Getting the call-up from the minors, Jake Fadden will join the on-air crew this year as co-host of the internet show PPR Plus. Even though it is only his second season wearing the red jacket, Jake is no stranger to the PPR being a former Silver Pigskin winner in 2004.
This locally grown former Hilltop High School quarterback started his broadcasting journey in 2008 when he interned for a semester in the KUSI sports department. He soon went on to Arizona State University where in 2010 he received his BA in broadcast journalism. Returning to San Diego and KUSI, last season Jake was a field pig producer covering multiple games in the area. “I owe it all to the PPR for leading me into my career path,” said Fadden.
For Jake the PPR was experienced also as a former player himself which he remembers fondly. “It was such a huge thing,” he said. “People don't realize the effort students put into the football games. It is great that the PPR celebrates that effort and gives your school some love for all their hard work.” Jake was also very humbled when he was awarded the Silver Pigskin. “It was a huge honor, especially for Hilltop. To be in the company of current and former NFL players who have also been winners and nominees was truly amazing. I was especially taken aback by how the community rallied together to vote me as the winner.”
As a huge fantasy football and San Diego sports fan, you can catch Jake actively involved in both when he is not running around for the PPR.
What do you enjoy most about working with the PPR?
“I love hearing form the community when I am out covering games. People tell me how much they enjoy watching the show and how they appreciate us showcasing their athletes. It makes me excited and proud to wear the red jacket week in and week out. This experience is truly priceless.”
What has been your favorite memory with the PPR?
“I remember sitting in the chairs for the Silver Pigskin Award and hearing the drum-roll. All of the sudden Paul Rudy was shaking my hand and people were telling me congratulations, but I didn't really realize they had called my name. I guess it was unexpected and it just hadn't sunk in yet.”