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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 podcast with paul Guerrino. Everyone and anyone athletes celebs and much more. So everybody come back for another episode of the average savage podcast. Our special guest today is Chris Hubbard, chris how's it going man so far? So good man, I can't complain another day to be alive. That's what's important. 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 I know 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 do man you gotta go ahead and talk it out man and being able to be take the opportunity you know? Yeah, yeah for sure. Yeah just give me like a little background about like how you got into football and like yeah like things like that. So a little bit about myself man, grew up chris Herbert man grew up in columbus Georgia, uh small town and um you know I played peewee football for a long period of time. Um you know as a child uh went to middle school I played football uh maybe my 7th and 8th grade, eighth grade year, I didn't play my sixth grade year, I just didn't want to play football now. Um when I went to middle school I had a tough transition. It was a tough period of time that you know I was going through things as far as like do I want to play football do I not? And um you know I I finally did uh did for maybe a year because I was off and on but fast forward into high school. I went to carver high school in columbus Georgia where really where it all started my ninth grade year, I was still on the borderline of not wanting to play football. I was just kind of shaky. I just, I wanted to play in a band. Like I I love music, you know um music is one of one of the things that gravitates towards me and it makes my energy, you know, my my energy and my move man, music does a lot for me and you know when I when I got to high school I was just on the fence man really on the fence about it until my uncle man, he was just talking to me and just let me know like, hey man, I see that you've got talented man, you can do something special, who knows, you may go to the NFL and he said that it was just like NFL and where I grew up at where I grew up, you know, it's not too many people, you know go to the NFL. So it was just like man that that kind of stuck in my head and it just kind of like man, like man, maybe I can maybe I can change my family life, you know what I mean? And sure enough I I started I went out there and play football and in high school it was different. I made the Made the varsity team, I didn't make the JV team, I made the varsity team on my 9th grade year. Uh they had a tight end at first and then you know there was like hey man we need some more online And I would imagine like I was too I was too 25 like playing officer line man and you know I made it work, I started to try...

...to you know build up eat peanut butter and jelly all the time to just try to gain some muscle mass and try to try to build up that part of me um which which did over over the course but you know started to started to like feeling and started to love the game man like really love the game was getting pancakes and you know each time just enjoying the thrill man killing people on their backs and you know fast forward, you know I played played ninth, my 10th grade year and my 11th grade year, 11th grade years that's when I started to change man because you started to get to college college office, you know offers started to come in and people started recognizing and things like that and you know once that started having like man I could really do something here and 12 great years old around man, I felt like I was a big man on campus then you know with you know, offers and you know, just trying to figure out what's my next step as far 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 Mississippi State, U C L. A. Uh U S. U S. F. Um you A B was there um but those four are really looked at and you know, you A B stood out because I had an opportunity to 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 me play or you know, I was able to see them whenever needed. So that's how it really started man, I went to U A. B and did all four years, I was a starter there, I started every year I got hurt my freshman year but um you know after my 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 as well, you know, the evolution of really like start that really happened and taking it really seriously and you know, then that's when I had the opportunity to 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 freshman year, I was injured, I had an ankle injury, back ankle injury, um and then my sophomore year I came back, you know, strong, I was I was a little banged up there 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 my coaches 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 a student 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 year came around, I got the teeth like the younger guys to, you know, that, that were coming in as freshmen, just teaching them and letting them know man the fundamentals of the game and also just helping them out on the PS and Q's man, what they can see that's different, um that can help them boost their game at a higher level, so, you know, I always feel like I can help somebody out 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 opportunities to 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 know what I mean? And, and I can handle the rest, um, being undrafted man, I thought I was going to be drafted, but man, it didn't matter to me, as long as I was able to get in there and show the, show the teams that what I can do and I want to play any position that they asked me to do man, they just added more fuel to my, to my fire man, you know, just watching the older guys man how they move was one of the things that really enlightened me as well. So I just took on so much information man and just, you know, just just putting that 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 most prestigious, you know, organizations and, and all of NFL history, you know what I mean? So it was just going into it there. It just makes you, I want to be better, you know, as a player, as a person, you know, it just held you accountable 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 where you want to go? Um, it was for real man, having that opportunity. I didn't know what to expect when I asked a couple of guys man 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 hard man, you'll get paid one day hub. He always had that and you know, when that time 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, everything that you worked towards and everything that you, that you got to this this point man really has come true. You know, um, who knew at that time, I was still being the lead man and still...

