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Ndamukong Suh

The Detroit Lions selected Ndamukong in the 1st round (2nd overall) in the 2010 NFL draft. In 2011 he made the Pro Bowl as a rookie and was named AP Defensive Rookie of the Year, Sporting News Rookie of the Year and Pro-Football Weekly Rookie of the year. While at Nebraska Suh was the AP College Player of the year, CBS Sports National Player of the Year, Heisman Trophy finalist and Academic All Big 12. These honors are just a few that he has earned in his six year college and pro career and only tells the athletic side of the man that anchors Detroit’s defensive line.

On April 17th 2010 just weeks before the NFL draft Suh announced a $2.6 million donation to the University of Nebraska. Two million dollars would go to Nebraska Athletics for its Strength & Conditioning Program and the remaining $600,000 will create an endowed scholarship for the UNL College of Engineering from which he graduated in 2009.  This gift was given even before he was taken in the draft and before he took $1 for himself out of an NFL contract. To succeed in athletics you have to be unselfish and Ndamukong Suh showed the world that he was going to think of others before himself.

Reggie Bush

Some athletes are great and some athletes are so special there is not a scale that can rate them and Reggie Bush’s athletic ability is in that category. His accolades include being a Heisman finalist twice and winning it in 2005, Consensus All American 2004, 2005, Doak Walker Award 2005, Walter Camp All American 2005, SN College Player of the Year 2005, AP College Player of the Year 2005, and 1st round draft pick (2nd over-all) by the New Orleans Saints in 2006.

Yes Reggie Bush is a great football player but off the field Reggie Bush is even a better person. He has dedicated himself to off-field projects such as organizations that helped relief efforts in Haiti, worked on behalf of the Diamond Empowerment Fund raising money to increase awareness and education in Botswana, he is a founding member of the Fund’s Athletes in Africa program, St, Jude Children’s Hospital, and Make a Wish Foundation. Reggie Bush the athlete is over-shadowed by Reggie Bush the man.

Dr. Chad

Dr. Chad earned his PhD in Exercise, Nutrition and Preventive Health from Baylor University, a Masters degree in Exercise and Sport Science at the University of Memphis and a Bachelor’s degree in Health and Exercise Science at Truman State University. In addition to his education, he is certified as a strength and conditioning specialist by the National Strength and Conditioning Assocation and as an athletic trainer by the National Athletic Trainers Association. He is also recognized as a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine and International Society of Sports Nutrition. Chad has worked for multiple years as a university professor where he focused upon studying the impact of exercise and nutrition on numerous aspects of health and performance. He has published over 45 articles in peer-reviewed scientific journals, given over 100 research presentations, written multiple chapters in different books on various exercise and nutrition topics and recently published a book on nutrient timing. Chad has particular interest in helping athletes of all ages to learn about the importance of nutrition and how it can help improve the health and performance ability of athletes. As part of the TD1 program, he will be available to develop educational content related to exercise and nutrition and answer any questions.

Zach Scott

Zach Scott is a Defender for the MLS Seattle Sounders FC.  He was born and raised in Hawaii.  Now in his 4th season with the Sounders, Zach has overcame alot to get to this level of his sport.  In high school, an assistant coach from Gonzaga University came to watch him play on a recruiting visit.  Zach was told he wasn't "D1 material" and should explore DII or NAIA schools.  That was the push he needed, he walked on at Gonzaga the following year, he played all four years for the Bulldogs and earned the scholarship he always wanted and was named All-WCC team his Senior year.  After college Scott played for the professional USL Seattle team for 6 years before trying out for the expansion MLS Seattle Sounders.  Once again Zach was told, at 28 he was too old to make the team and didn't have the professional experience to play in the MLS.  Scott took on the challenge and signed his first contract a week before the season and started the ignaugural game for the Sounders franchise.  Zach is still with the team anchoring one of the leagues top defenses and continues to push himself daily to be a better pro.

Tony Scheffler

Drafted in the 2nd round by Denver out of Western Michigan Tony possesses size and speed rarely seen at the tight end position. At 6’5” and 255 lbs he is an imposing athlete for any defensive back to cover much less tackle. As an athlete you have to overcome setbacks and will yourself to succeed to stay in the NFL and Tony has overcome his share. Injuries and being traded to the then worst team in the NFL – Detroit Lions has not stopped him from becoming one of the premiere receiving tight ends in the league. He has also served as an integral part in turning the Lions from the worst team in the league to a playoff team this year. As an athlete you will always have to overcome obstacles and a true test of character is how you handle them.

