Passion Struck with John R. Miles

Shawn Springs On: How to Stay Grounded in Life EP 73

October 19, 2021

Former NFL pro bowl cornerback Shawn Springs sits down with John R Miles to discuss how to stay grounded in life. We discuss how a traumatic brain injury he suffered while playing for the Washington Redskins, changed his life and created his passion to create better protection for future generations.

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Thank you for listening to the Passion Struck podcast. Shawn Springs is a former professional football player who was a cornerback in the National Football League for 13 seasons playing with the Seahawks, Redskins, and Patriots. He played college football for Ohio State University and earned All-American honors. He was the highest pick ever to be drafted as a cornerback. Today, Shawn in s the CEO of Windpact where he built a core team of engineers, designers, and world-class scientists all dedicated to improving impact protection.

During our discussion, we discuss his journey to the NFL, some of the highlights from his career, the one play on Dec 12, 2004, that completely changed his life when he was with the Washington Redskins, his board role with the Boulder Crest foundation, his path to becoming an entrepreneur, his mentorship with Microsoft founder Paul Allen, and his advice to those wishing to become passion struck as well as a bunch of fun questions about his time in the league.

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  • 0:00 Shawn Springs Teaser
  • 1:04 Show intro and background on Shawn Springs
  • 3:50 Michigan vs. Ohio State University Rivalry
  • 5:19 Why he got involved with the Boulder Crest Foundation and what it does
  • 6:51 His experience with Roger Staubach
  • 7:40 What is post-traumatic growth and mission of Warrior PATTH
  • 10:40 What was going through his head when he was became the highest-drafted cornerback
  • 13:49 Playing for the Seattle Seahawks and the mentoring he received from Paul Allen
  • 17:00 The most talented wide-receivers he ever played against
  • 19:00 His experience playing with Tom Brady and what makes Tom so great
  • 21:46 The traumatic injury in 2004 that almost stopped his career and led to his current passion
  • 24:24 Why he founded Windpact and what the company is doing to prevent head injuries
  • 29:57 He discusses becoming an entrepreneur and the fear of having to do pitches
  • 32:54 Shawn Spring's advice to those who are leaving the NFL
  • 37:45 His advice on career reinvention and becoming an entrepreneur
  • 40:56 The importance of celebrating the small wins
  • 42:08 His secret to how to stay grounded in life
  • 46:35 His predictions on the NFC East and Washing Football team renaming







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