'Bachelorette' winner Jordan Rodgers joins ESPN's SEC Network

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Jordan Rodgers is having an eventful week.

Just one day after he was named the Season 12 winner of "The Bachelorette," it was announced that the ABC reality star is staying in the Disney family and joining ESPN.

The former Vanderbilt quarterback will provide college football commentary as a studio analyst for the SEC Network, which is devoted to coverage of the Southeastern Conference.

Along with being the younger brother of Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers, the 27-year-old played at Vanderbilt from 2010-2012 and was the first quarterback in team history to make back-to-back postseason bowl appearances.

"I've devoted my life to football," Rodgers said. "I was never the most talented player on the field. I had to work hard for it and sharing those experiences and that knowledge is my new focus."

"We began planning for the upcoming college football season in February and Jordan was one of our first calls," ESPN Senior Vice President Stephanie Druley said in a statement Tuesday. "He had a unique perspective as a quarterback at Vanderbilt University and we were immediately impressed with his intelligence and passion for the game."

Druley went on to explain that they began considering Rodgers for the job long before he became the prime focus of JoJo Fletcher's affection on the hit dating show.

"We first interviewed Jordan in March and he auditioned in May, before 'The Bachelorette' had begun airing," she said. "We were struck by the clarity of his thought and strong, thoughtful opinion on the many layers of college football."

Rodgers beat out romantic rival Robby Hayes to earn Fletcher's final rose on Monday's finale, and then dropped down on one knee to propose.

Along with now wedding planning with his new fiancee, his first day on the job will be Aug. 23 on SEC Network's sports news and information show "SEC Now."

"I've spent the summer studying in preparation for the football season," Rodgers said about preparing for his new gig. "Part of the job is based on personal experience, but knowing the rosters, stats and dynamics of 14 teams and their opponents every week is the work aspect."

He follows the path forged by ESPN analyst Jesse Palmer, who played quarterback for the University of Florida and the NFL's New York Giants before starring on Season 5 of "The Bachelor" and eventually joining ESPN in 2007.

Rodgers joins a studio talent lineup that includes Heisman winner Tim Tebow, two-time Super Bowl champion Booger McFarland, national championship-winning quarterback Greg McElroy, national championship-winning lineman at LSU and Dallas Cowboy Marcus Spears, as well as hosts Dari Nowkhah, Peter Burns, Laura Rutledge and Paul Finebaum.

