Former MLB Player, Fox Sports Color Commentator for Atlanta Braves Games & Devout Born-Again Christian
Jeff Francoeur is a veteran Major League Baseball player and an extraordinary example of hard work, passion and persistence. The son of two teachers, Jeff was born and raised just outside Atlanta, Georgia. Growing up he was witness to the powerful early-nineties Braves with legends Tom Glavine, John Smoltz and Greg Maddux. He rarely missed a game and dreamed of one day playing for the team himself. A gifted athlete, Francoeur excelled at both baseball and football and to those around him, a career in the majors didn’t seem that unlikely. Read More >
On Judging Others
A Man of Faith
Few people possess the drive and passion that Jeff Francoeur brought to the field each day of his MLB career. His ability to embrace failure, power through his struggles and remain dedicated to his passion for the game is something that anyone, regardless of industry, can learn from. Sharing personal stories from both on and off the field, Francoeur emphasizes the importance of teamwork and encourages audiences to work hard and keep going, no matter what stands in their way.
Jeff Francoer comes from a family of educators. His mother, father, brother and sister are all teachers, and he once stated that if he hadn’t become a professional athlete he’d likely be a High School Football coach. Sharing personal stories and lessons from his family, as well as his own personal experiences with influential teachers and coaches, Francoeur highlights the importance of our educators in this inspiring and uplifting talk.
A journalist recently wrote that Jeff Francoeur should get the first vote into the “Good Guy Hall of Fame.” Giving back has always been a priority for Jeff who actively supports the Children’s Hospital of Atlanta. Perfect for fundraisers and galas, Francoeur shares how service and paying it forward have transformed his life and encourages audiences to give back to their own communities.
One of the things that is near and dear to Jeff’s heart, is his strong faith in Jesus. Even though playing sports is a huge part of his life, Jeff realized at a young age that it is God who gave him his talent and athletic abilities. Through the ups and downs of his 16-year professional baseball career, Jeff’s deeply rooted faith has proven to be his mainstay. Looking back, it is evident God’s hand has been in every part of his career; moreover his life. Now entering a new chapter in his journey, Jeff is excited to see where God is leading he and his family for the glory of the Lord.
Jeff has always been passionate about children. Growing up in a large family, he knew he wanted many children of his own. Through professional baseball, Jeff has worked with many children’s hospitals throughout the country, and it has become a true passion of his. From raising funds for a hospital to simply brightening a patient’s stay, Jeff is committed to helping children’s hospitals anyway he can. Since he calls Georgia home, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta is particularly special to him. He has participated in numerous CHOA fundraisers and patient-focused functions throughout his career and beyond. This cause has taken root in his heart and his enthusiasm for CHOA and beyond is only continuing to grow.