Paul Alexander

Offensive Line Coach, NFL 36 year veteran of the NFL and major college football.

About this speaker

<span style="background-color: transparent;">Coach Paul Alexander is a 36 year veteran NFL and major college football coach. An </span>Academic All American<span style="background-color: transparent;"> football player, he began coaching at </span>Penn State<span style="background-color: transparent;">, then </span>University of Michigan<span style="background-color: transparent;"> and </span>Central Michigan<span style="background-color: transparent;"> before taking on his first NFL coaching  assignment with the </span>New York Jets<span style="background-color: transparent;"> in 1991.  For the next 23 years he was the offensive line coach of the </span>Cincinnati Bengals<span style="background-color: transparent;"> where he helped set a number of NFL and club records … it’s a tenure unheard of in modern day coaching cycles.  In 2015 Alexander was featured on the cover of </span>Sports Illustrated<span style="background-color: transparent;"> in its article: </span>The Mozart behind the Bengals 6-0 record<span style="background-color: transparent;">”.   In 2017, </span>Pro Football Focus<span style="background-color: transparent;"> ranked his offensive line #1 statistically in pass protection over the 11 year life of their measure; also in 2017, he was once again recognized by </span>Sports Illustrated<span style="background-color: transparent;"> as the top offensive line coach in the business and named to their “</span>Dream Team Coaching Staff<span style="background-color: transparent;">”.  In 2018, Alexander joined the </span>Dallas Cowboys<span style="background-color: transparent;"> as their offensive line coach.</span>

Part of Alexander’s success lies in the fact that he is always learning — always striving to push beyond the limits of his comfort zone. This is critical for remaining competitive in any high performing career, as the bar is always moving from play to play, and from game to game.

True to his philosophy, at the age of 47, Coach Alexander took up the challenge of learning the piano at the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music. His life has been profoundly enriched by the challenge and beauty of learning the language of music, and has inspired him to perform the master works of <span style="background-color: transparent;">Beethoven, Liszt, Chopin, Schumann and Mozart. While studying piano at the conservatory, his teachers were three concert pianists:  Albert Muhlbock, Michael Chertock and Michelle Conda.  Learning from those artists taught him the striking and universal parallels of high level performance across domains and inspired him to write a book on elite performance in athletics and music.  Alexander’s book </span>“PERFORM”<span style="background-color: transparent;"> is about the journey of an NFL Coach training with a concert pianist where he offers lessons for teachers, coaches, athletes and musicians.  It’s an inspiring read for anyone  who has to stand up and perform in either their professional or personal lives.</span>

<span style="background-color: transparent;">In May of  2018, Alexander received a </span>Doctor of Humane Letters<span style="background-color: transparent;">, from the State University of New York as he delivered the commencement address at SUNY Cortland. Alexander is in the process of his second book </span>“LEAD” <span style="background-color: transparent;">…   about his  training to conduct a professional symphony orchestra and the lessons of professional leadership and team work.</span>

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Blocking Mechanics + Q&A

May 14, 2021, 11:00 PM
Paul Alexander