I got injured and lost everything…literally everything—including my Super Bowl Ring.
I remember it like it was yesterday…my wife coming to me with tears in her eyes because there was no food in the house and she couldn’t feed the kids. Right then and there, we both knew…we KNEW the ONLY thing we had worth two dimes was that ring.
So, I did it. I sold it.
I flew from my rented apartment in Utah across the country to New York City to meet the collector, bawling my eyes out the whole way. He met me in the airport, gave me a small envelope of cash and I gave him my ring.
That was it. It was gone.
The one thing I had worked my entire life for was now in the hands of someone who’d never shed an ounce of sweat for it… just so it could sit on his shelf like a trinket.
Why? Because he had money and I didn’t… plain and simple.
I know, it sounds crazy to a lot of people—maybe even to you, but every year hundreds of professional athletes live this story. You get cut, the paychecks stop, the coaching stops, the brotherhood you’ve built with your teammates stops… just that quick, you’re out.
Once you’re out, you’re out. Nobody cares how good you used to be.
And I’ll tell you what—the voice was loud and clear that day…
You’re a failure, a loser, a father who can’t even provide for his children.
You’re a has-been, a fake.
For good long while, I believed that toxic echo.
Without out a doubt, it was the lowest day of my life… but you know what? Something funny happens when you finally bust out and hit bottom…
You find something you didn’t know you had.
I know I found something…something I never knew was out there waiting for me. Something much deeper and more powerful than anything I’d experienced playing football.
My Holy Cause.
Yes, smack dab in the middle of all that pain, embarrassment and failure…I started hearing another voice…the voice I finally decided to listen to telling me exactly who I was and who I was destined to become.
The voice telling me I was not a loser, but in fact, I’d been put on this earth to help thousands of others rise from the ashes of their own failures and live the lives they were born to fulfill… lives of amazing power and purpose.
You see, I already knew how to win. I already knew how to sacrifice for the goal. I already knew how to perform at an elite level. Yes, I was broke. Yes, I was at the lowest I’d ever been. But none of that changed what I was capable of achieving. None of that changed who I really was and who I am.
So, I followed this new voice—the voice reassuring me no matter what had happened in the past, my future was bright; in fact, I was destined for greatness, I even had power and capacity beyond my wildest imagination…
Did it all come rushing back overnight?
Of course not.
I had to rebuild it brick by brick, one door at a time. Yep, I took a job as a door-to-door salesman. From the NFL to knocking doors… I’ll tell you my friend, that takes some certainty—
as well as a stiff dose of humility.
People ask me all the time, “How did you do it? How did you stay so determined after falling so far?” My answer is always the same: “It’s simple. My holy cause was guiding and sustaining me through every step of the way.”
You see, as a door-to-door salesman, you knock on doors… a lot of them. Every time I lifted my hand to rap another door, I saw that empty finger…the finger where my Super Bowl ring should have been. Every time I saw that empty finger, I said to myself, “Never Again.”
Never again would I allow myself to act as anything less than a champion. Never again would I allow myself to surrender to scarcity, fear and stories.
Did it work?
Of course it did. It always works.
Over the next three years, I rebuilt my bank account, fleshed out my own team of sales reps, then added three more… soon I was sitting on top of an empire.
Then the voice spoke again…telling me it was time to fly…that I had bigger things to accomplish… I had more people to serve and help.
From that day forward, I’ve dedicated every day of my life to serving, guiding and coaching people like you—
not only to rebuild their lives, but to push on and start winning again at higher levels than they’d ever dreamed possible.