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2018 Conference Keynote Speaker: John Riggins



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Legendary NFL Hall of Famer

Do Your Job
On Thursday, November 8, 2018, NFL star running back John Riggins will provide the NORA Keynote Address. He observes that the most successful football players have a high threshold for pain and that, similarly, in the business world, the most successful seem to have a high tolerance for frustration. In today's marketplace, nothing is guaranteed, but success is still within reach if you stay focused on job number one. Famous for getting the job done on the playing field, the Washington Redskins legend and motivational speaker shares how small successes result in big wins and high levels of satisfaction for you and your team.


John Riggins was born in Seneca, Kansas and attended Centralia High School where he starred in football and became a two-time state champion in the 100-Yard-Dash. At 6’2” and 230 pounds, he possessed a dazzling combination of size and speed. While playing football at the University of Kansas, Riggins surpassed Gale Sayers’ career rushing record. In 1971, he was selected as the sixth overall pick by the New York Jets.

He spent five years with the Jets and became the first back in franchise history to rush for more than 1000 yards in a single season. In 1972, he was voted the Jets’ Most Valuable Player. In 1976, he earned his first trip to the Pro Bowl. Later that year, he joined the Washington Redskins where he remained until retiring in 1985.

In 1983, Riggins helped lead the Redskins to their first Super Bowl victory while being named the game’s MVP. Riggins still holds the record for most carries in a Super Bowl (38). He became only the second player in NFL history, behind Jim Brown, to rush for more than 100 career touchdowns. Riggins, long considered by many to be the most popular Redskin in history, was known by the fans as “The Diesel” for his bruising style of running.

Riggins was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1992. He was also inducted into the Redskins Ring of Fame in 1990 and the Kansas University Ring of Honor in 2007. He hosted, “Riggo on the Range,” his own outdoor hunting, fishing and cooking show on the Discovery Channel. This led him to his own food and beverage line: John Riggins Sausage and John Riggins 4th & 1 Pilsner.

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