Jul 26, 2010 12:18 AM by John Romero
Karl Mecklenburg put the crush in the Orange Crush Bronco defenses of the 80s. It started at a young age when his dad took Karl to play his first football game. "He (dad) asked me, Karl what you think about football? My response as a 10 year old boy was, dad I really love to smash guys." says Mecklenburg, "I loved the contact of football."
But it almost didn't happen. "I could have been drafted anywhere. I was a 12th round pick so everybody passed on me a bunch of times! So to end up here in Denver I think was really a blessing" he says. Most expectations for # 77 were low, except his own. "Nobody expected me to be successful except myself." explains Mecklenburg, "I believed in myself, I worked hard and I took every opportunity I had. I wasn't afraid to try new things."
The former NFL All-Pro and Broncos Ring of Fame member takes the same resolve into his new life as a motivational speaker and author of the book "Heart of a Student Athlete". "I talk about teamwork, courage, dedication, desire, honesty, forgiveness and goal setting as the keys to success." explains Mecklenburg, "Not only in sports, but in life." His inspiration? Convincing others that they can achieve their goals through positive means. "My passion and my mission not only as a speaker, but as an author is to inspire long term positive change in teams and individuals." explains Mecklenburg, "If they can come away with one thing, the thing I'd want it to be is that success is overcoming obstacles on the way to your dreams."
It's a road Mecklenburg has traveled down himself. One of the most versatile players in NFL history, he lined up at 7 different defensive positions for the Broncos. "If you have that mission, that passion, that desire that you're aiming for then you have a chance to be successful." he says.
He uses that passion to show others it can be done not only on the field, but in life. All you have to do is bring it. "I brought it all the time. That to me is the legacy that I'd like people to remember. I gave everything I had." says Mecklenburg, "I might not have been the most talented guy, that's why I was the 310th pick in the draft. But I was going to give you everything I had all the time."
Karl will be speaking in Colorado Springs at the Better Business Bureau's "Excellence in Customer Service" dinner at the Doubletree World Arena on September 17th. CLICK HERE for more information.
CLICK HERE for Karl Mecklenburg's website and information on how you can purchase "Heart of a Student Athlete: All Pro Advice for Competitors and Their Families"