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Encouragement Speaker Derrick Hayes gives a DERRICK Interview by asking 7 questions through each letter of his first name to give you an insightful perspective from other experts, entrepreneurs, celebrities and up and coming super stars.
Today’s DERRICK Interview is with Deryk Gilmore who is certified contract advisor for Priority Sports. Prior to joining the Priority team, Deryk was involved with college athletics for over 11 years working in football as a Recruiting Coordinator and Director of Football Operations in both the Big Ten and Pac Ten conferences. A New York native, Gilmore lettered and played defensive tackle for the Penn State Nittany Lions, a member of the 1986 National Championship Team.
After graduating from college, Gilmore went on to the University of Illinois where he began his work in football evaluating and recruiting the top high school players in the country. Developing unique strategies to market high school prospects, Gilmore helped the Illini recruit players that would take Illinois to the first major bowl game in 10 years. Deryk was then hired by the University of Oregon where he led the Ducks to a top 10 recruiting class in football and top 5 class in basketball, their highest ranked classes in the program’s history.
Gilmore, known for his creative marketing strategies has been featured in a number of sports publications. Deryk has a Bachelor of Science from Penn State in Agribusiness Management and an MBA in Operations and MS in Sports Marketing from the University of Illinois. He and his wife Camille, live in Atlanta, GA, with their sons Dantae’ and Deion. Deryk and his wife, Camille, were recently profiled in Essence Magazine.
D is for Dream. What is your dream, goals or what have you achieved?
My goal is to have an impact on the community and leave a legacy.
E is for Education. What is your educational background and how do you use it daily?
I have an MBA in Operations and MS in Sports Marketing- they are used daily to coordinate my business and to promote my players.
R is for Resource. What resources do you bring to the table that makes you unique or stand out?
My background in football is unique in that I have a great understanding of the game on and off the field and have worked so many years with athletes so as a player, administrator, agent and advocate there is not a problem that I have not encountered.
R is for Ready. When did you realize you were ready for what you are doing now?
I prayed on it when I moved to Atlanta and know that I was directed to leave coaching and work with young men on a different level.
I is for Individual. Name at least one individual in your network that others should learn more about and why?
C is for Challenges. What challenges have you had to overcome?
I think a lot of times African Americans will feel more comfortable with white agents which is surprising. Despite your pedigree and background they feel that somehow you can’t help them. It can be disappointing.
K is for Key. What keys to success can you leave for upcoming entrepreneurs and leaders?
The nuns in school used to say ask God for everything but don’t pray if you haven’t studied. I think you need to put God first, trust in him and then outwork everyone and anyone. Your hunger to win should be unmatched.
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The UK is famous for saying, ‘top of the morning to you.” The National Football League fans have a new saying with “Back Of The Jersey To You.” They say it because that is what they see every time Randy Moss scores a touchdown. Randy Moss Hall of Fame career does all of the talking for him. Here are things you won’t see Moss do for a touchdown celebration.
1. No River Dance like Chad Johnson.
2. No Cha Cha like Victor Cruz.
3. No Dunking like Tony Gonzalez.
4. No Discount Double Check like Aaron Rodgers.
5. No spiking like people that never score.
6. No spinning just for a first down.
7. No popcorn like T.O.
8. No Tebowing like Tim Tebow.
End zone entertainment is fun but Moss is at a point in his career with statistics that leaves you simply in awe where all he does now is score, hand the ball to the referee and point to his name that shouts, “Back Of the Jersey to You.”
In Proverbs 22:1 it says “A good name is more desirable than great riches.” The name Moss signifies that something is coming your way, people know it and still can’t stop you.
Since we may never know when another Randy Moss will come our way again, win or lose I would like to see him go deep for a touchdown in the Georgia Dome against the Atlanta Falcons in the NFC Championship, hand the ball to the referee and right after that point to his name so I can say this with the others millions of fans watching from home, “Back Of The Jersey To You.”
Most gifts I received after walking across the stage have disappeared. I started to think about my childhood and the one who gave me this gift. When I was in 2nd grade I met a 3rd grader named Junior Mosley. As adults he wants to be referred to by his birth name Lafayette.
We grew up on different streets, went to different schools, and even played on different Little League teams yet time would turn us into the best of friends.
If you asked him he may say that he has learned a lot from me but the truth has to be told and through his name LAFAYETTE I give you 9 Things That I Learned From My Best Friend.
L is for Loyalty. When Lafayette was in college he had a choice that I never had to make. He could stay in school and see his family struggle or quit school and find a job to help provide. None of his relatives asked him to go to work but the man inside him allowed him to clock out of school and clock in for an employer.
A is for Aim. Lafayette always had one goal in mind and that was to be the best. Not being tall with a lot of weight he made up for his lack of size with fierce determination. When I write I’m just like my friend in that I aim to please with my best work.
F is for Flavor. I hear kids these days talk about swag. Lafayette was the one who I first saw on the football field with a matching towel set, not Deion Sanders. Lafayette was ahead of the game and demanded attention with his walk and his talk.
A is for Align. I learned early on that people love winners. Lafayette was super successful in elementary, middle and high School in sports. When girls from other schools knew that he was Batman and I was Robin it made my work easy. Second place was cool as long as my friend came in first.
Y is for Youth. As a youth Lafayette father passed away. I did not know how to react. When my mother passed away Lafayette complimented me on how well I handled things. As an adult I just did what I saw as a youth.
E is for Expectation. If you played ball with Lafayette you expected to win. If you went to dances you expected girls to like you. Now when I write I expect someone to not only be inspired but for their life to be transformed.
T is for Team. As a Jr. in high school I was a member of a state qualifying relay team. Lafayette was one of th efastest and he took one for th eteam by insisting that he would run the first leg to get us off to a good start. Lafayette gave me an example of how team work can make your dream work.
T is Teach. My brothers were 6 and 9 years older than me and it was not possible for my father to be around me all of the time. Lafayette was my mentor. It’s one thing to succeed and win but it’s everything to learn the process. Being with Lafayette gave me fish but learning from him taught me how to fish.
E is Eye. Lafayette was a mover and shaker. On the field he faked many out and left them laying. He had great vision and could cut back with the best of them. The way he played taught me how to see where I wanted to go so that the path would open before my eyes. One amazing thing he did with his hands and eyes was catch flies. I now look for and see things in words that I have never seen before.
Go say hello to my great friend Lafayette Mosley.