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QB Rodney Peete retires, accepts TV job

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (April 18, 2005) -- Rodney Peete's 16-year NFL career came to an end when Fox Sports Net hired the quarterback as a regular co-host on Best Damn Sports Show Period.

Peete already has begun his new job, network spokesman Lou D'Ermilio said.

"We had conversations with Rodney over a period of time, but he had a to make a decision whether or not he wanted to come back and play," D'Ermilio said. "I believe he came to that decision last week."

The 39-year-old Peete was released by the Panthers in February in a salary-cap move, but team officials had been hoping to re-sign him at a smaller contract to back up Jake Delhomme for another season.

Peete has not formally announced his retirement.

He has been an occasional guest on the show, as has his wife, actress Holly Robinson Peete. Joining the show allows Peete to relocate back to California, where his wife and children have been based while he played in Charlotte for the Panthers.

The Associated Press News Service

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