Dream Muscle Athletes: Interview Chris LeFlore of the Arena Football League, Pittsburgh Power

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Chris Leflore Interview

College: Northwest Missouri State University
Professional Athlete:
Pittsburgh Power (Arena Football League)

More info: http://pittsburghpowerfootball.com/1995/01/01/terrance-washington-db/
Website: http://www.chrisleflore.com
Twitter: @gingabreadcl

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 Chris LeFlore of Arena Football Leagues Pittsburgh Power. It was an awesome interview. Chris has a bright future ahead and I’m excited to see what he accomplishes on and off the field.

1. Chris share a little about what you are doing now? Its off-season, and I’m in Nebraska hanging out with family, working out and getting myself mentally prepared to have a great season. I’m preparing for my fourth season in the Arena Football League and I’m very excited to lead my team.

2. How did you get there? What was the process like? I grew up in Omaha, Nebraska where I played all sports. In high school I played wide receiver and defensive back at Omaha Central High School for Coach Joe McMenamin. I helped my team to the Class A state playoffs each of my three seasons. I also earned one letter in basketball and two in track, where I was part of one of the state’s top 4×100-meter relay teams. My dream was to play at the University of Nebraska with my older brother Mark. Through determination and persistence I set goals to get there and was able to walk-on. I sat out as a redshirt in my first year at Nebraska. But going into 2005 fall camp I was hoping to provide valuable depth at cornerback in a re-tooled Nebraska secondary. That year the Huskers lost both 2004 starting corners, including senior Lornell McPherson and junior Fabian Washington departed early for the NFL Draft. But eventually ended up transferring to Northwest Missouri State University. I had a good career at Northwest Missouri State University and graduated in December 2008 with a degree in Communications. I was looking forward to continuing my football career but was not selected in the 2009 NFL Draft. In 2010 I found a agent through a friend who helped me into the Arena Football League. I was also invited to workout with the Cleveland Browns but unfortunately that didn’t work out.

3. Even to this point in your life who has been the most influential to you? The biggest influence in my life has been my family. Both my parents Floretta and Mark LeFlore Sr. and my brothers and sister. We were very close growing up. My siblings have been a great example to me, even learning and growing from their wins and loses in life. Yes, I would have to say that my family has contributed the most to my growth.

4. Do you see yourself as a leader? Yes, but I’m not much of a vocal leader. I lead by example.

5. What leadership quality do you posses that people seem to be attracted to? I Lead by example and I listen to people. I believe listening is a leadership quality that people like about me.

6. What are your plans after football? I don’t really know right now. But I would love to play a few more years then do something with my communications degree. The older I get the more I see life out of a different lens. Life is about adjustments and I plan to make those adjustments when the time comes.

7. If you had some advice to give to kids what would it be? I would tell them to be accountable for their actions. The only way you grow is when you are accountable . If you point the finger you don’t grow. Thats really how I have grown as a person and a player.

8. One thing you will do before you die? I don’t really know. LOL!

9. Chris talk a little about your faith? I grew up in a Christian household. We went to church on Sundays. The only thing that stayed consistent growing up was God. I have a strong faith in God. I wouldn’t be where I am today without Him.

Thank you so much for reading Chris LeFlore’s interview. I hope you learned as much as I did not only about his football career but about him as a leader. Two of the most fascinating things Chris talked about was the way he leads.

1. He believes in leading by example and being a good listener.

2. He attributes his success as a person and athlete to his close relationship with his family and strong faith in God.

What have you learned from Chris?

Contact Chris LeFlore via:
@gingabreadcl on twitter
Chris LeFlore Official Website

NOTE TO ATHLETES:
You are a WINNER!
You are a person of integrity.
You are a person of great character and have a purpose in life.

Do the right things, to become a better athlete.

Learn and grow, to become a better person.

Be an example, to become a better teammate & friend.

Sports do not define you, they incline you. Sports do not destroy you, they deploy you into your destiny.

