Gerome Sapp, NFL Free Agent, to Be Guest on Insightful Player TV Talk Show

NFL Free Agent, Gerome Sapp to Guest Star on Insightful Player™ Streaming Video TV Show on MingleMediaTV.com

Tuesday, July 26th 7 PM EST

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Gerome Sapp, NFL Free Agent

Gerome Sapp, NFL Free Agent

NFL free agent defensive back Gerome Sapp, one of 32 current and former NFL players recognized as Insightful Players will be the guest of the weekly Insightful Player online show on MingleMediaTV.com tonight at 7 p.m. ET. Mingle Media TV produces and broadcasts over 40 hours of web series and event coverage each week.

Sapp is one of the 32 members of the Insightful Player™ team. To be named to this team, one must be a person of integrity, such as a current or former NFL player, who shares their personal message of hope for the sole purpose of lifting the spirits of all, especially children.

Chrissy Carew, a Master Certified personal and business coach based in Nashua, NH founded Insightful Player™ in April 2010 with a vision of providing an answer to a crucial worldwide calling for messages of hope that provoke positive actions.  “I’m thrilled to have an online show on MingleMediaTV.com where I’m able to interview my Insightful Players like Gerome Sapp, Montell Owens,  Usama Young, Rashied Davis and others,”  said Carew, who serves as the host of the show. Carew was inducted into the International Coaching Federation (ICF) New England Chapter’s newly-established Hall of Fame on June 13.

The short-version of Gerome Sapp’s Insightful Player story is available on InsightfulPlayer.com. The full-length version will appear in the Insightful Player book that will be published by Morgan-James Publishing this summer.  Sapp has played five years in the NFL as a safety for the Baltimore Ravens and Indianapolis Colts.

On the show, Carew will discuss the core of resilience that has carried Gerome through every stage of his life thus far—from his hardscrabble childhood and an absent father to his ascension as the number one ranked high school football player in the entire state of Texas; the years as an undergraduate at Notre Dame, during which he demonstrated both athletic and academic success; and five strong years in the NFL. And Gerome’s quests are not yet over: he and some former teammates have launched a company called Morph &Thro, LLC. 

Excerpt from Gerome Sapp’s Insightful Player Profile:

Growing up in inner-city Houston, there were times when Gerome Sapp and his siblings had to cope without water or electricity. Other children in those circumstances might develop an embittered view, but for Gerome, it was formative to his remarkably positive outlook. From the experience he learned two important lessons modeled by his mother, Angelia, who always blended the ideal and the practical. “First of all, she would tell us that tomorrow would probably be better,” Gerome recalls. “And second, that it would be a good idea to do our homework early instead of putting it off.”

Because their father was generally absent, his mother signed up her two sons – Gerome and his brother Charles, just one year older — in the Big Brother program. To 7-year-old Gerome, Big Brother Todd Freeman was a godsend. “He opened me up to a whole other side of life that I hadn’t seen,” Gerome says. The two stayed close; Todd attended Gerome’s college football games and his first pro game, and Gerome was in Todd’s wedding party. “He was the first consistent male figure in my life,” Gerome comments.

In high school, Gerome connected with the second major father figure of his youth: his football coach, Lee Malowitz. The players generally considered Coach Malowitz to be tough and not always kind, but Gerome and his brother got to know the coach on a deeper level. “He realized that me and my brother weren’t just the average teenage black males. And we realized that even though a lot of people thought Coach Malowitz hated them, he was hard on us because he didn’t want to see us mess up.”

Both brothers became high school football stars. In his junior year, Gerome was Parade and USA Today First Team All-American. The following year, he was ranked the number one player in Texas. College recruiters were watching, and Coach Malowitz urged the young man to take his academic requirements seriously. Along with studying hard, Gerome and his best friend maintained a commitment to clean living, using each other’s example to avoid the drugs and alcohol in which many of their classmates indulged.

At Malowitz’s urging, Gerome kept his grades up and listened to the college coaches who wanted to sign him. He eventually chose Notre Dame, in part because of its academic reputation and in part because of his mother’s insistence that he use college to explore a different environment from his home state of Texas.

