Former Auburn and NFL quarterback Jason Campbell has signed on to become the new color commentator for his alma mater’s football radio broadcasts. He replaces another former Auburn signal caller, Stan White, who announced his retirement last November.
“I would like to thank God for this amazing opportunity to continue doing something I enjoy and love,” Campbell said. “I appreciate the Auburn Sports Network team and Stan for their immediate confidence in me as I move into the analyst role. I know I have incredibly big shoes to fill. It has been a privilege watching and learning from Stan during our time in the booth together. Auburn Family, I look forward to sharing great memories with you alongside the Voice of the Tigers, Andy Burcham, this fall.”
The 41-year-old Campbell was a first round pick of the then-Washington Redskins in the 2005 NFL Draft, playing for five teams during his nine-year career. He joined the Auburn radio crew in 2015 after retiring from the NFL, working as the network’s pregame and halftime analyst.
Campbell becomes the third analyst in the last 43 years for the radio network. Former Auburn quarterback Charlie Trotman worked in the role from 1980-2000, before being succeeded by Stan White.
“Stan has given the last 22 years of his life, in part, to Auburn football and the Auburn Sports Network,” Auburn radio voice Andy Burcham said in a statement. “He has become one of the top analysts, not only in the SEC, but in the country. I thank Stan for his outstanding work and his friendship. He will be missed with our crew and the Auburn Family. We are excited about the next chapter in Jason Campbell’s radio career. He was the overwhelming choice to replace Stan in the booth.”
Jon Marks: ‘Chris Simms Sounds So Silly’
“Apparently, he’s so pot-committed that he can’t come off of it.”
Chris Simms is not a fan of Jalen Hurts. Despite the Philadelphia Eagles quarterback accounting for three touchdowns and outplaying Daniel Jones in the team’s Divisional Round win over the New York Giants, Simms is adamant that Jones is the better quarterback.
“He can do some of the things that Jalen Hurts can,” Simms said recently on his Unbuttoned podcast. “Maybe not as good a runner, but we know it’s really close. It’s not like ‘Woah! Way better’. If you’re gonna ask me who I would rather have as a passer, I’d rather have Daniel Jones.”
Those comments did not go unnoticed by Marks & Reese on 94 WIP in Philadelphia. On Tuesday, Jon Marks said that the Football Night in America analyst “sounds so silly” by insisting on not giving Jalen Hurts credit.
“Apparently, he’s so pot-committed that he can’t come off of it,” Marks said. “He remains right there. There’s no reason after watching that game you should still be saying things about Daniel Jones, that he thinks Daniel Jones is a better quarterback than Jalen Hurts or anything like that.”
Marks’ partner Ike Reese pointed out that there is clearly something Chris Simms does not like about Jalen Hurts. In the past, Reese says he has heard Simms say that he would take Minnesota Vikings backup Kellen Mond over Hurts.
He said that anyone that committed to a bit is not going to be swayed. The Eagles winning a Super Bowl with Jalen Hurts under center is the only thing that even stands a chance of changing Chris Simms’s mind.
“That’s the whole thing about being pot-committed to a take,” Reese said. “You’ve got a point until proven wrong.”
Fred Roggin Retiring From Local TV, Continuing Show on AM 570 LA Sports
“With all due respect to everyone that does it — and does such a magnificent job — it just doesn’t carry the relevance it used to.”
After 42 years, Fred Roggin is stepping away from the local television scene.
Roggin’s final day with Los Angeles’ Channel 4 is Thursday. He told the Los Angeles Times while he’s still interested in doing some television production work, he’s reached the end of his time as a local sports anchor.
“I realized dreams I didn’t know I had,” said Roggin. “I’ve been the luckiest and most blessed guy in the world.”
Roggin will continue to host Roggin & Rodney with former USC and NFL quarterback Rodney Peete. The show airs from 12:00-3:00 PM PT on AM 570 LA Sports.
The 65-year-old told the Times the decreased priority of local sportscasts on local television is part of the reason for his departure. He noted changes in the way viewers consume news coverage has changed his position.
“That’s not how local sports is approached around the country,” Roggin said. “It’s scores and highlights. With all due respect to everyone that does it — and does such a magnificent job — it just doesn’t carry the relevance it used to…That is why you see local sportscasts dying.”
Greg Olsen on Tom Brady FOX Deal: ‘It Sucks, But at the End of the Day, I’m a Big Boy’
“We all know the reality. I know what I signed up for this year.”
Greg Olsen has received nearly universal praise for his work on FOX. A whole new audience learned of his broadcasting skill when he and Kevin Burkhardt were moved into the network’s top NFL booth this season. How long he gets to stay in that booth remains unknown.
FOX signed Tom Brady to a $375 million dollar deal in 2022. When he is finally ready to walk away from the NFL, Brady will go to FOX’s top NFL booth alongside Burkhardt. What that means for Olsen remains unknown.
He was on ESPN 1000’s Waddle & Silvy on Tuesday and was asked what it would take for FOX to keep him in a prominent position when Brady arrives. Marc Silverman even suggested having the GOAT start as low as the number four booth at the network.
“I don’t know if Brady is going to be in the number four booth,” Greg Olsen laughed. “We all know the reality. I know what I signed up for this year.”
Olsen said that his goal has always been to continue to get better and hopefully deliver a fun broadcast. Ideally, that should be enough to keep him in the top booth, especially if the praise continues when he and Burkhardt call the Super Bowl.
In reality, FOX has made a massive investment in Tom Brady, in terms of both time and money. Olsen knows that those commitments matter to the network. All he can do is wait to see what decision Brady makes about his future.
“Listen, if Brady ends up retiring and coming, and decides (to join the FOX booth), and that’s how everything unfolds, it sucks… But at the end of the day, I’m a big boy. I know what I signed up for. I took a chance on myself. I rolled the dice. We’ll see how it plays out.”
While it is widely expected that Tom Brady will not return to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, plenty in the NFL believe that his playing career is not over. Olsen joked that if another team is interested in bringing Tom Brady in, then he is willing to help seal the deal however he can.
“Listen, I hope Brady signs a five-year deal with somebody. I’ll be the first guy there. I’ll give ’em some cap room to make it work.”