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The Next Play

By Richie Contartesi

The Next Play™ podcast is hosted by former Ole Miss football legend Richie Contartesi, AKA Relentless Richie. Richie overcame all odds, starting as a 5’7″ 150lb walk-on player and sleeping on couches to then earning a full scholarship, and becoming a #1 best selling author and million dollar business owner. Now, he coaches sales leaders using his Next Play™ accountability system to eliminate failure, leading to hyper-profitable growth and peak performance. Each week, Richie shares how to’s, case studies, and brings on world class leaders to inspire listeners to step into their full potential.


Notable Influencers

Coach Erica Sideri

Chuck Garcia

Founder of Climb Leadership International

Chuck Garcia is the former head of Global Marketing at Bloomberg, and the industry leader in executive training with Fortune 500 companies. He is the founder of Climb Leadership International and coaches executives on leadership development, public speaking, and emotional intelligence with his Climb Leadership Institute. Chuck joins this week to share how to get your prospect to a Yes, overcoming objection, and leadership communication.
Coach Erica Sideri

Houston Nutt

Head Football Coach Ole Miss 2008-2011

Richie has an innate ability to get the most out of his talents. Limited physical skills and size were not a roadblock but a driver for hard work, study, and relentless perseverance. He is one of those athletes who may not be the fastest, biggest, or most talented, but through hard work, a never give up attitude, and belief in himself, makes believers out of everyone around him. He embodies what coaches look for; someone who comes to practice early and leaves late, spends extra time in the film and weight room, and always left everything on the field. Not only did he find a role on the team, but he made a positive impact. Richie has a bigger heart than Vaught-Hemingway Stadium and our staff agreed 100% that he deserved a full SEC scholarship! Richie has the fortitude to be successful no matter how difficult the challenge.
Coach Erica Sideri

Rudy Ruettiger

Inspiration from the classic movie “Rudy”

Richie’s story and book lit a fire within me. His drive, passion, and relentless will to succeed was reminiscent of my time at Notre Dame. At 5’7” and 155 pounds, Richie overcame the obstacles and the naysayers to earn a full SEC scholarship and a place in Ole Miss tradition.