Tom McManus was one of the original members of the Jacksonville Jaguars (1995-1999). After finishing his career at Boston College as an All-American, he found himself out of football for two full seasons, tending bar in Chicago, while dreaming of playing in the NFL. He made the team in the Jaguars first year of existence and played an instrumental role during the Jaguars early successes in the mid-to-late 90’s, including being the starting middle linebacker for the team during it’s Cinderella year of 1996 when the Jaguars reached the AFC Championship Game in only their second year. In 1999, a foot injury sidelined him for good and his dream was over. Tom was known for his all out work ethic on the field and his approachability off it. He is a member of the BC Hall of Fame Class of 2009.
Suck It Up! was created in honor of an American Hero and for the future of our children. It is a message of “tough love” to the American people, to get us back to what made our great country the strongest in the world.
Tom’s talks are centered on the Suck It Up! Way of Life Principles which state; Look in the mirror, offer no excuses, and be the best we can be in everything we are and do.
Tom believes in the life philosophy of “no passing the buck and no finger pointing, just looking in the mirror and being honest with the reflection! Although Suck It Up! Join the Movement! has compassion, at the end of the day it is up to us to make our lives as good as we want!”
He has built his second career as a self-employed entrepreneur, including owning and hosting his talk radio show, “Tom McManus Uncensored”, during morning drive on the regional Fox network, Sports Radio 930.
A published author, Tom speaks to all types and sizes of audiences. His book is a life story based on his relationship with his father. It is titled, “We’ll Always Be Pals”; The last words of a dying father and a true hero! It is a true story filled with lessons passed down from a father to his son and from generation to generation. Tom shares his experiences and stories about his father all throughout his talks.
He is co-owner of Con-Manus, Inc., which houses all the entities of Suck It Up! Join the Movement!, including the Suck It Up! Internet Radio Network.
Tom is also a partner in Suck It Up! Productions, a production company dedicated to creating and developing all types of projects for various mediums; reality TV, feature film, and musical productions. Tom is known for networking and bringing people together to make things happen.
He is heavily involved with the Northeast Florida community and beyond, helping out charitable causes wherever he can, most notably, Veterans Farm, The Wounded Warrior Project, Tom Coughlin’s Jay Fund Foundation and The C.H.I.L.D. Cancer Fund.
A family man, Tom credits his success due to the inspiration of his wife Kristina and their three daughters, Avery, Kelsey and Harley. Tom currently resides in Ponte Vedra Beach, a beach community just outside Jacksonville, Florida. To book motivational speaker Tom McManus call Executive Speakers Bureau at 901-754-9404
Cable TV Bureau
"Tom was outstanding spoke for over an hour and got a standing ovation, better than the last time I saw him I would use him again in a second and will recommend him to others."
All Florida Insurance
All industries are in a constant state of change, none more than the Healthcare sector. Tom's presentation to the Jacksonville Association of Health Underwriters was spot on! We are in control of our own destiny and his message to us to "suck it up!" resonated with each and every member. Thanks for the kick in the pants Tom... we all needed it!"
Pete Fowler Construction Services
"I am a classic, a-type, make-stuff-happen entrepreneur, but NOT a sports guy. Never was. When Super Bowl Sunday comes around, I never know who's playing until Saturday, and there are years when I have never even heard of one of the teams. Like most "not sports guys," I don't get the whole sports-guy thing. But I get Tom McManus. It surprised me how inspired I was by the talk Tom gave to a tough audience of cocky young entrepreneurs. I came home and showed my kids videos of Tom from the internet, and talked to them about his messages. Listening to Tom was a great investment of my valuable time."
Independent Armored Car Operators Association
"On behalf of the Independent Armored Car Operators Association... but more importantly from me... I would like to thank you for your motivational speech. You spoke from the heart with a passion that moved everyone in the room. Your speech was the highlight of the convention"
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