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What Happened to Jacob Hester and Where is He Now?
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The fullback is the heart and soul of a football team. Everyone knows the low man wins, and when it’s a short-yardage situation, you can expect the hefty back to find the gap at the feet of his lineman to move the chains.

Those situations are a reward for a fullback’s bread and butter: blocking. There is nothing more sacred in football than opening up a hole for the ball carrier.

Former LSU fullback Jacob Hester relished at this opportunity. By the time he was an upperclassmen, Hester was the one doing the ball carrying.

Jacob Hester’s Football Career

Jacob Hester graduated from Evangel Christian Academy in Shreveport, Louisiana in 2004. The high school standout stayed in-state to play for head coach Les Miles and the LSU Tigers.

Hester saw action on both offense and special teams in his first three years in Baton Rouge, with his role growing as the years went on.

By the time he was a senior, Hester was a team captain and the primary running back of LSU’s five-man backfield. He racked up 1,103 yards on the ground on 225 attempts and scored 12 touchdowns.

His prize moment was converting two fourth downs and running in the game-winning TD against ninth-ranked Florida. The Tigers went on to beat Tennessee in the SEC Championship Game and take down Ohio State in the BCS National Championship Game to secure the third title in program history.

Hester had 21 carries for 86 yards and a touchdown in the championship game and earned Second-Team All-SEC Honors.

The star back was selected by the San Diego Chargers with the sixth pick of the third round (69th overall) in the 2008 NFL Draft. After a five-year NFL career with the Chargers and Denver Broncos, Hester turned down a contract with the New Orleans Saints in 2014 and officially retired from football.

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He’s found a refreshed career as a media member.

Jacob Hester Now

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Hester jumped at the opportunity to be a part of Cox Sports Television’s LSU pre-game and post-game coverage.

As the college football season only runs for a portion of the year, Hester hops on the airwaves as a host of SiriusXM’s SEC Radio and is a member of his alma mater’s social media department.

In his role at LSU, he puts out content such as breaking down film with current players.

The former football player used to co-host the three-hour midday radio show “Hangin’ with Hester and Hanny” with Charles Hanagriff on ESPN Radio’s Baton Rogue affiliate.

In February 2021, Guaranty Media announced that Hester will replace Jordy Culotta as co-host of “Off the Bench” alongside  T-Bob Hebert. The show airs from 7-10 a.m. CST on weekdays.

On the homefront, No. 18 is married with four children.

Hester gave his heart, sweat, and tears to LSU football. Now, he gets to talk about the program he loves so much for a living.

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Joe Grobeck About the author:
Joe is a graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and lives in Austin, Texas. He believes Ndaumkong Suh should've won the 2009 Heisman and is an avid basketball fan.
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