...being able to do the things that I'm doing now still to this day. Um It was just like an amazing feeling because you know, you see all your hard work pays off pay off, you know, playing every 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 much you put in the work to get to this opportunity. So you know, it was it was it was one of those things that I never forget in my life. Yeah, definitely. I don't know, I don't know who said or what I mean. I think I hear it like a lot and it's always like, so I was like, yeah, like the rookie contract is whatever, 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 know what I mean? Like it's definitely guarantee you see a lot of guaranteed money. 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 may happen this next year. Yeah, yeah, no definitely. And then like I would say like what like what's the difference between like the organization, the two organizations who played for the Steelers and now the browns man, they're both first these organizations, man, you know, a lot of history involved, um, you know, you hear about, you know, in Pittsburgh, you know, you have a big band, you had Troy Polamalu, you know, you had uh, you know the James Harrison's and like jerome Bettis, and when you get to Cleveland man, you know, you got, you know, you've got Jim Brown man, the one prestige guy in the world man. And, and, and then you have, you know, other guys as well, but man, you know, paul brown, you know what 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, this path, you know what I mean? Or coming over to the browns man, you, you try to change 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 see that 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 the browns of the championship, that's the one thing that, that we all look forward to just getting that championship and bringing it to Cleveland? Uh, just making sure man, the city of Cleveland man, just on top of the world at that moment man, it would be one of the best feelings in the world. Yeah, yeah, it's always cool to just see like a franchise turned around obviously, you know, the Browns were bad for a little bit ill and then now, you know, up and coming, I feel like you guys are a young team that uh could, could do some stuff in the playoffs and things like that. Yeah. And then just just transitioning into...

...the mental health space, I know your mental health advocate, so what mental health is important to you, um you know, help is important because you know, I had a lot to do with my family man as well as one of my good friends um that deal with mental health, you know, he deal with, he had committed 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 a lot of people forget man and mental health is one of the things that you could be well as, as anybody could be Lebron James, but if your mental health is not at his correct space, then that can really like bring you down and really like kind of tell you up if you don't have the necessary help that you need and plus I have the platform to be able to bring awareness more even closer to uh people that, that didn't even know what mental health is or didn't even know what it feels like and like thinking like now, like I know what it is, I have the information to really maybe seek help, get help or make the necessary changes. Um I know for me I battled with it, I've had therapy therapy sessions to help me out and I've learned those different triggers that might set my mood, but you know, day in and day out and I always 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, you know, you have something to look forward to and you know, that's the thing about being a change, I want to be able to change the narrative man to being able to bring people closer and closer together, so that's why mental health 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 to just because, you know, like people, people like I'd say I guess a normal fan doesn't see like an athlete as a, like a regular person and I think making like athletes and celebrities and things like more normal to them. Yeah, I feel like I feel like sometimes we have to be a superhero, like when I put on, when I put on the uniform, like I'm a big batman fan, I feel like I'm, you know, I feel like I'm batman, I changed to a different person. Um, but that's really what it feels like because 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 that really call on like you want to or need to, but now at the end of the day you have to deal with who you are and that's, that's really what it is in life man. You really have to be comfortable as a person and no what it is 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 health man? Look, when you, when you have the time, like I really feel like Turkeys for this space, find things that really help you out as far as like an outlet arm, um walks man, I really feel like...

...those help and even call a therapist man, um you can really seek the help that way man because you know, just just being able to event to someone and just express all your feelings out, It can be really important, you know, instead of the bottom, instead of bottling everything up and to one, you can be able to have a source of outlet to 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 working out man vacation, different sceneries and you name it roll like that can help your mental health, your health, your mental health out. So um, those are some of the things that I've tried, so man, it's something to just give the other people who just, just to show them man, you can do it, you can really do it. Yeah, no, I think even like you've already touched on just, especially now, you know the pandemic and everything just like just like going 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 and things like that. What advice would you give young athlete? Um, I never give up man, no matter what's going on injury. Uh, you feeling like you're, you know, going through things never give up and give it your all because um you don't, you only live in 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 involved as well. So those, those grades, man, make sure you take care of those grades and you want to be able to go to college man to get an education. Maybe it'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 uh education, you can have uh academic scholarship and a football scholarship, who knows, But just keep giving 110% at everything that you do because um you can do it man, don't ever let anybody tell you that you can't do it man. And and that's my take on, you know, for the young athletes, that's steady striving for greatness man, give whatever you're doing in life, give it your best. Yeah, I like that. Um and then you have a podcast also, could you tell 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, uh schools man, you name it on the show man, we're really going to dip on like on pretty much everything. We talked about sports. We talk about like I said relationships, we talked about what sneakers might be on your feet were cool, you know what I mean? Just we just spice it up man, it's just different things that we want to just um bring it is called the brotherhood unveiling for a reason. My my partner...

