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October 14, 2022 2:24 am

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October 14, 2022 2:24 am

JR talks about Ron Rivera going off on the Media after Thursday Night Football


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Most of the times. Anyway, tonight, Thursday Night Football, craptacular matchup, awful. Washington, they go into Chicago they go into Chicago and they beat the Bears. The final score there, 12 to 7. Justin Fields looked absolutely depressed after the game. Neither team could muster anything. Carson Wentz, 99 yards passing, zero touchdowns, zero INTs. Fields had 88 yards rushing. It was just sad.

Pathetic. You would think after winning the football game that even Washington would be thrilled or happy with the results, but we know earlier in the week against the Tennessee Titans, Carson Wentz didn't help them win the game. He probably helped them seal the deal to lose at the end. And Ron Rivera was asked afterwards, like, what's the problem with you guys? And what's the biggest, he was just like quarterback right out the gate.

Didn't hesitate. And then he had to clean it up. He had to apologize to Carson. He had to be clear with the team. He had to let everybody know that he pretty much spoke out of turn. He was contrite. He blamed himself. This is what Ron Rivera had to say earlier this week. He put the blame and the onus on himself. The stuff you said yesterday made a bit of a stir.

You had Alex Smith and other people out there saying stuff. What did you make of their reaction? And do you understand why they reacted the way they did?

I do. But you know, at the end of the day, I spoke to my team this morning. You know, we, I basically told him that I said some things that were misconstrued.

I didn't present it properly. And that's on me. So I took accountability, told the guys that, you know, I should know better. And I had a bad day. So I figured, you know, feeling better today, let's move forward.

So to me, as far as I'm concerned, it's really now about the most important thing that's getting ready for football. I guess he had to change our heart tonight after the victory. I guess he went into the locker room afterwards and hyped this guy's up. I guess he told him it's us against you all. Because after the victory, he stood in front of the media.

He closed up his press conference. And he basically said, hey, the way y'all treat Carson is not fair. It's not nice. Just don't take my words.

Listen to his. They played their asses off. They have, they play their asses off for everybody. They come out and they show up. They work hard. All right. They don't complain.

Okay. They hear all this stuff and they got to deal with it. I get that. I respect them for that.

Cause they're resilient. They come out. Everybody keeps wanting to say, I don't want anything to do with Carson. Well, I'm the guy that pulled out the sheets of paper and looked at the analytics that watched the tape and fricking when we were here, we were taping fricking when we're in Indianapolis. Okay.

And that's what pisses me off because the young man doesn't deserve to have that all the time. I'm sorry. I'm done. Ouch. If you didn't know earlier on in the day, we got a report about Dan Snyder, separate from this terrible play on the field.

It was about how Daniel Snyder was just, he felt that he was Teflon in the NFL, despite the $10 million fine, all of the nonsense that he's just like, I'm untouchable because I got dirt on everybody. They can't get rid of me. I start squealing.

If I got to go down, everybody goes down. The report was denied. One of the parts of that was that yeah, Ron Rivera didn't want him. You just heard it. Ron Rivera was just like, I was the one who looked at the stats.

I looked at the numbers. I'm fine with Carson. There was that report today though, that Daniel Snyder was the one who wanted Carson Wentz.

This is what Carson Wentz had to say after the game on that report. I was just informed that that would be asked in here. And I have no idea what quite frankly was being reported to discuss, talked about.

You guys know me. I don't, I don't read. I don't see a lot of that sort of stuff, so I can't really have an opinion on it. Good for him.

When you're making all that money in the NFL and you pretty much stink, good. What are you reading negativity for? He needs to call up Ben Simmons and tell Ben Simmons to put his phone down. I think a lot of people need to put their phones down.

All the garbage and trash that's online poisoning people. Good for Carson Wentz. He'd probably be worse if he had to read how bad he was, but he already knows. He was in a good mood. He was happy for Brian Robinson Jr. Yeah, this is the man who got shot in an attempted robbery in DC right before the season started. He returned earlier this week, he returned earlier this week, got a couple of plays in, nothing, nothing out of this world. Tonight, he had 17 carries for 60 yards and a touchdown.

