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Ocho Breaks Down: Real Men Cry Too | I AM ATHLETE with Brandon Marshall, Chad Johnson & More 

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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.
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Ebune Namata
Ebune Namata 4 hours ago
🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾
Tyrrone aka Ty Cool Hinton
Great episode, and subject that can’t be stressed enough.
Luke Youngblood
Luke Youngblood 7 hours ago
Man I’m a 46y/o Aussie straight man and I love you guys. Much love
DREMY23
DREMY23 21 hour ago
Appreciate u guys
Armand Mcmillian
Armand Mcmillian 23 hours ago
I love this show Bruh!!!. 💪🏾💪🏾💪🏾🔥
thomas torrone
Lost my pops 6 1/2 years ago, it never gets better, you just learn to live with pain . RIP Mama Ocho
Adrian Jones
Adrian Jones Day ago
This was very powerful. Thank you for sharing!
Laquame Knox
Laquame Knox Day ago
Get Hines ward on
KingCortez Reactz
Mad respect to chad bro 💯🙏💪🏾 this show is just amazing I’m a sponge I learn something every episode I really appreciate you guys for dropping powerful knowledge and the conversation is just so genuine it’s like you chilling wit family at a barbecue and we just converse about life and all it’s habits just an amazing feeling man
Sebastian Wasike
Hi... Am all the way in Kenya/Africa and on a daily basis am glued to you guys. You guys are so lucky to have that major break to have played and get paid so well doing it. I can relate on the sports side of it having played rugby but most of us on this hemisphere don't know much about NFL yet I can't get enough. Keep it real as always and spread the brand down here. Hell if you could start a scouting program, the real gene pool is out here. Cheers maybe one day you will get to read my comments.
darryl hubbard
This was a beautiful episode
L Moore
L Moore Day ago
Uh, yeah😭😭😭😭
Daniel Childs
My favorite episode. My mom had mental health issue and she passed January 27, 2021. Lost both parents, keep praying and find that balance. Love the brother hood.
Scotty Mac
Scotty Mac Day ago
What a very powerful episode about male mental health. We men need to learn that it's ok to cry, it's ok to have emotions, it's ok to tell another man you love them, and it's ok to not be ok. Thank you fellas for that strong reminder! God bless! 🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾
J Hale
J Hale Day ago
Love ya ocho.
Chelli Garrett
I love you guys so much. I am hooked. I think Brandon's laugh pulled me in. I believe its the Transparency and Authenticity. Much love to you Ocho only time makes it better. Thank you for the most awesome, real, and authentic times. I will continue to watch y'all religiously. I want to give you my demographics. 56 year old Single parent White girl Do not like sports I'm a musician. Although I did moved to Hapeville Georgia when I was 15 to live with Buzz Sawyer. My bestfriend was his brother. Love you guys thanX for the a Alchemy. ✌♥️💯🔥💞🌠 don't grab my butt lol
Tyndareus Ganther
Never misses
breon bilal
breon bilal 2 days ago
“What if she had to bury u?” That’s tough.
Nav J
Nav J 2 days ago
Y’all need better mics
Jay Rod
Jay Rod 2 days ago
I wish one of them stood up and hug Ocho he for sure needed a hug there.. I have given up time for the friends to be with my parents because time with your parents is all we need, they teach you how to walk and talk better then your friends ever will
Kc Herr
Kc Herr 2 days ago
Ocho I felt that shit I had the same relationship with my mom
A_truth2u
A_truth2u 2 days ago
Yal destined to be the best visual podcast..keep up the good work
mario bell
mario bell 2 days ago
I guess my question is why am I just now picking up on this show this is true awesomeness and greatness being down-to-earth and keeping it real and they chopping it up not to be a friendly but this just made me happy
Dermarico Ford Sr.
Gematria Effects sports
Trey Savage
Trey Savage 2 days ago
The whole cast is amazing all dem niggas funny dhis like the homies at the house playing the game smoking n drinkin cracking on each other and having real life conversations 💯
Esther Ngugi
Esther Ngugi 2 days ago
This is my first time tuning in, and it is very sad men are not allowed to cry or show emotions. They toughen up while dying on the inside. While Chad showed emotions and cried while describing losing his mother you could see the other guys emotions through facial twitching ,and teary eyes but not of them got up to hug him or tell him how sorry they were. Guys keep up with the good conversations, check on one another and before you know it. Emotions will be seen and felt. Remember you are human beings in the first place. Treat your boys and daughters the same way to break the unrealistic cycle. Finally keep up the good work! show your emotions and we love you for it. Chad may the good Lord grant you peace. To the mother suffering from cancer God will make a way
Jerry Woods
Jerry Woods 2 days ago
Great Conversation. Please don't leave the Lord Jesus Christ out of the Message. Christ is the Answer. Praying for you Chad.😔
Black Man
Black Man 2 days ago
Needed.
mac609
mac609 2 days ago
He said, "he mentally prepared himself to bury his ole' girl." 😭😭😭
Big Silva
Big Silva 3 days ago
This is heart felt gawd damn tearing up
Derrick Bevins
Derrick Bevins 3 days ago
I swear this is easy one of the best channel and this episode is a powerful one
Dsaturday Fwight
Dsaturday Fwight 3 days ago
Had no idea vincent jackson died and wasnt even in the league anymore!
