Who is Giavanni Ruffin you ask? He is a football player and someone I guarantee you have seen but didn’t know who he was. He is someone we all should look to for motivation and he is someone who has never stopped chasing his dream despite adversity. He is a real role model. He just isn’t in the NFL…yet.
To start off Ruffin is a football player with a lot of ambition and claims to “take no days off.” Ruffin is 23 and played at a low level college because of his grades. To make it worse apparently he was benched behind a returning player when he joined the squad. According to his website http://www.giavanniruffin.com He was put in to the teams sixth game for his chance to be able to prove his worthyness on the field and that he did. With averaging 153.6 yards per game and rushing for 768 while carrying 11 TD’s in just five games. Eventually he transferred to East Carolina where he got into some trouble with the police and was suspended from the football program. This life lesson taught him the meaning of all around athlete and showed him that what you do off the field affects what happens on the field. He was left out of the NFL draft and was a virtual no name.
With all of this the man never got discouraged and he used his experience as motivation to out work his peers. He never gave up on his dream of making the NFL, and too this day he works extremely hard at making this goal become reality. Giavanni explains on his site that, “twenty-three Pro Bowlers were undrafted free agents last year so, it’s something to work for.”
Now why does he train it right and how you probably know who he is but didn’t know his name; A video that his friend shot of Ruffin’s intense training went viral. The video motivates, hypes you up and makes you question your own work ethic and asks you…how bad do you want it? The video that went viral is narrated by a motivational speaker named Eric Thomas aka the Hip Hop Preacher.
Now there is a part 2 that motivates you even further because the work never stops.
His drive and mission statement “take no days off” inspired him to create a clothing company that has boomed #TNDO is the hashtag on twitter. Many of us use this term, I know I do. I just didn’t know where it came from. He also has been releasing a documentary that now has 4 parts. You can watch them on his website on the landing page before enter. It really shows you inside his life even more about who he is, what he does, what he wants, and what drives and motivates him.
About the author:
Alicia Bell is a Kinesiologist and Personal Trainer based in Toronto, Canada