Following his five year NFL career as a quarterback, Jesse Palmer has become known as one of the more respected college football analysts on television. His perspectives on college football are displayed through numerous avenues including ESPN and the SEC Network. Palmer’s experience as a former college quarterback for the Florida Gators also makes him a valuable person to discuss the expectations that fans have for college athletes. During my recent interview with Jesse Palmer, I asked him about the current college football season, the pressures of being a college football player, and his involvement with the 2015 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team®.
MH: What was your biggest takeaway from last week’s college football matchups?
Jesse Palmer: The biggest story was Ole Miss. They came into the game against Alabama having scored over 70 points in both their prior games. They went into Alabama and played great. Ole Miss quarterback Chad Kelly’s performance and the defense’s performance was terrific and makes them contenders in the SEC and national championship hunt. It was also surprising to see Stanford beat USC. People counted out Stanford after they lost against Northwestern but after their win against USC, Stanford is now a factor in the PAC 12. LSU running back Leonard Fournette’s game against Auburn also stood out. He showed he is much improved as an all around running back. He is on the Heisman watch and helped put LSU not only in SEC contention but national contention for the College Football Playoff.
MH: As a former college and NFL quarterback, can you relate to the pressure that many of today’s college football players feel?
Jesse Palmer: It is a lot of pressure. Being a former college athlete, it is a little different now than when I played. The scrutiny, intensity, and fan involvement are very high in college football due to the popularity. It is the second most popular game in American next to the NFL. With the College Football Playoff, there is more attention than ever to college football.
MH: What is your involvement with the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team®?
Jesse Palmer: I’m really excited and honored to be part of Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® voting panel. 22 college football players were selected to the team to shine a light on their stories of community service activities. As a former college athlete, I know the importance of giving back. Being part of the voting panel for the Good Works Team® is a terrific thing to be a part of. Fans can visit espn.com/Allstate to read the stories of how these athletes have had an impact in their communities. Fans can also vote for the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® captain at espn.com/Allstate.
For more on the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team®, visit www.allstate.com