Rashied Davis, Chicago Bears, Photo courtesy of Blogdown Chicago Bears Website
Chicago Bears Wide Receiver Rashied Davis, 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, May 3 at 7 p.m. ET.
About the Host of Insightful Player TV: 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 Rashied Davis and have their stories told to the world,” said Carew, who serves as the host of the show.
The Insightful Player™ team members, like Davis, 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.
Rashied will discuss his spring fundraiser Cocktails for Education, scheduled for Tuesday, May 17 at Rockit Bar & Grill in Chicago. The event will benefit Saturday Place – a place where under-privileged children learn to see beyond their existing circumstances, acquire the knowledge and academic skills necessary for success, and understand their obligation to self and others.
Chicago Bears wide-receiver Rashied Davis and his wife Dianna began Rashied Davis Charities in 2009, recognizing the same inspiration, preparation and discipline required to succeed in the NFL, is required to succeed in other areas of life. Throughout the evening, Rashied Davis Charities will highlight the Saturday Place educational program.
The short-version of Rashied Davis’ 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.
Following is an excerpt of Davis’ story on Insightful Player.com:
In his Insightful Player profile, Rashied Davis discusses how his father was murdered by gang members at a McDonald’s when he was just 8 years old; how he grew up around drugs, violence and poverty as one of nine children raised by his mom and aunt; and how his South Central L.A. background shaped him into the person he is today.
Rashied Davis Excerpt:
One of nine children raised by his mom and aunt, Rashied believes his background shaped him into the man he is. Growing up, he thought South Central L.A. was the whole world. “When I was a kid, all my idols were gang members. They sold drugs; they had everything that I thought I wanted. But I am here today because somewhere along the line I got some hope from somewhere and that hope, I feel, came from God,” he says.
From the seventh grade through high school he was bused to school in the San Fernando Valley. At first, he begged his mother to let him go to school in the neighborhood but she wouldn’t budge. This turned out to be one of the biggest blessings of his life.
“I will always be very grateful to mom for knowing what was best for me. I was bused from poverty to an upper- and upper-middle class community. This experience really helped me see that the world where I grew up wasn’t the entire world,” he said.
The turning point for Rashied came when he was 18. He had graduated but hadn’t gone to college and didn’t have a job. He was living with his cousin. He got depressed wondering where his life was going. One day, he was driving home with his cousin and a friend. He was so frustrated he started speeding. He drove so fast that he frightened his passengers.
When he got home he ran up the stairs into his bathroom, slammed the door shut and started crying. He said, “At that moment I started praying to God, and told Him ‘I don’t know what I am supposed to be doing but it isn’t this; just help me find out where I’m supposed to be.’ And at that moment, things started to change. I had to move back home, which I didn’t want to do. I had a lot of anger inside; the neighborhood wasn’t safe, I was angry with the local police, angry at my family. As I look back on it I know God was moving things around in my life.
“I started noticing God’s helping hand through my cousin. He had mentioned that we should sign up and play football at West Los Angeles Junior College.” Rashied felt like he was living a dream. He was astounded when he started getting letters from colleges stating they were interested in him. This helped Rashied develop a deep sense of pride. He began to realize that he could get a scholarship to a four-year university if he was good enough. Rashied said, “Thank God I wound up being good enough. That one weak moment in my cousin’s bathroom was instrumental in bringing me to where I am today.”
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.