The four years at Notre Dame were fundamental to shaping not only Gerome’s football career but his adult personality as well. “A lot of guys I knew who went off to college couldn’t handle the mental burden. You’re no longer the big shot anymore. So you have to learn how to play a role of a lesser athlete, not what you were in high school. I was able to handle that though.”

His classmates incorrectly stereotyped him based on his color and southern origins, but rather than get angry, Gerome set about proving them wrong by working hard and demonstrating his intellect. To this day, he values the lessons that his social interactions at Notre Dame taught him. “Looking back on it,” he now says, “the most important thing I learned at Notre Dame was how to get along with people in different social environments.”

Entering the NFL was another culture shock. “When you make that kind of money and have that kind of free time, you can get into a lot of different kinds of trouble. But I had my head on my shoulders, so I never was in danger of going off the deep end the way some guys did. Only 5% of the guys in the NFL make the kind of money where you never have to worry about working again. If you’re in the other 95%, you have to save your money and know what you’re going to do when your football career is over.”

It is important to Gerome that young followers understand how many different facets make up one man’s personality. “I always tell kids not to just look at me as an NFL guy,” he says. “To understand who I am, you have to see everything leading up to this point and everything I’ve gone through. That’s the most important thing, to have a perspective when you’re looking at something.”

The Insightful Player™ is brought to you by Coach Chrissy Carew, Master Certified Personal and Business Coach.  Chrissy has been deeply inspired by her father, the late Coach Walter Carew, Sr.  Her beloved father is in several Halls of Fame as a high school football coach (as well as high school and college player). He used the game as a way to help kids build strong character and teach them valuable life skills.  The Insightful Player™ was created to help make our world a much better place.

Launched on February 8, 2010, online media and live web TV Network Company, Mingle Media TV produces and broadcasts over 40 hours of web series and event coverage each week. It’s audience reach online is over 250,000 weekly views of their  video coverage, web series and live broadcasts and are currently in the top 20,000 websites in the U.S.

For more information on Coach Chrissy Carew and Insightful Player, visit www.theinsightfulplayer.com and call 603-897-0610.

Pro Bowler Montell Owens of Jacksonville Jaguars to Be Guest on Insightful Player TV Talk Show

Montell Owens, Pro  Bowler, Jacksonville Jaguars NFL Running Back  to Guest Star on Insightful Player™ Streaming Video TV Show on MingleMediaTV.com

Tuesday, July 19th 7 PM EST

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Montell Owens  NFL Football

Montell Owens NFL Football

Montell Owens, running back and pro bowl special teams star for the Jacksonville Jaguars will be Chrissy Carew’s guest on the Insightful Player TV Show on MingleMediaTV.com (www.minglemediatv.com/insightfulplayertv.html) this Tuesday, July 19 at 7 p.m.

Owens is one of the 32 members of the Insightful Player™ team. To be named to this team, one must be a person of integrity, such as a current or former NFL player, who shares their personal message of hope for the sole purpose of lifting the spirits of all, especially children.

Chrissy Carew, a Master Certified personal and business coach based in Nashua, NH founded Insightful Player™ in April 2010 with a vision of providing an answer to a crucial worldwide calling for messages of hope that provoke positive actions.  “I’m thrilled to have an online show on MingleMediaTV.com where I’m able to interview my Insightful Players like Montell Owens,  Usama Young, Rashied Davis and others,”  said Carew, who serves as the host of the show. Carew was inducted into the International Coaching Federation (ICF) New England Chapter’s newly-established Hall of Fame on June 13.

Montell Owens’ path to the NFL wasn’t easy. He got there through sheer determination and hard work. At Concord High School in Wilmington, Delaware, Montell excelled in academics, music and sports. He was a member of the National Honor Society, a lead trumpet player in the jazz band, and a letterman in football, baseball, and track. As graduation approached, he began to get offers from colleges. The best offer – a full football scholarship – came from a surprising place: The University of Maine. All Montell knew about Maine is that it was cold and nine hours away from home. Still, his parents could not afford to pay for college, and Maine was the opportunity he had been waiting for. There, his running back coach Jeff Cole helped mold him into the player and individual he is today.

