Former Football Student-Athlete (2001-05)
Walmart Director of Seasonal Marketing
When I take time to reflect on my time as a student-athlete and the events since I graduated, there are so many memories and experiences that come flooding back. I realize that my time at the University of Arkansas as a Razorback shaped more of my life than I ever thought possible.
Growing up in Hot Springs, Arkansas, I couldn’t imagine the path that my life would take. I couldn’t have predicted I would live in Springdale with my amazing wife Kortney and our beautiful girls Ryleigh and Reagan. I never imagined I would lead seasonal marketing at the largest company in the world, Walmart. I also never could have imagined that the ups and downs during my time at Arkansas could have prepared me so well for the ups and downs of life.
My career as a Hog was derailed a few times by injury. Multiple knee and shoulder surgeries made it difficult to consistently compete for playing time. It was a very frustrating time. The words of one of my coaches stuck with me, “You don’t always get dealt a great hand in life, but you better make the most of the one you’re dealt.” Thankfully, I had a great support network around me. From family and friends, to the athletic training staff, to the academic advisors, and many more, I was able to continue to work towards my ultimate goal which was to graduate. In fact, I was able to focus my academic efforts into getting my Masters in Business Administration before I completed my career at Arkansas. The path wasn’t always perfectly straight or easy, but with perseverance and the support of those around me I was able to achieve that dream and much more.