Ryan Fitzpatrick proved in his NFL career he was built for blazing fame.
He’s not shying away from the spotlight now that his time on the pitch is over. Fitzpatrick joined Prime Video’s Thursday Night Football coverage as a pre-match analyst in 2022, the network announced on Tuesday.
Fitzpatrick ended his 17-season NFL career with an official retirement in early June, and NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reports at the time that Fitzpatrick was in talks with Amazon about joining NFL coverage in 2022. Such talk has led to Fitzpatrick getting a warm lock-up. a role in a prime-time slot that has become a television promise for football fans.
Fitzpatrick is no stranger to bouncing between jobs, having played for nine different teams in his NFL career. The constant transition finally came to an end when Fitzpatrick decided to retire, but he will not run out of traveling away from home with his new job this season.
“Amazon jumped at me,” Fitzpatrick told The New York Post. “In that sense it’s something fresh and new. It makes a lot of sense from what I’m trying to get into.”
Fitzpatrick will be part of a pre-match crew that also includes Pro Football Hall of Fame player Tony Gonzalez and cornerback Richard Sherman, and will set the table for Amazon’s new broadcast team of legendary play-by-play broadcaster Al Michaels and color commentator Kirk Herbstreit. Fitzpatrick will also have the rare privilege of providing pre-match analysis for eight games featuring many of his former teams.
Thursday night’s makeover promises entertainment. And as Fitzpatrick’s career has proven, it should be a fun ride.