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Zach Moore | Average to Savage EP157

ABOUT THIS EPISODE

This is the one hundred and fifty-seventh episode of the Average to Savage podcast featuring the former NFL player Zach Moore. Paul Guarino talked with Zach Moore discussing his journey to the NFL, being a mental health advocate, and what he has up to since retirement.   

Follow Zach Moore https://www.instagram.com/rushmoore90/ 

This podcast interview with Zach Moore 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. What's up everybody? I'm back for another episode of the average Savage podcast. Our special guest today Zack Morris Zach, how's it going? Pretty good you know taking it day by day on the sunday day and daisy. I want you know first appreciate you for having me on. Yeah I appreciate you coming on. Uh Let's just go back in time a little bit. How do I just first start? Uh how did you first get involved in football? Uh Well um interested enough you know you hear stories about players that have been playing since they were like you know little kids 678 years old. I didn't start until I was a freshman in high school. So my journey you know to sports was a bit there. Um Never really grew up playing sports. Um I was really into like cartoons and WWF wrestling and stuff so I didn't really get into football until I was 15. Gotcha. Yeah and then I know um You went to a D to...

...school and um you got drafted in 2014. So what was it like um to get drafted and then just to get drafted from D to school because I know it's like even harder to get drafted out of the two. Yeah. So uh you know to keep a long story short um basically I just put the work in in college, you know prove that I was the best player in my conference and at my school and you know how the whole draft thing came around. I had been receiving, you know, interests and you know, scouts has been coming to my games, my junior steers and uh, you know, skip forward to draft day and I had been hearing reports, you know, I'll go this round that round, you know how bloggers do, but I never really paid attention And I'm sitting there watching the draft day three, it was me, a couple of my homies and we was at the school watching it And the 6th round came pick 1 98 my phone rang and I'm looking at it mr a record I'm not...

...familiar with, you know, I'm not, I don't know how this goes. You know, all I know from the draft is what I see on tv and I answered it was Nikki cereal from the Patriots and Bill Belichick and I'm like, oh stand like this just really happened like, you know, this is, this is pretty dope. So at first I couldn't believe it, but it didn't really kick in until when I got to New England or Foxboro and the Patriots organization. Yeah, no, that's awesome. And then, um, your rookie year, you guys won the Super Bowl. So what, what was that like to your first year, you win the Super Bowl Bad. I can honestly say that was out of all my years of playing football. That was like the best year that I can experience playing a sport. Um to be drafted, which by the way was first in my school had conference history. So you know, on top of that and then my rookie year winning the rain, he was like, this is, this is incredible. I don't really think that they can really talk this. Yeah, that was, yeah, that was a super bowl where they didn't give Marshawn lynch the...

...ball right when they are. So I want to thank the Seahawks for that. Were you on the field or you were watching from the sideline? No, I was inactive so I'll watch from the sidelines. But you know, all of a sudden was the same. Yeah, I was going to say, well, what were your thoughts like were your thoughts like they gotta give it to you thought they were giving it to Marshawn or what I mean, we all thought that, but you know, thank God they did now, you know, he was able to on it. Yeah, that was, that was like the creative, that's probably one of the craziest moments in sports. Yeah, definitely. And then uh, yeah, I know you, you were on a few different teams around, I believe, six different teams. So, but what, so what did you learn from just like going from team to team and and learning like the business of the NFL? Yeah, I mean, just what you say, like the business coming into the NFL, I don't really think much of it because this is all new to me um you know, I'm the first um person that I know of to actually go pro. So it's not like I had like a older person I can talk to a, like a big on your big brother NFL that...

...went through this to tell me a guy me to have his work. So everything I learned has been through trial and error and um yeah, just the business side like it's you know, it's cutthroat, that's something I have to experience. You know like you should have been on six different tents or had to experience that, you know that many times. So once once I saw the business side of it, you know, everything else is made more sense. Yeah. Yeah. No, for sure. And Oh yeah. And then you went, your high school, the high school you went to? Uh that's where Derrick Rose went right? Yeah. Derrick Rose, Jabari Parker, Martez Wilson a palmer. Like you know we, we had a lot of guys come out of semi are. Yeah. Did you you were in school when Derrick Rose's? Yeah, I was a freshman. He was a junior. That's crazy. Yeah. Small, small world. Huh? Yeah, that's pretty dope. Shot up the hill. Uh and I know you're a mental health advocate. So can you tell me why mental health is important to you. Um...

...you know, up until like I say recently it's, it's starting to be talked about a lot more. But you know, in years past, that hasn't really been discussed in depth as to where it is now. And I think it's super important that, you know, professional athletes or, you know, student athletes in high school or college or even everyday people should always taking account of mental health because it's something that, you know, if you, if you don't keep it in check, it can really deteriorate everything else that's going on in your life. Um, you know, I personally have a therapist, you know, it's new to me, but I'm enjoying it and I'm glad I actually, you know, you know, was able to my stuff enough pride and you know, encouraged to seek help. So I would say that, you know, mental health is definitely something that should continue to be, you know, expressed more. Yeah, no, for sure. And before, before I touch on the next question, I forgot to ask you like, what, what was it like to get your first NFL sack? Uh huh. So...

