“Richie’s story and book lit a fire within me. His drive, passion, and relentless will to succeed was reminiscent of my time at Notre Dame. At 5’7” and 155 pounds, Richie overcame the obstacles and the naysayers to earn a full SEC scholarship and a place in Ole Miss tradition.” – Rudy Ruettiger

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    "You might be bigger, faster, and stronger than me, but you will not out work me."

    Richie Contartesi
     

    Rudy Ruettiger

    "At 5’7” and 155 pounds, Richie overcame the
    obstacles and the naysayers to earn a full SEC
    scholarship and a place in Ole Miss tradition."

     

    Shay Hodge

    "Richie never let his size keep him from doing what he
    wanted to do on the football field and
    I admire him for that!"

     

    Ron Dickerson JR

    "The funny thing about all this was Mike Wallace, Dexter McCluster, Shay Hodge
    (all went on to play in the NFL) all copied after Richie and his work ethics.
    That is something you will never be able to take away."

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    Richie Contartesi

    Richie Contartesi is a Youth Motivational Speaker and the author of “In Spite of the Odds”, an inspirational story about an ordinary teen athlete who started as a walk-on and eventually earned a full Division I college football scholarship to the University of Mississippi “Ole Miss”. Standing tall at 5’7″ and 150 pounds, Richie defied the odds through hard work, crafting his skills, and never giving up on his dreams.

    As a youth motivational speaker, Richie brings his passion, perseverance, and hope, to America’s youth. By providing personal insight, Richie shares the adversity and struggles he faced when the odds were stacked against him and provides a realistic common sense roadmap for teens to reach their dreams. He explores why desire, commitment, hard work, and a never giving up attitude are the keys to personal success.

    Richie’s program is best aligned for High School and Middle School Assemblies, Parent Programs, and Student Leadership Organizations.