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It’s okay. Okay. Alright, let’s get started so. Alright, let’s see good Okay. Good evening Good afternoon Good morning wherever you’re coming from. ladies and gentlemen to and pro athletes of today’s and yesterday. welcome to our weekly conversation with our to and pro athletes. We are honored every week to bring to you some of our athletes to have a conversation get to know them and to find out what it takes to become an athlete. Their commitment their sacrifice. mental toughness the preparation hard work and determination in hopes to we learn from them about their journey But before we start, I want to ask everyone if you like what we’re doing to please share our conversation Share our page. Also you can go to YouTube and type in to and pro athletes and you. All our conversation there. today. our guest today is Henry Henry Bloomfield. He was born in LA California, went to Taylorsville high from high school. He went on to play at Dixie Junior College before moving on to Yu. He was known as the nasty defensive tackle on the 1996 team after college he went on to play rugby for the American Rugby. Union as there are number eight at 632 190 pounds he was a member of the United States National Rugby Union team that participated in the 2007 Rugby World Club. Henry was known for being big quick and powerful so Henry We are honored that you accepted our invitation to have a conversation with us We know that your time is limited. so let’s get to it. Want to ask that you just come in and introduce yourself tell us a little bit about your parents. where they’re from in Tonga because I’m sure everybody wants to claim you and you know all the villagers in back in. So, welcome my friend come on in introduce yourself. tell us a little bit about your parents. Then from there we can move on. Thank you for coming on man. appreciate you having me the name my name is. Voy Bloomfield. my that is Bloomfield. from the village of Fat. and my mom is. Ocala Bloomfield are from. and so nice and they met in Hawaii and got married there so. But yeah. so so my uncle is my uncle’s. that played on the 1973. international team team the the same one that. Australia I believe back in the day. Yeah the 73 team. I guess yeah. so you’re so you’re in a line of athletic bloodline and coming up. So yeah so you’re fat. right next to the back in the islands. I don’t know if you know that but what you’re what your parents. migrated from Tonga or they were they grew up in the states so my parents. Both of them are migrated from to okay. Okay, so they migrated to Hawaii. Then things happen there then they moved up to LA. That’s why you were born. Take it to you were born in LA. When when was the transition to? to Utah when you when you guys move out there so I was born in 73 we stayed about 5 years there and then we actually. my dad had a sister, Esa Bloomfield that lived in Idaho and Nampa, Idaho and we’ve moved out there. and it was until my freshman. In high school, so we stayed there for 9 years. In Utah, Utah and then Utah and Dixie College, Yu Yu Okay. So so what will you? I know? I always ask some of most of our guests to you know just to go back of when they started out. like in high school and you know what obviously that football was the sports that you you know, took the light into and played and obviously you were really good at it so tell us this. You know how that transition you know going in from high school to going into college. about the you know the with your parents were supportive of of what you were doing as as a kid. did you play as as a little kid in the in Hawaii they used to play in the Pop Warner League over there, but when you when you’re in the same thing that played as as a as young as that, yeah, so I was in a in a. I think it was like sixth grade played some of our team, a Little league team and Idaho. And went there, my dad didn’t understand football just. as long as he’s winning. I think my dad was good with it. but he you know he learned kind of the same time. I learned how to play football and okay. Yeah, I grew to love it and stuff and he just enjoyed it a lot so sure. So so after high school, I take it that I mean you went to Dixie and then transferring to to Yu II. Read a little bit that you went on your mission. after the Dixie or after Dixie before you went to be with you. After my first year at Dixie, I went to on a mission came back to Dixie played the second year and then it was recruited to Yu So Yu Okay. Yeah. so in 1996 was that your senior year out of Yu. Yeah, That was my 90.6 or 90.7 was my senior year Senior year. Okay, Because yeah, I read a little bit that you were one of the. the the BYU had. Yeah. so from the drenched after after Yu did you right away went played rugby or did you no you are you had a tryout with the NFL or in a few tryouts with the NFL. try to get on different teams and stuff. and throughout the I guess throughout the whole time playing football and stuff mm hmm. Even in Idaho at the age of fifteen, my dad started a rugby team in Nampa, Idaho, I guess they’re now called the Snake River Stampede team, but him and just a small community of to is started a team out there. Then we moved to Utah. By the time we went to, I was in high school, there was and the