Former Vanderbilt quarterback Jordan Rodgers is joining SEC Network, ESPN’s television channel devoted to the Southeastern Conference, this fall. He will provide college football commentary as a studio analyst.
“We began planning for the upcoming college football season in February and Jordan was one of our first calls,” said ESPN Senior Vice President Stephanie Druley. “He had a unique perspective as a quarterback at Vanderbilt University and we were immediately impressed with his intelligence and passion for the game.”
Rodgers played at Vanderbilt from 2010-2012 and was the first quarterback in team history to make back-to-back postseason bowl appearances.
“I’ve devoted my life to football,” Rodgers said. “I was never the most talented player on the field. I had to work hard for it and sharing those experiences and that knowledge is my new focus.”
Jordan is most recently known for his participation in ABC’s The Bachelorette.
“We first interviewed Jordan in March and he auditioned in May, before The Bachelorette had begun airing,” Druley said. “We were struck by the clarity of his thought and strong, thoughtful opinion on the many layers of college football.”
His first day on the job is scheduled for Aug. 23 on SEC Network’s sports news and information show, SEC Now.
“I’ve spent the summer studying in preparation for the football season,” Rodgers said. “Part of the job is based on personal experience, but knowing the rosters, stats and dynamics of 14 teams and their opponents every week is the work aspect.”
Rodgers joins a studio talent line-up that includes Heisman winner Tim Tebow, two-time Super Bowl champion Booger McFarland, national championship-winning quarterback Greg McElroy, national championship-winning lineman at LSU and Dallas Cowboys Marcus Spears, as well as hosts Dari Nowkhah, Peter Burns, Laura Rutledge and Paul Finebaum.