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I Am Athlete podcast is candid, unscripted weekly discussion between former NFL greats: Brandon Marshall, Chad Johnson, Fred Taylor and Channing Crowder. These gridiron giants pull no punches and have no filter while expressing themselves on the importance of the issues and topics they cover. Each week the podcast is growing in popularity and its' subscribers due to the panelists frankness in sharing their thoughts and views on relevant topics covered each week. Making a weekly appearance, Chef Nancie, not only prepares delicious meals for the guys to try but also serves up some knowledge as the discussions heat up!A new episode premieres every Monday at 12pm Eastern.I AM ATHLETE is a thought provoking and in-depth podcast that offers multiple perspectives on subjects ranging from sports to controversial topics to fashion to lifestyle covering all cultural conversations and building a platform to educate but encourage viewers to engage.
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On this week's episode, the I Am Athlete crew takes time to vent about frustrating life moments while discussing when it makes sense to speak freely and to who to trust with these conversations. Women tend to share more freely and open up to their girl friends while Brandon and Channing agree that it's more unlikely for men to sit around and vent to one another, especially when it hits close to home because you need to protect family and the intricacies of personal relationships. Chad says he rarely allows things to annoy him to a point of needing to vent but Fred says it's good to get things out that are on the mind.  Fred feels a certain way about people who would root against his success and not want him to elevate his situation which prompts Brandon to ask if any of them developed survivor's remorse for making it in the league leaving behind people at home. Fred says absolutely not and Chad agrees saying the people at home who rooted against him are the same ones who motivated him to reach his highest level.The venting continues as Channing shares his thoughts about parents who try to live vicariously through their children playing sports which leads Fred to comment on how wrong it is for parents to pressure kids into sports thinking they will be part of the 1% who make it big. Using his own personal encounters as an example, Channing doesn't hold back, referring to those parents as losers who count on their children's success in sports for a retirement plan. The guys all laugh at Channing's tactics to rile up the opposing team's parents while at his kids' little league games and that true satisfaction and joy for him is watching his son and daughter smile when they play well. Reminiscing about playing peewee football, Chad reflects on his grandma always making it about fun vs pressure which is why as a parent he supports his children 100% but wants the focus to be on having a good time and nothing more. Chef Lowe is filling in for Chef Nancie while she is in NY and offers up his parenting perspective when it comes to youth sports and his own son. And in typical fashion, the conversation takes a left turn when Fred asks Chad if he is more famous as Ocho or Chad Johnson. Chad replies he is more recognized as Ocho worldwide which Fred says makes sense since Ocho is derivative of the spanish language and the group bursts into laughter. The topic of Europe leads to a characteristically amusing and free-flowing discussion about languages spoken abroad, geography and Ochocinco’s amazement at the Roman Colosseum that wraps up another IAA episode.I Am Athlete podcast is candid, unscripted weekly discussion between former NFL greats: Brandon Marshall, Chad Johnson, Fred Taylor and Channing Crowder.  These gridiron giants pull no punches and have no filter while expressing themselves on the importance of the issues and topics they cover. Each week the podcast is growing in popularity and its subscribers due to the panelists frankness in sharing their thoughts and views on relevant topics covered each week.A new episode premieres every Monday at 12pm Eastern.I AM ATHLETE is a thought provoking and in-depth podcast that offers multiple perspectiveson subjects ranging from sports to controversial topics to fashion to lifestyle covering all cultural conversations and building a platform to educate but encourage viewers to engage.I Am Athlete is filmed at Botaniko Weston. For I Am Athlete merchandise and apparel, visit www.HouseOfAthlete.com and for Chef Nancie's collection, visit www.ChefNancie.com. 
After a viral family feud, the I Am Athlete crew reunites to hash out what went on last week and where everyone stands after a few days to reflect. Instagram Comedian Lou Young (who's imitation of all the guys arguing lit up the internet) joins the set and lightens the mood by replaying last week's conversation which has Brandon, Channing, Chad and Fred laughing as they watch their positions play out. Brandon offers an apology on a few of the points he feels he may have not been clear with while Channing and Chad continue to rattle his cage about how wrong he really is. Dressed as a referee equipped with a whistle, Fred is there to bring calmness and clarity to the resolution. Before wrapping up last episode's rehash, Brandon lets Chad and Channing know why he was so upset and what triggered his feelings of being so hurt and angry. He acknowledges how men have a tendency to turn hurt into anger and defense mode instead of just talking through things. The conversation then changes gears to high profile members of the media and how they treat athletes which Chad feels strongly against any person speaking out negatively on something they've never experienced. Referring to the recently publicized banter involving NBA star Kevin Durant, Channing shares stories over the years of his own personal encounters with the media and when to place a level of value on the evaluators. Fred says tuning the critics out was part of his daily routine as a player and he is at peace with the guys he played against respecting him as a Hall Of Famer despite the media not giving him the notch yet. Chef Jonathan Lowe is filling in for Chef Nancie who was in NY on business. Chef wows the guys with his infamous chicken wings and opens up about how his experiences have led him to open up more owning up to negative feelings or mistakes instead of turning to anger as most men do. I Am Athlete podcast is candid, unscripted weekly discussion between former NFL greats: Brandon Marshall, Chad Johnson, Fred Taylor and Channing Crowder.  These gridiron giants pull no punches and have no filter while expressing themselves on the importance of the issues and topics they cover. Each week the podcast is growing in popularity and its subscribers due to the panelists frankness in sharing their thoughts and views on relevant topics covered each week.A new episode premieres every Monday at 12pm Eastern.I AM ATHLETE is a thought provoking and in-depth podcast that offers multiple perspectiveson subjects ranging from sports to controversial topics to fashion to lifestyle covering all cultural conversations and building a platform to educate but encourage viewers to engage.I Am Athlete is filmed at Botaniko Weston. For I Am Athlete merchandise and apparel, visit www.HouseOfAthlete.com and for Chef Nancie's collection, visit www.ChefNancie.com. 
