Charlie Batch

Former NFL Quarterback, Community Advocate, Author, Entrepreneur and Professional Speaker

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Former NFL Quarterback, Community Advocate, Author, Entrepreneur and Professional Speaker

Charlie Batch is a former 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.

NFL Career

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.

Analyst

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.

Philanthropy

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.

Entrepreneur

Charlie is an entrepreneur whose company, Impellia, brings state-of-the-art sports medicine and rehabilitation technologies to everyone. As Co-Founder, Charlie and his partners have brought to market tech innovations from the University of Michigan, the University of Pittsburgh and the University of Colorado, among others. His interest in sports medicine extends to research as well.

Affiliations

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.

Education

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.

EXPECT YOUR BEST -You're Not Good Enough. You're Not Smart Enough. Greatness Doesn't Live Here.

In this emotional, funny and poignant presentation, Charlie shares his personal successes and failures both on and off the field. Above all, it 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. For instance, an organization 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. In addition, it rallies “underdog” brands to realize their full potential against all odds.

FROM SWEAT SUIT TO BUSINESS SUIT - It’s Never Too Early to Plan Your Next Success

In this motivational speech about planning for future success, Charlie challenges his audiences with the question, “What’s Your End Game?” For Charlie, the end game wasn’t to be an NFL Quarterback. The real end game was to eventually leave football to become the tech entrepreneur, media personality, community advocate and professional speaker that he is today. Therefore, he dedicated himself to preparing for life after football just as hard as he prepared for his life in football. During this 45-minute keynote presentation, Charlie describes the steps he took to leave the sweat suit behind to pursue a new life in a business suit. He shares best practices for personal brand building and networking in your professional and personal communities. As a result, these topics cover strategies to create a pathway to success. Above all, Charlie speaks about staying true to yourself, pursuing your passions while always maintaining your integrity.

LESSON IN LEADERSHIP - TEAMWORK WORKS

NFL quarterback, community advocate and media personality, Charlie Batch, delivers inspirational messages of leadership and teamwork to university students and college athletes through his speaking events. Rooted in the premise that, “we succeed or fail by the level of our expectation,” Charlie’s presentations focus on becoming your best, overcoming obstacles, working as a team and preparing before the moment. And every one of Charlie’s speeches is wrapped in sincerity, humor and warmth.

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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

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