Currently in his 10th season with the Atlanta Falcons, Karl Pierburg has a career uniting two passions: football and solving complex problems with IT. He first came to Illinois Wesleyan to become a math teacher, but changed focus when three things happened junior year: he was elected Captain of the football team, he added a CS major to his math degree, and after a summer internship, Karl decided to go into IT consulting. After graduation, he worked for Greenbrier & Russel and later for “his team”—the Chicago Bears, where his IT work supported college scouts with data collecting and curating, reporting, and custom-built software.
Karl talks about what he learned at Illinois Wesleyan, both in the classroom and on the football field. He also points out the surprising benefits of playing football at a Division III school.