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Our featured speakers for 2013 were Marlin Jackson, Sharon product and former NFL defensive back, and Matt Underwood, play by play anouncer for the Cleveland Indians. Read their bios below. You can see a list of our past speakers by clicking on the graphic below.

Marlin Tyrell Jackson (born June 30, 1983) is an American football cornerback and free safety

Jackson was born in Sharon, Pennsylvania. He attended Sharon High School, and played for the Sharon Tigers high school football team. During his high school career, he compiled 281 career tackles, nineteen tackles for losses, three quarterback sacks, seven forced fumbles, three recovered fumbles and eighteen interceptions, including four touchdown returns. Jackson earned all-state honors, was the Pennsylvania high school player of the year and picked for the USA Today and Prep Football Report All-American teams.

Jackson attended the University of Michigan. As senior team captain in 2004, he was a first-team All-Big Ten selection, and a consensus first-team All-American, having received first-team honors from the Associated Press, American Football Coaches Association, Football Writers Association of American, The Sporting News, and ESPN.

Jackson finished his career as the second all-time leader among Michigan players in pass breakups.

Jackson was selected by the Indianapolis Colts with the 29th overall pick of the 2005 NFL Draft. As an NFL rookie he had 52 tackles and one interception. Marlin played mostly in passing situations with one start in 15 games. In his second season, he had 82 tackles and 1 interception. He started at safety in place of the injured Bob Sanders. Marlin's career high was a 14 tackle performance against the Houston Texans.
Matt Underwood (born May 10, 1968) is the play-by-play announcer for the Cleveland Indians telecasts on SportsTime Ohio and WKYC Channel 3.

He's served as a full-time member of the Indians' broadcasting team since 2000. He also served as pre-game host on radio from 1994-2000 and on television from 1997-2005.

Prior to joining the Indians broadcast team on a full-time basis in 2000, Underwood spent 16 years at WEWS-TV 5 in Cleveland (ABC). Underwood joined WEWS as an associate sports producer after graduating from Baldwin-Wallace College in 1990. In December 1994, Underwood was named as a sports producer/reporter. During this time, he also worked for WKNR Radio (then at 1220 AM) as an update anchor and weekend show host.

A year later he would become the weekend sports anchor at News Channel 5, and in November 1996 he became the station's sports director and weeknight 6 and 11 p.m. sports anchor, a job he held until 2000, when he became a full-time member of the Indians' broadcasting team.[1]

Underwood was in the radio booth from 2000-2006, and then switched to TV beginning in 2007. He also calls high school football and college basketball games on the Indians owned TV network SportsTime Ohio (STO) during the offseason.


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