Roosevelt Nix- From Substitute Teacher to NFL Starter

Roosevelt Nix (@dat_dude_nix45) is the starting fullback for the Pittsburgh Steelers. He played college ball at Kent State, winning the MAC Defensive Player of Year as a freshman and was also the first player in school history to be named first team all MAC for all 4 years. After going undrafted, he was picked up by the Atlanta Falcons but was released during training camp. Listen below to hear how Rosie went from undrafted, to free agent to Pittsburgh Steeler in the course of a year.

Just from meeting with Rosie for the podcast and a couple times beforehand, he is legit a good dude. You can tell he cares about people and has a lot of wisdom/perspective/insight to offer. In this episode, we talk about his journey and also alot of  interesting things outside of football. Hope you enjoy.

Million Dollar Idea

How much would you sell your dream for?

What is an idea worth? A Million Dollars? A Billion?

Really what is the price?

As these thoughts came to my head, I started writing the following blog post at 3 am and thought I’d share. Hopefully it helps/inspires at least one person.

I rephrase the question to myself. “How valuable is an idea, really?”

I quit my job and started a podcast roughly 5 months ago. How much would someone have to give me to remove these last 5 months from my life?


I say this as I sit back and look up at the ceiling and think of the experiences I’ve had thus far since beginning this journey. And I realize it would be so hard to explain “why” in a short sitting or in a single blog post. And this is the reason I am going to be writing a lot more. I will discuss things I’ve learned from my guests on the podcast, the experiences I’ve had and the things/theories I will be testing out.

In addition, I will be Vlogging my journey on YouTube soon. This can help you see what’s going on behind the scenes and how things have been happening. I’ll be honest I’m not too too crazy about sharing myself on social platforms. Why should anyone care about what I’m doing or what I’m up to. So if you do. Thank you, I appreciate your support and curiosity. Vlogging will be a somewhat out of my comfort zone, but I think doing videos will be cool and add another dimension to Chillin with Deke. Here’s my channel if you’d like to check it out. Feel free to subscribe, comment, etc.

So what makes an idea invaluable or worth so much that one would never sell it? In my opinion is action. There’s tons of ideas/dreams I’ve had but never acted on them, and for whatever reason I pulled the trigger on this one. The last thing I want to do is come off as bragging or boastful because honestly I really don’t have much idea what I’m doing. A lot of time I’m filled with uncertainty and question what I’m doing, but there’s always hope and optimism that won’t let me stop. So I encourage you if there’s something you really want to do in your life. Just do it. Regret later. But I’m pretty sure if you go for it you won’t regret. : )

Stay Chillin