I was given a chance at life.
Being born was all the validation I needed to know my life has purpose.
I became a proud girl dad.
No longer was I just living for me. I had to become a man my daughters would be proud to call Dad.
I was elected captain of Penn State Football.
During the hardest time in Penn State’s History, I learned how to lead in the midst of adversity.
I became a first-generation college graduate.
I may have been the first, but I wasn’t the last. My little sister graduated three years after me. That’s the power of breaking the cycle.
Mama I made it.
After feeling like my dreams of making it to the NFL was out of reach when I blew out my knee and broke my leg in back-to-back years at Penn State, I fought to make my childhood dream of playing in the NFL a reality.
My faith journey started.
After back-to-back injuries and almost dying all in my second year of the NFL, I was in a very dark place in my life.
I hit rock bottom when my 4-year-old daughter was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer.
My newly found faith was put to the test when I was told Leah had a 50% chance of surviving.
We won the Jimmy V Espy Award for Perseverance.
This moment started my public speaking career started.
I married the love of my life.
He who finds a wife finds a good thing.
I left my dream of playing in the NFL to follow my purpose.
Walking away from something I gave 14 years of my life to wasn’t easy. In fact, it was downright scary. But I embarked on a journey that impacts millions of lives all over the world.
I wrote my first book.
The kid whose books collected dust growing up is now an author.
I earned my master’s degree in positive psychology from the University of Pennsylvania.
How did I go from barley earning my bachelor’s degree with a 2.0 GPA to obtaining an Ivy League master’s degree with a 3.96 GPA? I didn’t allow myself to become a prisoner of my past shortcomings.