The Steve Jones Story

Video posted April 29, 2015 in Sports by Alex Glassman


Steve Jones is a man of many talents.  He is the play-by-play voice for Penn State football and men's basketball.  He also hosts a radio show for ESPN Radio 1450 called the Steve Jones show where he covers all topics Penn State. He even teaches sports broadcasting in the John Curley Center for Sports Journalism to aspiring sports journalists.  Steve has been such an integral part of Penn State broadcasting that a Steve Jones Student Sports Broadcasting Complex was created in rec hall to offer hands-on experience to students pursuing careers in sports broadcasting.

Steve has had a very memorable career as a broadcaster due to the incredible games he has been a broadcaster for.  He was fortunate enough to call a triple over time Orange Bowl victory for Penn State football over the Florida State Seminoles in 2006.  Also, even though Penn State lost, he said the fact that he was able to call a Rose Bowl in 2009 where the Nittany Lions lost to the USC Trojans was an amazing experience.  He also is proud to have called the milestone Joe Paterno victories, such as his 324th where he became the coach with the most wins in College Football history, his 400th win where he became the first coach to win 400 games, and his 409th game, where it was the last game Joe Pa ever won. 

Along with his memorable football games come his memorable basketball games.  Steve was ecstatic about being able to broadcast in at the Kentucky Wildcats Rupp Arena in 2000 because of all the history that has happened at Kentucky.  What made that experience even better?  Penn State defeated Kentucky 73-68.  He also was apart of another major Penn State upset, as they defeated North Carolina in the round of the 32 to move to the Sweet 16 of the 2001 NCAAB Tournament.  Finally, he was able to call an NIT championship as Penn State defeated Baylor in the finals in 2009 by a score of 69-63. 

Steve Jones always dreamed of being the play-by-play voice of Penn State football and basketball.  By accomplishing that goal, he has been able to experience once in a lifetime Penn State football and basketball games.  Steve Jones is one of the luckiest men alive. He reached his dream, and he gets to live it every single day.

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