Every family has its feuds and in this episode, we have ours...The discussion heats up as Brandon, Chad, Channing and Fred discuss contracts and the differences between NBA and NFL. Chad and Channing say it's easier for the NBA players to run the league because they have guaranteed contracts where in the NFL, the players are at the mercy of the owners unless they are franchised. Brandon disagrees and says not all NBA players have guaranteed money and that the NFL is institutionalized. Former NFL Wide Receiver and Houston great, Andre Johnson, joined the guys to talk about the Houston Texans organization and the future of Deshaun Watson. The normally reserved veteran, voiced his opinion in early 2021 about how players, specifically Watson, were being treated by the organization and that a change needs to be made. Generating buzz about his public stance, the guys leaned into Johnson's leadership role and how much he is respected to speak to the current state of the NFL and the Houston Texans. Johnson was pulled into the heated debate but sat observing the back and forth as Brandon offered a quick apology beforehand sensing the conversation was about to take a left turn. Becoming extremely agitated with the difference of opinions, Brandon loses his cool with Chad and Channing which leads to a very intense moment between the guys. After minutes of arguing, Fred interjects to bring the guys back down and simmer the conversation. Chef joins the show during the heated debate and is an icebreaker in the tension as she serves the guys lamb chops to Chad who has never had them before! And of course no episode is complete without Chad and Brandon asking who is the X and who is the Y, which spurs another round of excitement before the show closes!Additional Note:Andre Johnson was asked to be a guest on this week’s episode of I Am Athlete to talk about football and inner workings of the NFL. The episode was filmed prior to many of the off field allegations against Deshaun Watson becoming public. We understand the severity of the claims and take them seriously and will allow the legal system to play out. The tweet referred to on the show was written and posted by Johnson on January 12, 2021 expressing his stance from a football perspective about Watson, not on a personal level.I Am Athlete podcast is candid, unscripted weekly discussion between former NFL greats: Brandon Marshall, Chad Johnson, Fred Taylor and Channing Crowder.  These gridiron giants pull no punches and have no filter while expressing themselves on the importance of the issues and topics they cover. Each week the podcast is growing in popularity and its subscribers due to the panelists frankness in sharing their thoughts and views on relevant topics covered each week.A new episode premieres every Monday at 12pm Eastern.I AM ATHLETE is a thought provoking and in-depth podcast that offers multiple perspectiveson subjects ranging from sports to controversial topics to fashion to lifestyle covering all cultural conversations and building a platform to educate but encourage viewers to engage. I Am Athlete is filmed at Botaniko Weston. For I Am Athlete merchandise and apparel, visit www.HouseOfAthlete.com and for Chef Nancie's collection, visit www.ChefNancie.com. 
Walls vs boundaries...when is it time to be tough and when is time to ask for help? In life we put up walls and that sometimes hurts while we establish boundaries to protect, but distinguishing the difference between the two can be stressful.Coming off an impactful episode last week with Dwyane Wade, the guys return to do a mental check in and discuss the pressures of everyday life with a personal but powerful conversation.Brandon Fred Chad and Channing dig deep into each others lives...asking who are those in your circle that are going to tell you what you need to hear not always what you want to hear.  Leading with the story about Isaiah Wilson, the 2020 NFL first round pick who just was cut from another team and the guys wonder are we doing enough in the league and life to provide resources and encourage guys to reach out for help before it’s too late. Chad says making mistakes and being immature can’t always be blamed on mentalhealth that we are responsible for our own choices.Brandon compares aspects of life from a book he read about a rubber ball symbolizing business because it can always bounce back but on the personal side of life it’s more like a glass ball, if it’s dropped enough it gets scratched until it eventually shatters. Give time to what’s most important and that can’t be repaired or redone.Chad shares his vacation experience with everyone and taking time to do things he didn’t expect he would enjoy while Channing and Fred say finding the balance between family and business is tough but for them it’s always going to be family first.Chef is joined by her eldest daughter who is going to law school but has a passion for being in the kitchen as well. She talks about her admiration for her mom and how she has watched her blossom in the past year which has been a special experience.I Am Athlete podcast is candid, unscripted weekly discussion between former NFL greats: Brandon Marshall, Chad Johnson, Fred Taylor and Channing Crowder.  These gridiron giants pull no punches and have no filter while expressing themselves on the importance of the issues and topics they cover. Each week the podcast is growing in popularity and its subscribers due to the panelists frankness in sharing their thoughts and views on relevant topics covered each week.A new episode premieres every Monday at 12pm Eastern.I AM ATHLETE is a thought provoking and in-depth podcast that offers multiple perspectiveson subjects ranging from sports to controversial topics to fashion to lifestyle covering all cultural conversations and building a platform to educate but encourage viewers to engage. I Am Athlete is filmed at Botainiko Weston in Florida. For all I Am Athlete merchandise and apparel, please visit www.houseodathlete.com.
