DeAndre Hopkins wears an arm sling while playing Madden NFL 20

DeAndre Hopkins wears an arm sling while playing Madden NFL 20


[XBOX SOUND] (upbeat techno music)
– In the Sling. – [DeAndre] Let’s get it. – Whoo, all right let’s
do this again, come on. (laughs) – Hello, and welcome to Xbox Sessions. My name is Rukari Austin,
and I’m your host today. Now, this show is presented by Sling TV, who is bringing you the very
best of live sports for less. You can catch action from
every Major League across a multitude of channels, including
ESPN, ESPN2, NFL RedZone, NFL Network, SCC Network,
and even the Pac-12 Network. All right, well, joining us
today is Pro Bowl selection and first-team All-Pro wide
receiver for the Houston Texans, DeAndre Hopkins, how you doing today? – Doing good, man, how ’bout yourself? – I’m doing great, I
get to be here with you, like this is better than
being in the office, right? – (laughs) I agree, thank you, thank you. – Absolutely, now, we got
some fun stuff lined up today, but first and foremost, I
wanna know as the season’s getting ready to kick
off, what are you up to, like what’s the life
like of an NFL Whiteout? – You know, I’m busy,
especially right now, so I don’t get much
downtime, but when I do, man, I’m hanging out
with my fam, you know, really just kicking back relaxing, man. – Okay, so when you’re in
the grind of the season, I’m curious, and I’ve
always wondered this one. What do you do when you
wanna watch your friends that are playing on other teams,
like how do you check that stuff out when you got games
on Sundays and they do, too. – NFL Network, NFL RedZone, those are, you know, what I keep up with most. Especially NFL RedZone, it
switches games back-to-back, and you know, sometimes
games are a blowout so you can switch to
another game right away. So NFL RedZone most of the time is how I keep up with my partners in League. I watch my shows on my iPad in camp, especially, or just
hanging out in the locker room bored, I’m watching my shows, man. – All right, so if you’re not
watching football, you’re not playing football, you ever
get a chance to game on Xbox? – I do, Madden, of course, is my first, my favorite playing with
myself, can’t beat it. – So you play in the
NFL, you watch the NFL, you mean to tell me that
you also, when you get the chance, you gon’ play
Madden, and play as yourself? – I know I’m 99, I know can’t
nobody stop me, so why not? It’s like a cheat code.
– We just gon’ casually throw that out there? – It’s a cheat code, why
would I play anything else? – Oh, that’s a good point,
that’s a good point. Well, I got some different
challenges for you here today. This first one that we’re gonna
do is called Just Sling It. So if you’re ready, we can kick this off. – Let’s get it, man. – All right, let’s do it. All right, for this bit
called Just Sling It, DeAndre and I are gonna
take turns slinging these balls at targets that are scattered around this hotel room and
this very expensive equipment, seeing who can hit the most in five shots. While you’re doing that, though, I’ma make it a little more difficult and ask you these questions.
– Okay, all right. – I’m curious, what does life
look like in the NFL for you after this next contract, like
how long do you wanna play? – Well, you know, I wanna
play as long as I can, long as my body allows me to. I’m not gon’ push it, you
know, see guys right now, know what’s going on in the League, so you definitely have
to listen to your body. But after football, I see me being an entrepreneur, owning
multiple businesses. You know helping this world, helping this world become a better place. – I gotcha, I gotcha, I’m
curious, what do you think of your Madden rating, how good
is it to be in that 99 Club? – You know, for me to be
able to become a 99 member, it’s a honor, man, you know,
all the guys I looked up to, Michael Vick, you know,
list goes on of guys that were basically
unstoppable on the game, and that’s who you imitated
when you wanted to go out in the backyard, and
you’re like, “I’ma play, “I’ma be Michael Vick, because
he can spin on the game.” So to be in they class is, I don’t know. – Who’s a nemesis on field for ya? – I’ma have to go with Jalen Ramsey, we play each other twice
a year, so we know going into the game that first
game I’m out to see you next game, so you know,
it’s a battle everyday. – Well, I gotta ask, what’s
it’s like having all these people that you know, love,
and respect on the field, but I figure all that
goes out of the window, right, as soon as you step on that field? – It does, it does, you know,
the NFL, it’s a brotherhood. We all know each other, we
all hang out with each other, but once we go out there and go to work, all that goes out the window,
we trying to win the game. – (laughs) That one came right back at us. All right, let’s see, let’s
see if I can do any better. Off-week, you’ve got nothing
going on, it’s a bye week. You know, you’re sitting at the couch, you load up Sling,
you’re watching the game, who’s some of your favorite
matchups to check out to watch? – One of my favorite corners to watch, ’cause he guards people
one-on-one, is Stephon Gilmore. I love when Stephon goes up
against anybody personally. I like the Stephon and Mike Evans matchup. – Are there any teams
that, let’s say, growing up that you may not have
appreciated or you loved to hate? – Nah, man, actually,
I could say the Titans. Growing up, I actually used
to root for the Titans, and then, once they lost the Super Bowl, I was mad at ’em, I was kind of upset. – That was a while ago, too. – It was, man.
