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Are Former Players Turned Broadcasters Under Pressure To Be Critical?
Published November 2, 2011
WALKING A FINE LINE: In Newark, Conor Orr writes this new generation of analysts has “arrived in what seems like the most contentious media environment ever between former players-turned-analysts and current NFL players.” A “subtle line in the sand becomes more finite with each appearance as players-turned-analysts embrace a new opportunity as a non-biased entity while still being mindful of the football life they left behind.” ESPN analyst and former Jets OT Damien Woody said, “There’s definitely a fine line you’re walking. You try not to throw people under the bus because you don’t want to burn bridges, but at the same time, you want to be critical because that’s what the people want to hear” (Newark STAR-LEDGER, 11/2).