> PUM GOES ONE ON ONE WITH PRO FOOTBALL HALL OF FAMER JOHN STALLWORTH
PUM GOES ONE ON ONE WITH PRO FOOTBALL HALL OF FAMER JOHN STALLWORTH--Who shares his thoughts about the Steelers upcoming season, being a part-owner of the Pittsburgh Steelers and words of wisdom on what it takes to become a successful entrepreneur.
"What do you attribute your success to? " Lots of the same things that made the Steelers great. Amassing a team of good people, giving them the tools and training they need, respecting them and getting of their way" John Stallworth- Genesis II,
John Stallworth is a retired wide receiver who played for the Pittsburgh Steelers. He played college football at Alabama A&M, becoming the Steelers' fourth-round draft pick in 1974. Stallworth played in six AFC championships, and went to four Super Bowls. His career statistics were an impressive 537 receptions for 8,723 yards and 63 TDs. His receptions were a franchise record until it was surpassed by Hines Ward in 2005. Stallworth played in four Pro Bowls and was the Steelers' two-time MVP.
(In 1986, Stallworth founded Madison Research Corporation (MRC), which specialized in providing engineering and information technology services to government and commercial clients. Under Stallworth's leadership, MRC grew to more than 650 employees and $69.5 million in revenues(FY03).
PUM: What have you been up to since you sold your company Madison Research Corporation (MRC)?
Stallworth: Traveling, enjoying our grandkids, working with the Stallworth Foundation and community related opportunities that I feel passionate about.
PUM: MRC was a very successful venture for you, MRC grew to more than 650 employees and $69.5 million in revenues-what do you attribute your success to?
Stallworth: Lots of the same things that made the Steelers great. Amassing a team of good people, giving them the tools and training they need, respecting them and getting of their way.
(Stallworth was announced as becoming part-owner of his former team on March 23, 2009, as part of the Rooney family restructuring ownership of the team- The Rooneys will remain in control of the franchise.)
PUM: You are now part-owner of the Steelers, as part of the Rooney family restructuring ownership of the team? How did you decide to pursue this venture?
Stallworth: I reviewed the offer, prayed about it, and made the decision.
PUM: How does it feel to be a part of a team with such rich heritage, which of course you were a part of?
Stallworth:I am humbled by the Rooney’s offer, excited about the future and honored to be a member of the new owner’s group.
PUM: As a retired wide receiver for the Steelers, what do you think of the current Wide Receivers and the team overall?
Stallworth: They have a great group of receivers. I have lots of respect for Hines Ward. What about the Coach, Mike Tomlin? Tomlin was a great choice!
PUM: What message do you have for future athletes and entrepreneurs?
Stallworth: Prepare, prepare, prepare! For life after football (or athletics in general) and for whatever business venture you choose to engage in.
PUM: Do you miss any aspect of playing football?
Stallworth:Yes, the camaraderie.
PUM: How does the season look this year for the Steelers?
Stallworth:The team is strong, with few loses to free agency.
PUM: Do you think they have SUPERBOWL possibilities again this year?
Stallworth: Barring major injuries – yes - they have great potential.
PUM: What has been your motto in life? Why have you been so successful?
Stallworth: Work hard, treat people with respect, stay humble and good things will happen.
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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The John Stallworth Scholarship Fund is a merit scholarship endowment program, funded in 1988 in cooperation with Mr. John Stallworth, civic and business leaders, churches, industry, educational institutions, administrators, and friends of John Stallworth.
Because of diverse economic circumstances, many students are unable to attend and/or complete college and are denied the opportunity to develop their full potential. In recognition of this need, the John Stallworth Scholarship is awarded annually to deserving students at Alabama A&M University. The student must have a demonstrated ability to do satisfactory collegiate work.
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