Thomas Stallworth – A Man of Many Talents
Thomas Stallworth is an exceptional individual. Aside from coaching strength and conditioning for the Atlanta Falcons, Thomas also practices law and is a published author. His competitive spirit was what drove him toward earning his doctoral degree at Cornell.
He’s been heavily engaged in public service, working to improve the lives of Detroiters.
Early Life and Education
Stallworth hails from an established Detroit family with a rich tradition of public service, and was elected to the Michigan House in 2013. As Chairman of the Black Caucus and Democratic leadership team member, he advocates for wraparound student support services, childhood lead poisoning prevention efforts and energy affordability policies – using his signature style of “get to the point/stay on the point”. Additionally, state resources were marshaled to assist neighborhood stabilization and foreclosure prevention initiatives.
He has also worked closely with numerous NFL players, such as those on this year’s Detroit Lions squad. He provided them with coaching in player development and engagement.
At PC, every year during Homecoming, alumni who embody Thomas Aurelius Stallworth ’55’s principles of Christian leadership and moral courage receive the Thomas Aurelius Stallworth ’55 Award. This year, Frank C. King ’64 was honored as this year’s recipient.
Thomas Stallworth is an influential member of the Michigan House of Representatives who has dedicated most of his professional career to serving Detroit. He has held leadership roles in city government, the public utilities industry and nonprofit sector; as an advocate for children, families and the community he has established various programs such as Aisha Schule after-school tutorial program; Black Child Development Institute; The Heat and Warmth Bank among others.
Stallworth earned fourteen seasons in the National Football League (NFL) catching 537 passes for 8,723 yards and 63 touchdowns over 14 years, winning four AFC titles and appearing in four Super Bowls. Outside of football, Stallworth was an accomplished businessman and philanthropist, serving on boards such as Detroit School Board, Black Child Development Institute and Children’s Aid Society.
Achievement and Honors
Thomas Stallworth has more than 10 years of experience working in strength and conditioning, holding positions at Fresno State and Texas Tech before moving onto Mississippi State where he served three years before being named Director of Football Strength and Conditioning in 2016.
While at MSU, Stallworth helped many players reach NFL success – such as 2012 Jim Thorpe Award recipient Johnathan Banks and 2016 second-team All-Pro Bernardick McKinney.
Stallworth is also involved in community service activities outside his professional activities, serving on the Detroit School Board and as trustee for the Black Caucus Foundation of Michigan where he directs programs that strengthen public schools in Detroit. Additionally, he holds positions with The Children’s Aid Society and Black Child Development Institute boards of directors.
Thomas Stallworth never imagined working for the sports team he cheered for as a child. His family used to watch games together, which made Thomas an avid follower of both football and baseball.
But when his boss vacated the head strength and conditioning coach position at South Carolina State, he encouraged Stallworth to apply – it proved to be one of the greatest decisions of his life!
Under his three seasons at MSU, the Bulldogs steadily improved each year and experienced their best season ever in 2014.
Stallworth is also active in his community service efforts outside his professional pursuits. He serves as board member for various organizations such as Detroit Public Schools and The Black Child Development Institute; additionally he manages THAW and Heat Bank which aids Detroit families.
Thomas Stallworth has not only become an outstanding NFL quarterback but an outspoken advocate for civil rights as well. He has consistently spoken out against police brutality and racism as well as supporting the Black Lives Matter movement. In 2014 he published his memoir Black Klansman which later was made into a 2018 film of the same name.
Thomas was determined to achieve success despite some friendly familial “competition”. With two older brothers and a sister already being successful professionals, they served as motivation for him to also reach his goals.
Salvador Duzon and Andy Paral were Filipino seamen working aboard the M/V Witch Queen who were riding bicycles provided for crew members to visit convenience stores when it was struck by Thomas Stallworth, an 18-wheeler truck driven by Venture Transport Inc. Thomas was at fault.