I'm from Chicago. So my first NFL sack was against Chicago J color. So, and my and my family was there. So that was like super awesome. It was a sack forced fumble return for a touchdown by my teammate at the time, rob Ninkovich. So that was, that was like another highlight of my career. You know, it's pretty cool to have my first tactic against my hometown? Yeah, that's awesome. Alright then going back into, uh, mental health, what do you think people can do to, uh, do more to protect their mental health? Um, you know, explore different avenues in life. Like, you know, I got a lot of former college, you know, they hike, they do yoga, they read, they work out, you know, they try to find other ways to keep their mind busy. Um, I'd say, you know, develop better habits, you know, try to get, try to have a hobby or something in order to take your mind off things, you know, things of that nature. Yeah, yeah, for sure. And then what advice would you give young...

...athletes? I said the same thing only on top of that really focused on what life is like outside the sport. Um, That's something that I'm seeing a lot of guys struggle with now. Um, you know, they've been playing, like I said before, some guys have been playing in sports as they were 67 years old. So all they know is that sport, um, in particular is talking about football and a lot of them, you know, they get to a point in their careers where, you know, things might start looking bleak as far as their career continuing. And some of them don't know what life looks like outside of sports. So I encourage, you know, the younger generation to find something outside of the sport that, you know, can help no prolong your activity because once the game is gone, like, you know, it's gone. Yeah, no, for sure. Um Yeah, like what, what are you up to since um retiring? Um Like I said, I've been exploring...

...different avenues like boxing, reading my game, um PS five player. Um you know, I'm just trying to continue to figure out what life looks like at the football, so, you know, it's starting to shape itself, but that's that's something I definitely harp on to everyone else dealing with this type of situation. Yeah, yeah, definitely. I'm a big boxing fan. So are you boxing just for fitness? Are you boxing or you might get in the ring? Uh No, no, no, no, no, I got out of one her business. I'm not going into another one my box. I do it strictly for fitness. Uh you know, that's the only thing that's really challenged me outside of football. So, you know, it's pretty, it's pretty cool. Yeah, definitely. All right, you ready for some fun questions? Go ahead, Let's do it. What's your, what's your favorite song right now? I'm a big fan of Chicago rap music. So I like a little dirt and King Von have a song called Twin Them. So that's like really on top of my playlists and I'm...

...trying to work out. Yeah, definitely. Uh if you could do a jersey shop swap with a current player, who would it be. Um So he's actually a rookie now, He got drafted out of the same school college that I went to Concordia ST paul, his name is chris Garrett outside linebacker for the L. A. Rams. So now it's cool to see um you know, somebody from my alma mater get, you went undrafted but be on the team during the season. Um You know, it's pretty cool to see that, you know, it carries on that, you know, it didn't just stop beating someone else got that same opportunity for my college. So you know, shopping christian, that's that's that's somebody who I would do a jersey slot with. Yeah, that stuff do you do you like know him personally? Yeah, we we talked, we talked quite a bit. My madam uh was like a couple years ago when I went up to my alma mater for a game. Real cool dude, you know, he's going to have a bright future in the...

...league and you know, I can't wait to see his career going forward. No, that's cool. Like you're paying it forward because you just mentioned before that like you said, you didn't know anybody that went pro and now he has you to you know, yeah, we and we've discussed that, you know a lot gave him, you know, he knows that any type of advice he needs or wants to discuss that, you know, I have an open line of communication. Um But yeah, so far, you know, he's been he's been keeping his head down, been studying, studying his crab, so I'm happy to see that Yeah, it's dope, not to mention, I think the rams New jerseys are like one of the top jersey. Yeah, and you know, he's in a, he's in a pretty similar situation like my rookie year, I had no guys like Chandler jones to really like look up to in the, in the league as far as like my position and you know, he's in a very, very good spot to learn from Aaron Donald and now why miller? So it's gonna be fun to watch. Yeah, definitely. And the last one, what do you, what do you like to do in your...

...free time? Oh, like I said, I like the game, it's been, it's been, I say gaming has been my biggest escape and um, I want to say a positive thing as far as mental health because you know, it, it allows me to escape reality, escape reality a little bit, just get my mind off things. So I'm a big advocate for gaming. I went to an apex legends ESPN pro am tournament a couple years back way before the pandemic. So that was pretty, that was pretty dope. Yeah, for sure. Um, what's your favorite game right now? Like what are you playing Apex legends? That's something I got into back in 2019 and normally I wasn't really the first person shooting game, but it's just something about that, just caught my attention. I've been playing it, you know? Ever since. Yeah no definitely. It's crazy how big just like the industry of just like e sports and gaming is. Yeah. Like it's insane like the people that I've been able to, you know be in the same room with like like...

...the energy team and these people that I'm like just like finding out about. But you know there are real like goats of their of the gaming industry. Yeah. Yeah definitely. It's just like, I mean we're around the same age. I'm 29 so it's just like growing up it was always like get off the games go like do something. Yeah. And now it's like you can make millions of dollars or it's so crazy how like times have changed. So you know, it's good to see that you know, something like that can take off where you don't have to physically put your body on the line, you know to enjoy something. Make money from it. Yeah. Yeah for sure. Well Zach, I appreciate you coming on. And uh could you let the listeners know where to follow you on social media? You can catch me on instagram at rush for 90 R. U. S. H. M. O. R. E. 90 and also on facebook uh the officials act more. Okay.

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