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Current NFL Players Who Will Make the Best TV Analysts One Day

Kraig LundbergAnalyst IIIJune 8, 2011

Current NFL Players Who Will Make the Best TV Analysts One Day

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    Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning talks with New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees at Veterans Memorial Stadium in Jackson, Mississippi on August 26, 2006. The Colts won 27-14. (Photo by A. Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
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    More and more often these days, you see former NFL stars becoming football analysts for SportsCenter, CBS/ABC/NBC Sports or the like.

    I guess when football runs in your blood, you just can't get away from it.

    Players such as Terry Bradshaw, Boomer Esiason, Troy Aikman, Emmitt Smith, Shannon Sharpe, Teddy Bruschi, Antonio Pierce, etc. have all been able to stay involved in their life sport by getting jobs as television analysts for the NFL, but with mixed results.

    Some, like Bradshaw, Esiason and Aikman, have had staying power, while others, such as Emmitt Smith, simply weren't cut out for a position that required articulate speaking in a high-pressure environment.

    Still others, like Sharpe, Bruschi and Pierce, have not been on been on television long enough to gauge their success.

    Assuming this infusion of former NFL talent into mainstream sports media continues, here are a few current NFL players who might one day make exceptional TV analysts.

    Source: NFL.com

Andre Johnson, WR, Houston Texans

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    HOUSTON, TX - DECEMBER 13:  Wide receiver Andre Johnson #80 of the Houston Texans during warm ups before playing the Baltimore Ravens at Reliant Stadium on December 13, 2010 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
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    One of the unofficial spokespersons for the franchise, it has been reported that the Texans star has recently talked to Nnamdi Asomugha about coming to play cornerback in Houston.

    Johnson has had a stand-out NFL career and would likely be a very popular television icon in football circles.

    A good speaker with a high football IQ, Johnson seems very comfortable in front of a camera and would do very well as an NFL analyst.

Ladainian Tomlinson, RB, New York Jets

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    FOXBORO, MA - JANUARY 16:  Running back LaDainian Tomlinson #21 of the New York Jets runs with the ball against the New England Patriots during their 2011 AFC divisional playoff game at Gillette Stadium on January 16, 2011 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.  (Pho
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    Widely considered one of the top running backs in NFL history, LaDainian Tomlinson would get by on fame alone as a TV analyst for awhile, much like Emmitt Smith.

    However, Tomlinson seems a lot more comfortable speaking in front of a camera.

    He has high football intelligence and would be very knowledgeable when talking about football-related topics.

Troy Polamalu, S, Pittsburgh Steelers

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    PITTSBURGH, PA - JANUARY 23:  Troy Polamalu #43 of the Pittsburgh Steelers celebrates their 24 to 19 win over the New York Jets in the 2011 AFC Championship game at Heinz Field on January 23, 2011 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty I
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    If you didn't know who Troy Polamalu was before his famous Head and Shoulders shampoo commercials, you do now if you are a TV watcher.

    Polamalu is a natural entertainer in front of the camera, and his trademark hair has become practically legendary.

    Viewers would love watching Polamalu talk football, and not just because of his ability to entertain.  He would be able to provide quality input in any football conversation.

Drew Brees, QB, New Orleans Saints

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    SEATTLE, WA - JANUARY 08:  Quarterback Drew Brees #9 of the New Orleans Saints looks on against the Seattle Seahawks during the 2011 NFC wild-card playoff game at Qwest Field on January 8, 2011 in Seattle, Washington.  (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Imag
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    As the unquestioned leader of the Saints, Drew Brees is an icon both in New Orleans and across the NFL landscape.

    Brees has a lot of intelligence and an infectious personality, and he excels in front of a camera.  He's a brilliant speaker who says all the right things to a group of reporters. 

    Whether his team or struggling or dominating, he knows how to answer questions effectively.

    Viewers would love watching Brees talk football, and given his apparent love for the game, he would be right at home in such a role.

Ray Lewis, LB, Baltimore Ravens

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    BALTIMORE, MD - DECEMBER 19:  Ray Lewis #52 of the Baltimore Ravens celebrates the Ravens victory after the game against the New Orleans Saints  at M&T Bank Stadium on December 19, 2010 in Baltimore, Maryland. The Ravens defeated the Saints 30-24. (Photo
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    Known throughout the NFL as a team leader and big talker, Ray Lewis is always himself, period.  And everyone knows how entertaining it is to listen to Lewis on a segment of "Mic'd Up."

    Lewis is never afraid to say what he's thinking, and he would be a very entertaining addition to any crew of football analysts.

    It's always fun to listen to an animated, opinionated analyst, especially when that person knows what he is talking about when it comes to the game of football.  You can bet Ray Lewis does.

Peyton Manning, QB, Indianapolis Colts

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    OAKLAND, CA - DECEMBER 26:  Peyton Manning #18 of the Indianapolis Colts looks on with head coach Jim Caldwell against the Oakland Raiders during an NFL game at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on December  26, 2010 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Jed J
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    Already considered one of the top quarterbacks in NFL history, Peyton Manning's Hall of Fame status is firmly cemented.

    But on top of his elite quarterback skills, Manning has probably done more commercials than any other football player and is perfectly comfortable in front of a camera.

    His football IQ is off the charts, and he is a delight to listen to when it comes to the gridiron.

    Although I personally believe he has a bright future in coaching, Manning would no doubt make just as good a TV analyst as a coach.

    Manning will excel in whatever he decides for his future.

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