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NFL’s 2x Walter Payton Man of the Year Nominee Kelvin Beachum (ep. 482)

Kelvin Beachum

Two-time Walter Payton Man of the Year nominee Kelvin Beachum joins John O’Leary on the Live Inspired Podcast.

Kelvin Beachum is a 2-time Walter Payton Man of the Year nominee. After being drafted in the seventh round in the 2012 NFL Draft, Kelvin will start his ninth NFL season with the Arizona Cardinals next month.

While he plays football professionally, it’s Kelvin’s passion and purpose that is making a positive impact both on and off the gridiron that I find most intriguing.

As the oldest of four siblings in rural Texas, Kelvin grew up in a family hovering around the national poverty level. Yet, with his parents’ guidance, he learned to share whatever excess they’d have with the community.

Today, you’ll hear a bit about his role as an offensive lineman and far more about his gratitude toward society and compassion towards others.

If you’re looking to hear from a catalyst for positive change, this episode is for you.


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  • At 19, Kelvin’s grandfather sustained an injury that left him blind yet Kelvin only saw perseverance and grit as he taught him how to fish and work on cars.
  • “You have to learn how to lose before you learn how to win.” – Kelvin’s father
  • Wanting to pursue further education yet unable to afford it, Kelvin sought a scholarship in athletics.
  • The Mediator and the Enforcer: As a scholar-athlete, Kelvin’s drive to succeed on and off the field came from his mother and father.
  • In this MBA graduation commencement speech, Kelvin shared how he didn’t allow stereotypes and bias to define who he is and the journey he’s on.
  • Relationship versus fellowship: Are you walking with your source to have the mental and spiritual fortitude to withstand life’s challenges.
  • “I started last but I’ve made it a lot farther than many others in the 2012 NFL Draft.”
  • Kelvin is committed to helping young people, especially minority and disadvantaged youth, develop the habits and skills for success through organizations like Bread for the World, Feeding America, and World Vision.
  •  “Trust God and embrace adversity.”

Did you enjoy today’s episode?

You’ll love hearing from my friend Kurt Warner. As a Super Bowl champion and 2-time NFL MVP, Kurt’s dignity and class take center stage.  Hear his unlikely path to success, and a behind-the-scenes look at football, family and faith on ep. 264.


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  1. Q. What is the best book you’ve ever read?
    A. Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom.   [Hear my conversations with Mitch Albom on ep. 81 and ep. 199.]
  2. Q. What is a characteristic or trait that you possessed as a child that you wish you still exhibited today?
    A. The ability to be artistic.
  3. Q. Your house is on fire, all living things and people are out. You have the opportunity to run in and grab one item. What would it be?
    A. Nothing. If everything is taken away from me but I have my family, I’m a blessed man.
  4. Q. You are sitting on a bench overlooking a gorgeous beach. You have the opportunity to have a long conversation with anyone living or dead. Who would it be?
    A. Jesus.
  5. Q. What advice would you give your 20-year-old self?
    A. Live in the moment.
  6. Q. It’s been said that all great people can have their lives summed up in one sentence. How do you want yours to read?
    A. He used everything that God gave him.