Osweiler will team up with Colorado’s Taylor McGregor and play-by-play announcer Anish Shroff for a 16-game college package.
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Former Broncos quarterback Brock Osweiler is making a career change that keeps him with the game he loves.
Osweiler, who retired as a player after the 2018 season, will serve as an ESPN color commentator for a set of college football games this year. Osweiler will be part of a team that includes Colorado’s own Taylor McGregorwho will serve as secondary reporter, and play-by-play announcer Anish Shroff.
Osweiler had two auditions in May, one with ESPN in Connecticut, the other with Fox in Los Angeles. Both went well. He bounced one offer over the other and picked ESPN, who will have him work 16 games starting Saturday, September 3.
“Since play days are over, probably one of the best days of the year is Saturday in the fall,” Osweiler said in an interview with 9NEWS. “I wake up, ‘College GameDay’ kicks on right away. Cooking all day, kids running around, friends are over. I love college football Saturdays. Sunrise ’til sunset, I’m there .for my love and passion, college football. It was the right time.”
ESPN is ready to smash it.
“Brock is a terrific addition to our industry-leading college football commentating team,” ESPN vice president of production Steve Ackels said in a statement. “He brings fantastic IQ and football perspective to the stand.”
McGregor, of Golden, is a daughter of former Colorado State tight end star and Colorado Rockies president Keli McGregor, who died in 2010. McGregor Square, the restaurant, condo development at the exterior of Coors Field, is named in his honor and his initials “KSM” adorn the retired numbers section at the ballpark.
Before Osweiler became the Broncos’ second-round pick in the 2012 draft to prepare under newly signed free agent Peyton Manning, he set single-season records at Arizona State that still stand, including passing yards (4,036) and completions (326).
Osweiler sat behind Manning for three years before finally getting his chance in the second half of the 2015 season, going 5-2 as a starter in a streak that helped lift the Broncos to the No. 1 of the AFC playoffs and ultimately the Super Bowl 50 championship.
A free agent after that season, Osweiler signed a four-year, $72 million deal with the Houston Texans. After guiding Houston to the AFC South Division title and a first-round playoff victory, Osweiler found himself with the Broncos in 2017.
He played well as a part-time starter for the Miami Dolphins in 2018, throwing for 380 yards and three touchdowns in a win over the Bears. But when the phone didn’t ring until the 2019 season, Osweiler decided to focus on his family. His wife and two daughters settled in Scottsdale, Arizona.
This summer, he hung out a few times with John Elway — the former Broncos general manager who drafted him to the Broncos — while vacationing in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, for a few card games and dinners. This fall, Osweiler will spend his weekends on the road in his new career.
“I played golf this spring with (ESPN play-by-play sportscaster) Sean McDonough and kind of picked his brains out on it,” Osweiler said. “It definitely helped give me a boost in the broadcast. My two first-time kids will be in school this fall. It was just the right time to get back into the game and it was the right time. av.
“I explored coaching, I explored scouting in the world of the NFL. The broadcast felt like it would provide balance so I could be part of the game, but I could still be with my kids. and my family and enjoying life. I’m getting into some of the uncharted waters, but I’m thrilled about it.”
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