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Dexter McCluster | Average To Savage EP69

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This is the sixty-ninth episode of the Average to Savage podcast featuring former NFL Pro Bowler Dexter McCluster. Paul Guarino talked with Dexter McCluster discussing his time at Ole Miss, his experience in the NFL, and his life after the NFL. Follow Dexter McCluster https://www.instagram.com/DexterMcCluster

This is the average to savage podcast with Paul Greno everyone in anyone athletes sets and much more so, up everybody. I'm back for another episode of the average savage podcast. Or special guests. Today's former NFL player desk and Rocluster. Thanks for coming on, Dexter. How's it going? For sure? For sure. Let's go back a little bit. You grew up in Florida and how did you how'd you get involved playing football at the very beginning? Yeah, you know, I'm from Cape Florida and you know, young kid football to compete. It was just me from the beginning. Gosha, Gotcha, and I know you played basketball and you ran track and high school. So what was that like to on football, to get back to football? You know, Gotcha, Gotcha, and I always ask all the athletes to come on my show. So out of high school, what was your recruiting process? Like a lot of teams, they said I was too small, that I wanted to go to floor state. But, you know, bother, I was too little, I want to go to Sloa. It's got to live playoffings. So you know, it's kind of I was kind of frustrated. You know, the kind of the type of player I was never was an issue to me. In my mind I knew I can go out there, could be with the best. But you know, it can't down to old miss and what's Vir junior and which is now Lsu. You can't my house to convince me to come take a visit. And when I went to old miss and sons of the coach and just so homeless story everybody was...

...having now and they just felt right. So we'll be. My father got back on the play. I know I want to go and want to old miss and it worked out for me in the businesses in my life. Yeah, for sure, for sure. Now, overall, was your experience like they're at Old Miss? Yeah, my experience that it was fun. My first game at the freshman did a sickly. They called them the cluster seluster. My first touchdown I think I had just hern eighteen years old, so I was like a kid to Kame. Kind of unbelievable mover. But you know, it was run with a great head coach, but once he learnt just aut came is he sunt for discussing and put me the right Tis tossfully by junior and seeing. I think you know coach nut coming day. He kind of elevated my career. Definitely. was there a moment you're like wow, I've like a real shot to make the NFL? Yeah, it happened. I said I was coming to my home. I was back there running back, running back in my first position. That's something I sure is nothing to do get the ball of my hands earlier and make something happened and that that first cut and bow and year that one and I was like, you know what, it is getting close to my think I have a shot and I think that game my shen played the Tennessee bones. I think I score for touchdown, I think I rush for two hundred and eighty two and all PRIVERAG Joners three hundred. So I think that game right there alone was kind of know what got me drafted, and justly so. Yeah, definitely, definitely. And Yeah, actually that's going to be my next question to what do you consider something more running back in a wide receiver, but you kind of answered it. Yeah, I think the answer your question. I'm more of a running back. Yeah, that's my first one. That's something that I grew up doing and I'm always getting good with the ball of my hand earlier, but I can get with the receiver because I'm just overall athlete. But run it back in them. I was in the home and what was...

...what was draft daily craft? Yes, you know, go in the first room. I did was because the doctor on me back whatever. I know, day two had I had a good educationally. I was going to get picked up and ran oven and my family. I invited the whole paper hood camera crew. So I'm a lot of pressure on myself, but I did something toms that I'm going to get drafted and I'm glad I did. The cancer. She was cold. Second take on the Thursday, third in second round history interview. Did going into the draft? What other teams taught to you besides the chiefs? And did you think the chiefs were going to draft you? Yeah, all the things that I actually worked back for. But IMO, I think I cleveland bombs and the city came about the school draft. Came in my high school and they said the coach and I did. I crossed the punts for the Carson kicks rounds and left. So I'm like, okay, well, if I want draft, because it just came so late. But they ended up draft. It was kind of private because they came here for late. Yeah, it's crazy. It's crazy. Yeah, what was it like just stepping on the field for the first time, Planning Your first NFL game? Yeah, Monday night for the ball. I believe I had just turned twenty one and, you know, just walk into the the stadium instead. I know a lot of people disagree with me, but experience many in my life. But you know, like I said, I had just turned twenty one and quick story that point the turn and I hadn't...

...act that point Repur and I did think I was going to. And I don't know where, I heard the head coach, tyle Haley, US coach and say hey, I want to do an do and when they said that, so I went out there. It was a light drill and I was right, just catch the ball. If one do you just catch the ball. And I when I call, I saw had own and ended up being a ninety four young turn to the House of my first part turns I get older. Yeah, definitely, that's crazy. It is. Yeah, is it? Your had like the loudest crowd I think in the NFL has one point in time and one so it was time when I was in the record and land before a couple weeks into the sea. Took it over a game. But yeah, in two thousand and thirteen your named Pro Bowler. So what did that mean to you? When a coach, Andy Red, came in, he put me in a persision to be successful. He's a great carry. They're having success. Their net for talent. You know, when he see that he puts in the right way. You just go to hey, I made my first pro bowl. Take my five. Never ever, you know, graphs accomplish something that I can can be able all cast down about family experience. It was unbelievable. Yeah, definitely. It's like any time you make an all star team like that, you're always considered that. You know, like now your name before your name is pro bowler. despect that bowl my name. So I definitely, definitely. And then after the chiefs you went on to play for the titans and the chargers. What was that like? Ennessee about three years ago, but I've been here since I...

