Gorvetzian Speaker Series Welcomes Sports Communicator and Former NFL Player to Campus on April 10

John Booty ’98, the 2024 guest for the Gorvetzian Family Speaker Series

TCU’s Department of Communication Studies is proud to welcome alumnus John Booty ’98 to campus as its guest for the 2024 Gorvetzian Family Speaker Series for Communication Studies.

Booty majored in communication studies and played football for TCU in the late 1980s. After his TCU career, he was drafted by the New York Jets. Booty played safety in the National Football League (NFL) for eight seasons with the Jets, Philadelphia Eagles and several other teams. When he retired from the NFL, he took an interest in personal fitness and broadcast. Booty now co-hosts the podcast “You’re Gonna Know,” covering the Washington Commanders team, organizes the Congressional Flag Football Game for charity and serves as a consultant for the National Football Legends organization. He has also worked as an NFL analyst for a variety of radio and television outlets.

When asked why he chose speech communication as his major, Booty said he was motivated as a student-athlete who wanted to learn to communicate better.

“Athletes were instructed to for media presentations,” explains Booty. “I was shy and afraid of public speaking, so I wanted to learn how to communicate with others. I was Carthage High School TV Production Co Award Winner of the year, and since then, I wanted to see how I could continue in that field.”

Hear more about his life and his career in communication at the keynote address at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 10 in Moudy North 141.

The Gorvetzian Family Speaker Series was established in the Bob Schieffer College of Communication through the generosity of TCU parents Lori and Ken Gorvetzian in the spring of 2013. The inaugural event occurred in the spring of 2014. Learn more about last year’s speaker, Tracy Reneé Williams ’04 (’08 M.S.).