You can do all things through Christ who strengthens you. Phil. 4:13

Dream Muscle Athletes: Interview Tank Calais of the Arena Football League, Pittsburgh Power

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I had the honor of interviewing Tank Calais of the Arena Football League, he recently signed with the Pittsburgh Power.

I conducted the interview on the topic of faith, family and football. This interview was so intense that it could have been multiple posts written on it. He has a lot to share and I believe there will definitely be more opportunities where he will be able to share on bigger stages. But for the sake of time we wanted to shoot it to you straight and grab some leadership out of it.

Tank Calais is a very interesting person. His passion and determination was contagious from the start. Either though I conducted the interview via phone. I could feel the rumble in his voice. I quickly discovered three things right away about Tank.

He has strong faith in God. He communicates very well. He loves his family.

What do people discover about you within 2 minutes of conversation?

As we continued the conversation it was very clear that my discovery was dead on.

Tank talked a lot about his childhood and why he has a very strong passion to take care of his immediate family (son and girlfriend). Tanks childhood started in Patterson, Louisiana. He and a few of his siblings were primarily raised by his grandmother due to some parental inconsistencies. Either though that was not ideal for Tank he learned some values and principles that he would take with him on his life’s journey. His grandmother taught them how to depend on God and move ahead in spite of life’s circumstances. Tank and his siblings didn’t live in the best of neighborhoods growing up. He could have easily been influenced by his environment but due to the history of his family he was inspired and motivated to pursue his dreams and earn an athletic scholarship and go to college.

Tank has very rich family history in sports. Tanks father played safety at LSU and His uncle Ike Hilliard played for the Florida Gators and in the NFL for the New York Giants and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. His great-uncle Dalton Hilliard played running back for LSU and his uncle Mike Calais played linebacker for LSU as well.

Not only does Tank contribute a lot of his development to his grandmother. But he contributes a lot to his uncle Ike Hillard who was a first round draft pick in 1987 who is now an assistant with the Buffalo Bills.

In high school Tank went to live with his uncle to become a better person, athlete and to gain a new perspective on life. His uncle was very successful and at that time Tank needed a model and a mentor to show him what it would take to provide a better life for him and his family. Tank ended up receiving a football scholarship to play at Louisiana Tech University excelling in football.

He was faced with a dilemma towards the end of his career with an injury that would hinder some of this productivity. He was not selected in the NFL Draft but ended up signing with an Arena Football Team. I asked Tank what he thought about the opportunity to play in the Arena Football league, He stated, “this is my opportunity to show the scouts what I have and prove myself. I have to provide for my family and I am going to work, all I know is work. If God has brought me this far I know He will take me ever further.”

Talk about your faith in God? My faith in God is very strong. He’s the reason I’ve been able to move on and make the best of my life in spite of life’s difficult circumstances.

If you had a chance to give a kid some advice what would it be? WORK, Work hard and good things will happen. All I know is work.

For more information about Tank Calais visit: Follow Tank Calais on Twitter

To all athletes: Sports do not define you, they incline you. Sports do not destroy you, they deploy you into your destiny.

If you would like to share your story please send us an email: dreammuscle at gmail.com

Dream Muscle Athletes: Interview Pro Soccer player Ryan Junge

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This was an awesome interview I conducted. My hope is that you will learn and grow through some of Ryan’s life experiences. You can also follow Ryan on Twitter.

1) Dream Muscle Athletes: Tell us a little about yourself. Such as,

Name: Ryan Junge

Age: 27

Home location: Omaha Nebraska

Sport: Professional Soccer in the MISL

Profession and educational background: I graduated from Creighton University in 2007 with a degree in Advertising

Years in sport of any kind: I’ve been active in sports since I was 4!

Sports participated in: I have played football, baseball, track, and soccer

Years in current sport: 22 years What got you started: when I was 5 years old!

