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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


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


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


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.


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