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Jon Nelson has been a television journalist for twenty-five years based in Atlanta. He was graduated from Lakeside High School in Atlanta and Florida State University with a Bachelor's of Science degree in Political Science. His television career has given him the opportunity to cover as varied events as Super Bowls, World Series, All-Star Games, Summer Olympiads, the Masters, the US Open, Grey Cups, and even political conventions. He has also covered high school athletics for Georgia Public Broadcasting for twenty-one years as a host and correspondent for its high school coverage- including the “Football Fridays in Georgia” game of the week and the GHSA football and basketball championships.

He is also the author of five books about high school and college football in the southeast: “Backroads and Backfields” “100 Things Georgia Football Fans Should Know And Do Before They Die” “Peach State Pigskin: A History of High School Football in Georgia” “A History of College Football in Georgia” and “Above Ground: The Gene Jelks Story”. He has other books and manuscripts in planning stages for 2016. He lives in suburban Atlanta with his far-more-pretty wife, Patty, and his two furry children- a Pekingese named Trooper and a cat that acts more like a dog, Trouble.

Recent Blog Posts

The McEachern Indians spend quality time on the field in preparation for Saturday's contest against the Brookwood Broncos.

Football Season Begins With A Bang

Is it just me or is everyone else just as excited as I am that the regular season is here this week already…??? With the first official weekend of the season ending with the Corky Kell Classic this...

Camden County Wildcats Battle Through On And Off-The-Field Losses, Colquitt County Region Schedule Forces Philosophical Change

This is the last weekend for scrimmages (should schools choose to use them--since some schools actually don't use scrimmages to keep their team healthy all season long...) but we've already had some...

A Football Hungry Town: Coach Rance Gillespie on Valdosta's Love For The Game

The Valdosta Wildcats are known for playing amongst some of the most dedicated high school football fans in Georgia. Even considering the years of experience Head Coach Rance Gillespie has within the...

Born and Raised on Brooks County Football

The Brooks County Trojan family has endured a lot this summer, as three of their athletes were lost in a tragic car accident. But I can't think of a head football coach better suited to lead the rest...

A Point of Pride: Jim Dickerson Talks Clinch County Football

No "Southern Swing" tour is complete without a Clinch County visit. Head Coach Jim Dickerson told me that football is nothing short of a staple for the people of Homerville. Watch the video below to...

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