Joe welcomes professional football player turned investor Alex Smith to the podcast. After playing 16 years in the NFL and inspiring the sports world with his recovery from a life-threatening injury, Alex pivoted to broadcasting and investing in startups. Alex talks about his post-football career, how social media impacts professional athletes, and why he chose to invest in sports nutrition company, UCAN.
About Alex Smith: Alex Smith was the #1 overall pick in the 2005 NFL Draft. In his 14th season, he suffered a life-threatening injury to his right leg that nearly resulted in amputation. Although he was expected to never play again, he completed a lengthy rehabilitation process and started as quarterback in 2020, leading Washington to an NFC East division title and earning the NFL Comeback Player of the Year award. He retired after his incredible recovery, regarded as one of the greatest comebacks in NFL history. Alex has become a leader in the sports community, a recognized TED talk speaker, and ESPN Monday Night Football Analyst. Smith is now a UCAN investor, ambassador and part of our Fitness Advisory Board.
About UCAN: Based in the US, UCAN is a company obsessed with the science of health and fitness. UCAN enables active users to gain confidence in their inherent abilities to push their limits by unlocking their body’s full potential through smarter energy. UCAN’s revolutionary products deliver steady, long-lasting energy without the spikes and crashes associated with sugar and other common carbs. Maintaining stable blood sugar allows for more productivity, focus, and optimal energy levels. Originally created for a child with a rare metabolic disorder, UCAN is trusted by over 80 colleges, 40 pro teams, Olympic marathoners, triathletes, cyclists, group fitness coaches, thought leaders in health and performance, and recreational athletes for foundational nutrition to be at their best. Learn more at ucan.co, and stay up to date by following @GenUCAN on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. UCAN nutrition products are currently available in powder, pre-mixed, energy mix, and bar formats, in a variety of flavors, at 350+ specialty run, bike and tri stores around the country, Lifetime gyms, and can be purchased online at ucan.co or on Amazon.