Reggie Rivers




REGGIE RIVERS: Former Denver Broncos Running Back

The Business of Football: Strategies from the Gridiron that will GROW your Business!

Former Denver Bronco Reggie Rivers is a dynamic and effective speaker who will help your team increase their trust, improve their teamwork and deliver better results to the bottom line. Reggie delivers a presentation that is full of interesting, entertaining, insightful and powerful analogies that allow business professionals to see their challenges in a whole new light.


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REGGIE'S FEATURED TESTIMONIALS



F. Dave Zanetell, Sr. VP/COO, Kraemer North America.

As our luncheon speaker you provided a strong message of teamwork, accountability & attention to detail that aligned perfectly with our path forward. I have received enormous positive feedback. Simply put, your remarks, analogies & enthusiasm were spot on. More important, your message was impactful in a way that I believe will be sustaining. Since your presentation, I have heard employees use some of the phrases & repeat some of the messages as they work through issues & daily challenges.


Tauna Lockhart, Chief Communications Officer, Colorado Governor’s Office of IT

More than 94% of our respondent rated your presentation as “fantastic.” Just for perspective, this is an unprecedented positive response in the history of our All Managers conferences. Several people have since written to me saying that you really energized them to “up their game” as managers. Your professionalism, candor and great sense of humor were the perfect mix to bring our day of strategy sessions to a close. You brought focus to the most important messages of the day:  customer service, smart business decisions and team building.


Bob Beiersdorf, Executive Director, Nelnet

As a result of Reggie’s insights regarding inspiration and motivation, we are implementing a more robust team-based incentive program going into next year. Our business leaders are now referencing Reggie’s messaging in various internal forums as a means to achieve stronger, team-based performance.


Megan Kennedy, Logistics Project Manager, Arrow Electronics

We surveyed everyone that attended and roughly 75% of folks responded. Reggie received a near perfect score on both his presentation as well as on the team-building activity, which has NEVER happened before and the comments people left were incredibly complimentary. He was, by far, the best keynote speaker we’ve ever had at this event.


Robert Machado, VP Customer Supply Chain, MillerCoors

Reggie’s ability to connect his experiences in football with the objectives of our meeting was refreshing. The way he can break down the complexities of navigating change and uncertainty (while maintaining a sense of humor) clearly resonated with the audience. It provided a new perspective on the way we do business.


Jodi Brooks Allen, Trustmark Solutions

I was so thrilled to see the level of engagement you created. Your speech, your energy, and your true ability to connect with everyone in the room was quite impressive. Yes, the men loved you but so did the women.


Are you ready to schedule Reggie Rivers to inspire your team?

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REGGIE OVER THE YEARS

NFL Keynote SpeakerReggie Rivers was born at Wright Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio as the fourth of five children in an Air Force family. During his youth, Reggie also lived at Wethersfield Air Force Base in Essex, England; Alconbury Air Force Base in Cambridgeshire, England; Iraklion Air Station on the island of Crete, Greece; Homestead Air Force Base near Miami, Florida, and Randolph Air Force Base in San Antonio Texas.

Reggie graduated from Randolph High School in 1986.

Reggie graduated from Southwest Texas State University (now renamed Texas State University)in 1991 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism. He was named the Lyndon Baines Johnson Outstanding Senior Student and delivered the student salutation at graduation.

Reggie earned a Master’s Degree in Global Studies from the University of Denver in 2007.

Reggie first became interested in journalism at age 14 after watching the movie “All the President’s Men”. He was fascinated by the notion that the free press could serve as a powerful check against governmental abuses. He took his first journalism class during his sophomore year and started writing for the school yearbook and newspaper. The summer before his senior year in high school, Reggie was named the top student at a two-week journalism workshop sponsored by the Dow Jones Newspaper Fund, which led to his first newspaper job, writing obituaries for the San Antonio Light.

In the Fall of 1986, Reggie enrolled at Southwest Texas State University as a journalism major and during his freshman year, he landed an internship with the Austin American-Statesman. He worked at the American-Statesman off and on throughout his freshman year, publishing more than 100 byline stories. In 1987, he received the H.M Fetress Award given by the Texas Daily Newspaper Association to the Outstanding Journalism Intern in Texas.

In 1989, Reggie was one of 12 students chosen nationally to attend the Graduate Enhancement Program in Communications at Ohio University. In 1990, Reggie landed a highly competitive internship at Newsday on Long Island. After graduation in 1991, Reggie moved to Denver, Colorado to try out for the Denver Broncos.

He was hired by the Rocky Mountain News to write a weekly sports column. The column was initially scheduled to be a four-week stint during his rookie training camp, but it turned into an eight-year sports column for the News. During his NFL career, Reggie was a co-host for several Denver television and radio shows including Broncos Beat, Sports ExtraThe Orange Zone, Reggie’s Kids and Rolling with Rivers.

After retiring from football, Reggie continued his journalism career, hosting general topic radio talk shows on 850 KOA and 630 KHOW, writing an opinion-editorial column for the Denver Post, writing an NFL column for Pro Football Weekly, and hosting a PBS talk-show called Global Agenda. In television, Reggie has worked as a football analyst for ABC Sports College Football, the Mountain Sports Network and CBS 4 in Denver. He was also a weekend sports anchor for CBS 4.

