Born and raised in Dundee, Florida, Joe Briggs was a scholarship athlete at Texas Christian University earning three varsity letters as a committed student leader on campus. After working in corporate America for a few years, Mr. Briggs transitioned into education as the Special Assistant to the President of Florida A&M University while also pursuing a master's degree at the same institution as a State University System Fellow. Once he completed his master's degree, Mr. Briggs decided to further his education goals once again at the Florida State University College of Law, where he earned his juris doctorate in 2006.
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[00:00:00.36] JOE BRIGGS: As a professional working in sports, one of the most rewarding experiences was as the national disaster relief coordinator for the NFLPA. There were tornadoes that ran through Joplin, Missouri. The day after, NFL players were on the ground helping families with clean up, but they were also playing flag football with the kids. It makes me feel proud that I work with these guys, and it also makes me feel proud that I chose this as my profession.
[00:00:27.97] Having the ability to reach out to those professional athletes and invite those athletes to come into our classroom is a very unique experience. In fact, we've had several Super Bowl champions come in and share their personal experience with our student population. And the personal relationships that not only I but many of the other faculty have with these professional athletes will enhance the experience that Georgetown students have both in classroom and online.
During his time in law school, Mr. Briggs was employed as a law clerk by the top tier public finance firm Bryant Miller Olive and was also selected as a United States Senate Legal Extern. Mr. Briggs also completed two years of national leadership on the National Black Law Students Association Executive Board while also serving as a Lieutenant Governor in the ABA Law Student Division, Vice President of the Student Bar Association, and as a member of his law school trial team.
After the completion of his externship as a U.S. Senate Legal Fellow, Mr. Briggs was hired by the NFL Players Association to manage their Financial Programs Department. Currently, he is the Public Policy Counsel of the NFLPA and first individual to lead the NFLPA Government Relations Department. Mr. Briggs is also a professor at Georgetown University and often speaks on subjects ranging from politics to sports and everything in between.