No matter where you are in life's journey, there are always lessons to be learned along the way.
Former Redskins star Brian Mitchell amassed nearly 25,000 yards in his NFL career; now he's available to inspire students, teachers, business leaders, and current and former pro athletes.
Growing up in a small town of Louisiana, the youngest of seven children, Brian Mitchell never took anything for granted. As athletically gifted as he was, Mitchell wasn't a swaggering teen who expected the world to be handed to him on a silver platter; rather, he applied himself every step of the way, doing well in school, being respectful to adults and teachers, and helping and mentoring the less-talented athletes who crossed his path. Mitchell's integrity and skill paid off big time during his 14-year NFL career; ten years after his retirement, he is still second in the NFL's all-time record books with over 23,000 combined return, rushing, and receiving yards.
As successful as he was in the NFL, though, Brian Mitchell refuses to let his pro career be the single defining feature of his life. Today, Mitchell is devoted to helping those less fortunate than himself, as well coaching people from all walks of life—fellow athletes, executives, students—to overcome obstacles in life as easily as he evaded special-teams defenses on the field. Here are just some of the groups that can benefit from Mitchell's motivational presentation:
- Business leaders. Brian Mitchell knows that treating employees fairly, and honestly, is crucial to the survival of small businesses during an economic downturn, and can help spur future success. Even larger corporations wishing to motivate their workers can benefit from Mitchell's expertise.
- Professional athletes. It's easy for even a third-string player in the NFL or NBA to behave arrogantly and spend money like there's no tomorrow. Brian Mitchell can get the message across that these good times eventually come to an end, and even the most talented athlete has to prepare for life out of the spotlight.
- Former professional athletes. A surprising number of pro athletes fall on hard times after retiring from the game; some can barely make ends meet, while others abuse drugs or run afoul of the law. As a onetime star himself, Brian Mitchell knows how to get the message across to once-coddled athletes: It's time to get real.
- High school and college sports camps. Kids who have their hearts set on professional sports need to hear the truth: Even the best athletes don't necessarily have long careers, and it's important to treat people well on the way up—because these same people may be in a position to help you on the downslope.
Businesses, schools, and professional organizations can learn a lot from Brian Mitchell's example: not only his long career in the NFL, but the time he spent preparing for that career as a high-school and college student, and the time he spent after that career, as he continues to devote his skills and charisma to making the world a better place. You can book a speaking engagement by emailing him at [email protected].