Reggie Rivers signed with the Denver Broncos in 1991 as an undrafted free agent running back out of Southwest Texas State University (now renamed Texas State University). He played 6 seasons with the Broncos.

In 1991, he was named to Pro Football Weekly’s All-Rookie Team as a special teams player.

In 1992, he won the Broncos Community Action Player Award in recognition of his volunteer service throughout Colorado.

In 1992, he won the Bob Martin Award, given annually to the Broncos player who is most cooperative with the media.

In 1993, his teammates selected him as Special Teams Player of the Year.

In 1993, he was named the Broncos NFL Man of the Year for superior athletic and civic performance.

In 1995, he won the NFL Unsung Hero Award in recognition of volunteer efforts.

In 1996, he was named the Broncos NFL Man of the Year for the second time.

Reggie attended Texas State University on a full athletic scholarship. During his collegiate career, he amassed 2,500 career yards and was named to four All-American teams. He was a Southland Conference Scholar Athlete of the Year, and he has been inducted into the Texas State University Hall of Honor and the Southland Conference Hall of Honor.

As a senior at Randolph High School in San Antonio, Reggie rushed for 1,200 yard.

Reggie is the author of six published books:

“The Vance:  The Beginning & The End” (1994)
“Power Shift” (2000)
“4th & Fixed” (2004)
“My Wife’s Boyfriend & Our Feud with the Highlands Ranch Homeowners Association” (2006)
“The Colony:  A Political Tale” (2009)
“Rookies & Bookies” (2014)

Reggie’s easy style, funny anecdotes and insightful stories about life in the NFL, allow him to connect to the audience and deliver a message of hope and optimism that makes people want to jump out of their chairs and go tackle the obstacles that have been standing in their way.

Audiences all over the country have praised Reggie for helping them see their goals in an entirely new—and achievable—light. Reggie is the perfect “kickoff” speaker for any conference. He brings tremendous energy and humor and really puts people in the right frame of mind for the rest of the conference.

Reggie lives in Denver with his wife, Stephanie, and son, Malik.



ACCOMPLISHMENTS - AWARDS - RECOGNITION


Reggie's Accomplishments
  • Former Denver Broncos Running Back
  • Motivational Speaker, Master of Ceremonies and Benefit Auctioneer
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism, Masters Degree in Global Studies
  • Author of Five Published Books
  • President & CEO of Rivers Enterprises and Corporate Kickoff
  • Media Personality — Television, Radio, Internet and Newspaper
Reggie's Awards
  • 1987 → H.M. Fentress Award – given by Texas Daily Newspaper Association to the Outstanding Journalism Intern in Texas
  • 1990 → Kodak All-American, AP All-American, Sports Network All-American and UPI All-American football player at Southwest Texas State University
  • 1990 → Scholar-Athlete of the Year – Southland Conference
  • 1991 → Lyndon Baines Johnson Outstanding Senior Student at Southwest Texas State University
  • 1992 → Broncos Community Action Player Award in recognition of volunteer service throughout Colorado
  • 1992 → Bob Martin Award, given annually to the Broncos player who is most cooperative with the media
  • 1993 → Broncos Edge Shave Gel NFL Man of the year in recognition of superior athletic and civic performance.
  • 1995 → NFL Unsung Hero Award in recognition of volunteerefforts
  • 1996 → Broncos True Value Hardware NFL Man of the Year in recognition of athletic and civic performance
  • 1996 → Young Coloradoan of the Year – Cherry Creek Jaycees
  • 1996 → Byron “Whizzer” White Humanitarian Award, given annually by the NFL Player’s Association in recognition of outstanding volunteer service
  • 2000 → Radio Journalist of the Year – Colorado Association of Black Journalists
  • 2001 → Larry Tajiri Memorial Media Award – Colorado ACLU
  • 2002 → Inducted into the Southland Conference Hall of Honor (football)
  • 2003 → Inducted into the Texas State University Hall of Honor (football)
  • 2004 → Food for the Heart Community Award – The Food Bank of the Rockies Guild
  • 2005 → President’s Award – Colorado Library Association
  • 2009 → Martin Luther King, Jr. Business Social Responsibility Award – Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce
  • 2009 → “The Colony: A Political Tale” won First Place General Fiction in the Premier Book Awards
  • 2009 → “The Colony: A Political Tale” won Third Place General Fiction from the Colorado Independent Publishers Association
  • 2013 → Named to Southland Conference All-Decade Football Team for the 1990s
Reggie's Recognition
  • Reggie Rivers is a renaissance man whose talents and achievements have spanned many different disciplines. Among his accomplishments:
    • He played six seasons as a running back with the Denver Broncos.
    • He was a two-time Broncos NFL Man of the Year.
    • He earned a Master’s Degree in Global Studies from the University of Denver.
    • He was a radio talk show host.
    • He was a television sports anchor.
    • He was a newspaper columnist.
    • He has published five books.
    • He was a four-time All-American football player at Texas State University.
    • He was a Southland Conference Scholar Athlete of the Year.
    • He was inducted into the Texas State University Hall of Honor.
    • He was inducted into the Southland Conference Hall of Honor.
    • He has been a motivational speaker, MC, auctioneer and/or presenter at thousands of events.