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Marcus Griffin | Average To Savage EP127

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This is the one hundred and twenty-seventh episode of the Average to Savage podcast featuring former D1 football player Marcus Griffin. Paul Guarino talked with Marcus Griffin discussing his football career at Arizona and Central Michigan, helping the next-gen of football players achieve their goals, and what's next for him in the future.

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This podcast interview with Marcus Griffin was originally recorded on May 29, 2021

This is the average to Savage podcast with paul Guerrino. Everyone in anyone, athletes, celebs and much more. Okay, I'll take them. This episode is brought to you by Manscaped who is the best men's below the waist grooming champions of the world. Manscaped offers precision engineered tools for your family jewels. Manscaped just launched their fourth generation trimmer, the lawnmower four point oh You heard that right before I joined the two million men worldwide who trust manscaped with this exclusive offer for you? 20% off in free worldwide shipping with the code PG at Manscaped dot com. Get 20% off and free shipping with the code PG and manscaped dot com. That's 20% off. Free shipping and Manscaped dot com and use the Code PG unlock your confidence and always use the right tools for the job with landscape. What's up everybody? I'm back for another episode, The average Savage podcast. Our special guest today Marcus Griffin Marcus, how's it going? Well, my man, how you doing? Good? We finally got it scheduled or finally here took a couple weeks, maybe months. Yeah we're here. Yeah man it's been hectic over here. Yeah for sure. So I know previously you told me you were born in California but you grew up in in Washington state so people know not Washington D. C. So what's it like? Yeah. So what was it like just growing up in Washington? I mean for me man there's so many different people here. Um So many different ethnicities racist. I saw it's like a melting pot. Like I'm growing up knowing just so many different people had a lot of fun and unique experiences and man has just been an honor because so many people out here want to help you and they want to see you do better. So I've definitely had a lot of people you know have my journey to get to where I am...

...today. Okay, for sure. Now growing up, I know you played football. Um Did you play any other sports growing up? Yeah, I played baseball, basketball and wrestling. But baseball and football were like my two loves. You played baseball in high school. Yeah. Well, so I was pretty good in my whole life. Like I was an all star played select travel ball. Got to a point in high school where I realized, you know, they don't give up for scholars for baseball. So I had to cut that one out and don't focus on football Actually. Yeah, I just saw a video on that on YouTube. I mean on Twitter and they cut the scholarship in baseball from like like 17, like 13 guys now. Something crazy. Yeah. Yeah, I needed a ride. For sure. All right. So all right. So you played football like when did when did when did the recruiting? And like the offers start coming in? Like during high school? Yes, I would say like actually was like the day before my birthday light, my junior year. Um, exciting day just happened. Like, you know, it's early, february, mid february, something that just happened and then bang then, you know, to start off from the next wave and I got to offer from wazoo the day before my birthday. Mike leach baby. Come on. That's no. What about um What about like previously maybe like when did you know, you were like above average pizza? Honestly, I'd say I was pretty good as a kid. And then I would say I got it. I got some bad coaching in junior high and I can tell my game. Just loved to the same. Um Honestly, I just feel like I just, you know, I just went down and then I transferred to Bellevue High School and you know, we got the best coaches, my coach, 1 11 state titles calendars, dudes in the NFL College. Um, and that's when it really progressed. I got there my sophomore year and skyrocketed. Yeah, yeah. And then, um, just the recruiting back to the recruiting process. Um, like how many offers did you have in like, what was it like trying to pick a school? Yeah, I have like over 20 plus offers. Four star high school, all american, both sides of the ball. Um, man, it was tough. Honestly, like When you're a 17 year old kid, you don't know a lot of...

...things and everyone is lying to you, telling you how great you are and just nobody wants to really be honest. So it's kind of hard. Um, I had a couple commitments, was committed to watch it for a little bit. You have a couple of times and commitments out and then ended up going to Arizona just because I felt like with the class of guys, I had I had the best relationship and still to this day, I still have a great relationship with all these dudes I played with. Yeah. Then was there like a final two or 3 schools you were picking from? Okay, on the top five Arizona Washington state cal Mississippi state. And I said that's another game. Yeah. Notre dame. Okay. That's cool. There's a, there's a random mix. Yeah, for sure. Um what about what was your overall experience like at Arizona? So, I mean, I think it was great for me. I mean a lot of people like me and you know, from all over the world and I did some unique things, you know, being in Arizona, we're not too far to go from Cali or to Vegas or you know, go to Mexico. So I got to do a lot of cool and unique trips and experiences with, with my teammates and friends. The football side of it was a little was different. Um, I just staff wasn't from the west Coast and that, that kind of played into the culture. They don't know how West coast kids are and how we think and how we feel. So that was little tough. But overall, I mean it was an experience. They did everything they could to, you know, provide a first class experience for us. And I felt like it was, we had a lot of, you know, financial help, lot of academic help. Um I think they did a pretty good job. I think just a couple of minor things that could have fixed. But other than that it was great. It was a great experience about what was your most memorable game there? Oh remember Mark. So I'll say my red shirt freshman year, we were like it was the first year of college playoff. We're balling, we lost like maybe two games. We're playing S. U. For a spot in the actual championship also arrival. So the whole stadium was packed. The energy was there. We ended up clinching that game Going to the PAC 12 championship. And if we would have won...

...that, we would have went to the playoffs in the first year. So that environment was just nuts. You got your parents fighting, understand got people that just don't really like each other getting after it. Yeah, for sure. Fun fact. I almost I almost tried to transfer to Arizona State. Let's be thankful you do. Uh and then uh going into, what was it like? You're gradually you transferred to central michigan, right? Yeah. So I had a relationship already with his staff out there coach, john bonham, whose with who is he? He's with the rams and special teams coach. He had a huge NFL background. Honestly for me, I had a couple different options, Virginia, Oklahoma state. But it was about who would pay for my masters in full and cmu offered me, offered me that so I took it. Hey, that's smart. Get those free degrees. Um it says you were # nine there. Is that true? You know what I'm saying is that was that was one of my requests. All right. You're a big man on campus. Uh Central michigan. I live in the 90s. So when you, when you went in there were like people like, oh, he's coming from like the pac 12 like oh like he's really good blah blah blah. Yeah I mean at the beginning it's always like this michigan is a culture shock from the west coast, it's the midwest super different. So they don't really know too much, they just know I was a kid coming in so in the beginning everyone was trying to fill you out but after that you know they were pretty cool. It's just different out there man. Just the lifestyle and how people are but you know I'm grateful they pay for my school and I got the masters. So what did you study your underground in your masters? So my undergrad, I got a degree in human understanding of development and then foreign nationals. I got I got a like the N. B. A. Pretty much did some financing there but pretty much the NBA. Gotcha. And then um like after that like what was what did it look like after that? Like trying to pursue pro we're trying to get a job like what we're trying to after that. Yeah so I mean I tore my labor and when I was like Arizona and I was trying to rehab that in the process...

...of being a ground transfer ended up being able to rehab it play the season out there kind of re injured it. So when I got home I wasn't really in the mindset of let's go train. Honestly I met with this, this is a great doctor dr green weight and he fixed my shoulder in one session and I was like all right well I'm about to go train and committed to the next three months. Had a pretty solid pro day honestly. Um I got a couple of couple of opportunities, couple of looks and then just ultimately just didn't work out and then I moved on, uh, ended up finishing school and then went into corporate sales job and then transitioning to what I'm doing now. I work at a force for performance where NFL jim based out of Seattle, um, were Adidas sponsored and now that's what I do. Nice. So yeah, you weren't feeling the 9-5 not feeling it. But you know, just the culture isn't that I think everyone, they want you to be a robot in a big company obviously has its perks. You got, you know, the good money and good vacation days, but it just didn't feel competitive. Like they sold like they sold it to me and uh, I just didn't feel like there was any room to grow immediately. Yeah, for sure. Now tell me where you're at now. I know you just tell me where the location is and stuff like that. Yeah, so we're in, we're in Bellevue Washington were like 15 minutes from Seattle. Um we're pretty close to, you know, downtown Bellevue, which is five minutes away and You know, we're in a 20,000 square foot facility handling business. Who, so who's, who's training out there with you? So we got a pretty big NFL list um bobby Wagner DK when he's in town. KJ y obviously buddha baker, you know my boy behind me? Uh Myles Jack, when he's in town uh Miles Ghassan Salama med. It's pretty big man. If he came here, you see all these judges on these walls and that tells he was here. Yeah, yeah, that's the, like, what has it been like? Just like going from a player to like a trainer man. I'm not even really a turner to be honest. I'm on the admin sign. I'll deal with the backhand stuff. The good, the fun stuff. Uh, no, it's been unique.

