Football speakers are great motivational, inspirational, teamwork and leadership speakers. A football speaker can give a motivational pep talk, offer team building exercises, and strategic, actionable game plans. These nine football speakers include former NFL players, college players, and football enthusiasts.
1. Brian Holloway
Brian Holloway was offensive tackle on the 1985 New England Patriots Super Bowl winning team. He later went on to play eight successful seasons with the Patriots and two with the Los Angeles Raiders. In 1986, he was elected by his peers as the Vice President of the NFL Player’s Association at the age of 23–making him the the youngest person to hold the distinguished position. In 2013, Holloway was hired by the Baltimore Ravens as a motivational speaker and mentor just a few days before the Ravens won the Super Bowl XLVII. As a motivational football speaker, Holloway is renowned for mobilizing companies and organizations towards peak productivity. He understands how to transform thinking within organizations and challenge the competitive spirit of diverse teams.
2. Jon Dorenbos
Jon Dorenbos embarks on his eleventh season with the the Philadelphia Eagles and his fourteenth year in the NFL. The Eagles nominated Dorenbos for the 2016 Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year award for philanthropy and charitable endeavors. Outside of his football career Dorenbos is also an entertainer. Known as the NFL’s “Magic Man”, Dorenbos has appeared and performed on America’s Got Talent and the Ellen DeGeneres Show. He started learning magic at the age of twelve after his picture-perfect family was torn apart when his father murdered his mother. Dorenbos chose to to rise through adversity by setting and working towards a goal. In his keynotes, Dorenbos inspires audiences by sharing his life experiences and NFL stories, and discussing the importance of discipline, teamwork, and the acceptance of failure in achieving a common goal.
3. Holly Robinson Peete
Holly Robinson Peete is an actress, author, talk show host and activist. Following her father’s battle with Parkinson’s, she and her husband Rodney Peete, a former NFL quarterback, formed the HollyRod Foundation to help improve the quality of life for people with Parkinson’s. In her first book, Get Your Own Damn Beer, I’m Watching the Game: A Woman’s Guide to Loving Pro Football, Peete gives her take on some of the most memorable plays in football history and dishes some inside dirt. As a football speaker and an inspirational speaker, Peete discusses how she maintains a successful work-life balance, her son’s autism, and finding time to watch football.
4. Kurt Warner
Kurt Warner lead the Saint Louis Rams to victory at the Super Bowl XXXIV. That same year he was named NFL and Super Bowl Most Valuable Player. His rise to football success is one of the sport’s more fascinating stories. Bypassed by the big Division I colleges, and at one point working the graveyard shift stocking shelves at a local supermarket so he could practice football during the day, Warner, a 28-year-old no-name back-up, catapulted to stardom in 1999 after he was picked up by the Rams. He went on to lead the team to two additional playoff and Super Bowl appearances and stood out as the spiritual leader of the team. As a football speaker, Warner’s keynote speeches focus on the topics of football, motivation, philanthropy, and Christianity. In 2001, Kurt and his wife Brenda established the First Things First Foundation, a non-profit charity dedicated to impacting lives by promoting Christian values, sharing experiences, and providing opportunities to encourage everyone that all things are possible when people seek to put first things first.
5. John Foley
John Foley is a former Blue Angels lead solo pilot. Performing in a high-stakes and high-speed environment he relied on a culture of trust and leadership. While at the U.S. Naval Academy, Foley played defensive back for the academy’s football team, the Midshipmen, where he played in two bowl games and helped the Navy to one of the best four-year records in football history. Through these experiences, Foley has created a framework that inspires teams to reach for their highest potential and empowers organizations to sustain excellence under extreme and dynamic conditions.
6. Tom Flick
Tom Flick is a former NFL quarterback for the Washington Redskins for seven seasons. He also played football extensively in college for the Huskies at the University of Washington. Now Flick is a sought-after football speaker and leadership speaker. He draws on his leadership experiences as a professional football player and his extensive work in corporate America to provide actionable solutions around developing leaders, leading change, and driving performance. Flick has delivered keynotes to Microsoft, Starbucks, Google, Boeing, American Express, Amazon, NASA, Mercedes Benz, and the Pentagon, to name a few.
7. Inquoris “Inky” Johnson
Inky Johnson played defensive back for the Vols at the University of Tennessee. A game between Tennessee and Air Force changed his life forever when a routine tackle turned into a life-threatening injury that paralyzed his right arm. The injury ended Johnson’s playing career, but it did not kill his spirits. In the face of what looked like defeat and the end of his life-long football dreams, Johnson adopted the mantra, “ Am I failing, or is God prevailing?” As a football speaker, Inky devotes much of his time to mentoring athletes and underprivileged youth and giving motivational speeches. In his book, Inky: An Amazing Story of Faith and Perseverance, Inky recounts the tragic accident that left his arm paralyzed and offers advice on how to persevere through trauma.
8. Peyton Manning
Legendary quarterback Peyton Manning is the NFL’s only five-time MVP and 14-time Pro Bowl selection. Most recently he led the Denver Broncos to win Super Bowl L making him the first starting quarterback in NFL football history to win more than one Super Bowl with two different teams. In 2012, after missing the entire 2011 campaign due to a neck injury, Manning finished as the Associated Press NFL Comeback Player of the Year and runner-up for the league’s MVP.
9. Mimi Donaldson
For more than two decades Mimi Donaldson, renowned keynote speaker, author, and unabashed football fan, has been inspiring success. In her book, Necessary Roughness: New Rules for the Contact Sports of Life, Donaldson covers business strategy and interpersonal communications using humorous football metaphors. Donaldson’s background is in speech and communications and Human Resources. As a football keynote speaker, Donaldson provides tools and strategies to choose the right game plan, communicate effectively, build trust and transparency, and work cohesively with teammates who have a different work style than your own.
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