Richie Contartesi Ole Miss Football Star Overcomes Adversity
In this video from a series highlighting inspiring individuals who overcame adversity, we bring you a football player with a drive to never give up.
Richie Contartesi is a small town kid who dreamed his entire life of playing big time college football for Ole Miss. He had the heart, passion, tenacity, and love for the game but there was a nagging problem that haunted him from youth football through college, his size. Standing at 5'7 150 pounds, he was never the biggest, fastest, talented, or strongest wide-receiver on the team, but he found a way to defeat his opposition.
Richie's journey is very much like the movie Rudy! Rudy Ruettiger faced similar adversities. When Rudy learned of Richie's story, he said "Richie's story of college-walk on to professional football player lit a fire inside me." Richie's journey chronicles the trials and tribulation of a boy with a dream and the realities of Division I college football.
Not only did he achieve his dreams, but he also went on to become a motivational speaker to help others find the strength to overcome adversity.
To learn more about Richie and his speaking engagements, checkout his website.
This video was produced by Tracy Chevrier and shot/edited by John Houghton with William Trotta. Want to see more HooplaHa Originals? Check out the HooplaHa YouTube page…and don't forget to smile!