Above the Pads is a 501(c)3 Non-Profit Organization

As an organization, we provide football programs with guiding principles that instill confidence and resiliency in their players. We equip teams with the tools to create an environment for communicating, displaying, and celebrating their commitment to developing mental strength.

Our purpose is to support youth and high school football programs across the country because we know focusing on development above the pads is how we coach young players to be successful far beyond the game.



Born and raised in the suburbs right outside of Washington, DC, football is what shaped my life. I began playing tackle football in the 7th grade, and it provided me a much-needed outlet. My coaches served as positive male influences, while the game provided invaluable lessons that I still carry with me today.

I credit football with saving my life. It helped me overcome personal struggles and adversity, it gave me a sense of belonging, and it kept me on track to graduate high school. Being a football player prepared me for hardships and success, and for that, I was compelled to create Above the Pads.

Solomon Taylor

Founder, Above the Pads