On The Insightful Player show, Chrissy Carew will discuss Cole’s influence on Owens, the need to build character in the youth of America, and how Insightful Player teamed with Owens a year ago on his return to Concord H.S. for the 1st Annual Montell Owens Youth Football Camp.

The Insightful Player™ team members are individuals that believed in themselves and relentlessly pursued their most far-reaching dreams, which resulted in a career in the National Football League.  The Insightful Player.com website features the inspirational stories of 32 current and former NFL players, each of whom overcame great obstacles and hardships to become not just fine athletes, but through their values and their life experiences, became extraordinary individuals that serve as an inspiration to us all.

The short-version of each Insightful Player story is available on InsightfulPlayer.com. The full-length version will appear in the Insightful Player book that will be published by Morgan-James Publishing this summer.

The Insightful Player™ is brought to you by Coach Chrissy Carew, Master Certified Personal and Business Coach.  Chrissy has been deeply inspired by her father, the late Coach Walter Carew, Sr.  Her beloved father is in several Halls of Fame as a high school football coach (as well as high school and college player). He used the game as a way to help kids build strong character and teach them valuable life skills.  The Insightful Player™ was created to help make our world a much better place.

Launched on February 8, 2010, online media and live web TV Network Company, Mingle Media TV produces and broadcasts over 40 hours of web series and event coverage each week. It’s audience reach online is over 250,000 weekly views of their  video coverage, web series and live broadcasts and are currently in the top 20,000 websites in the U.S.

For more information on Coach Chrissy Carew and Insightful Player, visit www.theinsightfulplayer.com and call 603-897-0610.

Four College Students Help Change the World on the Next Insightful Player TV Talk Show

Unity Hoops Basketball

Unity Hoops Basketball

Learn how David Dean, college sophomore, from Unity Hoops Basketball wants to effect change and help Crow Indian Teenagers and their community in Montana –

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Tuesday, July 5th 7 PM EST

Can four college students help change the world?  A van full of college basketball player’s intent on learning about social change travelled from the East Coast to Montana, as part of Unity Hoops Basketball. David Dean, a college sophomore, will outline the mission of Unity Hoops Basketball when he guests on the Insightful Player online show on MingleMediaTV.com, Tuesday night at 7 p.m. ET. Mingle Media TV produces and broadcasts over 40 hours of web series and event coverage each week.


Dean has several passions in life.  A political science major, he’s fascinated with social change.  Since a high school history class, he’s been concerned with the plight of American Indian children growing up on reservations in a culture of poverty, unemployment, and alcoholism. He also loves basketball.  In high school, he was a point guard and captain of his team.  In his freshman year at Guilford, he continued to play basketball earning All-Old Dominion Athletic Conference Academic honors.

And six months ago, he had an idea… While many college students spend their time looking to be hired for a summer internship, David and three college friends have done something else.   They’re creating theirs from thin air.

This spring, David and three colleagues—one woman, three men—have formed Unity Hoops Basketball. Their goal is to work with Crow Indian teenagers, using basketball to help them learn much larger life lessons.

“Unity Hoops was founded as a basketball collective that aims to use our sport as a common language to teach far greater life lessons to young people in need, inspiring them to believe in larger possibilities for themselves, and empowering them to pursue their limitless potential,” said Dean. “We are dedicated to providing the role models, resources and knowledge necessary to instill this self-belief, as well as a deep-seeded understanding that together everyone truly does achieve more.”

Their current mission is focused around helping youth of the Crow Indian Reservation in southern Montana.  In their work on the reservation they are hosted by The Center Pole, a youth outreach center on the reservation run by Peggy White and Susie Kelly.  We are also sponsored by Running Strong for American Youth, a nonprofit located in northern, VA.

Life can be tough for Indian children living on the Crow Reservation south of Billings, Montana.  They grow up in families that are racked by alcoholism and poverty.  75% of the adults are unemployed.  For those who attempt college, there is a 95% attrition rate.

On the Insightful Player show on MongleMediaTV.com Dean will give an in-depth look at the lives of these children that Unity Hoops has worked with; provide an understanding of the universal issues on reservations; give an overview of Unity Hoops philosophy on sport and offer a wish list of donations and other resources that Unity Hoops needs to accomplish its Mission.