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THE BACHELORETTE - 'Episode 1208' - JoJo's emotionally charged, whirlwind world tour to find love comes back to the U.S. as she travels across country to visit Chase, Jordan, Luke and Robby. Her spirit and resilience is about to be tested by the men and their loved ones, as she tries to figure out if she can love more than one man at a time. Are all these bachelors ready to be married? JoJo will try and find out from the people who know them best, as she moves closer to making her fairytale come true, on 'The Bachelorette,' MONDAY, JULY 18 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EDT), on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Carl Costas/ABC via Getty Images) JORDAN, JOJO FLETCHER
THE BACHELORETTE - 'Episode 1208' - JoJo's emotionally charged, whirlwind world tour to find love comes back to the U.S. as she travels across country to visit Chase, Jordan, Luke and Robby. Her spirit and resilience is about to be tested by the men and their loved ones, as she tries to figure out if she can love more than one man at a time. Are all these bachelors ready to be married? JoJo will try and find out from the people who know them best, as she moves closer to making her fairytale come true, on 'The Bachelorette,' MONDAY, JULY 18 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EDT), on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Carl Costas/ABC via Getty Images) JORDAN, JOJO FLETCHER
THE BACHELORETTE - 'Episode 1206' - JoJo and the eight remaining men move on to the beauty and history of Argentina's exciting capitol, Buenos Aires. The Bachelorette hopes to get things back on track this week and make progress with some relationships, but for the first time in franchise history, there will be a second two-on-one date. Wells takes a romantic walk through the city with JoJo and they have the opportunity to participate in a performance art piece, 'Fuerza Bruta,' which will hopefully ignite their passion. JoJo escorts five men for a day of fun in the La Boca neighborhood of the capitol, but it ends with tempers flaring as the competition intensifies. Chase and Derek, two of JoJo's favorite bachelors, are the unlucky guys going on the two-on-one date. The guys aren't the only ones who are anxious. JoJo stuns the remaining men by suddenly leaving the rose ceremony, on 'The Bachelorette,' MONDAY, JUNE 27 (8:00-10:01p.m. EDT), on the ABC Television Network. (Veronica Gambini/ABC via Getty Images) ROBBY, JOJO FLETCHER, JORDAN, ALEX, JAMES T., LUKE
THE BACHELORETTE - 'Episode 1206' - JoJo and the eight remaining men move on to the beauty and history of Argentina's exciting capitol, Buenos Aires. The Bachelorette hopes to get things back on track this week and make progress with some relationships, but for the first time in franchise history, there will be a second two-on-one date. Wells takes a romantic walk through the city with JoJo and they have the opportunity to participate in a performance art piece, 'Fuerza Bruta,' which will hopefully ignite their passion. JoJo escorts five men for a day of fun in the La Boca neighborhood of the capitol, but it ends with tempers flaring as the competition intensifies. Chase and Derek, two of JoJo's favorite bachelors, are the unlucky guys going on the two-on-one date. The guys aren't the only ones who are anxious. JoJo stuns the remaining men by suddenly leaving the rose ceremony, on 'The Bachelorette,' MONDAY, JUNE 27 (8:00-10:01p.m. EDT), on the ABC Television Network. (Veronica Gambini/ABC via Getty Images) JOJO FLETCHER, JAMES T., JORDAN, LUKE
THE BACHELORETTE - 'Episode 1206' - JoJo and the eight remaining men move on to the beauty and history of Argentina's exciting capitol, Buenos Aires. The Bachelorette hopes to get things back on track this week and make progress with some relationships, but for the first time in franchise history, there will be a second two-on-one date. Wells takes a romantic walk through the city with JoJo and they have the opportunity to participate in a performance art piece, 'Fuerza Bruta,' which will hopefully ignite their passion. JoJo escorts five men for a day of fun in the La Boca neighborhood of the capitol, but it ends with tempers flaring as the competition intensifies. Chase and Derek, two of JoJo's favorite bachelors, are the unlucky guys going on the two-on-one date. The guys aren't the only ones who are anxious. JoJo stuns the remaining men by suddenly leaving the rose ceremony, on 'The Bachelorette,' MONDAY, JUNE 27 (8:00-10:01p.m. EDT), on the ABC Television Network. (Veronica Gambini/ABC via Getty Images) ALEX, JAMES T., LUKE , JOJO FLETCHER, JORDAN, ROBBY
NASHVILLE, TN - JUNE 16: Singer/Songwriter Cowboy Troy and former Vanderbilt quarterback Jordan Rodgers attend, On Deck With The Deckers Hosted By The Eric And Jessie Decker Foundation, The Eric And Jessie Decker Foundation, positively impact the lives of United States military service members and veterans as well as animals. EJDF serves those who have served us via Decker's Dogs, helps fund the rescue, care and training of service dogs for military veterans returning home with disabilities. Event held at Rosewall on June 16, 2015 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TN - JUNE 16: Singer/Songwriter Cowboy Troy and former Vanderbilt quarterback Jordan Rodgers attend, On Deck With The Deckers Hosted By The Eric And Jessie Decker Foundation, The Eric And Jessie Decker Foundation, positively impact the lives of United States military service members and veterans as well as animals. EJDF serves those who have served us via Decker's Dogs, helps fund the rescue, care and training of service dogs for military veterans returning home with disabilities. Event held at Rosewall on June 16, 2015 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images)
