Episode 9

Published on:

21st Sep 2023

More Than a Game To Me: How Austin Ekeler is Building a Legacy On and Off the Field

In this captivating episode René Rodriguez sits down with none other than Austin Ekeler, the #1 Running Back in the NFL. Get ready for an inspiring conversation that delves deep into Austin's extraordinary journey to the NFL, the moment he stood up and accepted a leadership position, and his mentality to seize every opportunity that comes his way.

Austin Ekeler's story is not just about football; it's about determination, resilience, and the pursuit of excellence. René and Austin discuss the pivotal moments in Austin's life that led him to become one of the most electrifying players in the league. From his humble beginnings to his remarkable rise to the top, you'll gain incredible insights into the mindset of a true athlete and leader.

But this episode goes beyond the gridiron. Austin Ekeler is not only a star on the field, but he's dedicated to growing as a person, leader and business man as well in a way that transcends the game and his place in it. Join us for an engaging and motivational conversation that goes deep into the heart and mind of Austin Ekeler. Discover what it takes to excel in the NFL, lead with purpose, and leave a lasting legacy that extends far beyond the field. Whether you're a football fan or simply looking for inspiration, this episode is a must-listen.

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Episode Highlights:

02:30 - From cowboy to Charger, from the ranch to the NFL

06:30- Overlooked & Underestimated

09:00 - The Dark Side of Elite Performance

12:00 - Attentional Narrowing

16:00 - The Pressure Faced on Stage

19:55 - Flow: When the Game Slows Down

25:25 - “You can’t skip the reps”

32:20 - Austin’s work ethic

34:45 - “It was more than a game to me” Austin steps into leadership

38:20 - “To get what we most want you have to face what we most fear”

41:20 - Taking Leadership leads to Opportunities

45:15 - What Does Football Mean to Austin?

52:25 - What Does This Mean For the REST of Us?

53:30 - Austin’s Simple (But NOT Easy) Principles

56:00 - Austin’s entry to real estate

57:00 - @austinekeler on Instagram


About the Podcast

Dive deep into the applicable neuroscience of becoming a better communicator, influencer, and leader.
René Rodriguez takes the neuroscience and psychology behind our behaviors, simplifies it, and combines that with an acute understanding of self-awareness, emotions, storytelling, body language, and more to help each of us better deliver our ideas to others. The result is the ability to enhance our message delivery and connect with our audience whether that audience is one person in front of you, 100, or 1,000 and up. And in the process, we influence outcomes and improve our lives by having a greater impact on the world.

About your host

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Rene Rodriguez

For over two decades, René has been researching and applying behavioral neuroscience as a dynamic keynote speaker, leadership advisor, world class sales expert, and renowned speaker coach. He has also trained more than 100,000 people in applying behavioral psychology and neurology methodologies to solve some of the toughest challenges in leadership, sales and change.