Sports Spectrum Magazine Summer 2021

NEW PODCAST: Todd Blackledge, ESPN College Football Analyst

THIS IS EPISODE 359 OF THE SPORTS SPECTRUM PODCAST

Todd Blackledge is a college football analyst at ESPN and ABC. He is also a former NFL QB who was selected in the first round (seventh overall) of the 1983 NFL Draft by Kansas City.

Playing his college football at Penn State, Blackledge had a decorated career with the Nittany Lions, winning the 1982 Davey O’Brien Award as the nation’s most outstanding quarterback. He helped his club win the national championship that same season, as Penn State beat Georgia, 27-23, in the Sugar Bowl.

Blackledge went on to play six NFL seasons with the Chiefs and Steelers before beginning his broadcasting journey in 1989. He joined ABC Sports in 1994.

In 2009, he was awarded Penn State’s Distinguished Alumni Award. He’s also a member of Penn State’s Board of Visitors for Penn State’s Center for Sports Journalism.

Blackledge lives in Canton, Ohio, the birthplace for football, and coaches high school basketball in the offseason.

On this episode of the podcast, we talk to Blackledge about the upcoming football season, the state of parenting in youth sports, his testimony of faith in Christ, his calling as a believer in the broadcasting industry, and the state of faith in college football.

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