Sam Ponder is leaving ESPN’s College GameDay.
After weeks of rumors swirling regarding a potential move, the Worldwide Leader officially announced on Thursday that Ponder will be moving on from the college football pre-game show but remaining with the network.
Ponder will now serve as a host on Sunday NFL Countdown, replacing Chris Berman.
Ponder will be joined by Suzy Kolber and Trey Wingo as the new co-hosts, a press releases stated.
Ponder commented on the move in an interview with ESPN.com.
As you make the move from college football to NFL, what are you most excited about?
First and foremost, just the continuation of the stories of the guys I have covered for the last 10 years. A majority of the guys in the league are players I covered in college. One of the tough things about covering college football is that it’s so all-consuming during the season because I was on the road all week. Once they moved to the NFL, you would lose track of their stories. So this is a chance for me to complete some of those stories and reconnect with a bunch of guys who I already had relationships with.
On top of that, it’s no secret that I’m married to an NFL guy. I grew up the daughter of a coach and both my brothers played quarterback. My perspective on guys in the NFL and athletes at this level is a little different than most. To me, the advantage to that is being able to ask better questions. I do have the opportunity to be around guys who are playing right now in a more relaxed environment – not just at home but with friends who are in the league, coaches that have made the jump from college to the NFL. So much of my job is knowing the right questions to ask. My unique position as it relates to the NFL allows me to ask better questions.
Congrats to Ponder on the big move. Sunday NFL Countdown just got a little better.