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Todd Blackledge on PSU debacle
Todd Blackledge on PSU debacle
Published: 2011/11/12
Channel: Terry Redican
Todd Blackledge loving his Grilled Stickies at Penn State
Todd Blackledge loving his Grilled Stickies at Penn State
Published: 2007/09/10
Channel: RCO64
Sugar Bowl - Todd Blackledge: "meh"
Sugar Bowl - Todd Blackledge: "meh"
Published: 2011/01/05
Channel: irishreds
Chiefs QB Draft History
Chiefs QB Draft History
Published: 2010/05/11
Channel: AVSEAL2012
Todd Blackledge Reflects on Coach Paterno
Todd Blackledge Reflects on Coach Paterno
Published: 2015/01/15
Channel: akalista
Gregg Garrity "The Catch" Penn State 1983 Sugar Bowl
Gregg Garrity "The Catch" Penn State 1983 Sugar Bowl
Published: 2011/02/11
Channel: charitysignings
Todd Blackledge on the sideline during Notre Dame/PSU 2007
Todd Blackledge on the sideline during Notre Dame/PSU 2007
Published: 2007/09/13
Channel: poisoninmyKandybars
2000 #4 Florida Gators vs. #9 Tennessee Volunteers
2000 #4 Florida Gators vs. #9 Tennessee Volunteers
Published: 2012/08/20
Channel: In All Kinds Of Weather
Spider-Man Dr. Todd Blackledge
Spider-Man Dr. Todd Blackledge
Published: 2017/10/12
Channel: ideastream
finebaum 2017, College Football is HERE: 9/1/17
finebaum 2017, College Football is HERE: 9/1/17
Published: 2017/09/02
Channel: andreanson sweet
Rich Rodriguez Interview at the 2008 Capital One Bowl
Rich Rodriguez Interview at the 2008 Capital One Bowl
Published: 2008/01/03
Channel: parkinggod
TODD BLACKLEDGE - N. CANTON HOOVER, OH (HEAD BOYS BASKETBALL COACH) TESTIMONIAL
TODD BLACKLEDGE - N. CANTON HOOVER, OH (HEAD BOYS BASKETBALL COACH) TESTIMONIAL
Published: 2017/04/12
Channel: NSTSPORTS
Shut your dumbass up Todd Blackledge
Shut your dumbass up Todd Blackledge
Published: 2012/01/06
Channel: TY1822
Taste of the Town 2013 (Week 10)
Taste of the Town 2013 (Week 10)
Published: 2013/11/06
Channel: Taste of the Town
Taste Of The Town 2013 (Week 2)
Taste Of The Town 2013 (Week 2)
Published: 2013/09/11
Channel: Taste of the Town
Taste of the Town 2013 (Week 5)
Taste of the Town 2013 (Week 5)
Published: 2013/10/02
Channel: Taste of the Town
Todd Blackledge on The Dan Patrick Show (Full Interview) 9/30/16
Todd Blackledge on The Dan Patrick Show (Full Interview) 9/30/16
Published: 2016/09/30
Channel: Dan Patrick Show
Taste Of The Town 2013 (Week 1)
Taste Of The Town 2013 (Week 1)
Published: 2013/09/04
Channel: Taste of the Town
Todd Blackledge and the year of the quarterback
Todd Blackledge and the year of the quarterback
Published: 2013/09/10
Channel: FINNERTYFILES
College Football: ESPN
College Football: ESPN's Todd Blackledge Interview before 2013 Fiesta Bowl
Published: 2013/01/03
Channel: espnamerica
Taste Of The Town 2013 (Week 3)
Taste Of The Town 2013 (Week 3)
Published: 2013/09/18
Channel: Taste of the Town
Taste of the Town 2013 (Week 4)
Taste of the Town 2013 (Week 4)
Published: 2013/09/25
Channel: Taste of the Town
Saquon Barkley vs Pitt - Highlights
Saquon Barkley vs Pitt - Highlights
Published: 2017/09/11
Channel: GoPSUtv
ESPN
ESPN's Todd Blackledge gives his thoughts on the SEC's success in the NFL Draft, and more
Published: 2014/05/23
Channel: AL.com
Former Star Quarterback, Todd Blackledge, on the Future of Tim Tebow
Former Star Quarterback, Todd Blackledge, on the Future of Tim Tebow
Published: 2013/09/10
Channel: Newsmax TV
Todd Blackledge on The Dan Patrick Show (Full Interview) 11/20/2015
Todd Blackledge on The Dan Patrick Show (Full Interview) 11/20/2015
Published: 2015/11/20
Channel: Dan Patrick Show
ESPN
ESPN's Todd Blackledge gives his thoughts on Auburn
Published: 2014/05/16
Channel: AL.com
Todd Blackledge reflects on the College Football Playoff - The Michael Kay Show
