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I am married with seven children. I played football at BYU and in the NFL. I served a mission to Taiwan and it changed my life in every way. Because of that, I have been to China several times as an ambassador for the NFL. I love the Chinese people, I enjoy speaking their language and eating their food, but I especially love them. I wrote a book about my experiences as a football player, missionary, husband, father, son and friend. It is titled, "Surround Yourself with Greatness." Some of the best things in my life include attending my kids games and school plays, riding my bike in the moutains of Utah, attending BYU sporting events, eating a turkey sandwich with my wife at Kneaders, and reading great books. The NFL asked me to hike Mt. Kilimanjaro in May 2011 with Tedy Bruschi of the Patriots and Jeff Fisher who used to coach the Tennessee Titans. We joined 4 wounded warriors from our military and were sponsored by the NFL, the Wounded Warrior Project, and Under Armour. Two of the warriors had lower leg amputations, one had lost her right eye, and the other suffers from PTSD. It was an epic adventure that taught me so much about courage, freedom, toughness, and the miracle of the United States of America. I will share part of this experience in my next book which is almost out titled, "The Power of the Jersey." As a football player I played for the greatest coaches ever. Lee Salmans, Tom Rabb, LaVell Edwards, Ray Rhodes, Dick Vermeil, and Andy Reid. World class.
I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints because I know it is true. I grew up in an LDS family and that is something which I will always be grateful. I honestly don't remember a time when I doubted the authenticity of the church. My Dad had a massive stroke when I was 18. His survival was incredible and his recovery was miraculous. My Mom was my hero during that period. I felt the closeness of my Father in Heaven during that trying time. I started to realize how selfish I had been as a teenager and I wanted to be better. It was in my Dad's hospital room that I opened my formal mission call to Taiwan. When I was called to serve the Chinese people in Taiwan as a missionary is when my testimony of the Savior really grew. I learned about His life, His teachings, His parables, His loving kindness and it changed my heart. I realized, maybe for the first time, how much I need Him. My responsibility in Taiwan was to teach His gospel to anyone who would listen. Serving a mission was the most challenging and the most rewarding thing I had ever done. Just learning to speak Mandarin Chinese was a test like climbing Everest.
My wife and I have enjoyed speaking to the youth ever since we have been married. Because of her volleyball career and my football career, we have had many opportunities to share our testimonies of the Savior with the youth. We have been impressed with the light in their lives as well as the many challenges they are dealing with. We feel more confident than ever that real peace and real comfort comes from obeying the commandments. Our greatest role in the community is that of Mom and Dad. I love to spend time with my kids, watching their games, attending their school plays, reading books at dads and donuts, and having dinner together each night. What could be better or more important than that. For the last five years I have held a golf tournament to benefit Cystic Fibrosis. I have several friends who have the disease and I can't wait to have a golf tournament in the future to celebrate the eradication of the disease. Until then, we will continue to rally people together in a good cause to find a cure. The Native Americans of this country have always been interesting to me. I have studied them in books and I continue to learn from them today. I serve on the board of the American Indian Services to help Native Americans attend higher education. I feel that education is one of our greatest gifts. I love to visit the schools or the communities of Native Americans and share with them my confidence that when we avoid drugs and alcohol, our lives have fewer problems and we are much more capable of overcoming lifes obstacles. I have been blessed in my life by great friends and neighbors. I am in debt to all of them. They have been a light to me in an ever challenging world. The next time you are out on a mountain biking trail in the mountains of Utah, I hope to run into you. No matter the weather, it will be one of the best days ever!