Notre Dame Fighting Irish football fans are about to become much more familiar with the sound of Drew Brees' voice.
NBC Sports officially announced Monday, hardly 16 hours after the former Saints and Chargers quarterback announced his retirement after 20 seasons in the NFL, that the future Hall of Famer is joining the network as a studio analyst on "Football Night in America" and as a game analyst for Notre Dame broadcasts.
The announcement, made Monday on the "TODAY" show, came as little surprise. Reports of Brees joining the network following his retirement became public almost a year ago.
“We’re excited to have Drew join our team,” NBC Sports Group chairman Pete Bevacqua said in a statement. “We know that Drew will apply the same work ethic and continuously positive attitude to everything he touches at NBC Sports and we know, as his new teammates, he’ll make us better.”
New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees talks to the media. (Photo: Michael Ainsworth, AP)
Mike Tirico handles play-by-play duties for Irish games and will now be joined by Brees in the booth. Tony Dungy had served as the analyst this past season; the color commentator had previously been Doug Flutie. A Tirico-Brees booth could become a mainstay and, potentially, a future "Sunday Night Football" tandem once Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth decide to pass the baton.
Since Tirico currently hosts "FNIA," on which Brees will now be an analyst, the two will be seeing each other again on Sundays throughout the fall anyway.
In addition to his football work, Brees will be involved in NBC Sports' biggest events, including the Olympics.
“I’m part of the (NBC Sports) team now, a new team," Brees said Monday on "TODAY". "I’m excited about that journey. I’m excited to stay very closely connected with the game of football. It’s been such an important part of my life. I can continue to talk about it and show a passion for it."
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The pipeline from the huddle to the green room and the world of sports media has become more robust in recent years. Examples of success include Tony Romo on CBS as a game analyst, Peyton Manning with his own show on ESPN+ and punter Pat McAfee, who founded his own company and has a highly rated daily show.
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