Some details about me:
A Super Bowl Champion wide receiver looking to inspire, motivate and excite through my story and experience.
This story is about how not settling for average, setting goals and focusing on the task at hand can create success. Each of these components are extremely helpful and applicable to both young people and experienced professionals because the elements are present in nearly all of us.
My journey to the NFL and transition into business leadership creates a helpful platform to motivate and inspire others. Whether it's a large format presentation, round table, Q&A, or celebration, I'm always looking for ways to engage an audience through inspiration.
Price Range: Contact for rates
Gig Length: 30 - 90 minutes
What to Expect
Deliver a balance of Sport & Life lessons in one on one, small and/or large group settings.
1. Don’t be Average: This means that you hold yourself to a higher standard. You believe in yourself and know that despite your situation, challenges, or setbacks, you’re going to put your best foot forward. It means that you’re going to be better than people expect. When friends go the wrong way, you’re going to go the right way because you expect better from yourself. You know that to be successful, you can’t be average. What do you want people to think about when they hear your name?
In my life, I’ve always hated the idea of being average. I know that I only get one chance at life so, why not try to be great? I leverage my competitive nature to push me in nearly every part of my life. I would also challenge my audience to identify a characteristic they have, that can be leveraged for success.
2. Goal Setting: Think about what you want for yourself tomorrow, next week, next year, 10 years from now. What do you want life to look like? Who are some of the people who are where you want to be? Now (the most important part), what will it take to get there? What kind of grades? How much hard work? What will need to be sacrificed?
As a result of the not wanting to be average (step #1), I’ve always worked to be my best at whatever level I was at. As a high school football player, I worked and sacrificed to be the best I could. As a result, I was awarded a college scholarship. Again as a collegiate athlete, I worked meticulously to become the best I could be. As a result, I earned an opportunity to play in the N.F.L. The end result was a Super Bowl Championship.
3. Focus on the task at hand: This means that you prioritize the things you’ve identified as important. If you want to get straight A’s, then you should be spending extra time to achieve that. If you want to become a better football player, then you should be training and working to make that happen. Very few things happen by chance. It requires a focused effort and if you want something, you need to zero in on the tasks required to get there.
Additional Booking Notes
Earned Super Bowl ring while on the Steelers in Super Bowl XLIII.
Influences & Inspiration
- University of Michigan - MBA, Marketing and General Management
- Harvard Business School - Business Management and Entrepreneurship
- Miami University - Bachelors, Accounting, Management
Played high school football at Pattonville High School
Miami University in Oxford, Ohio
- Buffalo Bills
- Minnesota Vikings
- Pittsburgh Steelers
- Gatorade: Marketing Manager
- PepsiCo: Marketing Associate Manager
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