I mean, I'll get to wear sources every day. I get to wear sweats. So you know, that's part of it. I'm always comfortable always you're relaxed, but it's just fun to do something I have a passion for. Um, you know, be around people that I've known for sometime and just constantly growing decent stuff. So you're the business guy out there. I'm not the business. I'm one of them. I'm one of them. I'm one of them working on it. I'm one of them. All right. And then, yeah, like what are your future goals in football? Um, your career path? Like what's what's your ultimate goal? So you have a little background about what I do here. I'm the director of recruiting for trench. So hold on to my college, Just call me, you know, talk about our kids, get them offered. I'm also in a performance evaluator. So just like how you go to college, your first week, they break you down, you know, your dispatch with this strong, your this week or whatever. I do that as well with some of the athletes that come through here and then on the other thing, I'm the Adidas liaison. So any project or any gear goes through me and uh, okay, before it gets here. Yeah, So all right. So you're doing a little bit of everything, man. Yeah, I just want, you know, I just want to try a bunch of different stuff. Um, ultimately I want to go to college and I want to be a recruiter. I feel like I did a great job of that while I was a player and I just feel like the role that I'm in is gonna propel me to go do that. But the end goal is gonna be a G M I want to be a game of the NFL team. Alright. Yeah, that's dope. Um All right. You ready for some fun questions? Let's get it. What do you like to do in your free time? What's free time now? But I like I like watching lebron dominate. Um I played the PS five man. I just really, really enjoy going to dinner with my boys kicking in trouble and you know me, I'd like to travel. He said that all the time. Um That's pretty much it. All right. So you gotta give me your NBA predictions man, Lakers and five and we're not just talking about now. I'm talking about the finals. All right. What do you think the Lakers are going to play in...

...the finals? Should put the nuts. I mean the Nets was the dominant force, you talk about that later, but I mean you gotta look at it like this like they got 33 headed, you know, three monsters over there. Um The only thing is going to hurt them is defense and injuries. So you know, I hope they're all healthy for the finals, but Lebron from the Going to drop 40 and we're going to go to L. A. and celebrate. Sure. Oh yeah, I forgot to ask you um what advice would you give to a younger player? Like trying to get A D. One scholarship man. Be realistic with yourself. Um Be realistic because in your head you might envision yourself as a healing process as a dealing prospect as a senior and you know, you might be a freshman, I'd say humble yourself, You know, go to the local camps, go to the smarter schools, build your, build your resume, you know, with coaches that I have seen you from a young age until you know, it's time to go and just um, you know, grind be committed to the process, don't be on social media, got some yourself up, you're not really working and uh you know, film don't lie. So you would, do you want to see it and if you would do it, I'm gonna call you, you're going to get you in here for sure. What about like, uh you're, you're younger than me, like what's the difference has been like, so say your senior uh high school, So like, now, like seeing kids getting recruited in social media, it's a whole different phase. So when I was in high school twitter just started to get pop now now you have like instagram facetime, these coaches have like a ton of different ways to connect with you honestly then back then they weren't even allowed to text you, they could just call you and facebook messages. So like, you know, if I was a kid now and getting all these text and you know, I'll be super overwhelmed um Obviously, you know, there's more eyes everywhere, seven on 7 camps, combine events, so there's a lot more eyes everywhere kids, anything I would say, do you think these coaches don't see this? They see everything, They got partnership bills with all these film companies to get what you...

