NFL Speakers: Maximizing Performance & Motivating Your Team

Posted by Ari Frangias


From the football stadium to your next event, these celebrity sports stars are just as successful at the podium as they are on the field.  The following NFL speakers use their experience in the game to provide life lessons on team building and performance maximization. If you are looking to motivate your team and encourage them to become powerful leaders, these gridiron legends have just what your organization needs!


Archie Manning NFL

Archie Manning

NFL Legend & Humanitarian


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 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 Gatorade and Direct TV. For 25 years he hosted four Archie Manning Cystic Fibrosis benefit golf tournaments and is active in a wide variety of charitable and civic causes.


Archie was born May 19, 1949, in Drew, Mississippi. He attended the University of Mississippi where he was named an All-American Quarterback and his number is retired. He was voted Mississippi’s Greatest All-Time Athlete in 1992, and was named Mississippi’s Most Popular Athlete of the Century. Read More…


Topics: Peak Performance, Team Building, Leadership

Darren WoodsonDarren Woodson

Three-time Super Bowl Champion and ESPN NFL Analyst


Three-time Super Bowl champion, five-time Pro Bowl selection and described by Sports Illustrated as, “One of the hardest hitters in the NFL,” Darren Woodson is one of the greatest players to ever wear a Dallas Cowboys uniform. Woodson’s athleticism, aggressiveness, and capacity to produce in the big game – paired with his character, leadership skills, and dependability – put him in a select level of performers in the NFL and secured Woodson an elite position in the Dallas Cowboys’ Ring of Honor.


A native of Phoenix, Darren Woodson was named by as one of the best high school players to ever come out of Arizona. He walked on at Arizona State University where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Justice Studies and built a reputation on the team as a ferocious hitter with a keen eye for the art of football. Read more…


Topics: Team Building, Motivational, Football/NFL

Eric Boles NFLEric Boles

Authority on Leadership, Managing Change, Cultural Transformation and Peak Performance


Eric Boles is President of “The GAME CHANGERS Inc,“ a training and consulting company whose Leadership, Team and Personal development processes are used by some of the most recognized and successful companies in the world and have helped shape over a half a million successful leaders, managers and employees. Eric Boles is a highly acclaimed keynote speaker, consultant and executive coach. Eric addresses thousands of men and women each year – on the subjects of leadership, team dynamics and peak performance.


His clients include Starbucks Coffee Company, Boeing, Microsoft, Alaska Airlines, AFLAC, Dunkin Brands, U.S. Air Force and the U.S. Army Rangers to name a few. Prior to becoming an authority on teamwork, leadership and personal development, Eric learned many principles of team dynamics, leadership and peak performance from his experiences in the National Football League (NFL). Read More…


Topics: Personal Development, Leadership & Inspiration, Team Building

Jen Welter NFLDr. Jen Welter

First Female NFL Coach, Sport Psych, Gold Medalist


Dr. Jen Welter is the first female to coach in the NFL. She served as an intern linebackers coach for the Arizona Cardinals. Welter’s time at the Cardinals has been defined by the bond she has fostered with the players. But this is not the first time Welter’s was the first to do something. In February 2015 she became the first woman to coach in a men’s professional football league, when she served as linebacker and special teams coach for the Indoor Football League’s Texas Revolution.


Prior to that, in January 2014 Welter became the first woman to play running back in a men’s professional football season, when she signed with the Revolution. Welter holds a doctorate degree in Psychology and Master’s in Sport Psychology. She has 18 years of experience in fitness, professional athlete and has provided expert advice on a wide range of topics in fitness and sports. Read More…


Topics: Team Building, Motivational, Accountability

Jon DorenbosJon Dorenbos

Life Is Magic


Jon Dorenbos is one of the most sought after Keynote Speakers on the circuit. His presentation, LIFE IS MAGIC, is truly one-of-a-kind. Weaving his inspirational story with world-class magic, his energy is contagious and his passion for life infectious. After losing both parents at the age of 12, Jon spent a year in foster care before moving in with his Aunt Susan. With the attitude of “Live in Vision, not in Circumstance”, Jon rose above all odds to eventually earn two Pro Bowl appearances and a Super Bowl ring in his 14 year NFL career.


