Live and Learn. You Got to Let it Burn.
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This podcast episode of “Stand Out from the Inside” features Green Bay Packers Champion Jarrett Bush. The episode addresses emotional defeat, self-belief, helping others, giving hope, and doing something bigger than yourself.
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Edgar Daggett born and raised in Ann Arbor, MI. He currently serves as the Specialty Programs Marketing Associate at Versiti Blood Centers, where he focuses on direct involvement and campaign management on specialty products and diverse groups. Past family experience inspired him to begin his journey at Versiti in 2020. He knew that the need for diverse units was growing year to year, and because of his personal history, he decided to make the change – and help make a change.
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Jarrett: Boys and Girls Club, having a leadership role there, teaching them about the importance of education, knowing that there's a huge vehicle there that'll take you so much farther than athletics. But if you couple that with athletics and things, it's a tremendous avenue to find success
Edgar: [00:00:00] Welcome back to another Stand Out From the Inside podcast presented by Versiti. I'm your host Edgar Daggett. Super excited to have you on for our episode eight. If you're new, join the community. Join this family by hitting the subscribe button and also giving us a like. If you're also new, check out all of our past podcasts by going to all of our channels on Apple, Spotify, Google, and directly on our website at versiti.org/standout. Now I want to say this has been an amazing season. Amazing first season to the Stand Out From the Inside podcasts. This is something new that we've done that we are experiencing and trying out. And so far, the love that we have received has been amazing. People have been checking out our podcasts throughout our footprint, throughout the Midwest, and neighboring states around as well. So it's been super helpful meeting all of our [00:01:00] panelists, our previous panelists and seeing all these amazing faces and seeing how they are standing out from the inside and spreading their love, their intelligence, their mission-driven within their community, but for our very last guest of the first season of Stand Out From the Inside podcast. We have a super bowl winning champion. He played with the Green Bay Packers. He has met so many amazing people. He's now retired, but he is leading the way in his community by spreading his own mission, his own flare within his community and neighboring cities. Please help me welcome Jarrett Bush to the Stand Out From the Inside podcast. Jarrett, welcome to the show.
Jarrett: Hey man, Edgar. I am blessed beyond here, man. I appreciate the warm introduction. Yeah, truly means a lot. I’m glad to be here.
Edgar: We're super excited to have you on your first [00:02:00] professional player on the show. You know, it's super exciting. Someone from Green Bay he's part of our footprint, Versiti started in the Milwaukee Area. So it's super excited to have somebody from our home state.
Jarrett: Oh yeah. I mean, Hey man, it's a blessing. In any way, shape, or form, you know, I was asked to help and I came running. Any way we can help people to kind of get in those lines to help those need with blood transfusions or just in general. And just get people to donate.
Edgar: Amazing. I love that. I love that. You know, as we looked through all of our panelists, some of our new guests? We're pretty picky. You know, we're deciding, we're looking and, I have a big connection to... Go Blue to the U of M always bring my football reference. I always have to. And you know, Green Bay I always have to bring out one of our hall of famers Charles Woods. Always. So, you know, I've had the privilege of meeting him here in Ann Arbor. I always, every time [00:03:00] he comes in through the summer, I'm always seeing him. I support his wine, intercept wine as well. If you guys haven't tried that, make sure 21 or over, check it out, but always happy to have somebody part of the family here. You know, with this last podcast, something super exciting, you know, I want you guys all to learn. We'll be going over Jarrett's mission, what he's done, what he's doing after football, but also kind of that football life, you know, what it's like to be in the NFL and that's what we're going to kick it off right into it. Cause you know, super exciting to have this new topic and to hear this experience from someone who's had it firsthand. So Jarrett what is it like be in the NFL? What is it, what does that mean to you?
