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In this Premiere episode of the “LEADERS ON THE EDGE” Podcast with host Deborah Dubree, she speaks with former NFL and MLB Pro Athlete, Author, Motivational Speaker, and Radio Show host Edward “EZ” Smith. Ed and Deborah discuss his extraordinary life through the challenges of high-level performance and learning how to tune out what other people think, focusing on his goals, working hard, and taking your best shot at everything you choose to accomplish. He also discusses his experience with the legendary Michael Jordan, along with the inspiration and comradery they shared during their time playing professional baseball on opposing teams.
Two days after graduating from High School, Ed was drafted by the Chicago White Sox in the 7th round and began the quest to accomplish his childhood dream of playing Major League Baseball. After traveling the winding road of minor league baseball for nine years. Ed came to a crossroads in his life – the love he had for baseball had been replaced by the cruel reality of the business.
Overcoming incredible odds, Ed pursued Pro football as a second career. His transformation from a 9-year baseball veteran to a tight end in the NFL was accomplished by a level of perseverance and dedication rarely seen. One of the rewards for all the hard work, an appearance in Super Bowl XXXIII as a member of the 1998 NFC Champions - The Atlanta Falcons.
Today Ed lives in Peoria, Arizona. His autobiography, EZ Does It: The Journey of a Lifetime was published in 2005. He travels the country as a Motivational Speaker, hosts his Sports Talk Radio show (EZ Sports Talk on NBC Sports Radio KDUS 1060AM – Phoenix), along co-hosts Javon Adams.
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