Report: Ex-Jets QB Mark Sanchez Retiring To Take TV Job

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July 23, 2019 - 10:23 am
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Mark Sanchez, who led the Jets to back-to-back AFC championship games before his career fizzled out, is reportedly retiring from the NFL to join ABC/ESPN as a college football analyst.

According to the New York Post's Andrew Marchand, Sanchez, 32, will be in ABC's lead college football studio with Kevin Negandhi and Jon Vilma, replacing Mack Brown, who returned to coach North Carolina.

The Jets drafted Sanchez fifth overall in 2009 out of USC. He was Gang Green's starting QB for four seasons, leading them within one game of the Super Bowl in each of his first two seasons. But Sanchez struggled with consistency and turnovers, prompting the Jets to eventually draft Geno Smith. In fact, Sanchez's "butt fumble" on Thanksgiving night 2012 against the Patriots, in which he lost the ball after running into the back side of his own lineman, is remembered just as much by football fans as his two playoff runs, if not more.

In his four seasons with the Jets, Sanchez completed 55.1% of his passes for 12,092 yards with 68 touchdowns and 69 interceptions. He was released after missing the entire 2013 season with a shoulder injury. 

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After that, Sanchez bounced around the league as backup, playing for the Philadelphia Eagles, Dallas Cowboys, Chicago Bears and Washington Redskins. He also spent one preseason with the Denver Broncos.

Last season, he played in two games, making one start in which he was benched against the Giants after starting 6-of-14 with two interceptions.

In all, Sanchez played 10 seasons in the NFL.