RALEIGH, N.C. – Andy Albright, president and CEO of The Alliance, addressed the North Carolina State Wolfpack football team on Feb. 15 as part of the team’s weekly “Real World Wednesdays” guest speaker series.
After being introduced to the team by NC State head football coach Dave Doeren, Albright spoke to the team about the importance of overcoming adversity and not making excuses for coming up short in football and life.
With the team’s full attention, Albright encouraged the players and coaching staff to keep working hard to get better daily. He referenced watching the team from the stands as a season-ticket holder and told them he was proud of how the team rebounded from a mid-season slump to defeat rival North Carolina in Chapel Hill, post an impressive win against Vanderbilt in the Camping World Independence Bowl and win three of the team’s final four games to finish the season 7-6.
“Congrats on what you did last season,” Albright said. “I enjoyed watching you. I look forward to seeing what you do next season.”
Albright, a 1986 graduate of NC State, shared his story of growing up in rural North Carolina, attending NC State and eventually starting his company in 2002. He told the team that if they are willing to work hard, then they can find success well beyond the football field.
Near the end of his address, Albright told the players to stay focused, be good teammates and keep dreaming big. He urged them to make good decisions and encourage each other too.
“Can you imagine, can you dream of every single person doing what they are supposed to be doing when they are supposed to be doing it, without somebody telling them to do it?” Albright said. “That’s called leadership. I believe in you. I believe in these coaches. I’ve enjoyed getting to know Coach Doeren, and I’ve learned a lot from him by just being around him.”
Doeren started the series in 2015 as a way to develop his players beyond the football field by having people from all walks of life speak to the team. Previous speakers include: author and motivational speaker Eric Thomas, former NBA and NC State basketball player Chris Washburn, NC State tennis player and civil rights icon Irwin Holmes and Super Bowl champion Dick Capp.