Nearly 20 Years strapping on an NFL helmet. Several NFL records. A right foot that accounted for over 2000 points in his career! But today’s guest on my #MakeYourMark podcast, Matt Stover, is just getting started. He’s taken his deep interest in philanthropy and is channeling it into his company, helping charities raise money for great causes with fewer challenges. And he was ready for all of this even during his rookie year!
“Right at the very beginning I understood that I needed to start thinking about the fact that my career will come to an end one day, and I will be a young man when that happens.”
Matt was never sure which season, much less game, would be his last, and he felt a strong sense of responsibility in being fully prepared for his next career. Winning a Super Bowl at the age of 42 was the perfect send off, and he did it on his own terms, which in football, happens all too rarely.
“As an athlete, if the financial piece is what motivates you to be great, it will let you down. It has to come from your heart and be a passion of yours for you to be the greatest for your team.”
You’ll hear about Matt’s transition, his company, outworking and outsmarting, and so much more! Score some points and give this a listen!
“With the NFL you’re constantly evaluated, even in practice, and then you’re evaluated in public every time you go out on the field. But you take that on because we’re in the entertainment business.”
“When you look at how it turned out for me, it was based on the understanding of what my limitations were, and then refining what talents I did have, and then I just outworked everybody.”
“I always planned financially on what amount I would have to make if my career was over that year, and what did I have in the bank to replace the expenses that I had.”
Some Topics we talk about in this episode:
2:00 - Introduction 3:56 - A short spark to a nearly 20-year career 5:37 - “Give me the ball, Coach” 6:59 - The punting technique 7:00 - Outworking & Outsmarting 8:00 - Injured reserve 9:40 - Developing a lot of grit 10:29 - Mistake by the Lake 11:00 - Browns Move to Baltimore 12:50 - Everyone thinks being in the NFL is so glamorous 14:30 - Never missed a game 17:29 - A deep snapper 19:00 - The athlete transition 19:40 - Why not me? 22:00 - Understanding your worth 24:00 - Doing what you love 25:00 - A revolutionary program 26:45 - The Player’s Philanthropy Fund 30:30 - The goal is to get more funds into the market 33:50 - Creating relationships in the market 35:43 - There to protect the individual, the athlete and the brand 37:00 - Utilize the funds 39:00 - Educating the athletes 41:00 - When the reality hits 43:00 - You’ve got to want it 44:35 - Hit Your Mark - the # 2004? 45:30 - 38 straight games with a field goal
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