way high school rugby is now there’s nothing compared to what it was back in. there is maybe two teams and I believe it’s highland and skyline high and they’re on the east side of Salt Lake City. We lived on the. so okay we never. I’m you know I just didn’t have the money I couldn’t afford to go change. High school rugby so I just came with men’s team the the song and the to in the league. I was yeah. sixteen playing on once again with my dad’s team right you’re playing against older guys correct I was playing with older guys I played with bill with Oh you’re playing with be okay. Yeah but some of them are I have slash. outside. I mean, I’m I’m sure I’ve been on the field. I’m sure I’m sure at sixteen that you’re pretty big too. You know, probably the same size as those other guys. Yeah. So so I got on the field because II was kind of the same height. a little awkward and stuff but huh at first, it was hard just to get on the field and stuff and. Once I got there, I just I would play on the the times that I could play and and. when football wasn’t going, I’d I’d be out there playing rugby and stuff. Oh okay. Okay. So wow. that’s awesome. Yeah. So so after so after college, then then you knew you know how to play rugby anyway so the transition to playing rugby was not that different for you because you already knew how to play rugby right right we. Our family is kind of **** like our our family reunions was touch rugby. Oh wow. Okay. It was the boys and the girls, so I have four older sisters sure, and I used to put me to the wall. like oh wow. it’s start off touching it end up being tackled and you would see some long haired girls put down most of the boys when we grow up and stop. but we all know how to play rugby. it was it was. It was something that we grew up with so once football was done and then trying to get into the pros and stuff. I didn’t. I didn’t know the opportunities that that ruby was in in the US sure and so we got invited to. Aspen Colorado for this Ruger fest That’s what it called and I went with the team out of Provo Provo Steelers went to. Went to Aspen’s played a few games. I had this one pretty good ride. and then and then we went out that night and everybody was talking about this one run that I did and. and shortly thereafter before we left Aspen a team from here in Huntington Beach, California, called the unicorns offered me. payment like they were going to give me a to come play wasn’t much. But come. offer you a job and right and then you need to play some more rugby and I was like so the year 2000. just packed up at the time. It was just me and my wife’s we just barely got married and it’s like why not you know, we’re not doing anything. Utah let’s go so yeah, you’re still young you still, you know you’re still in your prime. Yeah, you’re still in your prime right but. Denver always comes up on rugby is that is that where most of the rugby happens or tournaments or what what’s because I always when I talk about rugby here in the United States. Denver always comes up. Yeah. Denver is the the the headquarters for USA Eagles and then. the mayor of Glendale. Colorado’s. who happens to be a rugby guy, was able to. To build their city hall. well as a recreation center, mm hmm he built a full on rugby stadium. And you have the state pay for it so oh, wow, it became a mecca of rugby in Colorado with with the mayor of Glendale and Denver Barbarians was kind of on top of at the time and and so between that the USA Eagles funding. the rugby in Colorado that was kind of the area to be in to to play rugby so coming from California we had to like. Find ways to find practice field practice pitches you know and and and we had to drive some places to play and and but we we kind of came as far as California. We came up the hard way like we. we we had to earn it right. Yeah because when I was still in Cleveland, I there’s a few tongs that was out in Cleveland and and they they play rugby. So every time I talk to them. You know they, they said. Oh, we’re going to. To Denver to play rugby, so I’ll just and now I’ve been talking to some of the rugby guys here in the in the United States II keep hearing about Denver So now I know yeah. that’s where everything happens so tell us a little bit about your experience with the. with the the Eagles here with the with the United States. so how how long was what year did you started playing with them? It was oh. Okay. it was. the I guess there’s there’s a story behind it. The. the original coach that was there. had offered me to come play out there before I went to Dixie. I was playing just with the I was playing rugby with a bunch of song and you know the tong and League in Utah. Sure there’s one or two ton and guys that that actually played on. USA Eagles at the time they had a the coach had asked them to ask me if I wanted to come out and. and try out for the US eagles but that that age already at that age, Yeah long and II turned them down because I just got a scholarship to dig sure it was going to pay for my school. Yes and I was and it wasn’t. it wasn’t so much that I didn’t like rugby at the time it was like my parents. Can’t afford school. Yeah your dad’s going to kill you if you leave. Yeah. Go from there to. if I turned it down. straight up. Yeah. so I turned him down and. and