Editor’s note: Welcome to Off Camera with. . ., a Front Row series that introduces you to some of the studio anchors who have recently joined ESPN. Today, we meet Jorge Andres, a studio host and SportsCenter anchor who joined ESPN in November 2011.
Something we don’t know about you: I’m in the process of getting certified to be a sky diving jumper. I’m basically the guy who jumps with you on your first time. I started jumping because one of my good friends was a certified jumper for the Army and now just does it for fun in Warrenton, Va. I’ve only jumped a handful of times so far, three to be exact. Since I jump back home in the D.C. area, my time frame to get certified has been a little longer than normal. But I plan to be certified come Summer 2014.
How did you choose your profession: When I was in college [George Mason University], I realized I would not be a pro athlete, even though my body was trying to tell me that for years. I decided to do something that still had me around sports, and at the same time, allowed me to write creatively and be in front of the camera. I began writing for the school paper and anchoring TV shows for Mason Cable News.
Hidden talent: I was in a rock band [in Springfield, Va.] and I played the drum set. I was in a band in high school and that spilled over for a hot second in college. Our name was “The Noise Heard Up The Street.” Embarrassing teenage rock star dreams.
Favorite team/sports moments: The Redskins parade in Washington, D.C., after winning the Super Bowl after the 1991 season, along with the last Redskins game at RFK Stadium where people ran onto the field and tore off chunks of the field. I was there and was tearing chunks out. My dad thought we were going to jail.
One book everyone should read: [Good Morning America host, former SportsCenter anchor] Robin Roberts’ “From the Heart: Seven Rules To Live By” is one of the greatest and most inspirational books I’ve read.
Favorite quote: “I always turn to the sports section first. The sports page records people’s accomplishments; the front page has nothing but man’s failures.” – Earl Warren, 14th Chief Justice of the Supreme Court