Kirstie Ennis in the Fish Bowl with Chris Long | Chalk Media
– [Chris] You guys rolling? – Yup, we’re good.
– Okay, cool. What fish do you like? Welcome to The Fish Bowl Episode
three with Kirstie Ennis. – I don’t know, I kinda I like this classic orange dude and then I like the– – [Chris] The speckled?
– Yeah. – [Chris] No need to get fancy here. The interview says it all. One of my favorite people
I’ve interviewed thus far. A personal friend. A Marine, and somebody who’s overcome more than any of us could imagine. To be a great example for young people and young women especially. Kirstie Ennis. One of my favorites, and somebody
I actually know very well. I’ve spent a lot of time on the side of a mountain with you. – You have. – And we’ve summited Kili together and most importantly I think an icon to a lot of young women out there, and somebody who’s served our country, and the winner of the Pat Tillman Award this year at the ESPYS. So we’re celebrating early in the morning. There’s lipstick
(laughs) on my cup of vanilla vodka here. Not my choice. How are you Kirstie? – Yeah, I’m doing well. Just an honor to be out
here in LA for the ESPYS and yeah, it’s been a wild ride since the last time we climbed together – [Chris] Yeah. – [Kirstie] Been busy. – [Chris] And you’ve added
some things to your resume. – Just a few. – You’re here for the Pat Tillman Award. Everybody knows who Pat Tillman is but what made him different, what made him deserving of recognition decades later and beyond? – Well, for me as an athlete and then also as a service person, I know what it takes to be
part of a team like that and to be able to sacrifice
for the greater good of what you guys are going through you know, whether it’s on the field or off the field as a
family it takes a lot. You have to have a lot of heart to be a part of a team like that and the ways that he was, but for him to take off the jersey and then go forth and join the military and not just join the military to, you know, do your typical
9-5 sitting behind a desk job but he was going to the front lines and, and wholeheartedly, and obviously willing to lay his life
down for the man or woman that stood to his left or right, and he did, he paid
the ultimate sacrifice. To me that’s just somebody that we should all want to emulate. – Yeah.
– You know I think all too often in our day and age we get wrapped up of
sitting behind a screen or going through the
motions of our day to day, but for somebody to truly
want to get up every day and make a difference in the world do something for the greater good, I mean I just think Pat
Tillman embodies that, and he’s somebody that he’s a household name
that people idolize him. – Yeah.
– He is a true American hero on and off the field
and, on the battlefield. – This is Coach Dave McGinnis. I’ve been asked by a
very good friend of mine and a player I respect a lot, Chris Long to talk a little bit about Pat Tillman. I was fortunate enough in my career to not only be a defensive coordinator and a head coach during
Pat Tillman’s career. I was involved in drafting Pat Tillman and I was very much involved
in his football playing career. I coached the National
Football League for 31 years. That entails thousands of players. There is no football player
that has had more impact on my life as a human
being than Pat Tillman. Pat Tillman embodied as a player exactly what you would want. He was fearless, he was
loyal, he was honest, and he was always there. You always knew that when he
stepped across the line for you as a coach you would get
everything that he had. An extremely brilliant,
brilliant human being. He was a true Renaissance Man, but Pat Tillman also embodied the traits of honesty, integrity, and dignity, in every aspect of his life. You know, those three words sometimes are just words on a page, but Pat Tillman lived those words. I cannot tell you the many conversations that I’ve had with Pat Tillman as to where we would
not talk about football, but we would talk about life and things that were very, very important and I saw that in Pat
Tillman when 9/11 happened, and being involved with him, and then being the one
person that he came to when he had made a decision
to leave a very lucrative National Football League
career on the table when he and Marie had just gotten married to go serve his country because he felt a real
sense of duty in doing that and sitting down with
him and listening to him tell me his reasons and tell me what he was going to do and then being able to talk to him and just to feel the genuineness. I mean you don’t come across
human beings in your life that are like Pat Tillman. As I said I have been involved with
thousands and thousands of National Football League players. They’re all very impressive but none have ever had
the impression on my life, and I think I can say this too, have never had the impression
on the lives of so many people in America as Pat Tillman. – I think with Pat what’s cool is that he just took action, right? And that doesn’t mean
that everybody has to take action and go join the military but do something to back your convictions and we aren’t a society
where people take action it feels like anymore. We talk a lot but we don’t back it up. I don’t have the balls
to go join the military, but Pat did and he gave
his career for that, and I think that can Pat’s legacy affect not just military men and
women or football players, but just regular people as well? – No I think, I think his
story and what he’s done, it should impact everyone. If you see a problem
do something about it. – Right.