Chrissy Carew, a Master Certified personal and business coach based in Nashua, NH founded Insightful Player™ in April 2010 with a vision of providing an answer to a crucial worldwide calling for messages of hope that provoke positive actions.  “I’m thrilled to have an online show on MingleMediaTV.com where I’m able to interview not only my Insightful Players like NFL stars Usama Young, Rashied Davis and others, but also individuals like David Dean, who are awe-inspiring and need their stories told to the masses,” said Carew, who serves as the host of the show. Carew was inducted into the International Coaching Federation (ICF) New England Chapter’s newly-established Hall of Fame on June 13.

The Insightful Player™ team members are individuals that believed in themselves and relentlessly pursued their most far-reaching dreams, which resulted in a career in the National Football League.  The Insightful Player.com website features the inspirational stories of 32 current and former NFL players, each of whom overcame great obstacles and hardships to become not just fine athletes, but through their values and their life experiences, became extraordinary individuals that serve as an inspiration to us all.

The short-version of each Insightful Player story is available on InsightfulPlayer.com. The full-length version will appear in the Insightful Player book that will be published by Morgan-James Publishing this summer.

The Insightful Player™ is brought to you by Coach Chrissy Carew, Master Certified Personal and Business Coach.  Chrissy has been deeply inspired by her father, the late Coach Walter Carew, Sr.  Her beloved father is in several Halls of Fame as a high school football coach (as well as high school and college player). He used the game as a way to help kids build strong character and teach them valuable life skills.  The Insightful Player™ was created to help make our world a much better place.

Launched on February 8, 2010, online media and live web TV Network Company, Mingle Media TV produces and broadcasts over 40 hours of web series and event coverage each week. It’s audience reach online is over 250,000 weekly views of their  video coverage, web series and live broadcasts and are currently in the top 20,000 websites in the U.S.

For more information on Coach Chrissy Carew and Insightful Player, visit www.theinsightfulplayer.com and call 603-897-0610.

Ken Harvey, Washington Redskins, NFL Linebacker, to Be Guest on Insightful Player TV Talk Show

Redskins Hall of Fame Linebacker Ken Harvey to Guest on Insightful Player Streaming Video TV Show on MingleMediaTV.com

Tuesday, July 5th 7 PM EST

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Ken Harvey, Redskins

Ken Harvey, Redskins

Washington Redskins Hall of Fame linebacker Ken Harvey, one of 32 current and former NFL players recognized as Insightful Players will be the guest of the new weekly Insightful Player online show on MingleMediaTV.com  Tuesday night  July 5 at 7 p.m. ET. Mingle Media TV produces and broadcasts over 40 hours of web series and event coverage each week.

Chrissy Carew, a Master Certified personal and business coach based in Nashua, NH founded Insightful Player™ in April 2010 with a vision of providing an answer to a crucial worldwide calling for messages of hope that provoke positive actions.  “I’m thrilled to have an online show on MingleMediaTV.com where I’m able to interview my Insightful Players like Ken Harvey and have their stories told to the world,” said Carew, who serves as the host of the show. Carew was inducted into the International Coaching Federation (ICF) New England Chapter’s newly-established Hall of Fame on June 13.

The Insightful Player™ team members, like Harvey, are individuals that believed in themselves and relentlessly pursued their most far-reaching dreams, which resulted in a career in the National Football League.  The Insightful Player.com website features the inspirational stories of 32 current and former NFL players, each of whom overcame great obstacles and hardships to become not just fine athletes, but through their values and their life experiences, became extraordinary individuals that serve as an inspiration to us all.

The short-version of Ken Harvey’s Insightful Player story is available on InsightfulPlayer.com. The full-length version will appear in the Insightful Player book that will be published by Morgan-James Publishing this summer. Kenneth Harvey is a former NFL Pro Bowl linebacker who is now the president of The Ken Harvey Companies. He writes as a hobby but enjoys the thrill of taking a single sheet of paper and making it come alive with imagination.

