Call an Audible

Let My Pivot from Harvard Law to NFL Coach Inspire Your Transition

Daron A. Roberts

The ultimate playbook for making a big life transition!

In the summer of 2006, author Daron K. Roberts was just one year away from earning a law degree from his dream school: Harvard. But that summer, in the throes of a clerkship at a Texas law firm, Roberts had a revelation—he wanted something different. Very different. Daron Roberts wanted to be an NFL football coach.

After making the transition from Harvard Law student to NFL newbie, Roberts worked as a coach for the Kansas City Chiefs, Detroit Lions, West Virginia Mountaineers, and the Cleveland Browns. But he’s not forgotten how hard it was to take that first step in a new direction. In Call an Audible, Roberts shares his inspiring journey and reveals his playbook to help guide your next transition.

Daron K. Roberts is the founding director of the Center for Sports Leadership & Innovation (CSLi) at the University of Texas. He spent seven years as an NFL and college football coach after graduating from Harvard Law School

Roberts has been featured in ESPN the MagazineBloomberg Businessweek and Sports Illustrated. A lecturer at the University of Texas, Roberts focuses on leadership and innovation in the sports arena. He teaches a course that he built—Gameplan for Winning at Life— to all freshmen student athletes at the University of Texas. 

Roberts is a contributor to, and his articles have appeared in The Dallas Morning NewsFortuneHouston Chronicle, and Time.