– If you see something wrong say something.
– Yeah. – I think for whatever reason especially the younger generations I think maybe we’re getting
a little bit better about it but instead of having a backbone, everybody wants to
complain about something but no one’s actually putting
one foot in front of the other and doing something about it. – [Chris] Right. – And I think we all need that, that inspiration in our lives whether it’s something as
minor as making a change in your day to day or the bigger picture. Finding something that you believe in and standing up for it. – ‘Cause it could be easy
to look at Pat and be like, well he’s just, he’s better than me he’s a regular guy like
me or somebody at home. Whether it’s an NFL player
or somebody watching on TV and be like, how do I
apply that to my life, but it’s all relative. The actions you take. The little things you do. It could be one act of kindness
or one community engagement. I mean, your service to the country’s just been part of who you are. You’ve done so much else. Among your long list of
amazing accomplishments is singing the Nation Anthem.
(laughs) – (laughs) In front of a
whole bunch of fucking people. What’s scarier, the speech
you’ve got to give tonight or singing the National Anthem in front of a bunch of people? – Singing the National Anthem
in front of a bunch of people. – [Chris] Yeah. – Man, I wasn’t even
worried about how I sounded. – Yeah.
– I was more worried about screwing up that one word (laughs). – [Chris] Yeah. – Like, skipping a word
or something like that, but even–
– You skip a word they’re not giving you
any fucking slack ’cause you’re supposed to know all of that. I mean, yeah, if I sounded
like crap so be it. – Yeah.
– Like, alright, fine. But, yeah, I was so terrified
of just forgetting a word. – You didn’t want to Fergie it? – No, (laughs) no! I didn’t! – You didn’t want to take
your artistic liberties. It’s not something you take too. Where’s the line on artistic liberties? I want to ask you as somebody who’s sung the National Anthem and served our country what’s the line on the artistic liberties? – Well it really is the hardest
song on the planet to sing. – [Chris] Yeah. – Just how much your voice has to, how far your pitches
have to vary basically, but no, you sing that song like, just like Francis Scott Key wrote it. – Yeah.
– That’s it. You know.
– Yeah. – But you know, I went online
and I watched everybody from Carrie Underwood to Reba to– – [Chris] Oh so you studied the tape– – Oh, I like watched all of them. Like, okay I didn’t
like what you did there I did like what you did there so – Who sung it best? – I think Reba (laughs).
– Reba? – And Whitney Houston, but I am not a Whitney Houston. (laughing) – Yeah. you can’t do Whit–
(laughs) It’s kinda like in football when they tell you to go study, you know I’ve used this a
bunch but Julius Peppers, I’m like, well that’s great. It’s fun to look at but
what can I take from that? That guy’s just totally different. – (laughs) Yeah. – I mean, with some training maybe you can become Whitney Houston. – Yeah, a lot of training. – The speech tonight how
long does it have to be? What are you worried about? – (sighs) Oh man. The speech tonight I wasn’t
too stressed about it like I actually really
enjoy public speaking – [Chris] Yeah. – And again, the same thing I went online and I watched everybody from the Jimmy V Award, the Pat Tillman Award, all sorts of recipients and
I wanted to leave an impact. One of my biggest concerns was looking at an audience and people not being moved I wanna say something that’s impactful and tomorrow morning
people wake up and say hey, I listened to Kirstie and I wanna follow through
with what she said. I started my mission because
I didn’t have the role model that I needed or wanted
while I was in the hospital. Now when I don’t have the fight within to continue putting one
foot in front of the other I remind myself of the
people who may be watching. The young ones who need
someone to be a pillar of hope. The men and women looking for
some inspiration to keep going and the non-believers waiting
for me to prove them wrong. I am one of the lucky ones who came home. Broken, but I am still
here and I still can. So I will continue every day
for those who can’t. (laughs) (cheers)
(applause) Let this be my message tonight, to the athletes in this room, to people in the military brotherhood, and to everyone out there watching. Rest a moment less,
endure a fraction more, and try to make peace with
whatever your pain may be. It’s an honor to be here
with you all tonight. Thank you. – Thanks for watching Part one of our Kirstie Ennis Fish Bowl sit down. She’s a great friend of mine obviously so proud to know her. Nobody more deserving of
winning such a prestigious award like the Pat Tillman Award, and Part two is a little more serious. It’s a lot more serious. We talk about the helicopter crash and the recovery that followed.