Jim Kovach

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Jim Kovach
Date of birth (1956-05-01) May 1, 1956 (age 60)
Place of birth Parma Heights, Ohio
Career information
Position(s) Linebacker
College Kentucky
NFL draft 1979 / Round: 4 / Pick 93
Career history
As player
1979–1985 New Orleans Saints
1985 San Francisco 49ers
Career stats

James Kovach, also known as Jim Kovach (born May 1, 1956) is an American entrepreneur, physician, attorney and former American football linebacker who played seven seasons in the National Football League for the New Orleans Saints and San Francisco 49ers. He played college football at the University of Kentucky, where he also studied medicine.[1]

Early life[edit]

Kovach played as a linebacker at University of Kentucky while studying pre-medicine. Because he had an injury-related redshirt season, he played his senior year of eligibility while taking his freshman year at University of Kentucky College of Medicine.


National Football League[edit]

Kovach was drafted by the New Orleans Saints in the 1979 NFL draft and played for the team for six seasons, while completing his medical education at University of Kentucky College of Medicine in the off-seasons.[1] In 1985, he played as a linebacker for the San Francisco 49ers. After his retirement from the NFL, Kovach earned his law degree from Stanford University School of Law and practiced as an intellectual-property attorney before becoming a business owner.[1]

Medical career[edit]

Kovach has also worked with several organizations in the fields of aging research. He is a former president of the Buck Institute for Research on Aging.[2] Kovach is a member of the National Football League concussion committee.[2]

In 2010, Kovach was recognized by the College Sports Information Directors of America as member of the Academic All-America Hall of Fame.[3][4]


Kovach is the COO and SVP of Business Development of CrowdOptic.[5][6][7] The company is known for its mobile technology, which analyzes data from smartphones and smart eyewear and allows users to inherit each other's views.[8] CrowdOptic chose to market itself in professional sports first "because it was splashy."[9] Wired magazine's Bruce Sterling wrote about CrowdOptic "I’ve never read a work of fiction or nonfiction that ever implied that such a technology might be possible.[10] In 2016 Business Insider's Julie Bort wrote that "CrowdOptic, which makes a technology so cool, we've never seen anything like it."[11]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "Jim Kovach". University of Kentucky. Archived from the original on 3 March 2016. Retrieved 15 June 2015. 
  2. ^ a b "Jim Kovach Vice President, Business Development, CrowdOptic". University of California at Davis. Retrieved 15 June 2015. 
  3. ^ "Dr. Jim Kovach Inducted to Academic All-America Hall of Fame". University of Kentucky. Retrieved 15 June 2015. 
  4. ^ "Capital One Academic All-America Hall of Fame Inductees". CoSIDA. Retrieved 16 June 2015. 
  5. ^ Eric Fisher (2014-05-12). "Plugged In: Jon Fisher, CrowdOptic". Sports Business Daily Journal. Retrieved 2014-06-18. 
  6. ^ Jon Fisher (2014-04-21). "Achieving Patent (Parent) Hood". Sand Hill. Retrieved 2014-07-22. 
  7. ^ Riley McDermid (November 17, 2010). "Looking for perfect event pic?". Venture Beat.com. Retrieved November 19, 2010. 
  8. ^ Matt Marshall (December 8, 2012). "How Crowdoptic's big data technology reveals the world's most popular photo objects". Venture Beat. Retrieved January 22, 2014. 
  9. ^ Jane Wells (2014-07-18). "Google Glass hops into business with tech partners". CNBC. Retrieved 2014-07-22. 
  10. ^ Bruce Sterling (May 25, 2011). "Augmented Reality: CrowdOptic triangulates and annotates a blimp". Wire Magazine. Retrieved August 9, 2011. 
  11. ^ "A fascination with Oracle made this founder rich, and now he's invented a way to look through walls". Business Insider. Retrieved 11 July 2016.