FOX NFL Analyst, NFL Network Contributor & Former Super Bowl-Winning Head Coach of the Baltimore Ravens
From 1999-2007, Billick served as the head coach of the Ravens, a new franchise with the youngest players in NFL history. In his first year as head coach, Billick guided the Ravens to their first non-losing season (8-8) in 1999. In 2000, he led the Ravens to a decisive 34-7 Super Bowl XXXV victory over the New York Giants. The Ravens returned to the NFL playoffs in 2001 and 2003. In 2006, the team produced its best regular season in team history, winning the tough AFC North with a 13-3 record.
Before coaching the Ravens, Billick coached professional and collegiate teams, including the Redlands (1977), Brigham Young (1978), San Diego State (1981-1985), Utah State (1986-1988), Stanford (1989-1991) and the Minnesota Vikings (1992-1998). In 1998, Billick managed a Vikings offense that scored the most points in NFL history (556). In 2000, under Billick’s direction, the Ravens’ defense set the NFL’s 16-game standard for fewest points allowed (165).
Billick earned All-Western Athletic Conference honors and honorable mention All-America in 1976 as a tight end at Brigham Young University (BYU). In 1976, he caught 20 passes for 338 yards and a touchdown. Billick played linebacker for the Air Force Academy during his freshman year, before transferring to BYU.
Billick has participated enthusiastically in community work since his arrival in Baltimore, including working with the United Way of Central Maryland (the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society), hosting golf tournaments for the National Breast Cancer Foundation and serving as the honorary chairman for the American Lung Association’s Breath of Life Celebration. He also serves on the board of directors of the Living Classrooms Foundation. The Multiple Sclerosis Society, Maryland Chapter selected Billick as its 2001 “Champion of the Year.”
Billick has co-authored three books: Competitive Leadership: Twelve Principles for Success (with Dr. James A. Peterson), Finding the Winning Edge (with NFL Hall of Fame coach Bill Walsh and Dr. Peterson) and his latest book, More Than a Game: the Glorious Present and Uncertain Future of the NFL (with Michael MacCambridge). Finding the Winning Edge is a blueprint for developing an NFL team, covering everything from practice schedules to front office structure.
Following his coaching career, Billick has been a game day analyst for the NFL on FOX and a contributor to the NFL Network. He also has a major presence on Foxsports.com and NFL.com.
Business and Sport: The Ever-Thinning Line
In the movie North Dallas Forty, a professional athlete laments to his coach, Every time I call it a business, you call it a game. Every time I call it a game, you call it a business. Millions of NFL fans watch pro football annually, and the sport grosses billions of dollars each year. Whether you call football a business or a game, money influences how decisions are made. Brian Billick, one of professional footballs most gifted coaches and now a FOX Sports analyst, shares:
An assessment of the current dynamics in the NFL; His insights into the future of professional sports amid high-profile business and entertainment pressures; What it is it like to be a critical decision maker in one of the biggest fishbowls.
Team Building: Building a "We" Environment in an "I" World
We live in a society in which individual achievement is the predominant measure of success. As children in school, we are graded individually. At work, our performance is evaluated individually. But in order for organizations to successfully compete, employees must work seamlessly as a team. So, how do employees of an I culture let go of an inherent self-interest that permeates the business culture? Perhaps lessons can be drawn from professional sports, where effective teamwork is the only way to win. After coaching collegiate and professional football teams for more than 30 years, Brian Billick is a master at building winning teams. He shares:
How to merge a group of individual contractors into a functioning team;
His method for ensuring that a team strives toward a common goal; Ways to emphasize the primacy of that goal;
How to create a we environment with a vision that ultimately leads to success.
Competitive Leadership: Twelve Principles for Success
Can successful leadership be learned? Legendary professional football coach Brian Billick thinks so. He knows that leadership isnt some abstract concept, but something that can be learned and understood. In this presentation, based on his book of the same name, Billick shares key principles of effective leadership that can be applied to any competitive situation, showing audiences how to overcome adversity and succeed. In a powerful and engaging presentation, he discusses:
The value of creative thinking; How to create your own opportunities; How to inspire confidence in yourself and others.
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