McIntyre was born on February 17, 1961 in Thomasville, Georgia.
"I always wanted to play football.
I could hear the band and see the lights...it's all I ever wanted," he
Thomasville High School
helped make that dream a reality and McIntyre
became a highly recruited offensive lineman as a senior.
After deciding against Florida State because it was "just too close to home," McIntyre
committed to the University of Georgia
"Once you make up your mind to go to college, you need to like where you are," McIntyre
"You need to like the place regardless of football."
Turns out, McIntyre
In 1984, McIntyre
was drafted in the third round to play for the San Francisco 49ers.
In an NFL career lasting 186 games, McIntyre
started 124 times, was chosen to play in the Pro Bowl five times, was named an All-Pro selection three times, and played in the Super Bowl three times as well.
"When you go out there on the field, you give it everything you got," McIntyre
"And that's it.
You can't do anything more than that."
done much more than that.
maintains a permanent residence in San Francisco.
not spending his
time working with the 49ers, he's
busy empowering a younger generation of champions.
"I tell the kids out in California that there's some kid in South Georgia or in Florida that's working hard out in the hot sun...and if you're not careful, he
will take your spot."
But rather than focusing on football skills alone, McIntyre
challenges young athletes to take a championship mindset into the world.
"You can play the game...but if you don't have character, which comes from God alone, you don't have anything," he
"I don't just want to show them another great football player.
I want to give them more than that.
I want to show them how to be a champion on the field; but more importantly, off the field.
The only way to do that is through Jesus Christ."
has meshed his
great faith and football skills to create "Urban Champions," a mentorship program dedicated to cultivating leaders on and off the field.
"We live in a fatherless generation," McIntyre tells me. "Boys can't become men if they don't have men in their lives.
goal is to empower the urban youth not only to be game-changers, but to be world changers.
As a journalist, I've
been taught to emotionally detach myself from the subject so as to report the facts.
I broke the rules for Guy McIntyre
It's one thing to share a passion for the game of football; it's another to share a passion for the ones playing the game.
I was captivated as I listened to him relive his
greatest moments in the NFL just minutes before explaining his
desire to see the urban youth dream bigger and accomplish much greater.
and I may come from two very different worlds; but for a moment, nothing else mattered but the beautiful combination of faith and football.