Former UF quarterback is next 'Bachelor'

New York Giants quarterback Jesse Palmer is shown on the sidelines during the season. Palmer, a former Gator, will be on the TV show "The Bachelor."

Published: Friday, January 23, 2004 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, January 23, 2004 at 12:43 a.m.
Jocks are supposed to get all the women, right? Apparently so - just maybe not the old-fashioned way.
Former University of Florida quarterback Jesse Palmer will be the next man looking for romance on ABC's hit television show "The Bachelor." On the show, the brown-haired, 6-foot-2 New York Giants player will choose a potential bride from a group of 25 picture-perfect women through a series of parties and dates.
Palmer, 25, will appear on the fifth installment of "The Bachelor," which begins airing in April. One couple who met on the show were married last month.
Palmer, a native of Canada, did not return a call to his cell phone Thursday afternoon. A representative at ABC said he would not be unavailable for interviews until after taping of the show.
His agent, Peter Schaffer, is also under a strict confidentiality agreement and couldn't even reveal when the show will be taped.
Schaffer did say that Palmer won't miss any workouts while he courts the group of bachelorettes.
"The thing that's most important to Jesse in his life right now is playing in the National Football League, and he will do nothing to get off track on that. To Jesse, he's focused on what does he have to do to be a great football player." Schaffer said.
He said Palmer is "compassionate, articulate, good-looking" and "is honest and full of morals and integrity."
"If I were the in-laws, I would think I had the greatest son-in-law in the country," he said.
Palmer played for the Gators under former coach Steve Spurrier before being drafted by the Giants in 2001. Palmer ranks fourth on the Gators' all-time list in passing efficiency rating (133.14), eighth on the school's career list with 3,755 yards passing and ninth with 31 touchdown passes.
Palmer is now the Giants' backup quarterback.
Reached for a comment, Spurrier said, "That's probably good for him. It'll give him some attention. It was good seeing him during the season. Hopefully, he doesn't have to throw too many passes at those girls."
In an interview with the Ottawa Sun in June, Palmer described his small Hoboken, N.J., loft, where he lives by himself, as "so bachelor," with a big couch, bed and a 66-inch, flat-screen television.
When asked if he wanted to get married, Palmer said, "Absolutely."
"I'd love to have a big family," he said. "Right now, it's just a matter of being patient, not rushing into it."
"I hear married life is great, but I don't think I'm ready for it yet. I'm thinking when I'm around 30, so I've got six more years," he said.
Palmer also told the paper he was interested in broadcasting after his NFL career.
Palmer is the latest person with ties to Gainesville to appear on reality TV. In 2002, nature guide and former Union County science teacher Gina Crews slurped raw fish and survived a series of outdoor challenges on "Survivor: Marquesas" before being voted off the South Pacific island. The same year, Christina Christian, then a UF senior, was the fifth finalist kicked off "American Idol: The Search for a Superstar." And Lauren Anderson, a former UF student, beat 11 other contestants in Fox Network's "Girl Next Door, Search for a Playboy Centerfold." She was the centerfold spread in the July 2002 edition.
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