Drew Bryce is officially out on NBC Sports.
NBC Sports president Pete Bevacqua recently confirmed to the Associated Press that former Saints quarterback will not be returning to the network as an NFL analyst, one month after The Post’s Andrew Marchand first reported that Brees’ time at NBC was up after one season.
“The incredible busyness in the NFL career and then not taking a break at all and going live with us with both Notre Dame football and the NFL, it was definitely an around-the-clock job,” Bevacqua told The Associated Press. “This was definitely a lifestyle choice for him, which is totally understandable.”
Brees ended his NFL career after the 2020 season and went live in the action at NBC, serving as a color commentator for the Notre Dame games this past season, as well as a studio analyst for “Football Night in America” on Sunday nights.
Bevacqua told the AP that conversations he had with Brie, 43, “centered around his desire to spend more time with family.”
In the wake of Brees’ exit from NBC, former “Football Night in America” host Dan Patrick put forth a theory why the future Hall of Famer wouldn’t want to be a studio commentator.
“I think it has something to do with Drew Bryce saying, ‘There’s no fun in being a studio analyst,’” Patrick said. “It’s Drew Bryce! He used to go out on the field, and people would either shout your name because they support and love you, or they shout at you because you might beat their team that day. She goes to a disinfectant studio in Stamford, Connecticut, on Sunday morning. You walk in and see Mike Florio, Peter King and Chris Sims. You’ll probably say, “That’s not fun!”
Although Brees has previously teased a potential NFL comeback amid his impending departure from NBC, the former player has been linked with other broadcasting opportunities, including a role as the NFL’s No. 2 color commentator at Fox Sports.
The AP noted in its story, however, that Bryce is “likely” to stay home this year.
NBC is said to be looking at former Cowboys coach Jason Jarrett as a possible replacement for the Breeze.