Current NFL Players Who Will Make the Best TV Analysts One Day
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.
Andre Johnson, WR, Houston Texans
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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
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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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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As the unquestioned leader of the Saints, Drew Brees is an icon both in New Orleans and across the NFL landscape.
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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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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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.