11,000 Passing Yards…..60 Touchdowns……..2 Super Bowl Rings……1 Successful Entrepreneurial Venture: A Look At the Evolution of Charlie Batch, From Locker Room To Boardroom
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Take a look at the headlines surrounding the NFL these days, and what you see may paint a pretty grim picture. But what about the stories that DON’T make headlines?
What about a quarterback, born and raised in the Pittsburgh area, who dominates the college game at Central Michigan University, gets drafted by the Detroit Lions, leading them to their one of their rare playoff appearances during his tenure there, before returning home to his beloved Steelers and solidifying himself as a wildly popular, stabilizing presence for a team that enjoyed two Super Bowl victories in three tries, then calling it a career with 15 years under his belt?
What about a man who never lost sight of what was truly important in life, the need to help others, and the need to give back to the community, by establishing a foundation in his name, providing opportunities for kids to have a safe place to grow and develop their minds and bodies, earning the acclaim of the rest of the league, as well as his NFL peers, who awarded him the Byron “Whizzer” White NFL Man of the Year in 2013?
What about Charlie Batch?
On this edition of “The Raja Show”, Raja talks one-on-one with Charlie Batch, and while we may sneak ONE question about how he thinks his former team will do this season, the focus will be on Charlie’s transition from being a full-time quarterback to a full-time entrepreneur. Since establishing his Best of the Batch Foundation in 1999, Charlie has taken a hands-on role (yes, even during the NFL season) in ensuring that his organization is a pillar in the community where dignity and respect are held above all else in the growth and development of the boys and girls that it serves.
His efforts, and the success of his venture, have not gone unnoticed. In addition to the “Whizzer” White Award (as voted on by the NFL Players Association), he was recently hailed as one of the recipients of the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year Awards for 2015 in the Western Pennsylvania region, in the category of “Social Ventures”.