Todd Blackledge reflects on the College Football Playoff - The Michael Kay Show
Published: 2015/01/16
Channel: YESNetwork
Todd Blackedge on Penn State quarterback Christian Hackenberg: "I like everything about him"
Todd Blackedge on Penn State quarterback Christian Hackenberg: "I like everything about him"
Published: 2014/07/28
Channel: PennLive.com
The Thundering Herd January 2,2015
The Thundering Herd January 2,2015
Published: 2015/02/10
Channel: The Thundering Herd
The Paul Finebaum Show 9/15/17 - Hour 1: Todd Blackledge & Jordan Rodgers
The Paul Finebaum Show 9/15/17 - Hour 1: Todd Blackledge & Jordan Rodgers
Published: 2017/09/15
Channel: Radio Show
Taste of the Town 2013 (Week 6)
Taste of the Town 2013 (Week 6)
Published: 2013/10/11
Channel: Taste of the Town
ESPN
ESPN's Todd Blackledge gives his thoughts on Alabama and 'Taste of the Town'
Published: 2014/05/17
Channel: AL.com
CFB: Who will win the BCS Championship?
CFB: Who will win the BCS Championship?
Published: 2012/08/31
Channel: espnamerica
Todd Blackledge on The Dan Patrick Show (Full Interview) 9/25/14
Todd Blackledge on The Dan Patrick Show (Full Interview) 9/25/14
Published: 2014/09/25
Channel: Dan Patrick Show
Todd Blackledge honors Joe Paterno
Todd Blackledge honors Joe Paterno
Published: 2014/10/24
Channel: akalista
Taste of the Town (Week 13) Big Bad Breakfast | Oxford, MS
Taste of the Town (Week 13) Big Bad Breakfast | Oxford, MS
Published: 2013/12/09
Channel: Taste of the Town
Todd Blackledge on McCaffrey
Todd Blackledge on McCaffrey's Hesiman chances (9/30/16)
Published: 2016/09/30
Channel: Dan Patrick Show
ESPN
ESPN's Todd Blackledge at the Hall of Fame Luncheon
Published: 2007/12/17
Channel: cantonrep
Kansas City Chiefs 2016 Season Recap : Draft a 1st Round QB Please
Kansas City Chiefs 2016 Season Recap : Draft a 1st Round QB Please
Published: 2017/03/07
Channel: schlegdaddytv
Taste of the Town 2013 (Week 8)
Taste of the Town 2013 (Week 8)
Published: 2013/10/24
Channel: Taste of the Town
Dr. Todd Blackledge | The University of Akron
Dr. Todd Blackledge | The University of Akron
Published: 2012/01/31
Channel: UA Institutional Marketing
Dr. Todd Blackledge | The University of Akron
Dr. Todd Blackledge | The University of Akron
Published: 2012/01/31
Channel: UA Institutional Marketing
Spotlight on Bruno
Spotlight on Bruno's in West Lafayette, LA
Published: 2010/03/10
Channel: PMQ Pizza Magazine
ESPN
ESPN's Todd Blackledge on the college football playoff and conference schedules
Published: 2014/05/16
Channel: AL.com
Penn State Football - ESPN Behind the Scenes at Offseason Workouts
Penn State Football - ESPN Behind the Scenes at Offseason Workouts
Published: 2012/03/13
Channel: GoPSUtv
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B's Barbecue on Todd's Taste of the Town - ECU vs WVU 2008
Published: 2014/05/24
Channel: captainsteelbeard
Todd Blackledge on ESPN America
Todd Blackledge on ESPN America
Published: 2013/01/03
Channel: Andrew Joseph
Washington Huskies Defense Similar To Alabama
Washington Huskies Defense Similar To Alabama's: CBS's Todd Blackledge
Published: 2016/12/31
Channel: Fred From Plano
Todd Blackledge on the KNS Sports Page
Todd Blackledge on the KNS Sports Page
Published: 2012/10/22
Channel: Kns SportsPage
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Todd Blackledge
No. 14
Position: Quarterback
Personal information
Date of birth: (1961-02-25) February 25, 1961 (age 56)
Place of birth: Canton, Ohio
Career information
High school: North Canton (OH) Hoover
College: Penn State
NFL Draft: 1983 / Round: 1 / Pick: 7
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
TDINT: 29–38
Yards: 5,286
QB Rating: 60.2
Player stats at NFL.com

