David Meggyesy is a former former seven-year NFL linebacker with the St. Louis Cardinals and the author of Out of Their League, his best-selling football autobiography which was included in Sports Illustrated’s 100 best sports books ever written.

This professional athlete turned advocate of sport as a vehicle for consciousness education reveals how following your bliss and finding your identity can unlock peak performance.

From the creators of the groundbreaking Sports, Energy and Consciousness Festival comes Omni Athlete™, a new weekly interview show that explores the perspectives of the world’s highest achieving mind, body and spirit competitors to learn their secrets for accessing peak performance. Hosted by longtime NFL sportscaster for the San Francisco 49ers, Rich Walcoff, Omni Athlete is designed to give athletes the techniques and knowledge they need to access their peak performance state. Subscribe for new episodes every Tuesday.


Pulled Quotes

  • “I think as a player, I wondered why we were related to in the way we were related to.” [7:35]
  • “When you’re a professional athlete, the competition is so close… you have to believe that merit is what allows you to play.” [13:45]
  • “It just seemed to be a perfectly natural thing.” [19:05]
  • “What am I doing? I’m just being a person.” [21:01]
  • “What can we do as an organization to encourage the athletic excellence of our players to emerge, flower and thrive?” [23:10]
  • “What do we do to make this guy great?” [24:00]
  • “If you consider the game 90% mental and 10% physical, how much mental training do you do and how much physical?” [28:55]
  • “If we look at consciousness training, that’s where weight training was 50 years ago in sports.” [32:10]
  • “Elite athletes have to develop a certain mental training process.” [33:55]
  • “You can teach your athletes these ways to drop in.” [35:45]
  • “You have to be able to come back to who you are and what you are.” [40:45]
  • “Sport is a theatre for the exceptional.” [47:00]
  • “We are co-creators of our world.” [53:41]


Show Notes

  • David’s perspective on the psyche of a highly competitive athlete [7:35]
  • David’s earliest thoughts and inclinations towards social activism and athletics as a platform for cultural change [11:10]
  • The parallels between David’s protests and Colin Kaepernick’s protests [15:10]
  • Where David’s independent and intuitive thinking came from [17:05]
  • “Meggyesy you’re a distraction,” what that meant in actuality and how his team responded to David’s involvement in the Civil Rights movement [19:45]
  • The new rules of coaching with an integral/whole-person perspective towards athletic excellence [23:10]
  • Thinking independently and acting collectively [25:50]
  • How obstacles affect your mentality and the power of mental resiliency [36:15]
  • Why he began looking into consciousness and sport [42:15]
  • Why people play sports at a raw, primal level [48:00]
  • What Joe Montana and Usain Bolt have in common [48:30]
  • What being an Omni Athlete means [50:45]


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