ABC News president James Goldston sent a memo to staff this morning announcing Jesse Palmer is officially named a “special contributor” at Good Morning America:

Team—

I’m pleased to announce that Jesse Palmer, who has become a familiar face at GMA and across ABC News, is officially joining GMA as a Special Contributor.

In this new role, he will focus on big stories for the second hour as well as news of day and signature big live events throughout the show.  He will also contribute across all ABC News platforms.

Since joining the GMA team, Jesse’s passion and versatility have been invaluable.  He has an infectious enthusiasm for news, an innate ability to tell stories in a unique way, and an insider’s perspective on the big sports headlines of the day.

Jesse will continue his role on ESPN and the SEC Network as their lead college football analyst, lending his insight and opinion throughout the season on ESPN’s numerous college football programs on television and radio.

Jesse’s devotion to football has taken him from the playing field to college football’s most prominent and trusted broadcasters.  He was an accomplished quarterback with the Florida Gators and went on to play five years in the NFL with the New York Giants and San Francisco 49ers.  During the past ten years, Jesse has honed his craft to become one of college football’s most trusted voices.

A proud native of Ottawa, Ontario, Jesse comes from a long line of football stars. (His father Bill played in the CFL and his brother Billy played college football at Notre Dame.)  He holds two bachelor’s degrees from the University of Florida in marketing and political science.  Aside from his love of sports, Jesse, who is fluent in French, loves to travel, cook (he’s hosted three different shows on the Food Network!) and hang out with Tuuli, his French bulldog.

Please join me in welcoming Jesse to ABC News.

James