Just days after announcing he was retiring from the NFL, former Alabama quarterback and 2010 BCS National Champion Greg McElroy, revealed his new career plans. He's joining ESPN as a college football analyst for SEC Network.
McElroy joins analysts Jesse Palmer and Tim Tebow along with commentators Paul Finebaum, Brent Musburger and Joe Tessitore on a growing roster of experts contributing to the network's coverage. The current analyst line-up collectively represents four SEC Football Championship wins, with McElroy and Tebow winning MVP in back to back years (2008, 2009).
"I am thrilled to be joining the ESPN family. College football has always been one of my greatest passions, and I am tremendously grateful for the opportunity to take part in the launch of the SEC Network," said McElroy in a statement released Monday by ESPN. "The SEC provided me with five of the best years of my life, and the fact I will be able to cover its 14 outstanding universities was extremely appealing and exciting!"
McElroy helped lead the Crimson Tide to a BCS and SEC Championship and was named 2010 ESPN/CoSIDA Academic All-American of the Year and first-team Academic All-American. He was drafted into the NFL by the New York Jets in 2011. He later signed with the Cincinnati Bengals' practice squad before announcing his retirement last week.
"Greg was an integral member in what has been a dynasty of success at Alabama under Coach Nick Saban over the last decade. The personal understanding he has of the teams we will cover every week allows a perspective unavailable on any other network," said Stephanie Druley, ESPN vice president, production, college sports.
The SEC Network will air 45 college football games next year, in addition to an array of daily studio shows providing in-depth commentary on all 14 SEC teams.
The SEC Network launches on August 14.
INFORMATION SOURCE: ESPN
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