Alum T.J. Duckett 'Current Sports' Guest

Posted on: November 19, 2013

TJ-Duckett1Communication alumnus and former NFL and MSU running back Todd Jeffrey "T.J." Duckett is this week's guest on "Current Sports" with Al Martin, the newest original TV series from WKAR.

Duckett, a Kalamazoo native, was the lead running back for the Spartans from 1999-2001. During MSU's 2001 victory over Michigan, he caught the winning touchdown pass from Jeff Smoker as time expired to upset the Wolverines 26-24. As a junior, Duckett earned second-team All-Big Ten Conference honors and in his senior year he started every game. He is the fifth all-time leading rusher for the Spartans and his 29 touchdowns are sixth best in MSU history.

He was drafted by the Atlanta Falcons in the first round of the 2002 NFL Draft. He was traded in 2006 to the Washington Redskins. A year later, he signed with the Detroit Lions and returned to his home state. His NFL career ended in Seattle where he played for the Seahawks as a short-yardage back from March 2008 to August 2009.

TJ-Duckett2After the NFL, Duckett went down an entirely new career path and co-founded New World Flood, a Michigan nonprofit organization that provides a forum for which young citizens promote community service and giving around the world.

Then in 2011, he founded Duckett Enterprises, the mission of which is to build successful businesses that have a true impact on the community by providing goods, products and services customers enjoy while at the same time pouring back into the community.

The public is invited to be in the live studio audience when the Duckett episode of "Current Sports" is recorded at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 20, in WKAR-TV Studio F. You can reserve seats for free through the WKAR website or arrive at 6 p.m. for available standby seating.

The show will air Thursday, Nov. 21, at 10 p.m. on WKAR-TV and will be available for online viewing on the WKAR website following the broadcast.

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