NFL

Ten years as the kicker for the San Diego Chargers. Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year, NFL Comeback Player of the Year, All-Pro, and inducted into the Chargers Hall of Fame

Speaker

Whether speaking to corporate executives, legislators, medical professionals, graduates, or sitting at the bedside of an anxious patient, Rolf's life-changing lessons can be applied to virtually any challenge—personal or professional

patient advocate

Leading organizations in the healthcare industry call upon Rolf to lend his experience and expertise on how to effectively incorporate the patient voice

entrepreneur

As founder of Legacy Health Strategies, the Grateful Patient Project and the Legacy Foundation, Rolf has dedicated his life to serving others

DISCOVER YOUR INDOMITABLE SPIRIT

Rolf's third season as a placekicker in the NFL was cut short when he collapsed on a cross-country team flight while battling ulcerative colitis. He would need two emergency surgeries within six days as his life hung in the balance for six weeks in the intensive care unit. It was Rolf's faith, personal drive, family, and teammates that encouraged him through those darkest hours and aided in his triumphant and improbable return to the NFL. Following his NFL career Rolf devoted his life to patient advocacy and to sharing his amazing story. 

Rolf's journey is one of courage, hope, and determination and illustrates the strength of the indomitable human spirit. Through his powerful message he issues a stirring challenge - to embrace the devastating circumstances of life and turn them into an incredible opportunity for growth.

What People are Saying About Rolf Benirschke

JEFFREY ESSAKOW

PRESIDENT, PROTEA PROPERTIES,

FOUNDER, CHALLENGED ATHLETES FOUNDATION

This is a speaker who gets it, who understands how to connect with an organization and their mission

GERRY PROEHL

PRESIDENT & CEO,

DERMATA THERAPEUTICS

Rolf is one of the most compelling speakers I've ever heard... when Rolf's done, the audience is on their feet giving him a standing ovation, he's that good

DOUG MYERS

PRESIDENT & CEO,

SAN DIEGO ZOO GLOBAL

Ethics and integrity. This man, you believe him, you believe in him, you want to help him because you know he wants to help you

Rick Valencia
President, Qualcomm Life
Carly Bazzett
Executive Director, Crohn's & Colitis Foundation
 

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