Meet Don Carey

Meet Don Carey

Don Carey believes real success is not defined only by the number of goals we reach but also the number of people we reach. A celebrated NFL player, author, speaker, CEO, philanthropist, and activist, Don is on a mission to use his influence to help others find success.


Originally from Hampton Roads, Virginia, where his wife, LaKeisha, and their children still reside, Don retired from the NFL after playing for ten years. He began his professional career as a safety for the Jacksonville Jaguars before moving to the Detroit Lions in 2011.


In 2016, he was nominated as Detroit Lions Walter Payton Man of the Year for his commitment to community service.

Since retiring from the NFL, Don enjoys traveling to speak at various colleges and grade schools, where he teaches, challenges, and inspires our next generation of leaders. Continually seeking new ways to make a positive impact, Don founded The Don Carey REECH foundation, INC (, which uses sports as a hook to educate and connect students to meaningful careers in STEM. In his first book," It's Not Because I'm Better Than You," Don shares his personal story and the principals he and others used to find success. The book was released in 2017 to rave reviews.

Don is currently studying to receive his Masters in Theological Studies with a focus in the Old Testament at Moody Theological Seminary and received his Bachelor's Degree in Building Construction Technology from Norfolk State University shortly before he was drafted into the NFL in 2009.

Don also serves as the President for the New Chesapeake Men for Progress, whose mission is to improve the quality of life for the citizens of Chesapeake through civic, moral, social, and religious leadership and development.

Don is passionate about continuing education, serving the community, and using his resources to make a positive impact on those around him. Inspiring, relevant, and relatable, he is dedicated to using his struggles and successes to help others triumph.