– You still holding onto that. – Yeah, man, I am, ’cause
I was pulling for ’em. I feel like they broke my heart. – All right, well, DeAndre ended up taking the dub this time, he
knocked out all five. (bell ringing)
This is harder than it looks, I’ma just throw this out here. But we’re ready to jump into
our next challenge if you are. – Let’s do it. – All right, we’re gonna do
this Two Minute Showdown. I’m sure you’re familiar
with the two minute drill. We’re gonna set it up in Madden,
see just how well you do. – [DeAndre] Let’s get it. – All right, we’re ready to jump into the Sling Two Minute Challenge,
we’re playing Madden NFL 20. DeAndre, the rules of
this are very simple. We’re gonna playing two
one-minute quarters, essentially giving you two minutes, all three timeouts, we’re
trying to see which one of the two of us, you
or myself, can be able to pull off a score,
essentially, take home that dub. So it’s clock management, you
only get your one possession. We’ll make it happen, all right? – ‘Sup with this game? – All right, so you
running with Cleveland. I’ma just hand this off to
you now, and let you go. – In the sling? – In the sling, so I’m curious, in this two-minute
drill, what’s the go-to, I mean, you’ve been in
this situation before. – Not getting sacked, that’s the go-to, not losing yards, starting
off with a positive play. – So in this, first of all, we’re gonna talk about that other 99 player. – All right. – There’s only four of them in the game, there’s you, there’s Khalil
Mack, there’s Bobby Wagner, there’s my man right there,
number 99, who ended up with that sack, Aaron Donald,
and I’m curious, when you see him, when you see Aaron
Donald, what comes to mind? – Moves like running back,
it’s hard to get away from him. In the NFL, that’s a offensive
lineman worst nightmare. – [Rukari] That man is
entirely too quick and, wouldn’t you know it, just like that. A pick, that can’t happen, huh? – See, I accidentally
hit the wrong button, I was thinking that (drowned
out by Rukari’s laughter). It’s the same, it’s the same.
– No, that’s a wrap, look, we’ve got multiple attempts
to make this happen, so you got one shot,
I’ma give you another. We each gon’ have two shots, all right? – All right, cool. – So how do you focus on the field in a two-minute drill when you, you know, you’re a road team,
and everybody’s yelling at ya hoping for you to mess up. – You gotta block out the noise, pay attention to the
quarterback, and really, just focus, focus on the
ball, it’s a lot going on. – Absolutely, let’s see what
we get, let’s see what we get. Oh, good movement, oh, how you gonna leave him open like that in the flat? Man, that’s Odell, of course
he’s getting out there. – Oh, yeah, you see what’s
going on; ‘preciate ya, O. – So speaking of which, what
do you think of when you think of Odell, what
one word comes to mind? – Elusive. – Khalil Mack, what do you think of? – [DeAndre] A monster. – [Rukari] Pat Mahones? – Mahones? I’m going with… Smart. Oh!
– Oh, no! Get down, Odell! – Touchdown!
– All right. There’s a tad, there’s a tad. All right, you got two of ’em, okay. Two more players for you, J.J.
