SEC Network has added a Super Bowl champion and Georgia Bulldog to its roster of analysts. Former tight end Benjamin Watson will appear regularly on SEC Now and SEC Football Final in 2021, ESPN Press Room announced Wednesday. Watson will debut on July 19-22 for SEC Kickoff.
“I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to be joining ESPN and SEC Network,” Watson told ESPN. “I look forward to diving in with my new colleagues and analyzing the best conference in college football. The SEC is near and dear to me. Like all the fans, I can’t wait for kickoff weekend.”
Watson began his playing career at Duke before transferring to the University of Georgia. He logged 852 yards and six touchdowns over three seasons in Athens, establishing a reputation as a well-rounded prospect and solid locker room guy.
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— Mark Richt (@MarkRicht) July 14, 2021
The New England Patriots selected Watson with the thirty-second pick in the 2004 NFL Draft. Supporting a young Tom Brady, Watson won a Super Bowl ring in his rookie season. After his stint in New England, Watson played for the Cleveland Browns (2010-12), New Orleans Saints (2013-15, 2018) and the Baltimore Ravens (2016-17).
In addition to his Super Bowl victory, Watson took home the 2018 Bart Starr Award as the player who “best exemplifies outstanding character and leadership in the home, on the field, and in the community.” The tight end retired in 2019 (with the Pats) after fifteen years in the pros.
“His extensive career in the sport, along with his affable personality, make him a great fit with our Saturday crew,” said Tom McCollum, ESPN senior coordinating producer. “Benjamin’s perspective will be extremely valuable to our viewers and we look forward to his SEC Network debut next week.”