Dec 2, 2012; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Greg McElroy (14) celebrates the 7-6 win over the Arizona Cardinals at Metlife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports

Greg McElroy hired by SEC Network as college football analyst


It was just a few days ago that Greg McElroy retired from the NFL, where he had been serving as a reserve quarterback for the New York Jets, but he has already found a new gig to pay the bills.

It was announced on Monday morning that the SEC Network has decided to hire the former Alabama quarterback and national champion as a college football analyst.

“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 press release.

“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 joins former NFL and Florida stars Jesse Palmer and Tim Tebow as the college football team for the network.

“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.

“His intelligence, experience and first hand playing knowledge of playing in the conference on the biggest national stage will be an incredible asset to the fans.”

There was some belief after he called it quits on his playing career that McElroy could turn to coaching, but now he has the opportunity to continue his career in football by informing viewers about the sport.

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