Scott McGarrahan Educating Future Leaders Down On His Ranch
NFL alumnus Scott McGarrahan spent a great deal of time during his eight-year (1998-2005) NFL career anticipating his post-football future.
McGarrahan had been a sixth-round draft pick by the Packers in 1998 and later played for four other teams. He valued the coaches and mentors around the league who had a profound influence on his young life. He decided he would do something to help teenagers in an equally positive, lasting fashion once his career ended.
The result was Resolution Ranch Academy which McGarrahan founded in 2004 in Cameron, Texas about 70 miles northeast of Austin. It is a 500-acre facility specializing in counselling and academics for adolescent boys ages 13-17. The Ranch has evolved into a therapeutic boarding school that offers solutions for behavior issues such as teen defiance, anger management, and possible drug addiction. The Ranch’s philosophy is built around recovery and academics through nature, counseling, and healing.
“Three of four times a year,” the 46-year old McGarrahan says, “I talk to the first kid who came to Resolution Ranch. Those are the things that stick out to me. The kids come here very lost and now they’re positive members of society. They’re contributing in a good way to their family and the other people around them.”
The Ranch can accommodate 32 students and has a fulltime staff of 25 in a family-style atmosphere. The average stay for the students is six to nine months. Academics are structured so that students take one course at a time before moving on to the next. The Ranch is a SACS (Southern Association of Colleges & Schools) accredited school and all courses are fully transferable to high schools, boarding schools and colleges.
There currently are four Pro Football Hall of Famers who were selected in the same 1998 Draft as McGarrahan. The one-time defensive back, who played his college ball at New Mexico, may not be inducted into Canton. However, McGarrahan’s legacy as counsellor, mentor and life coach places him in the privileged company of other NFL alumni who are teachers, professors and instructors continuing to shape the future leaders of our country.
We at NFL Alumni salute Scott McGarrahan and the thousands of our community-minded members who are tremendous ambassadors for our great sport.