We’re thrilled to announce Todd Blackledge as our 2022 Fall Seminar keynote speaker! Blackledge is an ESPN college football analyst, former Penn State star quarterback, and former player for the Kansas City Chiefs and Pittsburgh Steelers.
Blackledge is currently an analyst for many of ESPN’s college football events, including College Football Primetime. He is also a regular contributor to College GameDay, SportsCenter and ESPN Radio.
As the standout quarterback at Penn State, Blackledge started for the Nittany Lions from 1981 to 1983, going 31-5 through three seasons. After leading Penn State to the national championship in 1982, Blackledge won the Davey O’Brien Award as the nation’s most outstanding quarterback, and he finished sixth in the Heisman Trophy voting. His passer rating was 10th among the nation’s quarterbacks that season.
In the 1983 NFL Draft, Kansas City selected Blackledge seventh overall. He played for the Chiefs for five seasons before joining the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1988. He retired in 1989. Blackledge was one of seven former NCAA student-athletes selected to receive the 2008 Silver Anniversary Award, which recognizes former student-athletes who completed successful collegiate careers and have gone on to excel in their chosen professions.
That same year, along with seven other former NFL players, Blackledge visited U.S. troops in the Middle East, where he coached in the USO’s flag football tournament, Operation Gridiron: Huddle with the Troops. Check out our keynote speaker’s full bio here.
In 2009, he was awarded Penn State’s Distinguished Alumni Award. He is a member of Penn State’s Board of Visitors for Penn State’s Center for Sports Journalism. Blackledge lives in Canton, Ohio. In the offseason he coaches high school basketball.