Jarrett: Oh man, NFL, you know what? I think a lot of people don't realize how difficult it is to make it. And I think you got, when you hear about the NFL and the people that have played there, I think you gotta have a little screw loose. [00:04:00] Yeah, a little screw loose, because I think some people get discouraged and they get a little intimidated when they talk about their dreams of playing in the NFL. And, you know, a lot of times I tell people, man, I was dumb enough to believe or naive enough to believe that I can make it. And I think that resonates with a lot of people because I think nowadays people are, you know what, let’s be realistic, they get too smart in the sense they realize the statistics of making it are very slim to none. And I think only you gotta be dumb enough to think like 0.08% or 1.8% of the people make it to the NFL. And let's be honest, you got to have a little screw loose and you know, I was one of those guys that felt like, had that self-belief and confidence that you can make it. Not only does that, have a lot of reward, handsomely handsome award in sense of having a certain platform to now catapult yourself off into the community, gives [00:05:00] you a lot of confidence knowing that you hit your dream. Not only that, and as well as when you're able to touch many lives, you know. And now that you've reached the highest of highest of professional football, and you're able to walk with your head high knowing that you're able to. When you walk into hospitals and you put on that Green Bay Packer Jersey, or you wear that G on your helmet and you walk within the Green Bay community and that's the guy who did such and such or X, Y, and Z, or cuts the Super Bowl pick in the Super Bowl. You walk around with a little bit of a chip on your shoulder but you gain respect because you went through not only the highs and some of the lows as well, and that comes with the territory too. Cause there definitely is some scrutiny, but definitely more highs than lows.
Edgar: Yeah. And, you said it's hard to get in the NFL and that is true. You need hard work dedication. I've heard some, some other players from other, also other leagues, like a little bit of luck, but before you get into the NFL, how many days a week are you practicing? Before, in high school going to college, [00:06:00] then after that, are you continuing to practice for the combine? What is that experience like leading up to. Even thinking about possibly joining the NFL.
Jarrett: Yeah. This is a lot, man. I think there's a lot of things that people don't tell you. I think there's a lot of things that people do tell you. I think they don't really tell you about the scrutiny that you're about to get, and you step onto the football field. I think they tell you like, oh man, listen, it's a blessing. You know what I'm saying? You want to make sure that you're dialed in and your diets right. That you work out, you know what I'm saying? You won't work with a certain group of people because they go on like sharpen you in like an iron sharpens, iron type, type a environment. To your weight limit condition specialist to speed specialist, to your agility specialists, to, maybe like your sports psychology specialist and your you're dialed in, but nobody really prepares you for when you get cut or when you get traded. Maybe you don't get the [00:07:00] contract that you maybe deserve. Or maybe even the education on how to negotiate a contract yourself so that you're not giving 5 to 10 percent to an agent. I think there's a lot of things that you can prepare mentally as well as physically. I definitely feel that we definitely want to make sure that you were the right team, the right scheme, the right fit, the right coaching. The coaches that you resonate with. And a lot of times you don't have control over that or too much as well, so soon as you step on the football field that's all you can really can control. You can control how good a teammate you are. You can control how your effort and so within your effort, you can control the way you perform. As well as like your diet and as well as like your off the field endeavors, whether if you want to start a business, you got a family. And then right, again, going into things that they don't teach you, they don't teach you that balance. You know, we guys have families, maybe three, maybe 4 maybe you just have one kid and then you have balanced to say, okay, you have [00:08:00] a wife, you have a fiance. How do you balance that? You know? And I think that's a lot of stuff that they don't really tell you that, oh, here's your dream football, well by the way you got to balance all this stuff too. Once again, you can't take anything, it's once in a lifetime opportunity, take it and you ride it till the wheels fall off and you squeeze blood out of turnip as much as you can. But at the same time, you gotta be able to set yourself up for that next step, that second transition, for you second career. And I think another thing I think is where a lot of guys struggle. Like I said, you get rewarded very handsomely. If you can stay in the NFL for a very long time. And there's a lot of great people that you meet from public celebrities to the people that you meet within the organization, from the janitor to CEO, ton of great people. I think most people, a lot