Keynote Speaking Session
On the evening before each ANC Combine there is a featured presentation by ANC founder, former NFL executive and television producer, Stephen Austin, for all players, their families and friends to attend. Preceding Stephen, veteran NFL Regional Combine Directors and pro scouts will share the secrets and techniques for a successful combine performance. They will also share an insider’s look into the best ways for players to market themselves to the pros and the intricacies of the scouting process and pro prospect selection.
As keynote speaker, Stephen will reveal the difference between football player success and failure. He will bring to life in vivid detail all aspects of the path to the pros, including decision making, accountability, consequences, commitment, physical preparation, character, agents, and exactly what it takes to make it to the pros. He will also explain the financial dynamics involved with life altering NFL salaries. To make his points, Stephen will go deep into the fascinating worlds of the NFL League office, TV networks, super agents, super star athletes, big time media and the highest reaches of major sports organizations.
From personal experience inside the worlds of business, sports and entertainment let Stephen share with you the keys to success on the field and at the bank.
Stephen Austin is a former NFL Executive and founder of the NFL Regional and Super Regional Combines. Prior to joining the NFL, Stephen owned and operated ELITE Football Combines from 1990 until its purchase by the National Football League in 2009. Stephen then joined the NFL as Director of NFL Combine Properties, LLC, serving from 2009 until 2016.
Stephen has provided player evaluation services to the NFL, NFL Europe, Canadian Football League, the XFL (2000), XFL (2020) and the Arena Football League. In 2018, Stephen’s private sports and entertainment firm, Austin Media Group, was retained by NFL Hall of Fame General Manager, Bill Polian, to direct the new Alliance of American Football league's combines. In 2019, Stephen’s company was selected as the official combine service to the new XFL, operating XFL Summer Showcases at all eight team locations.
Early in his career, Stephen was retained by the NFL to conduct combines throughout the U.S. Canada and England for their start-up World League of American Football, later re-named NFL Europe. In 2000, ELITE was tapped by NBC Television, Vince McMahon, and the WWE to operate player tryouts for the new XFL pro football league.
As an innovator, Stephen was first to stream combine player videos to NFL teams. He was also the first to create a multi-criteria searchable database, enabling NFL teams to sort through thousands of player combine results using athletic test data and skill-set filters. As an inventor, Stephen holds a US Patent for a long and triple jump measuring device currently used in major track and field events including the Mt SAC Relays and the Jesse Owens Classic.
In 2004 Stephen was named Co-Chairman, along with former Notre Dame Head Coach, Tyrone Willingham, to the NFL Youth Football Committee’s National Athletic Testing Service (NATS). While leading NATS Stephen designed the first online academic calculator to help high school players keep track of their progress toward NCAA core-course eligibility.
Throughout his professional career, Stephen has provided sports and entertainment services to sports organizations, TV networks, production companies, casting agencies, and corporations. From 2005 to 2009 Stephen served as lead consultant for original sports content program development at King World Television.
In 2014, while at the NFL, Stephen created, produced and was lead talent (season one) in the two-time Emmy nominated NFL Network hit show, “UnDrafted”. UnDrafted is the highest rated show in NFL Network history.
Since the success of UnDrafted, Stephen has created, developed and produced numerous scripted and unscripted original content for television, cable and OTT platforms. Currently, Stephen’s shows have been sold to broadcast networks and optioned by major production companies including Collins Avenue (Dance Moms), Indigenous Films (Red Bull Shorts) and Spectrum (Jack Hanna series). Stephen currently has a first-look development partnership with John Legend’s Get Lifted Films.
Stephen received his BA degree from the University of Cincinnati. He and his family reside in Newport Beach, CA and Silver Bay, NY.