In 2004, Jesse Palmer, a pro football player, became the latest star of ABC’s The Bachelor
. In season 5, he famously gave the wrong woman a rose at the first rose ceremony. He brushed up on his names and ended up choosing Jessica Bowlin in the season finale. The show had hardly finished airing before the two announced their breakup. He said that their lives were going in different directions while she blamed the distance. Jesse had asked Jessica to relocate to be with him after the finale taping, but she declined. With little success in love and in the NFL, Palmer headed home to Canada.
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After being cut by the New York Giants, Palmer briefly played for the San Francisco 49ers while two of its players were injured. They minute the two returned, Palmer was released. He headed to Canada and signed on with the Montreal Alouettes. He founds his true passion when he became a color commentator for ESPN. In 2007, he struck a deal with the NFL Network to cover the NFL draft. Last year, he also retired from the Canadian Football League.
Currently, he can be found on ESPN co-hosting the show, College Football Live
. "We would have hired him either way because of his passion," ESPN's Josh Krulewitz told USA Today when Palmer was first hired. "The Bachelor
just added to his appeal.” Prior to joining The Bachelor
, Palmer had no on camera experience.
Since The Bachelor
, Jesse Palmer has done an excellent job of keeping his personal life under wraps. No stories have surfaced regarding any current relationships and perhaps he is just focusing on his career as opposed to dating. He currently lives in New Jersey, in the same apartment building as former Giants teammate Eli Manning as well as Governor of New Jersey, Jon Corzine.
- Gina Scarpa, BuddyTV Staff Writer
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