University of Indianapolis
6' 4" tall
College - Univ. of Indianapolis
NFL - Indianapolis Colts
How can a person with four documented learning disabilities, the lowest GPA in his high school class, and the inability to complete a sentence rise to become an NFL Football Pro, CEO of his own company, and an internationally acclaimed keynote speaker?
With a vision!
Shawn was born and raised by a single mother on the south side of Columbus, Ohio along with his 5 siblings. Early on, Shawn was different. He was bigger than most kids, and he was diagnosed in grade school with several disabilities, including dyslexia and a very debilitating stutter. Teachers were tough on Shawn and told him he was not “college material” because he had learning challenges. However, Shawn was determined to fit in. He discovered football and began playing in high school. At the end of his senior year, his coach contacted a friend who was the coach at North Iowa Community College and told him that Shawn might be a good fit for the college’s football team. This is where the dream really began…
Shawn knew that this was an opportunity of a life time. His mom loaded up the station wagon, dropped him off in Iowa and said, “Here you go Baby…you either sink or swim.” Shawn swam. He began to envision himself playing in the NFL. He placed 3 letters above his headboard in his dormitory --N.F.L.-- so that he would remember why he was there. Shawn did well and was recruited by Indiana University to play ball. After graduating from Indiana University, he was drafted to the NFL, and his vision became a reality. Shawn was on the roster of several NFL teams, blocking for two Heisman trophy candidate and two all-pro running backs. He is living proof that a set-back is a set up for a comeback