Growing up in small-town Taylorsville, Mississippi, Jason Campbell was taught to take care of life off the field if he wanted to be successful.
“No matter how good you get, or what you do on the field, if you don’t take care of off the field, it doesn’t matter,” Campbell recalls his father, Larry Campbell, Sr., teaching him. “If you get hurt tomorrow, what are you going to do about your life?”
Campbell, an A/B student throughout his educational career, graduated from Taylorsville High School as the top-rated, five-star quarterback in Mississippi in 2000 and signed to play with the Auburn Tigers. At Auburn, he went on to become the 2004 SEC Player of the Year and led Auburn to an undefeated 13-0 season as a senior, all the while earning his bachelor’s degree in public administration.
In 2005, Campbell was select as the 25th pick in the first round of the NFL Draft by the Washington Redskins. He spent four seasons in Washington, two in Oakland, one in Chicago and one in Cleveland before officially retiring from the game in 2015. Ten seasons in all – proving kids from a small town can make it to the big leagues.
Today, Campbell retains the relationships he made through the game of football and is using his platform to expand his father’s message of having a plan and a vision for life and having a plan B after a sports career.
In this interview, Influencer (INFLCR) Founder and CEO Jim Cavale sits down with Campbell, an INFLCR athlete ambassador, to touch on topics such as:
- Life is more than the all-ball approach
- Treat people right and develop relationships
- Seek advice from those who came before you
- Learn to communicate orally, not just digitally
- Keep your social media positive
Jim Cavale has been an entrepreneur since college when he co-founded a sports TV/Radio streaming network for his university, and then created a product to sell to other universities to help them stream their sporting events. Since then, Jim has exited multiple businesses, most recently selling his equity as President of Iron Tribe Fitness (http://irontribefitness.com) after more than six years in which he helped lead the brand from one gym in Alabama to more than 40 gym locations across America from Seattle to Miami. He is a three-time INC. 5000 entrepreneur who has recently founded two new emerging brands in the GLOW beauty on demand app (http://theGLOWapp.com) and the Influencer (http://INFLCR.com) SaaS product that empowers brands to partner with their brand ambassadors on social media. Jim is a published author with Entrepreneur Press (https://www.amazon.com/B-S-Guide-Brand-Building-Direct-Response/dp/1599185334), has spoken on stages of all sizes and publishes content regularly at http://JimCavale.com
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