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It was my day off, in the season when we eventually won the Super Bowl, and I was playing with my kids. Enjoying my life. In the middle of family time, I got a phone call from a friend who said, “Man I just heard...

“Knowledge is power.” I’ll never forget the movie Higher Learning (1995), where one of the first black professors I ever saw on television had two favorite phrases: “What’s your plan, Mr. Williams?” and “Knowledge is power.” After my first year in the NFL, when I was...

My first year in the NFL, I found myself $30,000 in debt before I played my first snap. Then boom: before getting my first NFL paycheck, I’d already had my first surgery. These two experiences drastically changed how I viewed money. I decided to make sure that...

In the NFL, every road trip had one goal: to win the game. Even when the game was in your hometown, winning was the goal. We would get in the day before and leave a couple hours afterwards, or the next morning. A true one-day...

I can count on two hands the number of NFL players I know who still have their money. According to Sports Illustrated,1 two years after retiring, three-quarters of NFL players are broke (or nearly), and five years after retiring, more than half of former NBA...

  Bring Your Team Together Over the years, I’ve seen three key ways that accomplished leaders inspired and pulled their whole team together, gaining focus and function. As a team member, I’ve also experienced how breaking these three rules can break your team, losing you respect and...

  Improve Employee Engagement Here are five ways I’ve seen winning teams improve employee engagement. Use these ideas at your company to boost your team’s productivity. #1 Limit Media As a player in the NFL, if your phone goes off during a meeting, you get fined $1500. If they catch...

  The Power of Enthusiasm Who is going to sign somebody with three back surgeries? No one. My career was over. I had just gotten my 3rd back injury, I could barely walk, and I needed to wait a full week in Philadelphia before flying home to start...