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Jonathan Smith – #23 Number: 23 Position: Defensive Back Height: 5’10 Weight: 190 lbs. College: Briar Cliff University
Our goal is to share the athletes story in a way that others may be inspired and motivated to live out their purpose in life. We had the opportunity to interview Jon Smith with the Sioux City Bandits of the CPIFL. It was an awesome interview. Jon has a bright future ahead and I’m excited to see what he accomplishes on and off the field.
1. Dream Muscle Athletes: Jon share a little about what you are doing now?
Jon Smith: During the week, I am a Business Technology and Communications Consultant for Executive Technologies in Sioux city, selling office equipment to businesses.
2. Dream Muscle Athletes: What was it like growing up? Where did you grow up?
Jon Smith:I grew up in Omaha, Nebraska. On the north side of Omaha, was tough growing up in a crime-filled neighborhood. Police sirens and shootings every single night. Grew up in the mission for a number of years, family always battled poverty.
3. Dream Muscle Athletes: Even to this point in your life who has been the most influential to you?
Jon Smith: My mother, is the most influential person I know. She raised 6 kids by herself for years, while working 2 jobs. She never complained or expressed any signs of struggle in front of us. She gave me so much advice in high school to guide me down the right path.
4. Dream Muscle Athletes: Do you see yourself as a leader?
Jon Smith: Yes, I do see myself as a leader. I tend to make others around me better in life and decision-making.
5. Dream Muscle Athletes: What leadership quality do you posses that people seem to be attracted to?
Jon Smith: My positive attitude. Life is too short and precious to stress, or be sad about anything. Enjoy it!
6. Dream Muscle Athletes: What are your plans after football?
Jon Smith: I would say to settle down and have a family and move to a coastal state and enjoy the beach life with a solid career in business or marketing somewhere.
7. Dream Muscle Athletes: If you had some advice to give to kids what would it be?
Jon Smith: I would say don’t be a follower, if you know that a friend is doing something wrong. Learn to say “No” and blossom into a leader of your own.
8. Dream Muscle Athletes: One thing you will do before you die?
Jon Smith: I would love to travel to outer space at least once and see the universe from a different point of view.
9. Dream Muscle Athletes: Jon talk a little about your faith?
Jon Smith: My faith is important to me, I’ve very blessed and lucky with a great life so far. I know that God is watching over me as long as my Guardian Angel.
10. Dream Muscle Athletes: Talk about your professional football career, what teams and leagues have you played on and in?
Jon Smith: I have played on Sioux City Bandits for 3 years after graduating from Briar Cliff University in 2011. It’s been a joy to play with such a great group of guys. It has been like a family.
11. Dream Muscle Athletes: Jon how do you like the indoor game va outdoor game?
Jon Smith: I like the indoor game, because the fans are right next to you in just about every play. The kids really enjoy being so close to the players. Also, it’s fast paced and lots of fun for everyone.
12. Dream Muscle Athletes: Jon are you striving to play in the NFL?
Jon Smith: I eventually would like to get to that level. I think my next step would be maybe trying to get to the CFL or a higher arena league.
13. Dream Muscle Athletes: Talk about being on a championship team and what that feels like, and how you all feel about making playoffs this season and possibly a championship?
Jon Smith: It’s been a tough road this season, with all the injuries we had to witness this year. It was unreal! But, guys stayed together stepped into different roles. We have a very focused approach going into the playoffs. Coaches are intense and players are ready to work.
Anything else you would like to add? God Bless everyone and stay committed to your dreams and goals no matter what others tell you.
To all Athletes: Sports do not define you, they incline you. Sports do not destroy you, they deploy you into your destiny.
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