Ann Njeri Kiarie
Ann Njeri Kiarie 3 days ago
Ocho❤️❤️
Dapper Aaron
Dapper Aaron 3 days ago
If we did this more we would bury less of our brothers - This what the young boys need to see “ Fred T “ well said
Demetrius Hawkins
I am late to the party but I really appreciate this show. I love the fact that these brothers argue, laugh and cry like family. This show is very organic. I typically don't comment but I have to show love here. I have always said that people forget that these guys are people first. The sport is what they do, it is not who they are. Chad Johnson...bro in Jan of 2017 I lost my mother...two months later I lost my father, almost a year later one of my best friends took his own life. I was in a dark place for a very long time and here it is four years later I ALMOST feel like myself again. It is a process. Keep your head up champ.
Eric Rodriguez
Eric Rodriguez 4 days ago
This show is straight 🔥
Jer B
Jer B 4 days ago
Man...it’s hard being a Black Man, but also just being a man in general. It’s alright to open up to one another, have emotions, and let it out , brothers. Great episode. These men are awesome role models for young men all over, but to young Black Men especially. Something my people definitely need more of. 👍🏾
Patrick J
Patrick J 4 days ago
This episode made me think about the relationship with my own parents. I’m grateful for them and you’ve made me want to at least attempt to fix any issues we may have. Much love bothers! Powerful episode man thank y’all for opening up. I really wish us men would do this often
NikoGoKrazy
NikoGoKrazy 4 days ago
This whole entire episode was beautiful.
Fatkiller22
Fatkiller22 4 days ago
Ochoc's face when Brandon came to hug him " OH we gettin hugs??". That was nice.
Jerrica Oliver
Jerrica Oliver 4 days ago
When I say I love them!!! I love how they are using this platform!
Ethan
Ethan 4 days ago
I swear, Ocho dated a girl named after every ingredient used in these dishes.
J Joe
J Joe 4 days ago
Damn ocho, god bless brotha
Andre Johnson
Andre Johnson 4 days ago
I’m happy for all those brothers. Money doesn’t take pain away and I’m glad they all have each other for support. Look what sports do for people. Brings them closer and eventually at the end it creates a brotherhood. Much love for my brothers.
Andre Johnson
Andre Johnson 4 days ago
Watching ocho soil it out and not care who judges is a relief. I have met him a few times. A couple movie nights he used to do a couple years ago at my local movie theatre. He is the funniest and lovable person man. All positive energy with him. I appreciate him as a fan and as a role model. I know he hasn’t done the best in his career with staying out of trouble, but I respect him for being himself. Happy for him.
Michael Johnson
Michael Johnson 4 days ago
This amazing! Straight, masculine black men, crying and hugging each other.. Showing love to one another. Brotherhood at its finest... Very powerful
Mr. Cooperwood
Mr. Cooperwood 4 days ago
Iron sharpens Iron. Men have to support Men in order for us to thrive as a whole. Great talk guys. God Bless🙏🏾
Myro Zi
Myro Zi 4 days ago
Menn i fell down crying
Button Basher
Button Basher 4 days ago
I needed this! Thankyou!
Dequavis14
Dequavis14 4 days ago
Great group of guys💯
L H
L H 4 days ago
Man I like Brandon on this show... waaaaay better than FTF... this is his zone man. Stay here man. Build this and grow it. FTF is too regulated and after seeing you in here I see how you’re hands are tied on that show. This is the real you. You seem forced with your comments on FTF and here your free man. Good job.
Garrett Zachmann
Garrett Zachmann 4 days ago
Ocho is all real as it gets. He can be serious and then is a huge comedian. He’s always a fav. Same as b marsh. Iconic wr goons
James Mickiel
James Mickiel 4 days ago
Man this was a great episode. For real. Thanks gentlemen
KNOBL
KNOBL 4 days ago
THAT SONG IS FIRE WHAT IS THAT?
Andre Johnson
Andre Johnson 4 days ago
Where can I send a business inquiry?
AIA EMPIRE FRAMING
Wisdom !! Big up chad RIP MUM
Edwardo Tinoco
Edwardo Tinoco 5 days ago
Love you guys!!!
G.A.M.A
G.A.M.A 5 days ago
Mental health within the black community has been a hard topic, especially amongst us men. It's good to see it finally being talked about. We were groomed to always be tough and barely show emotions. I'm really grateful as a generation, we're finally opening up about it.
UPLIFT JAI
UPLIFT JAI 5 days ago
However I strongly dislike when the ad popped up while Chad was grieving. Smh
UPLIFT JAI
UPLIFT JAI 5 days ago
My heart goes out to all of you Kings. One love
Levester White Media
This is the best show ever....
