I am a man of faith and I am a winner. I’ve made mistakes, but instead of making excuses I work everyday to better myself and those around me. I am a husband, father, coach, author/poet and former football player. I am currently the Defensive Line coach at Clemson University. Before joining the Tigers I coached the D-Line at Jacksonville State University in Jacksonville, Alabama. During my time at JSU (2014-2016) the Gamecocks won 3 consecutive Ohio Valley Conference Championships, and had a 2015 NCAA FCS National Championship appearance. I have previously coached at East Central Community College (2013), Idaho State University (2011-2012), Oxford High School (2008-2011) and Talladega High School (2007).

In May of 2005 I graduated from the University of Alabama with a degree in Business Administration. I played football for the Crimson Tide #56 at Defensive End from 2001-2004. I was named the 2004 Permanent Team Captain and today my hand and footprint is captured in concrete at Denny Chimes on the University of Alabama campus. I also spent time playing in the NFL for the Tennessee Titans. My football career was cut short due to a number of injuries, but just as one door closes, God always opens another!

Since ending my football career, writing and coaching has become a major part of my life. God has blessed me with a creative gift to help motivate and inspire people through words. I have had several poems published and you can see many of them under the “Creative Zone” tab on this website or check out the “Poem of the Month”.

I’m a country boy at heart who loves the game of football. I started playing at 5 years old. I had to play with 8 year olds because I was huge for my age. I’ve been a leader for as long as I can remember. The game of football has taught me so much about life and I regret nothing.

God blessed me with my beautiful & wonderful wife La’Tesa. She’s been with me through it all.

We have two children, a girl, Angel Malene, born February, 2011 and a boy, Josiah Todd born February, 2015.


My Daughter Angel at the 2013 Todd Bates Football Skills Camp

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