Athletes & Activism

life life after sports Jun 04, 2020

Athletes and Activism 

What you can do to make a difference 

Sports are part of the fabric of American society, and often they've provided a medium for athlete protest. In recent years, former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick was the face of the movement. In 2016, he began kneeling before games, during the playing of the national anthem, to protest police treatment of minorities and social inequality. Read more

Since last week's death of George Floyd, an African American man who died after a Minneapolis police officer kneeled on his neck, there's been a surge of sports figures speaking out. Some have even joined demonstrations that have swept the nation. Read more…

Also, the recent tension between Drew Brees’ remarks on the NFL taking a knee to join Colin Kaepernick's cause for racial equality has athletes using their platforms more to voice their opinions. 

Everyone wants peace, equality, and a better world, and it’s going to take...

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When Loyalty Goes Wrong

life Feb 18, 2019

I believe in loyalty. It’s very important to me.

I believe in sticking with people no matter what — through good times and bad times.

However, sometimes I see people say they are loyal when they actually are just stuck in their ways.

In sports, many people are loyal to whatever professional team is the closest to their hometown. I’ve never been that guy. I was born and raised in Michigan and have never been a fan of the Lions. When my family moved to metro Atlanta a little more than a year ago, I immediately became an Atlanta Falcons fan. Lol. Yes #bandwagon!

I talk about my loyalty and my bandwagon switch in this short video below.

Why?

Because I’m loyal to winning, not losing.

Because I’m loyal to people, not programs.

I’m OK if you feel differently about the Lions. But my point is too many people stay loyal to things that they should have gotten rid of a long time ago.

  • Football teams stay loyal to plays that don’t work just because...
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Actions First. Motivation Second.

I’m on a journey to get back into shape.

Here’s what I am learning.

Sometimes motivation doesn’t show up until you do.

Too many times, we wait for motivation to show up before we take action. We wait until we feel like doing something before we actually do it. The problem is that if we wait until we feel like doing something to do it — we may never feel like doing it.

Let’s be real. How many times have you put something off that you know you needed to do until you felt like doing it… and then never did it? If you’re like me, probably more time than you’d like to admit.

To be successful in life, we must live by our priorities, not our emotions. Our emotions can be very unstable at times. We can’t afford to balance our success on the instability of our emotions. We must take actions first based on our priorities and trust that, sooner or later, our emotions will follow our actions.

Make a decision today to value actions more...

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The Secret to Getting More Money

Does it seem like you never have enough money to do the things you want?

Do you feel like no matter how much money you make it seems like you always have more going out than coming in? Do you wish you could find a better job making more money so you can finally have some financial freedom to take vacations, enjoy entertainment and better the lives of other people?

My financial situation was one of the reasons I struggled with depression after my sports career ended. I was broke and constantly being tormented by the thoughts of what I could have been making had I not gotten injured and been able to play professionally. I went from free school, free rent, free meals, and Pell Grant checks to paying for everything myself. I spent months feeling hopeless and helpless because I thought sports was my only way to generate massive income. I wasn’t good enough at anything else to make a lot of money.

I TRIED  “stacking my bread” (<— Ebonics for saving...

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How to Spot a Hater: Three Warning Signs

The funny thing about athletics is that even when teams win, people still find a way to tear them apart. They say “the game was fixed or rigged.” They accuse players of shaving points. And, of course, we know everyone’s favorite is always “the refs are horrible.”

Search the hashtag #ncaachampionship to see what I mean.

No matter how dominant the winning team is, you’ll always find people who refuse to celebrate and would rather list reasons why the winning team should have lost instead of congratulating them on their win.

Many people call that bad sportsmanship. I call it being a hater.

Urban dictionary defines a hater as “a person that simply cannot be happy for another person’s success. So rather than be happy they make a point of exposing a flaw in that person."

Don’t you love that definition? Isn’t that exactly what haters do? As metal detectors are to metal so haters are to flaws.

Here are three signs...

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Is your athlete mentality hiding your internal battles?

The struggle can be deceptive.

As athletes, we are trained to push past difficulties to reach success. It's what makes us champions. You increase our workouts - we overcome. When life gets hard - we still win.
 
The downside of the athlete's mentality is that we can often times be successful on the outside and be struggling internally.
 
Identifying an internal problem as an athlete is just one of a few topics that I touch on in this recent interview with Startinphx, a business consulting company that helps organizations double their revenue.

Other topics of discussion include:

  • Discovering your purpose
  • Managing business and life
  • Facing suicide
  • How to know if a friend is struggling with athletic identity
 
 
Also, please share this post with other athletes who may benefit from our discussions. You never know who may be struggling and needs to know they are not alone.
 
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Do you feel pressure from all sides?

faith life sports Feb 18, 2019
Athletes have an amazing ability to handle pressure. We excel when the game is tense, the competition is fierce and the fans are at the edge of their seats.
 
Yet, no matter how good we are at handling pressure there are still seasons of life that feel overwhelming. For some athletes, it’s studying for mid-terms, practicing, watching film and weightlifting all while fighting to have a winning season.
 
For others, it’s learning how to be a parent, working a full-time job, paying off debt and keeping a spouse happy.
 
I don’t know what areas of life you are being pressured, but here’s what I do know:
 
YOU HAVE WHAT IT TAKES!
 
&
 
THIS SEASON OF PRESSURE WON’T LAST FOREVER. 
 
Either you will cave to the pressure or the pressure will cave to you.
 
My money is on you. My prayers are for you. My hope is in you.
 
Why?
 
Because you've got this!
 
If you can survive two-a-day workouts and...
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Are you facing unnecessary pressure?

business life sports Feb 18, 2019
Are you facing unnecessary pressure?
 
Recently I wrote about being pressured from all sides. 
 
We’ve all been there before. One thing I know about athletes is that when the going gets tough, the tough gets going.
 
When life gets overwhelming, we push hard and push through and we rarely take the time to determine if all the weight that we carry around is necessary or not. Another danger of pushing harder without reflection is that we could be working hard and still not get the peace and fulfillment that we long for on the inside.
 
So how do you know if the weight you carry each day is necessary?

Here are three questions to ask yourself to discern if you have unnecessary pressure.

1. Am I trying to impress someone? 
 
Nothing adds pressure to your life like feeling as if you need to perform. Fans may applaud when they see you make a one-hand catch and employers may give you a bonus when you secure a big contract but don’t allow...
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Help! Something is wrong with my former athlete

Do you know a former athlete who doesn’t seem like his or her normal self?

Have you found yourself saying any of the following?

  • Every time I ask him how he’s doing he just says “alright."
  • She used to be so driven, but now it’s like she’s a whole different person.
  • I know something is wrong with him but, he just won’t admit it or talk about it.

If you sense that something is wrong with your former athlete, then you’re probably right.

In 2015, Special Broadcasting Service (SBS) studied 224 elite athletes who had already retired and discovered that depression, eating disorders, and general psychological distress were the most common mental health issues experienced by former sporting stars.

In a recent 2018 study, State of Sport found that one in two former professional athletes stated that they did not feel in control of their lives within two years of finishing their careers. ~ The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)

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