In a new episode,  Dwyane Wade sits down with the I Am Athlete crew and opens up about everything from basketball, to life to loving your children unconditionally. D Wade may be one of the greatest NBA players of all time, but he is also championing the way as a parent. In a longer bonus edition of I Am Athlete, the guys sit down for a deep and personal conversation with D Wade about basketball, being a father and opening up his world to inspire change. Recently, the Wade family shared that Zaya, his middle child, identified as transgender and D explains to the guys what that process was like and how loving your children unconditionally is the parent's job. Coming from sports' locker rooms where gay slangs have been used for years, D had to look himself in the mirror and realize what he needed to do to become better to help his daughter thrive in her life choices.  "I'm not Ryan Clark, filling in for Chad this week, tells Wade that he admires him because he did something that many fathers couldn't do, which even made Ryan check himself as a parent. Brandon references a letter D wrote to his oldest son Zaire before he left for college leading into a discussion about the relationship between a father and son following in one's footsteps vs. having a child that goes the opposite direction. Fred tells Wade that there are no layups on this show and he's going to take some shots at getting hard answers to the group's questions, starting with who is his favorite teammate of all time and getting his thoughts about longtime teammate and close friend Lebron James being considered the GOAT over Michael Jordan. Wade talks about how growing up in Chicago, it was Jordan who gave him inspiration that he could play in the NBA and that MJ will forever be his GOAT.  Channing chimes in with the burning question asking what the real reason is that D left Miami for 19 months when he was regarded as the heartbeat of the team and the city. D admits his pride and ego were hurt as he breaks down the business side of the sport and doing what was best for him and his family at the time. Chef Nancie is joined on set by Wade's Chef, Richard Ingraham, who actually gave Nancie her start in the personal Chef world years ago as he praises her talents and selfless persona. Brandon puts D Wade in the hot seat asking him who is the better cook, Chef Nancie or Chef Ingraham as he laughs and says the term cook doesn't describe either as they are more than someone who prepares food, they are irreplaceable parts of the puzzle. Sharing life advice for staying at the top of his game and helping young people grow into careers, Chef Ingraham credits his success to living by simple these words, "Make your shoes so big they can't be filled". I Am Athlete is filmed at the Botaniko Weston in South Florida. For exclusive I Am Athlete apparel and merchandise visit HouseofAthlete.com. I Am Athlete podcast is candid, unscripted weekly discussion between former NFL greats: Brandon Marshall, Chad Johnson, Fred Taylor and Channing Crowder.  These gridiron giants pull no punches and have no filter while expressing themselves on the importance of the issues and topics they cover. Each week the podcast is growing in popularity and its subscribers due to the panelists frankness in sharing their thoughts and views on relevant topics covered each week.A new episode premieres every Monday at 12pm Eastern.I AM ATHLETE is a thought provoking and in-depth podcast that offers multiple perspectiveson subjects ranging from sports to controversial topics to fashion to lifestyle covering all cultural conversations and building a platform to educate but encourage viewers to engage.
It's a wild conversation when Mike Holston aka The Real Tarzan swings by the I Am Athlete set and the guys talk about Orca Whales, Black Mambas and how studying animals translates into understanding human behaviors. Chad, a known animal lover, reiterates his passion for orcas and lifelong desire to swim with the killer whale as he shows off his orca tattoo on his legs. Holston says everyone has an "Inner Tarzan" in them and commends Chad for using his strength to fuel his play on the football field.  Holston recounts his journey and how his love started when he was 3 years old and led him into making a successful career out of his passion. Brandon is in awe of Holston's story and the fact that a black man was able to carve out a unique niche and become king of the jungle. Channing, holding Sasha the snake for the beginning of the conversation, respects what Holston has done to show young kids, especially minorities, that no dream is unreachable, even if it seems out of the ordinary. Fred and Chad learn of Brandon's snake phobia as they see him squirming as the snake hisses curling around Channing in the chair. The guys have an intervention with Brandon and coach him up to face his fear which leads to a tense 30 seconds on set. Chad who says he would have either been a veterinarian or zoologist if never making it as a NFL wide receiver, poses the question to the others asking what they would have done for work if they didn't make it as professional athletes which prompts Brandon to talk about a pivotal story from his college years. Doing what you love hopefully turns into a monetary career but following your dreams is also very daunting to start when so much is put into it with little financial gain. Brandon opens up to the guys about his challenge to follow in the footsteps of his father selling drugs because it was fast money or to stay the course of his dreams even if it meant living without to get through. Of Course no episode can be complete without the ongoing debate of Ocho vs Science as Brandon and Chad battle over their divided thoughts and lure Holston into picking sides and choosing between which one of the receivers he would want as his X.  The on set competition continues as Fred and Channing talk about lining up against each other and doing something for love or for money. Chef Nancie joins the conversation offering up her take that having a passion for what you do is more important than chasing the money, if you do something you love long enough, the money will follow. Missing the last conversation about manscaping, Chad takes advantage of the opportunity to ask Channing about how he keeps his "man areas" manicured while Holston says part of living in the wild is being all natural. I Am Athlete is filmed at the Botaniko Weston in Weston, Florida. For exclusive I AM Athlete merchandise, please shop at  www.HouseofAthlete.com.I Am Athlete podcast is candid, unscripted weekly discussion between former NFL greats: Brandon Marshall, Chad Johnson, Fred Taylor and Channing Crowder.  These gridiron giants pull no punches and have no filter while expressing themselves on the importance of the issues and topics they cover. Each week the podcast is growing in popularity and its subscribers due to the panelists frankness in sharing their thoughts and views on relevant topics covered each week.A new episode premieres every Monday at 12pm Eastern.I AM ATHLETE is a thought provoking and in-depth podcast that offers multiple perspectiveson subjects ranging from sports to controversial topics to fashion to lifestyle covering all cultural conversations and building a platform to educate but encourage viewers to engage.
