JJ Birden

  • Travels From: Phoenix, AZ
  • Fees: $10,000-$20,000

Tagline: Former NFL Pro

Talent Highlights

  1. Tips, Strategies, and Insights to empower leaders and teams to overcome challenges & seize opportunities!
  2. Inspire your team with JJ Birden, former NFL Pro and motivational speaker, through his journey from unlikely contender to professional athlete. 
  3. His message of determination, resilience, perseverance, and positivity will inspire your team to success, and his tailored keynote presentations will give them tools and strategies to reach the highest levels in business and in life.

Keynote Topics

Success is not going to be given to you, you have to go get it!

Businesses have always aimed to get more out of their people, but it is becoming increasingly hard to provide resources, instruction, and encouragement that actually motivate employees to show up and give their best.

To truly succeed in today’s extremely competitive business world, organizations need employees who are genuinely motivated to give their best, improve each day, and do whatever it takes to win.

Unfortunately, not everyone has this capacity; JJ Birden does, and he can help anyone develop it, too.

Seize Your Opportunities focuses on the individual and what one must do for success as part of a larger group—no matter the odds, and no matter how much hard work it requires.

As a former NFL wide receiver, JJ knows what it takes to reach the highest level of performance and have the capacity to maintain it. Many of the success principles he learned as a professional athlete has helped him thrive in the business world as an entrepreneur and professional speaker.

In this presentation, JJ shares his winning principles and strategies and teaches audiences how to maximize and seize the opportunities in their lives.

Success is not going to be given to you. You have to achieve success; and once you have it, you can’t stay at that same level. You have to continue to work to fight mediocrity and complacency. JJ will show you how.

Key Takeaways from Seize Your Opportunity:  

  • Finding, defining, and defending your Why
  • How discipline and self-motivation lead to success
  • Achieving your breakthrough through adversity
  • Developing championship focus and resolve
  • How complacency can destroy momentum
  • Avoiding complacency by continuous self-improvement
  • The Joe Montana Effect – what JJ learned playing with one of the greatest athletes of all time

Before you can lead others, you must have the ability to lead yourself. 

Leadership is a popular term and hot-topic in the business world, and rightfully so. Leaders have a direct impact on how successful an organization is; unfortunately, not all leaders naturally have the skills to set the pace, set the bar, and drive a group’s collective efforts towards accomplishing the most important goals.

As impactful as good leadership is, poor leadership can be equally impactful, albeit in the opposite direction. Leaders who fail to recognize the role they play or the impact they have on others can leave employees feeling lost, unmotivated, and paralyzed to step outside their comfort zones. The results? Decreased revenue, low morale, and poor performance overall.

In There Better Be An “I” In Team, JJ Birden explains the principles of leadership and team dynamics he learned playing at the highest level in the NCAA and NFL. The heart of his message is clear: “To lead a team, it’s imperative you can lead yourself first. The team’s success is dependent on your success!”

This dynamic, engaging keynote presentation will help develop and strengthen the leaders within your organization.

Key Takeaways from There Better Be An “I” in Team:

  • Defining your personal leadership style and communicating it to your team
  • Clearly stating your expectations as a leader
  • Creating a championship environment
  • Identifying “star players” on your team and elevating their game
  • Empowering and inspiring your team to do whatever it takes to win


The economy is changing fast. The jobs of the future mostly don’t exist yet, which means the people who are most likely to thrive are the ones who are prepared to improvise, adapt, overcome, and continually grow.

Unfortunately, the youth of today may not have the resiliency skills to get the futures they want–but they can develop what it takes to get there. The key is developing a set of core life skills to manage school, work, and outside interests while being responsible, dependable, and accountable adults.

Those are the skills that helped JJ Birden overcome astronomical odds to reach the NFL, and they are the same skills that can help the youth of today become the leaders and high-achievers of tomorrow.

In this captivating and empowering keynote presentation for students and athletes, JJ helps his audience understand the importance of giving their best every day so that when the going gets tough and all eyes are on them, they will have the capacity to succeed and breakthrough to bigger and better things. In Every Day is Game Day, JJ shares actionable tips and strategies that help young people approach every day like an NFL Pro. 