Todd Alan Blackledge (born February 25, 1961) is a former American football quarterback in both the NCAA and National Football League. In college, he led the Penn State Nittany Lions to a national championship; and, as a pro, he played for the Kansas City Chiefs (1983–1987) and the Pittsburgh Steelers (1988–1989). Blackledge is currently a high school basketball coach.

High school career[edit]

His family moved to Princeton, New Jersey while his father worked as offensive coordinator for the Princeton Tigers football team and Blackledge attended Princeton High School in Princeton, New Jersey, from 1975–76.[1] He returned to the Canton area to finish his high school career at North Canton Hoover High School in North Canton, Ohio, from which he graduated in 1979.

College career[edit]

Blackledge was a three-year starter at Penn State, where he guided the Nittany Lions to 31–5 record including a national championship in 1982. Following the 1982 season, he won the Davey O'Brien Award for best quarterback in the nation.

Professional career[edit]

Blackledge was the seventh pick in the first round of the 1983 NFL Draft, chosen by the Kansas City Chiefs. He was picked behind John Elway but ahead of Dan Marino, astounding both Marino (who believed that he was better than Blackledge) and Blackledge himself (who had expected to be picked in the middle of the round).[2] He was also drafted ahead of Hall of Famer Jim Kelly. He was a Chief for five seasons (1983–1987) before ending his career with the Pittsburgh Steelers (1988–1989)

Broadcasting career[edit]

Blackledge went on to host radio sports talk shows in Cleveland (WKNR) and Canton, Ohio (WHBC). He also did analyst work for the Big East Network, Indianapolis Colts preseason games, and ESPN.

From 1994–1998, he worked as a college football analyst for ABC Sports. In 1999, Blackledge joined CBS Sports as the lead analyst for the network's college football coverage. In 2006, he began serving on the first team alongside Mike Patrick for ESPN College Football Saturday Primetime on ESPN. As part of his duties he is featured on "Todd's Taste of the Town", a segment where he visits a locally notable restaurant and samples its fare. Blackledge has facetiously stated this is the most difficult part of his broadcasting experience. In May 2013 Blackledge announced on his official website, www.tasteofthetowntodd.com that he had written a book titled "Taste of the Town: A Guided Tour of College Football’s Best Places to Eat" scheduled for release on September 3, 2013 describing the various restaurants and their stories.

Blackedge was teamed with Brad Nessler and sideline reporter Erin Andrews for the 2009 season, while Patrick is teamed with Craig James and sideline reporter Heather Cox.

Coaching career[edit]

In April 2014, Blackledge was hired as the head varsity basketball coach at Hoover High School in North Canton, Ohio.[3]

Personal life[edit]

Todd is the son of former NFL assistant coach Ron Blackledge.

Blackledge lives in North Canton with his wife, Cherie, and their four children.[4]

Blackledge earned a Bachelor of Arts in speech communication from Penn State in 1983, graduating Phi Beta Kappa with a 3.8 grade point average. Named a first team Academic All-American, he was also awarded the Eric Walker Award, given to the Penn State senior student who has most "enhanced the esteem and recognition of the University." Blackledge was inducted into the Academic All-America Hall of Fame in 1997. He sits on the Board of Visitors for Penn State’s Center for Sports Journalism.[5]

Blackledge was selected to receive the prestigious 2008 NCAA Silver Anniversary Award, recognizing former student-athletes who excelled both in their collegiate and professional careers.[5] On June 5, 2009, Blackledge received Penn State's prestigious Distinguished Alumni Award.[6]

In April 2008, Blackledge and seven other former NFL players traveled to the Middle East to visit with troops and coach them in the USO's Operation Gridiron: Huddle with the Troops, a flag football tournament for service personnel serving overseas.[7]

Currently, he is coaching varsity basketball at North Canton Hoover High School and the North Canton Little League 10-year-old Williamsport team.

Blackledge is also Christian, as his tweets on ESPN.com usually quote a verse from the Bible daily. He sometimes concludes these tweets by writing, "Make today a great day!"

References[edit]

  1. ^ Wilheim, John. "Penn State title stirs memories of prep quarterback", Battle Creek EnquirerJanuary 4, 1983. Accessed October 2, 2017. "Princeton also is in Mercer County, and that fall Princeton had a new offensive coordinator for its football team by the name of Ron Blackledge. Blackledge's family moved to Princeton with him, including his son, Todd, who enrolled as a sophomore at Princeton High School and tried out for the football team as a quarterback."
  2. ^ "Elway to Marino". 30 for 30. Season 2. 2013-04-23. ESPN. 
  3. ^ "North Canton hires Blackledge as varsity boys basketball coach". Canton Rep.com. April 16, 2014. Retrieved March 27, 2015. 
  4. ^ Mary Ann (Ryza) Blackledge, Blackledges in America (2002), page 540. ISBN 0-9722704-0-X (provides biography plus lineage [ancestors and descendants] for Todd Blackledge)
  5. ^ a b "Blackledge to receive prestigious NCAA Silver Anniversary Award". Penn State Department of Sports Information. 2007-11-21. Retrieved 2007-11-21. 
  6. ^ "Allen and Blackledge Receive Distinguished Alumni Awards". Penn State Department of Sports Information. 2009-06-03. 
  7. ^ "Former Penn State football players on USO tour to Middle East". The Pennsylvania State University Department of Public Information. 2008-03-31. Retrieved 2008-03-31. 

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