2) Dream Muscle Athletes: What is your biggest accomplishment in your sports career?

Ryan: I’d have to say my biggest accomplishment in my entire career had to be when I got drafted to play in the MLS and in my second season with the Columbus Crew we won the MLS Championship.

3) Dream Muscle Athletes: What one or two things do you currently do in your training that are keys to your success?

Ryan: I approach every practice like I’m new to the game. There is always room to improve in your game and its been said before by many greats in every sport “the day I know it all is the day I retire”

4) Dream Muscle Athletes: What would be your ultimate achievement?

Ryan: I want to become my own business owner but before that I would love to become a devoted husband with a wonderful family

5) Dream Muscle Athletes: How do you set your goals?

Ryan: I don’t really set goals I guess. I just strive to succeed in whatever it is that I have put on my plate

6) Dream Muscle Athletes: What is your biggest challenge, and what do you do to manage this challenge?

Ryan: My biggest challenge would have to be myself. I doubt myself sometimes, I don’t like to toot my own horn about my achievements but I also don’t acknowledge them when I probably should.

7) Dream Muscle Athletes: What is your diet like?

Ryan: Any and everything haha. I try and stay with healthy eating habits in the season but in the offseason its tough to keep that same diet plan.

8) Dream Muscle Athletes: What 1-2 things do you believe differentiates you from your contemporaries who have fell off in their athletic participation and abilities?

Ryan: I’ve always wanted to keep going no matter what. I don’t like quitting and don’t like losing.

9) Dream Muscle Athletes: Do you have any recommended resources to share (books, seminars, websites, coaches)? Ryan: I’ve always loved following professional greats like Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, Jerry Rice, etc.

10) Dream Muscle Athletes: Have you experienced a breakthrough, and if so, what led to it?

Ryan: I experience a breakthrough everyday just by waking up. Each day is never a given, so I am thankful each time I wake up to the annoying alarm on my phone

11) What was the best advice you were ever given?

Ryan: Do what you want but do it well

12) Dream Muscle Athletes: Do you have a saying or motto that you live your life by?

Ryan: my mom always told me growing up to “believe and achieve” so I guess I’ve followed that saying for most of my life.

13) Dream Muscle Athletes: Where do you draw your inspiration from?

Ryan: I always draw it from my family and friends. People who know me know how much of a meaning they have in my life. No meaning is to small.

14) Dream Muscle Athletes: How many times in the last year have you been to see a physician, and why (only what you’re comfortable sharing)?

Ryan: I rarely go! i try to maintain good health.

15) Dream Muscle Athletes: Anything else you’d like to share?

Ryan: I’ve enjoyed the questions! Hopefully I get to see some folks out at the Comets games this upcoming season!

Dream Muscle Athletes: Also who was your role model growin up?

Ryan: My parents were and still are my biggest! I really looked up to Jerry Rice and Michael Jordan just because those guys knew exactly how to do the right thing in the right situation.

To all athletes: Sports do not define you, they incline you. Sports do not destroy you, they deploy you into your destiny.

If you are interested in sharing your story, send us an email: dreammuscle at gmail.com

Dream Muscle Athletes: Interview USC QB Emon Saee

 

We had the privilege of interviewing USC Trojans QB Emon Saee. We conducted the interview on the topics of Faith, Family and Football. I learned a lot from Emon and I hope you will as well. You find more information about Emon at CLICK HERE EMON SAEE. You also FOLLOW HIM ON TWITTER. Emon is now preparing for the 2013 NFL Draft, God Bless you Emon!

1) Dream Muscle Athletes:  Who has been most influential in your life? Family, coaches, etc.

Emon Saee  The most influential people in my life is my family.  My father came to America on his own when he was 18 with literally nothing in his pocket.  He was motivated and determined to succeed and make a better life for himself, my mother, as well as for my siblings and myself.  My mother, she is the heart and soul of our family. She did everything that needed to be done to make sure my brothers and I were fed, clothed, and taken care of as children.  My brothers are the reason why I am the athlete I am today.  Without their push trying to make me be the best of the best, I would not be here today.

