Yogi Roth is a former Division 1 college football player at the University of Pittsburgh, who went on to work under Pete Carroll at USC, first in the Trojans player personnel department, and then as an assistant coach to their talented quarterbacks. From 2005-2009 he worked with both John David Booty and Mark Sanchez as the team won two more Pacific-10 titles. Today, he is a TV host, college football analyst for outlets like ESPN, Elite 11, and Pac-12 Networks, best-selling author, motivational speaker, actor and filmmaker. Yogi is also an Athlete Ally.
“To be the 100th member of the Athlete Ally team is something I’m humbled and proud of. Together, we plan on actively partnering with college football programs to join the rapidly growing movement toward respecting everyone, regardless of sexual orientation.
I’ve been fortunate to travel to over 20 countries and work in more than 100 locker rooms and in each setting the common trait is respect. Ranging from respecting ones skill set to ones religion. Now, we are witnessing coaches, teammates and fans begin to respect each other’s sexual preference. To celebrate that and continue to compete to raise awareness that football has no boundaries we encourage everyone to use the hashtag #Football4All, as this great game has no color, no religion and no sexual preference.”
On his brother, Ravi Roth:
"I get paid to talk about football.
To discuss the toughest, most competitive and strong-willed men in sport who risk their health for a sport that they love with their entire soul, as I did when playing.
But I was recently reminded that the gladiators we celebrate are not nearly as tough as we make them out to be. Well, at least they aren’t as tough as a young man who has been a hero of mine for over 20 years.
You see, at times on a field we have a different persona, an ‘alter ego.’ We are even taught to flip that switch and let it rip.
But my hero, who also loves the art of performance in front of large crowds, is a little different. In a world defined by what we do more often than who we are, my hero has never altered regardless of stage. It’s as if he almost dared a team to blitz him and he stood in the pocket, took a shot and delivered. No matter what.
Looking back, I am surprised that my hero didn’t turn on me. In high school and early in my college career I too joined the majority without even knowing it, using an offensive vernacular without recognizing that there would be repercussions, without flinching as I offended millions as a college athlete.
And last week, in a world where we can be defined by what others say and are affirmed by ‘likes’ on social media, my hero truly defined ‘no flinch.’ He simply lived his authentic story with his authentic voice.
And he did it without putting shoulder pads or a helmet on.
So to Ravi—congratulations on your engagement to Josh. We are so lucky to have you both in our family and lucky to be on your team."
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