Jeff Chadiha has it all…
He’s an ESPN sports broadcaster, writes for ESPN Magazine and is on the Jim Rome Show. He’s also on ESPN‘s E60 and writes for ESPN.COM. Jeff’s a budding national sports media star.
He hails from the University of Wyoming where he played college ball and then moved to Ann Arbor to become a reporter for the newspaper there. Their sports guy at the time was a dude named Jason Whitlock and Jeff and Jason became fast friends.
"Whitlock is honest and has deep integrity," says Jeff. "I love the guy."
When Jason moved to Kansas City Jeff took his place. Whitlock became huge here while Jeff went to Sports Illustrated. He moved to New York where he met his wife who’s from Joplin. So Jeff, who could have lived anywhere he wanted when he joined ESPN in 2005, moved to Kansas City so his wife could be close to her family. Turned out Jeff had family in Joplin too.
Now let’s cut to the chase…
Is Whitlock a good guy? I asked Jeff.
"When September 11th happened I lived a mile from Ground Zero," he says. "And the first call I got was from Jason to see if I was alright. He’s a great person, talented and loyal. He stirs the pot, isn’t a company man. So yeah, he gets into the fire too often with his ways. But Jason always thinks he’s right, so he doesn’t much care. He’s his own man.
"Again, I have nothing but respect for Jason. The guy let me move into his Johnson County home for a few months when I needed a place to live here after he moved to LA."
Caught in the lousy real estate market, Whitlock’s house reportedly has yet to sell.
And the rumors that Whitlock is down and out in LA, scraping by on blogger pay?
"Jason is fine with his money," Jeff says. "He’s a smart guy. He’s doing what he loves, his column. Simple as that. Don’t worry about Whitlock."
Today Jeff Chadiha is busy all the time on TV, writing columns for ESPN, doing radio, he even does NFL football for 810 Zone with THE MORNING PATROL. He’s a big fish in the smaller pond of KC.
"I love it here," Jeff told me yesterday at Woodside where he hangs out, works out and writes in his spare time. "I want to do sports documentaries and film next – maybe a few books."
Sound familiar? He’s a Kansas City star.