Todd Blackledge Biography
Todd Blackledge is a former American football quarterback who played in both the NCAA and the NFL. He serves as an analyst for a number of ESPN’s college football events, including College Football Primetime.
Todd Blackledge Age
He was born on 25 February 1961 , Canton, Ohio, United States.
Todd Blackledge Height
He stands at a height of 6 feet 3 inches tall.
Todd Blackledge Education
Blackledge attended Princeton High School in Princeton, New Jersey from 1975 to 1976. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a 3.8 grade point average and a Bachelor of Arts in speech communication from Penn State in 1983. He was named a first-team Academic All American and received the Eric Walker Award, which is given to the Penn State senior student who has most enhanced the University’s esteem and notoriety. In 1997, Blackledge was named to the Academic All-America Hall of Fame.
Todd Blackledge Parents
He is a beloved son of Ron Blackledge (father) who is a former NFL assistant coach and Linda Saccucci(mother).
Todd Blackledge Wife
He has been married to Cherie Blackledge. The duo first met in Kansas City. Todd and his family live in Jackson Township’s Hills & Dales community.
Todd Blackledge Kids
He is a loving father of four. Eli Blackledge is the name of one of his sons, with whom the high school basketball coach spent a weekend in Memphis in June 2013.Harrison Blackledge, is an ardent athlete who played forward for The Hope College. Owen Blackledge, his other kid, is currently enrolled in high school.
Todd Blackledge NFL Draft- Chiefs
The Kansas City Chiefs selected Blackledge seventh overall in the first round of the 1983 NFL Draft. Todd was chosen behind John Elway but ahead of Dan Marino. He was also selected ahead of Hall of Famer Jim Kelly , Tony Eason and Ken O’Brien in the draft. He was the Chiefs’ only first-round quarterback until Patrick Mahomes came along three decades later.
Additionally, he played five seasons for the Chiefs (1983–1987) before joining the Pittsburgh Steelers (1988–1989).
In Kansas City, he mostly served as a backup to Pro Bowl quarterback Bill Kenney. Blackledge spent his final two seasons in Pittsburgh as Bubby Brister’s backup, going 2-3 in games started due to Brister’s injuries. In his 15 years as a starter in the NFL, Blackledge threw for 5,286 yards, 29 touchdowns, and 38 interceptions
Todd Blackledge ESPN
Blackledge serves as an analyst alongside play-by-play commentator Sean McDonough and sideline reporter Holly Rowe, . He’s also a frequent on ESPN Radio, College GameDay, and SportsCenter. Blackledge began his career in broadcasting as a sports talk radio host in Ohio, where he also did preseason analysis for the Indianapolis Colts, the Big East Network, and ESPN. He also worked on Penn State Football Story, which won an Emmy Award. He began his career as a college football analyst for ABC Sports in 1994. In 1999, he was promoted to CBS’s lead analyst.
Moreover, in 2006, he co-hosted ESPN’s Saturday night college football series with play-by-play announcer Mike Patrick and sideline reporter Holly Rowe. From 1981 to 1983, Blackledge was a successful quarterback for Penn State, leading the Nittany Lions to a 31-5 record in three seasons. Blackledge won the Davey O’Brien Award as the nation’s most outstanding quarterback after leading Penn State to the national championship in 1982, and he finished sixth in the Heisman Trophy vote. That season, his passer rating was 10th among all quarterbacks in the country. Kansas City took Blackledge seventh overall in the 1983 NFL Draft.
Along with that, he spent five seasons with the Kansas City Chiefs before joining the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1988.
He left the company in 1989. Blackledge was one of seven former NCAA student-athletes honored with the 2008 Silver Anniversary Award, which honors former student-athletes who excelled in their chosen professions after completing successful undergraduate careers.
Todd Blackledge Salary
He earns an estimated salary of $100,000 per year
Todd Blackledge Networth
He has garnered a networth of approximately $ 2 million.