then full circle going back into rugby in 2000. He just never selected like I was, I was always up to be selected for the USA Eagles from 2009 and did the 5 years that he was during that time he just my name would come in and he would just never select and then. we actually got. thorn who was. he got fired and then thorn was. was selected out of New Zealand. He used to be. A scout for the New Zealand All blacks, huh, Oh older guy and so he came and he was a head coach. He became the head coach of the USA Eagles and then right away I got selected for the World Cup so. it was definitely a change. So how long did you play with the eagles it was like? I think it’s 3 years after that. so 3 years. you know III always talk we always talk about. rugby and and kids coming out of. college. You know you know the draft is tonight too for the NFL tonight so but you know. Always talk about kids that don’t make it into the NFL. would they be a good fit to go in and play play rugby in your in your opinion? Is it something that some of these our kids our kids would they be able to make the transition? from playing football and rugby or? You because when you play as a kid growing up that made the transition for you much easier to rugby than some of the kids that never played rugby. What’s your what’s your opinion on that? I think. II want to say in the 90s and the early 2000s I would definitely say yes the The game was a little more. Hands on it was a lot. It was a lot slower nowadays with the speed of the game of rugby. the the new rules. Just the talent that’s out there and how they perfected the past the the the the offload during the tackle and stuff it. It really isn’t for everybody. You know, I’m saying I get it I get with the Polynesian community. Everybody thinks that all Polynesians can play rugby. It’s it’s not the it’s not the case anymore, like not all Polynesians can play football so with the with the kids that play football and then the the different. Dynamics of football and the attitudes that are out nowadays and sure it’s it’s a lot. rugby is not complicated as well as football’s not complicated. So. II do. want them to go out and try you know and see if it’s for them. but once again, it’s not for everybody. but it’s almost like it’s almost like the even even the the rugby guys trying to make a transition to play to play American football. I mean right, you know some of these kids already tried coming from rugby to play, but yeah, you know. Like you, said the transition that there’s a lot that goes into all of that to you know to make that transition then and just being a good athlete being a good athlete really doesn’t mean that you can play rugby or play American football right right exactly. It’s a it’s it’s something that you need to learn and it’s and you have guys that you know, especially in New Zealand they farm kids from sixteen and on and it’s and once. I get it on that one farm, they have a direction once you’re on the hurricane, scope you’re you’re playing that pattern all the way to you at least make it to the hurricanes right you don’t you know you know that that system. it’s it’s it’s not something you just walk in and pick it up and pick it up. have a go. Yeah. well, just like football. I mean you you play it when you’re young kid is you know like you just said. what 1314 years old 2 years right? You know, make it to the make it out and hopefully you get a scholarship to go on and play in college and you know and hopefully you after college, you have a chance to you know to try out for the NFL and you know it’s just it’s just I was just trying to figure out if that’s a good fit but you were playing rugby as a young kid. so you’re for yourself, I mean you kind of knew you knew how to play rugby so that made it easier for you to transition to play with right. And we always have this conversation around when we fight our lives so and just because I play both and stuff and I and I can see how people would think you know rugby is it’s just a ball and you pass it around and and you have a good. II. get that. but the the game that the way it’s advanced. There’s more to it. There’s more to it and it and it and it really isn’t for everybody. Some. Athletes can. transition into it. Yeah. the The great thing about rugby is there’s all kinds of levels. with football. There’s a path to you know. Yeah, you make it to the NFL. That’s the that’s the goal with rugby Not it’s not necessarily you have to go professional to be like that’s that’s my goal. Okay, you can go and just play rugby sure and and have a go at it and have fun playing club rugby and just travel the world playing club rugby. So, okay, there’s all different levels and stuff and and it’s and it’s and it’s good for everybody. It’s just when everybody ask me, I go There’s there’s all avenues of different types of rugby, but if you’re asking me about professional rugby, somebody who’s actually going to pay you to play like European League or or the the French League or whatever. that’s a whole another level. that’s that’s what they’re looking for specifics. I didn’t see it that way now you just explained it to it’s like like you, said football is that you know you. From Little League to play in high school. right if you don’t get a scholarship or you, you can’t make it