athletes they struggle coming out of that career because maybe an injury, maybe just the numbers game just didn't work, shake out in their favor. And a lot of times that, you can hold some [00:09:00] resentment or some bitterness because you came short of your goal. I think that's something, one of my struggles was in that, because my goal was to hit 15 years and I got 9 and then played 10 up in Canada. So I really call it 10. So I think there was still some bitterness cause I didn't hit my goal and I got injured and had a sports hernia. I felt bitter in that sense. I had to have some closure even though and be thankful for the career that I did have. The amount of years that I played and the highs and the lows and the Super Bowl. And then some of those tough losses too, that still sting, right? When they showed them highlights, man. But it does it sting. Oh, like the NFC Championship in 2007, went to overtime against the New York Giants and we were the number one seed. So we played at home at Lambeau Field and the Giants with Eli Manning came in. They went in overtime, with Tom Coughlin and the Giants and Eli and it stung. And every time they bring [00:10:00] it up, man, it still has this, this ringing burn in my chest because you put so much hard work and so much dedication. Sleepless nights, early morning, was before the sunrise, pain, you know, pain, intolerable. You gotta think you playing football. Right? They don't tell you about the pain levels that you’re about to endure as well. That's another thing. Knowing some modalities and physical therapy, knowing how you can reduce some though that pain cause this is a space, that you’re used to collision sport. You're going to collapse. Guess what with that collision comes with pain.
Edgar: And that recovery after is important.
Jarrett: So having, right, again, the specialists, another specialist to another specialist, to maybe a physical therapist specialist to a muscle therapist, to a physical therapist. To a psychological therapist, you know, what makes sure that you have the specialist, right. But all of that, it keeps you back on the football field, knowing that you're healthy [00:11:00] mentally and physically as well as spiritually too. I mean, I think that's another aspect, you know, that you can definitely touch on.
Edgar: So when you experienced, I don't want to bring it up but when you experienced that hard loss, what is that mental state? What do you think of, alright, it's hard loss, you know, maybe you lost in the Super Bowl or lost in that playoff game. And what do you think coming out of that, are you automatically going to practice? Do you put that player like Eli Manning, and you put that boy on the target, like in the middle of the locker room, and say, remember this feeling we're never going to experience again. What does that mindset from a loss?
Jarrett: Hmm, the mindset like...
Edgar: Do you work hard at your craft? Are you running that extra mile every morning?
Jarrett: I think you learn from that ultimately. I mean, it's going to burn you and I think that's part of the process of live and learn. You got to let it burn. So you [00:12:00] remember that feeling, you remember that feeling of in your chest... At that particular moment that maybe you could change the game then maybe you could have done something else. Just kind of touching on what you said, maybe run the extra mile, or maybe like detailed this a little bit more, or maybe then that crucial moment that you could help your team that could have maybe made a little bit more impact in the game that could have changed the outcome. Maybe you're a little bit wiser on like how you handle a situation. Maybe the guy pushed you and you pushed him back and you got a flag or something like that. I'm just trying to give you an example, which then again, put 10 yards back, that set you back towards your goal or for the offense, right? Or for instance, like an offensive guard, maybe in that crucial third down and 15 where you needed that first down and you got a holding call, you know what I'm saying? Maybe you got to practice your hand placement so you don't get that holding call. So you don't set your offense back. That's trying to give you some examples because those are small [00:13:00] things that become big things that have a huge result when a game, and can ultimately save you that heartache, and football's not a perfect game. And I can honestly say that you're going to make mistakes, but you can better yourself and be a little bit wiser. And some of the decisions that you do make on the football field that can again change the result of the game.
Edgar: Definitely. But you know, we'd always talk. You've also experienced the biggest achievement that someone that's in the NFL tries to go for, they try to achieve, and it's winning a super bowl. Now tell me about that. What is it like winning a Super Bowl? You've played X amount of games in the regular season, playoffs. You beat every single team that was in front of you. You got to the Super Bowl and you won. And I believe it was against the Steelers, correct? Yeah. The winning against the Steelers again, Ben, big Ben, which is also a hall of Famer, a future hall [00:14:00] of Famer as well. What is that experience like getting the ring, getting the whole ceremony, the parade in Milwaukee?
