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    Ja’Michael Edwards-Lott is Trailblazing his way to the NFL by Building his own Brand

                     

    By Aaron Randolph

     

    “I realized early on that I could make a name for myself and take advantage of my on-field opportunities and turn that into more off the field opportunities, I want to change the world with my abilities on the field, I want to be Ja’Michael the hall of fame football player who opened the door for thousands of kids.”

     

    Former collegiate football player, Ja’Michael Edwards-Lott, is creating a unique path to pursue his dreams of playing professional football by creating his own brand. Through hard work and perseverance, Lott negotiated his own contract to play professional football in Finland for the Seinäjoki Crocodiles.

     

    Lott played college football at Nicholls State University after transferring from Grambling State University, where he suffered a season ending injury that ultimately led to him being released from the football team. While enrolled as a student-athlete at Nicholls State, he majored in Interdisciplinary Studies and managed to make the Dean’s List before graduating.  

     

    Surprisingly, Lott didn’t start playing football until the age of 13. During his high school years, despite the individuals around him who didn’t believe he had the athletic ability to play college football, he performed well enough to receive a scholarship to play for a Division 1 football program. Understanding early on that nothing was going to be given to him, Lott utilized every opportunity that was presented to him in order to market himself as a NFL prospect. In his junior year, when Lott was on the field, he recorded 20 tackles; including 12 solo tackles with one going for a loss. Although he didn’t receive much playing time during his senior year, that didn’t stop Ja’Michael from pursuing his dream to play professional football. After negotiating his own contract, he signed with the Seinäjoki Crocodiles in Finland to play this upcoming year in May. To prepare for this upcoming season, Ja’Michael has been working out at Dynamic Sports in Houston. He does warm-ups, high-intensity integral training, speed work and agility work that helps his on the field performance.

     

     

    Being an athlete carries its own magnitude. Lott doesn’t see himself as just an athlete but also an entrepreneur. Through his platform of football, he intends to create his own brand that will set himself up for opportunities on and off the football field.  Lott wants to create a brand that could provide an outlet for undrafted players that could play football in Europe and earn a contract with the National Football League.

     

    “I realized early on that I could make a name for myself and take advantage of my on-field opportunities and turn that into more off the field opportunities, I want to change the world with my abilities on the field, I want to be Ja’Michael the hall of fame football player who opened the door for thousands of kids.”

     

    There have been football players who play in Europe and the NFL. Dante Hall, David Akers, James Harrison, Kurt Warner, and Jake Delhomme. Lott wants to become the next great football story who went from playing professional football in Europe to the National Football League. As far as his life after football, he intends to go into sports broadcasting. Lott wants to become a football analyst like the various retired football players who appear on networks like ESPN, NBC, CBS and FOX.

     

     

    At the age of 23, Ja’Michael is creating a path that will be different from the normal path that most players take to become a professional football player. He is going to have a story that will stand out from other football players. He used the opportunities that were given to him no matter how big or small. Using his platform, he hopes to be an inspiration to thousands of people that want to chase their dreams of going pro or being an entrepreneur. Ja’Michael proves that working hard and putting God first can help anyone achieve any goal they set for themselves. He has also earned an endorsement deal with a men’s grooming company called Millen Heirs. 

     

    In the future, Lott wants to create homes for single parents and under privilege kids also become an advocate against gun violence.

     

    About Aaron Randolph, Contributing Sports Writer 

    Aaron Randolph was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvannia. He is currently a Class of 2018 Media Studies and Production major at Temple University. Aaron has always had a passion for media and sports production, as well as film production.  He is currently an intern for Fox 29 News and producer for a media company called MyNewPhilly. As he progresses throughout his career, he hopes to build a community center for at risk youth and women who have been victims of sexual assault and domestic violence. 

    Twitter: @ForeverAcee

    Instagram: @_aaron20

     

    About VCG Sports

    VCG Sports focuses on providing high-quality career and business development services for athletes on the collegiate and professional level, as well as highligting their achievements and involvement outside of their playing careers. We value the importance of personal interaction and take pride in building long-term relationships with the athletes we serve. Our services are cultivated around creating value and preparing athletes for life after sports. 

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    States Developmental Football League

    About S.D.F.L.

    The States Developmental Football League is one of many developmental leagues participating in America's most popular sport today. We are comprised of 8 franchises that compete each year to win the SDFL BOWL, one of two of our largest annual sporting events. Founded in 2012, the SDFL developed the model for the successful developmental sports league, including extensive profit sharing, a business and financial curriculum, generational wealth building programs, competitive excellence, and strong franchises across the board. Headquartered in Houston Texas, the SDFL by 2020 will expand across the US with 20 teams.

