Ranking former SEC players as media personalities
Transitioning from the football field to the studio isn’t always easy.
Some former SEC players have seen success in the broadcast media world, while others probably find themselves wishing they were back on the field where they felt a bit more comfortable.
Either way, many players try it. After all, it’s an understandable transition to go from playing football to talking about football.
But everyone has different tastes when it comes to what they want to hear in a sports analyst. So perhaps your ranking will be different than mine when it comes to these nine former SEC players who now roam the media scene.
Let us know how you’d rank them. And now, onto the countdown.
9. Greg McElroy
McElroy is still a newbie on the sports media scene. The former Alabama quarterback won a national championship during his time with the Crimson Tide, but now finds himself trying to reach similar heights in the analyst role.
Like another former national championship quarterback that we’ll mention shortly, he’ll keep growing into his SEC Network role.
8. Tim Tebow
Tebow is back in the world of sports media after trying to land a spot in the NFL. Some people like his SEC Network contributions, some don’t. That sums up his life in football.
He’s far from a bad analyst, but he doesn’t quite have the polish that some of these former SEC players have. That’ll come with experience.
7. Cole Cubelic
The former Auburn center started working as an SEC network analyst in 2011, and also hosts “The Cube Show” every Monday through Friday for 730 AM-WUMP in Alabama.
Cubelic is passionate about football and knows his stuff. He also finds ways to be entertaining, which is obviously quite important in today’s media landscape.
6. Chris Doering
Like others on this list, Doering is trying to work his way up the ladder in the era of the SEC Network. He did some work at Westwood One Radio before joining ESPN as a studio analyst prior to the 2015 regular season, and did a solid job during his first year with the network.
You feel like he’ll keep getting more opportunities for the worldwide leader as the years go along. His former college coach Steve Spurrier may eventually join him.
5. Marcus Spears
Spears walked onto the ESPN scene in 2014, but has quickly become one of the best when it comes to delivering in-depth insight into SEC football.
He makes regular appearances on “The Paul Finebaum Show” and is a part of the traveling SEC Nation crew. Spears brings the knowledge and is a good listen.
4. Matt Stinchcomb
Stinchcomb is a while removed from his days as an offensive tackle at Georgia, and he’s spent a lot of time on ESPN college football broadcasts.
Although Stinchcomb is a really good X’s and O’s guy, he also brings the occasional quip that at least gives you a slight chuckle.
Remember when he questioned if Auburn quarterback Jeremy Johnson’s vision was impaired?
3. Booger McFarland
When your Twitter handle is @SECbooger, it earns you a few extra spots in the rankings.
But in all seriousness, the former LSU defensive tackle is underrated. He says what he thinks and doesn’t sugarcoat anything. That’s the kind of analyst I want. You may feel differently.
Plus, you can find his opinions all over the place. Not only is he a prominent figure on the SEC Network, but he’s a Sirius/XM NFL Radio host and co-host of the “Booger and Burns Show” on ESPN Radio.
How could you not love an SEC Booger?
2. Jesse Palmer
Yes, before Palmer made your heart melt with his experience on The Bachelor in 2004, he actually played a little football. Palmer found success as a quarterback for Florida, but couldn’t quite translate that into NFL success with the New York Giants.
It’s hard to believe, but Palmer has been doing this whole analyst thing for more than 10 years now. And he’s pretty good at it. He got his start with FOX, and has since become a familiar face in the major media entities for ABC.
To go along with his ESPN and SEC Network coverage, he’s even added a new role as a special contributor for Good Morning America.
ABC has continually asked him if he’ll accept its rose. And he has.
1. Charles Davis
We started from the bottom, now we’re here. Davis was a four-year starter at defensive back at Tennessee, and when he made his transition into the sports media sphere, you knew he was going to be fantastic.
Davis has moved from calling college football games for FOX Sports (which included three BCS National Championship games) to doing all NFL games now, but the product hasn’t changed. He’s still an incredible analyst that does what a great analyst should do: break down the game in a way that is easy to understand.
There’s no doubt that Davis is one of the best in the business.