to college. That’s it for you. I don’t high school right. in college, you know if you’re good enough, you’ll make it to the NFL and if if you’re done in college, that’s it for you for football. Yeah. So when you say, yeah, I you know now it clicks is it take rugby. There’s a whole different level of playing rugby. Yeah. so. Okay. Okay. I see I see that. wow. that’s that I kind of get it now because you know because like I said a lot of of the kids that rugby in in New Zealand. are already you know if they don’t make it this level, they can go to the next level and right. so. Oh, wow. That’s that’s good. now you’re talking about taking your son to to practice is that is that football or? or well actually II head coach at Belmont Shore the team I used to play for with the a Women’s League. Is that what you’re doing now you’re a coach? Yeah. I’m a coach. So so what do you see? in some of the kids nowadays? let’s talk about football here in America. What’s the whole back of some of these kids that are playing in playing football? It’s not as you were coaching now you can see some of these kids. There’s you know there’s a lot of kids that has talent but sometime that talent don’t go on to to colleges because some of these kids think they’re already made it to the NFL and you know the attitude. What do you? What do you? What do you think of? If you’re seeing this type of attitude. It’s it’s rough because. my my nephew is at Oregon State right now. he’s a lineman for our state. and and everybody always ask me you know because he I played d line and and they’re like how come he’s not playing d line. You know like you, you know doesn’t you know that you play d line and I’m like well. There’s a there’s an attitude or to a position you know like. like he doesn’t have that. that instinct my instinct. I mean he’s a nice kid and stuff and but when you put your when you’re standing in front of somebody to be AD line, you have to you have to there’s an attitude come with it. Yeah you switch on this kind of craziness and then you just turn it off. Yeah with you, you’re it’s the mechanics of it. You know. Yeah. But as far as these kids nowadays, like like even my my nephew, he he would ask me. Hey, you know am I doing good? What do I need to do and I was like well, It’s different like I can’t. I can’t put a finger on it and he goes why and go man I went to football because my dad made me as soon as I got back from high school, you know as soon as school was done, it’s getting the truck and let’s go. Yeah yeah as soon as football started that would be like hey football started. Yes, I’m out of here you need it. my mentality was man. I gotta take a break from to go play football your mentality is man. I just got back from football practice and I have to go to this training camp for life. and I have to rest for this and I’m like no. that’s not the same mindset that I had when I was a kid like it was go go go and you’re here complaining about. Somebody’s paying for you to go to extra practice or an extra camp to to get better. It’s it’s a different attitude now it’s it’s. I think that big. I think a lot of it has to do with like you just said you need an outlet. Yeah, you needed an outlet to go You need an outlet to go play. you need to get away from the yacht truck to go and do something else besides a truck but. It’s. You know sometime, I see that in some of the youngsters and I’m just thinking that maybe maybe because of. their parents are too nice to him. Yeah. it’s a it’s definitely a different world than what we grew up in, but it’s it’s a whole different learning as a coach like you know you have to be you have to be just a little bit more patient and a little bit more understanding you can’t just. Up on the guys and make these girls run, you can’t step on the game They do it this way. This is the way you do it. It just doesn’t work nowadays. Yes, you gotta coax them into trying to find a way to kind of find the pattern that you’re thinking of to play and it’s it’s a rough life like well, you know it’s it’s it’s to be fair. You know there’s there’s other kids that you know do the things that it. It’s it’s. It’s ask them to do right but more times that we hear about a kid that really does well in high school and all of a sudden you don’t hear anything about him and you say well, what happened to him, you know. because he’s failing grades or didn’t. you know didn’t want to go to college? What do you say about kids that? All throughout high school. they’re they’re the star of the team and by the end of their their senior year, they don’t make the grades and everything falls apart. You know we talk about it. There’s a lot of these kids give up. because of that. there’s other avenues that you can take to go on to play in college or if you want to go into division one schools. What do you say about that? I mean there’s you know a lot of kids, just said. Oh, if I don’t get it done. scholarship, I don’t want to play football anymore but I think that’s a bad attitude to take because or a lot of them don’t know what road what path to take to move on to you know to go on to to a division one. What do you? what do you say about that? It’s really it’s the the plus side of tongs in football is. Per capita, population we put the highest. percentage of. Race into