March 15, 2021
In every level of football, we are taught to “Control the Controllable.” No matter how prepared you are, things outside of your control can impact results and success.
Football was my life, my outlet, and my greatest life-vehicle. I graduated from high school as the #3 OLB in the country. I went on to have an excellent career at The University of Tennessee and overcame many injuries. The year after recovering from a crucial ACL injury, I was rated the highest performing DE/OLB. Rather than entering the draft, I opted to come back for a final year. In the most anticipated game of my last year, versus Oklahoma, I suffered an Acetabulum Rim Fracture. After a long 10 month recovery, I earned a spot on the Indianapolis Colts. My dream came true. I made it to the NFL… That was short-lived by another devastating injury, my other ACL. After 7 major surgeries, “Controlling the Controllable” was the only option left.
When I retired, I had the most challenging assignment, more challenging than anything football presented. My task was to identify who I am without football. Since then, I have embarked on a wonderful journey of challenging myself, giving back to my community, and surrounding myself with like-minded individuals.
Since my career has ended, my new career of being the best version of myself has begun. I went back to Rocky Top and earned my MBA. I was named Alumni of the Year ’20 and earned the MBA Program Service Award. I also earned my PADI Freediving certification. In competition, I competed in the Spartan Games, Deka Fit, and numerous races. I have fallen in love with different fitness versions like yoga, running, functional fitness, and CrossFit. At 6’4, 230 pounds, I recently ran a 5:49 mile and a 19:30 5K.
I recently relocated to Atlanta, GA. I forward to the next challenge that presents itself. No matter what the challenge is, I will be confident in my ability in “Controlling the Controllable.” To me, that's how we treat others, how we respond to change and adversity. And most importantly, it's our perspective, how we view opportunities or threats… My resilience to learn and challenge myself is why #IAMNOBULL.