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Amobi Okugo | Average to Savage EP11

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This is the eleven episode of the Average to Savage podcast featuring Amobi Okugo. Paul Guarino talked with Amobi Okugo discussing his soccer career, entrepreneurship, and his future. Follow Amobi Okugo www.instagram.com/AmobiSays twitter.com/AmobiSays www.facebook.com/AmobiSays Fueled by Brotein Candy www.broteincandy.com/

This is the average this averagepodcast with Bal Garino everyone and anyone athletes solets andmuch more so F, everybody back for anotherepisode of average Sise podcast Gon, a special guest Amobi, a Kugo mobi.What's good chillin man, thank you for having me yea, no problem, so let'sjust jump right into it and till tell the audience a little about yourself.Yeah, I'm Aboi Cogo twenty seven years old, born in Hayword for generationthat you'Rin American, the oldest of four siblings, got two brothers and asister born INA raises Sacramento professional soccer player, aparently afree agent, and I guess entrepreneur now as well. That's a little bit aboutmyself. I know well dive into more, as the PODCAST keeps galling yeah for sure,so yeah growing up in California. I know you went to Ucla. So how did youdecide to go to OUCI MI traveled a lot during my e, my youth, just travelingfor soccer? So when I was choosing colleges, my parents basically said Ihave to stay in California, so it was up to Stanford, UCLA, Santa Clair andcow, his ultimately Ucla, with the closest but BA. This away at all theschool o the farthest away, but still close enough God, soas o go so so they did. They sell you on anythingor it was just like that's what that's wha you wanted to go. Myeah you see,they don't have to do any selling. Once you get on the campus thi say once yougon have a campus. Your decision is usally made. I was fortunate enough toyou know, go go on my official visit and I wont Ti One on the Campes once Igot to hear more about them. Obviously, the education, the component and thenthe student athlete complonint is top notch, but just being in Westwood andaround that around that it's just it was a game changer for me, and I think I made my vobal commitment, like the second Ey ride back to SacamentaGotca, and I know you only played one season there and then you got droppedto themls. was that like planned, that you were going to only play one season,oto be honest, wat the planned at all. You know being tha first generationthat Youre an American both my parents, valued education, a lot, but it just happened where youknow I just got. I adeal I enerish news and the fact that they're offering tocontinue to pay for my education with the contract ind. It was just youknow, you gotta do it. You can only play soncer for so long. Soe might aswell get as many years as you can, while you can yeah for sure, I'm surenot that many people knew that they were going to pay for your college eahusually. Well, at this time with thewith the MLS, they were offering a generation to detis contract hthebasesof the contract is that itdeed is will be to entice kids to leave early. Theywill e, reimburse you for your for your...

...education. I was able to get reimbursemens tiden and play soccer atthe same time. So I O it was a win Waii for me in my Famil, for sure I thinkdid that, probably for more sports, probably easier for people to make theSuens yeah exactly. I think more, an more schools and school and leagues arestarting to do it, but it's til not where I feel it needs to be for themost part yeah for sure. So what was it like getting drafted in the first round,not to be ECOGNIZED B talents? Luckily my school ucla, we had a good year, soyou know when the team does well. Everyone individuals start to shine,and I was fortunate enough with my background being with the youthnational, teans and stuff like that, that I had sothat, I had SOM. I guesssome I borcofmy eys on me and our team was able to go far and a couple teamsshowed interest and ultimately Piladelia pick me in the first round,Soso Oder. That was very grateful, especialy, because Philadelphia Yohaveto put their trust to me as one of their first picks for that new team,because they were expansion team at that time, yeah so yeah. What was thatlike? Did they? Were they recruiting you before this? Before, like thedrafting MoD? I you go ang train with them work out no nosobecause there war,a new team, thet didn't reall, have any training before Yo know now, if theylike, I daan to on you, they might have you come in like the summer before yousee how you like Mesh, but because it was like a new team. Literal showedintrest at the combine that baently talked to my agent, anwhen the. When the draft came around they pickd me. I didn't really have anidea that they were that interested. I my actually thought I was going so whil,but they don't connently drink me and the rest of he history yeah for sure.So what was our overall experience like playing in them? LS? I know you playedfor Philadelphia at Kansas City Orolando, an Portland H, yeah imean,its Dolli cocar legue. I know sofe like Oronis, not only just on the FELoffteduke has been a great experience. Some of my best friends have come from.You know: soccer andtmls an to be able to kind of see it grow at that GrounThemal AG. I remember two thousnd and ten: There's only like eighteen teams,now thes tweanty, two twenty three bout to be twenty sixteens coming into theLiso, just to see that Grot see the stadiums and expansion that that's beenpart of it all the borners that are coming to play. It's been an amazingexperience to be part of that. Obviously, I'm a free agent right now,but it's been great to see the growt to not only from a personal level, but the League of the whole yeah for surenow plain Philadelphia that was like expensive team and then you went toOrlando, I think theywere in their second year. Maybe when you startedplaying for them, so did you like have a expect posion going in so Orlando wasalso an expansion team, but the...

