Submitted by the Fulton City School District
Tim Green, Syracuse University football legend, former Atlanta Falcons Football player, attorney, and best selling ‘tween and adult book writer, was a recent visitor to Lanigan Elementary School in the Fulton City School District, where he spoke to students about his career, his writing and his life.
Growing up in Liverpool, NY, Green had two dreams: first to play in the National Football League, and second to become a successful writer.
He told the students that in order to become successful and realize a dream that involves sports or the entertainment industry, you need three things. First, you have to have some kind of talent. Secondly, you have to work maniacally with your talent, and finally, you have to be incredibly lucky. “There are people out there who have talent and work hard, but still don’t make it,” he said, adding, “I was unbelievably lucky.” His message was not aimed to discourage students from working toward their dreams, but rather to advise them to make sure they have a backup plan. He encouraged students to always concentrate on their education, which is extremely important in life. He told them, “You don’t have to be lucky to be a doctor; you just have to be smart and work hard.”
Green told the students to remember that school was more important than sports, and also said that there is another thing that is very important and that is character. He encouraged the students to always show kindness and respect and to have tolerance for those who might be different from themselves.
Another important lesson he shared is to read, read, read. He explained to the students that reading is the way to become smarter. “Books are weight-lifting for your brain,” he said. Good books have good heroes and heroines in them and by identifying with the character the reader will want to do good things as well.
Green spoke a great deal about his children and their influence on his writing and character development. He openly shared that the two main characters in his football series Football Genius are based on his children Troy and Tate, including their names. The same is true with his other three children Ty, Tessa and Thane who appear in his baseball book series Baseball Great.
Green has traveled across the country speaking to students about his journey to become a football player and a successful writer, and has shared his message emphasizing the importance of good character and doing well in school. Lanigan’s visit marked the 339th school he has visited.
Green donated 100 books to the school and students’ names were randomly selected to receive the books by Librarian Megan Stasak. Green personally autographed each student’s book.