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Robert Griffin III becoming a member of ESPN as NFL, faculty soccer analyst however nonetheless desires to play

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Robert Griffin III has signed a multi-year contract with ESPN as a college football and NFL analyst.

Griffin will be at the booth for college football games on ESPN and ABC, and will also be contributing to ESPN’s studio coverage, including during the college football playoffs and the Super Bowl.

However, the Heisman Trophy winner and former Pro Bowl quarterback hasn’t completely closed the door on his NFL career. The deal allows Griffin to seek a game opportunity with a team if one arises.

“ESPN has been great throughout this process and understood that I still want to play,” Griffin, an NFL veteran and the 2011 Heisman Trophy winner while playing for Baylor, told The Associated Press. “I still love the game. If this opportunity doesn’t come up, I’ll give ESPN and this process everything I have.”

Griffin was a guest analyst on NFL Live in 2017, a year he didn’t play. He signed with the Baltimore Ravens in 2018 and was there for three seasons after previous stints in Washington (2012-15), making him No. 2 overall in 2012, and the Cleveland Browns (2016).

Lee Fitting, ESPN senior vice president of production, said in a statement that Griffin has been on the network’s radar for some time and will be at one of the biggest games every week.

“His knowledge of the game, real-world insight and charisma make him uniquely positioned to take on this new role, and we’re particularly excited to see him calling in a big college game every week,” said Fitting.

Griffin admitted that the past few months have been wild between deciding his future and watching the NFL outdoor agency move.

“I think I enjoy doing some studio and call games. It’s a perfect situation,” Griffin told the AP. “I keep training, stay ready and prepare for anything that might come in the future.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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