Train like a giant with Leonard Marshall

On this episode of The Yield, NFL legend defensive lineman Leonard Marshall recounts the highs and lows of his football career, reveals how he always kept the long-view in mind, and shares his wisdom for football players and investors alike. 

Key Takeaways:

[10:50] Playing with Lawrence Taylor and Reggie White. 

[13:49] Leonard’s best and worst Super Bowl memories. 

[16:08] A never give up attitude is the mark of a winner. 

[18:09] What do the Giants and Yieldstreet have in common? 

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Leonard had an incredible college football career at LSU, and he carried himself in a way that was noticed by everyone around him.  He loved being a student just as much as he loved being an athlete, and was eventually inducted into the LSU Hall of Fame.  He didn’t just talk the talk of a superior athlete, he walked the walk.  And when the Giants came calling in 1983, he was ready to answer. 

Leonard describes his draft experience and his transition into the NFL, and shares his mindset as he approached his first two years with the Giants. He knew he had to be bigger, faster, stronger, and smarter as a player, and he worked constantly to keep improving.  He adapted the old saying, “as long as you’re green you’ll continue to grow.  It’s when you think you’re ripe that you’ll begin to rot.” He had a goal to not fizzle out or become a know-it-all, and instead kept his focus on continual growth.

With a renewed excitement about the direction that the Giants are heading, Leonard shares the advice that he would give to today’s athletes- and it’s advice that applies to today’s investors as well.  Don’t be a know-it-all, be a sponge. You’re playing a different game now, so don’t rely on what worked for you before, focus on what you have to do to succeed now

He highlights some of his best and worst Super Bowl memories, including the time he showed up for the game six hours early just because he was so nervous to play for a crowd of 104,000 fans. He reflects on his iconic hit to Joe Montana and why in football- and in life- the winners are the ones who carry a never give up attitude wherever they go. 

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\What do the Giants and Yieldstreet have in common? In addition to maintaining that can-do attitude, and sharing the same backyard, they both have a story franchise that is bringing access to the masses.  Leonard again points to the importance of keeping the long-term in mind as he recounts his motivation behind his post-ball career.  And now, as he deals with a traumatic brain injury, he reminds people that what he needs now makes him human, but what he did back then made him a hero. 

With sage wisdom that applies to football players and investors alike, Leonard wraps up right where he started- with the advice to be a lifelong learner, not a know-it-all.  The average professional football player has a 3-5 year career expectancy, but any investor can succeed with a much longer view of their goals.  To follow his advice and learn more about how you can diversify your portfolio with alternative investments, visit today.

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