John is a beloved son of the Father whose identity rests in Jesus Christ and who loves his Catholic faith. He’s abundantly blessed by his amazing wife Catherine and their 9 soon to be 10 wonderful children. John grew up in Gillette, Wyoming in a blessed home immersed in the faith life and was surrounded by an unbelievable support network. He attended Utah State University where he met his wife and was a 4-year starter for the Aggies where he was named First-Team All-WAC for football and graduated with his Bachelors in Exercise Science. He then signed as an undrafted free agent with the Houston Texans and onto a 12-year professional football career in both the NFL and CFL. John played for the Houston Texans, Saskatchewan Roughriders, Indianapolis Colts, Jacksonville Jaguars, Hamilton Tiger-Cats, and the Edmonton Eskimos. He would win 2 Grey Cup Championships with the Saskatchewan Roughriders in which he was a big impact. John was a 3-time ALL-Star, 3-time nominee for the CFL’s Most Outstanding Defensive Player capturing that honor once. He also earned the Ed Block Courage Award while playing for the Jacksonville Jaguars. His more cherished accomplishment during his football career was in the way he was able to serve the communities he lived as a national advocate for JDRF and Medtronics diabetes of Canada, as well as Indianapolis and Jacksonville chapters, while inspiring people with diabetes; a condition in which he proudly has conquered daily since the age of 14. He’s also lead in Anti-Bullying, Safety, and Health Initiatives in that time. His greatest blessing through all the moves, besides his ever-growing family, was the constancy of the Church and countless opportunities to share his testimony.
In 2018 John stepped away from football to provide a more stable life for his growing children and reside in St. John’s Florida where they’ve held a home since 2011. Upon his retirement John started; Become Iron-Willed where he specializes in empowering men through a Christ-centered approach to becoming men on fire, fit, and free; body, mind, and spirit. It’s a pursuit of a lifestyle where Christ is King who we glorify by our body, our works, and our charity.
In 2021 John became the Director of Prison Ministry for the Diocese of St. Augustine, Florida where he organizes, directs, and coordinates Catholic religious services to 38 Institutions and 17 county jails. After his becoming director John was inspired to take the work he was doing with Catholic men on the outside to those behind the fence and in late 2021 John would publish his first book; Become Iron-Willed Master Planner & Journal; The Catholic Christian Man’s Guide to Living Purposely Catholic / Intentionally Virtuous and the handbook to go with it, Become Iron-Willed Master Planner & Journal Handbook.
John’s hobbies are his kids’ hobbies and he wouldn’t have it any other way. His family loves to beach, hike, camp, travel, see family, serve, and play. He loves to study the faith. He loves to compete and overachieve; something he’s done daily since his youth, overcoming diabetes, asthma, Bell’s palsy, vitiligo, alopecia, 9 surgeries, broken bones, torn ligaments, cuts, trades, and loss and has a great passion to help instill that in others. He loves to train & discipline his body and is always looking for new ways to compete and test himself.
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