a Super Bowl...the discussion spans over a decade into reflection and perception of who the real Marshawn Lynch vs what the world sees. Not holding back, Fred, leads the conversation and gets right into it asking Marshawn how he has been able to parlay his story and career, the good and bad, into global stardom. “Most Athletes wouldn’t part with a check to be themselves but the path you’ve taken is just that..” He explains that loyalty is the most expensive thing he’s received in his life and opens up on how and why he treated the media a certain way while also detailing the biggest Pivots he’s had to make. Ryan asks about his approach to brands and controversial answers he’s given wondering if it was all part of the plan to distinguish himself in the light he has. Asking the tough questions and admiring his journey, the guys sit back and allow Marshawn to tell his side of things and answer the questions we've all wanted to know over the years. Marshawn opens up about the one thing that truly made him second guess his actions and that was the short time he didn’t speak with his mom, he realized how his life was off and that being a Mama’s boy is him inside and out. Channing closes out the show sharing a story of how him and Marshawn would hang nights before games but then go at it hard on the field every Sunday! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 08, 2022
Hue Jackson Same As Brian Flores?
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FOLLOW THE PIVOT PODCAST: MERCH | https://pivotpodcast.com  YOUTUBE | https://www.youtube.com/thepivotpodcast INSTAGRAM | https://instagram.com/thepivot TWITTER | https://twitter.com/thepivot TIKTOK | https://tiktok.com/@thepivot FACEBOOK | https://www.facebook.com/thepivotpodcast FOLLOW HAPPY DAD: https://www.instagram.com/happydad FIND HAPPY DAD: https://www.happydad.com/find The Audacity of HOPE...With the recent news of Brian Flores coming out with a lawsuit against the NFL, other coaches and players are speaking up too. During a phone conversation earlier today (published on @thepivot), Fred and Ryan talked to Coach Jackson to ask him about his tweet supporting Flores and reassuring his stance and legal action against the NFL. The tweet alluded to the fact that Jackson has evidence of similar situations happening to him during his short tenure with Cleveland and willing to offer those materials to strengthen his case. Former NFL Head Coach Hue Jackson joins the Pivot to talk about his experience of being a black coach in the NFL and similar situations he was faced with while working with the Cleveland Browns and other teams around the league. "They don't want to hire people who look like us," Coach Jackson tells the guys. Ryan, who played 8 years for Coach Mike Tomlin, says it takes a special person to be able to be a leader of all men, especially at the NFL level and he commends Tomlin on being that person all these year but also understands that Coach T did what he had to do to win. Jackson pushed back a little on Ryan saying he wished Tomlin did more to bring black coaches under his tree. The episode goes further to explain Hue's role in HBCU's and how that may be the only future black coaches have in succeeding. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 02, 2022
Being Nyjah Huston
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FOLLOW THE PIVOT PODCAST: MERCH | https://pivotpodcast.com  YOUTUBE | https://www.youtube.com/thepivotpodcast INSTAGRAM | https://instagram.com/thepivot TWITTER | https://twitter.com/thepivot TIKTOK | https://tiktok.com/@thepivot FACEBOOK | https://www.facebook.com/thepivotpodcast FOLLOW HAPPY DAD: https://www.instagram.com/happydad FIND HAPPY DAD: https://www.happydad.com/find Kicking off Black History Month with star power, Nyjah Huston joins The Pivot to talk about his rise to the top and managing the pressures of success and stardom. Sitting down with Ryan, Fred and Channing, Nyjah describes his childhood with a Rastafarian upbringing and how his strict lifestyle growing up with his father shaped the man he is today. Despite not speaking in over six years, Nyjah credits his father for helping him stay the course to becoming the best at his craft and providing him with the discipline to rewrite the history books. The guys discuss the differences fear and injury play into skateboarding while comparing it to football and the game they played for years. As the highest paid skateboarder living a young, loose lifestyle in Southern California, Channing and Ryan don’t miss the chance to ask Nyjah to dish on his bachelor lifestyle and what it’s like to be a single young black man who has With years at the top winning back to back championships and events, Nyjah explains to Fred that it was hard to tune out the naysayers but he remained humble and grounded which ultimately allowed him to bounce back and Pivot when an unexpected fall came his way. After a disappointing Olympics performance where he was the gold favorite, Nyjah took time to reflect upon the experience and open up on what went wrong and the aftermath of his experience. Joined by Chervin Jafarieh, Founder of Cymbiotica, who is a mentor and spiritual coach to Nyjah, the conversation further explores the importance of mental wellness and the necessary habits to sustain success at a high level and obtain optimal results in athletics as well as all areas of life. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 01, 2022