2) Dream Muscle Athletes:  What is your biggest accomplishment in life?

Emon Saee  My biggest accomplishment was being offered a preferred walk-on position at USC. My first year of football was my senior year and ever since then I was just in love with the sport. When I decided to make it a dream/goal of mine to play Division I football many people doubted me and attempted to crush my dreams, but I refused their thoughts and words to bring me down. I used their doubt to encourage and motivate me to excel in the sport and prove them wrong.

3) Dream Muscle Athletes: What one or two things do you currently do in your training that are keys to your success?

Emon Saee I focus a lot on my speed and protecting my shoulder, at the same time strengthening it.  Staying healthy is the key to being successful in Division I. I took advantage of the trainers and the facility that is offered to us. I was literally in there everyday keeping my body fresh and healthy.

4) Dream Muscle Athletes: What would be your ultimate achievement?

Emon Saee My ultimate achievement would be invited to a NFL camp. I have come a long way and I am not stopping at Division I. My goal and dream is to perform at the professional level, that is my ultimate achievement.

5) Dream Muscle Athletes:  How do you set your goals?

Emon Saee My father has always told me to set my goals and to always follow steps and routes to accomplish those goals. Anything in his world is possible as long as you have the heart, desire, and motivation to work/grind to make those goals into reality.

6) Dream Muscle Athletes:  What is your biggest challenge, and what do you do to manage this challenge?

Emon Saee I wouldn’t say I have a big challenge. But my life around football has always been a challenge since I was new to the game and learning about it later than others was a challenge. I was so determined to learn and understand the game that I didn’t see it as a challenge, but more as an opportunity.

7) Dream Muscle Athletes: What is your diet like?

Emon Saee My diet is very strict, now that I am preparing for the NFL Pro Day. Strictly on meat, protein, vegetables, fruit, nuts, and carbs. I always drink water, never soda and very rare on the juices. I try to eat from 2500-3000 calories a day spread out into 6 meals (3 large meals and 3 snacks).

8) Dream Muscle Athletes: What 1-2 things do you believe differentiates you from your contemporaries who have tailed off in their athletic participation and abilities?

Emon Saee The main thing is heart. I love the game of football so much that I would not take “no” for an answer or accept failure. That is the biggest difference between me and others who have fallen away from the game. They became discouraged from the competition and what others said, but I would not allow myself to fall in the same category.

9) Dream Muscle Athletes: Do you have any recommended resources to share (books, seminars, websites, coaches)?

Emon Saee one of my favorite QBs ever, Drew Brees “Coming Back Stronger: Unleashed” was by far the most motivational resources I have ever read. Another book that also taught me the art of “Winning Forever” is former USC Coach Pete Carroll’s “Win Forever: Live, Work, and Play Like a Champion”. Those two books have motivated me and kept my hunger to succeed exceptionally high.

10) Dream Muscle Athletes: Have you experienced a breakthrough, and if so, what led to it?

Emon Saee The biggest breakthrough was being offered a spot on the USC football team, and it all happened thanks to my families support and love, and the countless hours of work and preparation I put to better myself as a player.

11) Dream Muscle Athletes: What was the best advice you were ever given?

Emon Saee My father always told me, “No matter who or what tries to bring you down or stop you from your path, always look up to God and know He is always by your side, watching over you, protecting you, and guiding you to reach your ultimate goal; He always has a plan for you”.

12) Dream Muscle Athletes: Do you have a saying or motto that you live your life by?

Emon Saee do not really have a motto or saying, but I live by these abbreviations everyday “OBF” which stands for “One Big Family”. All the people who have stood by me through the ups and downs during my journey of football are my family. They have provided the love and support when it was needed and I greatly appreciate them, therefore my motto is to do everything for them and to make them proud.