Twelve years after he left the game, Harvey is enjoying a life of entrepreneurship and writing with the debut of Xavier: A Hero No More, his first novel. From a high school dropout to the NFL and more, Kenneth is a believer that anything is possible.

The four-time nominee to the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Harvey is also one of the Redskins’ 70 Greatest Players. He believes that his new novel demonstrates some of the struggles players have after leaving the game.  Harvey has established his own website:  www.transition57.com as a means for educating players about becoming entrepreneurs after their playing days are over.

Ken really has a heart for other athletes in transition. He cares about their ability to transition from sports to the marketplace; from inactivity to activity fueled by good health and healthy habits; from a mindset of contentment with life on the field to a sky’s the limit attitude off of the field; from irresponsibility to responsibility.

Excerpt for Ken Harvey’s InsightfulPlayer.com story:

Ken Harvey believes in second chances. “Mistakes happen,” says the former linebacker for the Phoenix Cardinals and the Washington Redskins and current Washington Redskins Director of Responsibility. “What matters in life is how effectively you rally after making and recognizing a misstep.”

Ken’s own missteps, from his perspective, date back to his decision to drop out of high school despite the urging of his coach and parents to stay in school and work hard. After leaving high school, he fell into a rut of destructive thought patterns. “Once you start thinking you’re not much good for anything, you resign yourself to getting the lowest-paying job, or you go to an interview but you’re not fully prepared. Then you wonder why you’re not getting a better job or you’re not making it. It’s because you’ve set your standards low and everything around you has become that standard.”

One day he picked up a newspaper to see what kind of job he could hope to have without a high school diploma. The prospects, he realized, were grim. He knew he would need to set the bar higher for himself. But doing so was a gradual process. “I had a plan as to how I was going to get into college. I worked out every day and lifted weights and ran. I stopped going to parties …. I started hanging around good people.”

In a way, it all goes back to his decision to go back to high school after dropping out: an attitude of persistence that has stayed with him ever since. “I believe in second chances. I believe in that we can help each other out. I always try to look at the hope and the good inside of people. I think that’s it. No matter what, if you look deep enough, there is good in almost everyone.”

The Insightful Player™ is brought to you by Coach Chrissy Carew, Master Certified Personal and Business Coach.  Chrissy has been deeply inspired by her father, the late Coach Walter Carew, Sr.  Her beloved father is in several Halls of Fame as a high school football coach (as well as high school and college player). He used the game as a way to help kids build strong character and teach them valuable life skills.  The Insightful Player™ was created to help make our world a much better place.  To contact Chrissy Carew visit http://www.coachcarew.com or call 603-897-0610. ©2010 Coach, Chrissy Carew

Other Insightful Players include: Jerricho Cotchery (Jets), Aaron Kampman (Jaguars), Steve Grogan (Patriots), Roger Staubach (Cowboys), Devin McCourty (Patriots) and Jason McCourty (Titans) and Reggie Kelly (Bengals), among others.

Launched on February 8, 2010, online media and live web TV Network Company, Mingle Media TV produces and broadcasts over 40 hours of web series and event coverage each week. It’s audience reach online is over 250,000 weekly views of their  video coverage, web series and live broadcasts and are currently in the top 20,000 websites in the U.S.

For more information on Coach Chrissy Carew and Insightful Player,ä visit http://www.theinsightfulplayer.com and call 603-897-0610.

“The Help” Takes You Back in Time to the 1960’s Inspires You to Create Change

"The Help" Movie

"The Help" Movie

Not that I’m too quick to admit this but I am a child of the sixties, one who grew up in the south and experienced from the sidelines the lines that were drawn between us based on color. I can tell you that it took a lot of courage for anyone to cross the line to build a friendship with someone of another race.

My mother’s youngest sister was one of those people who, at that time in my young life, created change by accepting others for who they were, and gave me strength to join her in standing up for what was right and to not fear what others would think of me.

