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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

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    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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    Darrell Walker Reenergizes Basketball Program at Clark Atlanta University Using NBA Experience 

    Clark Atlanta University Head Coach Darrell Walker against the Boston Celtics. Walker played with the New York Knicks from 1983-1986

     

    Words: Craig Allen Brown

    Images: Darrell Walker | CAU Athletics

     

    Former NBA player and coach Darrell Walker is using his experiences and compassion to significantly alter the lives of student-athletes at Clark Atlanta University.  His men’s basketball team is undergoing significant growth, in the classroom and on the hardwood.

     

    Darrell Walker excelled at basketball at the collegiate level under College Hall of Fame coach Eddie Sutton.  He twice led the University of Arkansas to the Sweet Sixteen round of the NCAA tournament.  In his last year as a Razorback, Walker averaged 18.2 point and 5.7 rebounds, and was selected as both the Southwest Conference’s Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year.  His play resulted in his selection as a first round pick of the New York Knicks. 

     

    Walker began coaching after a 10-year NBA career as a player, which culminated in an NBA championship alongside Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls in 1993.  He served as a head coach for both the Toronto Raptors and Washington Wizards before going on to assistant coaching positions with the New Orleans Hornets, Detroit Pistons and New York Knicks.

     

    It was during these years as an assistant that Walker developed a desire to coach at the college level.  Along with being involved with the sport that he loved, Walker eagerly anticipated the opportunity to assist young men in achieving their college degrees.  Clark Atlanta University Athletic Director Lin Dawson valued the experience that Walker bought to the table as both an NBA player and coach, and subsequently offered him the men’s head coach position.

     

     

    Upon being hired, Walker immediately changed the face of the program.  Prior to his arrival, the CAU Panthers only managed nine wins throughout the 2015-2016 season.  However, Walker more than doubled that amount of wins during his first year.  His team finished the season with a seven-game winning streak, resulting in the best overall record in the conference, an SIAC tournament championship, and a berth in the NCAA Division II national tournament, before falling to top-seeded University of Alabama in Huntsville.

     

    Walker not only changed operations on the basketball court; he changed the way in which his players pursued their educations.  He randomly visits his players’ classes to ensure that they are attending regularly; disciplinary action is taken if a student-athlete is not present.  He also implemented an annual art auction, where he donates pieces from his own personal collection for auction-goers to bid on.  Funds raised during the auction are used to pay for summer school, to ensure his players graduate on time.

    Walker’s second year at the helm has proven to be even more fulfilling than his first.  After 19 games, the Clark Atlanta University Panthers are 18-1, and ranked #22 among Division II schools nationally.  The team is undefeated in conference and division play, and ranks in the top three in several conference statistical categories, including scoring offense, scoring defense, turnover margin and scoring margin.

     

    Despite all the success he has achieved on the court, Walker is most proud of his influence off of it.  “When you get a kid to come play for you, it’s important that they leave with a degree,” he said. 

     

    About Craig Allen Brown, Contributing Sports Writer 

    Craig Allen Brown was born in Ramstein, Germany. After graduating high school, he enlisted in the U.S. Army as a Personnel Actions Specialist.  He served for 22 years, retiring in 2014.  Upon retirement, he enrolled at Clark Atlanta University, majoring in Mass Media Arts.  He will graduate with honors in May 2018.

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    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 achivements 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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    Grambling State University has Always Been Home to Former Houston Astro James Cooper 

    Words: Aaron Tyson

    Image: Grambling State University Athletics

     

     

    James Cooper’s initial commitment to Grambling State University began in 2000, where he would embark on the arduous journey of a student-athlete. Similar to the parade of accolades garnered by his then head coach ­­— American Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Famer, Wilbert Ellis—Cooper’s athletic ability as an outfielder awarded him All-Conference and All-SWAC honors during his career. Unbeknownst, that would not be the last award he would be receiving as a member of Grambling State University’s baseball program.

     

    The same sacrifices, determination, and dedication that he would instill in his own student-athletes years later is what propelled him to be drafted in the 33rd round of the MLB draft in 2004.

     

    “I played two years of pro ball in the Houston Astros organization after being drafted from Grambling State University.”

     

    After being released by the Astros in 2006, the Sussex Seahawks favored Cooper, an Independent team in the CanAm Leaugue out of Sussex County, New Jersey, to play one more season. No stranger to the sacrifices and demand that transpire with being a professional athlete, he experienced one particular sacrifice that played a pivotal role in his decision to return to his alma mater.

