Sonora, CA– Retired NFL linebacker Mike Merriweather was the guest speaker today at a breakfast fundraiser in Sonora.
The annual event benefitting the Boy Scouts of America, was held in the Oak Glen Room at the Best Western Sonora Oaks Hotel and Conference Center.
Merriweather, who retired in 1993, played for the Pittsburgh Steelers, Minnesota Vikings and New York Jets during the 1980’s and 90’s. He spoke about the importance of goal setting and being positive.
“If you really want to go for your dreams and be successful, you have to follow the guaranteed Merriweather Rules,” said Merriweather. “Avoid negative people and negative situations, know what you want and how to get it and remember that confidence equals repetition. Once you do something 42 times you own it.”
Merriweather says his final rule of success is to “pay it forward” by giving back to the community.
“That’s why I’m here speaking today, paying it forward. I had people in my life encourage me, tell me to keep smiling and to keep going. Everyone has the opportunity, and they can make it.”
Although Merriweather was not a boy scout, he says he was a cub scout growing up in his hometown of Vallejo. He is also a graduate of the University of Pacific and currently resides in Stockton.