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Chris Hubbard | Average To Savage EP155

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This is the one hundred and fifty-fifth episode of the Average to Savage podcast featuring the Cleveland Browns offensive tackle Chris Hubbard. Paul Guarino talked with Chris Hubbard discussing his journey to the NFL, being a mental health advocate, and things he enjoys doing outside of football.  

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This podcast interview with Chris Hubbard was originally recorded on November 4, 2021

...this is the average to Savage podcastwith paul Guerrino. Everyone and anyone athletes celebs andmuch more. So everybody come back for another episode of the average savagepodcast. Our special guest today is Chris Hubbard, chris how's it going manso far? So good man, I can't complain another day to be alive. That's what'simportant. Yeah, for sure. No, I appreciate you coming on. Yes sir,thank you for having me man. I appreciate you. Yeah. No I know uh Iknow a lot of the time you know, o linemen don't get the love they deserve. Yeah but uh you know when we when we doman you gotta go ahead and talk it out man and being able to be take theopportunity you know? Yeah, yeah for sure. Yeah just give me like a littlebackground about like how you got into football and like yeah like things likethat. So a little bit about myself man, grew up chris Herbert man grew up incolumbus Georgia, uh small town and um you know I played peewee football for along period of time. Um you know as a child uh went to middle school I playedfootball uh maybe my 7th and 8th grade, eighth grade year, I didn't play mysixth grade year, I just didn't want to play football now. Um when I went tomiddle school I had a tough transition. It was a tough period of time that youknow I was going through things as far as like do I want to play football do Inot? And um you know I I finally did uh did for maybe a year because I was offand on but fast forward into high school. I went to carver high school incolumbus Georgia where really where it all started my ninth grade year, I wasstill on the borderline of not wanting to play football. I was just kind ofshaky. I just, I wanted to play in a band. Like I I love music, you know ummusic is one of one of the things that gravitates towards me and it makes myenergy, you know, my my energy and my move man, music does a lot for me andyou know when I when I got to high school I was just on the fence manreally on the fence about it until my uncle man, he was just talking to meand just let me know like, hey man, I see that you've got talented man, youcan do something special, who knows, you may go to the NFL and he said thatit was just like NFL and where I grew up at where I grew up, you know, it'snot too many people, you know go to the NFL. So it was just like man that thatkind of stuck in my head and it just kind of like man, like man, maybe I canmaybe I can change my family life, you know what I mean? And sure enough I Istarted I went out there and play football and in high school it wasdifferent. I made the Made the varsity team, I didn't make the JV team, I madethe varsity team on my 9th grade year. Uh they had a tight end at first andthen you know there was like hey man we need some more online And I wouldimagine like I was too I was too 25 like playing officer line man and youknow I made it work, I started to try...

...to you know build up eat peanut butterand jelly all the time to just try to gain some muscle mass and try to try tobuild up that part of me um which which did over over the course but you knowstarted to started to like feeling and started to love the game man likereally love the game was getting pancakes and you know each time justenjoying the thrill man killing people on their backs and you know fastforward, you know I played played ninth, my 10th grade year and my 11th gradeyear, 11th grade years that's when I started to change man because youstarted to get to college college office, you know offers started to comein and people started recognizing and things like that and you know once thatstarted having like man I could really do something here and 12 great yearsold around man, I felt like I was a big man on campus then you know with youknow, offers and you know, just trying to figure out what's my next step asfar as like college, like looking at the right places for me and you know,that's when you A B man, you a B. I had a couple of offers, I had MississippiState, U C L. A. Uh U S. U S. F. Um you A B was there um but those four arereally looked at and you know, you A B stood out because I had an opportunityto start um also was close to home for me, Right? It was like two hours away,two hours and 30 minutes away from home. So my family was able to come see meplay or you know, I was able to see them whenever needed. So that's how itreally started man, I went to U A. B and did all four years, I was a starterthere, I started every year I got hurt my freshman year but um you know aftermy freshman year I started to keep going and keep going and then um Yeah,you know, then then 2000 in 2013 came, You know, 2000 from 2009 to 2013 aswell, you know, the evolution of really like start that really happened andtaking it really seriously and you know, then that's when I had the opportunityto to get picked up by the Pittsburgh Steelers and that's where my, My 2013,Yeah, yeah, no, for sure, and then like, yeah, well what at U A B, what was your,what was your time like, like on and off the field there? So I uh so like I said, my freshmanyear, I was injured, I had an ankle injury, back ankle injury, um and thenmy sophomore year I came back, you know, strong, I was I was a little banged upthere too, but then my junior hitman, that's when I started every single game,you know, I played, I played, I played well to my to my acknowledged until mycoaches acknowledge so, um and I just felt like I was just continually,continually, like hungry, like I was hungry for the game man, I became astudent of the game, just realizing like, you know, different fronts,different schemes, defensive defense dude, I just became like uh like I said,a student man and just just making sure...

