Wesley Leasy is a former NFL, Arizona Cardinal's Linebacker who now uses his experiences to inspire and motivate. He has spoken at American Airlines on the Power of Leadership and the Importance of Diversity. Based on a life guided by the power of positive thinking and hard
Work, his greatest hope is that diversity is the key to success in business and global unity.
In addition to corporate speaking, Mr. Leasy also speaks to University Students inspiring the to achieve their goals over any obstacles in a speech titled "My Hands Broken, But not My Spirit." This is a frank talk about utilizing the power over the mind despite the limitations of the body. When addressing College Athletes specifically he utilizes the speech "Not Just an Athlete" which enables the students to harness the power of future planning and the importance of their education to create a well-rounded person, not just a college player.
His mission is to motivate individuals to achieve their dreams, by providing them with tools via the seminars and recommended readings. He believes part of that dream is to improve financial opportunity and personal growth. His experiences of going from the NFL to a homeless adult and overcoming diversity clearly influence this belief.
Born in Greenville, Mississippi on September 7, 1971, Wesley's early life was severely impacted when at age 4 he lost his father to death from Asthma. Some years later he learned that his Dad was and outstanding football player in college and had dreamed of playing in the NFL. From that moment on, he took up the challenge of fulfilling his father's lost dream. He vowed to himself to someday play in the NFL.
This decision would require a personal journey of hard work, focus, determination, growth and development, along with a lot of sacrifice. The odds were not in Wesley's favor. Not only, was he dealing with the devastating loss of his father, his family also faced poverty, lack of education, bullying, low self- esteem, and the negative impact of racism.
Managing to rise above it all, Wesley attended Mississippi State University. He also played football for MSU but suffered horrific, unbelievable injuries, playing with two broken hands and a dying bone in the hand that required two surgeries to graft bone from the hip to replace the dying bone in the hand. Naturally, these setbacks almost ended his football career. Still he was drafted into the NFL, as a Linebacker for the Arizona Cardinals against all this adversity in 1995.
Wesley is the proud father of a beautiful daughter with whom he has navigated life these past 17 years. While raising his daughter he has grown even more interested in inspiring our youth for the future. Growing up in a family troubled by domestic abuse, he is determined to improve conditions for women and children by fighting this abuse through the empowerment of positive male role models. He does this work locally and supports it globally. Towards this goal he works with HUD to improve fairness and opportunity for minorities. He is also involved with numerous non-profit organizations aimed at offering opportunities for young people to channel their energy in a positive direction.
When not involved with speaking engagements, Mr. Leasy is active in various charities, and programs and organizations that involve human development, diversity, education and financial growth. Physical Fitness was and remains a cornerstone in Wesley's success so he helps others have a better quality of life, through Physical activity and diet Education. He is a fitness professional whom helps clients fight obesity through physical fitness. He works closely with a number of doctors and Non Profits to help bring attention to their causes.