It doesn't need to be February to recognize and honor black excellence and in this special edition of I Am Black, we are not only recognizing black success but black female success. Brandon Marshall and Fred Taylor sit down with Ese Ighedosa, President House Of Athlete and Bri Thompson, founder of Spiked Spin, for a deep conversation about their journeys and what it means to insult the standard. Sharing her words to live by, Bri explains how insulting the standard is more than just a catchy phrase, it's about being confident, passionate and a risk taker. This mantra guided her journey into the fitness industry and defined her mission as an entrepreneur. Starting Spiked Spin during a global pandemic and a time of heightened social unrest didn't intimidate Bri but motivated her to keep going and keep impacting lives. When asked by Brandon what it's like taking on industry giants like Soul Cycle and Peloton, Bri smirked and replied I don't think about it because I see myself as the giant in the industry. Ese talks about her time working in the NFL and pointing out that as players Brandon and Fred never had to worry about feeling like an imposter in the league while for her, feeling invisible in meetings and her daily role was the norm. Fred chimed in that he never had this dream of playing in the NFL but his passion led him there on his journey and Brandon agrees that football found him. Understanding the ladies' point of a different path, Fred respects that their community needs to do a better job of lifting each other up. Brandon praised Ese's success of being resilient and leaving the comfortable for the unknown. Bringing back Chef Shawn Williams from our episodes in Black History Month, Shawn expresses his admiration for the ladies and their grit to follow their dreams. Having money is one thing but being prideful and passionate about what we do everyday is true power and happiness. I Am Black, a featured series of I Am Athlete, is filmed at Botaniko Weston in South Florida. For I AM Athlete and I AM Black merchandise and apparel, please visit houseofathlete.com. 
Switching gears, I Am Athlete takes a left turn and joins Nascar in telling the story of the Best Season Ever starting off the I Am Nascar series sitting down with Bubba Wallace. The discussion tracks over various topics including the highly-publicized incident where a noose was found in Bubba's garage, NASCAR’s confederate flag controversy, what it's like racing for Michael Jordan and the danger of the sport itself.  But before it all gets going, Brandon asks the burning question of how does a black man fall in love with Nascar while Chad falls in love with Bubba as they bond over McDonalds being their goto.  Channing lets Bubba know right away that he doesn't view him or any race car driver as an athlete and places Nascar drivers in the same category as golfers and kickers- the non athletes of professional sports! Bubba fires back that Channing could never do what he does on any level and would look like a scared cat behind the wheel. Fred expresses his admiration for the craft and the pressure of driving 175mph for hours with no breaks and perfect concentration while the group poses the question asking if the thought of dying comes into play as he gets behind the wheel every Sunday.Bubba relates racing to football in the sense that you never know when it could be your last drive, so you give it all you have and never live in fear. After busting Bubba's chops about left turns, not being able to use the bathroom during races and the lifestyle of drivers, Channing changes his tone sharing his utmost respect for Bubba as the person who will forever be associated with changing the sport of Nascar through cultural impact and being a role model for children all over the world. Bubba is the Tiger Woods of racing because of forever changing the scope of the sport and history.  Chef Nancie, a fan of Nascar most of her life, is excited to have Bubba on the episode and surprises him with his favorite meal based on doing her research. Of course this leads to the Ocho vs Science debate and what we put in our body vs what we don't. Buckle up and prepare to go fast as this discussion will lead you on a journey into a world you'll love to learn more about.  I Am Athlete podcast is a candid, unscripted weekly discussion between former NFL greats: Brandon Marshall, Chad Johnson, Fred Taylor and Channing Crowder.  These gridiron giants pull no punches and have no filter while expressing themselves on the importance of the issues and topics they cover. Each week the podcast is growing in popularity and its subscribers due to the panelists frankness in sharing their thoughts and views on relevant topics covered each week.A new episode premieres every Monday at 12pm Eastern.I AM ATHLETE is a thought provoking and in-depth podcast that offers multiple perspectiveson subjects ranging from sports to controversial topics to fashion to lifestyle covering all cultural conversations and building a platform to educate but encourage viewers to engage.