...did, So you might have had a seven on seven practice. That was bad and the Oregon might have seen it. Yeah, yeah, I'll say that so that everyone sees everything. Gotcha and then back to back to the fun questions because I forgot about those ones. But uh what else do you like, what other things do you like to do in your free time? You play video games or anything? Yeah man, played the PS five like you came out and what's on um netflix when netflix has some good shows going on. They're struggling right now though. Um Just really chill man. I mean we're here like we're here pretty much all day. So when I get home I just want to kick back with some good food and just, you know, recouped for the next day. Yeah, for sure. Now we mentioned social media, what's your favorite platform? I'm on twitter head, you know, twitter. Uh No, I just, I just feel like people are the most authentic on twitter. I feel like everyone's pretty, you know, pretty funny, pretty honest. I feel like instagram, you know? All cap. Uh no pun intended it, but I just feel like everyone's flexing. I mean like look, if I didn't have to use instagram for myself and for my brand further jim I wouldn't, well it's necessary today. Yeah, definitely. Alright, my last question, Do you have any questions for me? Any questions for you? Oh okay. What do you think separate yourself from from others that do what you do? Uh Easy consistency. That's a consistency. That's it, that's it, that's it. Okay. It's funny you ask that because um like I always get this question when I'm on interviews and so I forgot the exact question but it's always like, but I always see like since I started 10 years ago like I've seen people start either like clothing brands or companies or websites or whatever and just, maybe they do in a month, even up to a year, maybe two years. And then they just stopped and that's it. And...

...then they give up even people I want to, I'm sure you went to school a lot of people that went got sports management degrees and don't work in sports at all. Like a lot of people, same thing, like they just, they just stopped trying. Well, here's the thing like, so for me, yeah, I look at it like this, you gotta pay your dues at some point in time. So like for you, during this time friend, you paid your dudes right now, I'm paying my dudes. So it's kind of like, you have to, you always have to give that time where you're not the guy where you're learning how to do it. So when you get your opportunity, you can maximize it. I mean obviously me and you have had a relationship for a couple of years, You know, you've done nothing but grow and flourish. You know, you went from a couple of pro athletes to, hey man, you got a whole roster, every sport, every sport, you know what I'm saying? Um, well that's, that's the thing. And I think that's the thing I see now, like, you know, with these kids, like just recruiting or high school just be consistent. A lot of kids fall off, but they don't get, I love the instant gratification. It goes to their head and they're just head cases. Yeah, for sure. Yeah. I mean, I think the other thing that I think back to like instagram and like fake selling, it's just like go get a degree and you're going to get a good job or whatever, but no, you're starting at the bottom again. Like people don't really I don't think people realize that that much. A greek doesn't mean you're gonna get a good job. It just means you're only an opportunity, a good job. It's really all you know what it is networking. It's the communication that's you know somebody voucher for you. You know like like like I said you got that you got the interview for my friend vouch for you. You know what I'm saying? That's trust that's how you build networks though. Oh funny story about that shit I told you already but I'll tell it on here. So she told me she told me it was like why is Market said at me? Like I thought it was like he was just joking and then he was like oh and then we're an interview with so then it was for real man. I appreciate it. Not everybody can know what I'd be doing or who I know I gotta you chucked away man. U two big term for everybody to know about. Um one final thing I wanted to touch on on this side, you know, summer is coming N. C double A is alone is to finally take visits. We got a summer tour coming up Tuesday this week, me...

...and about 10 kids from here in my boss and uh our player personnel director Ryan Clary will be on the road. First stop nick, Saban baby we're coming, that's the little so we've got some boys that just shows you the level of kids we got over here first stop, we gotta hear auburn after that Georgia. We come back following week, kids go to texas. Following week I take the kids to L. A. We're gonna go see SCS you go see my lemon U. Of A. And then circle, circle out to a few more schools and then we're done than july's all grind. Yeah, that's dope. Well, markets, I appreciate you coming on. And uh can you let the listeners know where to follow you on social media? Of course, of course, your reeling Z96 on all platforms. And if you can't find me, I like my men pg. He'll appoint in the right direction. Okay? Yeah.

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