Watt, what do you think of? – Dominant. – Last, but not least, Bobby Wagner. – Bobby Wagner, that’s my boy. You know, Bobby is a dog, you know, that linebacker position,
you gotta be the meanest on the field, and that’s what he is. – All right, one for two,
my arm’s in the sling, it’s my turn to see if
I can make this happen. – Let’s see. – This is what you would see on NFL RedZone right
here, this is me running with my Hawks, being
a Seattle boy and all. So what do I need to be looking at? – A defense, cover two,
cover one, you always wanna get the middle of the
field if it’s covered, too. Two safeties up high right
now, they ‘n covered one. So I’m thinking outside, maybe hit Metcalf, get him outta bounds. – [Rukari] Let’s if we
can find, there he is. – [DeAndre] Oh, yeah, main
thing is getting outta bounds. – Get out! – I need to stop telling
you tips, man, I’m for real. (laughing) – All right, let’s see
who I can hit quick. Get oustide, oh, no, don’t pick me, whoo! – It was close. – [Rukari] Third down. – That’s a good corner you going against. – What team did you wanna
play for growing up? Like if you said, you know, I know you watched the Panthers,
’cause they were nearby, a state over, but what teams did you say, “Man, it’d be great to play for them”? – I would say the Falcons,
you know, it always seemed like the game was exciting,
especially when they made the Playoffs, so
the Falcons for sure. – What was it like for you on draft night, hearing your name called? – Oh, it was amazing, I
had all my family around, couple coaches, couple
childhood friends, so you know, it was cool, I really didn’t
expect to go the first round. I was ready to go out there and play, so when I got called in the
first round, it was exciting. – Oh, this is tough, I didn’t know all this pressure was gonna be put on me. Go Russ, go Russ, go Russ, get out, whoo! – [DeAndre] Oh, no. – Oh, he got to the inside,
no, come on with these hands! – That’s good coverage. – All right, so I’m curious,
you know, with so much on your plate all the time,
is there ever any point where you just say, “Forget
this, I don’t wanna go out, “I’m canceling my plans,” and
you just stay in the house? – Absolutely, man, I kinda do it more than I should, but you
know, I’m a homebody, I like watching TV, I like
hanging around my friends, just kick back relaxing, watching TV. I’ve canceled a couple
dinners just to kinda stay at home and binge watch some shows. – Who’s somebody that every
time that you go out there, that you know you’re gonna
have to just work very hard? Who matches you step-for-step,
’cause you fast? – Oh, man, everybody fast in the NFL, but Jalen Ramsey, play him twice a year, you know he’s smart,
he’s fast, he’s athletic, he could play receiver if he
wanted to, I think, so Jalen. – Oh, did I get him, oh, no, too low, too much air, too much air! Fourth in four, one more shot. Stay in there D.K., get in there! Did I get it, all right, I
gotta make this field goal. – Why’d you go for the two? – Five seconds. Is he there, yeah! – All right, well, you took Just Sling It. I ended up eking out a win in the Sling Two Minute Challenge, but we’ve got one more for you, the Sling Surprise Toss. You ready to go check that out? – Let’s do it. – This gon’ require us to get up, so if you’re ready, I’m ready. – Yeah, cool. – All right, come on. All right, well, Mr. DeAndre
Hopkins were you ready for this final challenge, this
is the Sling Surprise Toss. Now, I’ve got a few objects
with me, we’re gonna toss them your way to test those
world class hands, you ready? – [DeAndre] Let’s get it. – When I say go, you turn
around, I’ma shout out what it is and we’ll see, all right. Go, football! Oh, you too quick, all
right, all right, let’s do this again, come on, get back over there. Go, yep! I got something for you.
– Slow down, now, slow down. – I got something for you. Go, soccer ball, oh, yeah! (clank) Nobody heard that, nobody’ll see that. Go! Yep, okay, frisbee. – I like this selection. – Go! Tennis balls. – Hey.
– Ooh, okay, all right. Let’s see those again, see
if we can step this one up. – I only got two hands. – Go! Tennis ball, aw, see low one, too. – Man, thought–
– Ah, had you ready. All right, last one, you ready? – Go! Good catch on that Xbox controller. – Hey, hey. – Great job, hands tested. – Certified. – All right, DeAndre, the new
season’s about to start up, so as we start to wrap
up here, I’m curious, what’s the goals, what
are you tryna make happen? – You know, team first,
so the ultimate goal, man. And that’s what every team plays for. We all know what that is. – That’s that Super Bowl, all right, well, best of luck to you, I’m
excited to check you out each and every Sunday and
I’ma have my NFL RedZone. – Thank you, thank you. – Ready to wrap up right there, so yeah, best of luck to you each and every Sunday. – I appreciate it, man. – Thanks for joining us today.
– Thank you, man, my pleasure. – All right, well make
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