Brian Nugent

A very popular and thought provoking speaker, Brian Nugent’s background as a successful pro-football player and businessman gives him an abundance of life experiences to share with people looking to become better in all aspects of life. Brian shares his experience from his time as a youngster growing up in Brampton, Ontario to graduating from York University and becoming the first player in the school’s history to be drafted in the 1st round to the Canadian Football League.

After being drafted, Brian went on to play as a wide-receiver with the Toronto Argonauts, Calgary Stampeeders and Montreal Alouettes of the CFL and the Indianapolis Colts of the NFL.

As a former actor on both stage and film, Brian can be seen on many television shows such as Off the Record, The Grill Room, and Rogers TV. Brian has a unique background and his focus, determination, and never say die attitude is infectious as he hopes to inspire people of all ages with his stories.
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Biographie Française (201 KB)

Languages spoken: English

Birthplace: Brampton, ON

Current city: Newmarket, ON

Sport: Football

Favourite Food: Duck

Favourite Colour: Blue

What is your single greatest achievement as an athlete?
Being drafted in the 1st round in the CFL Draft

What is your single greatest achievement outside of sports?
Starting up "Pro Elite Football Camp" which uses football to teach life skills as well as the sport.

What's your favourite quote or statement?
"Tough times don't last, tough people do"

Who was your role model when you were young?
Micheal Jordan for his unrelenting dedication to be the best he could be.


Hi Esteem Team! I just wanted to say a big "thank-you" on behalf of the students and teachers involved in Friday's presentation with Brian Nugent. We had kids holding up their hands and saying, "I'll never wash this hand!" after giving Brian a high-five. They were truly inspired. Aside from the "mobbing' at the end, it was a flawless presentation.

Linda Briden, Highfield Junior School - Etobicoke, ON

“Brian was fantastic and one of the best speakers we have ever had at our school.  He engaged every student with his empowering and relevant presentation on goal setting.  I would recommend Brian and the Esteem Team to any school!”

Daniel Ryan, Principal Sir Richard W. Scott – Markham ON

I had a really great time. I got some really good ideas about how to be more active. I loved the speaker Brian (Nugent). He’s awesome! And I love football so it was really cool to hear him speak.

Chris, Grade 8 student, Claude Watson School - North York

It’s like Brian [Nugent] said, we need to focus on setting S.M.A.R.T. goals. Currently, we’ve set them on academic and career development. But we don’t set smart goals around mental and physical health. These workshops will encourage them to take a breather and see what else they can do to find balance in their lives.

Mercedes Carli, Guidance Counselor, Cummer Valley Middle School - Toronto ON

I cannot say enough good things about Brian and his presentation, the kids ate him up and the IFTA team was fantastic as usual, a great day with a great message, thanks so much for your help today.

Greg Millett, P.E. Teacher, York Humber High School

Hi Esteem Team! I just wanted to say that Brian's (Nugent) presentations today were AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I already want to book him again in September for our grade 9s.

Lesley A. Utting - Teacher, Physical Education & Alternative Programs - Judith Nyman Secondary School Brampton ON

Brian Nugent was a huge success! His vibrant personality and way of connecting with the students kept them all entertained!

Barb Spottiswood, Teacher, St. Edmund Campion Secondary School - Brampton ON

Through his presentation Brian (Nugent) taught me that I can accomplish anything!  The best part was when he was telling us stories and talking about life.  He was so inspiring!

Audrey, Grade 9 student, St. Edmund Campion Secondary School - Brampton ON

Thank you so much for recommending Brian for yesterday’s event. He was fantastic and full of energy. The kids thought he was a rock-star – it was great!

Lindsay Wright, Manager of National Education Programs, National Film Board

I liked Brian Nugent’s ESTEEM Team presentation a lot! It was really funny. And he brought visuals. You could see how he was trying to explain things. A lot of what he was telling me with SMART goals and everything … its things that I can use in everyday life like with planning tools. So I liked that; I can use it and carry it out after the presentation.

Kristen D., Grade 9 student – Toronto, Ontario