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EP 38: Interview With Retired Football Player Tavon Mason

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Tavon had a brief career in the NFL, playing for two years, both with the New York Jets.  Poetry is something he has done and has written, as well as children’s books so he is quite talented and more than just a football player!  He started playing organized football when he was in 5th grade, but he started playing around the neighbourhood as a kid before that.  He played with his older brother and his friends which helped him to be tougher and excel his game to a higher level.  Virginia was the university that he chose to go attend, due mainly to the fact that it was not that far from home.  The University of Miami was on his radar as well, but with them having probation issues he decided against going there.  He did play other sports as well with track and football being his main two.  He knew football was his best sport, while track he would do just to help him with football.  His first year at Virginia he red-shirted and did a lot on the scout team establishing himself as a great blocker and wreaking havoc against the starters.  He had a great career while there but his draft year was a wide receiver heavy draft, so he was kind of lost in the shuffle of the position.  He went undrafted, but regrets missing a call from the Philadelphia Eagles who were interested in drafting him.  The Jets picked him up and he was thrilled to get the opportunity to play in the NFL.  After a couple years, he realized that opportunities would not be coming his way.  He even played arena football for a year, but after that he looked towards life after football.  He knew he wanted to help kids and give back to the community.  He started his foundation, and doing things in the area.  They did many different things and one that was needed more than other needs was a slipper drive.  So they take slippers to many hospitals in Maryland and other surrounding States.  His drive to give back is due to the fact that he felt as a pro athlete, it was his duty to give back to those less fortunate.  He also started a new company selling beard butter.  He actually had the idea for a few years, but finally put it into production.  Its an all-natural product and he did tones of research to find the best products to make the best product.  For more information on Tavon, his foundation and his beard butter company, please follow the links provided.

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About the author, Lyle

1st round pick of the BC Lions in the 2001 draft, 3rd overall. 10 year CFL player, retiring in 2011. 2 Grey Cup appearances, winning in 2006.

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