Former NFL Star QB Donovan McNabb Reportedly Joining NFL Network

Gabe Zaldivar@gabezalPop Culture Lead WriterSeptember 5, 2012

You will not get a chance to see Donovan McNabb under center anymore. However, you will get to see a great deal more of him during the football season, as he is set to join the NFL Network. 

The former Eagles quarterback leaves one career and embarks on an altogether different one as an analyst for the still-burgeoning network. 

TMZ reports the star who last played with the Minnesota Vikings in the 2011 season has accepted a role with the NFL Network. 

TMZ has learned the quarterback has inked a deal to join the NFL Network as a broadcaster. 

TMZ spoke with McNabb's rep Mark Lepselter who confirms McNabb has officially signed on ... adding, "He is going to be a part of their 'Playbook' show, as well as other platforms on the network."

We're told McNabb will tape the show in both New Jersey and Los Angeles.

The Philadelphia Inquirer also reports McNabb will be joining the game-tape intensive show Playbook, which also features Sterling Sharpe and Brian Baldinger and airs its NFC editions at 8 p.m. Fridays, with its AFC edition following at 9 p.m.

As with any release of this nature, McNabb states he is completely committed to the task at hand. While he is looking at other ventures off the field like business and real estate, per the TMZ report, he is 100 percent engaged to being the best analyst he can be. 

We like to think he will make a fine addition to the coverage.

He has always been engaging and likable on screen during interviews and has no doubt amassed a wealth of knowledge from a 13-year career in which he dominated in Philadelphia and then spent a year apiece in Washington and Minnesota to close his prolific career. 

Through it all, the man garnered over 37,000 yards passing and 234 touchdowns, but it's all wiped clean as he begins anew. 

He enters a new career as a studio analyst with one thing being clear. It will be tough to follow the job he did as an NFL quarterback. 

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