13) Dream Muscle Athletes: Where do you draw your inspiration from?

Emon Saee My inspiration would have to be my Father, Mother, and 2 older brothers. They are my core and my true inspiration.

Leadership: My definition of Leadership – serving others to help them become better people.

Dream Muscle Athletes: With that definition, do you consider yourself a leader not only on the field but off the field as well?

Emon Saee  I try to set an example for others around me. My way of doing so is to be true to myself, true to others, and true to God. Follow what you believe and always have Faith, never let that go.

Dream Muscle Athletes: How involved are you in your local community?

Emon Saee I am not that involved as I should be, but I have plans to give back once my life settles down.

Dream Muscle Athletes: What leadership quality do you posses that people seem to be attracted to? (Ex. Encouragement, support, speaking, etc.)

Emon Saee I do not know if many follow my sense of leadership, but I always have a positive mindset around people. Not a fan of thinking down or negatively, but more inspiring and encouraging words that may help someone throughout the day or even their life. I am a people person and if I can help someone out by being a shoulder to cry on or a voice of advice, I am always there.

Dream Muscle Athletes: What are your plans after football?

Emon Saee I am currently enrolled in the Masters program at USC for Accounting. I have a semester left to complete. Once football is officially over for me, I plan to be a CPA and work for one of the big firms or a private firm.

Dream Muscle Athletes: If you had some advice to give to kids what would it be?

Emon Saee Set a goal/dream and go after it. Do not let anyone or anything stop you from reaching those goals or dreams. In life, God has a plan for all of us just as long as you follow them. Stay focused on the path and never be sidetracked from distractions that could possibly lead you to an opposite path. Believe in yourself, believe in God that everything will work out to what is best for you and your future. Appreciate everything you have in life, and never take one second of life for granted.

To All Athletes: Sports do not define you, they incline you. Sports do not destroy you, they deploy you into your destiny.

If you are interested in an interview, please email: DREAMMUSCLE at gmail.com

Dream Muscle Athletes: Interviews Jonathan Smith of the Sioux City Bandits (CIF) 

  

Jon Smith  interview Thanks so much for taking the time out to conduct this interview. More info: You can follow Jon on Twitter Twitter: @Jon_smith23

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.

If you would like to share your story, please send us an email: DreamMuscle at gmail.com

Dream Muscle Athletes: Interview A.J. Peterson of the Minnesota Twins Organization 

  

A.J. Thank you so much for doing this interview. I know you’re a busy individual, we appreciate you doing this interview with us. Dream Muscle Athletes is a sports leadership blog dedicated to athletic leadership excellence. We put a lot of emphasis on the person of the athlete that others may get to know the athletes for who they really are. That people, fans, athletes, etc may be inspired to reach their goals and live their dreams.

1) Dream Muscle Athletes: AJ share a little about what you are doing now? I am playing baseball for the New Britain Rock Cats. This is the AA team for the Minnesota Twins. 

2) Dream Muscle Athletes: AJ, what influenced your decision to play baseball? I have played baseball my whole life. I have been blessed with a lot of opportunities and to have the chance to play this long. I play the game because I love to play and it’s what I feel I am supposed to be doing right now.

3) Dream Muscle Athletes: What was it like growing up? Where did you grow up? I grew up in Minnetonka, MN, it is a fairly large suburb of Minneapolis. I was lucky to grow up with a great family and a neighborhood full of kids. We organized wiffle ball leagues and played games in the backyard. I had a great childhood. 

4) Dream Muscle Athletes: What is your biggest accomplishment in life? Getting drafted was a huge accomplishment, it was very emotional to hear my name called from the draft room. It took a lot, so it was a huge step in my dream. I don’t know if it is considered an accomplishment, but I married an amazing young woman this past year. I am a lucky guy. 

5) Dream Muscle Athletes: You were drafted by the Minnesota Twins in 2011 as the 778th overall pick, what was the whole draft experience like? “ I kind of commented on it already, but draft day was pretty awesome. My whole family listened to the draft for hours and when my name was called it was an amazing moment. Something I will never forget. 

