By HCR Staff | Jan. 29, 2020
We’ve been listening to a lot of former players offer terrific insight in the lead-up to the Superbowl this week. Nothing against other commentators, but former players offer a perspective that’s unique, and how they offer it makes it fun too.
Here are some of our favorite studio analysts (in no particular order).
Steven Smith, @SteveSmithFDN – The former Carolina Panthers receiver is entertaining, highly intelligent, and very passionate about the game. He knows the passing game intricately, and the defense of it as well. Plus, he’s a great story teller, and a world traveler who can offer stories off the field.
Deion Sanders, @DeionSanders – We love Deion because he’s never afraid to share a strong opinion. This week, he’s already said that too many people are being let into the Hall of Fame. To some degree, we agree. What we like best about his analysis is that he comes at every issue from the perspective of someone who is supremely talented. He wasn’t just a special player, he was a generational talent. He also is as funny as they come, and it’s clear that even the younger generation of players enjoy speaking with him.
D’Angelo Hall, @DeAngeloHall23 – The former Washington Redskins cornerback is a relative newcomer to the scene, but he already has impressed. It’s important to him that he excels, and it shows. While Hall was a fierce competitor, as an analyst, he is very fair, and very thoughtful with his comments. Hall is a student of the game, and we like the effort he puts in.
James Jones, @89JonesNTAF – The former Green Bay Packers receiver may stick up a little bit too much for his former quarterback Aaron Rodgers, but it’s understandable. Aside from that, Jones is an engaging personality, and offers a good balance between strong opinion and fair analysis.
Nate Burleson, @nateburleson – Burleson has it all–personality, smarts, and insight. The only thing lacking is that he was a good, not great, player…so the gravitas isn’t quite there. Burleson also may be on his way to bigger things. We’d like to see some stronger opinions from him, but his angle is more geniality than anything else.