ESPN hires Heisman Trophy winner to call games for upcoming college football season
ESPN has hired another Heisman Trophy winner to its stable of college football analysts.
Heisman Trophy winner and Pro Bowl quarterback Robert Griffin III has signed a multi-year deal to join ESPN as a college football and NFL analyst, the network announced. Griffin III, who played eight NFL seasons, will call a weekly ESPN/ABC college football game and also contribute to ESPN’s coverage of the College Football Playoff, Super Bowl and other major events.
He still wants to play and has an out in his contract if opportunity arises, Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network reported.
Griffin shouldn’t have a problem sharing his opinions, which is necessary in that role. Earlier this year, he offered a candid take on the Minnesota Vikings’ third-round choice of Kellen Mond, and what that could mean for veteran Kirk Cousins, NFL.com reported. He was also highly insightful in the postgame locker room as a player, according to NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo, so don’t be surprised if Griffin is an instant success.
“Robert has been on our radar for a while and we expect him to make an immediate impact on our college and NFL coverage,” said Lee Fitting, ESPN senior vice president of production. “His knowledge of the game, his fresh-off-the-field insights and his charisma make him uniquely positioned to move into this new role, and we are particularly excited to have him call a big college game every week.”
Griffin III was a once-in-a-generation talent at Baylor where he set or tied 54 school records from 2008-11. A three-year starter, Griffin III threw for 10,366 yards and 78 touchdowns while rushing for 2,254 yards and 33 TDs during his 41-game collegiate career. He burst on the NFL scene as the No. 2 overall NFL Draft pick by Washington in 2012 before his career was short-circuited by a knee injury.