Jarrett: Man. It's once in a lot of time opportunity and I think it's that thing when winning the Super Bowl when it truly changes your life and no one can ever take that away from you.
Edgar: Now as a player, does that mean winning that Super Bowl, does it say you've achieved it? You've done what your entire goal for, since you started playing football since you've touched a football does winning a championship, just say I did it! I won!
Jarrett: Yes on the, on this earthly ground. Yes. And I know you looked probably thinking like, man, what does he mean by that or this earthly ground? Because I think when you take it to a spiritual level, man, it meant nothing to the man above. It meant nothing. It was just another day. [00:15:00] It was like almost like, good job Jarrett, Packers well done. You completed a small task. Of this grand scheme that I have planned for this world and the days set, you know, but the sunset on that day and that next day it was over. You know? Yes. You know, I think ingraining yourself in the history of the Green Bay Packers is truly amazing. Not disregarding the magnitude and what we did, but I think it was just maybe a starting point. A pivotal point in the Packers and this notch in another belt for the other championships that they've had in the past. Yeah, it's truly remarkable. Truly remarkable. I can't emphasize enough. It truly changed my life, truly changed my family's life because I know if we went into that game and we lost. I would still been talking to this day, like, oh man, I remember he played in the [00:16:00] super bowl and only this, this and this and this. If we wouldn't have won that game. But today I feel so grateful man, at it's really such a relief that it was easier to walk away from my career and be like, Hey man, I didn't have the 15 years, but you know what? We were the best in our profession. We were the pinnacle at that profession that everybody talks about it. And it's such a conversation starter, and nobody can take that away. I cannot emphasize that enough. Nobody can take that away from me, cause it's etched in the history era. And I love that. I love that. And it helped the people that support med because of that. I'm so grateful that I'm able to help. There are laying in bed rest or in hospitals or in schools that when they come in, they see a success story and that is attainable and you can accomplish the impossible if you work hard at taking care of yourself. Because I think in this world, people are so fearful of reaching their goals because they're told not to dream [00:17:00] anymore. They're told this is what you're capable of. This is where your life stays, right here. This is it. You're going to wake up and you're going to be a teacher for the rest of your life. No, if you have dreams, aspirations that you can make it dude, you can, you just got to believe it. And don't let nobody tell you that you can't, you don't take no for an freaking answer. And that's the way it should be. But you know, sometimes in this world, some people, you know, they get in people's heads.
Edgar: [00:00:00] Wow. Yeah, Superbowl champion. That just sounds amazing. Sounds super cool because you know, not a lot of people have achieved that goal and they work hard and they given it all. And as long as you give a hundred percent, you can't really think about things that you haven't achieved, but you've done it. And if it makes you make it feel better, you said you wanted to play an X amount of years, but with less years you have achieved that championship goal. So that's amazing to me. And that's from somebody that has never played once in the NFL. So imagine two people that know that experience about working hard, working daily on their craft, and getting to the highest level in the United States. But I wanted to hit on a topic that has been circling around YouTube, has been circling around my friends, friends of friends, of their friends. And it's something more creative and something super exciting to talk about, the rookie dinner. [00:01:00] People don't know what that is and some people do, and it's something that's been talked about in YouTube. What is the rookie dinner? What is that meaning? What makes people laugh about it? Smile about it, something so simple, a dinner for the rookie, what is it? What is the rookie dinner?
