In this episode of The Jeff & Heidi Show Podcast, we talk to Thomas R. Williams about his successful career in college football, the NFL, and now as a speaker, author, and NFL Player Engagement Ambassador.
Thomas R. Williams
As a professional speaker Mr. Williams is a member of The Jon Gordon Speaking team and communicates with great passion and purpose on “The Energy Bus” and “Training Camp.” He impacts his audiences by helping them create a successful vision which leads them to greatness.
One of Thomas’ main passions is coaching both college and professional athletes on the inevitable transition to life beyond the scoreboard. He is driven by his mantra, “Athletes are great people first, who just so happen to be great athletes. Greatness may have started with sports but it doesn’t end when you retire… GREATNESS is a lifestyle.” Thomas serves as an NFL Player Engagement Ambassador, teaching college student athletes about character, leadership and the NFL evaluation process.
When Thomas isn’t traveling the globe impacting lives, he is serving as the Director of “Pursuits of Greatness.” His nonprofit was developed to help college student athletes prepare for life after their playing career, by giving them custom tailored suits once the athlete has exhausted all athletic eligibility. This symbol of professionalism represents a new uniform that an athlete has retired, and is transitioning to their life of GREATNESS.
In 2008 Thomas graduated from the University of Southern California with a degree in Sociology. Nicknamed The Hitman, Thomas was a captain on USC’s football team where he and his Trojan teammates had a record of 59-6. They won 2 National Championships and 3 Rose Bowls.
Selected 155th overall in the 2008 NFL Draft Thomas played 5 years in the NFL, where he was not just focused on winning and competing, but rather mastering TEAMWORK, MENTAL TOUGHNESS and LEADERSHIP.
In 2012 after a career ending neck injury, Thomas transitioned from a game changer to a life changer, helping people tackle obstacles and finding their winning solutions.
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