Often regarded as the best point guard of all time, Johnson is also considered to be one of the greatest players in NBA history.
Jeremy Bloom : Olympic Skier
Jeremy Bloom is a 3x World Champion, 2x Olympic Skier and former football player for the Philadelphia Eagles and the Pittsburgh Steelers. He is the founder of Wish of a Lifetime, a charity that grants lifelong wishes to senior citizens. He is also the CEO of Integrate, a venture backed marketing software company.
Bethany Hamilton : Professional Surfer
Bethany Hamilton survived a 2003 shark attack that resulted in her left arm being bitten off. Despite the incident, she returned to Professional Surfing and became an inspiration to many.
Martina Navratilova : Tennis Legend
Martina defeated all the odds and became one of the greatest tennis stars of all time. She won 59 Grand Slams, including a record 9 Wimbledons.
Carly Patterson : Olympic Gymnast
Carly Patterson captured the heart of the nation when she won the All-Around Gold Medal in Women’s Gymnastics at the 2004 Olympics. She was the first American woman to win the title in 20 years
Brett Favre : Hall of Fame Quarterback
Brett Favre started four years as quarterback at Southern Mississippi before he was drafted in the second round (33rd overall) by the Atlanta Falcons in the 1991 NFL Draft. Favre saw little action as a rookie and was traded to the Green Bay Packers the following season in exchange for a first round pick.
Ben Crenshaw: Professional Golfer
Throughout his career, Crenshaw has captained the victorious 1999 U.S. Ryder Cup Team, has been a 4-time member of the U.S. Ryder Cup Team, became 1984 and 1995 Masters Champion, has accumulated 9 PGA Tour victories, has received the highest honor the United States Golf Association bestows as the recipient of the 1999 Bob Jones Award, and is a 29 year Tour veteran.
Greg Gumbel: Sportscaster
Greg Gumbel is an Emmy Award-winning sportscaster at CBS. He is also an excellent motivational speaker.
Archie Manning: Former American Football Quarterback
When people think of Archie Manning, they think football. But Manning’s appeal transcends his athletic achievements. People far and wide have been inspired by his warm personality, his drive and sense of humor.
Brian Holloway: Former NFL Pro
Brian Holloway is an international motivational speaker and renowned corporate trainer, mobilizing companies and organizations in search of peak productivity, helping them achieve new levels of excellence.
Darrell Waltrip: NASCAR Analyst
Darrell Waltrip is one of the most successful NASCAR drivers of all time. Even in retirement, he stays close to the sport by covering it as an analyst. Waltrip’s past as a race car driver has taught him the importance of motivation, making him an ideal speaker.
Herschel Walker: Professional Football Player
Herschel Walker was a former professional football player. While his experience on the field serves as a basis for his motivational talks, Walker also draws inspiration from his battle with dissociative identity disorder.
Emmitt Smith: Former Football Running Back
Emmitt Smith is a professional football icon and one of the greatest to ever play the game. Since his retirement, Smith has developed many businesses, making him an ideal business and leadership speaker.
Steve Young: NFL Quarterback
Steve Young, one of the most accurate passers in league history, was named All-Pro in 1992, 1993, 1994, and 1998 and earned All-NFC honors three times. The two-time league MVP also was selected to the Pro Bowl seven times. His experience has made him one of the best business, leadership, and motivational speakers.
Ozzie Smith: The Wizard of Oz
Known as “The Wizard of Oz,” Ozzie Smith combined athletic ability with acrobatic skill to become one of the greatest defensive shortstops of all time. Since his retirement, Smith has designed a series of inspirational talks based on his past experience.
Mario Andretti: Racing Driver
Mario Andretti is a racing icon, considered by many to be the greatest race car driver in the history of the sport. His rise from humble beginnings in a refugee camp has served as inspiration for motivational speeches.
Don Shula: Former Football Coach
Don Shula is a former football coach and restaurateur. Through his experience as a team leader, Shula has learnt many lessons on leadership and motivation, making him an excellent speaker.
Jim Morris: The Rookie
The Cinderella story of Jim Morris serves as testimony to the power of dreams and their ability to inspire and transform human life. His meteoric rise from 35 year-old high school teacher to flame-throwing major league pitcher in 3 months serves as an inspiration to all, and makes him an excellent motivational speaker.
Kurt Warner: Former NFL Star
Warner continually beat the odds to quarterback two perennial doormat franchises to the Super Bowl and etched his name in the NFL record books along the way. An excellent motivational speaker, Warner uses his own experience with adversity as the basis for his talks.
Jeff Saturday: Former NFL Player
Jeff Saturday, Super Bowl champion and six-time Pro Bowl center, joined ESPN in July 2013. In his spare time, Saturday gives talks about leadership, largely based on his own experience on the field.
Lee Trevino: Pro Golfer
Lee Trevino is a legendary professional golfer, whose career serves as an inspiration to many. Despite his humble origins, Trevino overcame many obstacles to achieve this impressive status, making him an ideal motivational speaker.