THE BACHELORETTE - 'Episode 1204' - Chris Harrison faces off with Chad about his bad behavior, letting him know that violence is unacceptable, but will Chad make amends with the rest of the men? The pool party continues, but JoJo can't help notice the guys are distracted by the house drama. After the rose ceremony, 14 men leave Los Angeles and begin their worldwide journey to find love, traveling first to the beautiful Laurel Highlands of Southwestern, Pennsylvania. One lucky man and JoJo escape to a surprising romantic date deep in the woods. The night is topped off by a dreamy slow dance at a Dan + Shay live concert. Pittsburgh's Heinz Field plays host to a group of 11 bachelors and superstars Ben Roethlisberger, Hines Ward and Brett Keisel. Teams face off in a heated battle to win a special after party with JoJo. Finally, the dreaded two-on-one date looms, and it ends with a chilling stand-off and the possibility of revenge, on the finale of the special two-night event on 'The Bachelorette,' TUESDAY, JUNE 7 (8:00-10:01, ET), on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Donald Rager/ABC via Getty Images) JORDAN, EVAN, JOJO FLETCHER, DEREK, BRETT KEISEL
THE BACHELORETTE - 'Episode 1204' - Chris Harrison faces off with Chad about his bad behavior, letting him know that violence is unacceptable, but will Chad make amends with the rest of the men? The pool party continues, but JoJo can't help notice the guys are distracted by the house drama. After the rose ceremony, 14 men leave Los Angeles and begin their worldwide journey to find love, traveling first to the beautiful Laurel Highlands of Southwestern, Pennsylvania. One lucky man and JoJo escape to a surprising romantic date deep in the woods. The night is topped off by a dreamy slow dance at a Dan + Shay live concert. Pittsburgh's Heinz Field plays host to a group of 11 bachelors and superstars Ben Roethlisberger, Hines Ward and Brett Keisel. Teams face off in a heated battle to win a special after party with JoJo. Finally, the dreaded two-on-one date looms, and it ends with a chilling stand-off and the possibility of revenge, on the finale of the special two-night event on 'The Bachelorette,' TUESDAY, JUNE 7 (8:00-10:01, ET), on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Donald Rager/ABC via Getty Images) ROBBY, VINCENT, JAMES T., DEREK, JORDAN, JAMES F., EVAN, CHASE, DANIEL, GRANT, BRETT KEISEL
THE BACHELORETTE - 'Episode 1203' - Still in shock after Chad stays as part of the group of 17 remaining men despite his aggressive behavior, the men feel the pressure as the competition heats up. Chase and JoJo go to a hot yoga class during the day, which ends with a surprise performance by country star Charles Kelly. A group of unsuspecting bachelors are about to come clean about their sexual experiences - in public! Meanwhile, Chad has reverted back to his hot-head ways, almost leading to fisticuffs. James Taylor is treated to a good old-fashioned swing-dance date, topped off by a trip to lover's lane. An impromptu pool party replaces the cocktail party, and the drama begins as one man calls Chad out for his bullying behavior, and Chris Harrison takes matters into his own hands. Will this be the end of the road for Chad? Find out on the special two-night event on 'The Bachelorette,' beginning MONDAY, JUNE 6 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EDT), on the ABC Television Network. (Rick Rowell/ABC via Getty Images) JORDAN
THE BACHELORETTE - 'Episode 1203' - Still in shock after Chad stays as part of the group of 17 remaining men despite his aggressive behavior, the men feel the pressure as the competition heats up. Chase and JoJo go to a hot yoga class during the day, which ends with a surprise performance by country star Charles Kelly. A group of unsuspecting bachelors are about to come clean about their sexual experiences - in public! Meanwhile, Chad has reverted back to his hot-head ways, almost leading to fisticuffs. James Taylor is treated to a good old-fashioned swing-dance date, topped off by a trip to lover's lane. An impromptu pool party replaces the cocktail party, and the drama begins as one man calls Chad out for his bullying behavior, and Chris Harrison takes matters into his own hands. Will this be the end of the road for Chad? Find out on the special two-night event on 'The Bachelorette,' beginning MONDAY, JUNE 6 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EDT), on the ABC Television Network. (Rick Rowell/ABC via Getty Images) JORDAN, GRANT
THE BACHELORETTE - 'Episode 1203' - Still in shock after Chad stays as part of the group of 17 remaining men despite his aggressive behavior, the men feel the pressure as the competition heats up. Chase and JoJo go to a hot yoga class during the day, which ends with a surprise performance by country star Charles Kelly. A group of unsuspecting bachelors are about to come clean about their sexual experiences - in public! Meanwhile, Chad has reverted back to his hot-head ways, almost leading to fisticuffs. James Taylor is treated to a good old-fashioned swing-dance date, topped off by a trip to lover's lane. An impromptu pool party replaces the cocktail party, and the drama begins as one man calls Chad out for his bullying behavior, and Chris Harrison takes matters into his own hands. Will this be the end of the road for Chad? Find out on the special two-night event on 'The Bachelorette,' beginning MONDAY, JUNE 6 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EDT), on the ABC Television Network. (Rick Rowell/ABC via Getty Images) JOJO FLETCHER, JORDAN, WELLS, ALEX, EVAN
