For fans, players, coaches, commentators and all enthralled, college football provides some incredibly teachable moments in leadership, preparation, perseverance and success that translates to life on and off the field. It is one of the reasons why many businesses and organizations call upon top personalities in the world of college football to come to their event and speak on the experiences they’ve had that have changed the way they approach their job, families and other responsibilities. This week, we are highlighting the top trending college football keynote speaker personalities who can use their personal anecdotes and life lessons to motivate and inspire your audience.
Kirk Herbstreit: Perhaps the most recognizable face of college football coverage every Saturday is Kirk Herbstreit. He works as one of the featured hosts of ESPN’s College GameDay and provides color-commentary for many of the top games broadcasted on ESPN and ABC each year. A talented quarterback in his own day, Kirk draws from the lessons he learned as both a player and commentator to provide a keynote speech that is full of interesting behind the scenes stories and poignant points to engage audiences at the corporate level as well as the younger generation at university speaker series.
Desmond Howard: Heisman Trophy winner and fellow ESPN College GameDay co-host Desmond Howard is also one of the highest requested college football keynote speakers on the speaking circuit today. He is willing to customize his speech around your event goals and desired messaging which helps tie your event and keynote speaker together for maximum impact for attendees. Generally speaking, Desmond centers his keynote speeches around the topics of teamwork, competitive advantage, hard work, leadership and peak performance.
Lou Holtz: Lou Holtz has enjoyed quite a successful career as a player, coach and football analyst that has given him a wealth of experiences he uses to motivate audiences at corporate conferences, business summits and other special events. Lou was recently hired as the featured college football keynote speaker for the 80th West Virginia Chamber Annual Meeting and Business Summit where he imparted his own lessons in leadership to those in attendance. Lou helps others harness their ability to lead by taking audiences through the process of determining a vision, developing a plan of action and building a team to bring that vision to life.
Jesse Palmer: Jesse Palmer is another former quarterback turned analyst/commentator whose ability to grow and adapt as an on-air TV personality off the field has opened new doors for his professional career. In addition to his work as lead co-anchor of the SEC Network, Jesse is now a correspondent for ABC’s Good Morning America where he shares insight on topics outside the world of college football. He is a great role model and inspirational keynote speaker for those who are looking for ways to grow and build on their professional skills.
Samantha Ponder: This top female sports commentator and keynote speaker is undoubtedly ESPN’s leading lady when it comes to the world of college football. In 2012, Samantha replaced Erin Andrews as a featured contributor on College GameDay and is the regular sideline reporter for ESPN’s Thursday Night College Football coverage. She would be a great motivational college football keynote speaker for organizations in the market for an empowering female personality who can tie-in lessons from the sports and corporate world to her keynote speech.
David Pollack: Does your audiences need a lesson in perseverance and determination? Hire sports speaker David Pollack. David was an incredibly talented linebacker who was regarded as the top defensive player in the nation during his career at Georgia. He had a promising NFL career ahead of him until he suffered a devastating, career-ending injury in his second season in the NFL. David refused to let this life challenge define him and is now a successful businessman and analyst on a host of ESPN network programs. He is a young, engaging professional who can truly connect with and inspire your audience.
Rece Davis: Rece is a longtime host and featured analyst of top ESPN programs including College GameDay and SportsCenter. He is a very well-respected member of the sports journalism community whose dedication to a number of extracurricular, unpaid internships as a college student help build the foundation for his successful career in entertainment. Rece understands the hard work it takes to realize one’s own vision of success, and he imparts that wisdom to attendees at various sports ceremonies, corporate events and university speaker series each year.
Chris Fowler: Any fan of college football will also recognize Chris Fowler, one of ESPN’s leading college football analysts since 1989. Last year, he moved away from his position as a co-host on College GameDay to allow for more opportunities to apply his skills as a lead play-by-play announcer for games throughout the season. Chris is a versatile, commanding sports commentator whose career across 3 decades is a lesson in leading by example. He is the consummate professional to which many up-and-coming sportscasters would love to emulate.
Brent Musburger: Brent is one of the most down-to-earth college football speakers on the circuit despite having worked as the lead commentator for countless big games and national championships over the course of his career with CBS, ABC and ESPN. He is a very relatable keynote speaker who is humbled by the opportunities sports journalism has afforded him and inspires audiences to value each and every opportunity afforded them in life. This year, Brent has served as a top college football keynote speaker for organization’s hosting sports award ceremonies and corporate banquets.
Allie LaForce: This former Miss Teen USA is one of the newer faces of college football, having joined CBS Sports in 2014 replacing fellow sideline reporter Tracy Wolfson. She is the primary sideline reporter for SEC football games and appears on the Gracie Award winning all-girls sports talk show We Need to Talk. Allie has also worked for NBA TV and their coverage of the NBA Summer League. Although her career is just beginning, Allie is wise beyond her years and serves as a role model for women in sports journalism.
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