Episode 276. Jacob Tamme -(2008-2016) retired NFL player & University of KY Athletics Hall of Fame
Jacob Tamme is a former American football tight end. He played college football at Kentucky and was drafted by the Indianapolis Colts in the fourth round of the 2008 NFL Draft. Jacob also played for the Denver Broncos and Atlanta Falcons. As one of the top scholar-athletes in the country, he completed his degree in integrated strategic communications in only three years and earned his MBA just before entering the NFL. Known for his contributions back to the community, in 2006, he was named to the National Good Works Team by the American Football Coaches Association, the SEC Community Service Team by the SEC Office, and to the Frank G. Ham Society of Character by UK Athletics.
In 2007, he was one of 15 finalists for the prestigious Draddy Trophy, which is presented to the top scholar-athlete in the country. He gave the acceptance speech on behalf of the 15 finalists at the award ceremony in New York City. Also, in 2007, he was named the SEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year and elected to the first-team Academic All-America squad by the College Sports Information Directors of America.
He was the 2007 recipient of the Bobby Bowden Award, a national honor presented by the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
Jacob is a Christian. He has spoken about his faith, saying, “My faith is important because it’s the core of why I believe we exist as humans. Faith allows us to spend eternity with God, and it fuels my everyday actions. I’ve seen how having faith in God can change lives, and it certainly has changed mine.”
Jacob was inducted in 2018 to the University of Kentucky Athletics Hall of Fame.