“Wow! Congratulations on such a successful event.
A packed ballroom and so many of our companies
represented. I thought that Johnny Rodgers was
such an inspirational speaker on the Heisman experience.
The room really got so motivated by hearing him
equate his experience with leadership, mentoring
and team work. The crowd was so interactive through-out
the event that I didn’t want to leave. Congrats
on a great event!”
~ Brian L. Wolff, Senior Vice President, External
Affairs, Edison Electric Institute
Rodgers was the spotlight of our event! He did
a great job and people were definitely excited
to meet him! The level of excitement generated
by his presence could be felt by everyone. His
speech was inspirational to those young and old.
I don't think there was a single person who didn't
walk away from this event without feeling the
"Husker Power" generated by Johnny's
presence! This year we were able to raise enough
funds to add an additional scholarship. Thank
you Johnny “The Jet" for making this
year’s event the biggest ever!”
~ Ashley Lantz, Vice President, Siouxland
organization was very happy when we found out
Johnny “The Jet” Rodgers was coming to Ponca.
Johnny is genuinely personable. Johnny came early
to our event and took time to talk to anyone who
approached him. I think by the end of the night
everyone that attended had done a “Heisman Pose”
with Johnny! The purpose of our event was to complete
our fundraising goal. We are a community that
raised 1.2 million in less than three years to
build a sports complex for our school and community.
It was raised by donations from alumni and community
members. Johnny’s speech was focused on teamwork.
He talked about the events in his life that led
up to him playing at Nebraska, how important his
team was and like our community …success doesn’t
come without working together. I believe he helped
us reach our goal that night. Ponca would have
him back to our community in a heartbeat!!”
~ Patti Boyle, Ponca Community Sports and Recreation
Complex Committee Members
event, The 2012 Business Opportunity Conference,
was taken to a higher level by Johnny’s participation.
Johnny provided motivation, encouragement as well
as entertainment for corporations and diverse
businesses alike. He shared his experience with
an energy and clarity that everyone appreciated
and applauded! Heisman voters made a great choice
in 72'. Thank you, Johnny Rodgers.”
~ Bryan Umstead, Duke Energy, Carolinas
Minority Supplier Development
our annual lead Getters Luncheon, Johnny inspired,
motivated and entertained the crowd with a wonderful
talk about “How Teamwork Can Make Your Dreams
Work.” He spoke about how his teamwork experience
while a member of the Nebraska football program
helped achieve his dreams of winning a national
football championship and being selected as the
Heisman winner in 1972 despite many odds. Johnny
spoke from his heart about his life with great
passion and honesty. Johnny is a dynamic speaker
and very interactive with the audience. The crowd
was amazed by his talk and everyone was on their
feet at the end of the speech. The event was a
~ Lori Vanderheiden, President/Owner, 1 Staff
Training & Consulting, Omaha Executive
Association Board Member
Never Fair Catch!
What it means to be fearless in your world!
of people around the world watched Johnny Rodgers’
sensational 72-yard punt return during the Nebraska
vs. Oklahoma “Game of the Century” in 1971. Voted
Most Valuable Player in the history of the Big Eight
Conference and named by Sports Illustrated as “Husker
Player of the Century”, Johnny was inducted into the
College Football Hall of Fame in 2000.
with the historic perspective of 40+ years of more
championship games and awards including the Heisman
Trophy, Johnny’s high performance records place him
in the unique position to help others unleash their
ultimate potential. Using sports metaphors to teach
his audiences how to go within so they won’t have
to go without, Johnny advocates teamwork, mental toughness
and the heisman factor.
can learn a lot about a man by his hands, by how they
look, what they reach for, and what they hold while
in the limelight and after it fades away. Their commitment
continues to lend a hand to lift spirits, to teach,
to give, to serve and to sacrifice. The men who hold
the trophy up have gone on in life to uphold the values
it embodies, the determination, the duty and integrity.”
Heisman Trophy Awards, Opening Remarks
Era of Greatness, Coach Bob Devaney’s Final Four Season
In University of Nebraska Football (1969-1972)
Interviews with players, coaches, sports broadcasters.
trainer’s, opponent’s and others give insight into the
chemistry on the field, in the locker room, in practice.
An Era Of Greatness contains stories about the great
characters of Nebraska football from the men who were
the Nebraska Cornhuskers of 1971.
Fair Catch! What It Means To Be Fearless In Your Life.”
(From the Over-the Top Presentation
Series Specifically for Business Leaders, Entrepreneurs,
Sales / Marketing Professionals and
actual film footage and relevant personal stories on
and off the football field, Rodgers shows his audiences
that it is not how fast you get there, but that timing
is everything, and it's that you get there that counts.
He says, “Don't out-think yourself… sometimes it's not
about thinking it's about following your inner self
and just reacting to situations as they come. You have
to be in sync with your teammates, because everybody
has got to get a block”, says Rodgers.
reveals 11 competitors such as fear, ego, jealousy,
laziness, etc. that must be blocked on every play. Audiences
will quickly recognize the real challenges standing
between them and their goal line.
believes that “Good performance is about participating
at a high level in whatever you desire to achieve. High
performance is about taking your game to the highest
level you think possible, and then deciding to take
it to even another level! We’re talking about taking
it “Over The Top"!
presentation is informative and entertaining as Rodgers
easily builds rapport with audiences. Knowledge of the
game of football is not a prerequisite. Non-sports fans
will gain equal lessons in the areas of risk reduction,
ways to increase their odds, and new rules of engagement
for building better alliances with others.
this presentation, you will learn:
7 steps you can apply to your career today that
will change your re-sults and your life!
Why you should memorize the definition of F.O.C.U.S.!
The single most important element in improving
11 defenders that stand in your way!
How to create “Your Playbook for Success!”
Makes the Dreamwork”
2010 MIDAMERICA SPEAKERS BUREAU