I had the pleasure to sit down with Shamiel Gary for a quick discussion on his personal and professional journey. While learning about who Shamiel is "off-the-field", I was not only inspired by his personal character, but also his strong faith in God.
About Shamiel Gary
Shamiel Gary grew up in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He attended Booker T Washington High School where he played football and ran track.
Shamiel received his first scholarship at the end of his senior football season, to the University of Wyoming.
During Shamiel's freshman season, he won the 5A State Championship and earned Freshman All-American. Shamiel moved on Oklahoma State University where he walked on the football team and later received a scholarship.
Shamiel entered the National Football League (NFL) in 2014 as a un-drafted free agent, signing with the New England Patriots. Shamiel is currently a safety with the New England Patriots.
Where do you draw your inspiration from?
I draw my inspiration from many places. When I was younger I always wanted to play in the NFL and I had a lot of people doubt me and laugh. As I grew older I drew inspiration from God. I continue to turn to God for inspiration and I glorify him by my play and how I interact with people.
Who was the biggest influence in your youth?
My parents. My dad always took my brothers and I to the park and let us work on whatever sport we were involved in at the time. My dad always pushed me to be better and to have confidence. My mom was always that person who believed in me and told me to go after my dreams regardless of what it was or what anyone said.
Who is your mentor or hero?
My mom and dad were both my mentors and heroes growing up. They were the definition of “go getters” and they always pushed forward, no matter the circumstance or situation. They taught me to put my feet down, keep a strong mind and never act emotionally when facing difficult times.
Did you participate in any other sports in High School?
I ran track in high school and played baseball my senior year.
What is your proudest football moment or memory?
Winning the state championship in high school is one of my proudest moments. Also, when the Patriots called to sign me as a un-drafted free agent. Another was when my Mom got to watch me play Monday Night Football for the first time in the NFL. At the time, she was in the hospital being treated for cancer.
Is there one player you emulate your game after?
I don’t know if I emulate him ha..but I love Sean Taylor! I watched all of his games and highlights….I love the way he plays with such passion.
Do you have a saying or motto that you live your life by?
My motto is “Purposeful Life”. Purposeful life means to live a life by waking up every day knowing what you value, and by following the path that God has set for you. Use the platform that God has given you to reach as many people as you can. We all have a part in the body of Christ and each persons part may look different, but is equally as important.
What was the best advice you were ever given?
To never settle and keep pushing for what you want. To always know that you have an impact on everyone you meet.
What do you like to do in your spare time?
I like to read, play video games, go bowling…but most of all I love to spend time with my daughter and my family.
What would be your ultimate achievement?
Looking back at my life whenever it ends and know that I tried to reach and influence as many people as I could. Knowing that I lived a “Purposeful Life”.
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by Jennifer Mamajek