"We're supposed to help each other grow strong and learn from one another." - Santonio Holmes
Super Bowl XLIII MVP and former NFL wide receiver, Santonio Holmes, joins The Brink of Midnight Podcast.
Best known for his Super Bowl XLIII game winning catch with the Pittsburgh Steelers against the Arizona Cardinals, arguably one of the most powerful pieces of Super Bowl history, Santonio's story from very modest upbringing to being the ultimate teammate is nothing short of inspiring.
Hailing from Belle Glade, the third poorest city in Florida, Santonio is a powerful example of what hard work and dedication can become, regardless of background. As a triple letterman in track, football, and basketball, he helped his high school track and football teams win multiple state championships. That streak continued in college football at Ohio State University, where he was part of the 2002 BCS National Championship team. In the NFL, Santonio played for the Pittsburgh Steelers, Chicago Bears, and New York Jets.
Santonio is the first to credit teammates and the importance of teamwork in his success, and he knows more than a thing or two about caring for others. He started raising his three younger siblings, each from different fathers, at the tender age of eight years old. That care extended to his grandmother and to serving others when he chose to follow the path of faith at age 12. His devotion to family, friends, teammates, and strangers is the center of his life and he is deeply passionate about helping those with sickle cell disease, which his son has and the gene for which Santonio carries. He founded the Third and Long Foundation to provide financial support and treatment options for families affected by the disease.
This conversation will bring you back to your roots, your center, and what is most important in life.
SANTONIO'S WORDS OF WISDOM
"You can't worry about the things you can't control."
"We're supposed to help each other grow strong and learn from one another."
"No matter your age, your time, and your moment in life...you can still be creative, you can still be helpful, you can still be inspirational to everybody by showing the world that you just don't sit down."
"Team camaraderie always wins the championship."
"The world moves every day and we have to move with it."
- Santonio's DREAM Mindset - "a mindset to create for yourself and to help others develop":
- Santonio has the Serenity Prayer tattooed on his ribs so it's with him all the time:
"God grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can;
and wisdom to know the difference."
SANTONIO'S CHARITABLE WORK
Third and Long Foundation builds awareness about Sickle Cell Disease and provides financial support and treatment options for those suffering from the disease.
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