“The standard is the standard: how you do anything is how you do everything” says Christian Scotland-Williamson
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Christian is a former two-sport professional athlete playing both Premiership Rugby (Harlequins and Worcester Warriors) and for the Pittsburgh Steelers in the National Football League.
Christian’s unconventional journey to the highest level of two sports has not been without significant challenges. He was never a part of the traditional academy pipeline to the professional ranks or selected to play representative youth rugby. Christian was a self-taught rarity who got his chance in his third year of study at Loughborough University. An unexpected phone call to play for the Worcester Warriors reserve team in a one-off fixture finally gave him the chance he deserved. The club would go on to sign him to his first professional contract in the changing room before running out and scoring on his 1st XV debut. Christian took his chance and never looked back.
A near career-ending injury kept Christian out of rugby for almost two years. During a gruelling rehabilitation process, Christian was able to develop his mind while his body was recovering. Using the time to go back to university and study for a master’s degree in International Business.
In 2018 Christian took a leap of faith and decided to walk away from rugby and pursue a career in the NFL. Moving to America to chase a dream in a sport he had never played, deciding to seek opportunity over security.
Christian is now a member of the RFU Judicial Panel dealing with Disciplinary and Discrimination matters. Christian is a Broadcaster for talkSPORT & the BBC, Ambassador for the NFL, and a future Barrister. Christian has a deep commitment to social mobility through the combination of sport and education. Christian acts as a mentor for young people in underserved communities and shares his living testimony that when the dream is big enough, the odds don’t matter.
Channelling his competitive spirit and elite drive to his pursuits off of the field, Christian will be called to the Bar of England and Wales in the summer of 2023.
His 2-minute Top Tip – practical advice that others would find really useful to apply:
The Standard is the Standard – how you do anything is how you do everything.