Testimonials

What People Say About Me

To fully grasp the positive impact that Richard's story has had on the millions of people who have either heard, seen or experienced it first hand is truly immeasurable. During his interview with me the night before his junior college wrestling national championship match back in 2008 , Richard laid out goal after goal that he was going to accomplish after he was through with wrestling and getting his degree. We have been close friends ever since that Emmy award winning piece aired , and I can say with great confidence that Richard has not only tackled those particular aspirations, he is fulfilling new dreams - and now he is interviewing me for his book! Richard also played a pivotal role in helping a member of my own family who was struggling with drug addiction seek help. Mouer relationship began as an assignment. It has flourished into a bond through Christ for life.

Martin Khodabakhshian
ESPN producer

Richard’s journey from desperation to empowerment is an affirmation that recovery is possible for everyone. He has become a powerful messenger of this potential and to this day he serves as inspiration for our staff, those we serve and countless others who are seeking a higher fulfillment in life.

Ed Blackburn
Executive Director, Central City Concern

Richard’s message today is one of hope, inspiration and triumph but the road to where he is now took some turns that he would tell you today to never take. His life story is a fight and that fight continues to this day. Richard inspires young and old alike with his real life message of how life can be dirty and messy but that the path to being clean is possible

Josh Rhoden
Clackamas Community College, Head Wrestling Coach | HPE Instructor

Richard has come to our residential treatment center on multiple occasions to share his story and offer the guys hope that there is more life to live, that a life of recovery isn't boring, and that dreams can be accomplished at any age, if you give your heart and will to it.  He has a gift of connecting with the men because he's been in their shoes.  But he's been in their shoes and made it.  He makes you believe that it's never too late.  Guys have come up to me after class and said, "Richard's the best person you've ever brought in to speak, Julia!"  I know he's inspired several men from my groups to pursue a college education and the dreams they had before addiction took over their lives.  What a gift!

Julia

"The Journey of Richard Jensen” is a remarkable one. His story of determination and perseverance through seemingly insurmountable darkness was inspiring to the 9th and 10th grade students at Franklin Pierce High School. Many of our students struggle with making smart decisions in life. They often don’t realize the potential negative consequences to the choices that they make. Richard Jensen’s engaging presentation and delivery allowed students to understand the importance of setting goals and staying focused on the vision they have for their future. I would highly recommend his speaking services to middle and high school kids. My students are still talking about his journey today!"

Colin Horak
Teacher Franklin, Pierce High School, Tacoma, Washington

"Richard Jensen brings a story that is motivating, believable, and sincere. You could have heard a pin drop on the gym floor during one of his pauses when speaking to 600+ middle school students. Richard is one of if not the most genuine and authentic speakers I have ever heard speak. Richard Jensen does not rely on a rehearsed script, he speaks from the heart overtime and it is this approach that hits home with adolescents. He is 100% real!"

Richard Keys
Assistant Principal, Queensbury Middle School, Queensbury, New York

"Thank you for coming to Little Falls, NY and speaking with our Middle and High School students. Your message was timely and appropriate to all levels. The emotion and passion that you relayed to our students will make a difference in many lives. The time you spent at our school will be remembered."

Brian Coleman
Principal Little Falls High School

“Richard has come to our residential treatment center on multiple occasions to share his story and offer the guys hope that there is more life to live, that a life of recovery isn't boring, and that dreams can be accomplished at any age, if you give your heart and will to it. He has a gift of connecting with the men because he's been in their shoes. But he's been in their shoes and made it. He makes you believe that it's never too late. Guys have come up to me after class and said, "Richard's the best person you've ever brought in to speak, Julia!" I know he's inspired several men from my groups to pursue a college education and the dreams they had before addiction took over their lives. What a gift! Thanks so much, Richard! Peace...”

Julia Peters
Counselor Volunteers of America, Portland, Oregon

“Rich Jensen’s life is the quintessential “comeback story”, but more importantly, his ability to connect and relate to the student athlete is unparalleled.  His message of choices is incredibly passionate, sincere and inspiring.  Rich is now a regular guest at Journeymen Wrestling club and our affiliated camps. I can’t say enough about the big man from Oregon.”

Frank Popolizio
Journeymen Wrestling, Niskayuna, NY

“Richard’s approach is unique, he is not a teaching professional or trained counselor, but he is an amazing human being who survived a dark lifestyle that controlled him for a long time.  Richard Jensen is a man of all practice and has a lot to offer today’s youth.  Kids really listen to him because he has been to the bottom and made it to the top. He gave two assemblies at our school regarding his story and how he learned the importance of protecting your goals.  He spoke to our 7th and 8th graders, approximately 500 students.  The entire audience was fully engaged through the entire presentation.  Then at the high school Richard spoke to all of our winter sport athletes.  He was extremely powerful in both but they were very different presentations.  One girls’ basketball player said, “It was the best, don’t use drugs talk I have ever had to sit through”.  Richard Jensen is an investment in our kid’s future; he can make a difference in today’s kids.  I highly encourage schools, coaches, administrators, youth organizations to utilize his abilities!!”

Jason Spector
Varsity Wrestling Coach, South Glens Falls, NY

"I just wanted to tell you that you are a true inspiration.  I am on the same journey as you once where.  I was ranked # 2 in the country in  20 years ago.  I hit some serious lows with depression/bi-polar disorder and obesity.  I am currently loosing weight and getting in shape to step on the mat again.  Your video inspired me to take hold of my life and make my wife and children proud of me."

God Bless
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