“I can do everything through him who gives me strength.” – Philippians 4:13
Tim Lester was fortunate to be raised by a great mom and dad in Miami, Florida. Growing up the middle child out of seven kids (six boys and one girl) he was the brother who played by all the rules. He was the first son to go off to college on a football scholarship. Upon graduating from Eastern Kentucky University, Tim was drafted by the LA Rams.
During his eight-year career in the NFL, he was known as “The Bus Driver,” leading the way for Jerome Bettis and Emmitt Smith. Coincidentally, the nickname still applies to his new mission in life: today, “The Bus Driver” leads the way by helping others become aware of their consequences through evaluating what he calls “The 4 Plays of Life.”
As a player, he was awarded the NFL’s “Unsung Hero” in 1996 and 1997 for his community service involving youths. After his retirement in 2000, Coach Lester returned to his community in Miami with the dream to make a positive difference. Since then, he has helped over five hundred under-privileged youths with football camps, back-to-school events, and programs to help feed the needy during Thanksgiving. He has also become involved with the “Toys for Tots” program to help provide toys to over 5,000 kids living in public housing. He has repeatedly visited schools, especially those for at-risk kids, speaking on the value of an education.
Tim’s unique approach and proven track record have attracted extensive media coverage from the likes of NFL Films, ESPN, ABC’s Jimmy Cefalo, the Miami Herald, and was featured in the documentary movie the “The year of the Bull.
His biggest accomplishment is being a dad. He is a dedicated father and husband that enjoys traveling around the country helping others through his inspirational story. Tim understands that “I can do everything through him who gives me strength.” – Philippians 4:13.
Coach Lester attended Eastern Kentucky University. He was then drafted in the 10th round by the LA Rams in 1992. He played both fullback and Special Teams during his 8 seasons with NFL. He started 6 out of his 8 years in the NFL as a fullback. Tim was voted the Pittsburgh Steelers “Unsung Hero of the Year” twice in 1996 and in 1997.Tim blocked for future Hall of Fame running back Jerome “The Bus” Bettis. Tim was nicked named “The Bus Driver” as he paved the way for “The Bus” to become the 5th leading rusher in the NFL. Tim also blocked for Hall of Fame running back Emmitt Smith of the Dallas Cowboys.