Todd Blackledge was a three year starting QB for Penn State before being drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs in 1983. After seven NFL seasons with the Chiefs and the Pittsburgh Steelers, he began a career as a college football analyst, working for the Big East Television Network, ABC Sports and CBS Sports. Since 2006 he has worked for ESPN calling Saturday Night Primetime games with Mike Patrick and currently Brad Nessler, and launched "Taste of the Town" in 2007. Todd lives in Canton, OH with his wife and four sons.
JR Rosenthal has a master's of science in journalism from Northwestern University and has written eleven book, including Nolan Ryan's Pitcher's Bible, Randy Johnson's Power Pitching, Don Mattingly's Hitting is Simple, Pitch Like a Pro with Leo Mazzone and Tony Gwynn's Total Baseball Player. He also is an accomplished chef and is currently working with Nolan Ryan on a cookbook/cattle ranching memoir.
Bryan Jaroch graduated from Hamilton College with a bachelor's degree in Psychology in 1997. He is currently a Producer at ESPN, where he has worked since 1999. He produced "Taste of the Town" segments during the 2008 and 2010 college football seasons, and took hundreds of behind-the-scenes still photos. The photos from the 2008 season were featured in an article on ESPN.com. Since then he has published several photographs in travel guides and continues to expand his photography portfolio. Bryan lives in West Hartford, Connecticut, with his wife and son.
TASTE OF THE TOWN is based off the enormously popular segment by the same name, that airs during Todd Blackledge's weekly college football telecasts on ESPN. It profiles a college-football-town eatery and the homespun food and colorful characters that make each local institution so special.