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STANDING FOR MORE THAN JUST WINNING GAMES - THE POWER OF CREATING AND COMMITTING TO CONDUCT STANDARDS

February 21st, 2018

Speaking at the Mouat All Athletes Forum.

It never fails to happen. Every single time I get brought to a school or event to keynote, motivate and inspire the crowd, it seems it’s always me who ends up coming away more motivated, educated and inspired. I’m so thankful for that.  Mouat High School just had me in to keynote their All Athletes Forum. It’s a yearly assembly to ...

THE VALUE OF DOING HARD THINGS

January 3rd, 2018

"Why 5:59?” – “Because it’s harder than starting at 6”  - - Coach Sean Leveroos

The benefit behind the benefit. Early morning workouts build more than just stronger bodies, they build stronger minds.

 

There’s a great scene in Rocky Balboa (aka Rocky 6) but you won’t find it in the standard movie. You have to dig and find the bonus scenes – do it, it’s worth it ...

THE POWER OF GREAT FRIENDSHIPS - THE IMPORTANCE OF THE ENVIRONMENT YOU CHOOSE

December 28th, 2017
With my good friend Greg, the summer before my senior year in college

 

I was 16 when I decided that football was the sport for me. I made the decisive decision right then and there that I was going to do whatever I had to do to go as far as I possibly could. I had no idea what that really meant, but knew enough to find people that did.

It's funny sometimes, when you're completel ...

THE DAILY ANCHOR DRILL

December 14th, 2017

" Not a dancer but a wrestler: waiting, poised and dug in, for sudden assaults " - - Marcus Aurelius


With coach Dan after winning the 2011 Grey Cup. Proud he was able to develop somewhat of an anchor in me.

 

I don’t know whether I was embarrassed or frustrated, but either way I was livid. Here I was, a 300lb man who could bench press a small car and squat a large ...

NEVER MISS AN OPPORTUNITY TO BE MENTORED

December 8th, 2017

" Colleagues are a wonderful thing. But mentors, that’s where the real work gets done. " - Junot Diaz



With the great Jamie Taras, after his final home game of his illustrious 17 year, Hall of Fame career.

 

My pro football career did not exactly have a smooth start. I was a first-round draft pick of the Toronto Argonauts, who ended up cutting me at the end of trai ...

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