NFL Championship Weekend: The Price of Pain with Taylor Lewan
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FOLLOW THE PIVOT PODCAST: MERCH | https://pivotpodcast.com  YOUTUBE | https://www.youtube.com/thepivotpodcast INSTAGRAM | https://instagram.com/thepivot TWITTER | https://twitter.com/thepivot TIKTOK | https://tiktok.com/@thepivot FACEBOOK | https://www.facebook.com/thepivotpodcast FOLLOW HAPPY DAD: https://www.instagram.com/happydad FIND HAPPY DAD: https://www.happydad.com/find It was a Nashville kind of night when Titans Tackle Taylor Lewan joined Fred, Ryan and Channing on a special episode of the Pivot. Lewan, host of Bussin' with Boys, comes ready to have an open and somewhat painful conversation with the guys talking everything from football to life to well...pain. After falling short to the Cincinnati Bengals in the divisional game this past Sunday, Taylor explains what went wrong to cause the AFC's #1 seed to be knocked out . "I didn't see it coming, we practiced harder and sharper than we did all season leading into that game," Lewan said. But as the guys pressed him on the inner workings of the team, Taylor defended his quarterback Ryan Tannehill saying he isn't the bad player everyone is making him out to be, he just didn't have the best day. The guys discuss the match ups heading into Championship weekend and why experience sometimes can exceed talent. Ryan and Taylor banter back and forth about him being a bully on the field, especially to DB's while Fred admires the mental toughness and dawg instincts the Pro Bowl Tackle possesses. The "Taylor to Taylor" respect continues as the former running back admires a lineman ready to lead the way through oncoming traffic on the field and relates to the mindset needed to play that position. Ryan asks the group what's the most pain they've experienced and the varied responses take on a conversation of their own, Pivoting from turf toe to rashes to well...the misuse of icy hot! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 28, 2022
5x Super Bowl Champ Charles Haley
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FOLLOW THE PIVOT PODCAST: MERCH | https://pivotpodcast.com  YOUTUBE | https://www.youtube.com/thepivotpodcast INSTAGRAM | https://instagram.com/thepivot TWITTER | https://twitter.com/thepivot TIKTOK | https://tiktok.com/@thepivot FACEBOOK | https://www.facebook.com/thepivotpodcast FOLLOW HAPPY DAD: https://www.instagram.com/happydad FIND HAPPY DAD: https://www.happydad.com/find 5x Super Bowl Champion- 49er Cowboy and Hall of Famer Charles Haley joins The Pivot Podcast this week in a rare sit down and look back into his life on and off the field. As a player who spent his storied career avoiding the media and cameras off the field, the NFL’s long time bad boy doesn’t come in softly and fires off from the start, letting the guys know- Franchises don’t make the players, the players make the franchises. Alluding that this generation of players is softer than it was back in his day- Haley admits he doesn't watch much football because it's different now. “I’d talk about your mom, your wife , your kids, friends whoever because I needed to know who I’m playing with and know if you are a dawg or not,” Haley says. Fascinated by his larger than life persona, the guys try to tap in to his mindset on and off the field and why he developed such a bad reputation from walking around naked, to the infamous White House stories, to fighting with teammates to someone who should have been a first ballot Hall Of Famer.” Charles talks about only having one regret in his career and the differences between playing for the 49ers and the Cowboys. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 25, 2022
"I Have Crabs"
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FOLLOW THE PIVOT PODCAST: MERCH | https://pivotpodcast.com  YOUTUBE | https://www.youtube.com/thepivotpodcast INSTAGRAM | https://instagram.com/thepivot TWITTER | https://twitter.com/thepivot TIKTOK | https://tiktok.com/@thepivot FACEBOOK | https://www.facebook.com/thepivotpodcast FOLLOW HAPPY DAD: https://www.instagram.com/happydad FIND HAPPY DAD: https://www.happydad.com/find It’s Friday and we have a fun one for you! Ryan, Channing and Fred find themselves in Vegas with a last minute guest cancellation because of Covid so they decide to do a show with just the three of them which leads from one crazy topic to the next! Discussing the new Covid protocols of intimacy- Channing doesn’t hold back on his thoughts and recalls a story from his college football days of when he had crabs and didn’t know what to do during practice. Completely uncut and detailed, Fred covers his head as the story becomes more and more crazy. Ryan questions how they even ended up at this story. A new episode of The Pivot releases every Tuesday at noon eastern with special shows releasing on Fridays. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 21, 2022
NFL Playoffs & The OG MVP: Brady or Rodgers?
