Spartans All-Access: Episode 205 | Michigan State


(triumphant music) (slow guitar music) – [Angela] I see in him a lot of humility. More of a humble position. Very proud, very proud. And very glad to see
that he is stepping up to the position that he has been given. – [David] It’s not
heroic, it’s just little, small acts of self-sacrifice, right? Like think of other people more
than you think of yourself. That’s key, it’s not always easy, it’s not always something you want to do, but you know it’s the right thing to do. If you do the right thing,
the emotions come later. It’s kinda what we’ve
always told him, right? Just do the right thing,
and the rest will follow. (slow guitar music) – I played baseball growing
up, played football, I remember pitching in a
baseball game, in like, sometime in maybe late May or something, and it was 30 degrees and raining, so that’s kind of (chuckle)
my memory of baseball in Washington, but it was a good place. – Brian, as a child like, young age, knew like all the baseball
players in Seattle, loved them. Really young, just really
had this focus on sports. It wasn’t just one sport,
he loved all sports. – The bull in the china closet for sure, he never had bad
intentions, he just (laughs) he just broke things, you know. He was just the biggest kid
around and didn’t mean it, so we had to tell him,
hey, you’re really strong, just, you gotta know that, right. Be slower, don’t swing
the bat inside the house. – When I started, it was tackle
football in fourth grade. Put my helmet on, started
crying cause my helmet hurt, (laugh) I told my coach, and
he found me a new helmet, or whatever, but that was
just kind of the first time. I really wanted to play
a receiver, that was my, I always loved catching the ball, I would always go out and play catch with my dad in our street, I think that’s why I have
such great hands now, I kinda like to brag
about it a little bit, but I really wanted to play receiver, and then my dad was like, I think you should try out quarterback. I think that’s a good position for you. – I called the coach and,
having never done this before, “Hey, Brian’s my son”, and he said, “Great, what position does he play?” And I said, “Well, I think
he plays quarterback.” And he says, “Mr.
Lewerke, everyone’s father says they oughta play quarterback.” And obviously, I was like, “Okay, sorry, he just
wants to be on the field, “just put him in any position
you want to put him in.” Right? So he did. By the third practice, he
was a quarterback. (chuckle) And it wasn’t because you throw a lot, just because at that age you
just simply gotta know the game and you gotta be athletic, and it happened to be the position where the coach though
would be best for him. (crowd cheering) (tranquil instrumental music) – [Announcer] Nicholas wins the outcome. – [Announcer] Major number
11, Tiger Woods is back in the winner’s circle. – [Announcer] Champion golfer of the year. – [Announcer] Phil Mickelson,
with a Sunday to remember. (upbeat music) – [Cameraman] So how
do you feel about your first trip to Scotland? – It’s amazing, so excited. (upbeat music) (clubs hitting golf balls) – I think it’s important
to explain the history and the tradition of the game, see a version of the game where it started and now where it’s evolved to what we do. So St. Andrew’s was always
a place I had in my head. I had a relationship with the golf coach at the University of St. Andrew’s, and having been there
myself a number of times, the feeling you get, up
quite all over the world, the feeling you get playing St. Andrew’s is unlike anything else. And so I wanted them to experience that. – Probably my most memorable
experience for me, personally, was the first day getting there. Just arrived at St. Andrew’s, we’re here at the 17th hole, looking at this crazy green, and it’s kind of overwhelming, honestly. Just because of how tired you are, coming off of, trying to sleep on a plane, and just completely failing
to do so (chuckles). But when we got out of the van, and we drove up to St. Andrew’s, and we could see like all
the memorable buildings, and everything, and I was just like, in a tired and kinda delusional state, and just looking at, it was
so like, like I was awestruck. Then we got outta the
van, and just kind of walked up to the 18th
green, and I just like, visions and memories,
kinda, of going through like people who have won the open there, and stuff like that, just
kind of filled my mind. As tired as I was, I was
just like, completely in awe, and just completely speechless, it was a really cool experience, and it was really, really cool
to be at the home of golf. – Just a good week with
the guys, you know, we’re super thankful for
everyone who made it possible, and all the donors’ support,
the school, you know, the coaches for taking us there. – Being there with the team, the group of guys that we were with, and our coaches, I don’t
know if I could’ve gone with a better group of people. Just the whole family that
we have here is amazing. And getting to share that