Fast forward to today, writing a blog post on the upcoming new feature from Dreamworks Studios and Participant Media called “The Help” opening on the 10th of August is somewhat bittersweet as I see where we were from my childhood and where we are today and where we need to go in the future. Here’s a clip with the director with some background on the upcoming feature:

The story is based on the #1 New York Times best-selling book, “The Help” and stars Emma Stone (“Easy A”) as Skeeter,  Academy Award®–nominated Viola Davis (“Doubt”) as Aibileen and Octavia Spencer as Minny—three very different, extraordinary women in Mississippi during the 1960s. These women build a very unlikely friendship based on a writing project that breaks societal rules and puts them all at risk. Armed with the courage that their sisterhood has forged, these women stand together and make the town see that times are changing.

This movie is sure to evoke emotions from hope to humor and should inspire you and yours to create change that makes a difference for us all.

Cast:   Viola Davis, Bryce Dallas Howard, Octavia Spencer, Emma Stone

Director:    Tate Taylor

Producers:   Brunson Green, Chris Columbus, Michael Barnathan

Executive Producers: Mark Radcliffe, Tate Taylor, Dean Jones, Nate Berkus, Jennifer Blum, Jeff Skoll and Mohamed Khalaf Al-Mazrouei

Screenplay by:   Tate Taylor       Based on the novel by:   Kathryn Stockett

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Website and Mobile site: DreamWorksStudios.com

Don’t miss this movie. We won’t!

Brave – a new Animated Action Adventure Comedy from Disney Pixar

Meet Merida from Disney Pixar's Brave

Meet Merida from Disney Pixar's Brave

We received notice of this new animated feature coming (next summer) from Disney-Pixar and thought we’d share it with you. First, because it features the character “Merida” who is a skilled archer and daughter of the King and second because it looks like another one of those animated films that remind you of childhood and living vicariously through the characters of the stories your parents read to you at night. Here’s a sneak peek…

More about BRAVE:

Since ancient times, stories of epic battles and mystical legends have been passed through the generations across the rugged and mysterious Highlands of Scotland. In “Brave,” a new tale joins the lore when the courageous Merida (voice of Kelly Macdonald) confronts tradition, destiny and the fiercest of beasts.

Disney Pixar's Brave

Disney Pixar's Brave

Merida is a skilled archer and impetuous daughter of King Fergus (voice of Billy Connolly) and Queen Elinor (voice of Emma Thompson). Determined to carve her own path in life, Merida defies an age-old custom sacred to the uproarious lords of the land: massive Lord MacGuffin (voice of Kevin McKidd), surly Lord Macintosh (voice of Craig Ferguson) and cantankerous Lord Dingwall (voice of Robbie Coltrane). Merida’s actions inadvertently unleash chaos and fury in the kingdom, and when she turns to an eccentric old Wise Woman (voice of Julie Walters) for help, she is granted an ill-fated wish. The ensuing peril forces Merida to discover the meaning of true bravery in order to undo a beastly curse before it’s too late.

Directed by Mark Andrews (“The Incredibles,” “Ratatouille,” “John Carter”) and Brenda Chapman (“The Lion King,” “Prince of Egypt”), and produced by Katherine Sarafian (“Lifted,” “The Incredibles”), “Brave” is a grand adventure full of heart, memorable characters and the signature Pixar humor enjoyed by audiences of all ages. The film takes aim at theaters on June 22, 2012, and will be presented in Disney Digital 3D™ in select theaters.

Voice Talent:                 Kelly Macdonald, Emma Thompson, Billy Connolly, Julie Walters, Kevin McKidd, Craig Ferguson, Robbie Coltrane

Directors:                      Mark Andrews and Brenda Chapman

Producer:                      Katherine Sarafian

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BRAVE hits theatres everywhere in Disney Digital 3D on June 22, 2012!

Usama Young, New Orleans Saints, NFL Defensive Back, to Be Guest on Insightful Player TV Talk Show

Saints Defensive Back Player Usama Young to Guest Star on Insightful Player Television Show on MingleMediaTV.com

Tonight, June 28 7 PM EST

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USAMA Young

Usama Young

New Orleans Saints defensive back Usama Young, one of 32 current and former NFL players recognized as Insightful Players will be the guest of the new weekly Insightful Player online show on MingleMediaTV.com  tonight  June 28 at 7 p.m. ET. Mingle Media TV produces and broadcasts over 40 hours of web series and event coverage each week.

