Top athletes turned broadcasters

February 16, 2012
Courtesy of Yahoo Contributors Network

(by Jeanne Rose) There have been many athletes who have turned to sports commentating after their careers were over, and some of them were very good at being a broadcaster. Sometimes an athlete thinks he or she would be a great sports commentator, based on his or her love of the game, but that is not always the case.

Here are the top five athletes that have turned to sports commentating after their careers in professional sports were over:

Ron Jaworski

Ron Jaworski played quarterback in the National Football League, from 1973 until 1989, and has become one of the best sports commentators ever. Ron was one of the broadcasters on ESPN’s “Monday Night Football” from 2007 until 2012. On Feb. 15, it was announced he would not be back for another season, and the show would just move forward with two broadcasters. The thing that made Ron so great at commentating was his ability to explain various plays in a way that regular people would understand. Ron not only used to play the game, he lived for the game, and was willing to share his own experiences throughout the telecast.

Mike Golic

Mike Golic made a name for himself as a defensive lineman in the NFL, but after his football career was over, Mike turned to sports broadcasting. Mike became one of the hosts for “Mike and Mike in the Morning”, which is an ESPN morning sports broadcast. One of the reasons why Mike has been such a great sports commentator is because he was one of the best defensive linemen in the NFL, and he has such a passion for the game. Mike is very knowledgeable in many different aspects of football, and he is not afraid to say what is on his mind.

Mickey Redmond

Mickey Redmond got his start as a professional hockey player for the Detroit Red Wings, and is possibly one of the best hockey players ever. Mickey is from Canada, so when his hockey career was over, he decided to take his Canadian charm to the airwaves. Mickey is known for his colorful catchphrases as a commentator, and he brings a certain level of quirkiness to his broadcasting. Mickey has excelled as a sports commentator because he has such an outgoing personality, which allows him to speak in a very enthusiastic manner.

Sean Casey

Sean Casey is a former Major League Baseball player, who last played for the Boston Red Sox in 2008. When his baseball career ended, Sean was brought in as one of the first commentators for the MLB Network, because Sean was known for being tough but also respectful. The reason why Sean is one of the best sports commentators is he knows how to talk in a persuasive manner, and he has a lot of respect for the game of baseball. Sean might not have had the most impressive baseball profile out there, but he has always had a lot of knowledge about baseball, which he enjoys sharing with fans.

Chris Collinsworth

Chris Collinsworth played in the NFL for years as a wide receiver for the Cincinnati Bengals, and he is one of the most liked Bengals players of all time. When Chris left the NFL, he eventually landed multiple gigs in the entertainment industry, mostly as a sports commentator. Chris is a commentator for Bengals games, along with a variety of other football games, and does so in a very analytical manner. One reason why Chris has excelled is his passion for the game of football, his vast understanding of the game, and his often funny critiques of players and plays.

Jeanne Rose loves to watch a variety of sports, including football, and is an avid entertainment enthusiast.

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