When Coy Wire was 9 years old he told his dad that he wanted to play college football and someday play in the NFL. Although his journey was certainly unique and difficult, Coy started fulfilling his goal by attending Stanford University on a football scholarship. He led Stanford in rushing as a freshman and in the 2000 Rose Bowl. Then, in 2001, he switched to defense and became the first player in Stanford football history to lead the team in rushing in one season then in tackles in another. But he finally achieved his ultimate goal in 2002, when he was drafted in the 3rd round of the NFL draft by the Buffalo Bills where he played for 6 seasons and then 3 more years with the Atlanta Falcons. Thus tripling the average NFL career of 3 years. Coy was also named a Captain of every team he ever played on. He also received numerous honors such as receiving the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award, being nominated to the NFL Pro Bowl, and he was awarded the coveted Ed Block Courage Award voted by his Atlanta Falcon teammates as a role model of inspiration, sportsmanship and courage.
Today, Coy Wire is a CNN Sports Anchor & Correspondent and a member of HLN’s Weekend Express with Lynn Smith.
Continuing his impact on youth, Coy wrote, “Change Your Mind”, an inspirational book about life, goal setting and using the power of the mind to overcome any and all obstacles along the way. He has been a keynote speaker at many conferences and seminars where he teaches leadership to students, troops, sales teams, and executives at organizations such as UPS, the U.S. Military, and the U.S. Department of Education. Coy has also served as a member on the Board of Directors at Make A Wish®.
Coy’s natural ability to lead, communicate and inspire has consistently been an effective way for him to continue to create positive change in the world. For Coy, life is all about smiles and positive energy.