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FOLLOW THE PIVOT PODCAST: MERCH | https://pivotpodcast.com  YOUTUBE | https://www.youtube.com/thepivotpodcast INSTAGRAM | https://instagram.com/thepivot TWITTER | https://twitter.com/thepivot TIKTOK | https://tiktok.com/@thepivot FACEBOOK | https://www.facebook.com/thepivotpodcast FOLLOW HAPPY DAD: https://www.instagram.com/happydad FIND HAPPY DAD: https://www.happydad.com/find With the NFL Playoffs underway, Ryan Clark, Fred Taylor and Channing Crowder are in Unc Mode as they sit down to reminisce about their playing days during the post season and also how they handled confrontation as well as disappointment over the years. Channing talks about fighting with a teammate in the locker room over something insignificant looking back how he had to apply that to his current life as he is a mentor and coach for younger generations. Ryan talks about how the approach has changed from being combative to learning how to move forward in life while Fred says it's important to have thick skin. Ryan and Fred talk about their postseason runs as players and the experiences they have relating it to current situations guys face today. Channing doesn't miss the opportunity to mix up the conversation with some laughs and bust on Ryan about some of his health issues over the years and referring to him as hollow. The three guys debate over the NFL's current MVP between Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady making cases for both OG quarterbacks as well as who they feel will be the Super Bowl Champ after wildcard weekend. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 18, 2022
Dallas Cowboys Star & Legend: Micah Parsons & Michael Irvin
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FOLLOW THE PIVOT PODCAST: MERCH | https://pivotpodcast.com  YOUTUBE | https://www.youtube.com/thepivotpodcast INSTAGRAM | https://instagram.com/thepivot TWITTER | https://twitter.com/thepivot TIKTOK | https://tiktok.com/@thepivot FACEBOOK | https://www.facebook.com/thepivotpodcast FOLLOW HAPPY DAD: https://www.instagram.com/happydad FIND HAPPY DAD: https://www.happydad.com/find Dallas Cowboys Micah Parsons who was named to the NFL‘s AP ALL-Pro Defensive team sits down for an exclusive conversation with The Pivot Podcast. Ryan, Fred and Channing make a special trip to Dallas to visit the Cowboys Rookie two nights before his first NFL playoff game. Starting the night off with a friendly game of scrabble, Ryan calls out Micah for his competitive nature which leads the guys into a discussion about Micah’s journey to the NFL and his life on and off the field. Opening up about his struggles and strides as a rookie, Fred and Ryan offer their veteran perspective while listening to a wise beyond his years young man tell his most pivotal moments in his first year. The OGs are blown away by Micah’s humility and passion to be the best which make his attention to detail more significant Of course Channing doesn’t miss the chance to ask about Micah’s personal life as a young single man playing for the most storied franchise in sports which leads to a lot of laughs comparing Channing’s career approach to everyone else’s. As the conversation is wrapping up, Hall Of Famer and legendary Cowboy Michael Irvin surprises the guys when he walks through the door and sits down next to Micah. Sharing his vision and giving a past and present peek into what wearing the star represents. The Dallas Cowboys host the San Francisco 49ers Sunday in a NFC Wild Card Match Up at 430pm est. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 15, 2022
Is Marvin Lewis Returning to the NFL?
