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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 podcastwith paul Guerrino. Everyone in anyone, athletes, celebsand much more. Okay, I'll take them. This episode is brought to you byManscaped who is the best men's below the waist grooming champions of theworld. Manscaped offers precision engineered tools for your family jewels.Manscaped just launched their fourth generation trimmer, the lawnmower fourpoint oh You heard that right before I joined the two million men worldwidewho trust manscaped with this exclusive offer for you? 20% off in freeworldwide shipping with the code PG at Manscaped dot com. Get 20% off and free shipping with thecode PG and manscaped dot com. That's 20% off. Free shipping and Manscapeddot com and use the Code PG unlock your confidence and always use the righttools for the job with landscape. What's up everybody? I'm back foranother episode, The average Savage podcast. Our special guest today MarcusGriffin Marcus, how's it going? Well, my man, how you doing? Good? Wefinally 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 Iknow previously you told me you were born in California but you grew up inin 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 manydifferent people here. Um So many different ethnicities racist. I sawit's like a melting pot. Like I'm growing up knowing just so manydifferent people had a lot of fun and unique experiences and man has justbeen an honor because so many people out here want to help you and they wantto see you do better. So I've definitely had a lot of people you knowhave 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 footballwere like my two loves. You played baseball in high school. Yeah. Well, so I was pretty good in mywhole life. Like I was an all star played select travel ball. Got to apoint in high school where I realized, you know, they don't give up forscholars for baseball. So I had to cut that one out and don't focus onfootball Actually. Yeah, I just saw a video on that on YouTube. I mean onTwitter and they cut the scholarship in baseball from like like 17, like 13guys 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 therecruiting? 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 junioryear. 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 beforemy birthday. Mike leach baby. Come on. That's no. What about um What aboutlike previously maybe like when did you know, you were like above average pizza? Honestly, I'd say I was pretty good asa kid. And then I would say I got it. I got some bad coaching in junior highand I can tell my game. Just loved to the same. Um Honestly, I just feel likeI just, you know, I just went down and then I transferred to Bellevue HighSchool and you know, we got the best coaches, my coach, 1 11 state titlescalendars, dudes in the NFL College. Um, and that's when it really progressed. Igot there my sophomore year and skyrocketed. Yeah, yeah. And then, um,just the recruiting back to the recruiting process. Um, like how manyoffers 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, bothsides of the ball. Um, man, it was tough. Honestly, like When you're a 17year 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. Soit's kind of hard. Um, I had a couple commitments, was committed to watch itfor a little bit. You have a couple of times and commitments out and thenended up going to Arizona just because I felt like with the class of guys, Ihad I had the best relationship and still to this day, I still have a greatrelationship with all these dudes I played with. Yeah. Then was there likea final two or 3 schools you were picking from? Okay, on the top fiveArizona Washington state cal Mississippi state. And I said that'sanother game. Yeah. Notre dame. Okay. That's cool. There's a, there's arandom mix. Yeah, for sure. Um what about what was your overall experiencelike 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 didsome unique things, you know, being in Arizona, we're not too far to go fromCali or to Vegas or you know, go to Mexico. So I got to do a lot of cooland unique trips and experiences with, with my teammates and friends. Thefootball side of it was a little was different. Um, I just staff wasn't fromthe west Coast and that, that kind of played into the culture. They don'tknow how West coast kids are and how we think and how we feel. So that waslittle tough. But overall, I mean it was an experience. They did everythingthey could to, you know, provide a first class experience for us. And Ifelt like it was, we had a lot of, you know, financial help, lot of academichelp. Um I think they did a pretty good job. I think just a couple of minorthings that could have fixed. But other than that it was great. It was a greatexperience about what was your most memorable game there? Oh remember Mark. So I'll say my redshirt 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 spotin the actual championship also arrival. So the whole stadium was packed. Theenergy was there. We ended up clinching that game Going to the PAC 12championship. And if we would have won...

...that, we would have went to theplayoffs in the first year. So that environment was just nuts. You got yourparents fighting, understand got people that just don't really like each othergetting after it. Yeah, for sure. Fun fact. I almost I almost tried totransfer to Arizona State. Let's be thankful you do. Uh and thenuh going into, what was it like? You're gradually you transferred to centralmichigan, right? Yeah. So I had a relationship alreadywith his staff out there coach, john bonham, whose with who is he? He's withthe rams and special teams coach. He had a huge NFL background. Honestly forme, I had a couple different options, Virginia, Oklahoma state. But it wasabout who would pay for my masters in full and cmu offered me, offered methat so I took it. Hey, that's smart. Get those free degrees. Um it says youwere # nine there. Is that true? You know what I'm saying is that was thatwas one of my requests. All right. You're a big man on campus. Uh Centralmichigan. I live in the 90s. So when you, when you went in there were likepeople like, oh, he's coming from like the pac 12 like oh like he's reallygood blah blah blah. Yeah I mean at the beginning it's always like thismichigan is a culture shock from the west coast, it's the midwest superdifferent. So they don't really know too much, they just know I was a kidcoming in so in the beginning everyone was trying to fill you out but afterthat you know they were pretty cool. It's just different out there man. Justthe lifestyle and how people are but you know I'm grateful they pay for myschool and I got the masters. So what did you study your underground in yourmasters? So my undergrad, I got a degree in human understanding ofdevelopment and then foreign nationals. I got I got a like the N. B. A. Prettymuch did some financing there but pretty much the NBA. Gotcha. And thenum like after that like what was what did it look like after that? Liketrying to pursue pro we're trying to get a job like what we're trying toafter that. Yeah so I mean I tore my labor and when I was like Arizona and Iwas trying to rehab that in the process...

...of being a ground transfer ended upbeing able to rehab it play the season out there kind of re injured it. Sowhen I got home I wasn't really in the mindset of let's go train. Honestly Imet with this, this is a great doctor dr green weight and he fixed myshoulder in one session and I was like all right well I'm about to go trainand committed to the next three months. Had a pretty solid pro day honestly. UmI got a couple of couple of opportunities, couple of looks and thenjust ultimately just didn't work out and then I moved on, uh, ended upfinishing school and then went into corporate sales job and thentransitioning to what I'm doing now. I work at a force for performance whereNFL jim based out of Seattle, um, were Adidas sponsored and now that's what Ido. Nice. So yeah, you weren't feeling the 9-5 not feeling it. But you know, just theculture isn't that I think everyone, they want you to be a robot in a bigcompany obviously has its perks. You got, you know, the good money and goodvacation days, but it just didn't feel competitive. Like they sold like theysold it to me and uh, I just didn't feel like there was any room to growimmediately. Yeah, for sure. Now tell me where you're at now. I know you justtell me where the location is and stuff like that. Yeah, so we're in, we're inBellevue Washington were like 15 minutes from Seattle. Um we're prettyclose 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'straining out there with you? So we got a pretty big NFL list umbobby Wagner DK when he's in town. KJ y obviously buddha baker, you know my boybehind me? Uh Myles Jack, when he's in town uh Miles Ghassan Salama med. It'spretty big man. If he came here, you see all these judges on these walls andthat 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 behonest. 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 everyday. I get to wear sweats. So you know, that's part of it. I'm alwayscomfortable always you're relaxed, but it's just fun to do something I have apassion for. Um, you know, be around people that I've known for sometime andjust 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. Allright. And then, yeah, like what are your future goals in football? Um, yourcareer path? Like what's what's your ultimate goal? So you have a little background aboutwhat I do here. I'm the director of recruiting for trench. So hold on to mycollege, Just call me, you know, talk about our kids, get them offered. I'malso in a performance evaluator. So just like how you go to college, yourfirst 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 thatcome through here and then on the other thing, I'm the Adidas liaison. So anyproject or any gear goes through me and uh, okay, before it gets here. Yeah, Soall right. So you're doing a little bit of everything, man. Yeah, I just want, you know, I justwant to try a bunch of different stuff. Um, ultimately I want to go to collegeand I want to be a recruiter. I feel like I did a great job of that while Iwas a player and I just feel like the role that I'm in is gonna propel me togo do that. But the end goal is gonna be a G M I want to be a game of the NFLteam. Alright. Yeah, that's dope. Um All right. You ready for some funquestions? Let's get it. What do you like to do inyour free time? What's free time now? But I like I like watching lebrondominate. Um I played the PS five man. I just really, really enjoy going todinner with my boys kicking in trouble and you know me, I'd like to travel. Hesaid that all the time. Um That's pretty much it. All right. So you gottagive me your NBA predictions man, Lakers and five and we're not justtalking about now. I'm talking about the finals. All right. What do youthink the Lakers are going to play in...

