Top 10 Athlete Speakers in 2018: Speaking Engagements & Appearances

Top Athlete Speakers Who Motivate, Lead, & Inspire

As a kid, you remember the comeback drive that won the game: the key players, the charismatic coach, the defining moment.

Imagine those top athlete speakers appearing at your event, whether it's a conference,  tradeshow, business meeting, or lecture series. Relive those memories -- be inspired by the leadership and motivation of these  champions.

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List of Top 10 Athlete Speakers

Here is a list of the 10 top athlete speakers for speaking engagements and appearances. This is to get you started with ideas on how you can inspire your audience using proven champions on and off the field.

Top Athlete Speakers for speaking engagements and appearances.

  1. Rocky Blieir
   Pittsburgh Steelers Running Back,
Vietnam Veteran.
Motivational Speaker, Peak Performance,

Business Speaker

Rocky's life's story is a gripping tale of courage on both the football fields of America and the battle fields of Vietnam. He presents a motivational message on how ordinary people can become extraordinary achievers.

  2. Tom Flick  
   Former Pro and Top College Quarterback. Business Leadership Speaker,
Motivational Speaker
  Tom Flick, a former quarterback, addresses more than 100,000 men and women each year and has garnered a reputation around the world as an authority on leadership, helping organizations develop leaders, lead change effectively and increase teamwork, communication, and performance skills.
  3. Jim Abbott
   One Handed (MLB) Baseball Pitcher.
Motivational Speaker, Business Speaker
  Jim Abbott has battled the odds his entire life. Despite being born with only one hand, he was the 15th player to ever make a professional debut in the Major Leagues.
  4. Dara Torres
   12-Time Olympic Medalist Swimmer. Inspiring Motivational Speaker  
  Dara Torres is arguably the fastest female swimmer in America. Since her first international swimming competition at age 14, Dara has proved that she is far from your average athlete. She is the first American swimmer to compete in five Olympic Games and has won a total of 12 Olympic medals in her career. In 2008 Dara captured the hearts and minds of people of all ages when she launched her comeback as a new mother at the age of 41 -- eight years since her last Olympics when she retired from competitive swimming.
  5. Joe Torre
   Manager of the L.A. Dodgers and former manager of the New York Yankees.
Speaks on Motivation, Team Building
  Joe Torre was named manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers on November 1, 2007, becoming the 26th manager in team history. Prior to the joining the Dodgers, Torre spent the past twelve seasons as manager of the New York Yankees.
  6. Archie Manning
   NFL Quarterback Legend, Humanitarian.
Speaks on Teambuilding and Business Leadership Speaker
  When people think of Archie Manning, they think football. But Archie’s appeal transcends his athletic achievements. People far and wide have been inspired by his warm personality, his drive and sense of humor. He was recently selected Father of the Year by the National Father’s Day Council. He currently serves in public relations and consulting capacities for several local, regional and national companies, including Reebok, Gatorade, Direct TV and CBS Sports. For 25 years he hosted four Archie Manning Cystic Fibrosis benefit golf tournaments in Louisiana and Mississippi and is active in a wide variety of charitable and civic causes.
  7. Ruben Gonzalez
   From ordinary to extraordinary, 4-time Olympian.
Inspiring Motivational Speaker, Peak Performance
  A seemingly "ordinary guy," Ruben Gonzalez wasn't a gifted athlete. He didn't take up the sport of luge until he was 21. Against all odds, four years later he was competing in the Winter Olympics. At the age of 47 he was racing against 20-year-olds in the Vancouver Winter Olympics.
  8. Scott Hamilton
   Olympic Skater and Cancer Survivor.
Speaks on Motivation, Peak Performance,
Cancer Awareness
  Clearly one of the most sought after keynote speakers and most popular figure skating stars in the world today, Scott Hamilton is an Olympic Gold Medalist, Network TV skating commentator, actor, performer, producer, Emmy Award nominee, best-selling author, role model, humanitarian, philanthropist, and a cancer and brain tumor survivor. His motto is: “The only disability in life is a bad attitude.”
  9. Mike Ditka
   Legendary NFL Coach of the Bears, Saints and great Hall of Fame Football Player.
Motivational Business Speaker
  Ditka is a highly sought after motivational speaker and television personality. He has appeared on virtually every late night network talk show and been featured on various network newscasts. Ditka is also one of pro football's most visible ambassadors.
  10. Vince Papale
  Oldest Rookie in NFL History; subject for the movie Invincible.
Motivational Speaker, Leadership Speaker, Team Building, Cancer Awareness

  A middle school teacher and part-time bartender, Vince Papale left his hometown in the spring of 1974 to try out for the Philadelphia Bell of the World Football League. He made the team as a wide receiver and played for them for two seasons. In 1976, at the age of 30, Vince tried out for the Philadelphia Eagles, made the team, and became the oldest rookie in the history of the NFL. He still holds that record today.
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Various ways to use Professional Athletes at Events

  Q&A (Questions and Answers; sit-down chat)
  This kind of method can be a little less formal and make the athlete feel comfortable and open up to tell those great stories about the football game going into overtime, or the controversial 9th inning decision that changed the team's destiny. With the help of a great moderator, the athlete can be guided to share the great memories, the high inspiring moments of their career and the journey that the life of sports has taken them.  
  Top Athlete Motivational Speakers.  

Athletes make great motivational speakers as they are filled with inspiring stories of overcoming great odds to win the game. They possess a unique ability that gets the audience up from their seats believing their own mountain can be climbed (no matter how big). Sometimes people need a spark to jumpstart their attitude and performance.

Think about this ... when you feel good about yourself, you will want to do better at your job and with your personal life. Why else does a coach give a speech before the big game? To get everyone's mind focused and energized to perform their best.

This is why sports figures have traditionally been some of the most requested speakers for opening and closing general session keynote speeches. Kick off your meeting with a bang, or close it with memorable words that will inspire your employees.

  Top Athlete Business and Leadership Speakers

Who knows how to leader better than current or former athletes or coaches? After all, these top athletes have lead their teams to victories. They understand what it takes to be successful.They know what to do when it's fourth down, 3 seconds left and they need a touchdown.

This is why professional athletes are perfect for speaking to business groups. They know how to identify the needs of the team; which people are playmakers; understand the importance of team building; making smart decisions; keeping cool under pressure, and striving to be the best. Sports and business analogies are very similar -- it's a bottom-line world, and the only thing that matters is performance and winning (beating competitors).

  Professional Athlete appearances.
  What attracts a crowd better than an professional athlete appearance. Whether you're having a grand opening, educational function, or a major event and celebration, having the perfect sports figure there can add tons of excitement and attendance. This is a great opportunity for attendees to take pictures and sign autographs of their favorite sports heros -- providing a memory that will last a lifetime.
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