Death, taxes, and Dallas Cowboys winding up as NFL analysts on television.
It is well-known that it pays in a player’s post-football life to have suited up for America’s Team as is evidenced by the fact that former Cowboys occupy the top color analyst jobs for two of the top networks that NFL games are played on.
Of course it is not easy to do what Troy Aikman and Tony Romo do, a lesson that Jason Witten had to learn the hard way under the bright lights of Monday Night Football. There is a certain charisma necessary to oversee an NFL game with the country watching and it just so happens that Cowboys players are given those opportunities more than others. There hasn’t been a player to be given the same sort of chance since Witten’s, we’ll call it an endeavor, but that could always change at any moment.
It appears as if that could actually be happening in the near future. The Cowboys saw one of their more notable players over the course of the last decade retire this offseason in Sean Lee. In a bit of an uncharacteristic move Lee was recently a guest on a national talkshow and it appears that he could have been getting his feet wet as he apparently auditioned for an analyst role with CBS. From the New York Post:
Would Alex Smith make a good NFL game analyst? How about former Jet Mark Sanchez?
These are among the questions CBS Sports executives are asking themselves as it considers adding one of the former quarterbacks.
Recently, CBS held auditions with the just retired Smith, ESPNers Sanchez and Joey Galloway, as well as former Cowboys linebacker Sean Lee, according to sources.
Smith also had an audition with Fox and meetings with the NFL Network and ESPN. One person who saw Smith’s audition thought he had “No. 2 or 3 game analyst” potential if he is into it. Sanchez is looked at as someone with a little more personality, who one executive thought could excel in the booth. Galloway has been very solid for ESPN. Lee recently retired from playing.
There are always players retiring in the NFL which means that there is never a shortage of ones to go through for any sort of role. Tony Romo obviously works for CBS so perhaps he put in a good word for his old teammate, but do we think that Sean Lee would make a good analyst?
Lee is one of the most intelligent players to come through the National Football League over the last 10 years, but football smarts don’t always make someone a great analyst (again, see Jason Witten). Lee would have to show the country a little bit more than he preferred to give the world as a player on the Cowboys, if he is prepared to do that then listening to him diagnose what is happening on the field could be entertaining.