Last fall, a business website put together a list of the “Top 50 Motivators on the Web” — leaders who regularly share encouragement online to keep their followers moving forward. The top of the list contained prominent names like Oprah, Stephen Covey and the Dalai Lama.
Sitting at No. 20 was an unexpected name that nonetheless jumps out at Baylor fans: former wide receiver Trent Shelton, BA ’06, right there ahead of national figures like Bill Gates, Dave Ramsey and Lance Armstrong.
After starring at Baylor — Shelton still ranks among Baylor’s top 10 in career receptions, receiving yards and receiving touchdowns — the wideout spent three years in the NFL with the Colts, Seahawks and Redskins before injuries cut his career short. After battling depression and even thoughts of suicide, he found his place with God and now heads an organization called RehabTime, which aims to “uplift positivity, educate, and empower people in their everyday life.”
Shelton also works as a motivational speaker, sharing a similar message to audiences across the country. He has more than 12,000 likes on Facebook and more than 110,000 followers on Twitter, where he daily shares motivational messages in 140 characters or less.
Sic ’em, Trent!