On Friday, February 18th, SAMS and FHS were treated to motivational speaker and former college and NFL player, Mr. Shawn Harper. Harper began his football career at a junior college in Iowa where he performed at such a level that he was inducted into the Junior College Football Hall of Fame. From there, he was invited to play for Indiana University where he received Big Ten recognition and won the National Achievement Award. Finally, he achieved his big dream of playing in the NFL! He was an offensive lineman for seven years with the Rams, the Colts, and NFL Europe. In addition to his successful football career, he also is an entrepreneur who owns a successful security services business in Columbus, Ohio.
While at SAMS, Harper told the students that success did not come easy. He overcame learning disabilities, low motivation and doubt to make it to where he is today. He talked about receiving support from caring teachers and coaches, and encouraged students to appreciate the teachers that they have. Harper told the students, “you are not born winners, you are not born losers, you are born choosers.”
Thank you to Mrs. Monyak and the Firelands Endowment Committee for making this opportunity possible!