Former NFL linebacker George Koonce was the keynote speaker for the 13th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast event that happened on January 16th of this year at Austin College. The former professional NFL player talked a lot about how he struggled in his youth with his background, but somehow managed to make it to the big leagues with a lot of hard work. In addition to that, he told the audience about his new book that he wrote about his life after the NFL as well as his revisit of his education.
The New Bern, North Carolina native started out in the WLAF as a part of the Ohio Glory in 1992, but soon afterwards signed a contract with the Green Bay Packers. Koonce played in Wisconsin for seven years on the Packers’ roster, before doing one last pro year with the Seattle Seahawks in 2000 just prior to retirement. Even though he left the football field as a player, he has remained active in the football community by taking on roles such as the Director of Player Development for the Green Bay Packers during the 2006 season and he also spent two years as an Assistant Athletic Director for Development for East Carolina University.
Koonce recently spoke at the Austin College campus earlier this month to celebrate the 13th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast event that occurred there. Koonce got to share a lot of his personal stories from both on and off the field, and share with the audience how he applied the life lessons that he learned to his everyday activities.
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Watch George Koonce Speaking about his years in the NFL: