Jesse Palmer
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Palmer in November 2010
No. 3
Personal information
Born: (1978-10-05) October 5, 1978 (age 45)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Height:6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight:225 lb (102 kg)
Career information
High school:St. Pius X (Ottawa, Ontario)
College:Florida (1997–2000)
NFL Draft:2001 / Round: 4 / Pick: 125
CFL Draft:2001 / Round: 2 / Pick: 15
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career NFL statistics
Pass attempts:120
Passing yards:562
Player stats at · PFR

Jesse James Palmer (born October 5, 1978)[1] is a Canadian television personality, sports commentator, and former professional football player who was a quarterback in the National Football League (NFL) for five seasons in the early 2000s. Palmer played college football for the Florida Gators under Steve Spurrier, and thereafter, he played professionally for the New York Giants and San Francisco 49ers in the NFL before spending half of the 2006 season with the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League (CFL).

Palmer was cast in 2004 as the bachelor on the fifth season of the reality television series The Bachelor. He went on to become a college football analyst for ESPN/ABC in the United States,[2] and has been a contributor to The Sports Network (TSN) in Canada.[3] He was also a contributor to ABC's Good Morning America. In 2018, he hosted the kickoff season of The Proposal on ABC. Since 2017 he has hosted the Holiday Baking Championship on Food Network. Jesse was host of DailyMailTV from 2017 to 2020. Palmer married model Emely Fardo on June 5, 2020, at a close friend's house in Connecticut.[4] In 2021, Palmer was named as the permanent host of The Bachelor and The Bachelorette.[2]

Early years

Palmer was born in Toronto, Ontario,[5] and raised in Nepean, Ontario, a suburb of Ottawa. He attended both Confederation and St. Pius X high schools, although he played all of his amateur football on teams in the Ontario Minor Football Association and most importantly with the Ottawa Norsemen and Myers Riders Football Clubs in Ottawa.[6]

His father, Bill Palmer, played seven years for the Ottawa Rough Riders.[7] His mother, Susan, was a prominent fashion and print model, co-founder of Barrett Palmer Models and former owner of the original ITM: International Top Models, a modeling agency and training centre located in Ottawa, which eventually became the current agency MIM Model International Management.[8]

He has two younger brothers and attended a French-immersion school.[9] His brother Billy played tight end for the University of Notre Dame.[7] His cousin, Griffen Palmer is a country music singer and songwriter.[10]

College career

Palmer accepted an athletic scholarship to attend the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida, where he played for coach Steve Spurrier's Florida Gators football team from 1997 to 2000.[11]

Palmer often alternated playing time with quarterback Doug Johnson, and, later, with quarterback Rex Grossman. As a senior, he was selected as one of the team captains and received the Gators' Fergie Ferguson Award, recognizing the "senior football player who displays outstanding leadership, character and courage." He finished his four-year college career with 3,755 passing yards.[11]

Palmer graduated from the University of Florida in 2001 with two undergraduate degrees: a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and a Bachelor of Science degree in marketing from the College of Business Administration. He was named to the Southeastern Conference’s academic honor roll in 1998, 1999 and 2000.[2]

Professional football career

National Football League

Pre-draft measurables
Height Weight Arm length Hand span 40-yard dash 10-yard split 20-yard split 20-yard shuttle Three-cone drill Vertical jump Broad jump Wonderlic
6 ft 2 in
(1.88 m)
231 lb
(105 kg)
31+12 in
(0.80 m)
9+34 in
(0.25 m)
4.78 s 1.68 s 2.77 s 4.29 s 7.13 s 35.5 in
(0.90 m)
9 ft 4 in
(2.84 m)
All values from NFL Combine[13][14]

Palmer was selected by the New York Giants of the National Football League (NFL) in the fourth round (125th overall pick) of the 2001 NFL Draft,[15] and he played for the Giants from 2001 until he was cut before the start of the 2005 season.[16] As a Giants quarterback, he spent most of his NFL career as a backup behind starter Kerry Collins.[17] In 2002, Palmer played in two games. The following season, Palmer played in six games, starting three.[16] Palmer was the second Canadian (after Mark Rypien of the Washington Redskins) to start at quarterback in the NFL.[18]

After a four-year stint as a backup quarterback, he was cut on September 3, 2005, by the Giants. He had entered the summer 2005 training camp as the backup to Eli Manning, but found himself odd-man-out when the Giants went with Tim Hasselbeck at number two and Jared Lorenzen at number three QB.[19]

Attempting to locate another opportunity to stay in the NFL, Palmer worked out with the Minnesota Vikings and Oakland Raiders and was signed by the San Francisco 49ers on November 1, 2005, as injuries plagued their quarterbacks Alex Smith and Ken Dorsey.[18][20] Dorsey and Smith returned from injury three weeks later, and Palmer was released without having played a down.[21] Palmer was re-signed by the 49ers in March 2006 during the off-season, but was released on August 29, 2006, toward the end of training camp.[21][22]

