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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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Dapper Aaron
Dapper Aaron 7 hours 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
Demetrius Hawkins 16 hours ago
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 18 hours ago
This show is straight 🔥
Jer B
Jer B 18 hours 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 18 hours 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 20 hours ago
This whole entire episode was beautiful.
Fatkiller22
Fatkiller22 20 hours ago
Ochoc's face when Brandon came to hug him " OH we gettin hugs??". That was nice.
Jerrica Oliver
Jerrica Oliver 20 hours ago
When I say I love them!!! I love how they are using this platform!
Ethan
Ethan 21 hour ago
I swear, Ocho dated a girl named after every ingredient used in these dishes.
J Joe
J Joe 23 hours ago
Damn ocho, god bless brotha
Andre Johnson
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
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
This amazing! Straight, masculine black men, crying and hugging each other.. Showing love to one another. Brotherhood at its finest... Very powerful
Mr. Cooperwood
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 Day ago
Menn i fell down crying
Button Basher
I needed this! Thankyou!
Dequavis14
Dequavis14 Day ago
Great group of guys💯
L H
L H Day 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
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
Man this was a great episode. For real. Thanks gentlemen
KNOBL
KNOBL Day ago
THAT SONG IS FIRE WHAT IS THAT?
Andre Johnson
Where can I send a business inquiry?
AIA EMPIRE FRAMING
Wisdom !! Big up chad RIP MUM
Edwardo Tinoco
Love you guys!!!
G.A.M.A
G.A.M.A 2 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 2 days ago
However I strongly dislike when the ad popped up while Chad was grieving. Smh
UPLIFT JAI
UPLIFT JAI 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 days ago
Shit made me cry bro. This shit real and I love it
Mxk Rvgr
Mxk Rvgr 2 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 2 days ago
Damn Yall Almost got me!
Brandon Shaw
Brandon Shaw 3 days ago
Where’s the NFT @ 😏
The Only Goat
The Only Goat 3 days ago
so the director basically just said "ill fire one of yall niggas"
Alexia A
Alexia A 3 days ago
Ah dang this one is a gem!! 💯💯💯
Sai Yiddy
Sai Yiddy 3 days ago
You men are doing gods work salute
Gabe Coronado
Gabe Coronado 3 days ago
great episode full of wisdom
AB Capone
AB Capone 3 days ago
Real asl
Dana Ramdeen
Dana Ramdeen 3 days ago
This episode...BEAUTIFUL 🙌🏾🙏🏾❤️
Brandon Malcolm
Brandon Malcolm 3 days ago
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Dana Ramdeen
Dana Ramdeen 3 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 3 days ago
in all seriousness man..
Zak betz
Zak betz 3 days ago
🐐
Thankful Always
Thankful Always 3 days ago
I love this shooooow 😭😭💕💕💎💎
Edwurrd
Edwurrd 3 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 4 days ago
💕💎💯
Kingmill908
Kingmill908 4 days ago
Great show!!!!
C Johnson
C Johnson 4 days ago
This one hit home
Summer Air
Summer Air 4 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 4 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 4 days ago
Nothing beats AUTHENTICITY! I love this platform! Truly insightful & inspiring! KEEP IT UP!💯
R Waller
R Waller 4 days ago
Great Aisle 6 analogy😂
John Lara
John Lara 4 days ago
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John Lara
John Lara 4 days ago
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Shadow61616
Shadow61616 4 days ago
28:57 You know Chad is getting serious when you can hear him swallow.
Dima G
Dima G 4 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 5 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 5 days ago
so inspiring.... I had to join the community... Congratulation...
Josh Robertson
Josh Robertson 5 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 5 days ago
This show is really therapeutic they stay keepin it real 💯
Jay
Jay 5 days ago
33:46 if ya kno, ya kno 😭🤣
Jay
Jay 5 days ago
31:07 Fred Taylor is a wise soul ✊🏾. I picking up everything he dropping
N Y
N Y 5 days ago
I love Ocho , I love this show.
