Brian Jordan (second from right) recently visited Reinhardt College to speak with a group of communication and sports management/studies majors. He talked about his career, current job as a broadcaster for the Braves organization on FOX Sports South/SportSouth and CSS, and answered questions from the audience. Jordan was invited to Reinhardt by Lauren Falkenberg, a senior visual communications major from Atlanta, Ga., who completed an internship with FOX Sports South/SportSouth and CSS in summer 2009.
Follow Your Dreams
"From the time I was a little kid, I never lost sight of what my dreams were or gave up when someone told me I couldn't do something," Jordan said. "After a leg injury early in my career, I was told I would never play football in the NFL; I didn't listen to that, and if I had, I would have never had the successful career in football and baseball that I did.
"I hope that each of you reach for your dreams, whatever they may be, and stay positive and optimistic even when things don't always go your way."
Jordan is a retired Major League Baseball outfielder and National Football League safety. In the NFL, he played for the Atlanta Falcons, while he played in the MLB for the St. Louis Cardinals, Atlanta Braves, Los Angeles Dodgers, and Texas Rangers.
He currently serves as a TV pre-game analyst for the Atlanta Braves on Braves Live, the official pregame show on FSN South and SportSouth. In 2009, Jordan was named as a television commentator for the Gwinnett Braves, the AAA farm team of the Atlanta Braves. He is paired with Josh Caray for a 25-game television schedule.
"My experience as a professional athlete helped me to have a smooth transition into sports broadcasting," said Jordan. "I know what the athletes are going through, because I have been there. I give them the respect they need and deserve, and they, in turn, give it back to me."
Jordan is active in the Atlanta community with the Brian Jordan Foundation and authored the semi-autobiographical children's book "I Told You I Can Play!"
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