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Michael Crane

Michael is an Emmy Award winning video editor and has worked with companies like ESPN, NBC, HBO, and many others covering events in over 20 countries. While his editing skills are well known in the broadcast industry it is his mistakes away from the camera that make his journey unique, captivating, and inspirational for anyone needing hope in their life. He has been the cover story for Sports Illustrated in a compelling look at how you can go from being one of the best in the world at your craft to sitting in a jail cell with just one bad decision.

Born and raised in a small town just North of Birmingham, AL and being small in stature the last thing anyone would have predicted for his future would be as a college football player and then one of the top video editors in the world for every major sporting event. His dreams and God given skills though were way bigger than small town life. Success and the path to the top came quick and the fall to the bottom even quicker. It was how he overcame the trials of major failure though that can be an example to athletes, celebrities, and anyone in high profile positions on how to survive the fall and the importance of establishing character within yourself at an early age.

Today Michael owns a youth sports program based in Alabama but with teams in Belize and partnering with orphanages in Uganda to create opportunities for players to build better lives. He also specializes in branding for small businesses and helping them to create an identity instead of just a business. He also is a Motivational Speaker who is able to connect with an audience through his emotional storytelling. His sincerity, honesty, and conviction of what it takes to make it at a high level and then how to find a purpose behind the dream is one that has already had an ever growing impact in the youth sports community.

Michael is an Emmy Award winning video editor and has worked with companies like ESPN, NBC, HBO, and many others covering events in over 20 countries. While his editing skills are well known in the broadcast industry it is his mistakes away from the camera that make his journey unique, captivating, and inspirational for anyone needing hope in their life. He has been the cover story for Sports Illustrated in a compelling look at how you can go from being one of the best in the world at your craft to sitting in a jail cell with just one bad decision.

Born and raised in a small town just North of Birmingham, AL and being small in stature the last thing anyone would have predicted for his future would be as a college football player and then one of the top video editors in the world for every major sporting event. His dreams and God given skills though were way bigger than small town life. Success and the path to the top came quick and the fall to the bottom even quicker. It was how he overcame the trials of major failure though that can be an example to athletes, celebrities, and anyone in high profile positions on how to survive the fall and the importance of establishing character within yourself at an early age.

Today Michael owns a youth sports program based in Alabama but with teams in Belize and partnering with orphanages in Uganda to create opportunities for players to build better lives. He also specializes in branding for small businesses and helping them to create an identity instead of just a business. He also is a Motivational Speaker who is able to connect with an audience through his emotional storytelling. His sincerity, honesty, and conviction of what it takes to make it at a high level and then how to find a purpose behind the dream is one that has already had an ever growing impact in the youth sports community.

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Roland Stockli - CBS Sports

Review: The thing about Michael that has inspired me, is his willingness to not bury his past but to exhume it for all to see. Michael’s naked honesty is a rare form of bravery that all of us can learn from.

Todd Chance - Richardson Manufacturing

Review: I’ve known Michael for over 30 years. He comes from a great family. The amount of success he has experienced is really amazing, but not surprising. However, the other side of his story is out of character for him. God has a reason for everything. His main purpose is to have a relationship with us. I am thankful Michael has chosen to persevere. There are so many that would have given up, and he has not. God is a God of redemption. He never leaves us, or forsakes us. Michael’s story is authentic and one where God’s redemption, love, power, and grace are evident.

Joel Bennett

Review: I’ve been working in TV trucks with Michael for 20 years. When he was green behind the ears, I was next to him laughing and having fun. He emerged as the best EVS op in our circle because of his tenacious attitude to learn the brand new digital replay system. His speed was a marvel. His accuracy was sometimes lacking. And so was his life. He was going 100 mph all the time but his destinations were not always where he wanted to end up. His story didn’t end at Augusta, or anywhere he’s been since that fateful day. His story isn’t finished. New chapters are about to be written, not in Michael’s, but in God’s timing, speed and accuracy. I’ll continue to stand with and support Michael as God uses him in new ways. The adventure never ends.

Linda Coleman - Charity Works

Review: I can't speak for anyone else but I am speaking on my experience as a parent and what he did to help not only my child but so many others I saw him help. He changed many young men lives who were going down the wrong track and gave up hope of playing the game because they were never given a chance to showcase their talents but Coach Crane gave them a chance and even took the financial burden on himself

Sir Ralph Jarrells - Author and Humanitarian

Review: I've heard it said that there is no testimony without tests. That is true for Michael Crane. And that is why he is so effective as an inspirational speaker. He has experienced the highs and the lows. Everyone has heard of the EMMY. It is the highest award given to television programs and people. Four of the gold statues grace Michael's mantle. No greater honor, some say. And, there was a time when Michael would have agreed. But, the statues led Michael to the evils of the world and took him to the lows of addiction. That would have been the end for a smaller person. But, not Michael. His spirit and his beliefs and some dedicated friends and professionals changed his direction. His story of success in baseball and television production is evidence that change is not only possible but available to anyone who is dedicated. Michael is a talented television producer and even more as a coach. Michael's story is the "stuff movies are made of." Much as the Pheonix bird was made new by the fire, Michael's honesty and his story will challenge everyone who hears it. I happily recommend Michael as an inspirational speaker.

More About Michael Crane

  • What is your favorite quote? “Love has nothing to do with what you are expecting to get but rather what you are willing to give....which is everything!” -Katherine Hepburn
  • Are there any moments that stand out as having a significant impact on your career? Deciding to Coach youth baseball while having dinner with my son changed my life and provided purpose and motivation.
  • Outside of your profession do you have any hobbies/interests? Watching sports of any kind, playing golf, listening to music, and time spent with friends.
  • Who do you look up to as a mentor and why? My television family, time spent with others in tough situations taught me that life is hard and hard work counts, and my dad as a Coach.
  • Is there anything else we should know about you? My life is living proof that if you learn to show kindness to others, care about people, and never give up then you will be successful and someone that will inspire others.
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