A Super Choice: Brian Billick, former Super Bowl Winning Coach, Set to Deliver Response Expo Keynote on April 2929 Jan, 2014 By: Thomas Haire
SANTA ANA, Calif. – Brian Billick, who led the NFL’s Baltimore Ravens to their first Super Bowl championship and now serves as an acclaimed football analyst on both FOX and the NFL Network, will share his wit and wisdom as Response Expo 2014’s keynote speaker. The address, presented by Havas Edge, is scheduled for 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 29 at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront, kicking off the three-day event.
“Brian Billick’s resume as a coach, analyst and philanthropist speaks for itself,” says Response Expo executive director and Response Magazine publisher John Yarrington. “He’s a respected and innovative leader who continues to achieve his goals – and help others achieve theirs – through dedicated management, enthusiasm for the cause, passion and accountability. We’re thrilled he will be able to share his experiences and template for success in what promises to be another inspiring and thought-provoking Response Expo keynote.”
In January 2001, Billick – in just his second season as a head coach at any level – led the Ravens to a 34-7 win over the New York Giants in Super Bowl XXXV. The former NFL headman is a current NFL in-game analyst for FOX and a studio contributor for the NFL Network. His competitiveness, unique down-to-earth nature, and generosity have led him to find success both on and off of the field.
Billick’s versatility and all-around talent led to his success in the NFL. In 1998, Billick served as offensive coordinator for the Minnesota Vikings – an offense that set an NFL record for the most points scored in a season with 556. In 2000, during his second year as head coach of the Ravens, the team’s defense smashed the record for fewest points allowed in a 16-game regular season.
That Ravens team finished the regular season with a record of 12-4, and – including the playoffs and Super Bowl – rolled off 11 consecutive victories to end the year. Billick’s leadership shined in the postseason when the Ravens emerged victorious in Super Bowl XXXV. He coached the Ravens through the 2007 season, ending his career with an 85-67 mark. Baltimore didn’t return to the Super Bowl until defeating San Francisco in Super Bowl XLVII a year ago.
“You have to have passion for the work you do to succeed. If a player doesn’t like to study, practice or train, doesn’t like the physicality of the game, he’s going to have a very difficult time succeeding. Passion is a lubricant for success,” Billick explains. “Accountability is obvious. You have to perform. Accountability is also a sign of respect for your team. It is a reflection of a team’s integrity when individuals take responsibility for their actions.”
Off the field, Billick worked enthusiastically helped improve the community during his time in Baltimore. He assisted the Central Maryland United Way as a former member of the board of directors and continues to serve on the board of trustees for the Living Classroom Foundation, where he has hosted numerous fundraisers and has had a number of Raven players volunteer at this important educational facility. Billick was also selected as the Maryland Chapter of Multiple Sclerosis 2001 Champion of the Year. His wife, Kim, joined in many of these community works and helped the Baltimore Red Cross with a number of important projects.
Billick has co-authored two books, Finding the Winning Edge with NFL Hall of Fame coach Bill Walsh and Dr. James Peterson, and Competitive Leadership: Twelve Principles for Success, also with Dr. Peterson. He also recently wrote More Than a Game: The Glorious Present and Uncertain Future of the NFL, an inside look at professional football both on and off the field.
Don’t miss what promises to be the latest in Response Expo’s super string of stirring, emotional, entertaining and enlightening keynote addresses. Register today at: www.responsemagazine.com/response-expo/attendee-registration. Early-bird registration discounts end March 7 – don’t delay!