Monday, December 3, 2018

Money Talks: Discerning between Dollars and Sense

I grew up in rural Kentucky the oldest of four children to young parents. I started working when I was ten years old by cleaning houses. I later worked my way through college earning two degrees. I remember those early days very well, and like every mom, I wanted something better for my own kids.

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Balancing Act: Work, Life, Self: Is Balance Really Possible?

Often, at speaking engagements, fellow moms will ask me how I managed to have a full-time career and support my son Jordan in his climb to the NFL. I am always honest; it wasn’t easy.

Tuesday, October 9, 2018


It's said that a mother's work is never done. That's true for most moms. We want our children to be well-rounded, educated, respectable human beings and we work hard to help that happen. I nurtured my son Jordan from a young man to an accomplished adult.

Sunday, August 19, 2018

Building the Athlete's Personal Brand

When I was a boy, my grandmother used to say, "Your reputation is all you've got, and it tells a lot about your home training." She would go on with other words of wisdom about the importance of a good reputation and how I should never go out and act as if I did not have "good home training."

Monday, May 7, 2018

Painkillers: A Prescription for Trouble?

These days it is common to hear about professional athletes getting caught up abusing pain pills. At the start of the 2014 season, 29 NFL players were suspended for drug use. In 20 of those cases, the drugs were controlled substances. The other nine were for performance enhancing drugs.

Monday, February 19, 2018

The College Decision: How to Choose The School That Works For You

College selection can be daunting for any student, but for athletes, the process becomes even more complicated and involves many more variables. While dozens of books exist to help families select the best college based on a student’s interests or lifestyle, there is minimal guidance out there specifically designed to help athletes in particular navigate this process.

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Tackling Adversity: Helping Your Child Athlete Handle Tough Times

It’s Friday night. For many of us that means taking a seat on the bleachers or standing on the sidelines to cheer on our children as they try to make a name for themselves on their high school football team. But for every big win, one team goes home disappointed.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

50-Yard Line Mom® Featured on

Special thanks to Kelli O'Dell of for the feature article published on July 12, 2014. Kelli is the official Washington Redskins Fan Reporter for