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INSIDE THE PLAY CALL: PODCAST

Social Entrepreneur and former athlete, Shawn Robinson, hosts this business podcast with a revolving crew of kids, athletes, philanthropists, and other cool supporters of the Orange Arrow movement. Episode One: God's Plan takes you on a journey of the development of the nonprofit Orange Arrow through the eyes of its founder Shawn Robinson, starting with a city that draws 10,000 people for each high school football game to understanding why an NFL dream was not realized.
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Mike Pichette

“Be a sponge, take in as much as you can, and always have a backup plan because, at the end of the day, you’re only going to be an athlete for so long. “ Mike Pichette

Read Mike's Moment of Truth story.

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TONY FISHER

My advice to young student-athletes, “At the end of the day, sports don’t last forever and the odds are low. It’s important to have a backup plan and to work hard at your craft.

No matter what your goals are don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t be great.” Read here.

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H. B. BLADES

At first it seemed like a difficult reality to accept, but what made it easier was that it was realistic to not play football forever. He was happy to be able to go through this at a young age because it allowed him to plan accordingly for what he would do with life after football. Overall, he wouldn’t do anything differently because he enjoyed his time with the Redskins.  “I was able to learn a lot about life, myself, and other people and their backgrounds. Football is a really diverse sport and I love it.” Full story here.
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SHAUN LANE

Shaun Lane was a student-athlete who played football at The Ohio State University. He wanted to be known for accomplishing his dream of playing in the NFL, but he is more widely known for an injury that changed his life forever. Full article!

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DEJUAN GROCE

Click Here DeJuan Groce is a former All-American Cornerback. He calls Garfield Heights, Ohio his hometown. His dad was in the Army, so he also lived in Germany as a child and did not know anything about football until the age of 7. At that time, DeJuan started playing football for fun, and people told him he was a great player. This inspired him to try out for a little league team when he was 13 years old, which was the start of his career in football.
When asked if it was his dream to one day make it big in the NFL, he stated, “originally, no.” He explained that when he was first learning the game of football, it was Desmond - his cousin - who had a dream to play in the NFL. However, his cousin’s dream turned into his own dream when he was in the 7th grade. As DeJuan started to get serious about football, his dad sat him down and asked him what were his goals. He had four:
  • get good grades in high school,
  • receive a football scholarship to a university,
  • earn a degree with computers, and
  • play in the NFL.
“I wrote down these four goals and put them on my wall to look at every day.” It worked. DeJuan has completed all of his goals - with a slight modification. Instead of earning a degree with computers, he earned it in Communications. Full Article
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JUSTIN KING

During that preseason game, I ruptured my big toe, which resulted in a season-ending surgery. That small injury forced me to take a step back and reevaluate my career options outside of the NFL. The fact that something so simple could possibly end my career was frightening, and acted as a wake-up call. Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA High School: Gateway High School Highlight: Consensus 1st team All-American (USA Today, Gatorade, Parade, US Army). Ranked #1 CB in the country Sport: Football and Track College: Pennsylvania State University Highlight: 2 Time All Big 10 selection. Drafted in the 4th round of the 2008 NFL draft. Moment of Truth: During my rookie training camp for the NFL, I knew that my lifelong dream of playing at the professional level was close to becoming a reality. I realized at the training camp that I had the talent to not only compete, but to also be successful in the NFL. I went from being the 7th cornerback on my team to being named the starting cornerback by the first preseason game. During that preseason game, I ruptured my big toe, which resulted in a season-ending surgery. That small injury forced me to take a step back and reevaluate my career options outside of the NFL. The fact that something so simple could possibly end my career was frightening, and acted as a wake-up call. After returning from that injury, I suffered other small injuries over the course of my 5-year career, which eventually led to me retiring from the NFL. I’m currently in the transitioning period of my career and even with my athletic accomplishments and financial savings; it is still evident that having a detailed plan B after a sports career is essential. I AM ORANGE ARROW
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MILTON CAMPBELL

  Despite all of my athletic accomplishments, I lost more than I won. There were a lot of times that I felt like throwing in the towel and giving up. The greatest lesson I learned is how to persevere and this lesson really prepared me for life after track. Overnight stories are rarely true because there’s a lot more that people don’t hear. We may see a highlight film but it doesn't show the little moments that define a person’s career. Those were my many moments of truth.   MOT: Milton Campbell Hometown: Atlanta, GA High School: Frederick Douglass High School, Atlanta GA Highlight: Setting a state record and becoming the state champion in the 400m Sport(s): Track and Field College: University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill Sport(s): Track and Field Highlight: Full-time athletic scholarship, 2 time NCAA champion, set an American collegiate record in the 200m, 13 time All-American, and set ACC records.   Moment of Truth: Despite all of my athletic accomplishments, I lost more than I won. There were a lot of times that I felt like throwing in the towel and giving up. The greatest lesson I learned is how to persevere and this lesson really prepared me for life after track. Overnight stories are rarely true because there’s a lot more that people don’t hear. We may see a highlight film but it doesn't show the little moments that define a person’s career. Those were my many moments of truth.   I AM ORANGE ARROW
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