Mark Sanchez retires from NFL for ESPN job

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Mark Sanchez has played his last down in the NFL.

ESPN announced Tuesday that it has hired the veteran quarterback as a college football analyst and signed him to a multi-year deal. 

Sanchez will join Kevin Negandhi and Jonathan Vilma on ABC’s lead college football studio show. A spot was left vacant when Mack Brown left to coach North Carolina.

“Mark will be making an immediate transition from the field to the studio, allowing him to provide viewers a perspective that is in-concert with the current game,” ESPN senior vice president of production Lee Fitting said in a release. “Succeeding within a high-pressure media market at USC, and then in the NFL, provided on-the-job training for the next chapter of Mark’s career, which we are thrilled will be with us at ESPN.

“That media experience, combined with his on the field success — playing in-and-winning numerous high profile matchups including the 2009 Rose Bowl Game, adding to USC’s rich quarterback heritage, and leading an NFL team to multiple conference championships — is a recipe for success as an analyst.”

Sanchez, 32, was initially selected out of USC by the Jets with the fifth overall pick of the 2009 draft and bounced around the NFL after a five-year stint in New York. He spent time with the Eagles, Bears, Cowboys and, most recently, the Redskins. He played in two games for Washington last season, going 19-for-35 for 138 yards with no touchdowns and three interceptions.

However, he had success early on in his career, making it to the AFC championship in his first two seasons.

But Sanchez will likely be most remembered for the infamous “Butt Fumble” against the Patriots on Thanksgiving in 2012.

Sanchez made more than $50 million over his NFL career that included 86 touchdown passes and 89 interceptions.