with everybody on the team, and the coaches, was truly
a memorable experience. Cheese and leak sausage, some mushrooms, haggis, beans- – [Cameraman] Beans
– Eggs – [Cameraman] It’s the full
Scottish breakfast, huh? – I had to do it. (upbeat tropical music) – My family’s actually Samoan, which is a smaller island,
smaller Polynesian island, but they all moved to Hawaii. My grandma and my grandpa moved there. My mom is one of 14, so
she has a lot of siblings. Growing up, I, we used to go visit them and stuff all the time. – The culture has become
part of our kids’ upbringing. It’s a very rich culture,
it’s a culture that has warms hospitality, it has, a
culture where family is very important, it’s a close-knit family. There’s lots of reverence
and respect for one another. We love to get together,
have large gatherings, and we sit around and fellowship. We sing praises, have prayer, and we eat. We really enjoy that,
and it was good for them to experience it. – Culture there is really really big, I mean like, one thing that
they always preach is family. So I’m the type to text my
mom everyday, call my mom, call my dad, I’m always
in touch with my brother. So family’s what keeps me going. Growing up, I, we used to go visit them and stuff all the time, but
the reason my mom moved to Michigan is because my dad
was stationed in the army. – It was a culture shock,
because being from Hawaii, you know, it’s really
laid back and it’s just, it’s just a whole, like
a whole different state. Talia was born in Lansing,
interesting enough. My husband was in the
State Trooper Academy, and it was just nice that she was able to full circle, and kind of come
back here to Michigan State. (crowd cheering) With Talia, when she was
probably five or six years old, I was participating in a beach tourney, two person beach volleyball tournament. And she would just pick up the ball and come over to where I was, and so, I would take that
opportunity to just kinda demonstrate some of the skills to her. So I positioned her hands like a platform, and then I would toss the
ball and have her repeat it. – She’s always been in
my corner, you know, helping me out, coaching me
ever since I was younger. She’s actually my middle
school volleyball coach, for in seventh and eighth grade. And then she followed me to high school, and was the freshman volleyball coach. She was there, talking
to me, helping me like, with the ropes, and my
skills, and then just also she knew what it took to become a college volleyball player. And so she was always in my corner, rallying for me, helping me
out, even on my bad days. – I’m very proud of Talia,
she’s a very hard worker. I think she’s a great leader as well. She is, she likes to take
charge, she leads by example, she’s very encouraging to her teammates. She is very mentally
tough, she’s resilient. Talia is always mindful of her teammates, and she’s always trying
to look outside of herself to help her team. – I obviously did not
know how to throw at all. In fourth grade, I remember, I
was just trying to figure out how to throw and I would
experiment with a ton of different grips on the ball. And there’s one time I held the ball, just completely the
entire ball in my palm, which is not even close to how you’re supposed to hold a football. And it was mostly just me
running the ball (chuckles). We would have a play,
just quarterback sweep, just take from our center
and run around the corner, and go 60 yards or
whatever for a touchdown. Eighth ninth grade area,
is where I kinda realized that this is my natural spot
and I really want to play this. That was kind of when I started training, when we moved to Arizona. It was a little unexpected, I think, it was a mix between my
dad’s company got bought out, so he lost his job and
he found one in Arizona, which also happened to be where his side of the family
lived, and I think he kind of wanted to see his family a little more. I think part of it also was that Arizona football was a little
better than Washington, and my dad kind of wanted
to give me the best opportunity that I could in high school. A little bit of mixed
emotions when it happened, just cause that’s where I grew up, and everyone I knew, all my friends, so I obviously had to
make brand new friends, and transition to a place that’s sunny about 300 days a year. So that was definitely a
big change, I would say. That was my first year
starting out varsity, my junior year, so trying to figure out, how to, you know, just make plays, in a big time environment,
and big time offense, and that entire season, I
guess, would just kind of encompass what it means
to be a quarterback, and the chances I had for myself
to play at the next level. (upbeat music) – The primary purpose from a
team development standpoint was our season starts the third, second day of class this year. That’s not a lot of time
to have your players in front of you, so going
to Scotland a week before allowed us to bond, interact,
