You'll discover your company's indomitable spirit with Rolf Benirschke, speaker, author, visionary.

Invite Rolf Benirschke to Speak

“Adversity always gives you a choice—scorn it and become bitter or embrace it and become better.” –Rolf Benirschke

A popular speaker and founder of Legacy Health Strategies, Rolf Benirschke has inspired thousands of healthcare leaders with his personal health story and how it has led to building a team of patient engagement experts, a proprietary patient engagement methodology, partnerships with leading pharmaceutical and medical device companies, and a positive patient experience for so many people.

In addition to his heart for patients, Rolf is driven by his passion to share his story of inspiration, perseverance and hope. Your audience will be captivated by Rolf’s warm and engaging style and whether he is speaking to corporate executives, legislators, medical professionals, graduates, or sitting at the bedside of an anxious patient, his heart-felt message comes through loud and clear.

We welcome you to invite Rolf to speak at your event or company.

Popular Speaking Topics

  • Discovering your Indomitable Spirit—Overcoming Adversity
  • Patient-Centric Healthcare—The Four Unspoken Questions of Every Patient
  • Lessons from a Grateful Patient—The Value of Research and Innovation
  • The Power of Connecting—Creating Exceptional Results


  • NFL Walter Payton Man of the Year, NFL Comeback Player of the Year
  • National patient advocate for PhRMA, The Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation (CCF), National Center for Disease Control, and the American Liver Foundation
  • Chief Patient Officer at Legacy Health Strategies
  • Creator of the Rolf Benirschke Legacy Foundation
  • Author of three books, including his autobiography, Alive and Kicking

Featured in the Media

  • The Today Show
  • Good Morning America
  • Sports Illustrated
  • People Magazine
  • CBS

Rolf’s Story of Survival

Rolf Benirschke’s second season as a placekicker in the NFL was cut short when he collapsed and nearly died on a cross-country team flight. His life hung in the balance for six weeks in the intensive care unit while he battled ulcerative colitis. After a miraculous comeback, he returned to play seven more seasons with the San Diego Chargers as the first NFL player to wear an ostomy bag.

Following his NFL career, Rolf co-founded Legacy Health Strategies.

Healthcare Leaders Recommend Rolf Benirschke

“Rolf is an extraordinary speaker who understands the value of communicating an organization’s mission and vision. He speaks with compassion, intellect and sincerity.”
 –Paul Viviano, CEO, UC San Diego Health System

“I found your message to be very inspirational both from a professional and personal perspective, and I was very impressed with your knowledge of our industry. Not all motivational speakers do their homework!” –John O. Beckner, R. Ph, National Community Pharmacists Association

“You demonstrated incredible, authentic passion on the patient journey that was inspirational. Your presentation received overwhelmingly high remarks and our team was moved by just how personal you made it for all of us.” –Mike Mussallem, Edwards Lifesciences

“Best speech I have ever heard. Ever. Completely authentic, heart-felt, funny and inspirational. Honestly, the speech hit it out of the park. We can only hope the medical school graduates took his message of compassion, teamwork and humility to heart, and carry it forward.” –Richard Malatt, Esq.