Free agent quarterback Jay Cutler is turning in the football jersey for a broadcaster suit jacket.
Cutler, a first-round pick in the 2006 NFL draft, has had a storied 11-year career so far -full of both ups and downs. He’s had great moments, yet for the most part, is categorized as being a let down as far as career quarterbacks are concerned. After eight years as the Chicago Bears quarterback, Jay Cutler is making a career change. While he is still very much a free agent quarterback, he’s opted for the next best thing by joining FOX Sports as a game analyst. He is joining Fox Sports #2 broadcast team behind Joe Buck and Troy Aikman — working alongside Kevin Burkhardt and Charles Davis. If you think this is career move is Cutler’s way of announcing his retirement from the NFL, don’t go with that assumption just yet.
Here’s Cutler’s statement:
I don’t know if retirement is the right word; I don’t feel that anyone ever really retires from the NFL. You are either forced to leave, or you lose the desire to do what’s required to keep going. I’m in between those situations at this point in my life.
Words can’t express how grateful I am to everyone who helped me along the my journey. I started playing tackle football at the age of 10 and was so lucky to have supportive parents and great coaches along the way that made my path possible. If I listed each person individually, this would quickly turn into an essay, but you know who are and I wouldn’t be in this situation without you. So thank you.
To my parents, my sisters, my wife and kids – thank you for putting your wants and needs on the back burner while I played a game every Friday, Saturday or Sunday. You made it all possible.
I recently read a quote that struck a cord with me at the time. It was attributed to Henry Rollins (but with the internet these day, you can never be too sure who really said it). ‘I did that, I gave everything I had to give to that. Now, if I returned to that it would be repetition – it might be fun repetition, but it wouldn’t be meaningful repetition.’ Thank you to everyone along the way. You made my dream come true.
“We’re thrilled to welcome Jay to the Fox Sports family,” Fox president of production and executive producer John Entz said in a statement. “We’re very excited about the potential he brings to the booth and are looking forward to hearing his analysis during what is sure to be another great season of the NFL on Fox.”
Cutler now joins fellow “‘in-between” quarterback Tony Romo who’s also just accepted an NFL broadcasting job as well.