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DENVER, CO - NOVEMBER 17: Mark Sanchez #6 of the New York Jets rolls out of the pocket to pass in the first quarter against the Denver Broncos at Invesco Field at Mile High on November 17, 2011 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

Mark Sanchez Announces NFL Retirement After 10 Years, Will Join ESPN As College Football Analyst

Let’s get this out of the way early. Yes, while playing for the New York Jets in 2012, Mark Sanchez indeed infamously ran directly into one of his own linemen’s rear end and proceeded to then fumble the ball away to the New England Patriots, berthing the universally named worst play in NFL history. Ending the opportunity to add other “butt fumbles” to his resume, Sanchez called it a career earlier this week by accepting a “high-profile” job as a college football analyst for ESPN.

Sanchez expressed his excitement going forward by posting a tweet and while also thanking ESPN for opportunity. Sanchez reportedly awaits a multi–show role once beginning his new career path.

Sanchez played ten seasons as an NFL quarterback, even reaching the AFC Championship with the Jets twice before enjoying stints with the Philadelphia Eagles, Denver Broncos, Dallas Cowboys, Chicago Bears and Washington Redskins. Over that period, Sanchez racked up over 15,000 yards while tossing 86 touchdowns, paired with 89 interceptions. In his final start last year for the Redskins following Alex Smith’s injury, Sanchez completed six passes on fourteen attempts for 38 yards, while also throwing two interceptions.

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Although lasting 10 years as an NFL player remains a modest accomplishment for the former No. 5 overall pick, Sanchez enjoyed greater success at the colligate level. While playing at USC, Sanchez earned a Rose Bowl MVP and first team All–Pac-10 honors during his 2008 season.

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