The Playmakers First Super Bowl Champion!

Jordan Richards has been a champion all his life.

From the time Jordan stepped into the classroom or on the field he was destined for great things.  The latest in his achievements is he is now a Super Bowl Champion.  In only his second year with the New England Patriots Jordan will have Super bowl ring alongside his Rose Bowl ring and Stanford degree.

Jordan Richards before being recruited by the New England Patriots in 2015.

Richards has been a Playmaker since his freshman year of high school when he showed up to talk to youth football Playmakers about character and serving others in the community.  Jordan has spoken to

Playmaker kids, purchased jerseys for “Jordan’s Playmakers” and seen to it that they have seen him play at Stanford and much more.

STANFORD, CA – Saturday, Sept. 3, 2010: Stanford defeated San Jose State 57-3 at Stanford Stadium.

Jordan’s signature on Playmakers extends now to recruiting Harrison Phillips, Stanford’s 6’3” 290 pound defensive tackle who has taken Jordan’s baton locally.  Phillips will soon join Jordan in the NFL.  Recruiting character athletes for mentoring younger kids is part of Playmakers “pay-it-forward” philosophy led by Richards.

Richards, Phillips and Playmaker Executive Director, Greg Roeszler are now in planning it’s 8th afterschool academy that will be in Palo Alto creating a permanent legacy of Jordan and Harrison at Stanford.  Jordan is leaving a lasting imprint on hundreds of at-risk kids through Playmakers.

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For more information about our Character and Leadership Academy, visit ThePlaymakers.org or contact Coach Roz.

 

The Coach Roz book that started it all…

Coach Roz wrote Coaching for a Bigger Win a number of years ago – it was the beginning of the character development program being implemented in our after-school literacy programs.

Coach Roz bigger winThis book is not about coaching. It’s about building character. That’s the bigger win.

Success in life starts on the playing field—where kids learn lessons that last a lifetime. The Playmakers summer sports camps change the lives of inner-city kids. Learn Coach Roz’s methods so you, too, can coach for that bigger win—at home and in school, as well as on the field. Whether you are a coach, a teacher, or a parent—build your team while building kids’ character. Coach Roz gives you 22 easy-to-follow rules….read more on Amazon here.

Greg Roeszler’s athletic career includes being a quarterback/punter at the University of Minnesota and San Diego State, as well as a camp quarterback with the Oakland Raiders in 1980. His passion for lost and forgotten kids led him to leave a successful career as a sales and management trainer so he could devote his life to working with at-risk kids. As Greg puts it, “I am a High School Football Coach, a Husband and Dad struggling to be the man I have been called to be.” Out of that calling, Playmakers Mentoring Foundation was born. Supported early on by a network of coaches and friends who shared his vision, Playmakers now reaches throughout the State of California, and is beginning to emerge on the national and international scene as well. You can learn more about this amazing outreach on their web site, www.ThePlaymakers.org. Greg, his wife, Linda, and their two daughters live in Sacramento, California.

If you would like to email Coach Roz directly, contact him here.

Playmakers Summer Football Camp 2015 Recap

sponsorHorzStripeThank you to the generous sponsors of our 2015 Summer Football Camp.

Porter Communications: Designed and provided promotional materials.

Douglas Taylor Photography: Provided photos to document event and post on website. You can see our gallery of The Playmakers Summer Football Camp 2015 here.

VSP: In their mobile eye care center at our event, every player was given a free eye exam and glasses if they were needed — at no cost to them or their family.

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Jordan Richards IS a Playmaker

Jordan Richards is making a difference in the lives of local students.

“Jordan’s Playmaker Pups” are a group of kids at 4 elementary schools who he is encouraging and rewarding for reading, academic and character development.
Jordan has enlisted Harrison Phillips (Stanford defensive end) to carry on the Stanford/Playmaker connection, as Jordan moves forward with his football career.

We invite you to join Jordan and Playmakers in our commitment to creating Uncommon Men. Learn more about our mentoring and sponsorship programs.

Stanford highlighted:

Jordan’s Accomplishments so far, along with being Team Captain:

• National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete Award
• Stanford’s 12th winner, first since 2011
• Pop Warner National College Football Award
• Phil Steele All-America fourth team
• SI.com All-America honorable mention
• Capital One Academic All-District
• Pac-12 All-Academic first team
• All-Pac-12 first team
• Phil Steele All-Pac-12 first team
• Campbell Trophy finalist
• Lott IMPACT Trophy semifinalist
• Bednarik Award watch list
• Nagurski Award watch list
• Senior CLASS Award candidate
• ESPN.com midseason All-America
• ESPN.com preseason All-America

There Is An Oak In Palo Alto

Spring ball 2012 is beginning or has begun around the country. It is a time of the year when most college football players make the team and depth charts are set. Spring ball is the time where kids rise to the next level or fall off and head home.

They head home for a variety of reasons: grades, competition, homesickness, or character breakdowns that embarrass themselves, their families or the institution that is paying for their schooling. Junior colleges will fill their rosters with some head cases that just didn’t understand the opportunity they had in front of them.

Let me put a kid on your radar screen who will not be coming home, except to say, “Hello.” He is beginning Spring ball in his sophomore season at Stanford and his name is Jordan Richards. I get excited just writing about Jordan. He is one of the most humble kids I have ever met and plays the game with his hair on fire. Richards is the real deal in every sense of the term. He is a student/athlete who understands that academics comes first. He played as a true freshman at safety and will hit you hard enough to give the ball carrier snot bubbles. If I had to bet, Jordan will play on Sundays after he graduates from one of the nation’s top institutions.

Each Friday I text a handful of kids who play college football around the country, wishing them luck and to stay healthy. I am so proud that whatever road trip they are on, I will get a text back from each of them that says, “Thanks, Coach.” Jordan’s text is usually a little longer as he asks how “the boys” (that I am coaching) are doing. He really wants to know how they are. He has the heart of a Warrior-Poet. He is a man who has a heart for others. He was built for others. Jordan Richards will make a difference on the field, at home and in the community, and Jordan will make others around him better men. He is the product of two parents who instilled values that Jordan learned and follows. Pretty simple formula really – establish values, and build character traits around those values.

Jordan is a leader in every sense of the word. I have watched him speak to our Playmakers in many different settings with a humble confidence that makes me proud. He talks of sacrifice, about putting team above self, and his faith. His priorities are in order and the future is very bright for this young man. He has already played on the biggest college stage and never flinched as a freshman, covering some of the best in the country. Richards is even a better man than he is a football player. He was recruited by Jim Harbaugh, and when Harbaugh left for the 49ers, Jordan never wavered because he made a commiment to something bigger than an individual.

Jordan Richards will play on Sundays if he wants to and if it is in God’s plan. You see, Jordan will follow God’s plan for him. When he is playing on Sundays, he will still answer my texts, show up when you ask him to, I won’t have to go through his agent to reach him, and I won’t have to pay him a speaker’s fee. He just knows that he is blessed, he has a responsibility to pay-it-forward, and will give all that he has.

In a day where we need heroes who can be counted on, this is a guy that is worth watching. Keep your eye on Jordan Richards on the field and off. He is an uncommon man who I am proud to say, “I know him.”

…Coach Roz

Coach Roz Is the Executive Director of Playmakers Mentoring Foundation, which is based in Sacramento. To contact Coach Roz, you can email him here.

This article was first published on 02-28-2012.