From Biology Teacher to NFL Official: The Inspiring Journey of Craig Wrolstad

The Quarterback DadCast

24-08-2023 • 1 hr 10 mins

What happens when a biology teacher transforms into an NFL official? On today's episode, we're joined by none other than Craig Wrolstad, who has been making significant calls in the NFL since 2003.   Craig was my biology teacher way back in 1992 and our paths woudl later cross during my days playing quarterback at Central Washington University.  You will find the story funny....so listen for it!

Venturing back in time, we explore Craig's formative years in Renton, the impact of his encouraging parents, and his passion for sports. We discuss how his father's job at Continental Airlines sparked his love for travel. The conversation takes an inspiring turn as we chart Craig's transition from teaching to officiating in the NFL. He also shares his teaching experiences, illuminating the drastic changes in education, particularly in science and technology.  Craig will tell a story about Brett Favre, along with his journey from the Pac-12 that led him eventually to the NFL.

At the end of our conversation, we delve into Craig's advice for dads, the need for positivity and mentoring, and the power of instilling self-belief in kids.  We also highlight a pressing issue - the need for officials in youth sports. Craig lends his insight into how belief shapes our lives and perspectives.   The wise Bruce Brown also is highlighted in this episode, given the impact that he had on Craig and me.

This episode is a must-listen for dads, sports enthusiasts, and anyone seeking an inspiring life story.

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