Chrissy Carew, a Master Certified personal and business coach based in Nashua, NH founded Insightful Player™ in April 2010 with a vision of providing an answer to a crucial worldwide calling for messages of hope that provoke positive actions.  “I’m thrilled to have an online show on MingleMediaTV.com where I’m able to interview my Insightful Players like Usama Young and have their stories told to the world,” said Carew, who serves as the host of the show. Carew was inducted into the International Coaching Federation (ICF) New England Chapter’s newly-established Hall of Fame on June 13.

The Insightful Player™ team members, like Young, are individuals that believed in themselves and relentlessly pursued their most far-reaching dreams, which resulted in a career in the National Football League.  The Insightful Player.com website features the inspirational stories of 32 current and former NFL players, each of whom overcame great obstacles and hardships to become not just fine athletes, but through their values and their life experiences, became extraordinary individuals that serve as an inspiration to us all.

The short-version of Usama Youngs’s Insightful Player story is available on InsightfulPlayer.com. The full-length version will appear in the Insightful Player book that will be published by Morgan-James Publishing this summer. On the show, Carew will discuss Usama’s work with his Usama Young Youth Foundation. 

Excerpt from Usama Young’s Insightful Player Profile

Usama initially thought it was his fault that his parents got divorced.  Most kids in this type of situation feel exactly the same way.  He wrestled with feelings of sadness and anger when he had to go back and forth between his parent’s houses.  Every time he left one of his parents, he was heartbroken to be leaving them.  At first, Usama had a hard time understanding why his parents lived separately.  His greatest wish at the time was that they would get back together.

Usama said, “Every kid wants their parents to be together.  It is so sad that most kids think it is their fault that their parents broke up.”  He wants kids to know it is never their fault, that it will work out in the long run, and that most often it is in the very best interest of everyone.  He encourages kids to work through this and get support. Yes, it can be difficult, but their lives will be much more positive for it.

Usama affectionately recalls how his parents did their very best to keep a smile on their kids’ faces.  Both his parents remarried and his mom blessed Usama with a little sister who is 8 years his junior.  He adores his little sister so much that he couldn’t get on the plane fast enough to visit her and his beloved mother for a few days during the Saints’ bye week.

Usama’s father became a Christian when he remarried.  His mother continued her dedication to her Muslim faith, always reminding Usama to pray.  His dad took him to church, but as a young teen Usama resisted.  One of his brothers told him to listen to his father so Usama started to pay attention at church.  As things began to sink in, his appreciation for his blessings reached new heights.

When Usama hits bumps in the road he relies on his faith.  “It is easy to be happy when everything is good and everyone is on your side.  As soon as things go wrong, we have a natural tendency to put our heads down and complain or even give up.  This is when I am motivated to push myself farther and try even harder.”  He refuses to let life beat him down because he believes the tough times make him stronger and wiser.  He looks at the bumps in the road as opportunities for growth that strengthen his character and make him resilient.  He is amazed how this approach has expanded his perspective of what is possible.

The person Usama admires most is his dad.  “I really listen to my father because he has never steered me wrong.  He has always helped me and still does.  My father has great qualities.  He is attentive and funny.  He always has a smile on his face.  He stands up for what he believes and will put his foot down if he needs to.  I have always respected him and he is such a loving guy.” 

While Usama was attending Kent State he got a frightening phone call from his family. His father was diagnosed with cancer was in intensive care fighting for his life. Usama dropped everything to be by his father’s side.  He was stunned when he saw his father with eyes shut and hooked up to so many tubes.

Usama was scheduled to play in a college all star game, and not just any all star game.  This was part of the National Football League’s pre-draft process.  Usama didn’t want to play because he couldn’t bear to leave his father’s side.  His family rallied around him and reminded him that his dad would want him to play in the game.  With the inspiration from his family, Usama did play, and he played very well.  This created an opportunity for him to get drafted later on. Today his father is healthy, happy, and cancer free.  For Usama, seeing his father so sick was surreal.  It was unimaginable to see his healthy dad in that vulnerable position.  This opened Usama’s eyes and made him respect and appreciate his father even more.

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