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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.


Special Thanks to Botaniko Weston for providing us a location to film the episode.

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💬 Comments on the video
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Man this show never miss. Powerful episode with powerful words.

Author — VictionaryHD

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It looks like it smells good in there. 😊

Author — Soluchi {Michael Jackson Lookalike, Dancer, VFX}

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I'm a 40 year old man, I lost my mom over 10 years ago, and my son 2 years ago, bro it still hurt man.

Author — showcoe hope1

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Brandon doesn’t bother me at all I like his intensity. He’s always trying to get to the bottom of the issue. Nothing wrong with clarity.

Author — Pirrelli8

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Absolute POWERFUL episode. As a man we aren't given ANY sympathy in this world nor are our feelings ever something that is brought to the table when discussing where we are in life. There's nothing quite like that true genuine man hug... I struggle with emotion on the daily... My grandmother & my aunt passed & i couldn't even give myself permission to shed a tear, but that last game i played on the football field had me balling like a damn baby & it's been 10 years since. It's something most men struggle with & we'll all have to get past. These conversations are necessary to have & you need that support group around you for those mental health checks.
To all the MEN out there... You are LOVED, you are SEEN & you are HEARD! There's always somebody who may share your same experience. You won't have to fall on your sword when there's always soldiers around who will fight that battle alongside you! Seek that help & get yourself right! Peace!

Author — Chiseled Adonis

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It hurt to see Ocho in such pain. He has grown so much over the years I wish him peace.❤️

Author — uchebabe1983

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I like how they respect the chef and include her in these videos and not use the chef just to stunt

Author — greatness 1st more greatness

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I'm so happy to see more and more Black men having conversations like this (out in the open) and helping to heal each other. Now this is progress.

Author — MW

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I appreciate what these guys are doing with the show.

Author — TimeBucks

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Fred Taylor like the uncle that’s always spitting wisdom lol but RIP Vincent Jackson 💯🗣

Author — Bejeron Chapman

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You can tell he was struggling because he wasn’t saying anythingggg while the other guys were talking

Author — Trey McGuire

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Didn't expect to start crying watching this but I didn't know about Ocho's mom. Lost my mom two years ago and it still hurts. Stay strong Chad.

Author — Frank D

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You could see it in Ocho’s face when Brandon asked was everybody ok that he wasn’t ok

Author — Jay & Mealla

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Uncle chad messed me up with this episode he almost got me 😂🥲 but nah this was needed most def!

Author — Trae Flocka

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To see Ochocinco talk this way, compared to how he normally is, is so powerful man. Nobody should be ashamed of their mental health issues

Author — Abdu

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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.

Author — Kelly Mitchell

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“You wanna dress me, like I’m a child” 🤣 straight face

Author — Brian DuBose

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My mother passed in 2011. I was 20 then. I still havent found the strength in me to look through old videos. I can say you do learn to live with it and sometimes even forget it happened since that train doesnt stop moving. I thank you for this episode i really needed to let this cry out. My condolences to ocho and i appreciate the strength it took to tell this story to everyone.

Author — BATBR0

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When a man cry's it's not because he's weak, it's because he's been strong for to long.

Author — Kyle Pitillo

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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.

Author — G.A.M.A