Man got shot in the leg. He's back already playing NFL football. Good for him and Carson Wentz. He's happy about it. I've said it since he came back. Obviously the real life side of it was cool to get him back last week and then huge to get him in the end zone this week for his first of hopefully many. But especially the point in the game, critical crucial point in the ball game that we needed to score and needed to get in. And I think we kind of all knew we were going to give him the rock a couple of times down there and he got it done for us. And I was happy for him, proud of him. And like I said, hopefully the first of many.

Yeah, hopefully the first of many. I know Washington, they're looking for touchdowns any which way that they can get them. The Bears basically muffed the punt at the end of the game in their own territory. And then Brian Robinson was able to punch that in for a touchdown. And of course, they went for a two point conversion. It didn't work out. Bears got the ball back.

They didn't do a damn thing. Couldn't score at the goal line. And here we are in Frustration City. Washington improves to two and four.

Chicago falls to two and four. And speaking of that frustration, Justin Fields sacked five times tonight. Oh, yeah, he's frustrated. His body feels it too. Listen to him. Everybody's mad.

I mean, nobody's happy about his loss. You know, just we always get told that we're almost there. We're almost there. Like me personally, I'm tired of being almost there. I'm tired of being, you know, just this close.

I feel like I've been hearing it for so long now. But, you know, at the end of the day, all you can do is get back to work. That's the only reaction you have. Live and learn. Get back next week and keep going.

Keep getting better. He should talk to Bears fans who've been there longer than him. You've been playing for, what, two years now? You should talk to Bears fans who are actually fans of the team for, I don't know, 30, 20 plus years, man.

Almost for a long time they've been searching for a quarterback. Maybe you're the guy. You're not even getting help.

Sad. Fields also said, and this is ironic because they didn't do a, they didn't start anything. They didn't have a middle, but he says that they need to finish. It doesn't matter if you drive all the way down to the five, one yard line and don't score. So, I mean, you can, that's the same thing as a three and out and you punt inside the 10. So, it's the same thing. So, just the biggest thing is just finishing. Yeah, I have heard it's not how you start.

It's how you finish. So, maybe he does have a point. Possibly. 855-212-4CBS. That's 855-212-4CBS. I'm still here in beautiful New Orleans, Louisiana. I spoke with the students at Tulane University earlier today. And before we roll out of here, I want to share with you some of the conversations I had with some amazing Special Olympics athletes. We'll do that later in the show, but let's talk to you right now. Let's go to Chicago and let's talk to Bill. You're on CBS Sports Radio.

JR, man, always a pleasure. And for me, it's been over 50 years of this. And the fact is, as a Chicago Bears fan, to see them routinely have a team take the field at a talent deficit and on top of it, essentially in my eyes, a coaching deficit. You've had no offense for years. So, you decide to go hire Matt Eberfus.

You might as well call him Evelus. It's basically a Lovey Smith replacement, not as good as Lovey Smith, who's focused on the Tampa 2. And then you bring in Lou Getze from the Green Bay Packers, right? Who runs a screen better than the Packers? Almost no team.

I see no screens. I see nothing to try and get a little bit of pressure off the quarterback. And you know what? I hate to say it. I had high hopes for Justin, but when I see him, I just feel like, man, this is a kid who had, obviously, in his time at Ohio State, a top 10 collegiate wide receiver core of the last decade. And now he comes here, and it's just another place where quarterbacks come to die, because whatever they do have going for them is crushed by a system that is constantly surrounding them with bad talent and bad coaching, bad schemes, you name it. It's just a disgusting place to be as a Chicago Bears fan, and I don't see it changing for the better. Tell me I'm wrong. I wish I could.

I wish I could, but I can't. It's mind boggling how you have certain teams that just kind of float around. It's like, how come the Bears consistently, and we saw this coming, it's like, oh, the defense is great. The defense is great. When is the offense going to catch up to the defense? The defense, defense, defense, Bears, Monsters of the Midway, defense, defense, defense. Where's the offense? Where's the quarterback? Never.

Not even by accident? Sucks. Sean is calling from Pittsburgh, PA. You're on the JR Sport Brief Show. Hey, Chad. First time caller.

Thank you. I think Justin Pills, he has to shoulder some of this blame here. He went off on his interview after this game, and he's like, I'm tired of this.

