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The 5 Worst Former NFL Players Turned Analysts

Nick KostoraContributor IIIJanuary 13, 2017

The 5 Worst Former NFL Players Turned Analysts

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    Some NFL players are able to make a smooth and seamless transition into becoming a television analyst.

    Others are hard to watch, struggle to articulate and prove to have a lack of knowledge about the sport they played.

    This list focuses on the latter and includes everything from Hall of Famers to guys that have played and coached.

    Let's take a look at the five worst NFL players turned analysts and hope to get some of these guys off of our TV screens sooner rather than later.

5. Jerry Rice

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    Jerry Rice is commonly referred to as the G.O.A.T. (Greatest of All Time) for his work at the wide receiver position.

    Unfortunately for Rice, ESPN and viewing audiences everywhere his skill did not translate to television.

    The former San Francisco 49ers star stumbles over words and struggles to make clear and concise points.

    Unlike other men on this list he does at least seem to have insight he is trying to communicate, Rice just cannot seem to get that knowledge across to an audience.

4. Shannon Sharpe

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    Shannon Sharpe is hard to understand as an analyst for CBS.

    He does not add any real gravity or intricate knowledge to the pregame panel, but rather is usually used as comic relief.

    At one point he even put a paper bag over his head for a segment.

    Sharpe may be the most entertaining member of the CBS crew but it is for all the wrong reasons.

    No one is turning on the television to hear the wisdom of Shannon Sharpe.

    No one.

3. Herm Edwards

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    Herm Edwards is loud, emotional and sometimes fun to watch as an ESPN analyst because he is so unpredictable.

    Yet, he too often makes head-scratching arguments or completely goes off the designated topic.

    Edwards speaks his mind all the time and should be commended for that, but listening to him yell can grow tiresome quickly.

    His mannerisms and cadences get annoying fast and Edwards wears out his welcome to viewers.

2. Emmitt Smith

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    Where do we even begin with Emmitt Smith?

    His career with ESPN was thankfully short but noteworthy all the same.

    The problem with Smith is that on camera he messes up almost every sentence he attempts to speak.

    Smith cannot enunciate properly, speak clearly or make points that enhance the viewers' knowledge of the game of football.

    He looks confused on camera and too often looks to other panelists to bail him out when he gets lost.

1. Warren Sapp

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    The NFL Network and Warren Sapp will likely part ways, according to reports in April (via ProFootballTalk).

    Thank goodness.

    Sapp was brash, rude and often had little to say about the actual game of football.

    When he wasn't viciously shaking his head from side to side, he was piggybacking off of comments made by Marshall Faulk.

    His false report of Jeremy Shockey being the "rat" in the New Orleans Saints bounty scandal only further proved that he was not cut out for journalism to any degree.

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