Jon graduated from the University of Texas, El Paso, with a degree in Business. He was picked up by the Buffalo Bills as a free agent in 2003. He spent 14 seasons in the National Football League, playing for the Tennessee Titans, Philadelphia Eagles and the New Orleans Saints. Dorenbos' NFL career ended in 2017 due to a life-threatening heart condition. He hosted a television show with the Eagles and has won two Emmy Awards (2008 & 2015). He was awarded the ED Block Courage Award in 2008. The Ed Block Courage Award honors those National Football League players who exemplify commitments to the principles of sportsmanship and courage. This award is unique in that the recipients are selected solely by a vote of their teammates.