 

Training Day

Training Day is based in the Mile High City – Denver, Colorado.  Training Day was developed upon the realization that while nutrition products are numerous, there are no products designed specifically for athletes.  Most nutrition products available today are designed for bodybuilders, however, the needs of a bodybuilder are far different from the needs of an athlete. Each Training Day product carries the prestigious NSF logo which ensures athletes that every batch of Training Day is tested for safety and label accuracy. All Training Day products were developed specifically for athletes in the pursuit of improved performance. Whether you are the highly skilled athlete or the common athlete, Training Day will assist you in competition and training.

D1 Training

With not much more than energy, vision and a passion for sports training, Will Bartholomew opens the first D1 Sports Training ("D1") facility in July of 2002 outside of Nashville, Tennessee.

From the beginning, the goal has been to provide athletes with superior sports training with knowledgeable and experienced world-class coaches in a proper motivational environment. In line with his upbringing, Will envisions a sports training environment that is not only conducive to training, but one that teaches core values and accountability to athletes. With 13 locations and growing D1 Sports Training has set itself apart from competitors as “The Place for The Athlete”.

Jared Veldheer

Jared was a 3rd round draft pick out of Hillsdale College in 2010. The Raiders immediately gave him the responsibility of protecting the quarterbacks’ blind side upon arriving there. That is a huge responsibility placed on any lineman let alone a rookie out of a Division 3 school that no one outside of NFL Scouts ever heard of. It goes to show that talent, drive and focus can get you where you want to be no matter where you start!

 

Byron Stingily

A 6th round draft pick out of the University of Louisville Byron Stingily traveled a different path to the NFL. In high school he was a 6 foot 240 pound defensive end who signed with Joliet Junior College and by his 2nd year he was a 6’4” 290 pound offensive tackle. He then transferred to Louisville and became a 6’5” 315 pound All Big East offensive tackle his senior year. Some athletes mature slower than others and in Byron’s case two years of growth and a change of positions meant an NFL career.

 

Greg McElroy

You have to be intelligent to be a successful quarterback in the NFL and Greg is definitely not lacking in that category. At Alabama he was a Rhodes scholarship finalist and 2010 ESPN Academic All American. Greg also scored a 43 on the Wonderlic test at the NFL Combine, which was the highest score that year. While at Alabama Greg lead the Tide to the SEC Championship game and beat Tim Tebow’s Gators while becoming the games MVP. Later that year he lead the Tide to the National Championship title against Texas. Brains, athletic ability and leadership can take an athlete and a team to the highest level.

 

Donnie Nickey

Donnie was a standout 2 Sport All State athlete out of Jonathan Alder High in Ohio, and signed to play for The Ohio State University. As a freshman he was voted to the Freshman All American Team by Sporting News as a Free Safety and started all four years. Donnie was a team co-captain with Mike Doss on Ohio States 2002 NCAA National Championship team.  In 2003 he was drafted in the 5th round of the 2003 draft by the Tennessee Titans. With the Titans he played Safety and was a standout on special teams as well as being special teams team captain.

What most individuals don’t know about Donnie is that he was an honors student at Ohio State and that he graduated in Risk Management and Investments and that he co-owns a financial planning company with his two brothers. Along with his business endeavors he is active in charity’s such as: Make-a-Wish Foundation, Tennessee State Museum Foundation and The Cumberland Heights Alcohol and Drug Treatment Center. He also underwrites his high school football team uniforms.

You are not only measured by how you perform on the field but more importantly how you serve off the field. Donnie Nickey leads by example where it counts most, in the community.   

 

Kris Durham

Drafted in the 4th round of the 2011 NFL Draft out of Georgia Kris Durham defied the NFL Draft Analyst.  He was not invited to the NFL Combine and was rated as a free agent prospect. After training for 3 months Kris added 15 pounds to his 6’5” inch frame and ran a 4.34 forty yard dash at the University of Georgia Pro-day. After a great day running routes, catching and running a blistering 40 the NFL Scouts had a different opinion of Kris and on draft day he was selected in the 4th round. 

Coming out of Calhoun High School (Ga.), Kris was rated as a 3 star player by both Scout.com and Rivals.com. He played four years in the SEC and led the SEC his senior year in yards per catch and Draft Analyst did not think he was worthy of a pick in any round. As an athlete you must remember that someone’s opinion is not your reality. If Kris Durham listened to so-called experts he would be sitting home back in Georgia.