JJ Birden

Former NFL wide receiver,

now America's #1 opportunity trainer


When Opportunity Knocks
8 Surefire Ways to Take Advantage!

Success and happiness don’t come to those who wait—it comes to those who seize their opportunities. Life is full of opportunities, both personally and professionally, but it takes laser focus and an unshakeable will to make the most of the chances that come your way. Will you be ready when opportunity knocks? Will you even know how to recognize it before it’s too late? Start reading for FREE!

JJ Birden represents the very best that every coach and team member wants on their team-reliable, responsible and relentless! JJ had the rare quality as a teammate to elevate the performance of all the players around him both on and off the field.

His commitment to his performance on every single play was remarkable.

While not the biggest of receivers, JJ used his great quickness and sure hands to produce countless “big plays” for our offense. JJ personified the principle—it is not the size of the man, but the size of his heart that will produce success in any type of competition!

JJ has shown time and time again in his football play on the field and in the manner in which he lives his life after his football career, that he has a total and pure understanding of how to take advantage of every opportunity that has been presented to him and how to turn it into a successful endeavor!

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My goal is to help more people live healthier lives physically, mentally and financially! - JJ Birden


Whether the audience is focused on sales, motivation, kids, health, or just about anything, JJ is serious about guiding people and organizations to seize their full potential. His message incorporates the perfect balance of a refreshing presentation mixed with real life experiences. He motivates and moves listeners to action by offering sensible ways to perform at the highest level.

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JJ is one of the best speakers at connecting with an audience. If you are looking for someone to engage, excite and encourage your team, staff or organization to achieve more, JJ is your speaker.

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Track Star

Born and raised in Portland Oregon, JJ attended the University of Oregon where he was a two sport star for the Ducks in Football & Track and Field. He was the first prototype track star to successfully "walk on" for the Ducks.


College sweethearts, now married 26 years, Raina and JJ enjoy raising 8 children (3 biological and 5 nieces/nephews). Yes, that’s a story you must hear.

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Since 2007, JJ and his wife Raina have been pursuing their entrepreneurial dreams together.  As top executives with their company Team X 88 International, they have worked with over 40,000 people globally. As they have now partnered with one of the top health and wellness companies in the world Isagenix, their mission is to "help people feel better and set themselves financially free." Read more.



Playing in the NFL was not part of JJ's dreams. He rested his hopes on making the 1988 Olympic Track & Field team. However, after an unfortunate knee injury in the Cleveland Browns rookie camp, his attention moved towards the NFL. He went on to have 9 successful years in the NFL playing for such teams as the Cleveland Browns, Dallas Cowboys, Kansas City Chiefs and the Atlanta Falcons. When asked what was a highlight of his career, JJ responds, "Catching passes from one of the greatest Quarterbacks to ever play the game, Joe Montana." Read more.

It took a lot more than size to make it in the NFL.

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JJ Birden on the Oregon Huddlecast Top 10 Things the Oregon Ducks Need To Do To Get Back on Track

The bye week is always a good time for any football team to take a step back, evaluate their performance then refocus for a strong finish to their season.… Read more »

JJ Birden on the Oregon Huddlecast Interviews Former Oregon Ducks and NFL Quarterback Akili Smith

Former All-Time Oregon Great, Akili Smith joins JJ Birden and Rod Green to discuss his professional baseball career, his great career at Oregon, and his… Read more »

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Are you hanging out with people who are lifting you up or tearing you down? Are you hanging out with people who are setting a good example or a bad one? Choose your associates wisely! 😉 #monday #mondays #mondaymotivation #inspirational  #inspirationalmonday #inspirationalquotes #inspirationmondays #seizeyouropportunity #seizeyouropportunities #jjbirden #teamx88 #TagsForLikes #TFLers #motivationmondayHope you are enjoying your #Sunday! 😉☺️ #sundaydinner #sundayfunday #sunday #familyovereverything #familytime #jjbirdenSelfie shot with the kids hanging out at my home tonight! 😜 #friday #fridaynight #fridayfeeling #friends #familyovereverything #friendship #jjbirdenOregon Huddlecast, "Where Are They Now" Interview with former #OregonDucks and NFL QB Akili Smith listen at 🏈  #oregonducks #Kcchiefs #kansascitychiefs #chiefsnation #cinncinati #cincinnatibengals #nfltrainingcamp #NFL #oregonducks #oregonfootball #oregonducksfootball #goducks #TagsForLikes #TFLers #nflpa #nflalumniIt's been an exciting year of motivational keynote speaking for me. Last year I presented to one company Merrill Lynch, and this year it's been nearly 30 different companies/schools in the U.S.  However, this next one I'm certainly looking forward to. Heading back to my high school Lakeridge High. See you next week Pacers! 😊@people_of_lakeridge @lakeridge_junior_high_school #highschool #speaker #motivationalspeaker #inspirationalspeaker #nflspeaker #keynotespeaker #trainer #author #bestsellingauthor #whenopportunityknocks #seizeyouropportunity #keynote #wednesdaywisdom #wednesdayLeaders set the pace and leaders set the RIGHT example! #wednesdaywisdom #leadership


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