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Jon Runyan  

Former NFL Lineman; Former Congressman; Current VP of Policy & Rules Administration for the NFL

Jon Runyan was born in Flint, Michigan and earned a scholarship to the University of Michigan to play football, becoming the first person in his family to attend college. In 1996, he was drafted by the Houston Oilers (now the Tennessee Titans), and in 2000 signed with the Philadelphia Eagles, where he enjoyed a successful career as an offensive tackle for nine seasons, including an appearance at the Pro Bowl in 2002. He retired from the NFL in 2010. After his playing career, Runyan served New Jersey’s Third Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives from 2011 to 2015, where he served his constituency on three key committees: the Armed Services Committee, the Veterans Affairs Committee and the Natural Resources Committee.

In his role with NFL Football Operations, Runyan oversees club and game related initiatives related to players. He serves as Commissioner Roger Goodell’s designee for on-field discipline and supervises the uniform and protective equipment inspection program. His approach to decreasing on-field violations emphasizes communication, consistent application of the rules and player education.

Runyan works closely with groups across the league, including the Competition Committee, Player Safety Advisory Panel, head coaches and team equipment managers. Runyan is heavily involved in numerous charities and organizations that benefit the South Jersey/Philadelphia area, including the New Jersey Special Olympics, the American Red Cross, the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, the USO, the Armed Forces Freedom Ride and Habitat for Humanity. He also served on the Board of the Alzheimer’s Association of Delaware Valley.


Speech Topics

Communication with coworkers team members and loved ones

RESPECTING others ideas and thoughts is the only way to conflict resolution

Never take anything personally, you will save yourself a lot of heat ache and time

Focus on the task at hand, balance in professional and personal life (loss of balance could cost you both)!

Dynamic of team (sport or government) role players

How the sausage is made (why government works and doesn’t)

Overcoming Dyslexia, how we cope, we find a way to get it done

What motivates you? Are you more self-critical of yourself than your boss is of you?

Love yourself, you must or you will never be able to love others

Why do we fall short of our goals, environmental issues out of your control

Leadership styles, as a leader what kind of relationship do you have with subordinates

:40 play clock, we all make mistakes did we identify it, learn the lesson? We have to call the next play and run it in :40 (no time to dwell)

No one has ever done anything alone they need a TEAM

Philanthropy “a love of human kind” if we all did a little for someone else we wouldn’t need government

Set you GOAL high and take risks

Have a confidant (friend, family, mentor)

Being a gracious loser and humble winner

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