Guest Lectures: ESPN Reporter and Former NFL Quarterback

It was an unbelievably exciting week in the Sports Communications Department at Marist College, following two outstanding guest speakers hosted by Marist’s Dr. Keith Strudler. ESPN Reporter Jeremy Schaap and former NFL quarterback and runner-up for the 1987 Heisman Trophy Don McPherson took time out of their busy schedules to come to Poughkeepsie, New York and speak with Marist students.

Tuesday afternoon, Jeremy Schaap kicked off the busy week in the Sports Communication Department. Schaap, a recognizable face to almost anyone who has watched ESPN, offered valuable insight about his career and how aspiring sports journalist students can succeed. Schaap was born and raised in New York City, where he grew up around influential sports figures. His father, Dick Schaap, is one of the most renowned and beloved sports journalists and broadcasters of the twentieth century. Because of his father’s successful career, people such as Baseball Hall of Famer Reggie Jackson and superstar boxer Mohammad Ali surrounded Jeremy throughout his childhood. Schaap attended Cornell University and spent the majority of his time working at The Cornell Daily Sun, a student-run daily newspaper. Following an incredible career as a sports reporter with ESPN and award-winning sportswriter, Schaap was an incredible resource for all of Marist’s aspiring sports journalists and broadcasters.

The next evening, former NFL quarterback and runner-up for the 1987 Heisman Trophy Don McPherson visited and discussed his life insports and social activism.

Former NFL QB and sports activist Don McPherson speaks with Marist's Dr. Keith Strudler

Former NFL QB and sports activist Don McPherson speaks with Marist’s Dr. Keith Strudler

McPherson was an incredibly successful quarterback at Syracuse University, and was drafted into the NFL in 1988. He was one of very few African American quarterbacks in the National Football League at that time. McPherson followed his three seasons in the NFL with another three seasons of professional football in the Canadian Football League. Upon retirement as a quarterback, McPherson went on to work as a social activist in the sports world, discussing topics like the prevention of bullying, domestic violence, and substance abuse. Today, he travels around the country, working with athletes and other members of the sports world to eliminate discrimination, violence against women, and other social issues.

Marist’s Department of Sports Communication and Dr. Keith Strudler work extremely hard to provide Marist student to come and hear these unique speakers talk about their lives and careers in the journalism and sports world. Make sure to stay tuned to the Marist Events Calendar for all upcoming Sports Communication speaker events and other Marist activites!

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