Never Get Caught on the Bench


You have to wake up every day with a sense of desperation and a chip on your shoulder and never—ever—get caught on the bench. See the story of Fran Tarkenton’s first football game with the University of Georgia Bulldogs.

This is an excerpt from Fran’s keynote speech at the 2014 DECA International Career Development Conference. See the full speech here.

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Fran Tarkenton

Fran Tarkenton

Fran Tarkenton is an entrepreneur and NFL Hall of Famer, and the founder of and Tarkenton Companies. With a passion for small business, he’s started more than 20 businesses during and after his NFL career. Fran is a small business coach for entrepreneurs and business owners, providing advice and guidance through sites such as,, and more. He has written about business issues in the Wall Street Journal, U.S. New and World Report, and USA Today, along with regular appearances on CNN, Fox News, and MSNBC. You can follow Fran on Twitter @Fran_Tarkenton.