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|Date of birth:||August 13, 1949|
|Place of birth:||Lake Providence, Louisiana|
|College:||Northeast Louisiana University|
|NFL Draft:||1971 / Round: 1 / Pick 7|
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Joe Profit (born August 13, 1949) is a former American football running back with the Atlanta Falcons in the National Football League (NFL). He spent two seasons, plus part of a third, on the Atlanta Falcons before moving to the New Orleans Saints. He was selected in the first round with the seventh overall pick in the 1971 NFL Draft. In his three seasons in the NFL, he rushed 133 times for 471 yards and three touchdowns. He spent the 1974 season with the Birmingham Americans and 1975 with the Birmingham Vulcans, both of the World Football League.
He played college football at Northeast Louisiana University.
For the past three decades, Profit has enjoyed the innovation in management within the information technology industry, where he has established and succeeded in building stable and competitive information technology firms. Profit, founder of his own technology firm, has extensive experience in the multi-media industry, and has provided leadership in the integration of wireless networks, broadcasting, advertising, marketing and sales, product branding, e-commerce, on-line provisioning, and capital funding.
Profit is also the founder of "INC. Magazine", ranked as one of the fastest growing privately held companies in America, for three consecutive years. Profit holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Education, from University of Louisiana and a Doctor of Philosophy from Haywood University and an honorary doctorate from Logos Graduate School.
In addition to his contributions to the information technology world, he has served on the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), White House Small Business Advisory committee, serves on the U. S. Department of Transportation Advisory Board, the GOP Advisory Business Board, the National Alliance of Business Task Force, Chairman of the National Association of Minority Telecom Executives and Companies, (NAMTEC), and other political and philanthropic organizations.
In 1994 Dr. Profit was inducted into the Business and Professional Hall of Fame, and the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame in 1999. Dr. Profit has received numerous awards, including America's Best and Brightest Businessman Award, the National Minority Supplier Development Council's Award, the Nevada Chamber of Commerce Businessman of the Year Award and the recipient of the "Granville T. Woods Award for Outstanding CEO"; he has also been featured in USA Today, and the Money Section in the Wall Street Journal.
Profit was appointed by President Ronald Reagan to serve on the International Trade Commission for policy, to which he was later re-appointed by President George Bush. Profit was named "Entrepreneur of the Year" in 1988 by Ernst & Young and inducted into the Institute of American Entrepreneurs as a lifetime member.
Profit developed many key disciplines and relationships during his twenty seven year performance of federal "turn-key" projects for the Departments of Defense, Army, Navy; Veterans Administration; Federal Aviation Administration; Immigration and Naturalization; State Department; U.S. Agency for International Development, etc. Of particular note, in the aftermath of the Persian Gulf War, in 1991 his company was one of the first to be awarded a contract in the Persian Gulf Region (Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates). In the performance of those contracts, Dr. Profit was granted top-secret status for his person as well as facility security clearances.
For the past ten years, Profit has dedicated the majority of his professional career with furthering the interest of Youth United for Prosperity (YUP) a national 501©(3) non-profit Organization. Founded in 1995 by Dr. Profit, he serves as its Chairman and CEO. The PRIDE Institute a division of YUP and promotes the "Legends & Kids" program through the NFL Alumni as a benefactor. Profit is also the President and CEO of the NFL Alumni Atlanta chapter. In his professional capacity, Profit is the founder, President and CEO of Multimedia Digital Broadcast Corporation.