Founder & Managing Director,
EndZone Luncheon Series;
Football Analyst, FOX Sports (Charlotte)
Steven Israel played in the National Football League for 10 years with the Los Angeles Rams, San Francisco 49ers, New England Patriots and New Orleans Saints. Recently, he led the NFLPA Retired Players Charlotte Chapter as chapter president. In that capacity, he was responsible for overseeing the organization’s charitable, community and business efforts. Israel created and moderates the Gridiron Luncheon Series in Charlotte and founded the nationally-distributed EndZone Luncheon Series.
With a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from University of Pittsburgh, he has pursued additional business certifications from Stanford Graduate School of Business and Harvard Business School. A true entrepreneur at heart, Israel has established himself as a successful socially conscious business person in the sports, media, wealth management and insurance industries. He has worked, and continues to appear, as a studio and color analyst for college and professional football on stations such as ESPNU and Fox Sports as well as for television and on radio stations in major East Coast cities. His insights into game strategies and team strengths are in great demand, especially given his ability to relate to all audiences. In addition, Steven is a highly sought-after speaker and moderator at events worldwide. He is an NFL chapel speaker and has served as a keynoter at hundreds of events during and after his NFL playing days.
While playing at Pitt, Steve was unanimously selected as a 1st Team All-Big East Conference cornerback, Second Team All-American, AT&T Long Distance Award winner (longest kickoff return, 1991), East-West Shriners All-Star Game player, and Hula Bowl Defensive MVP. His senior year statistics include six interceptions, 11 pass deflections, 24.0 average yards per return on 24 kickoffs, and four touchdowns.
Other honors Steve has achieved include being named a corporate spokesperson for Nike Athletic Wear while playing for the San Francisco 49ers (1996), completing an NFL coaching internship with the Carolina Panthers in 2009, and being named the #1 Aflac Insurance Associate in the State of North Carolina.
Active in his community, Steve serves as a member of the board of trustees of Charlotte Christian School, a member of the board of trustees for Men Who Care Global, a member of the board of directors for March of Dimes – Charlotte and, at his church, a Sunday School teacher along with being a Bible Study speaker at various locations.
Recognized for his contributions to football, Steve was inducted into the Camden County, New Jersey, Hall of Fame and the South Jersey Coaches Hall Of Fame. Steve is married to his college sweetheart, Lorae. They have three beautiful daughters and one son.