develop some practices that we’re gonna use all year. So when the first day of school hits, we can leave the next day and be ready. (golf ball sinks) – My biggest hope is that
we, as a team, just like, appreciate how lucky we are. And appreciate everything
that’s being given to us, so that we can go out and perform to the best of our abilities. I don’t know of any other team that just gets to go over to Scotland. And especially being a senior, I’m like, my appreciation for what
our coaches have done (hands clapping) and what they had to do in order to get that trip set up for us is like through the roof, I can’t, can’t even begin to thank them enough. And I just hope that that
appreciation and that feeling of wow, we’re this lucky,
kind of stays with us, because I think it acts
as a catalyst to go out and perform to the best of our abilities. And prove, and show people why we get to go on trips like that. – Honestly, surprised me most was just how slow these greens are. – First of all, collegiate athletics, yes, they’re about winning and losing, I think in basketball and football, that’s a primary mission of course, and it’s very important to us. But this is an educational
experience that we hope broadens their view of the world. So number one, that’s what I
wanted them to get out of it. Number two, I wanted what
I think the most exciting and important year of
my tenure here so far, is this year, we’re hosting
the NCAA Tournament. I wanted to develop the
team piece right away. And lastly, I hope that the
moments we share together over there, are something,
not just player coach, but coach coach, player player,
the interpersonal moments, when we didn’t have our
phones out every second because we couldn’t, will be
cherished for a long time. Because they certainly will for me, that was my sixth trip to United Kingdom to play golf, and it was the most special because my players were there. (crowd cheering) – [Announcer] Bryan
Hoyer will play fake it, toss it left side to Josh Rouse, into the end zone, touchdown, MSU. – [Announcer] Kirk under
center, play fakes to left, rolls back to his right,
time to direct some traffic, now throws to the end zone, leaping grab made by BJ, touchdown, MSU. – [Announcer] Picked up,
touchdown, Tony Lippett, the junior from Detroit,
against the blitz. – Well we knew this was quarterback U, that was a big part of the draw, right? We knew this was a place
where quarterbacks go on, and that’s always been his
dream, to play in the NFL. – Just the tradition that Michigan State has established here, has been incredible. The quarterbacks that they’ve put out. Obviously that was big in my decision, I wanted to go to a place that would be good for the next level. And the pro style offense
that we have here, was key in that the first
time I visited here, and met all the people around here, there was just a different feel, and I could tell that God
is kind of trying to tell me something that this is the place that He wanted me to go. – I just knew that under Coach D, that he was going to be,
to grow, in his faith, he was going to be strengthened, that he would not be brought down. (whistle blowing) – [Announcer] The rookie,
flushed from the pocket, rolls to his left, being chased, still has it at the 30,
the 25, head down there, and has the first down
at the 24 yard line. – It was definitely a fantastic experience to get in the game. Sure, it didn’t mean a lot
to most people watching, but it meant a lot to
me, just to be able to get my first college experience
in the Michigan game. And you know, when I
was kinda feeling good, got back in there, I
almost go our team back to a winning position, I
ended up breaking my leg. And that was little unfortunate, but looking back on it, it
was for the better for me, put on a little bit of
pounds that I needed, just not being able to
run, and mostly lifting upper body type stuff. – [Announcer] Shotgun snap,
looks right, now looks left, he’ll run left, he’s inside the five. Dive to the goal line, into the end zone. Touchdown, MSU. – [Announcer] Left of Lewerke,
he’ll step to his left, plant that right foot
and throw the ball deep. Got a man wide open, it’s
Felton Davis at the ten, he’s into the end zone, touchdown, MSU. – There’s a lot of games that
we could’ve lost in 2017, that we ended up winning,
and there’s a lot of games that we could’ve won in 2018
that we ended up losing. So, you know, the difference between those is so small and whether it’s an injury, or whether it’s one play you don’t make, but just going through the
ups and downs of those years, you learn things, you obviously
want to stay in the highs as long as you can. My parents, my friends,
and my faith are probably, the three best things that get me going. Relying on them, and
they’ll give me advice when I need it and just talking
with them as much as I can. – When you play quarterback
at Michigan State, you are a big name guy, there’s a lot of responsibility there, there’s a big huge fan interest in you, and there’s a lot of pressure on you. Brian, I think, very similar
