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Ed Hochuli  

One of the Most Recognizable Referees in NFL History

Ed played college football for four seasons at the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP). He began officiating high school games and college football games for the Big Sky and Pac-10 Conferences during the 1980’s Started in the NFL as a back judge in 1990 before becoming a Head Referee /crew chief in 1992. Ed refereed two Super Bowls: SB XXXII: Broncos 31, Packers 24 and SB XXXVIII: Patriots 32, Panthers 29. He also refereed: 7 Conference Championship Games, 25 playoff games, plus the Pro Bowl. He is currently a trial lawyer and partner in the law firm of Jones, Skelton and Hochuli. Ed appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated on October 8, 2012.

Speech Topics

Negotiating with the Big Boys

Ed Hochuli is a defense attorney during the week, and an NFL referee on the weekends. With the help of actual NFL game video, anecdotes from players and coaches, and your help thru audience participation, Ed talks about the lessons he’s learned negotiating with the Big Boys during his 25 years on the NFL football field, and how doing so teaches valuable lessons for negotiating in the legal world. He uses real life experience in his legal profession, as well as his constant negotiations with players and coaches during the 500+ games he has officiated in the NFL, to hone his recommendations on the best negotiation techniques in whatever field or endeavor. His presentation is based on several actual NFL video clips and many anecdotes from his years on the field. Both educational and entertaining, this is a lesson in negotiating from a perspective few have ever seen.

Is This Pop Warner, or The Super Bowl? ...The Average Joe Principle

Having been highly successful at both jobs, one wonders what he views as the keys to his success. How does a football official go from officiating 8 year olds in front of 50 parents, to refereeing a Super Bowl with 350 million people watching?

By the very definition of the word “Average”, most people are either average or below average, but Ed believes that instead, anyone can be highly successful, if they just follow a few simple principles. In this very entertaining and enlightening presentation, Ed sums up the secret to his success in what he calls “The Average Joe Principle”. His presentation includes anecdotes and a variety of video clips from his long career in the NFL. It provides his tips and beliefs on the secrets to being successful at whatever job or avocation one takes on.

Managing a Crisis in Real Time...AKA, The Story of My Life!

If there is one thing Ed has experienced, it’s crisis. In fact, a NFL game is nothing but a series of one crisis after another – all under the watchful eye of the NFL brass, coaches, and a hundred million screaming fans.

In this presentation, Ed shares with us his keys to crisis management. Between his law practice and the NFL, nothing ever goes as expected. And the football field is perhaps the biggest continual crisis of all. His presentation includes anecdotes and a variety of video clips – all from actual NFL games. It includes his tips and beliefs on how to prepare for crisis and how to deal with it when it hits, because one thing we all know – crisis will occur.


How to manage a crisis, dealing with failure and more.


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