Jarrett: So the rookie dinner is basically a initiation. Welcome to the NFL buddy. You got NFL money. Well, you gotta take the bets out, you know, because when you do you create that bond, right? You create that bond with a lot of the veterans and as well as you're creating that bond with that rookie as a better perspective. Basically, you're just kind of shooting the breeze with the veterans, getting to know them. And it's really just a chance to get for them to get to know you out of the office. I guess example I have the office. Off-the-grid-iron-type environment and get to know the real person that's there. And, oh, by the way, you get the bill because we were taking the time and cause [00:02:00] we love you. We're going to take, you know, we're gonna look out for you on the football field and where I teach you all these, some of the little nuances and some of the savviness of some of these veterans and what they know. And so, therefore you gotta take care of the bill rookie. So we love you. We're going to show you how to have a long career. Show you the longevity of it, and you're going to get paid handsomely. Oh, by the way, we're going to stick you with the bills.
Edgar: You gotta pay the bill too. Did you have a rookie dinner? Where did you go for your rookie dinner?
Jarrett: I was fortunate enough. I was undrafted, so I wasn't, so I didn't have that big paycheck day, you know? And so no they didn't mess with me at all. When you get drafted as kind of like you’re chosen to have a stellar career, a long career, when you're undrafted they're like we're unclear on how long are you going to be here? You might get cut, but you show potential. [00:03:00] So then we won't harp on you too much. I kind of like came in through the back door while the draft picks they come to the front. So they don't really mess with you, some of the guys through the back door, but hey, I think there are all those diamonds in the rough, like myself and Jamal Williams and Sam Shields, you got some other great players that played in the NFL on draft. I think Jeriel Davis is one of them. So you have those star shiny guys, who come through the back door, who can make a name for themselves like myself. But not, unfortunately, I didn't have to have the rookie dinner, but I got to be a part of some other ones though. So I think that was pretty cool.
Edgar: You got to participate at least. So you got away from yours and where you didn't have to pay the bill, but then you join other people. The other rookies who had, and who were those rookies? Who did you, who got, who got the privilege to pay for your bill?
Jarrett: Okay. So right. Yeah, like Casey Hayward, you had Davon House. It was really some of the guys that were in your deepest-to-back group. That came in as rookies, [00:04:00] Sam Shields. Might have been some of the linebackers cause I mean, I think we work hand in hand, but I know those three guys were definitely a part of it and we didn't make the pay for dinner. It was more, they had to go get the food and then show up with the food on the plane.
Edgar: Oh, wow.
Jarrett: Right. So they would, they would get our to-go food because we didn't want the airplane food. We wanted restaurant food. We would order Tony Roma's and I get the ribs as well as some other guys. We make them, we map out a plan for them. Like we do some of the groundwork for them. We mapped by the plans. Okay. This is where you get to go. This is what this person wants, you know, so would lay out a menu for all the players, with like number 24, he wants baby back ribs. Number 38, baked potato with some chicken, with whatever rice pilaf, and so on. We'll try to try to get one restaurant. So he doesn't have to go to like several different restaurants and he'll show up or on the airplane [00:05:00] with a big bag of food and his divvy it out. And that's kind of like how we did it. Cause I feel like linemen they're a little bit different. Yeah, I think we weren't going to hurt them too bad. You know what I'm saying? But we were going to turn him into a delivery boy, I guess you could say.
Edgar: So you went easy on them. One restaurant, listen, pick everything from one place. You didn't make them travel through all of Milwaukee just to find that one great rib.
Jarrett: Right. Especially in Green Bay, so we flew out of Green Bay, and yeah, we took it easy on the young buck. We didn't want that much on them. We knew that he's a brother. But we just want a little class first class, service. That's all. And then once he does that and then kind of rotate throughout the other guys.
Edgar: That's awesome because sometimes, you know when we hear on TV, some of these rookie dinners, they don't have as nice as teammates that your rookies had. But some of these rookie dinners get out of control with like [00:06:00] $18,000 meals, $20,000, $24,000 meals in one restaurant sitting, I'm talking about. That one rookie, just how Jarrett explained. Will take their section of the team, if you're on defense, you're a linebacker. You take the defense with your corners are safeties. If you're on offense, you take the quarterback and go out to one restaurant and they go to like the higher-end restaurants and they'll have a $18,000 bill, you know, $20,000, $10,000 bill. And they have to pay themselves, or sometimes that veteran will help chip in. It's hilarious. If you guys don't know what the rookie dinner is go online, go on YouTube. Search it up. It's hilarious. It's a kind of something fun to view with your friends and family. But that's super cool. That's a super cool experience. But Jarrett now I want to dive in on the life after football. I've heard so much about yourself, how you're involved in the community with different [00:07:00] nonprofit organizations, but who are those organizations, and what have you been up to after football?
