Meet Jenny Taft, FOX Sports World Cup host who is daughter of an Olympic hockey star and married to ex-NHL player

JENNY TAFT is putting college football on hold to go global this fall.

The FOX Sports reporter, 35, will be an integral part of the channel’s World Cup soccer coverage in Qatar.

Jenny Taft is a familiar face to FOX Sport viewers

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Jenny Taft is a familiar face to FOX Sport viewersCredit: Instagram @jennytaft
The Minnesota native has been on our screens since 2011

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The Minnesota native has been on our screens since 2011Credit: Instagram @jennytaft
She will be heavily involved at the World Cup

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She will be heavily involved at the World CupCredit: Instagram @jennytaft

Taft – known as ‘The All-American Girl’ by her colleagues – has been a regular on our screens for over a decade.

Born in Edina, Minnesota, Taft attended Boston University where she was a star on the lacrosse team.

She majored in Broadcast Journalism and graduated in 2010, joining FOX just a year later.

Taft worked as a sideline reporter for the Minnesota Lynx of the WNBA, eventually earning a promotion to FS1’s news and highlights update team.

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Her career has gone from strength to strength since, with Taft elevated to lead college football sideline reporter in 2017.

A huge soccer fan, she’s been heavily involved in FOX’s coverage for the men’s and women’s World Cup.

Taft will be front and center in Qatar this fall as the USMNT makes its first appearance at a finals since 2014.

Away from work, she has a true sporting pedigree and is the daughter of John Taft, a former professional ice hockey defenseman.

John was a member of Team USA’s 1976 Winter Olympic roster, but missed out on a medal after the US finished fifth in the table.

He was also a two-time NCAA champion for the University of Wisconsin hockey team.

Taft married ex-NHL player Matt Gilroy in 2015 and the pair share one child together.

Gilroy also attended college in Boston and was a member of the 2018 US Men’s Olympic Hockey Team in South Korea.

The pair welcomed daughter Gigi to the world this March.

And Taft was delighted to let her army of 200k Instagram followers know the good news.

She wrote: “Feeling so lucky and blessed!

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“Gigi has not officially decided on her favorite college football team, will report back when she makes her decision!”

You can catch Jenny on FOX and FS1 throughout the Qatar World Cup, before she returns to your screens for the remainder of the college football season.

Taft has over 200k followers on Instagram

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Taft has over 200k followers on InstagramCredit: Instagram @jennytaft
Jenny and her husband Matt Gilroy married in 2015

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Jenny and her husband Matt Gilroy married in 2015Credit: Instagram @jennytaft

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