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Michael Booker, A Champion On and Off the Field

 

With a constant vein of winning, number ones, championships and firsts, Michael Booker has remained humble, focused and grateful throughout his journey and continues to give back. Sports saves lives a cliché, but it definitely impacted Michael’s path. Born in Cincinnati, raised in Oceanside catapulted through football to Lincoln, onward to Atlanta, Tennessee and currently Grand Prairie.

Michael didn’t have football on his radar, but after the loss of a friend, Defensive Coordinator, Bill Kovacevich grabbed him and sent him out on the field with minimal instructions, essentially don’t let them catch the ball.   The gesture would change his whole life and fill Michael with a deep gratitude to his Wild Cat DC for stepping into his life. Led by Head Coach Herb Meyer the two year starter and letterman, was also apart of two county titles for El Camino High School and earned all-league honors twice.

 

Along with championships, Booker also seemed to be guided or mentored by some all-time coaches, Herb Meyer, Tom Osborne, Charlie McBride, Jim Schwartz, Dan Reeves and Jeff Fisher, to name a few.   In regards to his goals, he has always given one hundred percent, but he hasn’t met them all. A man inspired by good people, coaches and great role models, including his dad, older and younger brothers.

 

In regards to his successes, Michael humbly replied,

“Its almost strange if I didn’t succeed with so many people believing in me, inspiring me and putting me in the right direction………God is good.“

 

 

A focus that stayed with Booker, a future not even on his radar, but with help from his teachers, possibilities and dreams arose, moving him to Lincoln, Nebraska and being on another number one team as Huskers received two back to back National Championships and following Booker, the Defensive MVP of the 1996 Fiesta Bowl.

Then into the 1997 NFL Draft where he was selected by Atlanta in the first round pick 11, and a team who a season later made their first appearance in franchise history to Super Bowl XXXIII with a 14-2 record and crowned the NFC Champs. After three seasons with the Falcons he moved to the AFC Central’s Tennessee Titans until he retired.

A young man who was given a car from Budget after the draft and was grateful for the ride, who also bought an apartment versus a mansion and thought nothing of it, not until he was told by his Falcon’s teammates that it wasn’t a NFL Draft Round 1 car. It didn’t change anything however for the modest hard working man.

Although the road took off in Oceanside he resides in Grand Prairie, Texas, recently Michael has come back to give back with his non-profit, Achieve Your Champion, inspiring kids and adults to live a healthier and a more nutritional life with one of their biggest programs, Sacking Childhood Obesity and tackling it thru the youth.

Michael Booker truly is inspiring and doing so to all those that cross his path with an uncharacteristic humility or maybe that’s the key, as he continues to give back and share his experience, strength and hope to all he encounters.

“When I think of Michael Booker, the word champion comes to mind.  He was a champion in high school, he was a champion in college, and he was a champion in the NFL, now he is helping others achieve their champion. I’m truly proud and honored to call him my friend.”

Bryant Westbrook, Former NFL CB & El Camino Wildcat

 

By Desiree Astorga

You can also listen to the Desiree Show interview with Michael Booker https://soundcloud.com/the-desiree-show or TheDesireeSHOW on Itunes

https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/thedesireeshow/id1110561718?mt=2

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2016 NFL Preseason Schedule Announced

2016 PRESEASON WEEK-BY-WEEK SCHEDULE

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NFL/HALL OF FAME GAME – AUGUST 7
Green Bay vs. Indianapolis (ESPN, 8/7)

 

WEEK 1 – AUGUST 11-15
Dallas at Los Angeles (ESPN, 8/13)
Carolina at Baltimore
Cleveland at Green Bay
Denver at Chicago
Detroit at Pittsburgh
Houston at San Francisco
Indianapolis at Buffalo
Jacksonville at NY Jets
Miami at NY Giants
Minnesota at Cincinnati
New Orleans at New England
Oakland at Arizona
San Diego at Tennessee
Seattle at Kansas City
Tampa Bay at Philadelphia
Washington at Atlanta


WEEK 2 – AUGUST 18-22
Arizona at San Diego
Atlanta at Cleveland
Baltimore at Indianapolis
Carolina at Tennessee
Chicago at New England
Cincinnati at Detroit
Kansas City at Los Angeles
Miami at Dallas
Minnesota at Seattle
New Orleans at Houston
NY Giants at Buffalo
NY Jets at Washington
Oakland at Green Bay
Philadelphia at Pittsburgh
San Francisco at Denver
Tampa Bay at Jacksonville

WEEK 3 – AUGUST 25-28
Atlanta at Miami (NBC, 8/25)
Cleveland at Tampa Bay (CBS, 8/26)
Tennessee at Oakland (CBS, 8/27)
San Diego at Minnesota (FOX, 8/28)
Arizona at Houston (FOX, 8/28)
Cincinnati at Jacksonville (NBC, 8/28)
Buffalo at Washington
Dallas at Seattle
Detroit at Baltimore
Green Bay at San Francisco
Kansas City at Chicago
Los Angeles at Denver
New England at Carolina
NY Giants at NY Jets
Philadelphia at Indianapolis
Pittsburgh at New Orleans

WEEK 4 – SEPTEMBER 1-2
Baltimore at New Orleans
Buffalo at Detroit
Chicago at Cleveland
Denver at Arizona
Green Bay at Kansas City
Houston at Dallas
Indianapolis at Cincinnati
Jacksonville at Atlanta
Los Angeles at Minnesota
New England at NY Giants
NY Jets at Philadelphia
Pittsburgh at Carolina
San Francisco at San Diego
Seattle at Oakland
Tennessee at Miami
Washington at Tampa Bay

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