...the finals? Should put the nuts. I mean the Netswas the dominant force, you talk about that later, but I mean you gotta lookat it like this like they got 33 headed, you know, three monsters over there. UmThe only thing is going to hurt them is defense and injuries. So you know, Ihope they're all healthy for the finals, but Lebron from the Going to drop 40and we're going to go to L. A. and celebrate. Sure. Oh yeah, I forgot to ask you umwhat advice would you give to a younger player? Like trying to get A D. Onescholarship man. Be realistic with yourself. Um Berealistic because in your head you might envision yourself as a healingprocess as a dealing prospect as a senior and you know, you might be afreshman, I'd say humble yourself, You know, go to the local camps, go to thesmarter schools, build your, build your resume, you know, with coaches that Ihave 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, gotsome 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 yoursenior uh high school, So like, now, like seeing kids getting recruited insocial media, it's a whole different phase. So when I was in high schooltwitter just started to get pop now now you have like instagram facetime, thesecoaches have like a ton of different ways to connect with you honestly thenback then they weren't even allowed to text you, they could just call you andfacebook messages. So like, you know, if I was a kid now and getting allthese 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 alot more eyes everywhere kids, anything I would say, do you think these coachesdon't see this? They see everything, They got partnership bills with allthese film companies to get what you...

...did, So you might have had a seven onseven 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 funquestions 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 oranything? Yeah man, played the PS five like youcame 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'rehere like we're here pretty much all day. So when I get home I just want tokick 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. Ifeel like everyone's pretty, you know, pretty funny, pretty honest. I feellike instagram, you know? All cap. Uh no pun intended it, but I just feellike everyone's flexing. I mean like look, if I didn't have to use instagramfor 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 forme? Any questions for you? Oh okay. What doyou think separate yourself from from others that do what you do? Uh Easyconsistency. 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 oninterviews and so I forgot the exact question but it's always like, but Ialways see like since I started 10 years ago like I've seen people starteither like clothing brands or companies or websites or whatever andjust, maybe they do in a month, even up to a year, maybe two years. And thenthey 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 managementdegrees and don't work in sports at all. Like a lot of people, same thing, likethey 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. Solike for you, during this time friend, you paid your dudes right now, I'mpaying my dudes. So it's kind of like, you have to, you always have to givethat time where you're not the guy where you're learning how to do it. Sowhen you get your opportunity, you can maximize it. I mean obviously me andyou have had a relationship for a couple of years, You know, you've donenothing but grow and flourish. You know, you went from a couple of pro athletesto, hey man, you got a whole roster, every sport, every sport, you know whatI'm saying? Um, well that's, that's the thing. And I think that's the thing Isee now, like, you know, with these kids, like just recruiting or highschool just be consistent. A lot of kids fall off, but they don't get, Ilove the instant gratification. It goes to their head and they're just headcases. Yeah, for sure. Yeah. I mean, I think the other thing that I think backto like instagram and like fake selling, it's just like go get a degree andyou're going to get a good job or whatever, but no, you're starting atthe bottom again. Like people don't really I don't think people realizethat that much. A greek doesn't mean you're gonna get agood job. It just means you're only an opportunity, a good job. It's reallyall you know what it is networking. It's the communication that's you knowsomebody voucher for you. You know like like like I said you got that you gotthe interview for my friend vouch for you. You know what I'm saying? That'strust that's how you build networks though. Oh funny story about that shitI told you already but I'll tell it on here. So she told me she told me it waslike why is Market said at me? Like I thought it was like he was just jokingand then he was like oh and then we're an interview with so then it was forreal man. I appreciate it. Not everybody can know what I'd be doing orwho I know I gotta you chucked away man. U two big term for everybody to knowabout. Um one final thing I wanted to touch on on this side, you know, summeris coming N. C double A is alone is to finally take visits. We got a summertour coming up Tuesday this week, me...

...and about 10 kids from here in my bossand uh our player personnel director Ryan Clary will be on the road. Firststop nick, Saban baby we're coming, that's the little so we've got someboys that just shows you the level of kids we got over here first stop, wegotta hear auburn after that Georgia. We come back following week, kids go totexas. Following week I take the kids to L. A. We're gonna go see SCS you gosee my lemon U. Of A. And then circle, circle out to a few more schools andthen we're done than july's all grind. Yeah, that's dope. Well, markets, Iappreciate you coming on. And uh can you let the listeners know where tofollow you on social media? Of course, of course, your reeling Z96on all platforms. And if you can't find me, I like my men pg. He'll appoint inthe right direction. Okay? Yeah.

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