Rïcky E
Rïcky E 5 days ago
Man this got bout half a tear out of me 😭
J RIIICH
J RIIICH 5 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 💯
Geo FastFit
Geo FastFit 5 days ago
Dope.🤝🏾
Devaughn Egans
Devaughn Egans 5 days ago
Very proud of all of you good men and extra proud of my Frat Brother B’Marsh....May God continue to keep blessing you all with your platform. YO! YO! YO!👌🏾♦️♠️
Gerald Kasusula
Gerald Kasusula 5 days ago
Massiv.. mens up !! One Spirit one Heart
Beautiful DeJ
Beautiful DeJ 5 days ago
The hug definitely made me smile ❤️❤️! Everyone needs one. I love to see that 🙏🏾✨.
SethGamerZA
SethGamerZA 5 days ago
Man this is special.
greatness 1st more greatness
I like how they respect the chef and include her in these videos and not use the chef just to stunt
Jaemarie Suazo
Jaemarie Suazo 5 days ago
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Sweet Wonka Hallelujah
Finally...B Marsh gotta regularly shirt on...NOW HE LOOKS RICH
Queen Gelli
Queen Gelli 6 days ago
This episode was so real powerful
Rae Johnson
Rae Johnson 6 days ago
Sending prayers/hugs...thanks for sharing, perhaps it'll be helpful to my nephews and brothers💜
Rey Reyes
Rey Reyes 6 days ago
Man I’m loving these videos... but I shed a tear before ocho did
T H
T H 6 days ago
Fred Taylor is always on point with what he says....seems like a guy full of wisdom.
Lajuane Martin
Lajuane Martin 6 days ago
This made me cry so bad.
Malik
Malik 6 days ago
Maaaaaan!! This episode was so powerful, that part where they hugged . Tears
Ike Pichardo
Ike Pichardo 6 days ago
This show is needed for us fans that what to know the personalities of our favorite players with real talk. Much love. Keep it up.
Shoot First
Shoot First 6 days ago
Damn this touched me
bobby waid
bobby waid 6 days ago
Bruh I literally eat every part of this show
Curry Black
Curry Black 6 days ago
i really liked channing’s answer to the mental health question, now im not a pro football player but i understand what he means about the uncertainty of what’s actually causing mental health problems. it’s hard to put a specific number on it, it’s a variable not a constant
mikejoe9121
mikejoe9121 6 days ago
Chef Nancee you from them back blocks of south Jamaica queens I use to live on Foch
mikejoe9121
mikejoe9121 6 days ago
Damn I’m watching & commenting and Chad is my guy him & TO and that is real I can’t say it enough this is so needed this is Emmy award worthy content
mikejoe9121
mikejoe9121 6 days ago
Fred is that the cooking guy shirt
mikejoe9121
mikejoe9121 6 days ago
The crazy thing is that in the minority community we don’t like to expose our feelings and it’s so important to express yourself don’t ever think your struggles are only yours everyone goes through it don’t be ashamed to look for a shoulder to cry on it helps 🙏🏽🙏🏽
mikejoe9121
mikejoe9121 6 days ago
Brandon should style Channing for one episode
Marcie Dear
Marcie Dear 6 days ago
Powerful episode
zDeeeee
zDeeeee 6 days ago
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Young Isrealite
Young Isrealite 7 days ago
How can you dislike this?? Smh
Nico Bailem
Nico Bailem 7 days ago
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Kelly Mitchell
Kelly Mitchell 7 days ago
My mom passed away 5 years ago, the pain is still there. But the train don't stop, got to grind. Yes, I miss her everyday.
Ananda Davis
Ananda Davis 7 days ago
Beyond powerful. 🤯💖
Queensheba - M
Queensheba - M 7 days ago
This is so powerful and deep I cry my eyes out the whole video, I lost my mom few months ago and the pain is killing me slowly 💔
Lem
Lem 7 days ago
My condolences, praying for you queen 💕
O.G. DUTY FREE
O.G. DUTY FREE 7 days ago
I know nothing about these men not a sports fan at all but I appreciate and respect this whole conversation and mutual respect I love this
Dwight Simmons
Dwight Simmons 7 days ago
This was an inspiring and well needed show for black men to experience this was powerful for me. Thanks brothers Peace and love
Secret Place Tarot
that was beautiful
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