Born in Portland Oregon, JJ went to the University of Oregon where he was an outstanding Track & Field star who was destined for the 1988 Olympics but an unfortunate injury broke that dream. He was one of the first prototype track stars to successfully "walk on" and excel at football for the Oregon Ducks. Despite being the 216th pick in the 1988 NFL draft with a size of 5’10 157 lbs., and plenty of doubters, JJ’s still went on to played 9 productive years in the NFL. (JJ’s NFL highlight film www.jjbirden.ws )
JJ's hard work ethic and intensity carried over to his personal and professional life. Since leaving the NFL, JJ has owned and operated several worthwhile businesses in the Health and Wellness Industry. JJ is experienced as a coach, entrepreneur, fitness consultant, motivational speaker, and now is a bestselling author with the release of his new book, “When Opportunity Knocks 8 Surefire Ways to Take Advantage!” He also takes pleasure in being married to his college sweetheart Raina and a father to his 8 children (3 biological and 5 nieces/nephews).
An unknowing person might ask, "Who is this random JJ Birden and why would I want to read his book? Once you fully understand his journey and the frequent hurdles he experienced in route to achieving the highest level, that answer will be clear. JJ is the personification of "seizing your opportunities" in life. <MORE>