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Greg McElroy moving on from NFL, into SEC Network role

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Make room, Tim Tebow.  You have some additional former SEC quarterback company.

Greg McElroy confirmed to al.com that he has been hired by ESPN and taken a job as an analyst for the new SEC Network, which will launch this fall.  The former Alabama quarterback retired from football late last week following a very brief three-year NFL career.

McElroy’s only broadcasting experience came as a guest analyst during ESPN’s coverage of the Auburn-Oregon BCS title game back in January of 2011.

“You grow up wanting to play in the NFL and loving playing the game,” McElroy told the website. “I started playing this game when I was 8, and for the first time in 17 years, I won’t be putting on shoulder pads and a helmet every day in the fall.

“It will be difficult, but I know that with the opportunity to work for ESPN and cover a conference I’m so passionate for, there were just too many positives to overlook.”

The SEC Network subsequently confirmed the hiring of McElroy, who was an NFL teammate of Tebow during his stint with the New York Jets.

“Greg was an integral member in what has been a dynasty of success at Alabama under Coach Nick Saban over the last decade. The personal understanding he has of the teams we will cover every week allows a perspective unavailable on any other network,” said ESPN in a statement. “His intelligence, experience and first hand playing knowledge of playing in the conference on the biggest national stage will be an incredible asset to the fans.”

It was announced back in December that Tebow, the former Florida quarterback, would serve as an analyst on the network, joining another former Gator quarterback, Jesse Palmer, in that role.  Brent Musburger was hired earlier this month to be the lead play-by-play voice on the network’s football telecasts.

The SEC Network will officially launch Aug. 14.  The first football game televised on the network will be the Aug. 28 Texas A&M-South Carolina opener.

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12 Responses to “Greg McElroy moving on from NFL, into SEC Network role”
  1. elwaysagenius says: Mar 24, 2014 10:38 AM

    So Sanchez to the PAC-12 network?

  2. noffy32 says: Mar 24, 2014 12:54 PM

    AJ McCarron will be there in 3 years

  3. suprmous says: Mar 24, 2014 1:15 PM

    That’s one way to avoid the cap and not to mention bein let go. Geeeeee, hope the new job works out for him.

  4. rolltide510 says: Mar 24, 2014 2:42 PM

    Seems like a great entry on the resume of the Jet’s QB coach: “turned all three QBs on the roster into competent TV analysts”

  5. arrogantnation says: Mar 24, 2014 4:05 PM

    I’d rather get paid to talk about football then play it. Good move

  6. Deb says: Mar 24, 2014 4:22 PM

    Hope this works out well for McElroy–still my personal favorite among our recent quarterbacks.

    Roll Tide, Greg!

  7. 1990tiger says: Mar 24, 2014 6:52 PM

    Interesting…..especially after hearing for years about how Alabama produces pro-style QBs that are certain to succeed in the NFL while Auburn QBs only run a “gimmick-offense” which won’t translate to the NFL. Currently, AU has 2 QBs in the NFL and Alabama has none.

    That being said, it will be interesting to see how/if he works the Iron Bowl…or will CBS carry that instead of the SEC network?

  8. dmvtransplant says: Mar 24, 2014 8:53 PM

    I remember him talking big about Law School or the NFL. I guess Northwestern said “No”.

    The real moral of this story is John Parker Wilson was one year early to the free ride as “SEC QB of National Championship team”. Now he’ll never land the easy SEC Network gig. Next up Matt Flynn.

    Side Note: Matt Leinart is working for Fox Sports One, NFL washout to sports analyst must be a thing now. I can’t wait for JaMarcus Russell on Comcast Sports Net Bay Area.

  9. jadaruler says: Mar 24, 2014 11:06 PM

    Good hire by the SEC network

  10. Deb says: Mar 25, 2014 12:05 AM

    @1990tiger …

    Not sure what’s been said to you about Alabama’s offenses or Auburn’s. Despite having some short-term success here and there, pro-style quarterbacks have more long-term success in the NFL than spread-option type quarterbacks. So Bama’s offense is more suitable for producing NFL quarterbacks. But ultimately it depends on the talent of the individual players. I don’t think any reasonable football fan would argue that McElroy is more talented than Newton.

  11. donjsmith says: Mar 25, 2014 11:02 PM

    I don’t think any reasonable football fan would argue that McElroy is more talented than Newton.
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    yeah, that’s true… but wasn’t McElroy the idiot saying he was more NFL-ready than Newton?

    that is hilarious…

  12. dhardy8207 says: Mar 30, 2014 3:11 PM

    McElroy doesn’t need the NFL he unlike some played for the love of the game. He was a runner up for the Rhodes Scholar which isn’t handed out to village idiots. He graduated from BAMA with honors and above 4.0 GPA. He’s a very intellegent young man and no better way to save that brain matter than to get out of football..

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