Ambassador Jalen Rose

The NBRPA announced the appointment of former NBA and collegiate standout and current ESPN/ABC analyst Jalen Rose as the organization’s official ambassador in 2014. In his role, Rose works with the NBRPA in shaping its programming to assist former players in life after basketball and serve communities. Rose also serves as an official spokesperson for the organization and helps introduce the organization and its benefits to other former players.


“It is truly an honor to serve as an Ambassador for the NBRPA,” Rose said. “Their mission is near and dear to my heart, as I know how difficult transitioning from the playing court into life after basketball can be for many former athletes. My diligence early on put me on the path I've been blessed with today and I'm eager to help others achieve that same level of success with support from NBRPA.”

Rose is someone who has continued to maintain a high profile post-retirement after a star-studded 13-year NBA career. Long known for his post-game quotes and great relationship with the media, Rose continues to show versatility in the broadcast booth, in the entertainment world and as a philanthropist in life after the game. As a broadcaster, he is a lead NBA voice for ESPN/ABC and regularly appears on the network’s flagship show NBA Countdown.

As a philanthropist, Rose established the Jalen Rose Foundation/Charitable Fund to create life-changing opportunities for underserved youth through the development of unique programs and the distribution of grants to qualified nonprofit organizations. Rose’s most substantial outreach initiative to date is the establishment of the Jalen Rose Leadership Academy (JRLA). The Academy opened its doors in September 2011 and is an open enrollment, tuition free, public charter high school on the Northwest side of Detroit.

Rose was born and raised in Detroit, where he attended Southwestern High School and the University of Michigan. In college he was part of the legendary “Fab Five,” where he and his teammates revolutionized the sport of basketball on the court and off by wearing baggy uniform shorts, black socks and black shoes. The first team in Final Four history to ever start five freshmen, Rose helped lead the Wolverines to back-to-back NCAA Championship game appearances. In 1994, Rose was drafted in the first round by the Denver Nuggets. Notable highlights from his 13-year NBA career include winning the NBA’s “Most Improved Player” and “Player of the Week” awards in 2000 and “Eastern Conference Player of the Week” accolades in 2005. As a member of the Indiana Pacers, his team appeared in three straight Eastern Conference Finals, including a trip to the NBA Finals in 2000. In 2003, he was honored with the Professional Basketball Writers Association Magic Johnson Award.

While many basketball stars make the transition to the small screen after they hang up their sneakers, Rose made the bold leap in the midst of his NBA career in 2002 – becoming a multi-faceted reporter for “BET Mad Sports” and an on-air personality for Fox Sports Net’s famed “Best Damn Sports Show Period.” Working with the “Best Damn Sports Show Period” for six years, the budding broadcast star developed his own lifestyle-oriented “Jammin’ with Jalen” segment. Shortly after retiring from basketball in 2007, Rose – a mass communications major at U of M who ultimately earned his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Maryland University College – went full-throttle pursuing his passion in the multi-media, sports and entertainment world, signing with ESPN/ABC as an analyst.