to Kirk in a lot of ways, in terms of his faith, I think, in terms of how he, how he came in here, three year quarterback, second
year being named Captain. Student of the game type guy. He’s a little bit like Connor Cook, in the fact that he’s sort of a guy that can sling it down the field, and he’s got a good arm strength, and those type of things. Little bit like Brian Hoyer, and sort of a combination of both,
he has the ability to run with the football maybe
more than any quarterback that we’ve had. He’s the only quarterback
in Michigan State history that’s thrown for twenty
five hundred yards, and run for 500. – Aloha. – We went down there
for I think nine days, and that’s a little bit shorter than what we usually go for
but went to see my family, my grandma still lives there, and a lot of my mom’s siblings. I love seeing my grandma, she’s 89 now, and so she’s been going strong, she loves going to
exercise class (chuckles) all this stuff but I
dunno, I love to go see her because it’s just so different, just comparing, it’s like two
different worlds, basically. So they all speak Samoan
there, my mom is bilingual, so they all, even my first
cousins, they all know, and they can understand the language. Being immersed in a
whole different culture while I was there, and
while whenever I’m there, it’s just, I just love being in it, because it’s just so different for me, and it’s something that I’m really really proud to be a part of. – I think the biggest
thing that I like Talia to take away from her experiences, especially with the culture
is just the discipline, the love for others, being kind to others, and also that she will continue to have and grow with her volleyball sisterhood. I think it’s just an amazing experience and also that it’s lifelong. And I really believe that, I think, if she can continue that, she’ll always be successful in life. The giving of a lei is a very, it symbolizes greeting, love, you get a lei when you
get off the airplane, you’re greeted with the
lei when you say goodbye. So that’s very, very heartfelt. – For my mom, it’s really hard, cause her mom’s getting older, and we don’t get to back as much, so every chance that we get to go there, and we get to see her, and
we get to see our family, is just a, it’s just a great opportunity that we take full advantage of. (foreign language) – Before we leave every time, she brings us downstairs, and she’s like, “Okay, we have to say a
prayer before you guys go.” Her, my mom have this very
like heartfelt moment, because my mom doesn’t know the next time we’ll be able to get back to see her. – You want to give me? – Yeah. – The moment when she puts the lei on, and I’m just like, wow, I
just, I love being here. And I love, I love her. These are the moments
that really really matter, you know, sometimes you
can lose sight of that. Like within, especially
being a college athlete, sometimes you can lose sight
of the important things, which is, to me, my family and the moments I get to spend with them. – I love you so much Talia. – I love you too, grandma. – I miss you. – I’m gonna miss you too. (guitar playing) – Obviously the quarterback
is kind of the face of a program, and probably
the most recognizable person, so I kind of use that to my advantage, in ways that I can help in the community, and St. Baldrick’s was one of
them, when I shaved my head. That was a great time, with, I think, probably four or five
other football players. Never had my hair that short
before probably (chuckles) especially after I was kind of known for having the long hair. I think that was big
for that organization, and just for MSU Football as a whole. And there have been other opportunities that I’ve had across the community, just to be able to help
and I think that’s, it’s been good for me,
but more importantly, it’s been good for everyone else. You got me? Yes sir. You really get to notice
that, at the events, like Meet the Spartans,
or the Kids Clinics that we put on for the spring game, just be able to be in that environment, and see what kind of
impact you make on kids, it obviously feels very good for me, and I try to do my best
to make them feel special. Make them feel welcome, because I know any kid out
there can play quarterback, and I just kind of want to be able to give that opportunity
to anyone that I can. – What do I hope for him here? That he comes away with it, knowing that he did all that he could. To be a good representation
of what the program is, and what Coach D has helped
instill in him as a man. (marching band) – I wanna be a guy that brought success to the football team as a whole, maybe beyond that, I wanna be a guy that was dependable and never
gave up despite his position. Whether it was good or
bad, I wanna be resilient, and have that guy that
when people look back on Michigan State football, and say, “Brian Lewerke, he was a great person outside the community as well as within the football team, and
he was a great leader.” (crowd cheering) (triumphant music)

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