NRL star turned TV host Beau Ryan says sports stars don’t just give gigs to the media

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NRL star turned TV host Beau Ryan says sports stars aren’t just giving gigs to the media after he said he was pushing his football buddies to star in the celebrity edition of The Amazing Race

On Wednesday, The Amazing Race host Beau Ryan spoke about the reality of post-sport life for former athletes.

The former NRL player turned TV presenter says former sports stars have to work hard to score gigs in the media.

He insisted that they must prove that they are suitable for a job in television or radio and that the roles are not simply given to them.

Former NRL player turned TV presenter Beau Ryan (pictured) says former sports stars have to work really hard to score media gigs

He told Sarah Patterson, host of the Food Bytes podcast: ‘It wasn’t like I just played footy and got a gig. It does not work like that.

“You have to be passionate. And of course, you have to have talent. You have to work for it. And that’s what I did.

Beau’s comments come after he said he would like to host a celebrity edition of The Amazing Race, featuring his soccer buddies.

He insisted that they had to prove that they were well suited for a job in television or radio and that the roles were not simply given to them.

He insisted that they had to prove that they were well suited for a job in television or radio and that the roles were not simply given to them.

He told Yahoo Lifestyle that he would like to host this proposed series in 2023 and he has already chosen his dream cast.

“Roxy Jacenko wants to do it, all my football buddies want to do it, people who not only work in television but have found fame for other reasons, they all want to do this show because it’s fun” , did he declare.

Beau was an NRL player from 2007 to 2014 and since retiring has carved out a career as a TV and radio presenter.

Beau's comments come after he said he would love to host a celebrity edition of The Amazing Race, featuring his soccer buddies

Beau’s comments come after he said he would love to host a celebrity edition of The Amazing Race, featuring his soccer buddies

His media career began with appearances on Channel Nine’s The Footy Show in 2009 and he now hosts the hit reality series The Amazing Race: Around The World.

Other retired sports stars also clearly have a passion for media work, with legendary leg spinner Shane Warne becoming a fixture on Australian television following his retirement from cricket.

Meanwhile, other retired athletes have also developed careers as sportscasters, including NRL player Braith Anasta and cricketer legend Mark Waugh, who both work at Fox Sports.

Cricket legend Shane Warne was a sports commentator for Sky Sports from 2009 to 2017

Cricket legend Shane Warne was a sports commentator for Sky Sports from 2009 to 2017

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