5 Time Pro Bowl Selection and ESPN Commentator
The 17th Annual R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl luncheon
Darren Woodson Bio:
After a standout career at Arizona State University, Woodson was drafted in the 2nd round by the Dallas Cowboys in 1992. In his thirteen year career as the strong safety for the Dallas Cowboys, Woodson recorded more tackles than any player in team history.
A five-time Pro Bowl selection, Woodson earned the reputation throughout the league as an effective run-stopper and a ferocious hitter. After a long and successful career, Woodson was forced to retire in December of 2004 due to injury.
Despite his intimidating style of play, Woodson was also known as one of the league’s classiest players. As the last active member of all three Cowboys Super Bowl teams of the 90s, Woodson was respected as the leader of the locker room and a mentor to the next generation of Cowboys. He was described in Sports Illustrated as "one of the hardest hitters in the NFL."
Woodson was inducted into the Ring of Honor for Arizona State University and the Dallas Cowboys in 2014 and 2015, respectively.
Since his playing career ended, Woodson has worked as a football analyst for ESPN, appearing on programs such as NFL Live and SportsCenter. He currently serves as a board member for the North Texas chapter of Make A Wish Foundation. Woodson is also the Vice President of Partnerships at FanPrint.
Fox Sports New Orleans Sideline Reporter
Jennifer Hale Bio:
Jen Hale returns as the Pelicans’ sideline reporter on FOX Sports New Orleans broadcasts, in addition to her duties as a sideline reporter for the NFL on Fox, a contributing writer for FoxSports.com and as a sports anchor for WUE, Fox 8. Hale is an award-winning sports journalist, who began her career as a political reporter and news anchor, before returning to her passion of sports.
She has won multiple Edward R. Murrow Emmy, and AP awards throughout her career.
Born in New Orleans, Jen grew up in Mobile, Ala., where she ran track, played softball and was a competitive gymnast. She returned to Louisiana to attend LSU’s Honors College where she majored in Political Science. Jen was a captain of the LSU Cheerleading Squad, Miss LSU, LSU Homecoming Queen, a member of Delta Zeta Sorority and the Golden Key Honor Society.
Jen earned her Master of Science in broadcast journalism from Northwestern University in Chicago. She also attended The Fund for American Studies’ Institute on Political Journalism at Georgetown University and completed a certificate on Irish Culture and Politics at University College Dublin in Ireland.
Jen published her first book, Historic Plantations of Alabama’s Black Belt, in 2009 and is now working on her second publication.
She is also a RIAS Commission Fellow, spending several weeks in Germany and Belgium studying the German and European Union systems of government, press and trade.
Philanthropy is a big part of Jen’s life. From volunteering at Lafayette Academy Charter School, to serving on advisory board for the Son of a Saint organization, to returning to Baton Rouge to emcee the Miss LSU pageant, which benefits Alzheimer’s research and the Speech and Hearing Impaired Foundation, Jen is very active in the community.
Jen is a proud resident of the historic French Quarter. She enjoys running, cycling, cross fit and TRX. She also loves to ski and surf when vacations allow.
The 17th Annual R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl luncheon will be held at 11:30am on December 15, 2017 at the Sheraton New Olreans . To purchase tickets for the 2017 R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl Luncheon, CLICK HERE.
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