They keep saying it's getting better and better. Well, he needs to check himself because he's a second year player. He's missing his reads. I mean, if you've watched the game just from the television, Cole Kamet is wide open in the middle of the field, and he's staring down Mooney. Mooney had like, I think he had like 14 targets. He started off the game throwing to Cole Kamet, two, or I think he gave him two targets.

Maybe the third one was deflected for that touchdown. He just doesn't look that way, and he keeps going. He just looks one read, and if he don't see Mooney open, then he starts to run. He can do that in college, but he can't do that in the NFL. I mean, he's got to get those reads. I mean, they made that offense pretty simplistic. I mean, it is a boring offense, but they're trying to make it as simple as pie for him, and he needs to check those reads. He needs to look at those tight ends. That tight end's so big.

It's a combination. I don't think Fields is skirting responsibility. He didn't name anyone in his post game and say, oh, well, this guy or this group needs to perform better for us to win. He looked at it as a team, and yeah, as a second-year quarterback or guy who's moving on now into his just, I don't want to say, being a veteran is not the word, but he's gaining and garnering experience. I'm not expecting him to all of a sudden wake up and be, okay, well, not Aaron Rodgers, obviously, but he's not in the best of situations. He's still learning. He's still making mistakes.

It's a combination of it all, man. The guys around him suck, and it's not helping him to grow in the process. He's got an excellent tight end. He needs to use them more often. Okay, he's going to need time to actually throw the ball.

It's not all that easy. His own head coach said after the game, we stink at the line. His own coach said it.

A matter of fact, this is what Matt Eberfluss had to say about the protection of Justin Fields. We're going to reassess everything. I mean, everything we're going to reassess from scheme to players to everything, and we're going to do a good job of that here coming up, and we're going to do a good job of really getting it to the players. If it might be a lineup change or it might be technique fundamentals, all that scheme, how we're running certain plays, who we're getting the ball to, what we're doing well, what we need to improve on.

So that's going to be, we're going to look at all that for sure. Okay. Just say we got to, well, just say we suck. He can't say that. I can't. Y'all suck.

It's necessary for him to look at everything. I feel bad. But from all my friends in Chicago, my friends, they run around in the orange suits and stuff, and it's cold.

You got to go out there and watch that. Yuck. Josh is calling from Illinois. You're on CBS Sports Radio. All right, JR.

I guess you could say the agony of defeat. And Rob from Manhattan is Richard from Manhattan's alter ego. That's the take I get on those two guys.

I just, I look at these games, and I think, well, how can a team be so bad for so long? And it has to go right through the whole organization. I mean, for me, I think the NFL teams should hire actors to do the after game press conference.

I think it'd be better off that way. The owner of Washington, I mean, he'd be in the movie Cruising 2 without Al Pacino. He's going to go under the covers. He's going to go looking for what other people are doing. What's he going to do? Put the Groucho glasses on and look through the hotel windows?

This is Saturday Night Live material. Go, mechanic go. Go, mechanic go. Go, mechanic go. Go, mechanic go. Go, mechanic go. Go, mechanic go. Go, mechanic go. Go, mechanic go. Go, mechanic go. Go, mechanic go. Go, mechanic go. Okay, Josh. We get it.

Okay. Go, mechanic go. Okay, damn, Josh, we get it.

And then expect an SNL skit here. He must be drinking that jack. That last part sucked.

It's the JR Sportbree Show here with you on CBS Sports Radio. 855- The game was worse. The game was worse than him? Yeah. Yeah, it was.

It's true. 855-2124CBS. That's 855-212-4CBS. I'm gonna get some more of your calls.

I know we got a lot of people with a lot of opinions on Washington, on the Bears. And then we're gonna bring some positivity to you before I roll out. I'm gonna tell you about my time in New Orleans hanging out at Tulane University. It's the JR Sportbree Show on CBS Sports Radio. I'll talk to you on the other side of the break. You're listening to the JR Sportbree on CBS Sports Radio. You're listening to the JR Sportbree on CBS Sports Radio. You're such a man of the people that you take more calls than any sports personality I've ever known. And to take words out of your mouth, pardon me, we appreciate you, man. Call in now at 855-212-4CBS. It's the JR Sportbree Show here with you on CBS Sports Radio. I appreciate you. More than you'll ever know. Thank y'all. We got a lot of people here on the line with a lot of opinions. I'm gonna utilize this time to talk to as many people as possible. The Bears stink, Washington stinks, Thursday Night Football stinks, Amazon stinks.

