Born in Jacksonville, Florida, Frank D. Murphy persevered through countless obstacles to living out his dream of playing professional football. His journey to the NFL began in high school where he won numerous awards as the senior running back and return specialist at West Nassau High School, including All-American, All-State, and Player of the Year. Murphy spent his first two years of college playing football for Itawamba Community College and Garden City Community College; subsequently, he was named to the National Junior College Athletic Association All-American first team and National Player of the Year. Murphy then transferred to football powerhouse Kansas State University in 1998. Murphy still holds three Powercat Strength Records: 4.22 in the 40-yard dash, 42″ vertical jump and 42.04 300 yard shuttle.

In 2008, Murphy was inducted into the National Junior College Hall of Fame. After a successful collegiate football career, Murphy was drafted by the Chicago Bears in 2000. In the NFL, Murphy suited up as a running back, wide receiver and return specialist for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Miami Dolphins, and Houston Texans. Murphy also played in the Canadian Football League for the Toronto Argonauts and in the United Football League for the Florida Tuskers. Murphy’s successful professional football career equipped him to train celebrity athletes. Beyond the football field, Murphy has consistently engaged with the community and support programs that educate and empower others to realize their dreams.

Throughout his career, Murphy has held numerous football camps, workshops and toy drives for at-risk youth; Murphy was granted the Key to the City of Callahan, Florida and has been honored with multiple awards and recognition for his community service, including the 2017 President Barack Obama Lifetime Achievement Award, a prestigious national honor offered to outstanding citizens in recognition of sustained volunteer services.

In 2017, Frank D. Murphy also received the Tampa Bay Lightning Community Hero Award, celebrating the philanthropic efforts of grassroots, and the ‘Most Valuable Philanthropist in Sports Award’ honoring the achievements of one deserving philanthropist in the world of sports each year. While devoting his work full time to community initiatives, Frank D. Murphy founded Mentoring With Purpose Charity, a nonprofit organization on a mission to inspire and empower young men and women to achieve their full potential as leaders, which hosts the annual Put Down Your Fake I.D. Leadership Conference.

Murphy is also the bestselling author of The Man Behind The Helmet. The Man Behind the Helmet book imparts life lessons Murphy learned along his journey to the NFL and beyond, and features a heartfelt forward by Superbowl-winning coach, Tony Dungy. In addition to writing, Murphy is known for his successful media productions, including the Frank D. Murphy educational stage play and the Frank D. Murphy podcast show.

  • Shawn Brown Chairman - Kansas City, MO

    Shawn Brown was born and raised in Kansas City, KS and the youngest of six children. He has always had a passion for playing the game of basketball and was blessed to play it as a multiple year varsity letterman at F.L. Schlagle High School where he received 1 st Team All Kansas honors…

  • Rosalind Walker-Allen Event Coordinator / Planner

    Rosalind Walker-Allen is an event planner and coordinator. Rosalind has been providing her event planning talents to Mentoring with Purpose Charity Inc since day one. She is the business owner of 2ndChance Event Planning and Catering …

  • Tysyn Hartman Board Member, Kansas City, MO

    Tysyn graduated from Kansas State University in 2010 where he earned his bachelor’s degree in Finance. He was also a 2-year captain on the football team, was an Academic All-American, and a finalist for the Campbell Trophy…

  • Aaron L. Morgan Board Member, Kansas City, MO

    Aaron Morgan is a Financial Advisor with HighPointe Financial Group located in Overland Park, Kansas. He specializes in helping businesses navigate the sensitive areas of sustaining and growing their business…

  • Eric Cox Board Member, Kansas City, MO

    A lifelong resident of Kansas City, Eric Cox has spent the better part of twenty years working in the Information Technology field consulting and managing a variety of teams and projects in the manufacturing and agriculture industries…

  • Ray Bingley Board Member, Kansas City, MO


    Understanding the ability to relate with people is what has made Ray Bingley a leader in the sales industry. I have been a successful sales representative with several companies….

  • Joe Hoglund Board Member, Kansas City, MO


    Joe Hoglund spent the early part of his career in the entertainment industry.  He spent fifteen years working as a radio broadcaster and standup comedian…

  • Jeremy Mercado Board Member, Kansas City, MO


    Leadership, mentoring, guidance are some of the most important things in someone’s life. They can define the path someone travels, the quality of life they have, and the outlook of society on a grander scale…

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