Todd Okerlund, the son of legendary WWE announcer Gene Okerlund, was an achieved athlete drafted into professional hockey and who later created a profession in promoting and on-line wrestling movies.
Gene Okerlund, who was generally known as “Imply Gene,” has died, WWE introduced on Twitter on January 2, 2019. “WWE is saddened to study that WWE Corridor of Famer Gene Okerlund, essentially the most recognizable interviewer in sports-entertainment historical past, has handed away at age 76,” the tweet learn. A reason for loss of life was not launched. Todd Okerlund is likely one of the two youngsters that Gene Okerlund had together with his spouse, Jeanne.
Right here’s what that you must find out about Gene Okerlund’s son:
1. Todd Okerlund Was a Professional Hockey Participant
Todd Okerlund was drafted by the New York Islanders to play professional hockey. In keeping with his profession stats web page, he performed proper wing and was born on September 6, 1964 in Burnsville, Minnesota. He stands 5 foot 11 inches tall and weighs 200 kilos.
You may see his profession statistics right here. A knee damage pressured him into retirement after only one skilled season, though he additionally performed for the College of Minnesota and Springfield Falcons.
He’s a member of the Burnsville Excessive Faculty Corridor of Fame who lettered eight instances, was captain of the 1980 state champion soccer staff and led his highschool hockey staff to its first state event. He was a member of the College of Minnesota Hockey staff.
2. Todd Okerlund Is a Father
A 2012 video story on Todd Okerlund within the Minneapolis Star-Tribune targeted, partly, on his pleasure of changing into a father to a younger boy. It even confirmed him altering diapers.
“Grandpa likes him. We don’t know if he’s going to be a broadcaster or announcer. However hopefully not contact sports activities…wrestling can be okay,” Todd Okerlund stated.
The story stated that Okerlund was a accomplice to Brady’s mother, who is known as Patricia.
3. He Competed within the Olympics
Todd Okerlund was a member of the 1988 U.S. Olympics staff, in keeping with the Star Tribune.
He performed on the U.S. Nationwide staff. You may see his Olympic statistics right here. He did rating a purpose throughout Olympics hockey play, the statistics reveal.
4. Todd Is a Businessman With an Advert Company
In keeping with the Star Tribune, Todd Okerlund began a website known as ClassicWrestling.com. It permits individuals to obtain and watch outdated, traditional wrestling occasions.
The about me part of that website reads, “From 1999 – 2003, Basic Wrestling produced a collection of Pay-Per-View occasions for OnDemand, DirecTV, Dish, and lots of others distribution shops. In 2004, Basic Wrestling added over 200 hours of videotape and movie property from what was generally known as the ‘Ron Martinez Library.’…In the present day, Basic Wrestling presents the celebs and legends of what was your mother or father’s, and your grandparents, skilled rasslin’. It’s bell time once more!”
He additionally ran an advert company known as Okerlund, Inc., the Star Tribune reported in 2012. His LinkedIn additionally says he works as a accomplice for a corporation that gives “Branded Foodservice to non-traditional channels within the US and Canada.”
His LinkedIn web page describes him as CEO of the promoting company, explaining, “Work with shopper advertising departments and ideas within the administration of promoting perform. Tasks embody growth of promoting plans, integrating advertising communications applications and analyzing the advertising combine to attain enterprise goals.”
5. Okerlund Has a Diploma in Journalism
In keeping with his LinkedIn web page, Todd Okerlund has a level in advertising and journalism from the College of Minnesota-Twin Cities. He graduated in 1987.
A suggestion on LinkedIn reads, “Joe is a prime notch television producer and has deep expertise and confirmed outcomes. Moreover Joe can do any video project on technique and inside price range to attain goals.”