Post-career media gig not for every athlete

MIKE GANTER, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:42 AM ET

Former Giants linebacker Antonio Pierce is the latest in an increasingly large number of former athletes who will try and make the switch from athlete to media person.

Personally, I find Pierce, who is signing on with ESPN, and most other athletes who do this, somewhat hypocritical. Walk into any professional sports locker room and the media is about as welcome as a case of turf toe.

We’ll assume, however, the media gig looks a whole lot more attractive once those paycheques stop coming.

But it’s not like there have not been some good ones. Cris Collinsworth is right up there primarily because he quickly separated himself from the “athlete’s world” and treated his new gig as an actual job. Gone were the allegiances to his fellow players.

It’s not an easy jump to make and it’s why so few, considering the number who have tried, have been successful at it.

Which way will Pierce go? Only time will tell, but it would be nice if he went the Collinsworth — or, closer to home, Chris Schultz — route as opposed to the guy who thinks it’s enough that he played the game and doesn’t need to put any work into his new craft.

We could name names, but for the most part those guys aren’t around long enough to make any lasting impression.


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