The summer of 2016 has been a big one for Jordan Rodgers. The former Vanderbilt quarterback, and younger brother of two-time NFL MVP Aaron Rodgers, won The Bachelorette last night. Today, ESPN officially announced that he will join the SEC Network.
Jordan Rodgers played for the Commodores from 2010-2012, starting 19 total games during that span.
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From ESPN's release on the addition:
“We began planning for the upcoming college football season in February and Jordan was one of our first calls,” said ESPN Senior Vice President Stephanie Druley. “He had a unique perspective as a quarterback at Vanderbilt University and we were immediately impressed with his intelligence and passion for the game.”
“I’ve devoted my life to football,” Rodgers said. “I was never the most talented player on the field. I had to work hard for it and sharing those experiences and that knowledge is my new focus.”
“I’ve spent the summer studying in preparation for the football season,” Rodgers said. “Part of the job is based on personal experience, but knowing the rosters, stats and dynamics of 14 teams and their opponents every week is the work aspect.”
During his high-profile run on The Bachelorette, Rodgers made news for his comments about his rocky relationship with his brother. On the July 11 episode of the hit reality series, Rodgers revealed that he and Aaron do not speak. Since leaving Vanderbilt, he has been outspoken about his alma mater. In 2014, Rodgers criticized the program for failing to embrace its alumni. While on a Twitter rant, he called it "second rate" and a "stepping stone" for coaches. Weeks before the rant, head coach James Franklin left Vanderbilt for Penn State.
As a pro, Rodgers had brief stints with the Jacksonville Jaguars and Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2013, and the Miami Dolphins in 2014.
After failing to make an NFL club, he briefly played for the Canadian Football League's BC Lions, but quit after mini-camp in 2015.
Rodgers will make his SEC Network debut on the August 23 edition of SEC Now.