Amazon is good for sending packages to your door. Nobody trying to sit down and watch crap Thursday Night Football. And this is why we're getting these crap games. Because Amazon's not paying the same amount of money as Fox and ESPN, CBS, they're not paying the same amount of money. And so we get crap. It's like you get what you pay for and sure, it's new.

This is basically an experiment. Ugh. We can do without Thursday Night Football. I'm looking at Twitter right now.

You can tweet me at JR Sportbree, piece of cake. One of my tweets that came in, who's the gentleman that said this to me? Bird Henderson, I really don't feel we need Thursday Night Football.

NFL players need at least six days off to recover. We've heard that. Richard Sherman has said that in the past. He's like, hey, we don't need this at all. 855-212-4CBS, who's this? Wally Collin from Vegas, you're on CBS Sports Radio. What's up, Wally? Not too bad. How are you doing tonight? I'm amazing. So I was just driving home listening to you like usual. I'm a huge Bears fan.

I'm not going to get into that tonight. Although, the one thing I will say, Musa Mohamed, Brandon Marshall, the best wide receivers we've ever had. This is the same old story every single year. How long was Brandon Marshall there? A couple of years with Cutler? I think like four years. Four years at the most. Maybe five.

And he's a all-time leading wide receiver, I think. Being tall and miserable. That just shows you, they don't spend the money.

They will never spend the money. And that gets me to my point. The McAskies? Well, yeah.

I want to go down that road. I'm just talking about Las Vegas as a whole, being a new sports town. You were talking about Detroit and Chicago, the fans and all that. It's kind of weird to see how everyone's acting out here now with the ticket prices being so high. You go to a Raiders game, you go to all this stuff.

I went to the Bears game last year and it was probably 85, 15 Bears fans at a home game at a Raiders stadium. You're paying through the same thing with Golden Knights. Are you shocked?

No, not at all. Vegas is one of the top vacation destinations in the country. Why would anybody feel any different? Any team that goes and plays in Vegas, if you're a fan of that team, let's say you're ... Well, that's a retirement town anyway. I was going to say Tampa. Let's say you're a Carolina Panthers fan and you know that the Panthers are going to be playing in Vegas.

You got people all over Carolina who are saying, let's make it a weekend trip. So that sounds about right. Oh yeah, absolutely. 100%.

You're 100% right on that. But my point is, the Golden Knights, we're going to have a baseball team here in three years. We're going to have an NBA team here in... Not the same. You're going to steal the A's from Oakland.

Is that what you want to do? As a baseball fan, I really don't want to steal the A's. I'd rather just start with a brand new team. But it's going to happen, whether it's the A's or somebody else. I agree.

Same thing with the NBA. I hope the Supersonics get their team back before we get it, but we're still going to get it. Okay. It's just one of those things that you just...

It's just going to happen. You're a very considerate guy, Wally. I appreciate it. So again, being die hard Chicago Cubs, my whole life, ever since I was a little kid.

That sucks. Now the last six years out here, seeing what these teams do, how they spend money, how they treat some players, how they kind of have a new facility, a whole brand new mindset, kind of makes you question my team. And that's what really gets me- Well, Wally, it's simple. You're in Vegas, man.

Just pick a good team to root for and quit on the Bears. Okay? Simple. Appreciate you, man. You know it's not that easy. Oh, I do. Don't trust me. It's not that bad.

I appreciate you, Wally. You'll figure it out. Yeah. Well, you talk about Tulane. Look what the Raiders have done for UNLV. UNLV plays in that stadium. Tulane? In New Orleans? Well, I'm just saying, like you were talking about Tulane, that's like a below, you know, mid-major.

Yeah? Look at UNLV, what the Raiders have done for UNLV. It's not a major school.

They are going to be a top 25 team in two years. Who? The Rebels.

UNLV. Oh, okay. All right.

Well, thank you, Wally. Don't hang up. I am going to hang up because there's a bunch of people here. You've been on the phone for four minutes. It's time to hang up.

Like now. Don't hang up? What do you think this is? I know I'm having a decent conversation, but damn. Going from Tulane? I'm like, what are you talking about, Tulane?

