Speaker Corey Wilson

College football star whose career tragically ended in a car accident

There are moments in our lives that we can identify as defining moments. Moments that change everything. For Corey Wilson, a star wide receiver and projected NFL talent, that moment came on February 27, 2009. While traveling home on I-35 Corey’s car was clipped from behind, sending his car off the road, flipping twice and throwing Corey forty-five feet from the vehicle, leaving him paralyzed from the waist down. Suddenly, Corey found himself in a hospital bed with many obstacles ahead of him, and a simple question embedded in his mind, “good or GREAT?” Whether it was attempting to take steps for the first time using a walker and leg braces, or making his way up an escalator in his wheelchair instead of having to go out of his way to get to the elevator; Corey conquered mission after mission with those three words. “good or GREAT?”

No longer able to suit up with his football teammates at University of Oklahoma, Corey stayed close to the program and was even asked by Coach Bob Stoops to share his story and lessons learned with the team. Corey was awarded the Jim Thorpe Courage award in 2010, and was also a recipient of the Don Key award during his senior season at Oklahoma in 2012 (given to a player who has battled back from injury), as well as the Athletics Council Achievement Award the same year. After graduation in December of 2012, Corey put his focus on the future. Corey had a desire to create a company driven by the creed he and his brothers began to apply in 2008 – are you going to be good or GREAT?  Good or Great, LLC. challenges traditional performance mentalities to develop physical and mental potential by reinforcing core values of discipline, accountability, and perseverance.  Corey also continues to share his inspirational story of triumph over tragedy with audiences of all ages.

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