When is the last time you have asked the people you care about how they are doing? Brandon, Chad, Fred and Channing open up the discussion talking about the sudden loss of friend and former NFL player Vincent Jackson and how he was found days after passing away. "Did anyone check on him?" Brandon poses the question which leads him into doing a mental check-in with all the guys. In a special moment of vulnerability and raw emotion, the guys are brought to tears as they sit and talk about deep life discussions. The guys talk about how there's a stigma in society that men and young boys are always raised to be tough and not show emotion or the world will look at you differently. With athletes, that notion is instilled by coaches and teammates saying tears are a sign of weakness when in fact it shouldn't be viewed that way. Being strong is part of dealing with emotions and being able to share with others what's truly going on inside your mind and heart. After recently losing his mother Hurricane Paula Johnson, Chad opens up about their relationship and how he's struggled with the emotions tied to loss. Recounting the memories and leading up to her final days, Chad is very transparent that the relationship was unique in many factors but he wouldn't have had it any other way. “It hurts to lose the person responsible for who I am,” Chad says, as he breaks down which brings Brandon and Channing to tears too. Fred follows it up saying that sometimes things in life are bigger than sports and different from what people portray on the outside, we all go through things and it's ok to let that emotion out. After a group hug of comfort and reassurance, Chef Nancie comes out and opens up about tragically losing her brother years ago and how the pain never fades but the good memories help make it easier to cope. I Am Athlete podcast is candid, unscripted weekly discussion between former NFL greats: Brandon Marshall, Chad Johnson, Fred Taylor and Channing Crowder.  These gridiron giants pull no punches and have no filter while expressing themselves on the importance of the issues and topics they cover. Each week the podcast is growing in popularity and its subscribers due to the panelists frankness in sharing their thoughts and views on relevant topics covered each week.A new episode premieres every Monday at 12pm Eastern.I AM ATHLETE is a thought provoking and in-depth podcast that offers multiple perspectiveson subjects ranging from sports to controversial topics to fashion to lifestyle covering all cultural conversations and building a platform to educate but encourage viewers to engage.
Cam Newton sits down exclusively with Brandon Marshall, Chad Johnson and Fred Taylor in a rare public conversation about everything on and off the field. A friendly football discussion of Cam deciding between Chad and Brandon on who the X would be in his ideal offense quickly turns up the heat with hard hitting questions on what went on this past season. Fred says Cam had the hardest job in the league following Tom Brady and relates to the tough position he was put in coming into the New England offense. Cam explains how he found the process of missing the offseason instrumental to getting in sync with his team and a lesson in why the little things are big things in the end. Brandon doesn't shy away from him talking about his up and down play during this past season while calling him out for it on air a few times. Tackling the rumors that Cam is done and seeking retirement-  Cam says he's never been the favorite and that fuels him but he quickly clears up that he is not going out like that and there aren't 32 guys better than he is!! Taking a trip down memory lane, Cam and Fred reminisce about meeting during Cam's early college football days in Florida and Cam telling the story of how Fred set the bar of professionalism and character that he desired to have in his career. The two reference their old friend and teammate "Chico" the late Aaron Hernandez which leads them into a tough discussion of disbelief and confusion with what really went on with him. Chef Jonathan Lowe fills in for Chef Nancie and makes a vegan meal for Cam which immediately draws critique from Chad on healthy eating habits who then volunteers that he should take over Cam's diet this offseason to get him eating right.   Cam exclusively opens up about his new hat line and in celebration of Black History Month a design tribute to honoring trail blazers starting with Rosa Parks. Keeping his business hat on, Cam tells the guys that his passion for cigars, art and live music led him to open Fellaship, an upscale premium dining experience in Atlanta. Applying what he has learned on the field as a leader into running a business, Cam shares why he loves being hands on with the details and the daily operation. Changing gears real fast- Brandon asks the guys about men's hygiene which leads into a wild conversation about manscaping and the things guys should and shouldn't do! I Am Athlete podcast is candid, unscripted weekly discussion between former NFL greats: Brandon Marshall, Chad Johnson, Fred Taylor and Channing Crowder.  These gridiron giants pull no punches and have no filter while expressing themselves on the importance of the issues and topics they cover. Each week the podcast is growing in popularity and its subscribers due to the panelists frankness in sharing their thoughts and views on relevant topics covered each week.A new episode premieres every Monday at 12pm Eastern.I AM ATHLETE is a thought provoking and in-depth podcast that offers multiple perspectiveson subjects ranging from sports to controversial topics to fashion to lifestyle covering all cultural conversations and building a platform to educate but encourage viewers to engage.
In a special edition of I Am Athlete, We are celebrating Black History Month with our I Am Black Series, highlighting the everyday success of black men and women. In this episode, the guys sit down with former NFL All Pro Adewale Ogunleye who transitioned from football into becoming UBS's Head of Global Sports and Entertainment, the #1 Wealth Management Entity in the world. Brandon, Fred and Channing come ready to take notes and ask questions about mistakes they have made and finding a different way to look at finances and long term investments. Wale said during his playing days, he realized that the failure of financial advisors to speak athletes' language was leaving many athletes and young people vulnerable to bad advice. After his playing days were finished, he invested in a future to help athletes and entertainers find a better way. Wale tells Brandon and Fred that, "Money in families show flow from the top down, but when athletes make it, the problem is, it goes from them upward, which is where things get out of sorts," while Channing agrees it starts with how people are raised and the communities they are from. In celebration of other black Chefs and entrepreneurs, Chef Nancie invites Shawn Williams, the owner of strictly wings and Magic Soul Food, who shares his story on how he started from the ground up spurring his love for cooking into owning 13 different restaurants. Shawn is very candid about his mission to prove people wrong when so many doubted that he wouldn't be able to succeed. I Am Athlete podcast is candid, unscripted weekly discussion between former NFL greats: Brandon Marshall, Chad Johnson, Fred Taylor and Channing Crowder.  These gridiron giants pull no punches and have no filter while expressing themselves on the importance of the issues and topics they cover. Each week the podcast is growing in popularity and its subscribers due to the panelists frankness in sharing their thoughts and views on relevant topics covered each week.A new episode premieres every Monday at 12pm Eastern.I AM ATHLETE is a thought provoking and in-depth podcast that offers multiple perspectiveson subjects ranging from sports to controversial topics to fashion to lifestyle covering all cultural conversations and building a platform to educate but encourage viewers to engage.
Kicking off our post Super Bowl show, Jake Paul stops by and is talking about everything from growing up in the internet spotlight to his transition into boxing to when and if trash talking is ever too much. It doesn't take long for things to heat up and get intense! Channing questions Jake's level of internet stardom as success and pushes him to explain why he thinks he deserves the same respect as other professional fighters. Recently, Jake has made headlines for calling out UFC Fighter Connor McGregor as well as jawing with boxing royalty Floyd Mayweather about getting in the ring. Jake says Floyd is going to ruin his legacy trying to fight him or his brother Logan. Although Channing questions Jake as a legitimate boxer, Brandon and Fred respect his commitment to the sport as Jake opens up about how boxing saved his life and gave him purpose in a time where he was struggling to hold on to his stability.The war of words continues as things heat up over Jake taking it too far calling out McGregor's wife and Channing not respecting his position of notoriety but Jake immediately snaps back that internet influencers don't care about football players so it goes both ways. Before the show ends, Jake doesn't miss the chance to crush Brandon's boxing aspirations as he bluntly tells him that stepping in the ring with anyone, let alone Deontay Wilder, would end in him getting quickly knocked out. Brandon disagrees but Fred and Channing chime in that it would be a sleepover in the ring if Brandon tries his luck. Chef Nancie, coming off her national tv cooking debut on Good Morning America, prepares a healthy meal for Jake who's in training camp for his upcoming April fight against Ben Askren. Acknowledging that she could be his mother, her charm and cooking skills win Jake over as he is ready to make her his personal chef!I Am Athlete podcast is candid, unscripted weekly discussion between former NFL greats: Brandon Marshall, Chad Johnson, Fred Taylor and Channing Crowder.  These gridiron giants pull no punches and have no filter while expressing themselves on the importance of the issues and topics they cover. Each week the podcast is growing in popularity and its subscribers due to the panelists frankness in sharing their thoughts and views on relevant topics covered each week.A new episode premieres every Monday at 12pm Eastern.I AM ATHLETE is a thought provoking and in-depth podcast that offers multiple perspectiveson subjects ranging from sports to controversial topics to fashion to lifestyle covering all cultural conversations and building a platform to educate but encourage viewers to engage.
On Episode 21, It's the  Super Bowl of the series for I Am Athlete, marking the end of season 2....but what's supposed to be the season 2 finale turns into a conversation on how to keep the series going and explore new topics. Picking up from last episode, Channing immediately starts talking about women's sports and says no matter how talented or respected female athletes are, they still won't get their fair share of stardom and money. Brandon and Chad disagree, saying now is the time (more than ever) to elevate women in sports.  The animated conversation shifts to reflecting back on the past 20 episodes of the season and how far the show has come. Some of the more hilarious and memorable moments come to the forefront, including Fred earning the “Mr. 55-50” moniker, “Ocho over science” and Channing's “here kitty kitty” story, before Crowder kicks off a talk about what it means for the podcast to discuss money in the way that they do.Referring to the guys as, "The old uncles on the front porch", Channing reflects on how the series has positively impacted so many lives and what people have taken away from each episode. Chad chimes in that the greatest teacher in life is experience while Fred opens up about how being vulnerable has shed light on a different side of athletes, letting the world know, "we are just like you at home".  Authenticity and vulnerability keeps everything relatable, says Chad. In the spirit of the finale, Brandon pops a bottle of Dom Perignon for a toast as Chef Nancie, Channing, Chad and Fred give their final thoughts. This episode is the second part of the Season 2 Series Finale...But stay tuned, as Brandon shares his vision to keep the conversation going and spreads the word for upcoming plans of the I Am Athlete platform expanding. 
On Episode 20, the Season 2 Finale begins! On Part 1, Brandon and Chad sit down with two of the NFL's top wide receivers, D.K. Metcalf and Justin Jefferson along with WNBA star Lexi Brown and the conversation covers everything from sports to finances to personal relationships...with the hard hitting question being, "Do you eat McDonalds"??Chad challenges the younger receivers- saying anything they can do, he can do better with a funny yet confident rebuttal from Metcalf and Jefferson that brings Chad to tears (and uncontrollable laughter). As Channing and Fred listen to the conversation from Brandon jumps in and asks each of the three young athletes what they spend their money on and to talk about their first big purchases. Immediately the pay scale between women sports vs mens is apparent as the guys listen to Lexi describe her experiences playing in the WNBA. Turning to a more serious tone, Brandon and Chad ask what it's been like playing during COVID and how they have handled it personally and professionally as well as the pressures and heartaches felt with sports and social injustice. As Lexi describes life in the bubble, Chad keeps it light letting Jefferson know COVID protocol saved his wallet from rookie dinners and first-year teammate hazing duties. And on the sly, but obvious to everyone, Chad plays matchmaker connecting the dots that both Lexi and Justin play for Minnesota teams and have compatible cell phone providers so he just wanted to point that out to each incase they were wondering. Changing the subject fast, the show wraps up with the athletes listing the top players in their respective sports. This episode is Part 1 of the Season 2 Series Finale...Part 2 with Brandon, Chad, Fred, Channing and Chef releases Monday, Feb 1st at Noon eastern. 
