JOHN RIGGINS: corporate speaker

John Riggins started his football career at Kansas University where he surpassed Gale Sayer’s career rushing record.  He was then drafted by the New York Jets in the first round, sixth pick overall where he became the first back in franchise history to rush for over 1,000 yards in a single season.  John signed with the Washington Redskins in 1976 where he ended his pro career in 1985.


While with the Redskins, Riggins helped lead the team to their first Superbowl victory in 1983 and was named Superbowl XVII MVP.  Riggins still holds the NFL record for 38 carries in a Super Bowl and remains the all time leading rusher for the Redskins.  He was the second player ever to rush for over 100 touchdowns in NFL history.  He is known to fans as “The Diesel” for his bruising style of running and “Riggo” for his accessible blue collar personality.


Riggins was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1992 and the Redskins Ring of Fame in 1990.  Post football, he went into sports broadcasting for radio and television.  He traveled the U.S. for two years filming his outdoor cooking show “Riggo on the Range,” which aired on The Discovery Channel’s “Destination America.”  Currently he’s delving into “food and beverage” with John Riggins Sausage and John Riggins 4th & 1 Pilsner, while hosting the pregame show and football analysis for the Washington Redskins on ESPN 980 Radio.

What People are Saying About John

For more information on booking John Riggins to speak at your next event,

please contact or B&L Sports Media (703) 940-3408.

"John Riggins spoke at our Fall Lender Conference and was a Smash Hit……

Not only is John endearing to the audience he is smart, funny, and a great speaker. He has a knack for becoming part of the room and getting everyone engaged.  I highly recommend John Riggins at your next Corporate outing and or conference.  Old number 44 is still scoring touchdowns."


- Gil Lunsford, Vice Pres. McLean Mortgage



“…I was extremely pleased with your message of personal accountability, determination and teamwork.  Your substantive, solid, and simple message played far better than the fluff and corporate buzz words that are typical fare from guest speakers…You have an incredible story to tell and you deliver it in a professional and engaging manner.”


- Ben Milam, Sr. Operations and Planning Mgr. MARS Petcare



“John was invited to be the keynote speaker for our Leadership Conference. I knew he had hit it out of the park when our President referred to John’s three core messages throughout the week in our event meetings: Do you job, don’t give yourself permission to fail, have courage to survive.  John’s personal sense of truth and authenticity made his message that much more accessible to anyone who aspires to excel at their highest level.”


- Doug Wagoner, Senior Vice President, BU General Mgr. Homeland and Civilian Solutions. SAIC