Former D1 athlete turned to motivational speaking

Published: Oct. 15, 2019 at 7:16 PM CDT
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Bobby Jones was a former Michigan State football player, who found himself down a bad path that led him to getting kicked off the team.

"I went to junior college, out of high school, and then I went to Michigan State, had a bunch of scholarships offers, chose East Lansing, got in a lot of trouble off the field with alcohol, just caught up in really the whole picture of being a Division 1 athlete," said Jones.

Jones got kicked off the team and then fell into an alcohol addiction after his hopes of going to the NFL didn't work out.

"I didn't get a call, fell into a really bad alcohol addiction, life of destruction from it, almost 10 years of my life, and just got to a point where I was sick of it and I said you know what, I'm going to figure this out, I'm going to come up out of it, and get to the other side, and I was able to do that, kind of just fell into the speaking, kind of by accident but it's been great and going on for the last five years," said Jones.

Jones has had the opportunity to travel all over the U.S. and even outside of the country.

"I've been all over the world, two different countries, I've been to Belize and I've been to Malta in Europe," said Jones. "I was all over the West Coast in San Diego, for the biggest schools out there in San Diego, all over the Midwest, and just really lately been to Kentucky, Indiana, I'm going back out to Kentucky next Wednesday actually for another week and a half, Kentucky and Alabama. It's been crazy, it's grown, and so yeah I've been able to see the world through an avenue that was once so painful but it's turned into purpose."

Jones has most recently moved to Casper.

"I do plan on doing events out here, we are really trying to get acclimated, to what's going on, trying to talk to some of the administrators at the school to see just, hey how can I be a resource to you guys, I want to be a resource to not only Casper but Wyoming, and say I'm your advocate I'm here to help you, how can I fit in and how can I come along side," said Jones.

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