S3 Ep3: Winning One Day And One Play At A Time - Skylar Thompson

Season 3,  Feb 22, 2021, 02:00 AM

This week on The Mojo Podcast we delve into the world of US College sports: high stakes, high pressure environments where massive professional contracts in the NFL or NBA can be dreamed of, but only for the very talented few. A world where student athletes combine full-time studies with elite level full-time athletic performance. Indeed, US College sports collectively takes more annual revenue than any other professional sports leagues in the world, bar the NFL.

I have an amazing guest to shine a light on what it’s like to play and live in this rarefied atmosphere.

Skylar Thompson is the starting quarterback at Kansas State University and he is the real deal. He has been setting the highly competitive Big 12 football conference alight over the past three years. A 30-game starter, which is the third most among K-State quarterbacks since 1990. He is know as a dual-threat QB, because he runs the ball as well as throwing it. He is just the second player in his school history to throw for 5,000 yards and rush for 1,000 yards in a career.
He has enormous talent and is widely tipped to be a future NFL player.

Don’t worry if you’re not an American football fan, we don’t go deep into the intricacies of a game which can be physically brutal but also nuances and highly strategic.

Skylar and I focus our conversation around how he handles the demands of playing “the hardest position in US sport” that of quarterback. The pressure on student athletes and the weight of expectations from fans and family and how he deals with it. And how he is dealing with injury right now and how he’s stayed 100% connected to his team during his rehab.

We also talk about adversity and Skylar has a deeply painful story he shares around loss - he talks about how he  not just survived this period but thrived as a consequence.

Skylar - it’s hard to believe sometimes - is only 23, but his maturity, focus and humility are incredible. He shares his approach to leadership and talks about how his mojo can radiate and impact the mojo of his team mates.

Find out more about Skylar via his very popular Instagram @skylar10thompson or via the Kansas State University site

I hope you enjoy it
Richard x

The Mojo Podcast
Hosted by leadership coach Richard Stokes from Ibiza
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