THE BACHELORETTE - '1201' - Successful and stunning real estate developer JoJo Fletcher, 25, gets a second chance at her happily-ever-after, choosing from twenty-six handsome bachelors. After being devastated last season by a shocking rejection from Bachelor Ben Higgins, who confessed his love to both her and Lauren Bushnell, the Texan beauty is ready to leave that heartbreak behind and write her very own love story as the Bachelorette. JoJo will embark on her own journey to find her soul mate when she stars in the 12th edition of ABC's hit romance reality series, 'The Bachelorette,' which will premiere at a special time MONDAY, MAY 23 (9:01-11:00 p.m. EDT), on the ABC Television Network. (Rick Rowell/ABC via Getty Images) DEREK, ALEX, JORDAN, WELLS
THE BACHELORETTE - '1201' - Successful and stunning real estate developer JoJo Fletcher, 25, gets a second chance at her happily-ever-after, choosing from twenty-six handsome bachelors. After being devastated last season by a shocking rejection from Bachelor Ben Higgins, who confessed his love to both her and Lauren Bushnell, the Texan beauty is ready to leave that heartbreak behind and write her very own love story as the Bachelorette. JoJo will embark on her own journey to find her soul mate when she stars in the 12th edition of ABC's hit romance reality series, 'The Bachelorette,' which will premiere at a special time MONDAY, MAY 23 (9:01-11:00 p.m. EDT), on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Rick Rowell/ABC via Getty Images) JORDAN, JOJO FLETCHER
THE BACHELORETTE - '1201' - Successful and stunning real estate developer JoJo Fletcher, 25, gets a second chance at her happily-ever-after, choosing from twenty-six handsome bachelors. After being devastated last season by a shocking rejection from Bachelor Ben Higgins, who confessed his love to both her and Lauren Bushnell, the Texan beauty is ready to leave that heartbreak behind and write her very own love story as the Bachelorette. JoJo will embark on her own journey to find her soul mate when she stars in the 12th edition of ABC's hit romance reality series, 'The Bachelorette,' which will premiere at a special time MONDAY, MAY 23 (9:01-11:00 p.m. EDT), on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Rick Rowell/ABC via Getty Images) JOJO FLETCHER, JORDAN
THE BACHELORETTE - Jo Jo Fletcher first stole America's heart on Ben Higgins season of 'The Bachelor,' where she charmed both Ben and Bachelor Nation with her bubbly personality and sweet, girl-next-door wit and spunk. Jo Jo embarks on her own journey to find love when she stars in the 12th edition of 'The Bachelorette,' which premieres on MONDAY, MAY 23 on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Craig Sjodin/ABC via Getty Images) JORDAN
Vanderbilt quarterback Jordan Rodgers kisses the trophy after defeating North Carolina State 38-24 in the Music City Bowl NCAA college football game, Monday, Dec. 31, 2012, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
TUSCALOOSA, AL - OCTOBER 08: Jordan Rodgers #11 of the Vanderbilt Commodores against the Alabama Crimson Tide at Bryant-Denny Stadium on October 8, 2011 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TN - OCTOBER 29: Quarterback Jordan Rodgers #11 of the Vanderbilt Commodores hands off during a college football game against the Arkansas Razorbacks at Vanderbilt Stadium on October 29, 2011 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Ronald C. Modra/Sports Imagery/Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TN - OCTOBER 29: Head Coach James Franklin talks with quarterback Jordan Rodgers #11 of the Vanderbilt Commodores during a game against the Arkansas Razorbacks at Vanderbilt Stadium on October 29, 2011 in Nashville, Tennessee. The Razorbacks defeated the Commodores 31-28. (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)
Vanderbilt quarterback Jordan Rodgers watches from the bench in the second quarter of an NCAA college football game against Presbyterian on Saturday, Sept. 15, 2012, in Nashville, Tenn. Vanderbilt won 58-0. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
WINSTON SALEM, NC - NOVEMBER 26: Vanderbilt Commodores quarterback Jordan Rodgers #11 warms up prior to the game against the Wake Forest Demon Deacons at BB&T Field on November 26, 2011 in Winston Salem, North Carolina. The Commodores defeated the Demon Deacons 41-7. (Photo by Brian A. Westerholt/Getty Images)
Vanderbilt Commodores quarterback Jordan Rodgers warms up in the fourth quarter of an NCAA college football game against Mississippi on Saturday, Sept. 17, 2011, in Nashville, Tenn. Vanderbilt won 30-7. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
Vanderbilt quarterback Jordan Rodgers, the younger brother of Green Bay Packers' quarterback Aaron Rodgers, waits for his turn to run a drill during NCAA college football practice on Friday, Aug. 5, 2011, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
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