Canadian Football League

After leaving the NFL, he looked to the Canadian Football League for employment. Palmer had been drafted by the Montreal Alouettes15th overall in the 2001 CFL Draft.[23] His rights were still held by Montreal; however, the Ottawa Renegades tried to acquire the Ottawa native as their top quarterback in September 2005, and Palmer expressed interest in playing for his home town.[24]

On September 11, 2006, the Montreal Alouettes signed him to their developmental roster.[23] Palmer did not dress for a game with Montreal. He retired from the CFL before the start of the 2007 season to pursue a broadcasting career.[25]

The Bachelor

Main article: The Bachelor (American season 5)

In 2004, Palmer was the first professional athlete to appear on The Bachelor television program and the first non-American Bachelor. During the first rose ceremony, Palmer called the name Katie in error, meaning to say Karen. After consulting with host Chris Harrison, Palmer offered a rose to both contestants.[26] He eventually selected Jessica Bowlin, but their courtship lasted for only a few months after the end of the show.[27][28] He would return as host of the 26th season, a role which he also filled on the 19th season of The Bachelorette.[29] Palmer also hosted Bachelor In Paradise, Season 8.[30] He is currently host of The Bachelor franchises.[31] This includes the first season of “The Golden Bachelor,” in Fall of 2023.

Broadcasting career

Palmer’s broadcast career began with Fox Sports Net analyzing Arena Football League games. He was later a game and studio analyst for CSTV in late 2005 and worked NFL games for Fox in 2006. He also appeared on the NFL Network and the MSG Network.[2]

Palmer was a color commentator for Fox for two games late in the 2005 season, and returned to the booth on November 26, 2006.[citation needed] On April 25, 2007, Palmer appeared on the NFL Network as an analyst and commentator for the weekend's NFL Draft.[citation needed]

On May 24, 2007, Palmer announced his retirement from the Canadian Football League to pursue a broadcasting career with Fox.[32] He joined ESPN in 2007.[33] Palmer worked for ESPN as a studio analyst on College Football Live and ABC telecasts, and frequently appeared with fellow Canadian John Saunders until 2017.[33] He was a game analyst on ESPN Thursday Night College football games. He was also co-host on The Palmer and Pollack Show on ESPNU with former Georgia defensive end, David Pollack.[33][34]

On March 12, 2014, ESPN named Palmer and Brent Musburger as the lead game announcers for the forthcoming SEC Network.[35]

Palmer was also New York correspondent for CTV's entertainment news program, eTalk, covering both sports and entertainment events, including the Super Bowl and the 79th and 80th Academy Awards.[36]

Palmer was a studio analyst for ESPN's broadcast of the 2012 Cotton Bowl in Dallas, Texas, the 2010 Fiesta Bowl in Glendale, Arizona, and the 2009 Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California.[citation needed] He was the ESPN analyst for the 2023 Orange Bowl in Miami Gardens, Florida.He is also an NFL analyst for TSN's "Monday Morning Quarterback" segment.[37]

Palmer guest starred in the Law & Order: Special Victims Unit season 7 episode "Design," portraying professional baseball player Don Lacey. He hosted the first two seasons of the food competition show Recipe to Riches on Food Network Canada.[38] On May 19, 2015, Palmer joined Good Morning America as a "Special Contributor". He left the position in August 2017, to host the newly launched DailyMailTV.[39] He has also hosted Spring Baking Championship and Holiday Baking Championship on Food Network,[40] as well as Food Truck Face Off, Bakeaway Camp,[41] and Holiday Baking: Gingerbread Showdown.[42] In 2019 he became one of the commentators on ESPN’s College Football Final.

In September 2018, Palmer began doing commercials as a spokesman for retail furniture chain Rooms To Go.[43] He also became host of The Proposal on ABC.

On August 14, 2020, the producers of DailyMailTV announced that for the show's fourth season, Thomas Roberts was replacing Palmer.[44]

In 2021, Palmer hosted the inaugural season of ABC's show The Ultimate Surfer. Subsequently it was announced that he would become the new host of The Bachelor, Season 26, replacing Chris Harrison.[45] He then hosted The Bachelorette,[46] Season 19, and Bachelor In Paradise, Season 8.[30] He is currently host of The Bachelor franchises.[31]

In October 2023, he became the spokesman for Avocados from Mexico.[47]


Jesse Palmer is married to Brazilian photographer and model Emely Fardo. They met in a boxing class in 2017 and married in Connecticut in 2020. After pandemic restrictions eased, they had a second wedding at Château De La Gaude, a luxury hotel in Aix-en-Provence, France in 2022. They are expecting a daughter in January 2024. [48]

See also


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  8. ^ MIM Models International Management, former ITM International Top Models, Ottawa, Canada |
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