Joel Klatt Bio: Records, Wife, Draft & NFL

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Football is one of the best sports globally, and Joel Klatt is considered one of the most powerful players among all others. It’s a fact that Joel is not an all-time player; however, his team was able to win different championships with his skills.

Coming from a sports family, Joel was always coached by his father from an early age which became the base for his flourishing career.

Besides football and baseball, Joel is equally engaged in building up his broadcasting career.

Klatt Posing on Ground
Joel Klatt Posing on ground

My lifestyle wasn’t great in baseball, and I’m much happier now. After spending three years in the minors, getting a chance to play at Colorado was a dream come true for me.

Quick Facts

Full Name Joel Klatt 
Birth Date February 4, 1982
Birthplace Arvada, Colorado, United States
Age 42 years old
Nickname Joel
Nationality American
Horoscope Aquarius
Height 6’1″(1.85m)
Weight 180 lb(82 kg)
Father Name Gary Klatt
Mother Name Unknown
Siblings Yes (1 Brother)
Education Pomona High School
University of Colorado Boulder
  • Baseball player
  • Football player
  • Commentator 
  • San Diego Padres
  • Detroit Lions
  • Fox Sports
Current Affiliation NFL 
Marital Status Married
Wife Sara Ordway
Kids Yes (3)
Net-Worth $1 Million – $5 Million
Social Media  Instagram, Twitter, Facebook
Merch Colorado Buffaloes Apparel
Last Update July, 2024

Joel Klatt | Early Life, Family, and Education

Joel was born on February 4, 1982, somewhere in Arvada, Colorado, United States. He is the son of proud parents, Gary Klatt.

Sadly the information regarding his mother is still unknown at the moment. When talking about siblings, he has a brother named Jason Klatt, who is now a baseball coach at Mead High in Colorado.

Klatt’s father, Gary, worked as a baseball head coach at the Pomona High School in Arvada, Colorado.

So during the early days or, let’s say, childhood period, Joel learned baseball from his father. 

Coming to the academic records of the commentator, he attended Pomona High School in Arvada, Colorado, for his high school degree.

Upon completing a successful high school degree, Klatt joined the University of Colorado Boulder, where he studied for a B.A. in economics.

Besides learning during his school and college, he showed much interest in sports activities.

Although not many details are available on how Joel spent his childhood, we can predict that he grew up creating beautiful memories with his family.

Joel Klatt | Age, Height, and Personality

As of 2024, Joel is 42 years old. According to the horoscope charts, he belongs to the sun Aquarius sign.

And from what people say, they are independent, intelligent, unique, and idealistic. So it seems that Klatt somehow matches his horoscope character.

Moving on, Joel possesses a dashing personality. In addition, he has an outstanding height of 6 ft 1 in (1.85m).

Similarly, Klatt weighs around 180 lb (82 kg) with regular physical exercise and balanced diet food. But, again, this is an average weight for a player like him. 

When talking about the physical appearance of Joel, he has blonde hair and a green pair of eyes. Sadly the information related to Klatt’s body measurements, shoe size, and tattoos (if any) is not available at the moment.

Not to mention, the baseball player belongs to American nationality with Caucasian ethnicity group. Likewise, the religion Joel follows is still unavailable. 

Joel Klatt | Professional Career

Early Career

Joel always showed a deep interest in baseball from a very young age in his life. As mentioned earlier, he was coached by his father, Gary.

During the early stage of his life helped to win the Jefferson County league championship with a 9-3 record.

Likewise, on his senior level, with a record of 6–5 with 78–125 passes, 1,250 yards, and 16 touchdowns record, he helped to earn second-team all-state honors.

After playing as a shortstop in baseball, Joel earned first-team all-state in his senior year, which also helped his team win the first runner in the state tournaments.

During the four years at his high school, Joel played football, basketball, and baseball.

For the 2000 Major League Baseball Amateur Draft, Klatt got drafted by San Diego Padres.

Moreover, after playing for Arizona League Padres, Joel led his team with 12 doubles and batted .209 with 1 H.R. and 15 RBIs. Later on, he moved to the University of Colorado to play in the big league.

College Career

After moving to the University of Colorado in his first year, he played in 3 games against Missouri and Iowa State. Klatt played in the Quarterback position the following year, which helped him set 19 records and one tie.

Moreover, Klatt helped earn all Big 12 honors and Colorado’s John Mack Award.

During the game against Washington state game, he suffered from a sprained shoulder injury that led him to miss two games against Florida State and Baylor.

However, after returning from the injury, he set a record against Kansas with 38–54 with 419 yards.

Klatt Playing for Colorado
Klatt Playing for Colorado

Joel started the 2004 season with 12 games with a 192–334 for 2,065 yards and nine touchdowns. He continuously helped Colorado Boulder to win many titles, such as the Big 12 Conference North title.

Unfortunately, Joel’s college career came to an end in 2005. He was knocked out when Texas linebacker Drew Kelson was hitting him in the Big 12 Championship Game against Texas.

