Jeff Magnia has been a lifelong student of the game doing literally everything you can do on a football field that is possible. From helping running chains to being the GM of a championship football team.
His first involvement was watching the Dallas Cowboys as a youth, reading the stats learning the strength’s and weaknesses of a team through the numbers. He played two seasons of football at the junior high level at Patti Welder Junior High School. Then went to Stroman High School and was a student trainer. This was done for 6 years. All four of his high school years and two years at the collegiate level. He attended Blinn College and Texas A&M-Kingsville in the early 90’s. He took a break and graduated with an Associates in Computer Programming from Victoria College and a BAAS in Business Management from the University of Houston- Victoria in 2007.
After college in the 90’s, he started a family and wanted his children involved in the game. He coached youth football for a couple of seasons then took over as the league president in 2006, learning the business end of the game at that level. At the time that he took over, there were 350 plus kids. After his tenure, over 1,000 children were participating either on the field as a player or on the sidelines as a cheerleader. After that, he helped with 7-on-7 football at Memorial High School with David Hartman, the head coach and who was also the youth league VP.
In 2010, he helped create and run the Victoria Red Rage amateur football team as their GM. The Red Rage went as far as the conference championship game losing to the Cuero Adult Gobblers, the South Texas Amateur Football League champs. In 2011, Magnia teamed up with Anthony Warren and former NFL player Priest Holmes to create the Golden Crescent Raiders. He scouted the talent, while they took care of the business side. During those years, he had the players over to his house to watch game film breaking it down for the next game. This became a weekly ritual.
After 2011’s season, he merged the Raiders with Rudy Guzman’s Victoria Texans. Prior to their first season, he also spent some time learning how to broadcast with Jeff Power of FoxSports Southwest.
In 2012, he began writing for a website called, The Landry Hat. From there, Magnia wrote for a site called Cover32 and became it’s managing editor for the Dallas Cowboys section. During that time, he was able to interview former Dallas Cowboy players that include Drew Pearson, Ed “Too Tall” Jones, Billy Joe Dupree, and others.
In 2013, the Texans won the league championship, state championship, and named 2A team of the year. During the seasons with the Texans, he began broadcasting their games online as well as becoming the Director of the Southwest Region and Vice President of Amateur Football Digest, which was a national website that covered amateur football. St Joseph Alumni Gerald Sanchez helped in making the broadcast a reality using his service as a platform.
In 2014, he retired from the Victoria Texans and began his own blogsite called Blue32, a site writing about the Cowboys. In 2016, Amateur Football Digest creator and President Mark A. Trueblood nominated Magnia and had his induction accepted in the Minor League Football Hall of Fame for his work as a GM, broadcaster, and journalist.
In 2017, he was hired by Town Square Media as the analyst and play by play announcer for the St Joseph Flyers. He has since ceased writing to concentrate on his broadcast.
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