Giavanni Ruffin – Determination Beyond Compare

At East Carolina University, Giavanni Ruffin was a talented, promising football player. However, when the time came for the NFL draft, Giavanni somehow didn’t get picked. But Giavanni didn’t let that discourage him. Instead, he became a free agent and got to work making sure he and his game were in top form.

Currently, Giavanni is still a free agent, but several NFL teams have expressed definite interest in having him join them. And with his incredible determination and drive, Giavanni is sure to achieve his NFL dream soon!

This video, narrated by Eric Thomas (a.k.a. the Hip Hop Preacher) shows just how hard Giavanni is willing to work for success.

Additional Resources:

  •  Here is an article in which Giavanni talks about his experience as a free agent.
  • Here is another video that shows Giavanni’s amazing football talent in action.

Topics for Discussion:

  • What qualities do you think Giavanni has that have helped him be so determined to succeed?
  • Giavanni is quoted as saying “with hard work you can achieve anything”. Do you agree?

Take Action:

  • Visit the InspireMyKids post about Eric Thomas, the Hip Hop Preacher, to get motivated to work hard toward your own success!
  • Visit The Ultimate Sports Parent Blog website to learn more about motivating kids to work hard for and achieve sports success!

Teacher Features:

  • Here is a link to a Critical Reading Skills worksheet that you can use for elementary school students.
  • Here is a link to a Critical Reading Skills worksheet that you can use for middle school students.


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