If you follow football, Chris Thompson is one of the hottest names in the game right now. In his fourth season in the NFL, he's emerged as one of the most electrifying players in the league.
But this is more than football...
I had the opportunity to meet Chris days after he got drafted to the Redskins in 2013 and knew immediately that he was something special. He's a quiet, humble individual that lets his actions speak louder than words. I later found out that we share a similar life-changing story. We were both passengers in major (separate) car accidents in our high school years that could've easily ended our lives. When traumatic experiences like that happen to a person, nothing is EVER the same. Life is viewed in a different light from that day forward. Personally, I viewed myself as a stronger person for overcoming such an obstacle. I learned to work even harder, I learned to push myself and others to achieve goals that would never before seem possible for "regular people" to attain. The car accident left me with one eye...and a story to tell...
When I go about my days, I'm always on the lookout for these "hidden gems". Meaning those special types of people that share the passion for "bigger purpose". Chris Thompson is one of those people. We've developed a great friendship over the years and he has been wearing the message of BIO...Believe In One...ever since. Anybody that knows BIO, knows that it's more than just another brand and/or clothing line. Everyone associated with it brings a special element to the table. We motivate each other as well as the ones watching us. We lead by example whether it's on the field/court as a player, a coach on the sideline, a teac
her in the classroom, a student/student athlete, an employee...you name it. You don't have to be a pro athlete to make an impact. You just have to be the best version of yourself that you can be. There's always someone watching even if you don't realize it. Use your platform no matter how big or small it may seem.
Chris has had some big games to begin the 2017 season. He has finally gotten his chance to shoot his shot and he's surely made the best of it. With that, comes the fans, the interviews, and the overall "stardom". After his fourth touchdown in three games, he was featured on ESPN's Sportscenter after a big home-win against the Raiders. I had no idea that the interview was going to take place. I was at a doctor's appointment getting my prosthetic eye worked on and my phone is blowing up with alerts! Website views, comments, texts, social media posts, etc.
A friend sent a message "is that one of your shirts on ESPN right now!?"
In the back of my mind I thought, "it could be...but probably not".
So I started digging.
I reached out to a few people to see what we can find out.
We found the link but I hadn't seen it firsthand yet so I called Chris and he answers the phone nonchalantly. I was beaming with excitement when I asked him what in the world he had done this morning to get this much attention...he laughs and says "I wore the No Mercy shirt on Sportcenter this morning"
All I could do was smile and tear up from happiness. Not only for the fact that he chose that shirt of all shirts to wear on that major platform but for his success as well. I know the work I've put in to make the BIO brand come to life and I also know the work that CT has put in to make his own dreams become a reality. It was a special moment for both of us to be able to rise together. Even though we're on two separate paths, we joined forces to make a greater impact...together...as one...
As we always like to say...We Are One...Believe In One...
Below is the link to the ESPN clip of CT's interview with Sage Steele on Sportscenter: