Jared Odrick’s professional football career has been temporarily put on hold. So apparently has his budding communications career.
Odrick, a graduate of Lebanon High School and a former Penn State standout, was recently placed on the injured reserved list by his NFL team, the Miami Dolphins. And when he was, Odrick decided not to continue a weekly radio talk show he had been doing with WQAM 560 AM in Miami.
Before the season-ending injury to his left foot, Odrick had been appearing on WQAM’s ‘Tuesday Team Huddle’, with host Sid Rosenberg. The show, which was broadcast from Hooters Restaurant in the Hard Rock Hotel in Hollywood, Florida, aired during Miami’s afternoon commute, from 6 to 7 p.m..
“The Dolphins wouldn’t let us call it the ‘Jared Odrick Show’ so we called it ‘Tuesday Team Huddle'”, said Lee Feldman, WQAM’s operations manager. “When he got hurt, he decided he didn’t want to do it any more. He didn’t want to talk about games he wasn’t playing in. He’s actually pretty good on the air.”
Odrick has been around the media for most of his life, and because of it has grown accustomed to interview situations. Articulate, insightful and knowledgeable, Odrick majored in sociology at Penn State and before that was a sports clerk at the Lebanon Daily News during his high school days.
“There were a couple of things with it,” said Feldman. “He was the Dolphins’ number-one draft pick, so there was a lot of local interest. When he did the interview, he was very well-spoken. It was like, ‘This guy can talk well.’ When he’s asked a question he doesn’t give the typical athlete cliche’ answer. He carried himself really well.”