Achieving Greatness on the Field and in Life
Carl Nassib went from being a Walk-On to unanimous All-American at Penn State and was drafted 65th overall by the Cleveland Browns in 2016. Carl played 7 years in the NFL – over 100 regular and postseason games – and was a captain for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. In this motivational talk, Carl shares the dedication and resilience that inspired him through his career, and how he has continued to achieve his dreams off the field.
LGBTQ Activism: Standing Up with Your Story
In this uplifting and compelling talk, former NFL player Carl Nassib shares how he came out as the first player to represent the LGBTQ community in the NFL’s 103-year history. In addition to sharing his story, Carl works to raise awareness for The Trevor Project, an organization dedicated to crises intervention and suicide prevention among LGBTQ youth.
Building a Mission-Driven, Venture-Backed Tech Startup
Former NFL player and tech founder Carl Nassib launched his company Rayze on all mobile platforms in the summer of 2022, receiving funding from Financial Finesse Ventures in the fall of 2022. Rayze is a platform that enables users to give back to causes they are passionate about – connecting nonprofits to the next generation of philanthropists. In this insightful talk, Carl shares the ins and outs of building a mission-driven company.
A former professional athlete, founder, and committed philanthropist, Carl Nassib is an advocate for financial wellness – especially for fellow athletes at the professional and college levels. Carl has been working to provide more access to financial education and resources, partnering with Financial Finesse to build “NIL Long Game,” a free online financial literacy certification program for student-athletes.
Carl Nassib is a seven-year NFL veteran and former captain of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Before the NFL, he played college football for the Pennsylvania State Nittany Lions where he earned unanimous All-American honors as a senior in 2015. He was drafted by the Cleveland Browns in the third round of the 2016 Draft. He also played for the Las Vegas Raiders under a $25 million three-year contract before returning to Tampa Bay.
On June 21, 2021, Nassib announced publicly that he is gay, distinguishing him as the first openly gay active player in the National Football League’s 103-year history. He remains alone in this distinction in 2023. His announcement included a $100,000 donation to the Trevor Project (matched by the NFL), an organization dedicated to crises intervention and suicide prevention among LGBTQ youth. Nassib’s announcement was met with almost universal support, including from the NFL Players Association, the NFL and its team owners, current and former players, and the sports press. On the day of his announcement, jerseys, and t-shirts with his name were the top sellers among all NFL Players at Fanatics, a leading sports apparel company. Carl Nassib’s coming out story is historic and directly confronts one of the last bastions of entrenched homophobia, men’s professional sports.
After a moving experience while volunteering with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2019, Carl was inspired to build a mobile app where users could easily find ways to give back to causes they are passionate about. In July of 2022, Carl Nassib launched the first volunteer-based social media platform, Rayze. Rayze aims to connect nonprofits to the next generation of philanthropists. The number of donors and volunteers in America has decreased drastically over the last twenty years and charities are feeling the strain. Carl's goal with Rayze is to reverse that trend and increase impact throughout the nonprofit industry. Today with Rayze, users can turn social influence into social impact.