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Former NFL Player Speaks to Students in Watford City


August 19, 2020 | View PDF

Garrett Sickels signs autographs after his talk at the Rough Rider Center.

Former Penn State standout and retired NFL linebacker Garrett Sickels spoke to area students and football players at the Rough Rider Center on Aug. 12. Sickels works for Rick Woolsey, R&R Construction CEO, San Diego. R&R Construction helps to build critical infrastructure in the area.

Sickels chose to retire from the NFL after suffering repeated back injuries. He shared his inspiring story of attending Penn State and eventually moving on to the NFL. Sickels played outside linebacker for the Los Angeles Rams and Washington Redskins before his retirement.

Sickels shared his top five motto for success in both sports and life in general. 1) Positive attitude. 2) Compete in everything you do. 3) Hard work ethic. 4) Be willing to sacrifice. 5) Don't ever take a single play off, avoid slacking.


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