I was prepared and when a senior yearcame around, I got the teeth like the younger guys to, you know, that, thatwere coming in as freshmen, just teaching them and letting them know manthe fundamentals of the game and also just helping them out on the PS and Q'sman, what they can see that's different, um that can help them boost their gameat a higher level, so, you know, I always feel like I can help somebodyout or you know, leave somebody to be there, I just wanted to be better. So,and the people around me to be better. So that was one of those opportunitiesto um, to come and, and, and just just give it all I got, you know? Yeah, yeah,no, definitely. Yeah, and then, um, just going undrafted in 2013, like that,that motivate you more to play in the NFL, Oh man, it did, it did man for,for me, it was like, man, just let me get my foot in the door man, you knowwhat I mean? And, and I can handle the rest, um, being undrafted man, Ithought I was going to be drafted, but man, it didn't matter to me, as long asI was able to get in there and show the, show the teams that what I can do and Iwant to play any position that they asked me to do man, they just addedmore fuel to my, to my fire man, you know, just watching the older guys manhow they move was one of the things that really enlightened me as well. SoI just took on so much information man and just, you know, just just puttingthat information in my toolbox to help me out, gave me more than I ever needed.So, um, you know, I went in Pittsburgh, you know, and one of the mostprestigious, you know, organizations and, and all of NFL history, you knowwhat I mean? So it was just going into it there. It just makes you, I want tobe better, you know, as a player, as a person, you know, it just held youaccountable on a lot of things. So being undrafted really, really, uh,fueled me a lot. Yeah, definitely. Um, and then, yeah,you became some something out of nothing basically I would say. And then,uh, You, you signed with the browns, um, in 2018, you got a big contract. Um,what, what was that like to just be like a free agent and get to pick whereyou want to go? Um, it was for real man, having thatopportunity. I didn't know what to expect when I asked a couple of guysman close, got to meet a man named by the name of marquees policy. You know,he always told me, man, he's like, man, you work hard, you work extremely hardman, you'll get paid one day hub. He always had that and you know, when thattime came around, you know, he said, he said, man, I told you, you know what,he always said, I told you and it was just like, man, you know, everythingthat you worked towards and everything that you, that you got to this thispoint man really has come true. You know, um, who knew at that time, I wasstill being the lead man and still...

