Interns at the NFL Network?
Jaleel Grandberry '19
What happens when you lose one of your passions? Jaleel Grandberry ’19 was haunted by that question when he thought about his senior year, knowing it would be the end of his football-playing career. Then he got an internship with the NFL Network in Los Angeles and discovered sports journalism. He conducted interviews, wrote scripts, pitched new segments, and scanned social media for NFL players’ posts. In meetings, it was all he could do to be professional and not think about the fact that he used to have posters on his wall of some of former players he was now working with. One of Jaleel’s tasks was to work on “bumps” for the show, short clips previewing what would follow a commercial break. As a rhetoric major and a creative writing minor, he felt a lot of pressure to be good and had to erase and start over quite often. “You work on it all day, trying to find the right clips, trying to get the right wording, making the music fit the beat, and it’s on TV for 30 seconds. You don’t even know if people are watching it at home – they’re probably going to get a drink. But you’re just so happy. “I’m very passionate about football, and I think I can transfer my love from playing to working in it. I don’t have to let go yet.”
That’s a Wabash man for you. Seriously.