the NFL. Yeah, it’s great but the percentage that doesn’t make it. It’s almost like. for us and our parents. It’s all go or no go and we kind of take that mindset from high school in and if we don’t go to do, we don’t know that there’s an avenue for junior college and then once we find out Junior college. Junior college is is a great avenue to go yes but trust me. it is not for everybody because that is that sometimes those junior colleges are worse than high school. okay seriously because it’s cut and it’s and there’s there’s thousands of throwback kids trying to get into the area and you’ve just been thrown into that. And some kids have the mentality to get through that and and move forward and go done and some kind of lose for. interest or lose or find something else that they do or just get distracted. Yeah and call it a day. so that I mean it’s a great thing that we have that in our in our community that you. Population of tongs out there we put out a high percentage into the NFL. The problem is we we have parents that. we have parents and then we have kids that have the mentality of if I don’t get this, There’s no other way there is other ways and then also it’s not the end of the world like there there is life beyond football. There’s life beyond rugby. Yeah, like if doesn’t cry rugby. You’re not going to get paid a lot, but man you’ll travel the world, you’ll make connections with a ton of people right and and you’ll live a happy life. but if if it’s all NFL or or nothing nothing. you’re going to you’re going to fall into a deep depression. which is sad. Now. It’s like it is sad as long as they’re dealing with depression, you know I don’t think we have that back in the day. Yeah, we don’t think we’re quite a bit. Yeah. Yeah depression. What is that in our community? What’s depression? you know. What’s that? Yeah? it’s you didn’t get the slipper yet so. yeah, I know yeah. but you know that’s there’s there’s always an avenue. to like you said. After high school, you didn’t go to junior college. It’s just it’s all about the attitude of the person of the athlete of what they want to make out of it, You know if if they think is. it’s a downgrade for them to go to go to Virginia. Then and then they’re not going to make it because the attitudes already changed and said well, I didn’t make it to day one. So why why why even go to to junior college? So? And But that’s the thing though about our and and a lot of it has to do with not knowing even the parents not knowing much about. you know the kids. Where do they go after that because the the mentality of everybody that? all their kids are playing football? it’s all about. The NFL the Nfl from high school. They’re already think that this kid’s going to you know it’s going to play in the Nfl. That’s that’s the first thing they they already in high school, but that’s the that’s the that’s the wrong mentality for some of these parents to have though right that and that’s that’s that’s a lot of pressure. Yes for a kid. Who goes into a college and college life is there’s hundreds of thousands of college student athletes. They’re going to go Try out for the NFL. You’re not the only one right who said I’m going to make it, you know, like. yeah, you gotta understand that. it’s not for everybody, but there’s other stuff to do with if you want to stay in the sport, there’s coaching there’s trainer there’s physical therapist. you know it’s you want to be around that sport that much. There’s all that. Yeah. Oh, there’s ruby. There’s no, but there’s the other thing is that you know like I said there’s football is a small part of your life. Alright, even for me even making it to the NFL. I only played 5 years, you know I was done I was done at age twenty-eight May 30. Yeah. Where do I go from here at 830? I’m still young, you know right, but that’s the I think that’s what kids need to to think of it is. Football is just a little part of your life you know and you you have to live your life. I mean bless those guys that are playing in the NFL for a long time. Yeah, but you know like we always talk about the. the the lifespan of a football player is for a running back is 3 years right and if you make it to 5 years now, it’s you know it’s a blessing. It is yeah. it’s huge. It was it was huge for you to make it 5 years. Every year more kids coming out more kids getting drafted your job is on the line day in and day out so to make it for 5 years. That’s huge. yeah every year some young kid gunning for your job. man. That’s I mean, I always say that when we have a conversation about you know playing in the NFL is that like you just said no every year your job is on the line. Yeah. Else come to take food off your table every year and and and here’s the other thing is if it happens they they draft somebody in the opposition. Yeah meeting you you you’re in jeopardy you your your position Deputy because they drafted somebody in their positions. Yeah, you’re like anybody. That’s on the NFL and with contract coming up. Yeah and they’re watching the draft tonight. Yes guarantee if they see. Running back getting drafted tonight, they’ll be lacing up their shoes and going out to practice like yes, I gotta start training now so that little kid I just saw him in college like run up the score and I gotta do