Todd Blackledge is a former American football quarterback who played for the Kansas City Chiefs and Pittsburgh Steelers from 1983 to 1989. He is now a high school basketball coach and head varsity ball mentor at North Canton Hoover High School in Ohio. He is also a member of the Board of Visitors for the Center for Sports Journalism at Penn State University. His total net worth is estimated to be around $2 million in 2019.
Born in Canton, Ohio, Todd Blackledge matriculated at Penn State University in 1979, where he became a three-year starter under coach Joe Paterno. After a successful senior year, he graduated with a 3.8 grade point average. In 1982, he won the Davey O’Brien Award for best quarterback in the nation, and helped lead the Nittany Lions to a national championship. Blackledge threw for 2218 yards and 22 touchdowns in his collegiate career.
Blackledge is a member of the Academic All-America Hall of Fame. In addition, he is a recipient of the NCAA Silver Anniversary Award, which is presented to former student-athletes who have excelled in collegiate and professional careers.
The former quarterback has also earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in speech communication from Penn State. During his time with the Nittany Lions, he threw for more than 2,200 yards, 22 touchdowns, and eight interceptions.
Todd Blackledge is a radio sports talk show host, and has worked for CBS, ABC, and EPSN as an analyst. He is also a former school football examiner for ABC Sports. He has appeared as a lead expert on the CBS College Football Saturday Primetime show.
Blackledge coached high school basketball in Memphis, Tennessee, in June 2013. Before entering the professional game, he studied at Princeton High School in New Jersey, where he was named the New Jersey state Class B player of the year in 1976.
A native of Ohio, Blackledge has a family. He and his wife have four children. They live in Jackson Township, Ohio, where he has a home in Hills & Dales. One of his sons, Owen, is a HS business student. Another son, Harrison, is a forward at Hope College.
The former quarterback’s wife, Cherie Blackledge, is an elementary school teacher in Cleveland, Ohio. She is also the mother of two other children. There is no information about a romantic relationship between them, but they are probably friends.
Todd Blackledge was drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs in the 1983 NFL draft. At the time, he was seventh overall pick. With his selection, he was a clear favorite over players such as Ken O’Brien, Dan Marino, and Tony Eason.
As a football player, he led the Nittany Lions to ten consecutive seasons of winning, including a 31-5 record in 1982. In addition to his collegiate career, Blackledge earned a bachelor’s degree from Penn State and is a member of the Academic All-America National Football College Hall of Fame.
After a successful NFL career, Blackledge went on to serve as a college football analyst for ABC Sports, CBS Sports, and EPSN. He was a co-host of the radio sports talk show, “Teasers” on WKNR in Cleveland.