Chapel Hill, N.C. - Ethan Albright, a four-year North Carolina letterwinner and a 16-year NFL veteran, will join the Tar Heel Sports Radio Network as a football analyst at home games in 2013.
A native of Greensboro, N.C., Albright was part of Mack Brown's second signing class in 1989 and began his career as a tight end. He later moved to offensive tackle where he earned first-team All-ACC honors in 1993. A two-time Academic All-ACC selection, Albright earned a bachelor's degree in economics and political science in 1993.
Undrafted out of college, Albright was originally signed by the Miami Dolphins as a deep snapper and played in 10 games in 1995. He spent five years in Buffalo, nine seasons in Washington and one in San Diego before retiring in 2010. He was selected to the 2007 NFL Pro Bowl.
"I'm thrilled for the opportunity to come back to Chapel Hill and work on the Tar Heel Sports Network," says Albright. "I originally came to Chapel Hill in 1989 to be a part of the Carolina family and it was one of the best decisions of my life. I now have a chance to reach out to all the people that pulled and cheered for me when I was a player and share many of the lessons I learned along the way. I was fortunate to have a lengthy college and professional career, and I hope I can provide valuable insight to our listeners."
Albright is currently is serving as a high school football analyst for the Greensboro ESPN Radio affiliate and is the softball coach at Page High School. He also works for the North Carolina Coaches Association in Greensboro.
Albright will replace Rick Steinbacher, who has served as the network's football analyst since 2005. Steinbacher, Carolina's Senior Associate Athletic Director at UNC, will step back from his role on the radio broadcast to focus on home football gamedays. Steinbacher will continue as an analyst for road games in 2013.
"Ethan Albright will be a wonderful addition to the Tar Heel Sports Network crew," says Steinbacher. "I was honored to be his teammate for 5 years, and he is one of the hardest working, most dependable persons I've ever known. He values the importance of preparation, is a great teammate, and fun to be around. Carolina Fans will enjoy his perspective on the great game of football."
"We're thrilled to have Ethan Albright join our broadcasting team as color analyst," says Gary Sobba, General Manager at Tar Heel Sports Marketing. "He brings tremendous insight to our team having spent 16 years in the NFL after being an All-ACC tackle while playing here at UNC. I'm excited for our fans to be able to listen as Ethan and Jones Angell call the action on the Tar Heel Sports Network."
"I am very excited to have Ethan join our broadcast. His knowledge of the game and playing experience at Carolina and the NFL will help him provide insightful analysis to Tar Heel fans," says UNC play-by-play broadcaster Jones Angell. "I feel as though we have one of the strongest broadcast teams in the country and that team has been strengthened by Ethan's addition."
"I love Ethan," says former Redskins head coach Joe Gibbs. "He always cared about the team and he helped keep me in a job for those four years because we never had a bad snap. Now I'm trying to make all my grandkids into long snappers because they have a chance at a long career if they are good at it."