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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  1. Angel Turner

    Angel Turner

    Саат мурун

    "And for that reason your a 7" come on Fred!!! Powerful for sure!!!

  2. Akash Patel

    Akash Patel

    2 саат мурун

    This is as real as it gets...amazing

  3. Laurence Canty

    Laurence Canty

    9 саат мурун

    Lost my mom on 4/20/20. This show right here hits home HARD!!

  4. Joshua Zinsser

    Joshua Zinsser

    Күн мурун

    I love this. This is more of what the world needs



    Күн мурун


  6. Aiconic


    Күн мурун

    Brandon please stop telling people how they're supposed to feel. If Chad say, "I'm a 7..." that's it. It's not about how you feel.

  7. isaiah brown

    isaiah brown

    Күн мурун

    Man I love this episode the most. I cried watching and listening to this. Mental health is really a huge thing and we have to really focus on it. Seeing Ocho cry it hurt cause you feel it and hear it.

  8. Jordan Kevin Yonkeu

    Jordan Kevin Yonkeu

    Күн мурун

    This is powerful and I never even comment on youtube vids

  9. Ebune Namata

    Ebune Namata

    Күн мурун


  10. Tyrrone aka Ty Cool Hinton

    Tyrrone aka Ty Cool Hinton

    2 күн мурун

    Great episode, and subject that can’t be stressed enough.

  11. Luke Youngblood

    Luke Youngblood

    2 күн мурун

    Man I’m a 46y/o Aussie straight man and I love you guys. Much love

  12. DREMY23


    2 күн мурун

    Appreciate u guys

  13. Armand Mcmillian

    Armand Mcmillian

    2 күн мурун

    I love this show Bruh!!!. 💪🏾💪🏾💪🏾🔥

  14. thomas torrone

    thomas torrone

    2 күн мурун

    Lost my pops 6 1/2 years ago, it never gets better, you just learn to live with pain . RIP Mama Ocho

  15. Adrian Jones

    Adrian Jones

    2 күн мурун

    This was very powerful. Thank you for sharing!

  16. Laquame Knox

    Laquame Knox

    2 күн мурун

    Get Hines ward on

  17. KingCortez Reactz

    KingCortez Reactz

    2 күн мурун

    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

  18. Sebastian Wasike

    Sebastian Wasike

    3 күн мурун

    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.

  19. darryl hubbard

    darryl hubbard

    3 күн мурун

    This was a beautiful episode

  20. L Moore

    L Moore

    3 күн мурун

    Uh, yeah😭😭😭😭

  21. Daniel Childs

    Daniel Childs

    3 күн мурун

    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.

  22. Scotty Mac

    Scotty Mac

    3 күн мурун

    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! 🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾

  23. J Hale

    J Hale

    3 күн мурун

    Love ya ocho.

  24. Chelli Garrett

    Chelli Garrett

    3 күн мурун

    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

  25. Tyndareus Ganther

    Tyndareus Ganther

    3 күн мурун

    Never misses

  26. breon bilal

    breon bilal

    3 күн мурун

    “What if she had to bury u?” That’s tough.

  27. Nav J

    Nav J

    3 күн мурун

    Y’all need better mics

  28. Jay Rod

    Jay Rod

    4 күн мурун

    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

  29. Kc Herr

    Kc Herr

    4 күн мурун

    Ocho I felt that shit I had the same relationship with my mom

  30. A_truth2u


    4 күн мурун

    Yal destined to be the best visual podcast..keep up the good work

  31. mario bell

    mario bell

    4 күн мурун

    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

  32. Dermarico Ford Sr.

    Dermarico Ford Sr.

    4 күн мурун

    Gematria Effects sports

  33. Trey Savage

    Trey Savage

    4 күн мурун

    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 💯

  34. Esther Ngugi

    Esther Ngugi

    4 күн мурун

    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

  35. Jerry Woods

    Jerry Woods

    4 күн мурун

    Great Conversation. Please don't leave the Lord Jesus Christ out of the Message. Christ is the Answer. Praying for you Chad.😔

  36. Black Man

    Black Man

    4 күн мурун


  37. mac609


    4 күн мурун

    He said, "he mentally prepared himself to bury his ole' girl." 😭😭😭

  38. Big Silva

    Big Silva

    4 күн мурун

    This is heart felt gawd damn tearing up

  39. Derrick Bevins

    Derrick Bevins

    4 күн мурун

    I swear this is easy one of the best channel and this episode is a powerful one

  40. Dsaturday Fwight

    Dsaturday Fwight

    4 күн мурун

    Had no idea vincent jackson died and wasnt even in the league anymore!

  41. Ann Njeri Kiarie

    Ann Njeri Kiarie

    5 күн мурун


  42. Dapper Aaron

    Dapper Aaron

    5 күн мурун

    If we did this more we would bury less of our brothers - This what the young boys need to see “ Fred T “ well said

  43. Demetrius Hawkins

    Demetrius Hawkins

    5 күн мурун

    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.

  44. Eric Rodriguez

    Eric Rodriguez

    5 күн мурун

    This show is straight 🔥

  45. Jer B

    Jer B

    5 күн мурун

    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. 👍🏾

  46. Patrick J

    Patrick J

    5 күн мурун

    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

  47. NikoGoKrazy


    5 күн мурун

    This whole entire episode was beautiful.