College Stats

Year Cmp Att Pct Yds Y/A AY/A TD Int Rate
Career 690 1128 61.2 7708 6.8 6.3 46 33 126.2


  • Alamo Bowl Champion in 2002
  • Champs Sports Bowl Winner in 2005

Football Career

For the 2006 NFL Draft, Joel was not drafted; however, he attended the mini camps of the Detroit Lions and New Orleans Saints.

Luckily, Joel signed the contract with New Orleans right after the mini camps. But he was released from the Saints after 11 days of signing contracts on June 2, 2006.

Broadcasting Career

Joel started his broadcasting career in 2006 after he worked as an analyst on Friday night high school football games for the FSN Rocky Mountain sports network.

After that, he worked as a studio host on the Fox Sports Southwest for the Saturday college football coverage.

Klatt Jersey No 14
Klatt Jersey No. 14

Klatt continued his successful career in broadcasting and became a color analyst for Fox Sports Net in 2009.

After that, he worked for Colorado Rockies and Root Sports Rocky Mountain. Klatt started hosting a series of sports radio shows from 2007 to 2012 in the Denver area.

While working with the Denver area, he hosted a program on an FM Station 104.3 from 2011 to 12. In August 2013, Klatt joined Fox Sports (FS1), where he spent two years.

Also, after joining Fox’s broadcast network, he spent two years there, where he worked as a full-time studio analyst for the college football coverage.

For the 2015-16 season, Joel worked as a digital host for the U.S.Championships. He also served as Curt Menefee’s color analyst on telecasts of the XFL. Joel also appears as a guest commentator on various sports network channels.

Klatt has appeared as a guest commentator on WJOX-FM, The Ticket 1310-AM, and 96.7-FM. Likewise, Joel is also seen hosting the college football season for FOX Big Noon Saturday alongside Gus Johnson.

As of 2017, the American broadcaster hosted a weekly podcast Breaking the Huddle with Joel Klatt, produced by Cadence13 and sponsored by Dr. Pepper.

Furthermore, he has worked with prominent broadcasters like Colin Cowherd. The two have talked about college football, their potential, and head coaches on The Herd with Colin Cowherd

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Joel Klatt | Wedding, Wife, and Kids

Many renowned personalities have some sort of love triangle in their life. Most have successful love and married life, whereas some end in disaster due to different misunderstandings. 

However, the renowned commenter, Joel, is a happily married man. He married his long-time girlfriend, Sara Ordway.

The couple tied the knot in May 2005. They are often seen roaming around the different parts of countries and spending the best part of their life.

Klatt with his Wife and Kids
Klatt with his wife and kids

After a few years of marriage, the couple is blessed with three sons together. However, the Klatt couple has not revealed the names and status of their children.

It is said that Klatt enjoys playing golf and spending quality time with his wife and son.

In general, Katt lives together with his wife and sons, and there are no rumors of divorce or separation in-between the Katt couple.

Joel Klatt | Net Worth, Salary, and Personal Assets

There is self-evidence that Joel earns quite a satisfying amount of money from his professional career. From a baseball, football, and broadcasting career, Klatt has successfully accumulated good net worth.

As of 2024, Joel’s Net Worth is estimated to be around $1 Million – $5 Million.

Klatt’s net worth and income source have been increasing rapidly in the past few years. All the wealth amount has been made primarily through his football player and broadcasting career.

According to different sources, Joel’s annual salary is around $42,153-$109,815. When talking about the personal assets of the broadcaster, he has owned a house in Manhattan Beach, California, U.S., but he sold the house for $1.7 Million.

Besides that, Joel is quite a happy person and is seen spending holidays in different countries. But the information regarding personal assets of Klatt’s personal assets, bank balance, etc., is not available at the moment.

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Joel Klatt | Social Media Presence

As a media personality, Joel is exposed to a wide number of audiences. He has millions of fan following worldwide who await to see his broadcasting news on T.V.s.

Also, being a commentator is making it easy to increase social profiles as well for Klatt. At present, he is active on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.

On Instagram, Klatt is available as joel_klatt making 28.6K followers. Likewise, he has made around 170 posts on Instagram.

Most of his posts are related to his personal career. However, Joel also shares snaps of his wife and sons on Instagram.

Klatt is active on Twitter as @joelklatt, which he joined in March 2011. He has shared around 19.4k tweets on Twitter and has around 233.5k followers. 

You can find the former NFL player’s rankings of other footballers on his Twitter handle. 

Moreover, the commentator is also available on Facebook with 18k followers. He mostly shares posts related to his professional career on Facebook.

Some FAQs

What was Joel Klatt’s jersey number?

Joel wore jersey number 14.

Where can I watch Joek Klatt’s mock draft?

You can watch Joel Klatt’s mock draft on Fox Sports.

How did Joel Klatt spark Ohio State vs. Oregon Debate?

The Oregon Ducks recently beat the Ohio State Buckeyes. However, moving on, the Ducks lost to the Stanford Cardinals. 

So, Klatt asked through Twitter whether the Ducks’ win against the Buckeyes should matter more than their loss to the Cardinals. This resulted in many fans chiming in to give their opinions on which team is better and who could beat who. 

What happened to Joel?

When playing for the Washington State game championship, Joel suffered from a sprained shoulder injury. 

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