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Todd Blackledge

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Biography:

Sports Speaker Todd Blackledge is a former Penn State football quarterback who played under legendary PSU Head Coach Joe Paterno. Todd also played in the NFL for a total of 7 seasons, 5 seasons with the Kansas City Chiefs and 2 seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Currently, Todd is a well-recognized broadcaster for ESPN College Football Saturday Primetime alongside Brad Nessler. In addition to Saturday Primetime, Todd is also is a part of the fan favorite features segment Taste of the Town in which Sports Speaker Todd visits the best food spots in each College Gameday town. In 2013, he released the book Taste of the Town: A Guided Tour of College Football’s Best Places to Eat. He described the different restaurants and their history.  In the off season, Todd can be seen coaching basketball at North Canto Hoover High.

Life after football has been great for Todd, it’s like he never left! After finishing his NFL career, he started at a radio sports talk show in the Hall of Fame town Canton, Ohio. In 1994, Todd worked as a college football analyst for ABC Sports until 1998 until he joined CBS Sports the following year. In 2006, he teamed up with Broadcaster Mike Patrick to do the play-by-play for ESPN College Football Primetime. Also, Todd is a huge contributor to daily broadcasts of SportsCenter, ESPN Radio, and College GameDay.

Sports Speaker Todd was a 3-year standout for Penn State in the early 1980s. The Nittany Lions went on to win 31 games and only lost 5 times with Todd at the helm. In 1982, he led Penn State to an 11-1 record and a National Title win. That year he won the Davey O’Brien Award for being the best quarterback in the nation that season. In the 1983 NFL Draft, Todd was selected in the first round with the seventh pick to the Kansas City Chiefs, 20 spots ahead of Sports Speaker and Hall of Famer Dan Marino. In his 7 years in the league, Todd threw for over 5,000 yards and 29 touchdowns leading the Chiefs to a playoff appearance in 1986.

In 2008, Todd traveled to the Middle East to visit our troops and coached them in the Operation Gridiron: Huddle with the Troops flag football tournament. Also in 2008, he won the NCAA Silver Award that recognized his prolific college and NFL career.