Former New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez to reportedly retire from NFL, join ABC as a college football analyst.
Per Andrew Marchand of the New York Post, the former New York Jets quarterback will retire from football. He’ll thus join ABC’s lead college football studio. Sanchez will begin working with Kevin Neghandi and Jon Vilma, replacing newly-hired University of North Carolina head coach Mack Brown.
The Jets originally drafted Sanchez No. 5 overall in the 2009 NFL Draft out of the University of Southern California. He spent four years in New York (2009-12) and led the Jets to two consecutive AFC title games in 2009 and 2010. New York ultimately lost to the Indianapolis Colts and then to the Pittsburgh Steelers in those games.
Sanchez thereafter spent time with every team in the NFC East division with the exception of the New York Giants. He played with the Philadelphia Eagles from 2014-2015, the Dallas Cowboys in 2016 and most recently the Washington Redskins last season.
In his career as a starter, Sanchez posted a merely-average record of 37-36. His lifetime completion percentage in the NFL was 56.6%, with 15,357 total passing yards, 86 touchdowns, and 89 interceptions.
College football is a little over a month away, beginning on Aug. 24. Clemson comes into this season looking to stay at the top of the college football world after winning the National Championship last season. The University of Alabama, on the other hand, will be looking to get back to the top after losing their second National Championship in three years.