Meet Todd Blackledge
You may remember Todd as a former NFL quarterback or as a three-year starting signal caller at Penn State. In his senior year of 1982, he led the Nittany Lions to their first national championship and won the prestigious Davey O’Brien Award as the best quarterback in college football. The following spring, Todd was chosen in the first round of the 1983 NFL draft by the Kansas City Chiefs. He played five seasons with the Chiefs before ending his career with the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1989.
Following his professional football career, Todd began exploring a career in sports television working first for the Penn State Football Story and the Big East Television Network. With stints at ABC Sports, CBS Sports, and currently ESPN, his broadcasting career has flourished.
Today you will find Todd on ESPN College Football Primetime working games with his partner Brad Nessler. In addition to being a football analyst, he also shows his enthusiasm for food with local flavor through his popular segment, Todd’s Taste of the Town.
In an attempt to further share his passion for college football and down home food, Todd wrote about his experiences with the food, people and places in his book, TASTE OF THE TOWN: A Guided Tour of College Football’s Best Places to Eat. Available on September 3, this restaurant guide book will tell you where to eat, what to order, and what are the greatest traditions in college football. And that’s not all. Todd’s book features over 100 recipes from around the country for you to try in your own kitchen or on your outdoor grill or smoker.
Todd lives in Canton, OH with his wife and their four sons.