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Jesse Palmer

Palmer in November 2010
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Personal information
Date of birth: (1978-10-05) October 5, 1978 (age 43)
Place of birth: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Career information
College: Florida
NFL Draft: 2001 / Round: 4 / Pick: 125
CFL Draft: 2001 / Round: 2 / Pick: 15
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
* New York Giants ( 2001 2004)
Career highlights and awards
* SEC Championship (2000)
Pass attempts     120
Completions     63
Passing yards     562
TD-INT     3-4
Stats at
Stats at

Jesse James Palmer (born October 5, 1978)[1] is a TV host, sports commentator, and former college and professional football player who was a quarterback in the National Football League (NFL) for five seasons in the early 2000s. Palmer played college football for the University of Florida, and thereafter, he played professionally for the New York Giants and San Francisco 49ers in the NFL before spending half of the 2006 season with the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League (CFL). Palmer was cast in 2004 as the bachelor on the fifth season of the reality television series The Bachelor. He went on to become a college football analyst for ESPN/ABC in the United States,[2] and has been a columnist for the website of The Sports Network in Canada.[3] He is also a contributor to ABC's Good Morning America. In 2018, he hosted the kickoff season of The Proposal on ABC.

Early years

Palmer was born in Toronto, Ontario,[4] and raised in Nepean, Ontario, a suburb of Ottawa. He attended both Confederation and St. Pius X high schools, although he played all of his amateur football on teams in the Ontario Minor Football Association and most importantly with the Myers Riders Football Club in Ottawa.[5]

His father, Bill Palmer, played for the Ottawa Rough Riders. His mother, Susan, was a prominent fashion and print model, co-founder of Barrett Palmer Models and former owner of the original ITM International Top Models, a modeling agency and training centre located in Ottawa; eventually became the current agency MIM Model International Management[6].

College career

Palmer accepted an athletic scholarship to attend the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida, where he played for coach Steve Spurrier's Florida Gators football team from 1997 to 2000.[7]

Palmer often alternated playing time with quarterback Doug Johnson, and later, with quarterback Rex Grossman. As a senior, he was selected as one of the team captains and received the Gators' Fergie Ferguson Award, recognizing the "senior football player who displays outstanding leadership, character and courage." He finished his four-year college career with 3,755 passing yards.[7]

Palmer graduated from the University of Florida in 2001 with two undergraduate degrees: a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and a Bachelor of Science degree in marketing from the College of Business Administration.[citation needed]

Professional football career


Palmer was chosen by the New York Giants of the National Football League (NFL) in the fourth round (125th overall pick) of the 2001 NFL Draft,[8] and he played for the Giants for four seasons from 2001 to 2004.[9] As a Giants quarterback, he spent most of his NFL career as a backup behind starter Kerry Collins.[10] In 2002, Palmer played in two games. The following season, Palmer played in six games, starting three.[9] In 2003, he was sacked by Washington Redskins defensive end Bruce Smith, Smith's 199th career sack which enabled him to become the all-time career sack leader.[11]

After a four-year stint as a backup quarterback, he was cut on September 3, 2005 by the Giants.[12] Palmer was the second Canadian (after Mark Rypien of the Washington Redskins) to start at the quarterback position in the NFL.[13]


Palmer was drafted by the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League (CFL) 15th overall in 2001 CFL Draft.[14] At first, wanting to stay in the game, he looked to the Canadian Football League for employment. His rights were held by Montreal; however, the Ottawa Renegades tried to acquire the Ottawa native as their top quarterback in September 2005, and Palmer expressed interest in playing for his home town.[15]

Attempting to locate another opportunity to stay in the NFL, Palmer worked out with the Minnesota Vikings and Oakland Raiders and was signed by the San Francisco 49ers on November 1, 2005 as injuries plagued their quarterbacks Alex Smith and Ken Dorsey.[13][16] Dorsey and Smith returned from injury three weeks later, and Palmer was released without having played a down.[17] Palmer was re-signed by the 49ers in March 2006 during the off-season but was later released on August 29, 2006 toward the end of training camp.[17][18] On September 11, 2006, the Montreal Alouettes signed him to their developmental roster.[14] Palmer did not dress for a game with Montreal. He retired from the CFL before the start of the 2007 season to pursue a broadcasting career.[19]

The Bachelor

In 2004, Palmer was the first professional athlete to appear on The Bachelor television program and the first non-American Bachelor. During the first rose ceremony, Palmer called the name Katie in error, meaning to say Karen. After consulting with host Chris Harrison, Palmer offered a rose to both contestants. [20] He eventually selected Jessica Bowlin, but their courtship lasted for only a few months after the end of the show.[21][22]

Broadcasting career

Palmer was a color commentator for Fox for two games late in the 2005 season, and returned to the booth on November 26, 2006.[citation needed] On April 25, 2007, Palmer appeared on the NFL Network as an analyst and commentator for the weekend's NFL Draft.[citation needed]

On May 24, 2007, Palmer announced his retirement from the Canadian Football League to pursue a broadcasting career with Fox.[23] He joined ESPN in 2007.[24] Palmer worked for ESPN as a studio analyst on College Football Live and ABC telecasts, and frequently appeared with fellow Canadian John Saunders until 2017.[24] He is a game analyst on ESPN Thursday Night College football games. He was also co-host on The Palmer and Pollack Show on ESPNU with former Georgia defensive end, David Pollack.[24][25]

On March 12, 2014, ESPN named Palmer and Brent Musburger as the lead game announcers for the forthcoming SEC Network.[26]

