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Jesse Palmer Biography

Birth Name:
Jesse James Palmer
Birth Place:
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Football analyst, former quarterback

Fast Facts

  • Played for a club football team while in high school, leading the Myers Riders to three straight league titles (1994-96)
  • Also starred on baseball and basketball teams
  • Shared quarterback duties at the University of Florida with Doug Johnson and Rex Grossman, playing 27 games and throwing for 31 touchdowns under pass-happy head coach Steve Spurrier
  • Became the second Canadian-born quarterback to start an NFL game (Mark Rypien was first), filling in three times for the injured Kerry Collins of the New York Giants in 2003
  • The Giants drafted Palmer with the 125th pick in 2001
  • Courted 25 single women as the season 5 star of ABC's The Bachelor (2004)
  • Palmer ultimately chose Jessica Bowlin of California, but the pair failed to sustain a relationship
  • Speaks French, which came in handy while completing his pro career with the CFL's Montreal Alouettes
  • Broke into broadcasting as a football analyst with Fox Sports Net, CSTV, MSG and the NFL Network before joining ESPN full-time in 2007
  • Reports on sports and entertainment for Canada's CTV, serving as a New York correspondent for "eTalk
  • " Also reports on the NFL for Canada's top sports network, TSN


  • Billy Palmer -- Brother
  • Bill Palmer -- Father
  • Susan Palmer -- Mother