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For more than 20 years, Don McPherson has used the power and appeal of
sport to address complex social issues. McPherson has paralleled a highly decorated football career with cutting-edge work on vital and contemporary
issues that impact the lives of every American. With testimony before the US Congress, appearances on national news, the Oprah Winfrey show and lectures across North America, McPherson has reached more than 1 million people.

His message is Positive, Proactive and Practical.

Don is a native of West Hempstead, New York, where he was a two sport high school All-American athlete (football, track). He attended Syracuse University and was a unanimous All-America quarterback and captain of the undefeated 1987 football team. He is also a veteran of the NFL and Canadian Football League.

At Syracuse, Don McPherson set 22 school records, led the NCAA in passing and won more than 18 national “player of the year” awards. He was runner up for the Heisman Trophy. In 2009 McPherson was enshrined into the College Football
Hall of Fame.

Don’s seven year professional football career included playing for the NFL’s Philadelphia Eagles and Houston Oilers, then going up north to join the Canadian Football League’s Hamilton Tiger-Cats and Ottawa Rough-Riders.

He remained active in the off-season in his service to the community which now spans three decades. Don has delivered school and community based programs addressing issues such as drunk driving, alcohol and substance abuse, bullying, youth leadership and mentoring.

Upon retiring from pro football in 1994, he joined Northeastern University’s Center for the Study of Sport in Society as national director of Athletes in Service to America, an AmeriCorps funded program. While there, Don turned his focus to the issue of “men’s violence against women.” He became Director of Sport in Society’s Mentors in Violence Prevention Program (MVP) emerging as a national leader and advocate for the prevention of sexual and domestic violence.

MVP joined forces with Liz Claiborne, Inc. in 1996 to create a series of public service announcements targeted to reach the predominately male “sports” audience. The PSA’s featured active college football players and aired on local telecasts and in-stadium video screens.

Don has conducted workshops and lectures for more than 200 college campuses, community organizations and national sports and violence prevention organizations. His programs and lectures have reached more than 1 million people.

Don has twice testified before the United States Congress and has worked closely with the U.S. Departments of Education and Defense and, the Pentagon on issues of sexual violence in education and the military, respectively. He has provided commentary on numerous news programs, was featured in O Magazine and appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show.

In 2002 he founded the Sports Leadership Institute at Adelphi University, for which he served as executive director until 2007.

Don McPherson has worked as a college football analyst for ESPN, BET and NBC. He currently provides regular expert analysis on XM Satellite Radio and is a studio analyst for Sportsnet New York’s coverage of Big East Football.

In addition, Don has served in a consulting and advisory capacity for several national organizations. He currently serves on an advisory committee for the National Football Foundation and sits on the board of directors of the Ms. Foundation for Women.

Don is a principal of G9 Turf, Inc., a synthetic turf company launched September 1, 2009. G9 Turf features cutting edge turf design and introduces state-of-the-art maintenance technology that focuses on safety, playability and durability. Don has brought his extensive network and knowledge of athletics to G9 and has added a philanthropic program that "gives back" to the local communities where G9 Turf systems are installed.

 

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