What’s my background?
I grew up in Madison, Wisconsin until I was 12 years old, and then moved to Hamilton, Ohio where I graduated from Hamilton Taft Senior High School. I then attended and graduated from the University of Northern Colorado, where I played football, lived in Turner Hall, studied mostly in Ross Hall (sciences), joined the Sigma Chi fraternity, and received my B.A. degree in zoology and chemistry. My post college life has been a series of adventures in the National Football League, marine biology, veterinary medical school, investment banking, telecommunications, recreation, professional speaking, and nonprofit management. My pro football experience lasted 9 seasons. I was a defensive end/tackle for the Superbowl champion Dallas Cowboys, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Superbowl Champion Los Angeles Raiders, and USFL Denver Gold. My most significant career contributions have come in helping to found The Spot youth center (www.thespotdenver.org), leading Big Brothers Big Sisters of Colorado (www.biglittlecolorado.org), and being one of the co-founders of the Street Fraternity (www.streetfraternity.org).
I am so proud to be a father to Jonathon Stalls (discussed above), and an amazing daughter, Tracy Stalls, who lives in Huntington Beach, California. Her successes include living her faith, playing hard court volleyball (e.g. Front Range Volleyball Club, Nebraska Huskers…national champs, USA, and professionally in Turkey), serving youth in Haiti through “Child In Hand”, and now pursuing pro beach volleyball.