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Mark Sanchez retires from the NFL, joins ESPN

Mark Sanchez

Mark Sanchez has decided to hang up the cleats and turn them in for a microphone as he starts his life after the NFL. According to Andrew Manchard of the New York Post, Sanchez has been hired by ESPN to work in the ABC College Football studio and even if he gets another job offer from an NFL team he will turn it down.

Sanchez is joining Kevin Negandhi and Jon Vilma in the studio, filling the chair of Mack Brown who left to coach the North Carolina Tar Heels.

Sanchez, who is only 32 years old, played 10 years in the league and had a lot of ups and downs. Sanchez was strong in his first two years in the league, but everything seemed to fall apart quickly and his most famous moment wasn’t a good one.

In 2012 against the New England Patriots on Thanksgiving, Sanchez ran into the back of his offensive lineman, which caused him to fumble and is now famously known as the “butt fumble.”

After leaving the Jets he bounced around and his last appearance in the NFL was last year with the Washington Redskins. He appeared in two games going 19 for 35 for 128 yards and three interceptions. It was clear that his better days were behind him and this probably a good decision, especially with a studio job on ABC offered to him.

According to the Post, Sanchez had also applied for Fox and they liked him, but they didn’t have a spot to place him which is why he has ended up on ABC.