HOOVER, AL (WAFB) - LSU great and long-time NFL defensive lineman Marcus Spears will have a new job this fall, but remain around football, as he will be working as a television analyst on ESPN's brand new SEC Network.
The former Southern Lab star was pivotal in turning around the LSU program, playing a vital role in the Tigers' 2003 national championship season. Spears intercepted an Oklahoma pass and returned it for a touchdown in the 2004 BCS Championship game, as LSU defeated the Sooners 21-14 for the crystal ball. He then went on to a 9-year career in the NFL, eight of those seasons with the Dallas Cowboys.
ESPN veteran broadcaster Joe Tessitore shared his thoughts on Spears joining the network at SEC Media Days in Hoover, Alabama.
"Marcus is going to be a huge addition to 'SEC Nation,’" Tessitore said. "Obviously, a huge personality, has a great history within the conference, won a national championship at LSU, had one of the most memorable plays in LSU history with his touchdown return. I think he's going to be a superstar. I really do. He's been prepping all season and he's hungry for it. He wants it. He's going to work hard for it."
Tessitore also thinks Spears, will be a nice counter to a former Florida superstar and now SEC Network analyst.
"I think having Marcus Spears balance Tim Tebow is going to work really well," Tessitore added.
It's been a great working relationship so far.
"Great interaction with Marcus, great meals, he knows how to eat. A lot of fun, a lot of hard work getting ready for the season ahead. The kind of guy that's really committed to what he does. We dig in and analyze two-deeps. We go through rosters. We break down film," Tessitore explained.
The SEC Network will launch in August.
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