...being able to do the things that I'mdoing now still to this day. Um It was just like an amazing feeling becauseyou know, you see all your hard work pays off pay off, you know, playingevery position, playing from senator guard too tackle to even big tight end,you know those things like that. Um it really just showed me how like how muchyou put in the work to get to this opportunity. So you know, it was it wasit was one of those things that I never forget in my life. Yeah, definitely. Idon't know, I don't know who said or what I mean. I think I hear it like alot and it's always like, so I was like, yeah, like the rookie contract iswhatever, but when you get that second contract it's like you made it, made it.Yeah. Yeah, because you know, for a fact like it's guaranteed, you knowwhat I mean? Like it's definitely guarantee you see a lot of guaranteedmoney. Um, but you know, it's kind of like it's a safety net because you know,you're there, you know what I mean? You know, you're, you know, you're worth,you know what I mean? So it's just it's one of those feelings that like I said,I never forget, never forgive me and you know, who knows, who knows what mayhappen this next year. Yeah, yeah, no definitely. And then like I would saylike what like what's the difference between like the organization, the twoorganizations who played for the Steelers and now the browns man, they're both first theseorganizations, man, you know, a lot of history involved, um, you know, youhear about, you know, in Pittsburgh, you know, you have a big band, you hadTroy Polamalu, you know, you had uh, you know the James Harrison's and likejerome Bettis, and when you get to Cleveland man, you know, you got, you know, you've gotJim Brown man, the one prestige guy in the world man. And, and, and then youhave, you know, other guys as well, but man, you know, paul brown, you knowwhat I mean? Like it's just, it's just, it's, they both mean a lot to me man because in Pittsburgh, I've created this, thispath, you know what I mean? Or coming over to the browns man, you, you try tochange the error trains that, you know what I mean? And change those, those,they look from losing to winning and you change the atmosphere, your mom seethat happen and it's been fun man. It's still fun. It's still fun to this day.Um, the one thing that the one thing I would love for us to have been hit thebrowns of the championship, that's the one thing that, that we all lookforward to just getting that championship and bringing it toCleveland? Uh, just making sure man, the city of Cleveland man, just on topof the world at that moment man, it would be one of the best feelings inthe world. Yeah, yeah, it's always cool to just see like a franchise turnedaround obviously, you know, the Browns were bad for a little bit ill and thennow, you know, up and coming, I feel like you guys are a young team that uhcould, could do some stuff in the playoffs and things like that. Yeah.And then just just transitioning into...

...the mental health space, I know yourmental health advocate, so what mental health is important to you, um you know, help is important becauseyou know, I had a lot to do with my family man as well as one of my goodfriends um that deal with mental health, you know, he deal with, he hadcommitted suicide. So for me, I just wanted to be able to, you know,continue the legacy of just awareness to how important to health is because alot of people forget man and mental health is one of the things that youcould be well as, as anybody could be Lebron James, but if your mental healthis not at his correct space, then that can really like bring you down andreally like kind of tell you up if you don't have the necessary help that youneed and plus I have the platform to be able to bring awareness more evencloser to uh people that, that didn't even know what mental health is ordidn't even know what it feels like and like thinking like now, like I knowwhat it is, I have the information to really maybe seek help, get help ormake the necessary changes. Um I know for me I battled with it, I've hadtherapy therapy sessions to help me out and I've learned those differenttriggers that might set my mood, but you know, day in and day out and Ialways think about the positive to positive outlook on, you know, life,because sometimes life can be, it can be a lot, but at the same time, youknow, you have something to look forward to and you know, that's thething about being a change, I want to be able to change the narrative man tobeing able to bring people closer and closer together, so that's why mentalhealth is important to me. Yeah yeah, no, for sure. I think it, I think it's,I think it's like great, that's being like the awareness is coming out tojust because, you know, like people, people like I'd say I guess a normalfan doesn't see like an athlete as a, like a regular person and I thinkmaking like athletes and celebrities and things like more normal to them. Yeah, I feel like I feel like sometimeswe have to be a superhero, like when I put on, when I put on the uniform, likeI'm a big batman fan, I feel like I'm, you know, I feel like I'm batman, Ichanged to a different person. Um, but that's really what it feels likebecause you know when you go home, you know, everybody's gone, it's just you,you know what I mean? Yeah, sometimes you don't have enough people thatreally call on like you want to or need to, but now at the end of the day youhave to deal with who you are and that's, that's really what it is inlife man. You really have to be comfortable as a person and no what itis that trigger you, what things that bother you and and seek the necessary,like I said, the necessary help to get to the solution of it Yeah, definitely.And what do you think people could do more to, to protect their mental healthman? Look, when you, when you have the time, like I really feel like Turkeysfor this space, find things that really help you out as far as like an outletarm, um walks man, I really feel like...

