Today I know a lot more about the game as a whole than I did when I was a player. I played in high school and in college, plus 1 played for 13 seasons in the National Football League (NFL). But being a television analyst — 2015 will be my 22nd season working for FOX Sports — has forced me to learn even more about this game that I love.
As a player, I had a working knowledge of the passing game, of how a secondary works in coverages, and of the offensive and defensive line formations. I also had a working knowledge of general managers, scouts, and head coaches. But working as an analyst, I’ve been forced to cover the entire game. I no longer view football from a defensive lineman’s perspective. Instead, I look at football as a whole. And I’m still learning every day. That never changes. I don’t think you’ll ever stop learning when it comes to football. It’s the same for everyone — the players, the fans, the coaches, and the television experts. So don’t feel alone out there.