Jesse Palmer (search) is having a ball in the hot tubs with a bevy of young women on ABC's "The Bachelor," but his day job - as back-up quarterback for the New York Giants (search) - is not nearly as cushy.
Palmer is fighting this week for a spot on a team that's collected a batch of hot quarterbacks in the off-season - including top draft pick Eli Manning (search) and Jared Lorenzen, from Kentucky. And his fight to keep his football job is likely going to overshadow the network publicity machine that is gearing up for the finale of "The Bachelor" next week.
His practice schedule has thrown a wrench into ABC's promotional plans because - unlike previous bachelors and bachelorettes who've pretty much been at the beck-and-call of the network - Palmer is only available for TV appearances and interviews on days when the team is off.
The headache peaks May 27, the day after the show's "After the Final Rose" (search) episode airs. In the past, "Bachelor" couples made the morning show rounds the day after the special.
But Palmer will not be available for ABC until the following day, Friday May 28 - not a major catastrophe, but a blow to hopes that buzz can be carried past the show.
"He's been very clear all along the football is number one for him," a "Bachelor" spokeswoman said.
Palmer reported to Giants mini-camp on May 7 and has been attending the team's off-season workout program ever since.
The young quarterback was less than impressive when then-first stringer Kerry Collins was injured late last season, and Giants general manager Ernie Accorsi has publicly ripped Palmer for devoting so much time to the show.