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What kind of legacy does media feel Jacob Tamme will leave?

Denver Broncos tight end Jacob Tamme (84) celebrates his touchdown with teammate Denver Broncos wide receiver Eric Decker (87) during the first half of the AFC Championship NFL playoff football game in Denver, Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)

Denver Broncos tight end Jacob Tamme (84) celebrates his touchdown with teammate Denver Broncos wide receiver Eric Decker (87) during the first half of the AFC Championship NFL playoff football game in Denver, Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)


Boyle County native Jacob Tamme has been in the NFL for six years, and will be playing in his second Super Bowl Sunday when his Denver Broncos take on Seattle in New York. Tamme, 28, was a fourth-round draft pick by Indianapolis in the 2008 after his record-setting career at Kentucky. He has 164 career catches for 1,594 yards and eight score. He caught a 1-yard touchdown pass and had another 23-yard reception in last week’s AFC title game win over New England to send him back to the Super Bowl where he played for Indianapolis when the Colts lost to New Orleans.

Statewide media members have covered/watched Tamme’s high school, college and NFL career. Lexington Herald-Leader columnist Mark Story, former WLEX-TV anchor Mary Jo Perino, Kentucky Sports Radio host Ryan Lemond, WLEX-TV sports anchor Alan Cutler, UK Radio Network play-by-play voice Tom Leach and WLAP Sunday Morning Sports Talk host Mark Buerger shared their insights on Tamme.

Question: What kind of legacy do you think Tamme will eventually leave behind when his playing career ends?

Story: “How many people from the state of Kentucky have played in two Super Bowls? As legacies go, that is pretty strong.”

Perino: “Jacob’s legacy, I believe, will be first and foremost that of a great teammate. Peyton manning doesn’t pick duds, and he sees what we all know to be true about Jacob. He will be remembered as a leader, a guy who will do anything asked of him on the field, and someone who used his position in the NFL to help others. He is one of the most selfless, caring people I have ever met.
Cutler: “The perfect team player.”

Lemond: “I think he has become the perfect ambassador for UK and central Kentucky, meaning he is not only a great football player, he is probably a better person. He leads his life the right way. He promotes his Christianity. He is who we wish all of our sons could grow up to be.  He is the guy we wish our daughters would date. He is the guy that everyone can be proud of whether you’re a Boyle County Rebel or a Danville Admiral or a Kentucky Wildcat or a Louisville Cardinal. He has represented this state well, and I couldn’t be prouder of him.”

Leach: “You look at Jacob’s career and you see him being on teams that won a lot of games, so his legacy is one of consistent success and production that his teams could count on.”

Buerger: “I think he’ll be remembered as a good guy and a terrific player who was in the perfect place for his skill set.”

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  1. Randy Scholtz

    Jacob is truly a talented team player who has been admired by all around him both on the field and in the community. This admiration was obvious in high school and has continued throughout his career.

    That being said, we can say we knew a local ‘boy’ who played on championship teams and has/will play in at least two Super Bowls. However…at the end of the day…Jacob Tamme’s legacy will be that he was/is/will a fine young man and a great teammate that other players want on their team!

  2. Kokamo Joe

    I expect that his legacy will be lasting in Boyle County just it always is when a local kid succeeds at UK. I expect that other communities will remember their locals more…such as Harrodsburg will remember the Johnson brothers and Yeast.

  3. Little Baron

    Tamme has not sought the spotlight, but rather been an example by actions bob on and off the field, and the greater of these is the positive impact one has on others, especially with the young people looking for “role models”. The (national) media seldom mention the true off-field role models and focus much more on those whose off-field drug-use, crime-committing, wife-beating types.

    Jacob Tamme will gain more acknowledgement for influencing others to believe in The Lord and lead a life that follows The Lord – and that will be from The Lord Himself. Much more rewarding.

    As a grad of UK, it is great to have such a person on a world recognized team, and being with Manning, as well as a close friend of Manning, will only enhance the recognition he receives by the media – primarily for on-field results, but also some off-field.

    The national sports media is not in the business of stories about the “good guy” off the field, yet they latch onto negative stories – unfortunately because that must be what sells.

    1. larryvaught

      Amen Little Baron. Anyone who knows Tamme knows you are preaching to the choir

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