Darius Glover never slows down
When Darius Glover was 15 years old in 2006, he broke his back in a dirtbike accident while riding with his friends. Doctors told him he'd never be able to walk again, let alone ride a dirtbike. But that's just the beginning of his story.
Determined to not let his disability prevent him from doing what he loved, he also promised to not let it bring him down. His positive attitude plus a wealth of natural talent allowed him to become the first paralyzed AMA-certified rider, with a dream of winning the highest class of motocross racing at the exclusive Loretta Lynn's Amateur National Championship. He was injured in qualifying, missing his shot this year, but it has not slowed him down.
He's currently training with some of the best motocross riders around, planning on racing soon, and working on the release of his documentary. XGames.com caught up with Glover to find out what he's planning.
XGames.com: Darius, what are you up to today?
Glover: Not much, right now I am just on my way to Virginia for a race.
I have seen a lot of you on social media this past year and you seem to be all over the place, what have you been doing?
Well I've been up to a lot this year. Just grinding really, trying to do whatever happen from racing to filming for my movie 117 "The Darius Glover Story", and trying to do whatever I can to get my name out there to help grow my fan base and brand myself.
It kind of seems you have been spending a little less time racing, but when you ride, it is usually with some pretty big names.
Yeah, I had back surgery in December and then I went to Hawaii to do a qualifier, and when I got to my regional, I had some back pain there trying to ride. It affected my efforts of making [the Loretta Lynn Amateur National Motocross Championships] this year, so I took some time off from racing to make sure I was healed up all the way. And then I just started training under the radar, not really posting things of me riding, so that I could test some things and get ready for some other big races that I have planned this year and the beginning of 2015. I have been riding with Robbie Maddison, Jeremy "Twitch" Stenberg, Josh Hansen, Tim Ferry, Meek Mill, Usher, Malcolm Stewart, Tevin Tapia, and a bunch more.
Are you still riding with the same companies that backed your first push toward Lorettas?
No, I'm not with everyone I was with before, my team and I are slowly realigning brand sponsors as my brand grows. There are brands that we are currently in negotiations with but I cannot discuss those brands until the deals are finalized.
So riding Loretta's didn't really work out, can you talk about what happened?
I just wasn't healthy, I fell at the regional qualifier and hurt my back, so I ended up not making it to Loretta's but I will make it next year, for sure. I know I have the speed and talent, but things just didn't work out this year. I'll be healthy and ready next year.
Even without riding the Loretta's, your career seems to be taking off. You seem to be filming something all the time.
Yeah, I mean Loretta's is pretty important, but it's definitely not the deciding factor if you're going to be successful or not. I have just been staying true to myself and trying to get better and faster every day. In the midst of doing that, I have been meeting great people along the way who also believe in me and everything that I stand for. Racing is not always about how fast you are, it also consist of what type of person you are and your attitude of how you deal with things. As long as you continue to work and do as much as you possibly can you will be successful. I have been on a few different Hollywood movie sets and in a few R&B and rap videos, a documentary and my movie, which is hitting the New Orleans Film Festival in October. I'm also in the process right now of filming for a television show called #RideWithDarius.
So 117 "The Darius Glover Story", tell us a little bit more about this project.
117 "The Darius Glover Story" is a movie that gives full insight into my life. Unfortunately, it's not available to the public right now, however it was accepted into the 2014 New Orleans Film Festival. Once the movie is purchased and we reshoot it, it could potentially be released worldwide.
You are a pretty inspirational person ... how have you managed to turn your paralysis into a positive thing?
I turned my paralysis into something positive because I knew that if I worked hard enough I could do something powerful like walk again. At first I had no clue that I would be riding again and helping people by staying positive and sharing my story. When I first got paralyzed it hurt my mother terribly. I had seen her crying, and from that point on I told myself that I would never let myself get down or under the weather just because of something small like not being able to walk. I also knew that it would be a great outcome if I just stayed positive.
Do you have any advice for someone who is trying to build a personal brand like you have?
The best advice I can give someone else that wants to build a brand is to just have a vision and focus on that vision, because there are going to be so many people that come along and want you to change your vision. But you have to stand you ground and know what you want. Make sure you have a plan because every day there should be some type of work you should be doing to get closer to your goal.