...was a titan. So overall I've been in Tennessee for almost six years. And he was different from from Kansas City, where it's really saying oriented and everybody knows everybody in the front office being a stamous and it's kind of a coast because everybody didn't seem to be on the same page when I was kid. You know, they were kind of still rebuilding things and, you know, trying to get the fun off of anything situated again. Had some great moons here, a great term. End Up being here for two years. A lot of good people, they a lot of plays. You know, it was experience and with the charges I was there for one year but injury. that the term for them. But I feel great. Got It. And can you give me like a rundown of what a day in the life of like an NFL player looks like? About thirty in the morning every day? Yeah, every day. Maybe drabs and breakfast kids, your kids and your wife. Goodbye to tea and go into the stadium. They have breakfast for you. You need breakfast. You have the choice to work out in the morning or after. You practice in the afternoon. So if you don't work out, you know you're riding a special thirty minutes after special teams you pick up until all sense of defense meeting in there for then you wake up. Your individuals with you in there for almost almost two hours and then you understand the practice for about two and a half, three hours. After that, you know you got time to take a shower. Well, work out first, take a shower, eating lunch, having a little bit of downtown...

...back in second that, after knowing to watch the fable, what we take today, then you back up again. It's all if the defense, watch over, the film down, get down around about thirty in afternoon and I didn't get home to about six. Six. It's crazy. People definitely don't realize that, that's for sure. Yeah, go to work. A lot of people say what do you think was harder? Like doing like the NFL routine or doing the student athlete routine, like going to class? End Football, because a lot of money into you. Obviously have you have the tourism all that. So that's a lot of money, and so you have to study. If you don't study, comes ag every day. You can be going like that. You know everybody is repletable. So I would definitely say the interstel just the weight that it carries, knowing the end of responsibilities and accountabilities is it was definitely hons. Yea, now, I know the last few years have been you've been you played in the CFL and you played some arena football. So what's that been like? And then can you tell me what the difference plan in those leagues versus the NFL is? Yeah, obviously on the in front of the end you can you can really have a player in a plane can actually run into the guy. It's a lot of different rules. It was definitely experience. There were has fun doing it, but because the NFL DNS about and as far as a play with the Massachusetts pirates, this great opportunity is pretty finish. You know, it's smaller. Worry about the world so steep, they say, right to the well and every...

...place, and you get your little closer to the fans. You've got to interact a little more with their dance ball, but my kids and my nieces and there whatever. They do that. You know he did everything was a Gotcha. Gotcha. And what's your future goals for football? Are you trying to get back in the NFL? You're trying to like try out for the XFL. I'm glad. I'm going to say that on everybody else. You're trying to get back to the infant. I've done. I've done what I did. I did said getting I think is part of my plans. I think that was the only major steps to get my name out there and do that. Experience and, you know, help motivating everything. But my main thing is when they're old, you gotta went through what it is good at day and see what happens now. So that's what I'm doing right now. And Corn Combine performance NASA. So I did in my time. But other than that, you're here from a learning excessive with so that may be my next playing one more year because of my older daughters will be high school and I told her I will try the high school. And I didn't know that your sand. So I got one more to Jake. All right, I'll take it. What about? Have you ever considered coaching before I went? So I did this spring with them and then got the tendency. Really enjoyed the first team. Get to be able to know. They see what I've been through. So they're hungry, learned, they want they want to get...

...continue with the winning with them and show you know it look into yeah, I think I think you would be a good coach, even though I briefly just talked to you for the last fifteen mints. But I think, I think you got it. And what advice would you give to like a young football player or even the young athlete like trying to get a done scholarship or trying to make it to pro league? What, if I have give, I would just say believe in yourself and you know it's going to be a lot of people to try you from what you want to do, what you want accomplish, but at the end of the day they don't have to say so, they don't have to they don't have to go out there and do the things that you do. So just believe in yourself. Then you probably say on instagram the underdoe wins career. I've always been under doubt, but I've never been denying, you know. So take the part of attitude and I don't think it is doing the school. I like that. Like that. and Are you ready for some fun questions? are going to go from average to savage. All right, what's your favorite Song Right now? My Favorite Song Right now? Let's see, when you're not playing football or training, what do you like to do? Cool? No, I'm definitely I'm a pool start, so I'm taking on anybody. They think they got kids with DC. So that's something I've done it all right. I get some challenges out there. Yes, there, if you had to do a Jersey Wi exchange with anybody in football, who would you want to do with? It might be too late now, but I'm pretty she hasn't laying around, but I say Barry Standers. That's somebody that I really looked up to my whole career and, if not him, currently right now. Oh Oh, all right. Last one. If you didn't, like make it to the NFL, or you weren't a pro football player, what do you think you would be doing if I wasn't a football player? What do I think I'd be doing? Oh, she's because I'm a likable guy, you know so...

I think I'm a people person. So, yeah, I could see it and I appreciate you coming on. And can you let the people know where they can follow you on social media? Yes, you can follow me on twitter at cluster, follow me instagram. The same hands with it. That's where I do. I like to motivate, I like to show you know that I'm a real curst. The same challenge you guys do. So make sure you hit that fellow button. I got you, and yeah, I appreciate you. Coming on and good luck next season. I appreciate thank you, thank you,.

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