NFL athlete motivates students in Jacksonville

By Ryne Turke on September 30, 2016 at 6:11am

A former NFL athlete stopped by Jacksonville on Thursday to speak with area high school students.

Steve Fitzhugh was a highly recruited athlete heading into college. After four years on a full athletic scholarship at Miami University, where he captained the track and football teams his senior year, Fitzhugh set his sights on the National Football League.

After two seasons in the league and a Super Bowl appearance in 1988, Fitzhugh’s career was cut short due to a shoulder injury.

Since leaving the NFL, Fitzhugh has transitioned into a motivational speaker. His company, Power Moves, promotes a drug free and positive lifestyle for youth across the nation.

“The reality is that the data shows. If you don’t get caught up in the drugs, alcohol, smoking and weed before you turn 21, chances are it won’t be an issue in their life. These are critical years. We can encourage our students to draw a line that they won’t cross. If they’ve already crossed that line and made bad decisions, then we can encourage them to get their life together, because this is the only life they have,” says Fitzhugh.    ..have.” :28

But it’s not just high school students getting this message from Fitzhugh…

“My day job is with the NFL where I mentor. rookies and retirees. Later next month I’ll be standing in front of those guys and saying some of the same things a said to these folks, when it comes to having goals and fulfilling your life’s purpose,” says Fitzhugh.

Fitzhugh’s engaging presentation involved participation from high school students attending Winchester, Franklin, Jacksonville, Routt, New Berlin, Meredosia and Triopia.

For more information on Fitzhugh and his message,click here.