New Orleans-based Fox Sports reporter Jennifer Hale just finished up her fourth season as a sideline reporter for Fox Sports. Hale made the transition from news to sports in 2011 for Fox-8 in New Orleans and also nationally with the Fox Network, and in short time she has become one of the elite female sports reporters in the country.
Jen is also the sideline reporter for the New Orleans Pelicans and she took some time off of her busy schedule to give her comments on the best offensive and defensive players she has witnessed in 2014.
"The best offensive player I covered this year is hands down Aaron Rodgers with the Packers, " Hale said. "Not only is he unbelievably accurate even deep down the field, but he is also a great leader for his team and they rally around him. He fought through some adversity late, like the ankle/calf injury and he sustained that injury in the game I covered against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Just a true competitor. What sticks out about him is that in the game today with Tom Brady, Peyton Manning, certainly Drew Brees and Joe Flacco they are pocket-style quarterbacks, but with Rodgers it is his ability to maneuver around the pocket so well and throw off the run with great accuracy. He is a pocket style passer, but he also throws the ball so well on the move and it is amazing. He extends plays and his receivers like Jordy Nelson, Randall Cobb and Davante Adams make so many big plays downfield due to his improvisational skills."
"On defense no question it is J.J. Watt with the Houston Texans. I can't imagine him not winning the Defensive Player of the Year award with everything he has done this season. It certainly was a historic season for him because this season he became the only player in NFL history to record 20 or more quarterback sacks in separate seasons. He's exciting to watch and on both sides of the ball. He has scored this season in virtually every way from causing a safety, running back an interception and he showed off some of his skills earlier in his football career as a tight end by catching a touchdown pass."