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Jesse Palmer: I Don’t Know What My Media Career Is If I Wasn’t a Giant

“I got super lucky getting drafted to this media market where we had a huge media presence in our locker room at all times, tons of personalities in our locker room.”

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Jesse Palmer has been at ESPN for 14 years and has both analyzed college football games in the broadcast booth or in the studio. Before he joined ESPN, Palmer was playing quarterback for the Montreal Alouettes in the CFL, wondering what his future would be. 

Palmer was a guest on the Soup With Coop podcast and he said to Cooper Manning that he did reach out to other people about when he should take the next step from the playing field to the TV booth: 

“My whole plan was to play 15 years in the NFL and just have that type of career. I talked to Troy Aikman, Jason Garrett, and some other guys that had started playing QB and had gone into TV a little bit about hey, when should you leave?”

“In 2007, when I signed with ESPN, I came to that fork in the road where I was offered a job. I called some NFL games for FOX at the end of the 2006 season, I got offered by FOX and ESPN, one for pro, one for college. I was playing in the CFL at the time and was having so much fun. I thought, do I really want to walk away from the game now?”

While Palmer got some good advice, he also knew that as a player, he had to take the opportunity to join TV whenever he could because it might not necessarily be there later on: 

“The advice I was getting from everybody was just play as long as you can, TV will always be there. The reality for us as players I think is every year Brett Favre is going to retire, Drew Brees is soon going to retire. If Drew Brees says I want to do TV, I would kind of like a seat, guess who is going to get the seat? There’s a Heisman Trophy winner that’s going to retire every year.”

“There are a limited amount of seats and I just felt like hey, I should capitalize on this opportunity, give it a honest shot. Worked at ESPN, did that for a year, loved it. I still felt attached to the game that I love. Really, the rest is history. It’s crazy. It’s been 14 years at ESPN now. The time has flown.”

Manning did ask Palmer if he was a backup quarterback in a market other than for the New York Giants (drafted in the 4th Round in 2001), did he think he would have the chance at the many media opportunities he has now whether it’s been being on The Bachelor or hosting shows on Food Network: 

I almost got drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs twice before the Giants picked me. Often times I wonder what would have happened. I got super lucky getting drafted to this media market where we had a huge media presence in our locker room at all times, tons of personalities in our locker room. Lot of guys that ended up being on TV from those Giants teams. In this city, I was able to tap into a lot of passions now with food…College is something we have control over, you can pick where you want to go. The NFL Draft, you have zero control over.”

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SiriusXM Inks Extension For ‘Let’s Go!’ With Tom Brady

“I know we just went through an hour of telling everybody you’re not coming back, but we’re gonna be right here on Let’s Go! for the next two years on SiriusXM.”

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While Tom Brady won’t be sitting in the top FOX Sports analyst’s chair until 2024, he’ll continue his Let’s Go! show for SiriusXM.

Nearing the conclusion of his appearance on the latest episode, host Jim Gray revealed the show and SiriusXM have agreed to an extension to keep the seven-time Super Bowl winner with the platform.

“Hey Tommy, we have one last announcement as we wrap up the program,” said Gray. “You’re coming back. I know we just went through an hour of telling everybody you’re not coming back, but we’re gonna be right here on Let’s Go! for the next two years on SiriusXM. We look forward to convening and our co-host Larry Fitzgerald will stay with us as well.”

Brady, in conjunction with Gray and Fitzgerald, launched Let’s Go! in August of 2021.

“Thank you guys, we appreciate the support,” Brady said of SiriusXM President Scott Greenstein and Senior Vice President of Sports Programming Steve Cohen. “We appreciate our fans, and look forward to many more fun years ahead.”

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Mike Francesa: 2 Week Break Before Super Bowl Leads to Media Interviewing Each Other

“It’s one game and you’re spending two weeks analyzing one game, and it’s just too much.”

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Many in the sports media and general media world have converged in Phoenix this week for the Super Bowl, but Mike Francesa isn’t the biggest fan of the build-up to the game.

The Phoenix Convention Center is playing host to this year’s radio row, where many of the storylines leading into the big game are dissected six times over the course of a day.

On his BetRivers podcast, Francesa said he’s never been the biggest fan of Super Bowl week and even taking two weeks between the conference title games.

“I’ve never liked these two weeks up to the Super Bowl,” Francesa said on The Mike Francesa Podcast. “I’ve never liked this week with all the hype and nonsense.”

Francesa added that at this point, all the storylines for both teams competing have been played out.

“People don’t know what to say anymore. It’s like they’re interviewing each other,” he said. “Nobody has anything to say or knows what to say.”

Still, Francesa finished his point by saying there’s an overflow of coverage leading up to the Super Bowl.

“It’s one game and you’re spending two weeks analyzing one game, and it’s just too much,” he said. “But there’s no way around it. That’s the way it works.”

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More Media Credentials Issued For Super Bowl LVII Than Ever Before

More than 6,000 media members from over 24 countries have received credentials to cover Super Bowl LVII on Sunday.

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Almost three years removed from the COVID-19 pandemic completely shutting down the world, the Super Bowl host city is now bustling with media once again covering the NFL’s championship game.

According to Front Office Sports, more than 6,000 media members from over 24 countries have received credentials to cover Super Bowl LVII on Sunday. That figure is up 13% from last year. In 2021, during the peak of the pandemic, only 2,400 media members were allowed to cover the game in Tampa.

A number at or above 6,000 would mean a return of the number of media members covering the game back to pre-pandemic levels.

This year’s Super Bowl is airing on FOX.

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