Add Shane Vereen to the list of former New England Patriots players to find a second career in broadcasting.
FOX has hired the ex-Patriots running back as an analyst covering college football games this season, the New York Post's Andrew Marchand reported Monday. According to Marchand, Vereen will join the broadcast team of Justin Kutcher and Petros Papadakis.
News item: Fox has hired former Cal & NE Patriots RB Shane Vereen for its college football game coverage, a source said. He will work with Justin Kutcher & Petros Papadakis.— Andrew Marchand (@AndrewMarchand) August 21, 2019
Vereen joined the Patriots in 2011 as a second-round pick out of the University of California and carved out a solid role as a pass-catching threat out of the backfield. He recorded a team-high 11 receptions in Super Bowl XLIX to help the Patriots defeat the Seattle Seahawks.
New England let Vereen walk in 2015, and he latched on with the Giants to play three more NFL seasons. Injuries eventually derailed Vereen's playing career, as he signed with the New Orleans Saints prior to the 2018 season but was placed on injured reserve and later released with an injury settlement.
The 30-year-old apparently has found a new calling, though, joining the likes of Willie McGinest (NFL Network) and Tedy Bruschi (ESPN) of ex-Patriots joining the national media ranks. (Several former Patriots also have joined the NBC Sports Boston team at various points, including Jerod Mayo, Troy Brown and Rob Ninkovich.)
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