Photo courtesy of David Woo.

The Slate, a female-focused coworking space, hosts “Friends of The Slate” to speak about thriving in our community. Co-founder Shelly Slater recently interviewed former pro football player Roger Staubach and his son, Jeff Staubach (Jesuit class of 1993). Here are highlights:

  • Roger and his wife, Marianne, have been married 54 years. The two met in fourth grade and dated throughout high school.
  • Roger says his life changed during senior year of high school when his coach asked him to play quarterback instead of receiver. He was resistant to the change. “He said he had been watching me play baseball and I had a good arm,” he told Shelly Slater. “He also said the other guys seemed to listen to me.”
  • Here’s Roger’s business advice: “It’s a balance to be able to run a business and not be a real jerk. But, you have to demand things from people and you have to be grateful for how things are done.”
  • Roger’s parting words: “I think the most important thing of all is balance. You take from life, and you give back. If you are truly balanced, you look at giving back.”


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