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 to 2015. In 2018, American National Combines (ANC), the sports division of Stephen’s newly founded sports and entertainment firm, Austin Media Group, was retained by Alliance of American Football to operate the new league’s combines. In 2019, ANC signed a three-year exclusive agreement with the XFL to operate their Summer Showcase combines.
Stephen has provided player evaluation services to the NFL, NFL Europe, XFL (2001), XFL (2019), Canadian Football League, and the Arena Football League. He was first to convey player test data and combine streaming video to teams and players via the Internet. His multi-criteria searchable database was the first of its kind, enabling teams to sort through thousands of player evaluations using athletic test data and skill-set filters.
In 1990, the NFL retained Stephen to conduct combines throughout the U.S. and in Canada and England for the start-up World League of American Football, later re-named NFL Europe. In 2001, ELITE was tapped by NBC Television, Vince McMahon, and the WWE to organize and operate player tryouts for the new XFL football league.
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 career Stephen has provided sports and entertainment consulting services to the major broadcast networks, producers, casting agencies, corporations and sports organizations. From 2005 to 2009 Stephen served as lead consultant for sports programming content development for 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 NFLN history.
With the success of UnDrafted, Stephen founded Austin Media Group (AMG). AMG creates and produces original un-scripted and scripted content for television, cable and OTT platforms. Currently, Stephen’s shows are co-produced with leading production companies and broadcast on major networks.
Stephen received his BA degree from the University of Cincinnati. He and his family reside in Newport Beach, CA.