better. Yeah. So it’s it’s like hats off to anybody who’s in the NFL and keeps a career because that thing is all business. It’s no pleasure and it’s it’s 100% if you can’t do it here comes. The next time it’s just like horse racing man if your time is up, you’re out next one in the morning. It’s all about. yeah they want to win so if you can’t if you can’t help them to win. Yeah, you know you get that pink slip coming in say, See you later, you know we’ll find another team to the day that may may want you to play for them but I like that so. and you know I just heard you talk about rug. When II hear that about even roughly these guys are talking about playing rugby man, you’re the world, which I you know you just said it and it clicked on me and some of these kids. I mean you’re playing rugby, you’re playing you’re going all over the world. Absolutely the touchdown touchdown a little bit on that because I hear that a lot I hear that in some of the rugby players. yeah when it when it comes to rugby. You travel, they travel you meet people like I’ve traveled around the country first around the just the United States and places. where. Belmont shore here in long beach. We went from here to Rhode Island and back just different different states and you meet people and and I’ve met people that come from New Zealand and come from Australia and come from. Dubai to come to America and play rugby and then. Once I went professional and and got on with the US and and got on other teams out there and stuff in France and whatnot. met them out there, you know and and being now at forty-eight, I can call to Dubai and say hey I’m flying in Dubai and I know somebody there so I’m flying to Tokyo. I know somebody there call them up. Let’s let’s go and just let’s go catch up with. And and be the host people come here and call and say hey I’m in town come and pick you up. You know it’s it’s it’s a culture, a lot of made a lot of friendship along the way of traveling all over the world meeting people and in different countries and and so today you guys are still connected because of rugby because of rugby. Yeah and and it and it keeps us together and every time there’s a there’s a there’s some kind of. Old Man rugby tournament huh. and if we see each other’s name on we’ll like hey, well, I’ll be there. let’s go so we’ll meet up over there. Well, you know it’s it’s it’s a good feeling to know that you know going to all this rugby and and when you when you played, you met a lot of these folks and people all over the world that you know when something happens here in United States if if they’re coming here, they know to look you up, you know to look you up and and if you’re going there, you know the them up and and. Oh, okay. I’m I’m I was just a lot of guys, said you you want to travel the world if you play rugby like even here in United States you I mean you travel all the United States just for you probably travel more playing rugby than than playing football because oh, yeah. absolutely you know because you know you only played what maybe ten games in in in college and you’re and half of the games are played at home anyway. You don’t you don’t need you don’t need the country you just you just play here in the football is the USA Sport Rugby is international International. Yes, yes. That’s a good point. And you know, and a lot of guys even say that you know football pays pretty good if you if you do make it into football, you know you you’re getting paid pretty well. especially now at this point, you know even I talked about, I had a post today. The kids are getting you know. there’s a draft tonight The NFL draft most of some of these kids will be will be instant millionaires right and like you. It’s just the game is just here in the United States, but I think the the the why why we’d like football because. of that of what you know you’re making as as an athlete, it pays you pretty well. The thing about the NFL is you give everything to the NFL to make it. I don’t think anybody sees the aftermath of it. Yeah, where you’re you’re getting you get million or 2 million or 3 million, but after it’s done they don’t really tell you how to spend that or how to invest that or how to you know. like make it last for the rest of your life, you know it’s it’s. it’s hard. you know it’s. My parents migrated here so there was no idea about. how to handle that type of money. Big time right, Yeah. How I made it in the NFL like what would I would? I, of course would’ve just bought my parents a house you know and and make their life easier, but then once that’s over. like did I did I invest right right and I am I going to live off of this like do I do I need to get a job and then. what do I do from there because there’s a shovel in the back of the truck That’s still waiting for me. The other trucks still waiting for you bro. Yeah since since I was a kid and it and it always works. Oh. To go to go and make millions and then have to do that I mean. a good idea to prepare myself right you just brought up a great point because. you know and even that happened to me, you know as a kid he was going to college that you are limited to do anything because if you are on scholarship, you can’t work because if a scholarship and even though they gave you a scholarship, you didn’t have any