It was my sophomore year in high school and I was finally going to realize my dream of playing high school football. I grew up in a very sports-centered family. My grandpa and his brothers all boxed professionally and my uncle, Gene Fullmer, was the middle weight champion of the world.
Sports were everything growing up. I competed in everything from boxing, basketball, football, baseball, wrestling, and even golf. I loved everything about sports but football was my passion.
The problem I was small. Very small. At 5 foot 3 inches and 100 pounds, I did not have the typical physique of a football player. I didn’t care. I loved football and it was my dream to play in high school. I wasn’t going to let my height and weight stop me but my coach was. The words the coach uttered at the end of tryouts would change my entire life.
“Son- I’m going to have to cut you from the team. You’re too small for football and I don’t want to be responsible for you getting hurt.”Sonny Sudbury
My dream was to play high school football and at that moment it was ruined. I returned home to an empty house and with my head hanging low and went down to the basement where I climbed into the shower. I sat there on the shower floor and sobbed like a baby. I felt like my life was over.
This was the straw that broke my back. You see, not only was I runt but I grew up a misfit as well. At 4 years old I was diagnosed with amblyopia which forced me to wear glasses as well as a patch over my left eye. I was constantly made fun of throughout elementary, middle, and high school.
I had dreams that playing on the high school football team would change everything for me. People would see me differently, I thought. That hope was now gone.
I made up my mind in the coming days to not let this get me down but to motivate me. This became my driving force to get bigger and stronger. I became obsessed with changing my body. It’s all I could think about. I wanted to get bigger, stronger, faster, and no longer be the small misfit.
The problem was I had no idea what I was doing. I needed to educate myself if I wanted to see results. After graduating high school, I pursued a bachelor’s degree in exercise physiology from the University of Utah. With the education I received, I have been able to improve my health and develop the body I had always dreamed of.
I went on to further my education and receive a masters in medical sciences and become board certified as a physician assistant. I now work and run an urgent care in Utah and love what I do.
I get to help others improve their health through lifestyle changes as well as medicine. My life couldn’t have turned out any better than it has. In a weird way, I owe a lot of it to coach Sudbury.
My motivation since then has changed. I met my beautiful wife working as a personal trainer at a gym in Utah. We were engaged 3 months later and married 4 months after that. Since then we have introduced three amazing children into our home. We have two beautiful girls and one very ambitious energetic boy. My family has become my motivation and reason for doing what I do.
Aside from my family, job, and passion for fitness, I have a number of other hobbies. I love music. I grew up taking piano lessons and over the last few years have begun teaching myself to play the guitar. I’m still learning, but absolutely love the peace and relaxation that comes from sitting down and playing music.
Sports are still a big part of my life. I’m a very passionate Utah Jazz, Utah Utes, and San Francisco 49ers fan. When I’m not watching sports, I’m playing them.
I hope to share with you what I have learned about health and fitness because it has literally changed my life and I believe it can change yours too.
The quarterback dropped back and surveyed the field. Sweat dripped from my forehead on a hot July morning as I back pedaled step for step with the wide receiver As the quarterback cocked his arm back and released the football, I stopped, planted my cleats firmly into the grass and sprinted forward intercepting the high school senior quarterback. It was the summer before my sophomore year in high school and I was trying out for the football team.
It had been a dream of mine to play high school football since I could remember. Unfortunately, I was not blessed with the genetics and body of a football player. I was 5 foot 3 on my tiptoes and weighed 100 pounds soaking wet.
The words the coach spoke to me at the end of tryouts still ring loud in my ears to this day “Son, you are too little to play football and I don’t want to be responsible for you getting hurt. I’m sorry but you did not make the team”. These words were devastating at the time. My dream was to play high school football and at that moment I was crushed. I went home to an empty house, down to the basement and climbed into the shower. I sat on the shower floor and sobbed like a baby. My physical stature, not my will or talent was going to prevent me from realizing a childhood dream. I sat there crying in the shower in my empty home wondering why I wasn’t bigger, stronger, and faster.
I became obsessed with learning how to change my body. I wanted to get bigger, stronger, faster, and never hear the words “you are too small” again. After graduating high school I pursued a Bachelor’s degree in exercise physiology from the University of Utah. With the education I received, I have been able to improve my health and develop the body I had hoped for. This has allowed me to enjoy life and do the things I love without limitations.
After graduating from the University of Utah, I wanted to share my knowledge and give others the opportunity to change their lives just as I had changed my own. I took a job managing the personal training department for Gold’s Gym in Sandy, Utah. I loved what I did but I still felt like something was missing. Many of the clients struggled with more than just their weight. They were dealing with chronic medical illnesses including diabetes, depression, arthritis, and heart disease. These illnesses significantly impacted their quality of life. In addition to diet and exercise, I became fascinated with health and medicine. I decided to continue my own education and learn more about the body and medicine. I studied and received a Masters of Medical Sciences from Mercer University in Atlanta, Georgia and became board certified as a Physician Assistant. Through my education and training, I have come to appreciate the body as a whole. I have witnessed diet, exercise and medicine dramatically change people’s lives. I have seen what improved health can do for a person and I know what it did for me. I want everyone to experience that change and better themselves through nutrition and exercise.
Information about health and fitness is everywhere and can often be overwhelming, contadictory, and downright confusing. It can be challenging to know who is telling the truth, who is an expert, and who is in it for personal gain preying on your sincere desire to change. How do you know what the truth really is? My goal is to clear up this confusion and use science to do.
I want to provide you advice and answers to your questions that is backed by science, studied, and proven to actually work. Too many blogs and websites offer advice and suggestions based on opinions instead of science. What does the science really say? If you have questions on certain topics that you want answered or would like me to research for you, please contact me or comment below. I look forward to this journey with you learning and growing as we go.