Tamika Nicole
Tamika Nicole 5 days ago
This show is such a blessing to our community. It really touches my heart. I'm sitting here crying with you all. I really appreciate what you all are doing, I want to see this as the norm for us!!!
Mickey Miki
Mickey Miki 5 days ago
Mannn this is a powerful show. We need to make this a norm with our black men. My dad was so cold, if you hugged him, he’d push you off or if you’re nice to him, he gotta counter it with something that will piss you off or his way of showing affection is picking at you to the point you cussing at him. I know why he is the way he is, I’m use to it so I felt EVERYTHING Ocho said. All my friends were daddy’s girl but I wasn’t especially raised with 3 brothers, I was taught to be tough to hang. Thank you for all of this. Thank you thank you thank you.
Quel Young
Quel Young 6 days ago
Shit made me cry bro. This shit real and I love it
Mxk Rvgr
Mxk Rvgr 6 days ago
I started watching this show last week (Apr. 5, 2021) and seeing this episode definitely made me a fan. So Powerful! 🔥
tnnandy
tnnandy 6 days ago
Damn Yall Almost got me!
Brandon Shaw
Brandon Shaw 6 days ago
Where’s the NFT @ 😏
The Only Goat
The Only Goat 6 days ago
so the director basically just said "ill fire one of yall niggas"
Alexia A
Alexia A 6 days ago
Ah dang this one is a gem!! 💯💯💯
Sai Yiddy
Sai Yiddy 6 days ago
You men are doing gods work salute
Gabe Coronado
Gabe Coronado 6 days ago
great episode full of wisdom
AB Capone
AB Capone 6 days ago
Real asl
Dana Ramdeen
Dana Ramdeen 7 days ago
This episode...BEAUTIFUL 🙌🏾🙏🏾❤️
Brandon Malcolm
Brandon Malcolm 7 days ago
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Dana Ramdeen
Dana Ramdeen 7 days ago
I don’t watch ANY sport and wasn’t familiar with most of the players. Somehow I stumbled across this show, and I really enjoy the conversations. I recently started watching the wives, and absolutely love them too. Keep up the great work 👏🏾.
Nee Nee
Nee Nee 7 days ago
in all seriousness man..
Zak betz
Zak betz 7 days ago
🐐
Thankful Always
Thankful Always 7 days ago
I love this shooooow 😭😭💕💕💎💎
Edwurrd
Edwurrd 7 days ago
Definitely gonna spend more time with my parents. Feel like I’ve been drifting apart from them this past year. So much wisdom to gain and memories to be made with them
Thankful Always
Thankful Always 7 days ago
💕💎💯
Kingmill908
Kingmill908 7 days ago
Great show!!!!
C Johnson
C Johnson 7 days ago
This one hit home
Summer Air
Summer Air 7 days ago
Boxer.. baseball.. Basketball players .. would love to see and here there perspective life overcoming stories .. love this
Lynch Johnson Jr.
Brandon Marshall corny as fuc bro
Wayne Branigan
Wayne Branigan 7 days ago
Man, I’ve recently ran across this show and it’s my favorite. I think the guys has great chemistry and topics are on point. Amazing show!
Natural Empress
Natural Empress 7 days ago
Nothing beats AUTHENTICITY! I love this platform! Truly insightful & inspiring! KEEP IT UP!💯
R Waller
R Waller 7 days ago
Great Aisle 6 analogy😂
John Lara
John Lara 8 days ago
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John Lara
John Lara 8 days ago
The noxious jogging energetically laugh because touch nutritionally smile circa a invincible appendix. aback, hulking soda
Shadow61616
Shadow61616 8 days ago
28:57 You know Chad is getting serious when you can hear him swallow.
Dima G
Dima G 8 days ago
Great way to start the pod, talking about real shit. I love that you guys bring attention to it and genuinely care for each other
YK007 BEATS
YK007 BEATS 8 days ago
i must commend you guys on this episode and show! me and my guys do this often by phone real talk and when we can in person, and its real simple we joke and do it naturally.
Sherlon Parks
Sherlon Parks 8 days ago
so inspiring.... I had to join the community... Congratulation...
Josh Robertson
Josh Robertson 8 days ago
I truly love this show. The energy I get from this show is like no other. They are second to none. As a black man it makes me proud to see other black men speak on real issues. This is knowledge
Howdy Patna
Howdy Patna 8 days ago
This show is really therapeutic they stay keepin it real 💯
Jay
Jay 8 days ago
33:46 if ya kno, ya kno 😭🤣
Jay
Jay 8 days ago
31:07 Fred Taylor is a wise soul ✊🏾. I picking up everything he dropping
N Y
N Y 8 days ago
I love Ocho , I love this show.
Rïcky E
Rïcky E 8 days ago
Man this got bout half a tear out of me 😭
J RIIICH
J RIIICH 8 days ago
Man I shed some tears watching this ...Just lost my grandfather couple of weeks ago feel like a chapter of my life over now that him and my grandmother gone...but like Chad reference to u keep busy and stay going and keep smiling respect brother 💯
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