Jesse Palmer Bio

Most recently, Jesse Palmer was Kelly Ripa’s co-host on Live with Kelly on ABC in January of 2012. Jesse was also the host of Food Network Canada’s Recipe to Riches, one of the most successful series on the network.

Jesse joined ESPN in 2007 as a college football analyst. The former University of Florida quarterback joined the network a few years after his five seasons in the NFL. Before 2008, Jesse worked primarily in the studio. He now appears on Thursday Night College Football for ESPN and will be appearing on the newly launched SEC Network.

In 2008, Jesse became an analyst for ESPN College Football Primetime, joining announcer Chris Fowler and analyst Craig James in the booth. In addition to the Thursday night games, he served as a studio analyst on College Football Live, ESPN’s daily college football show at 3:30 p.m., and Saturdays, primarily on ESPN2 with host Wendi Nix.

Jesse’s broadcast career began with Fox Sports Net, for which he did analysis for NFL games. He also was a game and studio analyst for CSTV in late 2005, when he did color commentary for college football games and was a studio analyst.

In 2009, Jesse added ABC studio analyst to his roles, joining longtime analyst John Saunders in providing pregame, halftime and postgame analysis for every telecast on ABC and during the half-hour College Football Countdown at 3 p.m.

From 1997-2000 at the University of Florida, Jesse alternated at quarterback with Doug Johnson and then Rex Grossman. In 14 starts through 27 games played, Jesse is 11th on the Gators’ career-record list with 3,755 yards passing, and 12th in career touchdown passes with 31. In his career, he completed 254 passes. He also was named to the Southeastern Conference’s academic honor roll in 1998, 1999 and 2000, and earned the Dr. Lombardi GPA Award in the spring of 1999.

The New York Giants selected Jesse 125th overall in the fourth round of the 2001 NFL Draft. He spent four years with the Giants. In 2003, starting three of the six games in which he played, Jesse completed 60 passes for 532 yards and three touchdowns. In 2005, he briefly spent time with the San Francisco 49ers, and later played for the CFL’s Montreal Alouettes.

A native of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, Jesse is fluent in French. His father, Bill, also played in the CFL, with the Ottawa Rough Riders. Jesse’s brother, Billy, played college football at Notre Dame.

Jesse, who graduated from Florida with bachelor’s degrees in marketing and political science, now lives in New York City.