|Date of birth||May 1, 1956|
|Place of birth||Parma Heights, Ohio|
|NFL draft||1979 / Round: 4 / Pick 93|
|1979–1985||New Orleans Saints|
|1985||San Francisco 49ers|
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.
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
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. 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.
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. Kovach is a member of the National Football League concussion committee.
Kovach is the COO and SVP of Business Development of CrowdOptic. 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. CrowdOptic chose to market itself in professional sports first "because it was splashy." 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. In 2016 Business Insider's Julie Bort wrote that "CrowdOptic, which makes a technology so cool, we've never seen anything like it."
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