"Marques was a fantastic choice as a speaker for our STEM outreach event. He was extremely poised and articulate, and was clearly very well prepared"
- Business Operations Manager, CISCO
Growing up in a single parent home with a father that inspired perseverance and fairness, Marques Ogden learned how to define his values and set goals. Ogden attended Howard University from 1998-2002 where he played Division I football. He then followed his dream and his brother Jonathan's footsteps, eventually getting drafted into the NFL in 2003. Overall, he played for 5 years as an offensive lineman with the Titans, Bills, Ravens and Jaguars. Even during the off season, Ogden helped train football players in Europe, both physically and mentally.
At the age of 27, he founded a construction company called Kayden Premier Enterprises; a business that grew rapidly in its first few years, but Ogden and the business eventually went bankrupt after Ogden loss almost 2 million dollars on one project in a time period just under 90 days.
At his darkest point, the NFL Trust came in and helped Ogden restructure his life. With hard work and determination, he became a motivational speaker and marketing leader, helping to build others up to succeed.
His best selling book, "Sleepless Nights: The NFL: A Family and Business, is an autobiography following him from his birth to his NFL career, rise and fall in corporate america and beyond. Marques Ogden's story is a candid look into the life of an NFL athlete that turns into a successful business man then loses it all and has to overcome his demons of drinking and gambling to get his life back on track. This is a short and easy read that is good for all ages, races, genders, and economic status of people.
In a 2009 article, Sports Illustrated found that 78 percent of former NFL players had gone bankrupt or were under financial stress after only being retired for two years. From unscrupulous investments, freeloaders, medical issues, and competitive showing-off, several professional athletes were stunned by the result of living an expensive life. For Marques Ogden, doing the right thing cost his life’s savings and falling into the common statistic.