6) Dream Muscle Athletes: What is your favorite sport other than baseball? I love to play basketball and I also really enjoy watching my brother’s games. I love football on Sundays in the fall, that is one of the most relaxing times of year for me. 

7) Dream Muscle Athletes: Who has been most influential in your life? Family, coaches, etc. My parents have been very influential in all aspects of my life. They have taught me a lot about life by the way they live theirs. They are great role models for my wife and I as we embark on our journey together.

8) Dream Muscle Athletes: What one or two things do you currently do in your training that are keys to your success? This is a tough one. Being smart during the season is a key for me. Some people think doing more is what they need, but sometimes doing less is better. Our season is 142 games long, so it can get to be a grind. Sometimes taking days off or doing less can be very helpful in the long run.

9) Dream Muscle Athletes: What would be your ultimate achievement? To feel as though I am impacting others on a daily basis. 

10) Dream Muscle Athletes: How do you set your goals? I was taught in college that setting goals is about what you can control. This means setting statistical goals isn’t always the best. I try to make goals that I am in control of. This could be anything from getting stronger in the weight room to making a certain mechanical adjustment to my swing. 

11) Dream Muscle Athletes: What is your biggest challenge, and what do you do to manage this challenge?
My biggest challenge is battling myself. Baseball is an extremely mental game and sometimes the biggest thing in the way is me. I manage this challenge by working on my mental game on a daily basis. I frequently write about issues I am facing so I can work them out on paper. 

12) Dream Muscle Athletes: You’ve had the chance to play at several ballparks throughout your collegiate and minor league career. Do you have a favorite park to play in? “ Target Field in Minneapolis is an incredible park and I was lucky enough to play there in college. LSU’s Alex Box Stadium was an awesome field and a great atmosphere.

13) Dream Muscle Athletes: What 1-2 things do you believe differentiates you from your contemporaries who have tailed off in their athletic participation and abilities? A lot of what I do is taking advantage of opportunities. I have been lucky enough to have someone believe in me wherever I have gone and when opportunities have arose, I have had success. 

14) Dream Muscle Athletes: Do you have any recommended resources to share (books, seminars, websites, and coaches)? One of my favorite books is called “The Seven Secrets of World Class Athletes.” It is a great book for any athlete looking to improve their mental game. I think there are a number of great mental training books out there and I recommend trying to incorporate their teachings. 

15) Dream Muscle Athletes: What was the best advice you were ever given? “Sometimes when you stop trying so hard is when the best stuff comes out.” My dad told me that when I was trying to get playing time my freshman year of college. I have a tendency to work more and sometimes that isn’t the best solution. 

16) Dream Muscle Athletes: Do you have a saying or motto that you live your life by? I love the Gandhi quote, “Be the change you wish to see in the world.” It may be cliche, but I try to impact others throughout the day. I know God has me playing baseball for a reason and part of it is the relationships I am building and the platform I have to make an impact.

17) Dream Muscle Athletes: Where do you draw your inspiration from?
I draw my inspiration from God’s plan for me. I am also inspired by my wife and my dad on a daily basis. They always have good advice when I am having a tough time. 

Dream Muscle Athletes: How involved are you in your local community? I have done some community events wherever I play, but have a tough time sticking with anything because I don’t really have a “home.” I have lived in several different cities over the past few years. 

Dream Muscle Athletes: What leadership quality do you possess that people seem to be attracted to? (Ex. Encouragement, support, speaking, etc.) I like to think I am encouraging. I try to make people feel good about themselves during games. Baseball is hard enough, I try to make people feel good about their game.

Dream Muscle Athletes: What are your plans after baseball? I haven’t decided yet. I would love to coach baseball at some point. I have a degree in Economics and I love to write. So at this point, maybe a mash-up of those three things.

