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From Foster Care to the NFL: Inside Anthony Trucks' Road to 'American Ninja Warrior'

By Gillian Edevane, NBC Bay Area

Anthony Trucks was 3 years old when his mother surrendered him to foster care. Shuffled from home to home, the Antioch resident and former NFL pro says he experienced years of mental and physical abuse in the system before being adopted at the age of 14.

“I spent six years as the bad stinky kid in class, where I literally had teachers pull their hair out in frustration,” Trucks recalls. “Then I would go home to be abused by my first foster dad, who would also beat my foster mom. To say I was in a bad environment and felt minuscule as a person is an understatement.” 

But Trucks, now 33 and a father of three, never gave up. The self-described “stinky kid” in class would go on to earn a scholarship to the University of Oregon, where his football skills impressed NFL big-wigs. He was drafted as a linebacker, playing for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the Washington Redskins, and the Pittsburgh Steelers until an injury robbed him of a chance to continue playing football professionally.

Once again, he found himself at a crossroads. Once again, he refused to give up. Instead, he developed a credo that he repeats to this day whenever he finds himself in an untenable situation: “Trust your hustle.” He carries the verbal cue like a talisman, a constant reminder of his own inner strength. 

“It was a lot of ups and downs. I went through a lot of craziness,” Trucks said. “But it taught me to be strong. ... I know that I won’t allow something to knock me off.” 

He says that determination frequently comes in handy, but it was especially salient when Trucks applied for the ninth season of NBC’s "American Ninja Warrior." The competition show, inspired by the Japanese original “Sasuke,” follows contestants as they attempt to complete rigorous obstacle courses.

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Former NFL Player Raymond "RJ" Stanford Joins U. S. Secret Service

On Friday June 2, 2017, former NFL Player Raymond “RJ” Perry Stanford graduated from the United States Secret Service Office of Training and was sworn in as a Police Officer.  

RJ was also elected as President of his training class by his peers. RJ played five season on the NFL with five different teams (2010 -2015).  RJ is from Chino, CA.

RJ’s first assignment with the Secret Service will be at the U.S. Naval Observatory in Washington, DC where he is assigned to protect the Vice President and members of the VP’s immediate family.

The NFLPA Player Affairs Department played an important role assisting Stanford in his transition from professional athlete to a career with an elite law enforcement agency.       

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Olison Returns to Speak to Local Athletes

Rance Olison with his son, Rance Jr.

By Jason Avery, El Dorado News Times

EL DORADO - During his many travels, Rance Olison never had the opportunity to speak in front of local athletes.

On Thursday night, Olison returned to El Dorado, addressing a packed house as the guest speaker at the The Nexans AmerCable/News-Times Scholar-Athlete Awards Banquet.

That Olison was able to address the crowd is a testament to his perseverance, as he underwent open-heart surgery just two weeks ago.

A 1970 graduate of El Dorado High School, Olison played in the NFL with the Kansas City Chiefs and San Francisco 49ers, but also had stints in the World Football League, the Canadian Football League and the United States Football League.

Olison’s football career has also taken him to stops with the New England Patriots, Cincinnati Bengals and Dallas Cowboys, and his message was one of sharing and kindness.


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The NFLPA New York/New Jersey Chapter meeting in style: Jude Waddy, Hurvin McCormack, Gary Brown, Noah Burroughs, Scott Lutrus, Joe Searles
The NFLPA Tampa Chapter had a huge turnout at their last meeting. Seated  Jimmie Giles, Greg Roberts, Harold Hart, Jimmy Dubose, James Jones, Bruce Taylor, Mark Cotney and Henry Lawrence Standing (1st Row)- Mike McBath, Brandy Winans, Walter Carter, Kevin House James Harrell, Eric Wilber, Pat Carter and Stacey Simmons. Standing (2nd Row)- Ty Keyes, Ty Timmons, Juan Long, Parnell Dickinson, Doug Beaudoin, Ronnie Gent, Dennis Lundy, John L Williams, Robert Goff, Joe Odom, Richard Chapura, Joe Maniecki, Jerry Bell, Jason Odom, Brian Holloway, Mark Royals, Larry Gagner, Anthony Chickalo, Jeff Carlson and Barry Smith.

Here Is What Is Wrong About The Way We Think About 'Work-Life Balance'

By Lance Salyers, Forbes

When you hear the term "work-life balance," what do you think of? When you read that phrase, does the picture it creates in your mind's eye look something like this?

It seems whenever the notion of balance is discussed as a function of a healthy life, it is measured in the metrics of time: the blue drudgery of "Work" on one side of the scale, contrasted with the bright light of "Life" on the other. Work, left to its own devices, will steal all of the time that should belong to Life, and achieving "work-life balance" means taking time back from Work and returning it to Life. While contemporary discussions have moved beyond simple "time off" to more expansive notions of "flexibility," the object of the discussion is still the same: better apportioning of time between two competing worlds — our Work and our Life.

This way of thinking is well-intentioned and has been beneficial. It is conventional to discuss, easy to understand and simple to remedy via a change in policies.

It is also wrong.

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How These 5 Guys Lost 60+ Pounds So They Could Be Better Dads

By Alisa Hrustic, Men's Health

We spend our whole lives looking up to our dads: He’s there from the beginning, when you need help tying your shoes or someone to cheer you on when you first join the soccer team. He probably gave you sarcastic advice about how-not-to-blow your first date and saved your ass when you got your first flat tire.

And when you left for college, seeing him cry as you left probably made you uncomfortable, because he’s always been the toughest guy you know.

But the truth is, no matter how much you look up to your dad, he looks up to you that much more. As the five guys below prove, there’s nothing more rewarding than being around for your kids when they need you the most.

That’s why these five dads transformed their bodies—and their lives—so they could be around for as many Father’s Days as possible. Here’s why they say their kids were their biggest motivation—and how it finally helped them drop pounds for good.

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Financial Finesse Tip: Budget-Friendly Summer Vacations

Ah, summer.  I often find myself yearning for the summers of my youth, when it was all about sleeping in, no school and nothing but fun. As an adult, it seems more like summer is about how my bank account can survive a vacation with my family. If you can relate, there is hope. I’ve found that taking a realistic look at how much money you can actually budget for vacations along with some good pre-planning, that a fun vacation is possible, no matter how much you can afford to spend.

The basics

If you want to leave town but have a tight budget, consider a road trip vs. flying. Use gas apps to help find inexpensive gas, which can help. I’m partial to GasBuddy, which uses GPS to find the cheapest gas around you.

We’ve also found that home sharing services like Airbnb or VRBO often offer better deals than hotels, especially on stays over 2 days. We have used both services for years so I feel like a bit of an expert here – make sure you read the reviews of places you’re considering and ask questions about anything that raises a red flag. Also, make sure you ask about what will be provided. We stayed at one condo that provided everything – beach towels, beach chairs, umbrellas, surfboards, even toys for the kids and basic food items, which saved us from having to haul all that stuff with us.

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