As the saying goes: when it rains, it pours.
That cliche seems more than appropriate for former Vanderbilt quarterback and the newest winner of ABC’s The Bachelorette, Jordan Rodgers. After winning the hand of the alluring JoJo Fletcher in the reality TV competition earlier this week, the youngest of the three Rodgers brothers star will continue to grow when his title will change from “former professional football player” to studio analyst. Rodgers is set to join the ranks of the employed on the ESPN’s SEC Network, the Worldwide Leader’s television channel focused solely on the Southeastern Conference, for this coming college football season.
Surely, no correlation could be drawn between the massive social media following Rodgers obtained this summer on The Bachelorette and his new, cushy TV gig, right? No judgement passed here.
Former New York Giants quarterback Jesse Palmer charted the same career path after his time as a pro came to an end and it has developed for him nicely. Palmer, who now serves as a college football analyst for ESPN and ABC, was the main attraction in Season 5 of The Bachelor.
Regardless of how he obtained his new position, one has difficulty making the argument that Jordan Rodgers lacks the qualifications to serve in this new role. Rodgers played on West End from 2010-2012 and quarterbacked the Commodores to consecutive postseason appearances, the first QB to do so in Vanderbilt football’s history.
Rodgers’ college résumé includes a 2012 Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl win over North Carolina State.
The former Dore joins a loaded SEC TV talent roster alongside headliner Paul Finebaum, Heisman winner Tim Tebow, national championship winners Marcus Spears and Greg McElroy, two-time Super Bowl champion Booger McFarland, and studio hosts Dari Nowkhah, Laura Rutledge, and Peter Burns.
With hair like that, the young Rodgers was made for television.
SEC Network Hair Power Rankings:
1) Jordan Rodgers
2) Paul Finebaum
3) Everyone Else pic.twitter.com/HBWMIqHAVW
— SEC Network (@SECNetwork) August 2, 2016
Information from SECNetwork.com, ESPN Front Row and For The Win contributed to this report.