Rev. Michael M. McDaniel is passionate about the underdogs of the world. This drive comes from his own experiences of being counted down and out. With the protective love of God and the help of others, he was able to rise above the struggles of his neighborhood. Many around him were running to drugs, crime, violence, and gangs. His story could have gone a very predictable way – but it didn’t.
Rev. McDaniel would go on to graduate from John Marshall High School in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, where he developed into an outstanding student-athlete. As a result of his successful athletic career, he earned a full football scholarship at the University of Oklahoma where he received several awards which included: Honorable Mention All-Big 8, All-Big 12 Conference Wide Receiver, and the recipient of the Don Key Award. Later he was picked up by the San Francisco 49ers as a free agent and he tried out with the Washington Redskins and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Rev. McDaniel earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from the University of Oklahoma and then a Master’s Degree in Public School Administration from Oral Roberts University. Today, Rev. McDaniel is the Pastor of Northeast Missionary Baptist Church in Forest Park, Oklahoma - where he has served for 14 years.
This is a gripping story of embracing the role of an underdog, learning to admit wrongs, and making the most of second chances.
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