Matt Light joins ESPN as NFL analyst

Former Patriots offensive lineman Matt Light, who retired this offseason after 11 seasons in the NFL, will be joining ESPN as an NFL analyst. Here’s the release from ESPN PR:

Three-time Super Bowl champion and former New England Patriots offensive tackle Matt Light is joining ESPN’s NFL analyst team. A three-time Pro Bowl selection, Light will appear on NFL Live, NFL32 and SportsCenter. He will also contribute features to Sunday NFL Countdown.

Light played 11 NFL seasons (2001-2011), all with the Patriots. He was a part of three Super Bowl championships (2001, 2003, 2004), five conference titles and nine divisional championships. He played a total of 155 games, starting all but two of them.

A Pro Bowler in 2006, 2007 and 2010, Light was voted the Patriots offensive team captain in 2008. He was also named to New England’s All-2000s Team and the franchise’s 50th Anniversary Team.

Light, who visited ESPN as a guest NFL analyst in May, will make his debut Monday, July 23.

“Matt is a great addition to our ESPN team because he sees the world and the game of football from a refreshingly different perspective than most,” said Seth Markman, ESPN senior coordinating producer for NFL studio shows. “He has an engaging personality and he’s unafraid to offer honest opinions, which fans will appreciate.”

Light said, “I'm really looking forward to joining the ESPN family and getting a chance to see the game from a different side. I'm obviously depending heavily on my rugged good looks and ability to avoid run-on sentences to succeed in this new role.”

Away from the football field, Light continues to make a positive impact. To provide opportunities for youth, he founded the Light Foundation, which offers camps, workshops and outdoor activities.