  48. Fatkiller22


    5 күн мурун

    Ochoc's face when Brandon came to hug him " OH we gettin hugs??". That was nice.

  49. Jerrica Oliver

    Jerrica Oliver

    5 күн мурун

    When I say I love them!!! I love how they are using this platform!

  50. Ethan


    5 күн мурун

    I swear, Ocho dated a girl named after every ingredient used in these dishes.

  51. J Joe

    J Joe

    6 күн мурун

    Damn ocho, god bless brotha

  52. Andre Johnson

    Andre Johnson

    6 күн мурун

    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.

  53. Andre Johnson

    Andre Johnson

    6 күн мурун

    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.

  54. Michael Johnson

    Michael Johnson

    6 күн мурун

    This amazing! Straight, masculine black men, crying and hugging each other.. Showing love to one another. Brotherhood at its finest... Very powerful

  55. Mr. Cooperwood

    Mr. Cooperwood

    6 күн мурун

    Iron sharpens Iron. Men have to support Men in order for us to thrive as a whole. Great talk guys. God Bless🙏🏾

  56. Myro Zi

    Myro Zi

    6 күн мурун

    Menn i fell down crying

  57. Button Basher

    Button Basher

    6 күн мурун

    I needed this! Thankyou!

  58. Dequavis14


    6 күн мурун

    Great group of guys💯

  59. L H

    L H

    6 күн мурун

    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.

  60. Garrett Zachmann

    Garrett Zachmann

    6 күн мурун

    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

  61. James Mickiel

    James Mickiel

    6 күн мурун

    Man this was a great episode. For real. Thanks gentlemen

  62. KNOBL


    6 күн мурун


  63. Andre Johnson

    Andre Johnson

    6 күн мурун

    Where can I send a business inquiry?



    6 күн мурун

    Wisdom !! Big up chad RIP MUM

  65. Edwardo Tinoco

    Edwardo Tinoco

    7 күн мурун

    Love you guys!!!

  66. G.A.M.A


    7 күн мурун

    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.



    7 күн мурун

    However I strongly dislike when the ad popped up while Chad was grieving. Smh



    7 күн мурун

    My heart goes out to all of you Kings. One love

  69. Levester White Media

    Levester White Media

    7 күн мурун

    This is the best show ever....

  70. Tamika Nicole

    Tamika Nicole

    7 күн мурун

    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!!!

  71. Mickey Miki

    Mickey Miki

    7 күн мурун

    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.

  72. Quel Young

    Quel Young

    7 күн мурун

    Shit made me cry bro. This shit real and I love it

  73. Mxk Rvgr

    Mxk Rvgr

    7 күн мурун

    I started watching this show last week (Apr. 5, 2021) and seeing this episode definitely made me a fan. So Powerful! 🔥

  74. tnnandy


    7 күн мурун

    Damn Yall Almost got me!

  75. Brandon Shaw

    Brandon Shaw

    8 күн мурун

    Where’s the NFT @ 😏

  76. The Only Goat

    The Only Goat

    8 күн мурун

    so the director basically just said "ill fire one of yall niggas"

  77. Alexia A

    Alexia A

    8 күн мурун

    Ah dang this one is a gem!! 💯💯💯

  78. Sai Yiddy

    Sai Yiddy

    8 күн мурун

    You men are doing gods work salute

  79. Gabe Coronado

    Gabe Coronado

    8 күн мурун

    great episode full of wisdom

  80. AB Capone

    AB Capone

    8 күн мурун

    Real asl

  81. Dana Ramdeen

    Dana Ramdeen

    8 күн мурун

    This episode...BEAUTIFUL 🙌🏾🙏🏾❤️

  82. Brandon Malcolm

    Brandon Malcolm

    8 күн мурун

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  83. Dana Ramdeen

    Dana Ramdeen

    8 күн мурун

    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 👏🏾.

  84. Nee Nee

    Nee Nee

    8 күн мурун

    in all seriousness man..

  85. Zak betz

    Zak betz

    8 күн мурун


  86. Thankful Always

    Thankful Always

    8 күн мурун

    I love this shooooow 😭😭💕💕💎💎

  87. Edwurrd


    9 күн мурун

    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

  88. Thankful Always

    Thankful Always

    9 күн мурун


  89. Kingmill908


    9 күн мурун

    Great show!!!!

  90. C Johnson

    C Johnson

    9 күн мурун

    This one hit home

  91. Summer Air

    Summer Air

    9 күн мурун

    Boxer.. baseball.. Basketball players .. would love to see and here there perspective life overcoming stories .. love this

  92. Lynch Johnson Jr.

    Lynch Johnson Jr.

    9 күн мурун

    Brandon Marshall corny as fuc bro

  93. Wayne Branigan

    Wayne Branigan

    9 күн мурун

    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!

  94. Natural Empress

    Natural Empress

    9 күн мурун

    Nothing beats AUTHENTICITY! I love this platform! Truly insightful & inspiring! KEEP IT UP!💯

  95. R Waller

    R Waller

    9 күн мурун

    Great Aisle 6 analogy😂

  96. John Lara

    John Lara

    9 күн мурун

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  97. John Lara

    John Lara

    9 күн мурун

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  98. Shadow61616


    9 күн мурун

    28:57 You know Chad is getting serious when you can hear him swallow.

  99. Dima G

    Dima G

    10 күн мурун

    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

  100. YK007 BEATS

    YK007 BEATS

    10 күн мурун

    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.