What does it have to do with UNLV? He says, oh, we're going to be good in a couple of years. Okay. We're going to talk about that now. Mark is calling from Michigan. You're on CBS Sports Radio. What's up? Hey, Jay. Thanks for taking my call.

Of course. Now, the Lions are the oldest NFL franchise never to have gone to a Super Bowl. I'm not greedy. I don't want them to win. I just want them to go. And talk about the Lions. Yeah, the Cleveland Browns is almost as old as Detroit.

They haven't gone either. But 1957 was the last year the Lions won an NFL championship. I was three years old in 1957. Before there was even a Super Bowl. How about that?

That's right. I don't remember it. You came on the wave, the loser flag of how bad it is in Michigan and Detroit? I heard stories of people taking their radios out to grave sites in Chicago when the clubs won that championship. I don't want my daughter to take a radio out to my grave site.

I hope I live long enough to see the Detroit Lions in the Super Bowl. Oh, that doesn't even sound right now, does it? No. Now, in the infinite scheme of things, that's not, you know, the most tragic thing I've ever heard. But that's a sad thing. These people taking their radios out to grave sites so that they can share the Cubs championship with their grandparents? That's just sad.

It is sad. You think they should give people back their money for season tickets? Well, you know, I don't even think, Detroit fans are so loyal, they probably wouldn't even take the money.

Oh, wow. Even if it was offered. I know Megatron, he wants his money back. Well, he does, because they treated him so badly. But most Detroit fans are so loyal, they wouldn't take the money back.

It's bad. Shep mentioned it. When you have Barry Sanders and then you have Calvin Johnson who say, screw this crap, I'm going home. I mean, wow. Barry Sanders retired because he was still healthy. He didn't want to keep playing. He could have. When he retired, Emmitt Smith didn't believe that he was retiring. He just didn't believe it.

But Barry retired, you know, because he was still in good health. Yeah. So, just pray that I see the Lions in the Super Bowl. I don't know how many next years I have.

They say wait until next year. How old are you, Mark? I'm 68. Oh, man, you got another, I don't know, 50 years left in you. No, I mean, so many people I've gone to high school with, tomorrow's not really promised to anyone. But it's promised to you, Mark. You got 50 years. Believe it.

If you believe it, you can't achieve it. I try to take care of myself, and so I hope so. Yeah. What'd you eat for dinner tonight? I'm a vegetarian, so I eat well, take care of myself. Come on. You'll be here longer than the plants, okay, Mark?

You know, them trees, them trees in the woods, in the forest, they've been here for 100. You never know, a cat can jump the curb and I can be gone tomorrow, you know, so I... I think you're Superman. Don't worry about it. Thank you, Mark. Thank you. Thank you for taking my call.

Absolutely. Mark from Michigan, if I remember correctly, I think I did, I think he said he's 68. He's young. He'd be here another 50 years.

Maybe another 68. Double up, why don't you? Nathan is calling from Charlotte. What's up, Nathan?

This is me? Yeah. Is your name Nathan?

Oh, no. My name Mason. Mason, as in like Mason Rudolph? Yeah.

Actually, he's from Rock Hill, which isn't that far. Okay. Like Mason Jar? That's your name? Yeah, exactly. Go ahead, Mason.

What's up? Anyway, so the NFL was supposedly on track for its worst offensive performance in five years. Right.

Yes. Which I find surprising because we got all these huge contracts to wide receivers and quarterbacks and everything like that, and I don't know if it has anything to do with like people being put in the system where they don't belong, or I feel like a lot of these teams are just kind of throwing money at players and they're not really actually thinking of the best way to utilize them. But anyway, and I'm sure it has a lot to do with, I'm sure the Bears are dragging down that statistic a lot. But there's a lot of new coaches, there's less practice time, there's tons going on, bro. So I think they're all factors into it. I think Tom Brady might've said that.

Maybe I stole that from him. Well, yeah. And it's interesting because even the Bucks, they're kind of, they're only scoring around like 20 points a game, and I keep track of them because I'm a Panthers fan, and like I said, it's just kind of interesting to me because I thought it would just keep on trending up and up, and now it's kind of sloping back down towards the defense. Can you play quarterback? I can't. I can barely arm. I can't do anything, man. Oh, damn. Okay. I was hoping that maybe you could step in place of Baker and Sam because they can't do anything.

