Players We'd Like To See In The Booth
Giants star Tiki Barber recently retired, in large part because of his desire to be a broadcaster. NBC didn't waste any time in snatching him up to work the Today show and its Sunday night NFL telecast.
The Super Bowl-winning quarterback is currently working as an analyst for the NFL Network and will have an easy transition to the booth when he hangs up the cleats.
Who wouldn't tune in to see what the flamboyant receiver has to say? He already considers himself a master analyst, constantly offering his opinions on other players and teams.
Law didn't always fit in well with the button-downed Patriots because he always spoke his mind freely. That may not work with Bill Belichick, but it's just fine on TV. And you can't doubt Law's football knowledge. On the field, he seems to know what the quarterback is going to do before the quarterback does.
As his career has developed, Manning's personality has come out more, especially when he roots for the common man in his commercials. Manning has a smooth, relaxed manner that should play well on television.
The perennial Pro Bowl tight end has one of the best personalities in the league and will probably have his choice of gigs when he retires. Gonzo has already put together loads of TV experience during his 10-year NFL career.
You never know what Vanderjagt is going to say and he isn't afraid to insult people. Although there aren't many kickers-turned-announcers, some network might be very interested in recruiting him for shock value. He held his own on Letterman after missing a potential game-tying field goal while with the Colts during the 2005 AFC playoffs.
Chavous is a natural. The Rams safety has had a reputation as a draft expert since he first entered the league. He's already served as a draft expert and Super Bowl analyst for ESPN.
The Jets' offensive lineman may not get a lot of attention on the field, but he's one of the most quotable players in the NFL. He thinks on his feet a lot faster than he moves on them and always has a good line for reporters. That kind of analysis would make him an excellent colorman.
Seau was the face of the Chargers organization for years and has tons of television experience. He's insightful, knows as much football as anyone and has a good sense of humor.
Vincent is known for his skills as a businessman, so he may not go into broadcasting after he retires. But that'd be a waste, because the veteran cornerback is one of the more thoughtful and entertaining players in the NFL.Photo: AP
The former Jet, Buccaneer and Cowboy receiver has always loved to talk and will be on TV somewhere soon after he retires. The Carolina Panther wideout already hosts a show on SIRIUS satellite radio and is very comfortable on air.
The Redskins' offensive tackle has done an excellent job as an ESPN analyst during the draft. Offensive lineman are said to be the smartest players on the field, and Jansen is very good at explaining football.
The Patriots' safety has done some work for ESPN and seems very comfortable around a microphone. His stay with the Patriots has helped him shed his reputation as a dirty player. Now he's known as much for his football smarts as for his big hits. Photo: Ezra Shaw/Getty Images