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Inky Johnson, the former collegiate football player permanently injured on the field, shares his dramatic story of overcoming hardship and life-threatening injury. His motivational words inspire others to embrace adversity, face their own daily challenges, and live life with a greater purpose.
Inky is a former University of Tennessee defensive back who refused to allow misfortune on the football field to stop him from pursuing a life of purpose. In 2006, a seemingly normal college football game changed everything when a routine tackle turned into a career-ending injury, and his perspective of “normal” changed. Now, normal is a paralyzed right arm. Normal is daily pain. Normal is constant physical challenges. Normal is also mentoring athletes and inspiring audiences.
Audiences are mesmerized by Inky’s story and inspired by his relentless determination. His storytelling is energetic and dramatic yet filled with hope. Whether the topic is teamwork, leadership, or perseverance, Inky’s speaking affects people from within, at the core, and empowers them to embrace the challenges of life. He instills in them the inspiration to accomplish what they might otherwise have thought to be impossible.
Instead of focusing on what he can’t do, Inky chooses to take advantage of all that he can accomplish, in spite of his challenges – a lesson that applies to any organization or business audience. His injury did not destroy his motivation or crush his spirit. Rather, he harnessed his inner fortitude and transformed what could have been a tragedy into an inspirational success story, which he shares in his book, Inky: An Amazing Story of Faith and Perseverance.
To even play college football, Inky had to overcome the adversity of an underprivileged adolescence. He survived poverty and violence to make his dream a reality. When his dream of playing football crumbled in an instant, Inky’s true character and leadership qualities emerged.
After receiving a master’s degree in sports psychology from the University of Tennessee, Inky set out to spread his inspiration and motivational words. He is a mentor to underprivileged youth and football players, leading by example and living by his own words of encouragement.
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