Karl Mecklenburg

Former NFL All-Pro Linebacker and Current Speaker on Teamwork & Leadership

Inspiring Long-Term Positive Change in Teams & Individuals

Karl will help your organization by delivering a message of teamwork, courage, dedication, desire, honesty and forgiveness, and goal setting.

As an NFL speaker he will tell football stories of perseverance and leadership along with family stories that are every bit as motivational. His message of universal, unchanging keys to success is tailored to your organization to inspire the best qualities in your team members.

As a former NFL team captain and current professional speaker, Karl understands what it takes for a team to work together for the good of all. But, the message doesn’t stop there. Karl addresses what it takes to be successful in all aspects of life; at work, in relationships, at home, and personally.

Karl is a respected professional speaker as well as a NFL celebrity whose name recognition helps drive attendance. He is a member of the National Speakers Association and approaches speaking in the same way he approached football in the NFL; with effort, intelligence, and passion.

  • Success is Overcoming Obstacles on the Way to Dreams

New York Life / MainStay Investments sponsored Karl Mecklenburg to give a motivational presentation at a Wells Fargo meeting for their Colorado financial advisors. Karl did a superb job of tying his football experiences to the challenges that we face day to day in the financial services profession. Having him on the schedule also helped with attendance.

Mecklenburg’s story telling style was a great break from the number filled power point presentations that our meetings generally contain. I have received tremendous feedback from attendees and personally was challenged in a couple of areas by Karl’s presentation. Many of his stories are funny, but each of them back his six keys to success. I am personally going to recommend him as a speaker for one of our national meetings and I highly recommend Karl Mecklenburg to financial service organizations looking for a motivational speaker.

– Mike Sutter, Regional Vice President, New York Life/Mainstay Investments


Our firm had the pleasure of hosting a meeting in Denver, CO on May 14, 2013. At our kickoff dinner, we invited Karl Mecklenburg to speak in front of our guests and not only did he easily meet our expectations, he far exceeded them.

Karl spoke for over an hour including a Q&A session and showed an exceptional ability to connect with the audience. While his career on the football field provided the platform for his talk, he shared entertaining anecdotes and difficult lessons learned from other events in his life in order to build a solid connection with our diverse audience. But most of all, his polite, positive, and easy-going manner helped those stories resonate.

At the end of his session, Karl respectfully asked for feedback, both positive and negative, to help him improve his presentation. Ultimately, the entire audience demonstrated high praise for Karl, each of them remaining to shake hands and ask for pictures and autographs.

– Eric Downing, National Sales Manager, Equinox Group Distributors LLC


On behalf of the Colorado, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico and Wyoming Bankers Associations, I would like to extend our sincere appreciation for your closing presentation at our 2009 Five-State Bankers Conference at the Grand Hyatt in Denver. Your inspiring and entertaining presentation was a fitting end to our program.

Your “Six Keys to Success” are points that will benefit all who attended, and the feedback we received from our attendees was nothing but positive – the amount of people who wanted to speak with you at our evening reception was a testament to that. We thank you for sticking around to meet our attendees!

You were motivating to all, and your ability to weave your life stories into your presentation made it all the more appealing. We enjoyed working with you. Good luck in the future!

– Don A. Childears, CBA President/CEO The Colorado Bankers Association

Karl’s Client List Includes…

  • Equinox Fun Management
  • First Annuity
  • Five State Bankers Convention
  • Gulf Coast Food and Fuel Expo
  • Mann Mortgage
  • Newmont Mining IT
  • New York Life/Mainstay Investments
  • Salvation Army Fund Raiser
  • Saybrus Partners
  • US. Foods
  • Western Energy Alliance
  • XL Group Insurance
Travels From:  Colorado
$10,001 to $15,000


Former Denver Broncos Captain and All-Pro Linebacker Karl Mecklenburg rose from being a college walk-on and a 12th round draft pick to a pro career that included six Pro Bowl and three Super Bowl appearances. Considered the NFL’s most versatile player, Karl played all seven defensive front positions. Bronco coaches wanted him at the point of attack and would move him throughout the game.

In 2001, Karl was inducted into the Denver Broncos Ring of Fame and the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame. Karl has been a semi finalist for the Pro Football Hall of Fame each of the last three years.

Motivational speaker Karl Mecklenburg, CSP, has earned the Certified Speaking Professional designation from the National Speaker’s Association.  Less than 10% of the speakers who belong to the International Federation for Professional Speakers hold this professional designation.  A much smaller percentage of celebrity speakers are CSPs, and Karl is presently the only football legend to have achieved Certified Speaking Professional designation.

He enjoys speaking to a variety of groups, and his story is both humorous and inspirational. The lessons life in the NFL taught him about teamwork, courage, dedication, desire, honesty and forgiveness, and goal setting are his “Six Keys to Success”.


Success is overcoming obstacles on the way to your dreams. It doesn’t happen by accident. There Is a pattern, a template that these accomplishments have in common. Karl’s speeches give you the Six Keys to Success that he used to rise from a college walk-on to the most versatile player in the NFL.

His presentation will be tailored to the needs of your group, and is full of humor and the life lessons that the rigors of the NFL taught him. Teamwork – leadership is the ultimate form of teamwork, “think we not me”; Courage to try new things and the courage to be decisive; Dedication – hard work, constant learning, and refusing to quit; Desire – your dreams, your passion, your mission; Honesty and Forgiveness, with others and in self evaluation; and Goal Setting – the short term, reasonable, specific steps that take you to your desires.

These are the keys that you can apply at work, in your relationships, in your personal life, and anywhere that is important to you.

His presentation will be tailored to the needs of your group, and is full of humor and the life lessons that the rigors of the NFL taught him.

Areas of expertise

  • Teamwork
  • Leadership
  • Committment to Goals
  • Dedication & Desire
  • Goal Setting
  • Courage
  • Honesty & Forgiveness
  • Inspirational & Motivational
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