Lynell Hamilton, President
Lynell Maurice Hamilton was born and raised in what has recently been reported as one of the top Ten most Dangerous Cities in the USA, Stockton California. He is the youngest of three children born to Leo Sr. and Veronica Hamilton. Despite growing up in a community that would appear more eager to expect failures than support successes, Lynell was remarkably able to do just that. Succeed where the majority of his classmates and peers growing up would unfortunately fail. With constant encouragement from parents who promoted a never say “I Can’t” work ethic, a solid family support system and an un-wavering faith in God, Lynell grew up believing he could. And so…he did.
From the young age of 9, Lynell developed a passion for Football that his Father nurtured. His parents believed it would be football that served as the distraction needed to keep him off the streets and out of trouble. Lynell would ultimately become one of the top prospects ever to come out of his hometown, but his parents also assured him that without an education, his successes in life and in football would be short lived. He graduated from Edison High School in 2003 with Honors, a 3.6 GPA and more than 43 scholarship offers which included some of the nations top universities and multiple Ivy League colleges. In 2003 he signed a letter of intent to play football for San Diego State University where he would go on to start at Running Back as a Freshman for the Aztecs.
Lynell arrived on Montezuma Mesa in 2003 as one of the most decorated recruits in nearly two decades and lived up to the hype by producing the best rookie season by an Aztec since Marshall Faulk. Despite a college career plagued with injuries, it was determination, discipline and a will to succeed that earned him his ticket to what NFL Players refer to as “The Show.” In 2009 he played an active role in the Running Back corps en route to the Saints Super Bowl Championship win.
Following the 2010 Super Bowl win, Hamilton became a first time father and lists that as one of his greatest accomplishments. It was the idea of becoming a father that inspired what would later become the Hamilton’s Heart Foundation.
Shortly after graduating Lynell took an intern coaching position with the Oakland Raiders. It was during this time that he and a former teammate Brett Swain would create a nationwide forum for current and former professional athletes to present themselves as coaches, emphasizing their expertise at specific positions and Fast Play Athletics was born. The company and its website are designed to connect agents, speed companies, athletes and their parents with position specific coaches whose on-the-field expertise adds extra depth to their experience and understanding of the preparation needed for success. The Fast Play Athletics website currently hosts over 100 current and former professional athletes.
Lynell was blessed with a support system that many children might take for granted. Loving parents who motivated, encouraged and worked to instill a strong sense of self worth in their children thus leading them to believe they can accomplish whatever it is they set their minds to. Lynell recognizes and acknowledges this foundation on which his successes were built and so in turn, has decided to build Hamilton’s Heart with hopes of offering this same support to children who have grown up without the benefit of someone telling them, “You can…”