Growing up on my family’s cattle ranch in Burns, OR taught me the value of hard work, honesty and accountability. I grew up working cows, training horses, building fence and putting up hay in the summers. After high school, I earned a scholarship to play QB at the University of Oregon where I graduated with a degree in Business Administration. During my 5 years in Eugene I experienced the highs of victory and the lows of defeat and an unfortunate injury that ended my collegiate career. While this was a challenging time for me personally, the grit that had been engrained in me from my childhood gave me the courage to come back stronger and continue pursuing my dream of playing professionally.
That dream was realized in the spring of 2006 when I was drafted in the second round by the NY Jets and began a 12 year NFL career that included stops with the Redskins, Texans, Rams and Chargers. Throughout my career, I continually called upon the many lessons of my upbringing. I was never the fastest, the tallest or even the player with the most raw talent, but I repeatedly separated myself from my competitors with an unequalled work ethic, perseverance in the face of adversity, and a selfless desire to serve those around me.
As my wife and I return home to the Pacific Northwest and begin this new chapter of life, I am thrilled to join Agribusiness Trading Group and serve the agricultural community with the same passion, work ethic & service mentality that were the pillars of my NFL career.
When I am not at work, I am spending time with my wife and our four beautiful children. Family time is spent playing sports, riding horses, and volunteering at our school & church.