Jared Quay Brings ‘The Rush’ On Yahoo! Sports

In a world of loud, long-winded sports radio personalities with heavy-handed opinions on everything, Jared Quay fills your need for sports news while keeping it short and sweet. He might even make you spit out your morning coffee in laughter.

On June 4 Yahoo! Sports launched Quay’s short-form daily broadcast called “The Rush”. Built for mobile and wired audiences, Quay’s viewers can start mornings on-the-go with their smartphones watching his three-minute video clips of the top sports highlights. Quay, an accomplished stand-up comedian, former football player, and bigtime sports fan, started off this month tackling a range of topics including the NBA Finals, the World Cup, and LeBron’s next move. Starting things off with a bang, he also recently hosted longtime NBA star Metta World Peace and USA soccer legend Landon Donovan.

I caught up earlier this week with Quay to talk about his new show, his comedic approach to life, and how getting cut from the NFL set the stage for his new daily show.

Tell us about your easygoing, fun approach to sports headlines.

My background is in comedy and I think humor is the best way to get through to people, especially the younger generations. The internet is full of people who just want to laugh. I think athletes want to keep it fun too, instead of seeing a serious headline story off something they said wrong. So I try to talk with a fun vibe, and I think athletes and people who love sports respond the same way.

So, you mean, talk to athletes like they’re just real people?

Yeah. Sometimes on The Rush, we do funny clips, and when you get an athlete that might be more reserved, fun things happen and you can get great stuff.

How did your time on stage as a comic shape your purview on sports?

I started doing standup when I was playing football at (The University of) Miami. After I got cut from the Arizona Cardinals, I just decided to get back on stage. Initially, about 90 percent of my act was about getting cut. Eventually, it created a comedic dialog in which I found a lot of people wanted to talk sports with me, and one day while cracking jokes somebody said: “we should record this.” After that, I thought to mix jokes in with daily sports topics would be a good approach to delivering daily sports news.

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Former football player and comedian Jared Quay brings The Rush every morning on Yahoo! Sports

In a world of loud, long-winded sports radio personalities with heavy-handed opinions on everything, Jared Quay fills your need for sports news while keeping it short and sweet. He might even make you spit out your morning coffee in laughter.

On June 4 Yahoo! Sports launched Quay’s short-form daily broadcast called “The Rush”. Built for mobile and wired audiences, Quay’s viewers can start mornings on-the-go with their smartphones watching his three-minute video clips of the top sports highlights. Quay, an accomplished stand-up comedian, former football player, and bigtime sports fan, started off this month tackling a range of topics including the NBA Finals, the World Cup, and LeBron’s next move. Starting things off with a bang, he also recently hosted longtime NBA star Metta World Peace and USA soccer legend Landon Donovan.

I caught up earlier this week with Quay to talk about his new show, his comedic approach to life, and how getting cut from the NFL set the stage for his new daily show.

Tell us about your easygoing, fun approach to sports headlines.

My background is in comedy and I think humor is the best way to get through to people, especially the younger generations. The internet is full of people who just want to laugh. I think athletes want to keep it fun too, instead of seeing a serious headline story off something they said wrong. So I try to talk with a fun vibe, and I think athletes and people who love sports respond the same way.

So, you mean, talk to athletes like they’re just real people?

Yeah. Sometimes on The Rush, we do funny clips, and when you get an athlete that might be more reserved, fun things happen and you can get great stuff.

How did your time on stage as a comic shape your purview on sports?

I started doing standup when I was playing football at (The University of) Miami. After I got cut from the Arizona Cardinals, I just decided to get back on stage. Initially, about 90 percent of my act was about getting cut. Eventually, it created a comedic dialog in which I found a lot of people wanted to talk sports with me, and one day while cracking jokes somebody said: “we should record this.” After that, I thought to mix jokes in with daily sports topics would be a good approach to delivering daily sports news.

It’s a little early, but what about fantasy football? Do people ask for advice on draft picks?

Yeah, sometimes people come to me and ask me about my “secret sauce.” When NFL season happens, probably most of my conversations are friends asking me, “who should start I this weekend?”  That’s one of the reasons I got in with Yahoo!  They have the best fantasy platform for out there for the fan. Now I can give fantasy advice (or not) since the platform’s right there next to me. 

You’re a football guy, but what are your thoughts on the World Cup? Got any favorites?

Soccer has gotten so big in America. I spent a lot of time enjoying watching (the qualifiers) last year, so it’s difficult to see the US Men not in it this year. I got a close friend who is a huge Germany fan, so I want to see them do well. But they lost one to Mexico, which makes it interesting now. Sometimes when I root for teams they don’t do so well, so maybe I’ll just sit back, enjoy the action, and not root for anybody!

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Quay’s guests on upcoming episodes of The Rush include former NBA star Ray Allen and Bill Nye The Science Guy. You can check out The Rush daily, by downloading the Yahoo Sports app on iOS or Google Play, or you can watch each episode on Sports.Yahoo.com. 

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