But PJ's okay. Yeah. I'm about five miles from Maker America Stadium.

I'll show up tomorrow with some running shoes on, see if I can try out, but... Okay. Listen, I know what a couple of people over there, I can help you out. You want to say what quickly? What's that? I said, go ahead, say what you want to say quickly.

Okay. Well, I just want to say the NFL is better than any other league because you can get stars in a place like Buffalo. If an NBA team was in Buffalo, you couldn't get a contender like the Buffalo Bills do. Like it attracts people differently. Like NBA players want to go there for... want to go places for marketing purposes. I feel like NFL players are more... they want their money, but they also want to win too, and they don't care where it's located, even if they're playing. I agree with that. They have less power.

The structure, the guaranteed money, it's all different. You got to get it where you can. Hey Mason, I appreciate you for calling from Charlotte, and good luck to your squad. We know that they need a quarterback. Maybe it could be you. Please.

Yeah, go ahead, try out. Bank of America, they're waiting for you. It's the JR Sport re-show here with you on CBS Sports Radio, 855-212-4CBS.

That's 855-212-4CBS. As one of our callers just said, and maybe you weren't familiar, I'm broadcasting from New Orleans, Louisiana. There's a very special reason as to why I am here. I'm going to share it with you when we come back on the other side of the break.

You're listening to the JR Sport Brief on CBS Sports Radio. I'm going to get off the radio, and I just wanted to let you know I commend you for what you're doing, JR. That's great what you're up there doing, the speaking engagements, and talking to these college students and stuff. We need more of that.

Call in now at 855-212-4CBS. Oh, it's an amazing experience for me, too. I get something out of it, too. That's why I'm here in New Orleans. The Media for the Movement Tour. Last year, this time, I was at 25, where I went to 25 schools, colleges, and universities all over North America. This time, I'm back. We started off in New York, and then we went to Philly, so I went from Fordham to Drexel. Now, right now, I'm in New Orleans. I'm in Louisiana. Earlier in the day, I had an opportunity to stop by Tulane University.

Thank you so much to Professor Cara, thank you so much to Dr. Gleckler. I was able to talk to three classes today, and it wasn't just me talking about sports and how you can get involved and how you can make money in media. If you're not familiar, I basically went from YouTube, and now I'm here on CBS Sports Radio.

Yeah, 80 million views on YouTube, starting in 2009. First got a radio job. My first big radio job was in New York City on WFAN, and now I'm here with you nationally. It's spreading the goodness of JR, but it's not about JR. It's about sports. We love sports.

You're listening to a sports talk radio station. It's the power of sports and what it can do for other people, and so I'm going across the country talking to students and talking about the power of sports, how we can utilize sports to be more inclusive as a society in athletics, but then also health, where people get an equal opportunity to play sports, but then also healthcare. It's all tied together fitness, right? Of course it is, and so as a part of the tour, it's not just me, as I mentioned, speaking to the students and learning something myself in the process.

It's also bringing some friends with me. It's bringing in some Special Olympics athletes, individuals who can also shed light on their own experiences. I was joined today by Michael Love and Trent Levasseur, amazing. They participate in multiple sports for Special Olympics, and I want you to hear from them briefly before we roll out. I asked Michael, my main man, Michael Love, what a beautiful name. I asked Mike very simply, what do you do with Special Olympics? Listen.

Hi, my name is Michael Love, and I am from Louisiana. What I do for Special Olympics, I am an athlete, and I'm also a health messenger, and also a athlete leader. The sports that I participate in is swimming, track and field, bocce, bowling, and other stuff that I have under my belt. Listen, this man plays many sports. He's swimming all the time. He's in tremendous shape.

There's nothing slowing him down or stopping him. I asked him, why is what he does so important? This is what Mike said. I tell people, or I guide people to eat healthy and do other healthy things like eat less fried food, drink less soda and drink more water, and encourage them to get more exercise in during the day instead of sitting around all the time. You have people that are just like you, and you are part of a family. Oh, I love it. They're part of my family now. I'm part of their family. We're all friends.

We're all family. I need to drink more water. I drink a lot of things.

Some of it's clear, but it's not water. I need to do better. Michael is amazing, a global health messenger for Special Olympics, encouraging people to just be a little cognizant of what you put in your body. It's important.