...man, my brother man, Aaron Green uh you know, he does a lot with the, with with relationships, you know, as far as like um you know for younger kids and he also has a clothing brand called struggle made me and you know, I just felt like this opportunity was big for us because we both come from backgrounds of working our tails off and going out the things that we want our and then we see fit that's in our life. So uh it's really, it's really an amazing podcast man. Uh we are in season two, we're about the season too soon, but hopefully I pray that we continue to keep going man. Season three man, pray that we have three next next time. So I'm excited man, I'm fine. I gotta ask you because I don't, I haven't, I've been debating on whether or not to do seasons or not. So why are you 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's pretty um we do every Wednesday. Yeah. Yeah. I was just curious because like I'm always in the back, I'm like, what do I like? I've just been doing, it continues right, right. I think I'm going to start doing it seasons because I think it's more of a, you could kind of like hype it up and be like, you know, stop like a month and then be like alright, season three exactly. So that's what we do. We give ourselves a break, the brainstorm with the team and really like focus on like how can we get gravitate people's attention um what's important, what's the, what's the, what's important right now, who's being talked about man? Like I said, we talked about everything on that, so it's really dope man, I really enjoy it man and it's a fun outlet for me because I'm doing something else besides playing football. Yeah, for sure. Um you know, and of course I obviously did my research on you, so I was going through your instagram and you have a lot of pictures of your son, so I wanted to know how did uh fatherhood change? Oh man, it changed me in a major way man, it just made me more self disciplined man with, you know, uh I could, I was reckless a little bit, but you know, it just, it just slowed me down to be able to be a man more and and take on accountability and being able to, you know, it's not about me no more, I have to focus on, you know, I have a little one and you know, he's the next up and coming. So it's like man just thinking about the things that can help him out, benefit for him growing up, just giving that love 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 anything in the world, man because that's my number one job right there. That's my first job being a dad. Um, you know, I love that dude, man. I love, I love him and I love his energy every time I'm around them. So yeah, that's my buddy right 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 funny stories. Like I was in the movies watching creed, the first one and I'm like, I don't know any kid named creed. You know what I mean? And you got the, I love the band creed. I love the cologne increase. So it's like, I think we need to be, you know what I mean? I think creed to be pretty dope to happen as a son named so sure enough, that's his name man. Yeah, that's what I thought. I thought it was a dope. Yeah, yeah, it is. 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's your favorite car? And how how did you get into cars man? So my favorite car? We'll have to be my hellcat. Just be honest. My hellcat is very cool man. Gotta suit up a little bit more than what it is when you buy. But uh I got into cars by my dad 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 well man 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 him fix him because you know how he knows how to fix cars as well. So just watching him in and learning and and really seeing how you know how unique cars are man. It's just um very fascinated like he uh he's going to work on my old school as well. I have an old school that that I'm repairing right now. Still getting worked on, it's getting painted right now, so I'm excited man, I'm excited. So that's that's a little bit about how I got the car. And I just love how it makes you feel when you, when you hit the dash a little bit, when you go fast here and there. It's just adrenaline rush man or two as well. Yeah, not for sure. Uh what's your what's your favorite song right now? My favorite song right now? Oh that's a tough one man because I, I really 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 free time? Uh My free time. I like to spend time with my dog. Capone. Um my family as well as you know um And I also like to take like walks man, I'd like to take a lot of walks sometimes. Um doesn't feel nature get out in nature and 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 at getting into the R. And B. Business and um as well as on in my own restaurant already have the L. C. For that. So I've just been doing up in my hand, in the 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 to Cleveland, 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 for you. All right, chris well I appreciate you coming on and could do what the listeners 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 you can follow me on twitter at c underscore hovered 74 and man, that's my 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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