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.
Debbie Prescott Advisory Board Chairperson
Deb Prescott, Agent – Owner of Deb Prescott State Farm. Deb has spent the last 20 years helping businesses and families in the Tampa Bay area. Dedicated to community service, Deb has volunteered her time, talent and treasure to serve Mentoring with Purpose Charity nearly a decade.
Darlene Bailey Co-Chairman, Atlanta
As an avid football and basketball fan, Darlene has volunteered countless hours, both on the field and courts, as well as behind the scenes. My passion became a part of my everyday life when I reached the ninth grade and was asked to volunteer with the basketball programs….
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 …
Michael K. Bigos Marketing & Brand Director
Michael K. Bigos is an accomplished Design Consultant, Brand Designer & Strategist in Tampa, Florida helping businesses and organizations gain a competitive advantage via branding solutions, marketing, and visual/digital communications. Michael has 20+ years experience in the Department…
Jeremy Halberg Advisory Board Member
As a Financial Professional with Mass Mutual Perimeter, Jeremy prides himself on developing trusting relationships and taking the time to understand individual’s needs, values and goals….
Shawn T 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…