...difference between Orlando andPhiladelphia was that Orlando already had history because they were, theycame from the lower division o instead of where Philadelphia was just startedfrom the ground. Oforlandoi already had a head start s, so that was part of et.So when I, when I, when my concract ran out in Philadelphia, I find a newcontract with Orlando and it was to be part of their first otherthan others, expansion, team or- and that was a great experience to becausethe fans in Orlando Really Love Calker. They really make it part of theircommunity and to be part of that, even though for sort period of time it was just anamazing experience, Yeh for sure. So, even though you're only twenty seven,you played eight years in Amal last so far. So what else is what's the nextReyou soccer was so we'll see? You know, 've got a couple optionsbutdomestically and abroad jus trying to weigh him out the summer window is over at the end of August. So hopefullysomething comes about if nothing comes aboutprobably end up moving forwardwith my life in my career. Unless something comes out, the blue, butthat's kind of my mindshet right now, eight years, it's a lot of years, Botthe average. Obviously, I'd like to get to at least- and I think that's my goal-that's my bench mark but we'll see what happens we'll see whathappen, so youwould be open to playoverseas or now oh yeah, definitely open a Playoverseasimean I feel, like I've played in MS domestically long enough. This woill bea perfect time to test my live or you know, try something new, defiite,coolus yeah be a great experience. I feel like especially the fans overethere, probably compared to her. Probably just unbelievable. Yeah Acreally just depends on what league, but you know it's ingrained in the ULTURONS. They jus have a longer history of you know, having soccer as one of themain sports, whereas soccer hears still like lower in the back in order, eventhough I was grown every day, yeah for sure, so so since then you starte yourown brand of frugal athlete. So how did you come up with that? And why did youcome up with that? Yeah so, for Watey really came about, ind of Randomyi waswatching scnthirtn thirty broke, and after after watching Thoti was likereally interested to see. You know they keep talking about allthese brok players. Tha, keep talking about players losing all their moneyoutcome. There's no players that you know that Ar showcase that are doingwell with their career in e finances after they retire s Likaftul doing someresearch. What I kept finding were, you know guys like magic, Johnson, LebronJames Tob, rading guy, that, like like for businesses, withen themselvesbrands withem themselves, and they really don't have to worry about theircareer with the sor that e to worry abouttheir finances after the career was over because it it made so much money,whereas I mean sorry and soccer and...

Americais not at that level. So I canreally use them as role botels eside to talk ye to talkabout my brother, mybest friend, and just always being interested in business. I just decidedto kind of start it on my own, so started with simple square space blogand then from there we actually try to build it out andnows a little bit more organized wer trying to build out an actual businessbut M d. it's been, it's been a fun process. So far, yeah for sure and litsee Youre Rebrandin, the podcast. So what's going to come on, Yeah Ake, a cleanerall around you know,as you continue to try to expand and try to grow business. You know you havetime to. You, know rially change things and see where you that see where youmake thestak see what you can an poove on. So the most important thing isstarting and I feel like we did that. Now we have some times we built some.We built some quite a bit of an audience. So now, obviously we ain't totake breaks, but we with the reinforcements that we plan on makingwe can kind of you know, give better more consistent and more engagingcontent, because at the end of the day, that's what I as all about yeah forsure and what is your ultimate Golfor Fruqal Athle? We wanted to be the onestop SHP with forat professional acthletes, a student athletes and thebands that follow thes Atle to learn about financial litity. You know createa positive atmosphere where you know athllet to share including financial and smart coredecisions, andjust be that platform where you know someone can come on and learn andinpire to be trugal with their with their financial playbook and whetherthey need a role model Teto one of our interviews, where they need some adviceby some of our informative research and brogs and stuff, like that, we plan tobe that that that that source sor that database. So we got, we got some cool,engaging contant, Comin book, video, audio and, of course, can't forgetabout the Rin piecis coming and hopefully we cancontinue to guild, Oul or Plaa. It's awesome have have pro athletes been reachingout: Toyou yeah, it's GNA, get hemout of Poi, at least that I've been able toconnect with just being a Po athlete myself and ther's been a lot of former po athletes and thencurrent proathletes, but more formal ProFi that I've rished o I' been like.This is a great thing that you're doing keep it up, love to get involved.Becaus. We got two people that we got. Two people that have kind of reachedout in our writing pieces that are current athletes and hopefully wey- cancontinue to build that out and a trade sort of a structure about it wherepeople can kind of do guests, Blod, post and share their perspective,because everyone's perspective is a little bit different, yeah yeah forsure everyone's experience is a little different to exactly so. Let's justjump into some ran random fun questions.

