JWDLS with Tim Watson

You’re invited to attend the 2012-2013 John W. Davison Lecture Series featuring philanthropist and motivational speaker Tim Watson, at 6 p.m., Nov. 14 in the C. W. Pettigrew Center. The event is free and open to the public. For more details, please call the Office of Development, (478) 825-6959.

Conditioning for excellence has been the theme of Tim Watson’s life since childhood. Reaching beyond the norm and preparing to dwell amongst the best in whatever objectives he chose has guided his path to success. As a three-sport athlete, in football, basketball and track, and honors student at Peach County High School in Fort Valley, Ga., Tim excelled on the field of play and in the classroom. Upon graduating in 1988, he enrolled at Howard University. At Howard, Tim continued a successful scholastic and football career. He has the distinction of being the first athlete in the history of Howard University to be named to the GTE Academic All-America Team, and was also named All-Conference, All-American and Defensive Player of the Year in each of his final two college seasons. His scholastic honors include being chosen by Howard’s graduate school of arts and sciences to participate in the National Name Exchange for outstanding academic achievement by juniors and seniors, and selection as a lifetime member of the Golden Key International Honour Society. The scholar completed a bachelor’s degree in fashion merchandising and business marketing in 1992, followed by post-graduate studies in athletic administration. In 2005, Watson was honored with induction into the Howard University Athletics Hall of Fame.

The Green Bay Packers selected Tim in the 1993 NFL Draft. He went on to have a well-traveled seven-year professional football career, playing alongside such NFL legends as Joe Montana, Marcus Allen and Ronnie Lott. During his career, Watson served as a captain for both the Kansas City Chiefs and Philadelphia Eagles. In reaching the pinnacle of his career Tim met the anticipated obstacles and detractors. However, he believed that nothing could stand in the way of his achieving greatness. He credits proper preparation, attitude, motivation, relationships, and information for his continued success.

Tim has been able to catapult his personal business ventures by applying the wisdom from the “gridiron” and everyday life. In addition to life coaching and speaking engagements, Tim serves as a financial services specialist with State Farm Insurance. In this role, he helps agents in their Good Neighbor pledge by teaching financial services strategies for the under-served markets of middle America. With an enduring passion for helping others, he shares his business insights, life-skills, and sales expertise from an entertaining, engaging, and unique perspective. With a passionate and frank delivery style, Tim has become an invaluable resource for companies, sports teams, schools, and youth organizations. Answering the call to the ministry of Jesus Christ, Tim was non-denominationally ordained in spring 2002. He is also a certified life coach, small business coach, corporate wellness coach, certified personal fitness trainer and certified training director.

Tim and his wife, Audrey, remain active in their local Atlanta community through charitable work via involvement with the NFL Alumni Association, The Tampa Beautification Program, their local church, and their personal philanthropic organization, UPLIFT Excellence Foundation, Inc., which annually provides food and toys to families in need during the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays. Tim also gives back to local youth by coaching and sponsoring youth football and track programs, instructing youth sports camps, and conducting life-skills seminars for young students and scholar-athletes.

Tim is also a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. and the proud father of three children: Tre’, Lexi and Christian.