Miles Austin Student Athlete Conference

Becoming A Leader On and Off the Field

Ready to take your game to the next level? Join former Dallas Cowboy and New Jersey native Miles Austin for an innovative conference designed to help you be the best leader you can be, on and off the field.

Sponsored by the Austin Family Foundation, the Miles Austin Student Athlete Conference is day conference held at Monmouth University to bring together student athletes from across the state to learn about leadership.

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Miles Austin

Hailing from Garfield, NJ, Miles Austin III played for the National Football League (NFL) from 2006-2016. Miles spent 8 of those seasons most notably with the Dallas Cowboys, rising to fame as a wide receiver who holds the team record for most receiving yards in a single game (250 yards).

During high school, Austin was a three sport athlete, playing football, basketball, and track. He was named All-County and All State for football, All-County for basketball (scoring over 1,000 career points), and recorded the third javelin throw in Bergen County history with 214’8”. At that time, Miles also was an active leader in the Lindsey Meyer Teen Institute (LMTI, known then as the Teen Institute of the Garden State or TIGS). LMTI is a statewide alcohol, tobacco, and other drug prevention program that focuses on providing youth with opportunities to realize their leadership potential and develop confidence in themselves and their abilities.

Following Miles’ career with the Garfield Boilermakers, he went on to play at Monmouth University in Long Branch, NJ. Miles left the university as the all-time leader in receptions, yards, touchdowns and scoring. He was also a three-time First Team All-Conference selection. Miles was the first Hawk to sign with an NFL team.

Miles was signed as an undrafted free agent for the Dallas Cowboys in 2006. During his time with the Cowboys, Miles was selected to play in the 2010 and 2011 Pro-Bowls. In addition to two Pro-Bowl selections, he has also been featured on two Sports Illustrated covers. Miles has also played one season each for the Cleveland Browns and the Philadelphia Eagles. Miles attributes much of his professional success to the firm foundation of leadership training and support that he received through LMTI at Garfield High School.

He says,

“LMTI had a great impact on my life. I learned how to appreciate the differences in others and challenge myself in positive ways. In high school, when peer pressure is at its worst, I learned to be a leader and set a positive example for those around me. I continue to use these skills even today, and my experience with this program was priceless.”

With help from his family through the Austin Family Foundation, Miles has established the Miles Austin Student Athlete Conference to help other youth have the same kind of opportunities that he did.