Palmer is also New York correspondent for CTV's entertainment news program, eTalk, covering both sports and entertainment events, including the Super Bowl and the 79th and 80th Academy Awards.[27]

Palmer was a studio analyst for ESPN's broadcast of the 2012 Cotton Bowl in Dallas, Texas, the 2010 Fiesta Bowl in Glendale, Arizona, and the 2009 Rose Bowl game in Pasadena, California.[citation needed] he is also an NFL analyst for TSN's "Monday Morning Quarterback" segment.[28]

Palmer guest starred in the Law & Order: Special Victims Unit season 7 episode "Design," portraying professional baseball player Don Lacey. He hosted the first two seasons of the food competition show Recipe to Riches on Food Network Canada.[29] On May 19, 2015, Palmer joined Good Morning America as a "Special Contributor". He left the position in August 2017.[30] He has also hosted "Spring Baking Championship" and "Holiday Baking Championship" on Food Network.[31]

On September 17, 2017 Palmer began hosting the newly launched DailyMailTV.[32]

In September 2018, Palmer began doing commercials as a spokesman for retail furniture chain Rooms To Go. [33]

See also


  1. "Jesse Palmer". National Football League. Retrieved August 14, 2017.
  2. "Jesse Palmer: College Football Analyst". ESPN. Retrieved August 14, 2017.
  3. "[Columns by Jesse Palmer"]. The Sports Network. Archived from the original on July 22, 2013.
  4. Jesse Palmer profile,; retrieved March 18, 2011.
  5. Jesse Palmer profile Archived May 15, 2011, at the Wayback Machine,; retrieved March 18, 2011.
  6. MIM Models International Management, former ITM International Top Models, Ottawa, Canada |
  7. 7.0 7.1 2011 Florida Gators Football Media Guide Archived April 2, 2012, at the Wayback Machine, University Athletic Association, Gainesville, Florida, pp. 98, 99, 103, 125, 136, 138–139, 142, 144, 148, 152, 185 (2011). Retrieved August 31, 2011.
  8. "2001 National Football League Draft". Retrieved January 28, 2018.
  9. 9.0 9.1 "Jesse Palmer, QB". Retrieved January 28, 2018.
  10. "For now, it's 'The Bachelor' at quarterback for the Giants". June 7, 2004. Retrieved January 28, 2018.
  11. Litsky, Frank (December 8, 2003). "PRO FOOTBALL; With No. 199, Smith Becomes Sack Leader". Retrieved August 24, 2014.
  12. Bautista, Judy (September 4, 2005). "Giants Settle on Quarterbacks, and Palmer Is Odd Man Out". The New York Times. Retrieved January 28, 2018.
  13. 13.0 13.1 Patton, John (April 15, 2011). "Florida Gator Quarterbacks Through the Years". Retrieved January 28, 2018.
  14. 14.0 14.1 "Jesse Palmer Joins Alouettes" (Press release). Canadian Football League. September 11, 2006. Retrieved January 28, 2018.
  15. Naylor, David (September 12, 2005). "Ottawa in talks to sign ex-NFL pivot Palmer". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved January 28, 2018.
  16. Phillips, Roger (November 3, 2005). "TV-hottie Palmer begins date with 49ers". East Bay Times. Retrieved January 28, 2018.
  17. 17.0 17.1 Pasquarelli, Len (August 29, 2006). "49ers dump 'Bachelor' Palmer, claim QB Hamdan". Retrieved January 28, 2018.
  18. "Jesse Palmer catches on as sports and ETalk reporter". The Hamilton Spectator. August 31, 2007. Retrieved January 28, 2018.
  19. "Jesse Palmer says goodbye to CFL". CBC News. May 24, 2007. Retrieved January 28, 2018.
  20. "ABC Home Page -".
  21. "How Long Did Every ‘Bachelor’ and ‘Bachelorette’ Couple Stay Together After the Finale?". Us Weekly. May 15, 2017. Retrieved January 28, 2018.
  22. Main, Sami (September 18, 2017). "Jesse Palmer Parlays NFL and Bachelor Fame Into Entertainment and News Gigs". Retrieved January 28, 2018.
  23. "Jesse Palmer announces retirement".;_ylt=AgMmAJv7f7EN17twMgOvbv2Rv9EF. Retrieved June 17, 2016.
  24. 24.0 24.1 24.2 McCarthy, Michael (June 19, 2017). "SN exclusive: Jesse Palmer re-signs with ESPN after bidding war with Fox". Retrieved January 28, 2017.
  25. Blackburn, Gracie (August 11, 2011). "ESPNU Announces New Palmer & Pollack Studio Show".
  26. "Brent Musburger, Jesse Palmer lead SEC team". Retrieved March 12, 2014.
  27. "Palmer profile".
  28. "TSN Talent - Jesse Palmer". TSN/Bell Media. Retrieved October 12, 2013.
  29. "'Recipe to Riches': CBC Names Carlo Rota As Hit Culinary Show's New Host". Huffington Post Canada. The Canadian Press. June 20, 2013. Retrieved January 28, 2018.
  30. Boedeker, Hal (August 14, 2017). "Jesse Palmer leaving 'GMA' to host 'DailyMailTV'". Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved January 28, 2018.
  31. "Jesse Palmer". Retrieved November 13, 2017.
  32. Spargo, Chris (August 14, 2017). "EXCLUSIVE: ESPN football analyst and former NFL quarterback Jesse Palmer will host DailyMailTV this fall". The Daily Mail. Retrieved January 28, 2018.
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