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Robert Griffin III is about to embark on a new career in broadcasting. ESPN announced on Thursday that Griffin is joining the network as a college football and NFL analyst. He'll call a weekly ESPN/ABC college football game, and also contribute to coverage of the College Football Playoff, the Super Bowl and more.
In a statement released by ESPN, Griffin expressed excitement about being able to bring viewers his perspective and knowledge about the NFL and college football.
“College football has always been an integral part of my life, first as a kid watching it, then as a young man playing it,” said Griffin III. “Some of my greatest sports memories come from my collegiate days surrounded by the pageantry, the traditions and the passion of the fans. College football is life changing for many and I will always look back on my time playing it with tremendous gratitude.
Griffin III added: “Knowing how much the game of football helps shape lives, and understanding the aspects of the commitment it entails, is why I am thrilled to have the opportunity to join ESPN for both college and NFL programming. I look forward to being around the players, coaches and fans while providing unique insight to bring the game to life for the viewers.”
Griffin may still want to play
Griffin, 31, has spent the past three seasons with the Baltimore Ravens, backing up Lamar Jackson. He started two games in those three seasons and appeared in 14. That's decent backup work, and he still reportedly wants to play if he gets the chance. According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, Griffin has an out in his contract in case that situation should arise.
It's possible that it could. He's a quarterback with seven years of league experience, a former Heisman Trophy winner and the the 2012 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year. Griffin could still bring something valuable to a team as a second or third stringer. But considering the excellent notices he has received as a broadcaster, it's unclear what kind of offer would compel him to leave. If he's waiting for a team to offer him a QB1 spot, that out clause probably isn't going to get used.
Griffin has bright future in broadcasting
If RG3 is ready to move fully into broadcasting, it seems like the industry is ready to welcome him with open arms. Andrew Marchand of the New York Post reported in June that ESPN and Fox Sports were "blown away" by Griffin's audition. Several sources even told Marchand that Griffin's was "among the top tryouts they have ever viewed."
That "all-time" audition reportedly set off a bidding war between ESPN and Fox Sports, a fight that ESPN won.
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