ESPN has signed Pro Bowl quarterback Alex Smith as a new NFL analyst for the network.

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What’s Happening:

  • ESPN has announced the signing of 16-year NFL quarterback Alex Smith as a new NFL analyst.
  • Smith will appear on multiple shows including SportsCenter, Monday Night Countdown, and Sunday NFL Countdown.
  • Smith will also contribute to ESPN’s coverage of events such as Super Bowl LVI and the 2022 NFL Draft.
  • Smith had retired from the NFL in April, ending his 16-year career which started as the number one overall pick in the 2005 draft by the San Francisco 49ers. He went on to play for the Kansas City Chiefs from 2013-17 and then with the Washington Football Team from 2018-20.
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What They’re Saying:

  • Lee Fitting, ESPN SVP of Production: “ESPN’s relationship with Alex dates back nearly 20 years when he was gaining national recognition leading Utah to an undefeated season and a top 5 ranking. As he begins a new career, we will provide him role flexibility to gain experience on different shows and settings, adding to our productions and benefitting fans in multiple ways. Ultimately, our mutual goal is setting up Alex for long-term success in this next chapter.”
  • Alex Smith: “When I announced my retirement in April, I knew I was walking away from the playing field, but was not walking away from the game. This opportunity with ESPN surrounds me with new teammates and provides a fresh challenge as my family and I begin the next phase of our life. I’ll be contributing to ESPN’s coverage in a number of ways this season, continuing the relationship with the game I, and so many others, love.”
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