NFL Quarterback, Community Advocate, Author,
Entrepreneur and Professional Speaker
Charlie Batch is an NFL quarterback, community advocate, author, media personality, entrepreneur and professional speaker who takes his “Expect Your Best” message to audiences across the country at Fortune 500 companies, nonprofit organizations, universities and more. Charlie motivates and inspires with his personal stories of loss, perseverance and victories on and off the field, and audiences leave his sessions excited about their own potential as he shares with them his 10 proven ways to start winning today.
Charlie’s NFL career spanned 15 years, 60 touchdowns and more than 11,000 passing yards. He was drafted in the second round as a starting quarterback by the Detroit Lions in 1998 from Eastern Michigan University, where he had set numerous school and MAC conference records. In 2002, he joined the Pittsburgh Steelers as back-up quarterback and was instrumental in critical game wins that led the team to Super Bowl XL and XLIII.
His leadership within the NFL extended far beyond the gridiron to include positions as the Vice President, Executive Committee for the NFL Players Association and NFL Spokesperson for the United Way. In retirement, he has continued to be a respected strategist in the NFL, providing game commentary for national sports outlets including CBS, FOX, NBC, ABC, ESPN, NFL Network, SiriusXM NFL Radio and Yahoo! Sports. Locally, he’s a frequent guest on Pittsburgh’s WDVE Morning Show and broadcasts WPIAL games in partnership with KDKA-TV Sports.
Today, Charlie continues to be active in all aspects of the game. At the same time, he has established himself as community advocate, philanthropist and public speaker. In 1999, he created the Best of the Batch Foundation, which gives Pittsburgh city kids a safe place to learn and grow. The Foundation includes a summer basketball league that teaches good sportsmanship and life skills; year-long reading and computer literacy programs; a Batchpacks for Kids school supply program, and much more.
In addition to his own foundation, Charlie serves on multiple boards including the Strong Women Strong Girls National Advisory Board, the Western Pennsylvania Humane Society, and the Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh, among others. He is a National Speakers Association (NSA) professional speaker, and he has completed several NFL Business Management, Communications and Entrepreneurial programs through Harvard Business School, Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management, Stanford University Graduate School of Business, The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, the University of Notre Dame and Bowling Green State University.
In 2014, Charlie received an honorary Degree of Doctor of Human Letters, Honoris Causa, Public Service, from La Roche College, and the year before, he was presented with an honorary degree of Doctor of Public Service from Washington & Jefferson College. In 2013, he was awarded the United Way of Allegheny County Outstanding Campaign Volunteer of the Year, the Byron “Whizzer” White NFL Man of the Year Award, and the Baptist Ministries Conference Award “Hero in the Midst.”
Charlie’s football career began at the age of 7, when he first took to the field for the Steel Valley Midget Association. A graduate of Steel Valley High School and a native of Homestead, Pennsylvania, (a suburb of Pittsburgh), Charlie continues to reside there with his wife, Latasha, and their five dogs. Through his foundation, the Best of the Batch, as well as countless other community projects, he has become widely known as a service leader who gives back to his hometown.
For Businesses: Expect Your Best--You’re not good enough. You’re not smart enough. Greatness doesn’t live here.
As a child and throughout his adult life, those were just a few of the negative messages and dream-crushing lies that Charlie Batch heard as he pursued his lifelong dream of becoming a Pittsburgh Steeler. But in critical moments throughout his life, Charlie refused to buy into those lies. Instead, he expected the best from himself and those around him, and as a result, he enjoyed a successful 15-year career in the NFL, became a respected leader among players and within his community, and formed a foundation that continues to inspire financially challenged communities to expect their best. In this emotional, funny and poignant presentation, Charlie shares his personal successes and failures both on and off the field, and provides three key strategies that anyone can use to expect their best and realize success in their professional and personal lives. His speech, which is easily relatable to knowledgeable sports fans and novices alike, includes a memorable interactive session where one lucky audience member gets to act out Charlie’s “Be Ready, Be Resilient, and Be the Pro” strategies with Charlie on stage. This keynote is ideal for any organization that is in a turnaround phase, where management and employees are working to overcome obstacles and inspire passion around the corporate mission. This keynote also provides powerful messages for businesses in highly competitive environments, rallying “underdog” brands to realize their full potential against all odds. Charlie’s presentation can be customized to meet your organization’s specific needs and messages. He offers 30-minute, 45-minute and 60-minute versions of his presentation to fit the requirements of your agenda, and he is available for Q&A sessions and select photo opportunities.
For Students: Dignity & Respect
As tragic stories of in-school and online bullying dominate our headlines, now is the time to bring lessons of dignity and respect to our students. Serving as the National Spokesperson for the Dignity & Respect for Youth Campaign and D&R Sportsmanship, Charlie Batch visits high schools, teen centers, colleges and universities, and sports teams to teach the values and actions that promote dignity and respect in the classroom and on the field. With warmth, sincerity and humor, Charlie shares highly actionable tips that teens and adults can use to create a more respectful and inclusive environment for themselves and their peers. This speech is ideal for student athletic teams at the high school and collegiate levels as well as any school that wants to be proactive in promoting a healthy social environment in their classrooms and on their campuses.
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“I do not believe I have heard a finer Commencement address than the one you delivered to our graduates. It was touching, it was heartfelt, and looking down at the faces of our graduates, I hope you saw how much your words meant to them. You had them from your first word to your last.”
- LaRoche College | President
“Compassionate, intelligent, genuine. Charlie has a compelling personal story that led him to a life of giving back to the youth in his hometown. Charlie brings his status as a professional NFL Quarterback to focus employers and their employees on the pressing and urgent needs of disadvantaged youth. He has been a great spokesperson for United Way of Allegheny County.”
- United Way of Allegheny County | President & Chief Professional Officer
“Charlie’s presentation was engaging, personal and inspiring. Charlie is a grounded and passionate individual whose life has been touched by tragedy and good fortune. . . . His presentation style and candor make him believable as he motivates others to take action.”
- Carmeuse Lime and Stone | President & CEO
"Charlie Batch captivated the audience at our Leaders for Literacy Luncheon with his message of perseverance in the face of adversity. Like our students, Charlie encountered many challenges and setbacks in life, and yet he has achieved greatness both on and off the field. Batch inspired guests with a glimpse into his personal tragedy and lessons learned that turned his life around."
- Greater Pittsburgh Literacy Council | Executive Director