SA 083: The Relentless Pursuit of Greatness with NFL Player Thomas Williams

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NFL player Thomas Williams talks about the challenges he faced in his football career, how he transitioned to being a published author and public speaker, and his thoughts on goal setting, peak performance and the future of football.

Guest Bio:

As a Published Author, Public Speaker, Guest Lecturer and NFL Player Engagement Ambassador, Thomas R. Williams is  “The Professional Reminder.” Known for his engaging presentations, Thomas’ passion is to remind companies, organizations and individuals that you don’t have to look for “GREATNESS”, because it’s already inside of you. “Everyone has everything they need, to get everything they want.”

Every single one of Thomas’ audiences is challenged to DREAM, DARE, and DO. Thomas R. Williams lives by one philosophy in life, and the philosophy is “anyone, anytime, anywhere can become anything they want to be.”

All over the world, Thomas reminds people that the time is NOW and the place is HERE, to create the life of your dreams.”

Thomas graduated from the University of Southern California with a degree in Sociology. During his years at USC, Thomas won 2 national championships and 3 Rose Bowls as a linebacker for the Trojans. Then as Thomas went on to play 5 years in the NFL he was not just focused on winning and competing, but rather mastering goal setting, teamwork, perseverance and leadership. After a career-ending injury in 2011, Thomas transitioned from being a game changer to a life changer. With both National and International speaking engagements Thomas went from tackling players to helping people tackle goals and accomplishments.

There is not a day that goes by where Thomas isn’t seeking GREATNESS. He knows that there are only 24 hours in a day, and opportunity doesn’t have a favorite day of the week. So go ahead and embrace yours today!


Some Questions We Ask:

  • When he hears the word successful, who’s the first person that comes to mind?
  • What are the keys to making sure that he tells his story in the most impactful way possible?

“Authenticity always wins.”

“Tell a story for the heart and add a point for the brain.”

  • What are his thoughts on the current state and future of football?
  • If he could have dinner with someone he admires, past or present, who would it be and why?

What You’ll Learn In This Episode:

  • How his family background influenced his mindset in sports, in life
  • What playing for USC and the NFL meant to him
  • How he transitioned to public speaking and writing books
  • His next big goal

“Sometimes our goals are unrealistic. What we want and what we’re willing to do to get it don’t add up.”

Book Recommendations:



Thomas’ Books:

Permission to Dream by Thomas WilliamsPermission to Dream





Pursuit of Greatness by Thomas WilliamsThe Relentless Pursuit of Greatness




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