Lewis Colbert and Tryone Poole in LaGrange to speak at Callaway Conference Center

Amani and Marcus Pollard owners of Maize N’ Grace hosted NFL stars Tyrone Poole and Lewis Colbert in their shop before their speaking engagement in the evening. Ken and Zach Breland dropped by the shop for their book signing. Tyrone and Lewis were in town as keynote speakers for this year’s Brother to Brother event.  Marcus and Steve Bartkowski were keynote speakers at last year’s Brother to Brother. (Pictured L to R - Marcus Pollard, Tyrone Poole, Zach Breland, Lewis Colbert)

     “Brother to Brother” is the annual men’s fellowship event for Troup Transformation, Inc. which is held at Callaway Conference Center on the campus of West Georgia Technical College and includes a silent auction, dinner, and inspirational speakers.

     James Rimmer began the evening talking about the “Fathers in the Field” ministry, an outreach to millions of fatherless boys, and then he introduced Lewis Colbert.

     Lewis told us the uplifting story of how he overcame the adversity of crippling barriers to become an all American punter – setting records at Auburn University and a career as an NFL punter. Lewis was drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs in 1986 and then went on to play for San Diego. In his new book “The Unlikeliest Auburn Tiger” he tells little known stories of Auburn Football and how he overcame many seemingly insurmountable issues. Former Auburn head football coach Pat Dye comments in the the foreword to the book “I never really looked at Lewis as having a disability”.  

     And for the finale Tyrone Poole, a native of LaGrange, spoke. He retired from pro football after playing 13 seasons as a cornerback in the National Football League. Initially, he was drafted by the Carolina Panthers 22nd overall in the 1995 Draft after playing college football at Fort Valley State. Poole also played for the Indianapolis Colts, Denver Broncos, New England Patriots, Oakland Raiders and Tennessee Titans. He earned Super Bowl rings with the Patriots in Super Bowl XXXVIII and Super Bowl XXXIX.

     Tyrone recently published his book “Ultimate Success in the Game of Life,” which offers the former NFL standout’s tips on how to succeed on the field and off. He talked to our group about his formula for success giving the top three tips in his book – have passion for what you do, prepare yourself for what you do, and select the best partnerships to achieve success.

     Maize N’ Grace’s shop is located on Main Street in LaGrange just a couple shops down from the office of Retreat on West Point Lake on LaFayette Square. Please drop by to see their uniques gift shop and say hello.

by Ken Breland, Director of Sales & Marketing for Retreat on West Point Lake
Broker, West Point Lake Realty

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