On this special edition of I Am Athlete,  we head into Championship Sunday and reflect on recent events in our nation and around the NFL. Brandon, Fred and Channing are joined by Coach Hue Jackson and Ese Ighedosa to discuss the hopefulness represented in the messaging from the inauguration.  Although it marks positive strides for our nation, disappointment looms that zero minority head coaches have been hired despite all the efforts for change.  The conversation is full of raw emotions as the panel tries to put into words why the NFL can't seem to get it right, highlighting that both championship match ups feature teams led by highly touted coordinators, who are successful minority men. Tune in to listen to first hand knowledge about  these times and inside perspective on the current state of the NFL and where it goes from here. I Am Athlete podcast is candid, unscripted weekly discussion between former NFL greats: Brandon Marshall, Chad Johnson, Fred Taylor and Channing Crowder.  These gridiron giants pull no punches and have no filter while expressing themselves on the importance of the issues and topics they cover. Each week the podcast is growing in popularity and its subscribers due to the panelists frankness in sharing their thoughts and views on relevant topics covered each week.A new episode premieres every Monday at 12pm Eastern.I AM ATHLETE is a thought provoking and in-depth podcast that offers multiple perspectiveson subjects ranging from sports to controversial topics to fashion to lifestyle covering all cultural conversations and building a platform to educate but encourage viewers to engage.
On Episode 19, Michael Vick joins the I Am Athlete crew and the guys talk about everything from CTE, to adversity to passing the torch when the game is no longer your game.  Brandon opens up about watching a film his former teammate directed about CTE and asks the guys if they are willing to donate their brain to science...an eerie silence fills the room, as they all realize the hits and damage over the years. Posing the question, if the guys would let their young children play the sport, Channing and Brandon say no while Chad, Fred and Mike don't feel you should live life by what ifs and wouldn't stop their children. Channing shares what it was like watching his former friend and NFL teammate Junior Seau suffer the effects of CTE and the tragedy surrounding the illness. Fred talks adversity over the years and turns to Vick who opens up about the challenges he's faced and assuming responsibility instead of putting the blame on others. Channing doesn't miss the chance to bust Fred for being squeaky clean and staying out of the headlines when he shares a story that's peanuts in comparison to what the rest of the guys went through. Yet no episode seems complete without a Chad and Brandon battle, and this week it's about Cam Newton's future in the NFL. Chad insists Cam will stay in New England while Brandon says no team will take him as a starter which leads into Vick describing what it was like to pass the torch to the younger generation of quarterbacks and when he knew it was time to hang up his cleats. Chef Nancie shows her NFL innocence when she can't place Vick with any of the teams he played for and the crew, in disbelief, break out into laughter as she answers. But Vick remains impressed that Chef knows who his wife is and says that's all that matters. I Am Athlete podcast is candid, unscripted weekly discussion between former NFL greats: Brandon Marshall, Chad Johnson, Fred Taylor and Channing Crowder.  These gridiron giants pull no punches and have no filter while expressing themselves on the importance of the issues and topics they cover. Each week the podcast is growing in popularity and its subscribers due to the panelists frankness in sharing their thoughts and views on relevant topics covered each week.A new episode premieres every Monday at 12pm Eastern.I AM ATHLETE is a thought provoking and in-depth podcast that offers multiple perspectiveson subjects ranging from sports to controversial topics to fashion to lifestyle covering all cultural conversations and building a platform to educate but encourage viewers to engage.
On Episode 18, uncontrollable laughter quickly turns to heated conflict as tempers flare between Chad and Brandon on this week's episode of I Am Athlete. To start it off,  Channing asks the guys "How much is too much on social media?" and directs his questioning to Chad who appears to be an open book on the internet. Brandon invites former NCAA kicker standout turned Youtube star, Donald 'Deestroying" De La Haye, to join the conversation. Deestroying shares his internet perspective and experience of having to choose between his NFL dreams and being a Youtube personality.  Channing, who doesn't think highly of kickers as athletes, is in disbelief that Deestroying gave up being a NFL kicker to make videos on the internet while Fred, Brandon and Chad understand that he did what was best for him at the time. The discussion takes a turn to sacred time and leads to a hilarious trip down memory lane of Channing and Chad reminiscing about curiosity and seeing things they couldn't unsee!Bringing it back to sports, Fred and Brandon discuss longevity of NFL careers and how young players need to be more proactive taking care of their bodies and minds, Chad blatantly disagrees on certain aspects. He challenges what Brandon is saying and the conversation quickly turns personal and emotional as Chad visibly gets upset and doesn't back down from Brandon. It continues to heat up as Fred and Channing watch on in shock that the two friends are going at it. I Am Athlete podcast is candid, unscripted weekly discussion between former NFL greats: Brandon Marshall, Chad Johnson, Fred Taylor and Channing Crowder.  These gridiron giants pull no punches and have no filter while expressing themselves on the importance of the issues and topics they cover. Each week the podcast is growing in popularity and its subscribers due to the panelists frankness in sharing their thoughts and views on relevant topics covered each week.A new episode premieres every Monday at 12pm Eastern.I AM ATHLETE is a thought provoking and in-depth podcast that offers multiple perspectiveson subjects ranging from sports to controversial topics to fashion to lifestyle covering all cultural conversations and building a platform to educate but encourage viewers to engage.