What you put in is what you get out, very simple. My main man, Trent Levasseur, I asked him, what do you participate in? What do you do? My name is Trent Levasseur, T-R-E-N-T, and I'm 19 years old.

I live in New Orleans, Louisiana. I participate in baseball, basketball, football, tennis, and swimming. This guy is more active than LeBron James. Hey, Shep, have you ever seen LeBron James play tennis?

I have not. I bet you LeBron sucks. He's not as good as Trent.

I don't think LeBron's as good as Trent about anything. Yeah, I would agree. These are cool guys, by the way.

No, they are cool. I got photos. I got photos and videos. If you want to follow me, I'm going to put it up at JR Sport Brief.

I'm going to put it up tomorrow. I did a lot. Trent is cool. I asked him, what would you tell people the best part about participating with Special Olympics?

He was telling me about a recent experience, and he basically dropped a few keys. It was the teamwork, the camaraderie. Listen to what Trent said. I think the best part is the coaches and the teams and my teammates.

I think for doing a good job of it right now. The closeness with his teammates. Can you imagine being an athlete? We've all experienced this. You get picked for a team. You may get picked first. You might get picked last.

Imagine never being picked. It sucks. It's not nice. It's not right. For something as simple as sports, everyone should have an equal opportunity to participate.

It should be similar with health care. Listen, people all over the country, you think about Special Olympics, it's not like the Olympics. It's not every four years.

There are events taking place all year long where you live on a local level and a national level on a global level. Michael is actually going to Berlin next year to participate in the Special Olympics World Games. He's going to be in Berlin. He's going to be the only athlete from Louisiana going to the World Games in Berlin. I've been to Berlin. It's amazing.

I hope to see Michael out there. And so just keep this in mind. If you're interested in doing something amazing and also getting something back in return, I encourage you, go to There are coaches needed. There are people needed just so we can all just have fun together.

It's not that complicated, not that difficult. And so I look forward to moving on to the next stop. I'm going to be at North Carolina State. I'm going to be in Raleigh. Yeah, I'm moving on. New Orleans, Raleigh, I'll be at the West Coast.

I'm going all over the place. So much love to Special Olympics for believing and being a friend of mine with this tour. Thank you so much personally to Experian. They have helped me out in this process. They also believe in inclusion and giving people a chance. I wouldn't be able to do this without absolutely amazing people. Thank you to Dr. Alicia Buzano, who is in charge of global health for Special Olympics. This is important.

Giving people a chance and an opportunity just to play sports and to see the changes that it can make in people's lives. Thank you to Michael. Thank you to Trent. Their lives aren't just being changed.

They're making changes in other people's lives as well. Thank you. Thank you so much.

I'm going to get somebody else on quickly. His name is also JR. He's from Chicago. You're on CBS Sports Radio. Go ahead, JR. Quickly. Thank you.

Thank you so much, JR, for highlighting the Special Olympics at this time. I mean, it's wonderful that you're doing that. And I fully appreciate that more than you know. First, lifelong bear fan. Uh-oh. Stinks. But I'm also a Steeler fan. Oh, you got the best of both worlds. Go ahead. All right. Now, I hate the consistency.

The bad consistency that the Bears have illustrated for such a long, long time. You got 20 seconds, JR, 20 seconds. I had a partner who passed away in 16 and his initials was W.G.N. And he laughed at me. He was a Pittsburgh Steeler ball boy at one point. And he laughed at me and said, I never understand how you could take a focus, how Chicago takes a serious focus on one Super Bowl win.

I hear you. And he laughed about it. And I had to laugh with him, but it hurt.

JR. It really hurt. We're running out of time, man. You got 10 seconds. Make it quick.

Well, all I can say is I hate the sour consistency. And I'm hoping that with this new stadium that they're putting up, we will have a great product to put in that building. I hope so, too, JR. Thank you so much for calling from Chicago. And I appreciate you. Thank you so much to everyone who's locked in and tuned in. Thank you to my amazing friend and super producer, Dave Shepherd. And thank you to you all over the United States of America.

Make sure you go to Special Olympics dot org. I'll be back with you Monday. My main man Shep is going to hold it down. Love you, Shep. I'll catch you later.

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