On this episode I had the pleasure of chopping it up with my good friend John Charles, a former All-American, and Hall of Fame quarterback at Portland State University (PSU). John reached both the National Football
League (NFL) and Arena Football League (AFL).
In two seasons, John led PSU to two consecutive semi-final appearances. Charles threw three or more touchdowns in 17 of the 18 games he started. He earned National Player of the Week honors from USA Today and Sports Illustrated. He was the only player to be named Player of the Year twice in the Western Football Conference. Additionally, he was a Harlon Hill Trophy Finalist, earning both Kodak and Small College All-America honors.
John was selected as a free agent in the 1993 NFL Draft by the Atlanta Falcons. In 1996, while playing for the San Jose Sabercats, sustained a shoulder injury that forced him to retire.
He now enjoys using his knowledge and continued education working in the sports performance industry to help athletes sharpen their skills. Charles’ volunteer training centers around 3 components: mental toughness, teamwork, and preparation.
John also works in the food industry where he has created a barbecue sauce called, John John's BBQ Sauce that is being sold in 19 stores throughout the state of Oregon. John also works with youth at a Treatment Facility, as well as, Substitute Teaching.
What we discussed:
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