     

    “When I went up to Sussex and played in the summer of 2007 my son had already been born. After finishing that year my son was seven years old and I wanted to be in his life more. Those last three years of playing pro ball I missed three of his birthdays.”

     

    These are the unannounced compromises and obstacles that professional athletes have to allocate when attempting to balance work and home. As spectators, we are infused by the media with information revolving around injuries, depth charts, front office personnel changes, autograph signings, and broken records — all for the sheer love of watching our favorite teams and athletes compete.  We don’t factor in that our enjoyment can mean someone else’s displeasure. Families are stripped away from their significant others, children, parents, and siblings for weeks and months on end.

     

    The thrills of ones sporting career can only last so long, like any other athlete you have to adjust to a new life and a new career. The transition for many can be difficult when they have been identified as an athlete practically their whole lives.  Every athlete possesses their own unique circumstances in which they attempt to find their purpose outside of athletic competition.

     

    “I wanted to be more active in my sons life so I enrolled into graduate school at Grambling in the fall of 2007 and received my Masters in Sports Administration May of 2008.”

     

    During this transition period for James, fate intervened, as Barret Rey took over the baseball program at Grambling.

     

    “He actually coached against me when I was a player. He was the assistant coach at Southern University and he offered me the position to be a graduate assistant because he knew I had just came back from playing pro ball.”

     

    Ironically, after three years of working under Barret Rey, Cooper was presented the opportunity to become the head coach after Coach Rey opted out to accept a vacant head coaching position at Alcorn State University to be closer to his family. After making his second commitment to Grambling's baseball programas head coach for the 2010 season, he set the tone right away during his introductory press conference letting the student-athletes know that respect between players and coaches will be reciprocal. Cooper also stressed the importance of determination and dedication on the field and in the classroom. His philosopy served him right, leading the Grambling Tigers to a SWAC Championship in 2010 and SWAC Coach of the Year honors—an award he received for the second time in 2017. 

     

    When asked if there was a certain attachment to Grambling, Cooper proudly said, “There is. It’s home for me, it's my alma mater and I would love to see my alma mater do great things. Some of the things I seen and learned from playing pro ball I want to instill in some of the players that have came after me.”

     

    Having been both a former pro athlete and a former Tiger, Cooper has a unique ability to connect with the student-athletes. Some don’t foresee a professional baseball career in their future, while others are driven to prove everyone who has ever doubted them wrong. Understanding both perspectives, Cooper, as head coach, has a fiduciary duty to be transparent when discussing life after sports.

     

    “We are honest with all 35 of the guys on the roster. We let them know that all 35 of you are not going to get an opportunity to play professional baseball and that’s fine. What you guys do have a chance to do is to possibly win a championship and graduate.”

     

    To help prepare his players for their transition away from collegiate athletics, Cooper utilizes various resources to help align them with jobs to make their transition as pleasant as possible. He also leverages his Major League Baseball connections for those who still want to be involved with the game of baseball.

     

    "We want our players to graduate and be a good provider for their family, a good husband to their wife, and also a good father to their kids in that order." 

     

     

    About Aaron Tyson

    Aaron Tyson is the Founder of VCG Sports. Prior to establishing VCG Sports in 2016, Aaron worked with organizations such as the NFL League Office, New York Giants, Philadelphia Phillies, MEAC Conference Office, and the Philadelphia Soul. He also received an Executive Certification in Sports Philanthropy from George Washington University. 

    Follow Aaron on Twitter   and Instagram 

     

    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 achivements 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

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    From Transition to Purpose: Daron Roberts Talks About his Journey From Harvard Law, NFL Coach, and More. 

    By Aaron Tyson

    January 15, 2018 

     

    Right now I can say without a shadow of a doubt that my purpose in life is to help others identify, craft, and execute a game plan for success." 

     

    Daron, in his early years, ultimate goal was to immerse himself in the political arena. During his time at Harvard, he served as a volunteer coach at a football camp that altered the vision he had for his life. Fast forwad 169 letters to NFL coaches later, he finds himself rejecting an offer to work for a law firm and accepting a position with the Kansas City Chiefs. His journey through the NFL includes stints with the Detroit Lions and the Cleveland Browns. In an interview with Daron we learn how he progessed against societies norms and carved out his own path to success.

     

    Take us back to your early aspirations ­— What inspired you to get involved with politics initially?

