Don Yaeger, motivational speaker, keynote speaker, four-time New
York Times best-selling author, thrills audiences with his stories
as a professional speaker and messages about what makes the great
In a keynote speech, Don Yaeger said "Success rarely presents
itself without reason or cause. People do not simply find success,
but rather put themselves in a position to earn it by how well they
prepare and how hard they work to overcome the challenges and adversity
they face in life."
Don Yaeger has witnessed the success stories behind some of the
greatest sports figures of our time, and the lessons he's he shares
with audiences all over the world as a motivational speaker and
professional speaker, gives the groups the true path to success.
Don Yeaeger is one of only 200 authors in the world to have four
books on the New York Times Best Seller List.
Few can lay claim to as exciting and colorful career as Don. In
his 20-plus years as a journalist, he has conducted interviews with
some of the greatest athletes of our time - Michael Jordan, Mia
Hamm, Emmitt Smith, Serena Williams, Jimmy Connors and countless
others. He has lived with Walter Payton, writing the NFL legend's
autobiography as Payton courageously battled cancer, and even interviewed
the President of the United States in the Oval Office.
1984 graduate of Ball
with degrees in both journalism and history, Yaeger began his career
in journalism as a reporter for the San Antonio Light where he rose
through the ranks to pen investigative features for the daily. He
later moved on to the Dallas Morning News. Following his stint in
Yaeger worked as a political editor for the Florida Times-Union.
He is also a two-time finalist for the National Magazine Award and
has been included three times in Best American
four years, he dedicated himself solely to the pursuit of writing
books. Yaeger's first book, Undue Process: The NCAA's Injustice
For All, was published by Sagamore Publishers in 1990. He has since
gone on to write ten other sports-related books and co-authored
the highly-publicized New York Times Best-seller, 1998's Sports
Book of Year, Pros & Cons: The Criminals Who Play in the NFL.
In the fall of 2000 Don published Never
Die Easy, The Autobiography of Walter Payton with Random House.
It became a New York Times Best-seller. Recently, his book, Ya Gotta
Believe, about the battle baseball legend Tug McGraw fought against
cancer also became an instant Times bestseller.
several years of freelancing for SPORTS ILLUSTRATED, Don joined
the magazine's staff full-time in July 1996. Two years, later he
was promoted to Associate Editor, where his work was to cover not
just sporting events but the legal issues, controversial happenings
and major issues affecting the world of sports.
and raised in Hawaii,
Yaeger has traveled extensively. The Dominican
Japan and Great
Britain can be counted among the
countries in which he has resided.
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