“There is no greater love than this; that a man would lay down his life for the sake of his friends.” John 15:13
From the football field to the business world, Russ and Andrew have chosen to be their brothers’ keepers.
The two met in 2008 at their alma mater Oklahoma State University, where they were teammates — and standouts — on the Cowboys’ football team. Both had bright futures: Russ was a left tackle, eventually chosen sixth overall by the Seattle Seahawks in the 2010 NFL draft; Andrew was a cornerback, on the path to the pros until a career-ending neck injury shifted his reality.
It was through that time of trouble that Andrew realized that Russ, who constantly came by his room during his rehabilitation, wasn’t just a star athlete or a gifted scholar, but a true leader. It wasn’t what they did or even what was discussed that was special so much as it was that Russ simply showed up. He was dependable and took time out of his day to show he cared for someone else. In those moments, Russ exemplified and embodied the spirit of great men who’d come before him, men who are the foundation of GREATER.
As Russ and Andrew’s friendship grew and deepened, a community need was realized and a movement was born: GREATER.
With outreach in both the athletic and technology sectors, Russ and Andrew — who went on to coach at both Oklahoma State University and West Virginia University — see themselves in the neighborhoods they serve. By leveraging their platform in athletics, GREATER’s co-founders are investing in those communities and bringing effective resources and best practices to underserved populations, ultimately empowering young adults to realize their true potential and providing opportunities for them to reach it.