    Daron: I grew up in a family that was very in tune with government. My dad was a Baptist minister and my mom was an elementary school principal. We always talked about politics, government, and how decisions were made in Washington, D.C., Austin (Texas), Mt. Pleasant (Texas), which is my hometown, affected our daily lives. So I was intrigued by politics, watched it unfold both in print and television. I was enamored with it and chose it as one of my destinations that I wanted to go into.

     

    You graduate from the University of Texas and then enroll into Harvard University. At this point in your life did you believe you were walking in your purpose?

    Daron: Absolutely. After leaving the University of Texas, my first job was working with Senator Joe Lieberman in Washington, D.C. Loved that experience. I had applied to Harvard Law School and had been wait listed. So I was trying to find ways to make my application more compelling. I went to the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, was there for two years and finally on my forth attempt I got accepted into Harvard Law School. I felt like I was walking in my purpose. I thought that Harvard Law was a necessary step in my own view of life. A Harvard Law degree, combined with a University of Texas undergraduate degree would put me in a position to become Governor of Texas.

     

    Who were some of your change agents when you made the decision to pursue a career as a NFL coach after graduating Harvard Law? Who guided you through that transition?

    Daron: To be honest with you, I had a good friend named Alfonso Longoria, who was a high school coach. He helped me strategize on how to write letters and how to talk to coaches. David Wilkins, who was my professional responsibility professor at the University of Texas, he encouraged me to really pursue my dream. He said, "don’t worry about your friends who are going to work for big firms, or going to clerk for judges, you follow your passion and go into coaching".

     

    What do you tell millennials who are “chasing their dreams”, instead of pursuing a traditional job?

    Daron: Here is my viewpoint on life. Most people don’t find their purpose, if they find it, this happens in their mid- thirties. I tell students now that I teach on a daily basis, view your 18-30 year life as a Chinese buffet period of your life. You’re going to pay a little bit of money, you’re going to pile your plate up with all different kinds of dishes, some general tso’s chicken, some moo goo gai pan, orange chicken, and egg rolls. After you have that first plate you’re going to decide, “hmm I really like these three things”. Go back and get a little more of that to see if it is as good as you think it is. This is the time for students to taste test and experiment. This is not the time to focus. This is not the time to niche down. This is not the time to narrow ones options. I tell students, if you’re a business student you should go work for non-profits during the summer, if you’re an education major you should go work for an investment bank, or a start-up. Get an experience outside of what you think you would do, it will only make you a more well-rounded person.

     

    " This is the time for students to taste test and experiment. This is not the time to focus. This is not the time to niche down. " 

     

    During your time as an NFL coach, what was the most transferable skill set you took with you?

    Daron: Crisis management. Everyday in the NFL there is a crisis. There is something that could tip the scale. So knowing how to identify what crises are, strategize ways to limit the destruction and the downside, but also leverage those as opportunities was the number one thing I took away from my time as a coach in the NFL.

     

    Now you’re the Founding Director of the Center for Sports Leadership & Innovation. Just started a new partnership with Kevin Durant. What’s the vision for the CSLI in 2018?

    Daron: CSLI (Center for Sports Leadership & Innovation) educates the majority of student-athletes that come to the University of Texas at Austin. We are focusing our efforts on devising and creating tools that will help student-athletes become better at financial literacy. We are really building out tools that will help student-athletes to manage their finances better and to live lives where poor spending decisions do not hamper them.

     

    You have referred to Steve Job's commencement speech at Stanford University where he say's, "you can't connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect the dots looking backwards". Looking back on all of your success do the dots connect? 

    Daron: You know what I tell people? The dots always connect. The fallacy is that we think it has to be a straight line. So when I look back from my life trajectory, from Mt. Pleasant, Texas, to the University of Texas, to working in the Senate, going to the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard, going to Harvard Law School, coaching for three NFL teams, coaching for college teams, and now at the University of Texas. They always connected because I see the thread for me has been teaching and helping people to become better versions of themselves. Right now I can say with out a shadow of a doubt that my purpose in life is to help identify, craft, and execute a game plan for success. That is what I am here on earth to do and all of the opportunities that come my way are filtered through that purpose. 

     

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    About Aaron

    Aaron Tyson currently works with VCG SPORTS aiding current and former collegiate/professional athletes with their career transition. Prior to VCG SPORTS, Aaron worked with organizations such as the NFL League Office, New York Giants, Philadelphia Phillies, MEAC Conference Office, and the Philadelphia Soul.

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