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Donovan “Donny” Dooley owns and runs “Quarterback University,” where young quarterbacks are trained and developed “52 weeks a year.” In the growing industry of private skills development in youth sports, QBU has emerged as one of the football leaders in the Midwest. In this episode of the SGG podcast, Donny and I discussed: 1. Learning the cerebral side of quarterbacking at a young age as he grew up in Detroit. 2. Less than 1% of young quarterbacks making it. 3. His parents’ influence on his and other kids’ lives through football. 4. Detroit's PAL, inner-city black quarterbacks, and the early beginnings of QBU. 5. Being a mentor, friend, and critic to his players. 6. “What are you gonna do when you meet you?” 7. The private coaching industry – and his concerns with parents. 8. Parents as social media promoters of their kids. 9. Providing access for inner-city families. 10. His relationship with high school coaches. 11. When counseling his players on how to make college choices, “don’t chase the logo.” 12. Success stories off the field. 13. His continuous learning from trusted leaders in the field.