Jerry Colangelo

Jerry Colangelo


Arizona Diamondbacks and Phoenix Suns

Phoenix, AZ USA

You can't do anything about yesterday, you certainly can't do anything about tomorrow, but you can control what you're doing today.


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Jerry Colangelo


My road in life has been direct.
Grew up playing basketball and baseball, wanted to be a professional athlete.
Blew out his arm at age 17, essentially ending his dreams of becoming a pitcher in the MLB.
Says you can't "sit in the corner, coil up and be miserable for the rest of your life" just because you hit a setback.
Grew up in a poor, Italian-American community in Chicago, where they "didn't have very much."
Got a job as a the manager of the Phoenix Suns at age 28, the youngest general manager in professional sports history.
Had to move his family from Chicago to Phoenix with very little money; "it was like starting a new life."
Says that through his upbringing in sports, in a poor neighborhood, he became unafraid to fail.
People think he's caught "lucky breaks," but he believes it's because he's taken every opportunity possible, didn't just wait for his ship to come in.



I run a professional basketball team.

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