Former pro athlete encourages students to make wise decisions

Former Pro Football Player Roman Gabriel III speaking to students at Newton-Conover Middle School on Dec. 18 about his alcohol and drug abstinence program
By Michelle T. Bernard

Former pro football player, Roman Gabriel III, visited students at Newton-Conover Middle School on Dec. 18 to talk to students about the dangers of drug and alcohol use and to encourage them to take a public three step pledge – the Sold Out Pledge
The pledge is for students to be alcohol and drug abstinent and to be accountable to parents, friends, teachers and coaches, to help their friends to be alcohol and drug abstinent and to share their decision with parents and/or guardians.
“We all have abilities and dreams but there is one thing that all successful people have in common – goals,” Gabriel said.
“They understand that setting goals is the road map to success,” Gabriel said. “That having dreams is great but with no map from Point A to Point B, it’s tough to reach your dreams.”
“I knew football wasn’t going to last forever,” Gabriel told the students. “So I had Plan B.”
Plan B for Gabriel was an interest in being a broadcaster and public speaker.  He told the students that he would rather be doing what he was doing today than to play in the Super Bowl.
Gabriel then showed a video of many successful individuals in various disciplines all sharing their own personal motivational messages.
Gabriel’s Sold Out Program is intended to be a 365-day a year accountable program for students administered via The program includes alcohol abstinence education, life skills training in preparation for college or a job. It is an online program utilizing videos.
Currently living in Boone with his wife of 20 years, Marsha, Gabriel travels around North Carolina giving motivational talks to students encouraging them to take the Sold Out Pledge.