On this special edition of I Am Athlete, the guys talk NFL postseason and what teams are Tampa-bound for the Super Bowl. Joined by Coach Hue Jackson for this wild card weekend preview- Chad, Channing and Fred discuss the integrity of the game, what teams are hot at the right moment and what it will take to see more minority head coaches in 2021. But like any good locker room discussion, it's not just about the teams left standing- it's all the other outside factors that has everyone speaking their minds.  Tune in to listen to first hand experience with these times and inside perspective on the current state of the NFL and where it goes from here. I Am Athlete podcast is candid, unscripted weekly discussion between former NFL greats: Brandon Marshall, Chad Johnson, Fred Taylor and Channing Crowder.  These gridiron giants pull no punches and have no filter while expressing themselves on the importance of the issues and topics they cover. Each week the podcast is growing in popularity and its subscribers due to the panelists frankness in sharing their thoughts and views on relevant topics covered each week.A new episode premieres every Monday at 12pm Eastern.I AM ATHLETE is a thought provoking and in-depth podcast that offers multiple perspectiveson subjects ranging from sports to controversial topics to fashion to lifestyle covering all cultural conversations and building a platform to educate but encourage viewers to engage.
On Episode 17, the guys are split on the Dwayne Haskins situation as Chad and Channing feel for the former first round pick after his release while Fred and Brandon say his actions were reckless giving the opportunity he had and the disregard he showed his head coach and organization. Violating COVID protocol is a serious matter and disrespectful to people suffering from the effects; as Brandon opens up about his own recent battle with the virus which led to an onset of mental health issues and panic attacks that found him wandering his street in the middle of the night with fear and sadness. As the guys discuss their aspirations and plans for 2021, Chad chimes in that he doesn’t believe in new year’s resolutions but rather if people do whatever they want everyday then they’ll be happy. Fred takes a more reflective approach and says it’s about creating the life you want to live and even those who look like they have it together (referring to himself) always have room to grow. Channing keeps it light sharing his plan to fix his teeth while Brandon, makes it personal- striving to be a better husband and a man of faith which leads into a deeper conversation about understanding the love language partners desire. Chef Nancie is joined by her youngest daughter this week who opens up about watching her mom’s journey and shares it’s never too late to become who you want to be. I Am Athlete podcast is candid, unscripted weekly discussion between former NFL greats: Brandon Marshall, Chad Johnson, Fred Taylor and Channing Crowder.  These gridiron giants pull no punches and have no filter while expressing themselves on the importance of the issues and topics they cover. Each week the podcast is growing in popularity and its subscribers due to the panelists frankness in sharing their thoughts and views on relevant topics covered each week.A new episode premieres every Monday at 12pm Eastern.I AM ATHLETE is a thought provoking and in-depth podcast that offers multiple perspectiveson subjects ranging from sports to controversial topics to fashion to lifestyle covering all cultural conversations and building a platform to educate but encourage viewers to engage.
On Episode 16, Rick "Rozay" Ross joins the I Am Athlete Crew to ring in the new year opening up about his own life experiences and sharing advice in business, relationships and health. Brandon talks about his long standing bond with the music executive-entrepreneur and how it helped shape his own business aspirations while still playing in the NFL. As they reminisce, Rozay gets personal about his health battles which led him to find a more sustainable lifestyle, both physically and mentally, a passion that Brandon shares. Fred and Channing tackle all the business ventures Rozay has created, touch on the keys to success and the life lessons learned along the way. Rozay stresses the importance of capitalizing on opportunities outside your craft and how to make it all work. Chad chimes in that he will be making a guest appearance on Ross' new album and even gives a sneak peak of his rapping skills! Talking music, the guys dive into the battle between Jeezy and Gucci Mane and also ask Rozay his thoughts on 50 Cent and if a Verzuz battle is in their future. Prepping a meal made for a 'Rich Boy", Chef Nancie serves up one of Rozay's favorites as the guys are impressed to hear some of Chef's experiences growing up in Queens and how she paved her own path to success. Finishing the year off on a high note popping Belaire and toasting to continued growth and prosperity in 2021...Happy New Year! I Am Athlete podcast is candid, unscripted weekly discussion between former NFL greats: Brandon Marshall, Chad Johnson, Fred Taylor and Channing Crowder.  These gridiron giants pull no punches and have no filter while expressing themselves on the importance of the issues and topics they cover. Each week the podcast is growing in popularity and its subscribers due to the panelists frankness in sharing their thoughts and views on relevant topics covered each week.A new episode premieres every Monday at 12pm Eastern.I AM ATHLETE is a thought provoking and in-depth podcast that offers multiple perspectiveson subjects ranging from sports to controversial topics to fashion to lifestyle covering all cultural conversations and building a platform to educate but encourage viewers to engage.
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Alonzo Brown

5 Star Podcast! I came into it thinking I would get some insight on the game & the league. These brothers/warriors give so much more. I truly appreciate the comaraderie, the realness, the transparency. God's Word says "Iron Sharpens Iron" this podcast is doing just that. Salute!

Feb 5th
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Patricia J. Williams

I absolutely love this podcast! Real brothers talking about real life. Brandon Marshall... YES!

Jan 9th
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