 Key Takeaways from Every Day Is Game Day:

  • Mastering your thoughts and overcoming the underdog mindset
  • Avoiding the entitlement trap
  • Benefits of creating the right “positive” social media trail
  • How you react to F.A.S.C.O. (Failures, Adversity, Setbacks, Challenges, and Obstacles) can lead to either a breakthrough or a breakdown
  • Why having a mentor is the ultimate shortcut to anything you want in life
  • Even though you may be winning now, complacency can cause you to lose



JJ Birden, a former NFL wide receiver, entrepreneur, and accomplished author, has transitioned his extraordinary career into the world of keynote speaking. With a compelling life story filled with ups and downs, perseverance, and the pursuit of excellence, JJ Birden offers audiences a unique perspective on personal and professional growth. In this speaking profile, we […]

JJ Birden, a former NFL wide receiver, entrepreneur, and accomplished author, has transitioned his extraordinary career into the world of keynote speaking. With a compelling life story filled with ups and downs, perseverance, and the pursuit of excellence, JJ Birden offers audiences a unique perspective on personal and professional growth. In this speaking profile, we will explore the remarkable journey of JJ Birden and how he has become a sought-after keynote speaker, inspiring countless individuals and organizations to reach their full potential.

After retiring from professional football, JJ Birden decided to share the wisdom he had gained from his experiences with the world. He embarked on a new career as a keynote speaker, drawing from his life lessons on perseverance, discipline, and the pursuit of excellence. JJ’s presentations have resonated with audiences across diverse industries, including corporations, educational institutions, and sports organizations.

JJ Birden’s speaking engagements focus on a variety of topics, including:

  1. Overcoming Adversity: Birden’s journey is marked by setbacks and triumphs, making him an inspirational figure for those who are striving to overcome obstacles and achieve their goals.
  2. Leadership and Teamwork: Drawing from his experiences on the football field, JJ emphasizes the importance of effective leadership, teamwork, and collaboration in achieving success.
  3. Peak Performance: JJ Birden shares strategies for optimizing performance, setting and achieving goals, and maintaining a winning mindset.
  4. Motivation and Resilience: Through personal anecdotes and motivational stories, JJ encourages individuals and organizations to persevere, adapt, and thrive in the face of adversity.
  5. Health and Wellbeing: Birden’s commitment to physical and mental fitness underscores the importance of a healthy lifestyle and its impact on overall success.

JJ Birden | Motivational Speaker | Former NFL Pro

He could have walked away from the game and given up hope in spite of what seemed like insurmountable odds, but JJ didn’t even flinch. Instead, he did what he’s always done when faced with adversity—he found a way to win.

Despite a height of only 5’10 and weighing in at 157 lbs (versus the typical 6’2 and 245 lbs of his peers) JJ Birden would go on to play 9 seasons in the NFL, crushing the average player’s career of less than 2 years. He is now an engaging and passionate keynote speaker, and a leading authority on helping individuals seize their opportunities in life. As a best-selling author, entrepreneur, speaker, husband and father he now shares lessons from his life that help audiences of all ages, backgrounds, and professions realize the most important thing about success—it is never given, but always earned.

Organizations that have invited JJ Birden to speak have witnessed positive changes in their workforce’s mindset, productivity, and overall performance. His messages of teamwork and leadership have a profound impact on employee engagement, ultimately leading to a more motivated and effective workforce.

JJ Birden’s Book and Beyond

JJ Birden’s influence as a keynote speaker extends to his written works. He is the author of several books, including “When Opportunity Knocks 8 Surefire Ways to Take Advantage.” These books provide readers with a deeper understanding of JJ’s life story, the principles that have guided his journey, and actionable advice for achieving their own goals.

In addition to his speaking engagements and books, JJ Birden is actively involved in online platforms, where he shares motivational content, advice, and practical insights for personal and professional development. He also collaborates with various organizations to promote personal growth and wellness.


JJ Birden’s transition from a successful NFL career to a motivational keynote speaker has been nothing short of remarkable. His journey, marked by adversity, resilience, and unwavering commitment to excellence, has shaped him into a speaker whose messages resonate with audiences from all walks of life. JJ’s impact extends beyond the stage, as his messages of perseverance, leadership, and peak performance inspire individuals and organizations to strive for greatness.

Whether you’re seeking to motivate your employees, empower your students, or inspire your team, JJ Birden’s keynote presentations offer invaluable insights and a compelling narrative that will leave a lasting impact on everyone fortunate enough to hear his story. JJ Birden’s legacy as a keynote speaker is one of inspiration, transformation, and the pursuit of excellence.

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