Jarrett: So after football, I was really wanting to have some closure and kind of sit back and enjoy the fruits of your labor. You know, I think at the end of the day talking to a lot of counselors when I finished up my football career. Like I said, it was a struggle for some guys when they transitioned. They related to a trend from a football player exiting their career as to grieving from a loss, from a divorce, or whatnot. And so when he said that it kinda hit home, but it didn't have the same name. I could see how that emotional toil that torment because right. You're being taught something from little league to youth to middle school, high school, college, and all of a sudden you're taken away from the game. [00:08:00] And so when I sat down with some of those counselors, I was like, man. So I had to deal with that, with some counselors and kind of going through that process. I had to go through that process to get to where I'm at now. Being a very involved father, not that I wasn't when I was playing, it's just now you really take on that role because you're blessed to be in that position. Not having to punch the clock or wanting to punch a clock and to work. But still having that flexibility to be a dad and be engaged and being involved. My two little girls, it's truly a blessing, ages five and eight. We just had a birthday in December, over there at the warrior jungle place.
She had a blast and then, continue in sparking my motivational speaking with Foureva Media helping me kind of get some liftoff from that. Which has been a pleasure working with them. Shout out to [00:09:00] Jamar and Randy and then the whole crewman helped me out and creating that brand has been truly remarkable. And kind of steamrolling into a TV talk show host with the Locker Room Live over on Channel 5, you can check out me and Burke Griffin, or you can go to a website at wearegreenbay.com. You can check us out there. There's a few segments that you can watch and you talk about green and gold football. Like I said, we have a ton of fun and you should come check us out. Have us diving into some of the schematics and a lot of excitement on the TV, talking about football. A lot of bit hits Yeah, some highlights and you should go check it out. I think that's my involvement, as well as the community reaching out to the Boys and Girls Club, having a leadership role there, teaching them about the importance of education, knowing that there's a huge vehicle there that'll take you so much farther than athletics. But if you couple that with athletics and things, it's a tremendous avenue to find success as well as a network that can help you [00:10:00] propel you to be able to have some provision as well as to take on new obstacles and reach new goals. Meeting a lot of great people along the way.
Edgar: That's amazing. That's so much, that those communities appreciate your time, your effort, but now I'm putting you on the spot. All right. So do you donate blood?
Jarrett: I have in the past, Edgar. So I appreciate that. Yeah. A little background, me and my parents are big into the health and wellness as well. My brother's a doctor, my mom was a nurse. We're definitely big on health care. And anytime that I can give back, as well as military, my dad was military. So anytime I can help out in those respects. Definitely, come a-running, you know, to help out whether it's, you know, donating blood, wounded warrior projects, getting out there and [00:11:00] this in the community and just helping out. It's definitely something, it's right. I think it's something that always holds true, is that it's always better to give than is receiving. And if you want to give some blood, you should go out, sign up, go to versiti.org and make an appointment and donate that plasma because I think there's a lot of people in need. And especially in this pandemic. I think there's a lot of people that can definitely use the blood. Not that you don't need it yourself, but I think there's a lot of people in need that there are definitely in jeopardized situations, in compromised situations as well, who are in desperate need and literally in probably a life-saving necessity. So go out there and donate. If you got some free time between lunch and you're on breaking during holidays, get out there and the community and donate.