money to do anything. In college because you weren’t limited to do to do anything right now fast forward if you if you get drafted into the NFL. bam you’re instant, they give you money. like you just said here. What do I do with this one The only thing that I did was that I went and bought whatever I felt like buying right. you know what I mean and. just for the moment for the moment. this is what I wanted it. but long term. You know what do you do you know who do you who do you trust to to handle your money? You didn’t have you had no idea how to handle that type of money you don’t know like all the sudden all of a sudden you’re you you have to be a football player and and and then know how to handle your money. Yeah, a football player and a business mogul. It doesn’t work right. Well, You know what you see you know the whole thing is you think that you can handle your money because it’s your money but down deep. Inside you have no idea what to do with that money, No clue. So, but yeah, you know that’s a good point you brought up because and and a lot of times you know back in my days, you know you hear people, you know, hear the agent. you know they misused the the player’s money and they they did investment on their own with their money. but. But in some point you have to trust somebody that knows what to do with that money. Yeah because buying a home for your parents is fine. but when you get out of football who’s going to pay the mortgage. right exactly you know what I mean who’s going to pay the mortgage? Yeah, I’ll let you pay the house off right away. Then you have you know just pay the property taxes but most. Stomped by the You know the house right, you know pay for the whole house right but you know that’s that’s a whole. another subject man. It’s just you know some of these and plus you know a lot of these. hands of the player think that whoever talks to their son or whoever is asking for money. Yeah, you know what I mean. You know. so but. well that’s a whole another subject, but I know you I know you you. the time’s coming up but. if you have anything that you want to. anything else you want to talk about or you want to leave out our our listeners and because are you coaching high school now or will you coach? Yeah II coached the UA teams. Oh okay. The rugby beware has a huge youth program and stuff and it’s predominantly polynesians and stuff so. a lot of the athletes that played with me at Belmont Shore has returned to to coach and so okay we we’re trying to give back to our community and it’s that’s nice. It’s a wonderful thing because it’s it’s a lot of tongs and Samoan getting it together and and and just kind of put this together for. Community but as well as just our our Polynesian community and stuff and and it’s been a great thing because we’re we’re we’re now bigger than most clubs out there and and we’re getting recognized so we have to be on the ball about. rules and regulations of of what these kids need because. Being an all Polynesian thing, it’s are predominantly Polynesian. It’s it tends to fall is trying to yeah. yeah, tear it down and say, Oh, you know that’s too many polynesians in one place so we’ve been doing good stuff and and it’s been a great great ride as far as with your guys. page and and your community and your public. I just appreciate. Being having the opportunity to be on here, II didn’t know you know I never saw myself as an extreme athlete to even be on the page. I’ve seen you guys at Jason and the Lolo on here and stuff and I’m nowhere near that guy you know. so it’s it’s just it’s an honor to be on this page and and to to have. Just just a voice in in this page and stuff and and be a part of it and I was glad and told I was I was like suspect like man. I don’t know bro because I’m not. I’m just not that guy like II. Don’t know III had III want to say through my my life. I’ve just been blessed to play football and play rugby and once one didn’t work one with another one and and just had multiple opportunities to be out here and stuff and it’s and it’s been. And so yeah, Well, you know it’s just it’s not about just being the top athletes of you bring a lot to the table because you know you have you know the the things that we talked about today. I think a lot of it has. most parents will understand and and know about what you’re talking about. Plus you’re giving back to your community, which most of us really need to do is giving back to your community if you have something. Give back to your community Why not give back to your community? because that’s how you know how that’s how we made it because a lot of people gave back to the community while you’re as a youngster. That’s how how we we felt like that people supported us at at that young age and if we give back to your to the kids nowadays, they’re going to feel like that’s you know they they got we. We backed them up and then it makes them feel like they need to to. Better at whatever they’re doing so. good luck to you and and your and your coaching. Thank you for coming on tonight. We appreciate what you’ve for coming on man we if any, there’s anything we can help promote or do let us know please. Henry. Thank you very much for coming on. Thank you for everything. I okay, Okay.


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