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    Jeremy Stewart Looks to Succeed in the Business World with Wharton School MBA As He Did in the NFL

    Written by: Aaron Randolph

    Images: Jeremy Stewart

     

    Former NFL running back Jeremy Stewart has taken his talents from the football field to the classroom.  Stewart played in the National Football League for four years and is now enrolled as a full-time graduate student at the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School of Business majoring in Finance.

     

    Jeremy Stewart exceeded in football at the high school, collegiate, and professional level. Stewart had been playing since he was eight years old. During his high school years at Catholic High School in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Stewart was first team all-state, all-district, and all-metro during his senior year. He played college football at Stanford University, where he had an excellent game during the 2011 Orange Bowl. He had five rushes for 99 yards and one touchdown leading his team to a 40-12 victory against the Virginia Tech Hokies.

     

    Once he finished his college career, Stewart went to the National Football League. During the 2012 Draft, he went undrafted but was signed by the Philadelphia Eagles as an undrafted free agent. He had two short stints with the Philadelphia Eagles and New York Jets. He was eventually released from both teams, but Stewart believed that the adversity of being released from two teams helped him deal with tough situations. Stewart also played for the Oakland Raiders for two seasons and played one season for the Denver Broncos.

     

     

    During his college days at Stanford, he was opened to various career opportunities and towards the end of his professional playing career. While being enrolled at Stanford, Stewart had a huge interest in going into business. During the third year of his NFL career, Stewart realized he wanted to go back to school. He attended a wedding where he met some people that exposed him to business school for the first time because they were currently enrolled. He also saw some of his college teammates during the off-season and watching them excel at business made him want to attend school as well. He didn’t want to be too old trying to attend school and going to business school is something that he believes has more upside because football does not last forever.

     

    The transition for Stewart wasn’t easy because he devoted most of his life to playing football. During his transition from football to school, he had to change his day to day life. Instead of making sure he was in shape to play football, he had to get his mind ready for business school. 

     

    Moving forward, Stewart has major plans on how he will utilize his MBA once he graduates. “The biggest thing for me is to improve my knowledge as an athlete, having that knowledge of how a business works gives me so much leverage in general.” Stewart intends to go into investment banking and the tech industry. He is already making important strides to accomplish those goals by investing in his wife’s software company. During the summer, he will be working in investment banking with a leverage finance group at Wells Fargo in San Francisco. He will be helping companies make investments and acquiring other companies. 

     

    Soon, Stewart would like to help other athletes with their financial issues and literacy. He had some advice for current players that are playing in the NFL. “My advice to them is to start planning ahead and start taking the steps to set yourself up for post-football.” Jeremy Stewart has used his platform of playing football to set himself up for the best position possible for life after football. Stewart was successful on the football field and now will look to attain the same success in the business world.

     

     

    About Aaron Randolph, Contributing Sports Writer 

    Aaron Randolph was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvannia. He is currently a Class of 2018 Media Studies and Production major at Temple University. Aaron has always had a passion for media and sports production, as well as film production.  He is currently an intern for Fox 29 News and producer for a media company called MyNewPhilly. As he progresses throughout his career, he hopes to build a community center for at risk youth and women who have been victims of sexual assault and domestic violence. 

    Twitter: @ForeverAcee

    Instagram: @_aaron20

     

    About VCG Sports

    VCG Sports focuses on providing high-quality career and business development services for athletes on the collegiate and professional level, as well as highligting their achievements and involvement outside of their playing careers. We value the importance of personal interaction and take pride in building long-term relationships with the athletes we serve. Our services are cultivated around creating value and preparing athletes for life after sports. 

    Follow VCG Sports on Twitter and Instagram 

     

    Our Partners

    Men's Grooming Products 

    About MillenHeirs

    Millenheirs is an eclectic lifestyle brand whereby we currently create and sell handmade all-natural masculine-of-center grooming products, handcrafted jewelry and accessories, as well as aromatherapy items. Our line is stylishly centered around metaphysical tools, self-care, and holistic well-being.

     Www.millenheirs.com 

    MILLENHEIRS (@millen_heirs) • Instagram photos and videos

     

    States Developmental Football League

    About S.D.F.L.

    The States Developmental Football League is one of many developmental leagues participating in America's most popular sport today. We are comprised of 8 franchises that compete each year to win the SDFL BOWL, one of two of our largest annual sporting events. Founded in 2012, the SDFL developed the model for the successful developmental sports league, including extensive profit sharing, a business and financial curriculum, generational wealth building programs, competitive excellence, and strong franchises across the board. Headquartered in Houston Texas, the SDFL by 2020 will expand across the US with 20 teams.

    www.officialsdfl.net

    Follow S.D.F.L. on Twitter and Instagram