...those help and even call a therapistman, um you can really seek the help that way man because you know, justjust being able to event to someone and just express all your feelings out, Itcan be really important, you know, instead of the bottom, instead ofbottling everything up and to one, you can be able to have a source of outletto be able to just express how you feel, express what mood you're in, you know,different things like in that order. So, um, there's plenty of ways man workingout man vacation, different sceneries and you name it roll like that can helpyour mental health, your health, your mental health out. So um, those aresome of the things that I've tried, so man, it's something to just give theother people who just, just to show them man, you can do it, you can reallydo it. Yeah, no, I think even like you've already touched on just,especially now, you know the pandemic and everything just like just likegoing outside could be just like stress I think. Yeah, yeah, yeah, it's crazy.Uh, but yeah, they're going back into uh, you know, football and sports andthings like that. What advice would you give young athlete? Um, I never give up man, no matterwhat's going on injury. Uh, you feeling like you're, you know, going throughthings never give up and give it your all because um you don't, you only livein one life and you never know what opportunity may come in front of you,but also during the time man, the young athletes, man, you have school involvedas well. So those, those grades, man, make sure you take care of those gradesand you want to be able to go to college man to get an education. Maybeit's a free education because you're you're handling business on the field,but then you can have a double, you know what I mean? You can have uheducation, you can have uh academic scholarship and a football scholarship,who knows, But just keep giving 110% at everything that you do because um youcan do it man, don't ever let anybody tell you that you can't do it man. Andand that's my take on, you know, for the young athletes, that's steadystriving for greatness man, give whatever you're doing in life, give ityour best. Yeah, I like that. Um and then you have a podcast also, could youtell me a little bit about that and what you discussed on there? Yeah, so the podcast is brotherhood,the unveiling um we talk about families, mental health, relationships, goals, uhschools man, you name it on the show man, we're really going to dip on likeon pretty much everything. We talked about sports. We talk about like I saidrelationships, we talked about what sneakers might be on your feet werecool, you know what I mean? Just we just spice it up man, it's justdifferent things that we want to just um bring it is called the brotherhoodunveiling for a reason. My my partner...

...man, my brother man, Aaron Green uh youknow, he does a lot with the, with with relationships, you know, as far as likeum you know for younger kids and he also has a clothing brand calledstruggle made me and you know, I just felt like this opportunity was big forus because we both come from backgrounds of working our tails offand going out the things that we want our and then we see fit that's in ourlife. So uh it's really, it's really an amazing podcast man. Uh we are inseason two, we're about the season too soon, but hopefully I pray that wecontinue to keep going man. Season three man, pray that we have three nextnext time. So I'm excited man, I'm fine. I gotta ask you because I don't, Ihaven't, I've been debating on whether or not to do seasons or not. So why areyou so how many episodes are are in your season or you just like picked it?No. 10. We do 10 every season. Yeah. 10 every season. Yeah, so it's, it'spretty um we do every Wednesday. Yeah. Yeah. Iwas just curious because like I'm always in the back, I'm like, what do Ilike? I've just been doing, it continues right, right. I think I'mgoing to start doing it seasons because I think it's more of a, you could kindof like hype it up and be like, you know, stop like a month and then belike alright, season three exactly. So that's what we do. We give ourselves abreak, the brainstorm with the team and really like focus on like how can weget gravitate people's attention um what's important, what's the, what'sthe, what's important right now, who's being talked about man? Like I said, wetalked about everything on that, so it's really dope man, I really enjoy itman and it's a fun outlet for me because I'm doing something elsebesides playing football. Yeah, for sure. Um you know, and of course Iobviously did my research on you, so I was going through your instagram andyou have a lot of pictures of your son, so I wanted to know how did uhfatherhood change? Oh man, it changed me in a major way man, it just made memore self disciplined man with, you know, uh I could, I was reckless alittle bit, but you know, it just, it just slowed me down to be able to be aman more and and take on accountability and being able to, you know, it's notabout me no more, I have to focus on, you know, I have a little one and youknow, he's the next up and coming. So it's like man just thinking about thethings that can help him out, benefit for him growing up, just giving thatlove and that attention that he needs um as a young child right now man,that's that's what's important man, being a dad is amazing. It really is,it really is. And I love every bit of it. Um, I would never change anythingin the world, man because that's my number one job right there. That's myfirst job being a dad. Um, you know, I love that dude, man. I love, I love himand I love his energy every time I'm around them. So yeah, that's my buddyright there man is uh, I know his name...

