Former Chicago Bears and Denver Broncos quarterback Jay Cutler is leaving the playing field for the broadcast booth this upcoming season.
“We’re thrilled to welcome Jay to the FOX Sports family,” Fox Sports president of production and executive producer John Entz said Friday. “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.”
The 11-year veteran quarterback will join play-by-play announcer Kevin Burkhardt and analyst Charles Davis in Fox Sports’ broadcast booth for the 2017 season, and their first game will be the Bears and Titans preseason matchup on Sunday, Aug. 27 in Tennessee.
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“I don’t know if retirement is the right word; I don’t feel that anyone ever really retires from the NFL,” Cutler said in a statement. “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 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 you are and I wouldn’t be in this situation without you. So thank you.”
The Former 11th overall pick in the 2006 NFL Draft amassed a 68-71 starting record, and earned one Pro Bowl selection during the course of his career. He helped lead the Bears to a NFC Championship game during the 2010 season, but will always be remembered for not playing through a knee injury on Championship Sunday against rival Green Bay.
The 6-foot-3, 231-pound quarterback undoubtedly had the talent and arm to be a successful quarterback at the next level, but his disregard for turnovers and demeanor painted a picture of a quarterback not willing to put the work in.
Former teammates and coaches have come to the defense of Cutler in recent years, including former Bears offensive coordinator Adam Gase.
“I guess I know a different guy than what everybody else portrays,” the Dolphins head coach said, via ESPN. “I think a lot of things that have been said in the past have really been (expletive).”
The once coveted quarterback with a cannon for an arm amassed 32,467 passing yards and 208 touchdowns over the course of his career, and left the Windy City as the franchise’s all-time leader in passing yards (23,443) and touchdown passes (154).
“This is an exciting new chapter for me in football,” Cutler said. “I love the game so much and look forward to having a lot of fun on the road this year for FOX Sports.”
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