Podcast: Chris Draft, National Football League

Chris Draft
Player Development Ambassador, NFL
Founder, Chris Draft Family Foundation

Chris Draft, Player Development Ambassador for the NFL and founder of the Chris Draft Family Foundation sits down with our host Roy Kessel. Chris talks about his work with NFL players as well as how he is transforming the face of the lung cancer battle in the U.S.

Chris Draft joins our host Roy Kessel on the Sports Philanthropy Podcast


  • 00:52 Chris’ background and how he became interested in philanthropy
  • 04:00 Why he chose Stanford and the biggest factors in that decision making process
  • 07:15 Suggestions for picking a university while you are being recruited
  • 10:00 Adapting to new NFL cities
  • 13:30 Challenge of identifying which community you are serving when your facilities are far outside of the NFL city.
  • 17:10 Role of an NFL Ambassador
  • 20:15 Importance of players having people around them that will give them the straight scoop
  • 22:30 Andrew Luck decision
  • 28:03 Lung Cancer battle
  • 30:00 Fighting for other people to change the face of the lung cancer conversation
  • 31:30 Importance of early detection and screenings (even for non-smokers)
  • 33:30 Other risk factors for lung cancer
  • 42:20 Chris as NFL Commissioner and rule he would change
Roy Kessel

Roy Kessel

Roy Kessel is the Founder of the Sports Philanthropy Network. Roy has worked in the sports business world for over 20 years including serving as an instructor in Northwestern University's graduate Sports Management Program. Having served as a sports lawyer representing athletes, entrepreneurs and start-up businesses, Roy has extensive experience helping organizations improve their strategy, marketing, communications and leadership development.
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