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Overcoming life's adversities is an acquired skill that Floyd D.A. Miley, III has mastered. As a youth, he escaped becoming a victim of generational curses to receive a scholarship to play football at the University of Tennessee Volunteers. In college, he overcame athletic, academic, and life challenges to start two years at defensive back. He is etched forever in Volunteer lore for his now famous blocked field goal return for a touchdown igniting the improbable comeback win 35 -34 in the Miracle at South Bend against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish in 1991. He received his B.A. in Sociology from the University of Tennessee.
In 2010, he was a semester away from earning his MBA when his life spiraled out of control. Like millions of Americans, Floyd found himself unemployed, penniless, and homeless. At the same time, he was haunted by past failures, disappointments, and abandoned dreams. In what should have been the darkest moment of his life became his most enlightened moment. Inspired by A Dream Deferred by Langston Hughes, Floyd discovered and accepted his life’s purpose which renewed his passion to pursue his dreams. Miley III's debut book 'Recognize Your Greatness' stands as a testament to his endurance and desire to empowers, encourages, and inspires others navigation and potential maximization.
He is a rising author, life coach, and public speaker whose innovative approach is garnering considerable acclaim from literary critics and audiences alike. He blends humor, charisma, and keen insight with life experiences to deliver his powerful messages. Recently he was among the key speakers at the 9th Annual Black Issues Conference at the University of Tennessee.
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