With Michael Palmer

Winston One on One CFL football player interviews on iTunes
February 04, 2018

My goal is to figure out the tips and tricks of professional football players and also give you a glimpse into parts of their personal and professional lives that have made them a success. In this episode, I talk to Michael Palmer, a retired wide receiver who is a two-time Grey Cup champion, the first one in 2004 with the Toronto Argonauts and the second one in 2007 with the Saskatchewan Roughriders.

Michael and I got into lots of conversations that you have not heard before, Michael openly shared with me about some of his challenges and lessons that made me think about what it takes to be successful. A valuable lesson that I learned from Michael is that you always have to think about what you are going to do after football. But without further ado, I hope you enjoy.

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This interview is also brought to you by Football Saskatchewan. I started playing flag football when I was 7 years old and started playing tackle football when I was 10 years old. Football Saskatchewan have great programs for players and coaches but most importantly they make it fun for everyone while you develop your skills in football. You can support Football Saskatchewan by purchasing a ticket in their 50/50 raffles that they have during the year.



Show Notes
  • 4:30

    Should kids play multiple sports?

  • 6:16

    What’s your Morning routine?

  • 7:06

    Goal setting

  • 8:36

    When did he set the goal to play professionally?

  • 12:43

    Why he chose to play wide receiver instead of be a linebacker like his dad?

  • 15:26

    Tell me about a time when something didn’t work out for you and you were disappointed but now you are grateful it turned out that way.

  • 17:54

    Best coach

  • 20:09

    Who were your favourite players as a kid?

  • 21:02

    What message would you put on a fortune cookie?

  • 23:00

    What book have you recommended or gifted most often?

  • 23:55

    Are you an Introvert or extrovert?

  • 25:23

    Craziest or cutiest fan moment

  • 26:32

    What mistakes do you see in young receivers that could be avoided by proper training?

  • 28:11

    Best purchase under $150

  • 28:27

    Critical skills a wide receiver must have to be successful

  • 31:00

    How to increase your speed

  • 31:49

    Important things you need to become a professional football player

  • 34:10

    How has football helped you in your career after football?

  • 35:11

    Was it hard making the transitions between college football, the CFL to then being retired?

  • 36:03


  • 36:44

    Rituals that he does before a game

  • 39:00

    Who do you think of when you hear the word success?

  • 39:40

    What is your favourite memory as a player?



Selected Links From the Episode

Connect with Michael Palmer:

The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership, John C. Maxwell

The Five Levels of Leadership, John C. Maxwell

Multipliers, Liz Wiseman with Greg McKeown

The Go-Giver: A Little Story About a Powerful Business Idea, Bob Burg and John David Mann

More than Enough, Dave Ramsey

As a Man Thinketh, James Allen



People Mentioned

Gil Scott

Kent Austin

Pinball Clemons

Alfred Jackson

Mike O’Shea

Wes Cates

Matt Dominguez

Rob Bagg

Chuck Winters

Weston Dressler

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