WHERE ARE THEY NOW?
Jadon Dailey, 2007
What he did: Dailey was the senior starting center on the Broncos team that dominated on the ground during the season and beat Oklahoma to cap an undefeated season — and he celebrated with a snow angel in the end zone.
Where he is now: Dailey lives in Peoria, Ariz., with his wife, Nicole. He graduated with an MBA from Grand Canyon University in October and works as a client service associate at J.P. Morgan Private Bank.
He got his MBA to pursue leadership positions, likely in the financial field.
“I’ve always wanted to be a coach but was more concerned with trying to get a good career,” he said. “For me to be a leader in the corporate world would be a good transition from always wanting to be that coach in football.”
Dailey has to work on Wednesday, so he won’t be able to attend this year’s Fiesta Bowl. He worked the 2010 game as a radio sideline reporter on the Boise State broadcast (he was the radio analyst in 2008). He does expect to catch some of the game on TV at the office.
His top memories from the 2007 game involve the celebration after Ian Johnson’s game-winning two-point run.
“I tried to do the Lambeau (Leap),” he said. “I’m fat and only have a 2-inch vert. I didn’t know what else to do. Everyone else was celebrating with somebody else or doing something cool. So I dropped into a snow angel in the Oklahoma end zone. It’s a goofy thing to do, but I wasn’t very imaginative at that point.”
About the series: Each day leading up to the 2014 Fiesta Bowl, we’ll catch up with some of the key figures from Boise State’s 2007 and 2010 Fiesta Bowl championship teams.
These features will run each day in the newspaper through Dec. 30. I’ll put them online as blog posts with additional quotes that don’t make the newspaper version.
Also from Dailey:
— On the Broncos’ Fiesta Bowl berth this year: “I was excited. For those guys to get a chance to experience that type of atmosphere is awesome and a great learning experience personally and career-wise for them. I follow Boise State as much as I can. I’m extremely proud of those guys. I’m really happy for coach (Bryan) Harsin. Coach Harsin is probably the main reason why I went to Boise State, so to see them have success this early on is really gratifying.”
— Harsin recruited Arizona when Dailey was at Phoenix College. Dailey arrived in January 2005. “He was instrumental in convincing my mom,” Dailey said. “My mom thought he was a very handsome man, well spoken. She liked his honesty. I was an undersized, pudgy center, but I think he saw potential in me to be something better than that. I have a lot of respect, admiration, for coach Harsin in what he’s done for his career and also the man that he is.”
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