SI: Why was now the right time to leave ESPN?
Patrick: It's a protective cocoon I've been in for a long time. I had started to take it for granted. I don't think I challenged myself, and I don't think I was doing great work.
SI: Will your final ESPN broadcast be difficult?
Patrick: Well, I have to be fair to the day in sports. The farewell tour could be interrupted by something to do with Barry Bonds or Michael Vick. I'm just going to go with the flow. I'm going to sign off, gather my stuff, then I'll walk out the front door, wave and head home.
SI: You're going to work for The Content Factory, a media company that says it will get you across nine platforms, including radio, TV and even those little screens on gas station pumps. Can there ever be too much of Dan Patrick?
Patrick: Absolutely. My children will raise their hands in unison [and agree]. They can't wait for me to get back to work.
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