So what do you think about the growthof soccer in the United States? It's just cratching the surface I meanyou see. I mean I think I don't know. I don't know xact numbers, but I knowstudies base in Select Studis that show of you. Soccer is one of the mostpopular sports I feel like. Even if you don't put soccer long term, everyonestarts off playing in soccer. It's just a sport that everyone can play. All youneed is a ball and some gear, whereas ther sports, you need all thesedifferent regulations, ond things and now with whether it's football orother sports. Where you see the head injuries, Bob Soccer Sop is kind of that. Sport that AlthougO Physical Sport, it's not as dangerous or as time consuming an say, baseball ordangerous as football and as th exposure in the states continues to gowith TV, AD revedue and more games on TV. It's only going to be moreprevalent for the younger kids to o expire or have people to aspire to whenthey're playing on the you soccer and hopefully t can translate longterm tothem playing. You know in high school and then in college and then haveaspirations to play Trobem for sure yeah. I know especially like you werejust saying before with the MLS expansions, and I think the Miami teamis coming soon and yeah, so th they're coming son nasthvills coming Togcincinnatis coming son, thers wole different markets that soccers now forI want to say now, but I have a bigger bigger opportunity to reach differentmarkets. Whereas you know the Foris, just like you know: bigger citys La NewYork, where there's already a middle tie, culture based there, so they obviously knowabout soccer. But now you have the ability to reach way more people, eforsure. As SALIN. My friends about it- and I was saying if we all had enoughmoney, I think the best investment would be to buy like a sport team wiseto buy like a MLS TN yeah, whether itevenmls USL whicheverone. You know alot of a lot of people. A lot of investors are investing in USL becausether inspect a expansion, these aren't as high and you still youre stillreaching some markets and their expansion as it just as fast, if notfaster than mless. So it's only going to continue to expand and andmo lesswould be anotherwise investment to because with the world up coming toamount of Om players that are coming into this league, its you're juscratching the surface ofthe potential yeah for sure, moving moving into foreign players and stuff.What d you think? What were your fhollnts on the World Cup this year? Itwas amazing, besides the fact that Naj didn't been Gonto, go through, I'm notBadt, it wer excited for them, but arc ine ended up taking it. So it was agood World Cup. You know a lot of...

