SEC Network Adds Former Tide QB

All of a sudden the SEC Network seems to have the possibility of being interesting. That's not to say the network, which launches Aug. 14, won't have a big audience for events. It will. But to date the "talent" had been less than inspiring.

Once upon a time, Alabama quarterbacks were excellent interviews. The men who ran the offense were thoughtful and cooperative. Then sometime this decade, after Tyler Watts, we no longer had the cerebral quarterbacks of yesteryear. No Rutledges or Todds or Shealeys, no Shulas or Barkers.

With one exception. Greg McElroy, the Crimson Tide quarterback in 2009-10, was able to digest the question and provide analytical response.

Thus it was good news to learn that the former Alabama quarterback, leader of one of the all-time great teams in Crimson Tide history and a former Academic All-America, has given up his career as a professional quarterback and will become an analyst for the SEC Network. He has signed a multiyear contract with ESPN, which is the platform for the SEC Network.

"I am thrilled to be joining the ESPN family. College football has always been one of my greatest passions, and I am tremendously grateful for the opportunity to take part in the launch of the SEC Network," said McElroy in a release provided by ESPN. "The SEC provided me with five of the best years of my life, and the fact I will be able to cover its 14 outstanding universities was extremely appealing and exciting!"

And, yes, the release had an exclamation mark at the end of McElroy's statement.

In addition to leading the Crimson Tide to a BCS and SEC Championship, McElroy was named 2010 ESPN/CoSIDA Academic All-American of the Year and first-team Academic All-American. He most recently played in the NFL as a quarterback, drafted by the New York Jets in 2011.

The SEC Network also has Jesse Palmer and Tim Tebow as analysts. The network will televise 45 games with SEC teams playing next fall. Commentators are Brent Musburger, Paul Finebaum, and Joe Tessitore.

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