Ok, that’s being a bit facetious, but it seems that ESPN keeps hiring ex-NFL players as soon as they retire and there are few that leave so the number of NFL analysts appear to be growing, not shrinking.
Matt Light, former New England Patriots offensive tackle has been signed by ESPN to be a studio analyst. He’ll contribute to NFL Live, NFL 32, Sunday NFL Countdown and SportsCenter. I’m sure there will be ESPN Radio appearances thrown in here and there. And perhaps Light will show up on SportsNation and other programs produced in Bristol, CT.
Light makes his ESPN debut on July 23. I suggest that one day, ESPN do have a show where all of their NFL analysts will appear allowing them to say three words each in order to fit time constraints.
Here’s the press release.
Three-time Super Bowl Champion to Appear on NFL Live, NFL32 & SportsCenter; Will Contribute Features to Sunday NFLCountdown
Three-time Super Bowl champion and former New England Patriots offensive tackle Matt Light is joining ESPN’s NFL analyst team. A three-time Pro Bowl selection, Light will appear on NFL Live,NFL32 and SportsCenter. He will also contribute features to Sunday NFL Countdown.
Light played 11 NFL seasons (2001-2011), all with the Patriots. He was a part of three Super Bowl championships (2001, 2003, 2004), five conference titles and nine divisional championships. He played a total of 155 games, starting all but two of them.
A Pro Bowler in 2006, 2007 and 2010, Light was voted the Patriots offensive team captain in 2008. He was also named to New England’s All-2000s Team and the franchise’s 50th Anniversary Team.
Light, who visited ESPN as a guest NFL analyst in May, will make his debut Monday, July 23.
“Matt is a great addition to our ESPN team because he sees the world and the game of football from a refreshingly different perspective than most,” said Seth Markman, ESPN senior coordinating producer for NFL studio shows. “He has an engaging personality and he’s unafraid to offer honest opinions, which fans will appreciate.”
Light said, “I’m really looking forward to joining the ESPN family and getting a chance to see the game from a different side. I’m obviously depending heavily on my rugged good looks and ability to avoid run-on sentences to succeed in this new role.”
Away from the football field, Light continues to make a positive impact. To provide opportunities for youth, he founded the Light Foundation, which offers camps, workshops and outdoor activities.
“Outdoor activities” meaning the guy likes to hunt. Living in New England, I hear about Light’s penchant for shooting. Anyway, that’s it.