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FOLLOW THE PIVOT PODCAST: MERCH | https://pivotpodcast.com  YOUTUBE | https://www.youtube.com/thepivotpodcast INSTAGRAM | https://instagram.com/thepivot TWITTER | https://twitter.com/thepivot TIKTOK | https://tiktok.com/@thepivot FACEBOOK | https://www.facebook.com/thepivotpodcast FOLLOW HAPPY DAD: https://www.instagram.com/happydad FIND HAPPY DAD: https://www.happydad.com/find The next NFL Coach and living in the shadows of famous fathers...Marvin Lewis sits with Ryan, Channing and Fred in a rare and open conversation about life, his long tenure in the NFL and coaching some of the league’s more controversial players over the years. The group is joined by Ryan’s son Jordan - a defensive back for Arizona State University who details what it’s like being the son a star athlete. The inside stories and laughs go from Coach Lewis facing Ryan in division match ups to creating defensive schemes to stop Fred to Channing’s carefree off the field attitude sharing funny personal stories over the years. Marvin talks Super Bowl defense of the Ravens, four decades of coaching and his current stance on whether he will return to the NFL. It’s not easy for black coaches to get another run but he is ready to return and eager to answer the call from a NFL team. Channing asks Marvin about Chad as a player and if any of the antics bothered him while after asks what was the most disappointing thing Chad did as a player. Coach Lewis also sets the record straight about Chad living in the stadium and gives inside perspective to what went on behind the scenes of coaching the infamous wide receiver duo of Chad and Terrell Owens. Having two talented players who happened to be the league’s biggest personalities in the same locker room made for interesting stories in Cincinnati. Marvin, currently working as a Special Advisor to Head Coach Herm Edwards at Arizona State University, is now coaching the next generation of his NFL players which happen to be familiar names. Ocho’s son, Chad Johnson Jr is a wide receiver and Jordan Clark, Ryan’s son, who plays defense for the Sun Devils. Channing refers to Jordan as a trust fund kid because of who his father is and asks if that affects how he carries himself on and off the field. But to their surprise, Fred and Channing are both blown away by Jordan’s maturity and approach to the game while Marvin talks on the similarities and differences between these young men and their fathers as players. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 11, 2022
Ocho Talks Antonio Brown
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FOLLOW THE PIVOT PODCAST: MERCH | https://pivotpodcast.com  YOUTUBE | https://www.youtube.com/thepivotpodcast INSTAGRAM | https://instagram.com/thepivot TWITTER | https://twitter.com/thepivot TIKTOK | https://tiktok.com/@thepivot FACEBOOK | https://www.facebook.com/thepivotpodcast FOLLOW HAPPY DAD: https://www.instagram.com/happydad FIND HAPPY DAD: https://www.happydad.com/find In a special edition of The Pivot Podcast, Chad Johnson joins Ryan, Fred and Channing to talk everything AB and provide a player, friend and teammate perspective to the situation. Chad makes it clear that he loves AB while the guys don’t disagree with his playing ability but wonder if this time Antonio Brown has taken it too far and played his last down in the NFL. Chad, a new father, of baby girl Serenity, enjoys his first moments out of the house chopping it up with the fellas and gives a lot of laughs! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 10, 2022
The Truth
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FOLLOW THE PIVOT PODCAST: MERCH | https://pivotpodcast.com  YOUTUBE | https://www.youtube.com/thepivotpodcast INSTAGRAM | https://instagram.com/thepivot TWITTER | https://twitter.com/thepivot TIKTOK | https://tiktok.com/@thepivot FACEBOOK | https://www.facebook.com/thepivotpodcast FOLLOW HAPPY DAD: https://www.instagram.com/happydad FIND HAPPY DAD: https://www.happydad.com/find In a candid and respectful conversation, Channing and Fred open up and explain how they arrived at this point and the reason behind The Pivot of leaving their former show, I Am Athlete. Sometimes things just don't work out - as Fred explains to Ryan Clark, the behind the scenes moves that lead them to this decision. The three men discuss business and how pivoting is a part of life and at some point we all have to make tough decisions and change directions. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 04, 2022