...people were worried because us wasn'tgood in it, but Etis was actually one of the most exciting world cups in awhile so excited to see what happens in the next four four and a half years andOw Gitar kind of tops this one Yi sure well, Najeria definitely had theFrenches Jersey and do you think us is going to make the next world cod?Yes, they should. I think I think that was a wake of Callin not qualifying andthen the the younger generation we kind of got a kind of gon a goldengeneration of our hands. So hopefully you know people are ready to propot forsure. So what is what are you listening to right now? What's on your playlistmusic wide or like, like Ottible podcast hat's school, with both ight nowi'audible Igotgoodgrand, then I just an enside hustle. What else I got Anda pound foolish. Sothose are all been recommendation. Si Got Ous, so some KINDOF that I got fommy birthday ore tos up. So that's on the audible on the PODCAST, I'mlistening to Jg R podcast. He just said recently had a good episode. It waslike a cut a nigg there 'as a good episode that I gotlike save to sendince with j Williams, an apparently a other one with DengoWashington that IM supposed to listen to and then music rotation. Oh really,my brother got me on a BOOKII've, been listening to Dan a lot lately and thendraks album obviously came outside to listen to that and I think I'm stillplaying some mixy Husshole, because his album was fresh and and tri to go. My God push our teabecause I like I've, always like I ba that's what currently in the rotationright now, enwe're gointo push our te injury Yeahi'm like Switzerlandman. Igo both side g yeah T's, I didn't know Jj redic gut a podcast I'll check itout. All these athletes have podcast now all reall good tyeah. They got the goodsentence Y. AH, so what other entrepreneurs are youfollowing? Oh everybody, cou be honest. There's a lot of sprenees that I liketo follow right now, I'm trying to ask me entrepreneurs, Paul Rabel, saReallreally, good guy. Can I do ith him a couple times? Weemail an social media, athe things you don with pise hom S, trying to guilt alittle congomerate. I shouldn't say little to building a Cooma, hip,Imediate Media Avenue, infestment avenue and as a own business, with his with hiscamp ine. Also Hav it charity foundation. So he's a good example thatI follow from afar. Who else could ithatud be thahes themain guy there's a couple other ones, I'm trying to think seswhat? Are youdoing the bslllayer Uiling outfrenngwithwhattheir media company enjoyi o Der...

Gril, started scholarship thing todayfor, like you started wlike, four, ok or something I don't know if he's doingany like creer or something like that? Oh yeah, I mean amount of do this moneyyeah he couldpretty much yeah looked up that too. Before and his contract, likehis boys, are just getting like paid like fift hundred k just to bequoteunquote consolance, that's Goodi, meainstead of having it from his ownPatot. You know, Hes is whoever she eas able to use his levers to help out. Youknow his his clote circle and that's what it's all about an the end of theday: Tof, that's what it needs to be frovel to be honest, leveragerwhoeverage your work and how about your people yeah for sure. That's a I'm sure,that's keeping I motivated to stay on the n, the NBA Rossoyou. I know youlisten to Gary v Right, yeah, GME! I listen to him quite a bit. You CAN'T! Ican't I can only tak him Indosanfolo him O youtubefor sure. So what else doyou like to do in your free time? To be honest, yeah I like to SIS Chilit thefamily, I'm really close! I my family, especially right now, since I'mthanging back, I sacramentol hanging out with a family. My girlfriend like to do some fun things, whetherit's you know being out being outdoors or you know, have ISM trying to get mygolf game up: Soming Golfin, a lot yeah and that's basically yeah mom, I'm alokyGuy Got Oare youto video games or not e sports. Not Really I mean I play Peope ever nowan then, but I'm not going out of my way to go, play people or play videogames. I haven't even played the fornight, my youngest brotherlay, butI'm not really on it yeah I could. I couldn't really get into it either.Really like those type Games anywaysonnumertdoesn't I mean it makessense, but like it's just doesn't make sense to me. Like you know, growing upyour parents are always like. YOA got get off your video games. Oh Yea, NOAsudden people are making millions of video playing video games exactly it'slike sshould Hav. Let me be plain: Eayou guess you really never know likelike stuff just happens that wasn't an existence to make money like yearscouple years ago. Yeah. I think it's on me here to stay that the esport spaceis lonl going to grow. That's te good thing about it. Over surefor e videogame gosh mean he was even even like televised on Espni saw. They weredrafting for, like the Twok League for NBA quit Horo Yeah. It was crazy. We eyliterally had a draft is on like ESP two and theywere drafting to playersfor because the teams like own, like the NBA teams, own their own teams.Okay, that's Mar business o that part an for sure and it's pretty dop whatthey did. They made the logo. They used their logo but like altered it and itlooks like cool. Actually, probably I'm thinking they'll probably make likesome jurseys make them like alternate jures and wear them terin the season orsomething...

...appreciate your time coming on and leteverybody know where they could find you and a Frugal Athlete: Okay, yeah!So my personal account twitter, instagram facebook. All that Amogi saysa mobi says: forrackly twitter instagram. What elseare we are Yoh twitter, instragram April wackly and that checkes out onour websitewwwagraphcom podcast, wherever you get your podcast wornspoted by apple anchor, Google play all that a prographic podcast and that'sbasically it Nan dms are open for serious inquiries only so I'm goingtoopen yeah. That's it yeah for sure,appreciate you coming on Notha Fora, Myouar stayin touch so appreciate yourhaving Mei know you uso guys. Well, and look forward to here lie yeah for sure.

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