2021 Speakers

Darren Woodson

Three-time Super Bowl champion and five-time Pro Bowl selection, Darren Woodson is one of the greatest players to ever wear a Dallas Cowboys uniform. The vocal leader of the defense during the Cowboys 1990’s Super Bowl teams, Woodson was one of the most popular players both inside the clubhouse and as an ambassador in the community. Upon retirement, Woodson joined ESPN as an NFL analyst. He appears on NFL Live and SportsCenter, as well as other ESPN platforms throughout the year.

Woodson earned a reputation as one of the hardest hitters and most ferocious strong safeties in the NFL during his 13 seasons (1992-2004), all with the Dallas Cowboys. The quarterback of the team’s defense during its three championship runs in the 1990s (Super Bowl’s XXVII, XXVIII and XXX), Woodson registered career totals of 11 sacks, 23 interceptions and 1,350 tackles, the most in Cowboys franchise history at the time of his retirement in 2004.

A native of Phoenix, Woodson was a second-round pick in the 1992 NFL Draft (37th overall) from Arizona State University, where he was a converted linebacker. He earned a bachelor of science from ASU in Justice Studies.

In addition to his analyst work for ESPN, Woodson is involved in several businesses, and he remains active in the Dallas community, most notably as a board member for the North Texas Chapter of the Make-a-Wish Foundation.

Key Note Speakers

2018 – Kelly Shackelford
2017 – Lt. Col. Allen B. West
2016 – Sheila Walsh
2015 – Terdema L. Ussery II
2014 – Pete Delkus
2013 – June Jones
2012 – Kenneth W. Starr
2011 – J. C. Watts
2010 – Scott Turner
2009 – Frank Lazarus
2008 – Pat Summerall
2007 – Scott O’Grady
2006 – Dr. Kenneth Cooper
2005 – Cindy Brinker Simmons
2004 – Gerald Turner
2003 – Albert Black
2002 – (J. McDonald) Don Williams
2001 – Zig Ziglar
2000 – James Baker (wife, Susan actually spoke in his place)
1999 – Chan Gailey