Jon was forced to retire from the NFL when the New Orleans Saints diagnosed him with a life-threatening heart condition that required emergency open heart surgery. When asked about it, Jon saw the ‘magic’. “I was traded to New Orleans and my life was saved by a Saint. All of us have experienced hard times in our life. That’s something all of us can relate to.” Read More…


Topics: Accountability, Team Building, Magician/Illusionists

Matt Mayberry

Matt Mayberry

Former NFL Linebacker and Healthcare Business-Development Professional, Entrepreneur Magazine Columnist, Peak-Performance Strategist


Matt Mayberry, a former NFL linebacker for the Chicago Bears, is currently one of the most-read columnists for Entrepreneur Magazine, as well as an acclaimed keynote speaker, author, and peak-performance strategist. Using a real-world approach, He specializes in maximizing the performance of organizations, teams, and individuals all over the world. As an athlete and business professional, Matt has a real-world understanding that success is based on the key areas of peak performance, overcoming adversity, motivation, culture, and teamwork.


From the football field to being the head of business development for a multi-million dollar healthcare company, to becoming a successful entrepreneur, Matt has the credibility to deliver a keynote speech with a strong focus on actionable ideas and strategies designed to maximize business and personal performance. Read More…


Topics: Peak Performance, Sales Strategies, Corporate Culture

Mike Ditka NFLMike Ditka

Legendary NFL Coach and Player and Commentator


Mike Ditka was named the 12th head coach of the Saints on January 28, 1997. He signed a five-year contract extension on August 5, 1998, placing him under contract through the 2002 season. He holds an overall career coaching record of 124-88, including his first two seasons coaching the Saints, and the 11 seasons he coached the Chicago Bears. Ditka came to the Saints after spending four years as an NFL commentator and analyst on the NFL on NBC.


Ditka has realized success as an All-American at the University of Pittsburgh, NFL Rookie of the Year (1961), All-Pro (1961-66), Super Bowl Champion as a player with Dallas (1972), Super Bowl Champion as an assistant coach with Dallas (1977) and a Super Bowl Champion as head coach of the Chicago Bears (1986). Read more…


Topics: Football/NFL, Sports Announcers, Celebrity

Rocky BleierRocky Bleier

NFL Running Back, Vietnam Veteran and Author


Rocky Bleier’s story – a gripping tale of courage on both the football fields of America and the battle fields of Vietnam – has held audiences in rapt attention for years. Yet, the motivational message behind it, detailing how ordinary people can become extraordinary achievers, defines success in the new American century. With the same optimism, sense of humor and steadfast determination that were his trademarks as a Pittsburgh Steelers running back, Rocky Bleier takes audiences from his early years through his professional career and talks about the lessons he learned along the way.


Not falling within the ideal of what a running back should look like, Bleier had to run harder and play smarter to be able to stand out. Despite his drive and ability to make the big play, the Pittsburgh Steelers only considered him a late round pick. But before the season ended that first year, he was drafted again…this time by the United States Army. Read More…


Topics: Peak Performance, Motivational, Inspirational Speakers

Tom FlickTom Flick

Former NFL Quarterback | Authority on Leadership, Leading Change & Accelerating Performance


Dynamic and highly sought-after, leadership expert Tom Flick has delivered over 3,000 presentations to a “who’s-who” list of clients that includes Microsoft, Starbucks, Google, Boeing, American Express, Amazon, NASA, Mercedes- Benz and the Pentagon. Mr. Flick 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 effective change and accelerate personal, team and organizational performance.


Mr. Flick’s passion for raising more effective leaders is achieved by his unique gift to connect with the listener’s heart as well as their head. Understanding that people, not programs, help organizations change and grow. Tom draws on his leadership experience as a former NFL quarterback for seven seasons and his extensive work in corporate America to provide actionable solutions around developing leaders. Read More…


Topics: Peak Performance, Leadership & Inspiration, Team Building

Vince Papale NFLVince Papale

Inspiration for the Disney Movie “Invincible”, Oldest Rookie in NFL History


A middle school teacher and part-time bartender, Vince Papale left his hometown of Interboro, Pennsylvania 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.


Mr. Papale was with the Eagles for four seasons as a wide receiver and was voted Special Teams Captain by his teammates. A shoulder injury ended his career in 1979. Mr. Papale was voted “Man of the Year” by the Eagles in 1978 for his many charitable activities. Read More…


Topics: Cancer Awareness, Inspirational Speakers, Team Building

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Posted by Ari Frangias

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