Blog: Tim’s Simple Life Teachings

TC CampTransitioning out of the NFL was very difficult. My first year out the league was tough because I was still in limbo, I had to wait and wonder if teams wanted to sign me or not. Two years with no phone calls, I closed the door and started working on other aspirations of mine, such as athletic training. I have always had a knack for hard work, and that included a ton of training. Often at the University of Texas and in the NFL my teammates would ask me to take them through my workouts in the off-season. Instead of making it a hobby or an off-season thing, I realized I could transition from the NFL and still do what I love to do while making a living. In 2014 I started a business called Nuclear Athletes (www.nuclearathletes.com). Now, I am at so much peace because I feel like I am really making a difference in life. I am truly doing what I was put on this earth to, which is serve, mold, and love others. Plus, setting your own hours to work is the best part of being a CEO.

Coach Crowder

If I wouldn’t have taken care of my finances and saved money, I would not have had the opportunity to do what I wanted to
do after football. Often, young athletes think that once you
make it into the NFL that you are set for life, and that is
just not true. Even if you are one of those very few,
football does not last that long. Many players retire after 3
and 1/2 years around the age of 26. My friends, you have
many, many more years to live after 26. Sadly, many young
professional athletes only live in the now. Some only think
about making money just to go buy things, instead of
creating cash flow or saving it. I will finish with a little
question that I would always ask the younger guys on the
team. This question can fit for anyone in any job related
field. Would you rather be balling (in the form of money)
while you are playing (working), or would you rather be
balling when you are done playing (retired)? I never dreamed
of making it to the top in my profession and it happened. The same can happen to you. Make the right choices now before
you are put in that situation.

Tim

Blog: Miller’s Mind

2014 was an amazing year. I was awarded the Ed Block Courage Award, nominated for the NFL’s first ever Sportsmanship Award, nominated for USAA’s salute to service award, and given a 4 year contract extension by the Jacksonville Jaguars. I question myself of whether I should bring these things up and mention them, because on the surface they appear as individual achievements and those that know me, know I despise the spotlight. When I thought deeper about these accomplishments, I realized they do not celebrate me rather those that have shaped me to where I stand today. I am very grateful to God and those who have motivated and believed in me by caring more about me more than I could for myself at different parts of my life. Reflecting back on last year, I am happy that all of you who touched my life were rewarded for your work. All the volunteers/sponsors at the camps and events are worthy of the nomination by USAA and the NFL’s Salute to Service, all you who have helped build my character are owed the NFL’s Sportsmanship Award, and the list goes on. These awards are about you and I just wanted to say thank you! If I never receive another accolade on this earth, I am proud today because you are celebrated! Killeen, Austin, Ft.Hood, and many other communities came together as one, and shown the power of community, the human heart! To the children whom ever looked at those accomplishments and dreamed about them, know that life isn’t ALL about achieving your wildest dreams, if that was the case when you achieved it there would be nothing left to live for or do: you would feel empty. Life is about loving and respecting people, the journey, the ups the downs, the fight for the possibilities, the tears of watching them fade, but ultimately the journey through it all. Slow down enjoy the ride, embrace the now and if you take care of now, and fully live in it, the future has a way of working out to be where God himself, designed you to be.

RM

AAF Co-Founder: Juaquin Iglesias’ Blog: Coaching The Freshman All-American Game

Last week, I had the opportunity to coach The High School Freshman All-Americans in San Antonio. They all were hand picked by a staff of scouts. These young players are from all over the country. Many of them already ha

ve college offers and destined to be invited back to the Army All-American game three years from now.

I was given the opportunity to coach these young men by David White. David coached at the University of Oklahoma while I was playing there from 2005-2008. He offered me this opportunity and I jumped all over it because I love working with kids.

I remember being these kids age and remembered people trying to tear me down about statistics and how only so many people make it to the NFL. Those people who told me those things have stuck with me ever and motivated me ever since. Instead of harping on the negative, I choose to be the positive inspiration with each and every kid I am able to reach. Although I know statistics to have a lot of truth behind them I still would rather tell young kids that they can be anything they want to be with Hard Work, Respect, and Kindness!!!

The simple reason why I wanted to coach these young players this past week was to build relationships with them. I gave each player my contact information and hope to help them grow for years to come not only on the football field but in everyday life as well.

-JI

President: Roy Miller III on being Nominated for the NFL and USAA’s Salute to Service Award

It means a lot to me to be nominated as a Salute to Service Award recipient because of what these servicemen and women do for our country. Also, my Father served in the Army for over 20 years. The military community did a lot for me growing up, and it means a lot to be able to give back to this community.

I really feel like the Army did a great thing for our family. It took us out of poverty and gave us a stable life. It was a solid, safe upbringing. It gave my Dad a chance to have a respectable career and learn discipline, which he’s passed down to me. He went to work everyday at 4a.m. and came home at 5p.m. He made all kinds of different sacrifices and risked his life at war for our country. It shows you the character of this man and gave me a lot of respect for him.

I’m proud that my Father served in the military, and I’m proud of all of the things that he’s done and all of the sacrifices that he made for our family and our country. I embrace it. I could look back and pinpoint everything, but I just think he did a great job overall of showing and teaching me things. And I really think so much of it carried over to the NFL.

It’s important to me that my Dad knows how much respect I have for the servicemen and women that he’s been to war with – and did or did not come home with – and so I try to give back to the servicemembers and their dependents as much as possible. I know how stressful their lives can be and how taxing it can be on the whole family.

He sees the newspaper clippings and reads online about the work that I’m doing, and it definitely brings a smile to his face to see me giving back to these communities. Like I said, the Army has given so much to me, and I feel like it is my duty to give back.

I’m proud that our Foundation is providing kids at Ft. Hood military base in Texas, where I grew up, with opportunities to hear from people who spent time there and went on to be successful. I’m especially proud of our annual football and cheerleading camp, where we host hundreds of kids for free. And the most important part is that we have current and former NFL players and cheerleaders who grew up around Ft. Hood come back just for the camp.

Not only do we have a great showing of kids, but they also recognize the faces of the people who come back for the camp every year. And the kids listen to them because they respect the type of people they are and understand that this person is from my community and I can be like them. It really doesn’t work unless the kids get to know who these people are, spend time with them and trust them. Putting on this free camp for the two days that we do is so vital.

Growing up on a military base, you don’t really get to see consistent faces. People are coming and going, moving and getting transplanted into different communities.

There’s not really a face of the base, so to speak. So it’s hard to aspire to be something if you don’t have mentors or an understanding of the history of where you are. That’s one of the biggest issues in military communities, and I think the camp has been able to help with this, as well as provide a platform for people from the area who have gone on to be successful to come back and share their stories.

I can’t say it enough, but I think it’s really important that the NFL recognizes the vets and servicemen and women. To me, all I knew was the military. It brought so much peace to me because it was who my Dad was and what he fought for.

The military fights for us so that we could be whoever we want to be. It really means a lot to me, especially when I go back home, to see these soldiers in wheelchairs, and all of the amputees, who – thanks to them – have really allowed us to do what we love to do. I can’t thank them enough and I’m really happy that the NFL can thank these guys, like my father, like my uncles, like my brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, who all serve in the military and continue to fight for our freedom.