A retired professional football player is to be the first speaker in this school year's Good Morning World lecture series.
Frank Stams, a former University of Notre Dame and National Football League football player, is to deliver "How Football was Important to Me" during Tiffin University's breakfast lecture Oct. 20.
Michael Grandillo, TU's vice president for development and public affairs, said Stams is going to talk about Notre Dame football, leadership and some contemporary issues confronting college football and higher education.
"(He is) very friendly, very charismatic," he said.
According to information from TU, Stams graduated from St. Vincent-St. Mary High School in 1984 and played football at Notre Dame. He was drafted by the Los Angeles Rams in the second round of the 1989 draft. He played for the Rams for three years and the Cleveland Browns for four years before retiring in 1995, it states.
Stams lives in Akron, works with Evans Insurance Agency and broadcasts high school and Mid-American Conference football for Sports Time Ohio, according to the information from TU.
Grandillo said more and more people love athletes and former athletes who speak during Good Morning World. He said he was seeking a Notre Dame player because the area has many fans of the university, and he thought it would be good to have a Notre Dame graduate in Tiffin to talk about the university's football program and about what football can do to create great young men and leaders.
The series hasn't had a Notre Dame representative since Gerry Faust, former coach, spoke in November 2006.
"(Stams') name came to mind," Grandillo said.
Grandillo said Good Morning World started in 1983 and offers five speeches each school year. The series provides a great opportunity for people in northwest Ohio to see unique speakers who otherwise are not available, he said.
"(People can expect) another diverse and interesting breakfast series," he said.