Dream Muscle Athletes: If you had some advice to give to kids what would it be? Keep playing and enjoy yourself. Always do what brings you joy. 

A.J.Pettersen attended college at University of Minnesota. He is now with the Minnesota Twins organization. You can follow A.J. on Twitter @apettersen1 

Dream Muscle Athletes: Interview former Super Bowl Champion Marlon Favorite 

  

Thanks so much for taking the time out to do this interview. Marlon Favorite is a former NFL Player currently in the Arena Football League. 

Our goal is to share the athletes story in a way that people’s lives may be impacted and live out their God-given dream.

Dream Muscle Athletes: Take us on your journey from your childhood up until LSU?

Well, as a child even now I’m blessed to have been brought up in church have both caring parents and two older siblings. I have been playing football since I was 6 yrs old I played pop Warner at Kings Grant on the westbank of New Orleans. From there I played every level of ball (middle school (Ellender middle), high school (Shaw High and West Jeff High were I was an All-American ). From there on to LSU. My college years at LSU was amazing and I wouldn’t trade them for nothing . It was truly a blessing to play along side some of the greatest teammates and coaches a guy could ask for. 

 

Dream Muscle Athletes: What has your journey been like in the NFL?Ok where should I start. Lol. I will say this before I start , Our God is an awesome God. First and for most its a blessing making it to that level of football. My journey in the NFL was very rocky. Four years and 10 NFL teams, 13 professional teams total. My faith was the only thing that helped me through it. I thank God for that. 

Dream Muscle Athletes: How did it feel being apart of the Saints Super Bowl team? Was that an accomplishment for you?
That experience was GREAT. You know as a kid that’s something you always dream of. For that dream to come true, it was a blessing. Definitely a huge life accomplishment.

Dream Muscle Athletes: Who has been most influential in your life? Family, coaches, etc. The word of God, my wife, my parents , my siblings, my big cousins,my high school and college coaches.

Dream Muscle Athletes: What is your biggest accomplishment in life? The birth of my son. To see his birth was a for sure indicator that God is real.

Dream Muscle Athletes: What one or two things do you currently do in your training that are keys to your success? Training smart and conditioning to stay in shape.

Dream Muscle Athletes: What would be your ultimate achievement? To have a multi-million dollar family business

Dream Muscle Athletes: How do you set your goals? I have always been the type of guy to set achievable goals.

Dream Muscle Athletes: What is your biggest challenge, and what do you do to manage this challenge? My biggest challenge is time management. Writing a daily schedule helps me manage this area better. 

Dream Muscle Athletes: What is your diet like? High protein and fruits and veggies. I have cheat days occasionally LOL.

Dream Muscle Athletes: What 1-2 things do you believe differentiates you from your contemporaries who have tailed off in their athletic participation and abilities?
My faith and drive.

Dream Muscle Athletes: Do you have any recommended resources to share (books, seminars, websites, coaches)? Book(The Alecimist) 

Dream Muscle Athletes: Have you experienced a breakthrough, and if so, what led to it?
Creating my own fitness business ( Favorite Strength and Fitness). What led to it was being in and out of work in the NFL. I told myself one day last year that I wasn’t going to let anyone control my means of income and the rest was history.

Dream Muscle Athletes: What was the best advice you were ever given? Keep your eyes on the prize my dad told me that.

Dream Muscle Athletes: Do you have a saying or motto that you live your life by? Play the game how it go!

Dream Muscle Athletes: Where do you draw your inspiration from?
My wife and kids!

Dream Muscle Athletes: Anything else you’d like to share?
You can do any thing ou put your mind to.

Dream Muscle Athletes: How involved are you in your local community? I’m pretty active in my community I occasionally speak at schools and events 

Dream Muscle Athletes: What are your plans after football?
To continue my business ventures.

Dream Muscle Athletes: If you had some advice to give to kids what would it be? Keep God 1st, respect your parents. 

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