ESPN Adds Bettis, Brunell As Analysts On "NFL Live" & "SportsCenter"
ESPN will add former NFLers Jerome Bettis and Mark Brunell to its cast of analysts for "NFL Live" and "SportsCenter." Bettis previously worked for two seasons on NBC's "Football Night In America." ESPN NFL Studio Shows Senior Coordinating Producer Seth Markman said, "Jerome was always on my list of guys. We tried to hire him before he went to NBC. I watched him on NBC, I thought he did a pretty good job. He didn't blow anybody away, I get it. But I think he deserves another chance." Markman said Brunell "wasn't a name I had on my list, but I always want quarterbacks, and I think our viewers like quarterbacks."
Meanwhile, Steelers S Ryan Clark will contribute to ESPN's NFL programming throughout the season and will appear in-studio during the Steelers' bye week and in the postseason, provided the team is not still playing. Clark will not be paid, and has expressed interest in a post-playing career in media. Markman says ESPN went through Clark's agent to arrange his ESPN contributions and that the Steelers were not involved in the process.