Edgar: A hundred percent you heard it. You heard it from Jarrett himself. That was all him. That wasn't even me. So donate plasma, double reds, your whole blood again, go to versiti.org. [00:12:00] Click your state and make an appointment in your nearest zip code. We have blood drives going throughout the state of Wisconsin, Indiana, Illinois, Ohio, Michigan, we are everywhere. Go ahead and find the nearest up blood drive. And if you can't donate blood, go ahead and become a host. You know, that's super important as well. We always need new hosts and hosts are your frontline champion. They are the ones that are leading, that gather the community members. Real quick, Jarrett for you, you've been part of the community, meaning you've spread the word about maybe a mission that you've had or helping empower those Boys and Girls Club with a goal, you kind of been helping them, serve them. Each community has their own characteristics, they follow a person, they follow a group. We're new, we're a new blood drive. I'm a new host, I’m a new champion. And I want to set up a blood drive in the city that you live. What would be the best way for me to [00:13:00] get the word out, to be like, come here, come donate blood and be a part or help out your community.
Jarrett: I think social media is a great way. I mean, social media, putting up some signs, maybe in certain restaurants or certain cafes, gas stations that there's a lot of frequency, lot foot traffic. Grocery stores I think are huge because everybody needs to go to the grocery store and I can't reiterate, social media and just bringing that awareness. Right. I think really people just need to know about it and how you do that, by reaching out with social media. Especially in this time in the holidays, people flipping through the Instagram or Facebook and they're flipping and like, oh, they're having a blood drive, you know? It's close to, it's a location close to here. A few miles away. I could probably grab my bike or I could probably walk, you know, just a short drive. And I'm leaving the grocery store and there's a facility that's linked [00:14:00] up with that grocery store. I mean, let's say typically Festival. I think those are great locations because there's a lot of foot traffic. And everybody has to go get groceries. I don't care if they got to get a gallon of milk, some bread to peanut butter, some diapers for the mom, you know, I think they're going to get a lot of foot traffic. that's my 2 cents on how you engage and as well as again, with that awareness, like have a purpose, have a mission. Right. Like we do, you know, and just reaching people who are a compromised situation, maybe life-saving situations, who need it, you know? Right. And especially with this pandemic, talking about the transfusions, a lot of people probably need those. People who've lost, a lot of blood, could be gunshot victims that who needed blood transfusions. I think that's just a great way. Just again, the overall, bring awareness about blood and donate.
Edgar: [00:15:00] I can literally agree 100% because your friends will listen to what you do. So if you have friends, you know, you have your social media following Instagram, Facebook, and you just invite one person say, Hey, would you like to come donate? There's a good chance, 95% chance that as your friend they'll come and then they'll bring a friend and they'll bring a friend and that's how it opens up and spreads. It might not be a hundred percent successful that first round, but the next time you host they invite other friends and that's how it spreads throughout the community because you have those connections and building that awareness, having that mission throughout that social media, just how Jarrett said is exactly the way to look at it and the way to bring all those people together in one place. And like how I always say on these podcasts, donating blood, or just donating roughly takes about an hour. The average donation time is actually 10 minutes. I donate a little bit less. I roughly around like the six-minute mark for that [00:16:00] actual donation. But the rest of it is just, you know, answering questions, making sure you're healthy because we want to deliver healthy blood. And then after your initial donation, You have to sit down and rest, you can enjoy some cookies, some orange juice, and we offer that for you. And we make sure that you're okay. And then once you're ready to go and we see that you have no reactions then you're ready to go up and get ready. And just how he said go during lunch, go after work, in the morning, we have times throughout the day, and again, one hour. The average person donates about about 2.3 times a year, that’s 2 hours in a whole year. You know, if you look at it like that, it's a very small amount of time and you can do it every 42 days. Platelets, you can do every two weeks, a double red cells, three times a year. You have the time throughout the year, but it's super easy. I would 100% recommended, go out there, just make that [00:17:00] donation appointment at versiti.org, super easy. Jarrett, I want to say thank you so much. Love hearing those experiences. I wanted to give you right now the opportunity to say whatever you want to our viewers, to all the people that are going to see this, I'm giving you the spotlight right now. What do you have to say? What are you working on?
