THIS IS EPISODE 541 OF THE SPORTS SPECTRUM PODCAST
Marcus Spears is an NFL analyst for ESPN who appears daily on “NFL Live.” The former NFL defensive end initially joined ESPN as a college football analyst for the SEC Network in April 2014.
He was selected in the first round of the 2005 NFL Draft (20th overall) by the Dallas Cowboys after a successful college career at LSU. Spears went on to play defensive end for nine NFL seasons with the Cowboys and Ravens before retiring in 2014.
In college at LSU, he played tight end, fullback and defensive end under Nick Saban from 2001-04. During his sophomore year, he became a full-time defensive player and his contributions helped the Tigers to two SEC championships (2001, 2003) and the 2004 BCS National Championship.
On today’s podcast, we talk to Spears about his television celebrity on ESPN, when he first realized broadcasting would be his post-NFL career, playing for Nick Saban and Bill Parcells, how his faith has guided him during his life, and why 2020 has given him a chance for self-reflection.