...is creed. Did you name him after Iraqi?See everybody else is actually everybody asked me that. So funnystories. Like I was in the movies watching creed, the first one and I'mlike, I don't know any kid named creed. Youknow what I mean? And you got the, I love the band creed. I love the cologneincrease. So it's like, I think we need to be, you know what I mean? I thinkcreed to be pretty dope to happen as a son named so sure enough, that's hisname man. Yeah, that's what I thought. I thought it was a dope. Yeah, yeah, itis. It's pretty cool. All right. You ready for some fun questions? Yeah,let's get it. All right. So, I also saw your car guy. So what's your, what'syour favorite car? And how how did you get into cars man? So my favorite car? We'll have tobe my hellcat. Just be honest. My hellcat is very cool man. Gotta suit upa little bit more than what it is when you buy. But uh I got into cars by mydad and my dad plenty of course when I was younger, he had the mustang gt.Yeah the hash back mustang. Um Just watching him and motorcycles as wellman as a young kid. Just watching him, you know and seeing him work on cars.That's what, that's what grew my love for cars right there. Him watching himfix him because you know how he knows how to fix cars as well. So justwatching him in and learning and and really seeing how you know how uniquecars are man. It's just um very fascinated like he uh he's going towork on my old school as well. I have an old school that that I'm repairingright now. Still getting worked on, it's getting painted right now, so I'mexcited man, I'm excited. So that's that's a little bit about how I got thecar. And I just love how it makes you feel when you, when you hit the dash alittle bit, when you go fast here and there. It's just adrenaline rush man ortwo as well. Yeah, not for sure. Uh what's your what's your favorite songright now? My favorite song right now? Oh that's a tough one man because I, Ireally been listened to a lot of, oh Faith by skip Marley. All right. Yeah.Faith by skilled Marley And uh last one. What do you like to do in your freetime? Uh My free time. I like to spend time with my dog. Capone. Um my familyas well as you know um And I also like to take like walks man, I'd like totake a lot of walks sometimes. Um doesn't feel nature get out in natureand just enjoy that. Um I like to eat too so I like to eat um I love shoes,so I like to look at shoes. And also I've been working towards um looking atgetting into the R. And B. Business and um as well as on in my own restaurantalready have the L. C. For that. So I've just been doing up in my hand, inthe pot man, just trying to you know, expand the brand man, expand the brand.Yeah, so actually I got a bonus...

...question for if I if I come toCleveland, what restaurant do I gotta go, charlie marble room? That was cool.Yeah. Yeah. Yeah, that's a good steak for you man. Good steak right there foryou. All right, chris well I appreciate you coming on and could do what thelisteners are where they can follow you. Yeah man, my name is chris Hubbard.Like I said before man, you can follow me on instagram at c hub 70 for uh youcan follow me on twitter at c underscore hovered 74 and man, that'smy that's my my place is where I'll be. So yeah man, I'm glad I was on here,man. Thank you for having me. Mhm. Mhm.

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