Jarrett: As I said, thank you again for having me on here. I appreciate you just collaborating and collectively to help get people out there to donate blood, man. Again, there's a lot of people, they're in basically desperate need, they need blood and you have from people who have surgeries who need kidney transplants who probably lost a lot of blood, surgeries just overall and [00:18:00] compromise situations could be from COVID could be from other underlying conditions. That we have no idea what for, but, please go out there and donate, it's something that's much bigger than myself. And what we do on the football field as football players, we're talking about life and death, man, and we're talking about helping others and being in community. And I think that's the most important thing is that just showing compassion to those lives and being able to give, because there's nothing like giving hope. Ultimately to the people, that they’re laying there in those hospital beds and we can do anything to help them have some longevity and a longer life to live, to take life further. I think that's ultimately the goal. What we do on the football field, man. It's great. But ultimately we don't save lives. We may impact lives, but we don't save lives. And what you're doing right there, Edgar, with versiti.org man, you guys are saving lives. Definitely on board. You have my vote [00:19:00] in, to get out there and give the shout out to versiti.org man, get out there and donate man, cause do something bigger than yourself. You know, I think it's a great thing and find time. Where there's will, there's a way, help those people in need. And, again, Go Pak, man. Hopefully, we can keep going in the Super Bowl. Go check me out on Locker Room Live and be on the lookout, for more content from Jarrett Bush. Jarrettbushmotivates.com, go check me out, there. And Edgar, I mean, I appreciate you having me on.
Randy. Appreciate you, man. Like facilitating, orchestrating this, you know what I'm saying? Very instrumental in this, even though we can't see, we love you, man. Jamar over there and Foureva Media, shouts you guys, man. Keep doing your thing. We love you. Again, appreciate it.
Edgar: Oh, thank you. Thank you so much for that. Again, we want to reiterate the mission to save lives, donate blood, be a host, do your part in your [00:20:00] community because we need you, especially in those minority groups. We really need you. It a urgent need today, tomorrow, and it'll forever be an urgent need, and people like you with one hour every three months can literally save up to three lives. So I want to say urgently donate, but we want to appreciate Jarrett Bush for joining the very last episode of season one of Stand Out From the Inside. You have been amazing hearing your experiences. From before the league, during the league being a Super Bowl Champion, you'll be always a champion in our books and forever throughout the history, through Green Bays’ history, the NFL, you're always going to be a champion. We appreciate your time, your dedication, and your mission-driven success after football. So thank you so much for being here. And again, catch his show on the greenbaypackers.com, [00:21:00] it'll be Locker Room Live featuring Jarrett Bush, again, go visit, learn, see some of his experience and hear from him a little bit more as he dives in through the life of outside football, maybe a little bit of football as well, and then see some of his guests that he has on his show. Thank you so much for being here.
Edgar: Alrighty that wraps up season one of Stand Out From the Inside presented by Versiti. This has been an amazing experience. Being able to communicate with all of you, all of our subscribers, if your not a subscriber. Please subscribe. If you're new, check out all of our other episodes on all of our social channels, you can also visit Apple, Spotify, Google, and versiti.org to check out all of our other episodes, but this has been one heck of a ride. I hope you've all enjoyed all of our speakers, our panelists, what they've shared, their experiences within the community. It's been amazing to hear from them, to learn from them, and to not only, kind of [00:22:00] see who else is interested in donating blood, who else is also interested in being a host and being part of their community. Again, I want to appreciate to all of our panelists that have been part of the season one. It's been amazing. If any of you want to see any other types of panelists, please go to our page or comment on all of our videos. See special topics that you want to hear. We're super interested in hearing from all of you. But again, this has been season one of Stand Out From the Inside presented by Versiti. Can't wait for season two for new panelists, new ways of getting into the community, and probably seeing some of you on this show. I appreciate you all. I'm your host Edgar Daggett and we will see you all in season two.
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