John Skelton

Name: John Skelton                          

Twitter: @johnskelton19

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Age: The Big 3-0

Title: Commercial Insurance Advisor     

Married/Single: Single, hey ladies.

Kids: A four-year-old boy named Jonah, or as I call him, Jonah Bear.

City you live in: Tempe, AZ

A typical day in my life includes…

dropping my son at school, meeting with current and prospective clients across the Valley, putting out insurance fires (figuratively speaking), picking my son up from school at the end of the day, cooking dinner for the two of us (unless its Taco Tuesday at Café Rio) and getting to bed early in order to do it all over again tomorrow.

I was born…

in the West Texas town of El Paso.

My favorite thing about Arizona…

is February through March in the Valley – between Super Bowl Weekend, The Phoenix Open, Barret- Jackson, Spring training baseball and the weather… you can’t beat it.

I’m listening to…

NPR while I commute across the valley. Hip-hop if I’m in that mode or classic country music if I’m in that mode. Nothing beats George Strait.

My family…

is mostly scattered across Texas. I get out there 4 – 5 times a year. Here in Arizona it’s just my son and I, oh, and our tortoise Snowflake.

If I could have dinner with anyone, it would be…

my maternal grandparents one last time.

One thing I cannot live without…

is my boy, Jonah Bear… and red meat.

When I was younger, I wanted to be…

a professional athlete. I always wanted to be in pro-baseball player. Lo and behold I made it as a pro athlete, but as a football player.

I’m inspired by…

my grandparents, two first-generation Americans from Mexico. They paved the way for my mother, her siblings, and eventually all their grandchildren to live the American dream.

The one person who motivates me is…

my dad, at least when I was younger. I can still hear him yelling at me to work harder. Now, it’s my son and providing for him.

If I could change anything in the world, it would be…

to allow bars to stay open later.

The perfect day would be…

a Tuesday, because every Tuesday my son and I get tacos, he gets a haircut, we walk over to Dunkin’ Donuts and finish the day with a dip in the pool. Perfection!

My first job was…

NFL Quarterback for the Arizona Cardinals, I got a little spoiled with that one.

My favorite escape…

is a flight to Houston. I get to see my parents and a lot of my extended family while there.

My life…

is amazing, and they only way it could improve would be if I won the lottery, or married rich.

I’m currently working on…

building my book of business at Brown and Brown Insurance. Any business owners looking to protect their company let me know.

Always…

be humble.

Never…

worry about the things you cannot control.

Favorite Quote…

Nobody cares, work harder”.

Biggest Dream…

seeing my son accomplish something that I didn’t, and knowing that he and his actions changed the world for better.

My Pet Peeve(s)…

I got a few: people who don’t return their shopping carts to the proper locations, people who walk down the middle of the lane in a parking lot, people who dress their dogs, people who don’t take care of their front yards, people who don’t play defense in pick-up basketball, people who misuse the word literally, people who say, “Ugh, it’s hot out”, when it’s the summer in Arizona…what the hell were you expecting, cold weather? I have more, but I’ll stop there.

More about John…

a native of El Paso, Texas, John Skelton was a four-year starter at Fordham University in New York City while studying Business Administration at the Patriot League School. Upon graduation Skelton was the Arizona Cardinals 5th Round Pick in the 2010 NFL Draft. Skelton played 16 games over three years as the Cardinals’ starting Quarterback before being released in 2012. Skelton played two more seasons in the NFL spending time with the Cincinnati Bengals, San Francisco 49ers, and Tennessee Titans before officially retiring from the NFL in 2015. After a short stint dabbling in commercial real estate here in the Valley, Skelton began his current career as a Commercial Insurance Broker for Brown & Brown, the 6th largest insurance brokerage in the world. At Brown & Brown, Skelton helps coordinate large companies’ insurance programs helping them mitigate risks while protecting their assets. Through partnering with his clients a comprehensive insurance plan is developed. Skelton currently lives in Tempe with young son Jonah and their tortoise, Snowflake.

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