Monday Night Football: ESPN Drafts Sean McDonough for Play-by-Play Gig

This fall, Monday Night Football‘s play-by-play commentator, Mike Tirico, will pass the ball — well, the mic, anyway — to Sean McDonough.

As our sister site, Deadline, reports, after Tirico departs for his new gig at NBC Sports, he’ll be replaced by McDonough, who has been a member of the ESPN team since 2000. (He was also a part of the cable network’s roster from 1989-95.) In addition to working everything from the World Series and the NCAA Final Four to the Olympic Games and college football, the MVP has called NFL games for ESPN Radio for the last three years.

Following in the cleat tracks of Tirico, Keith Jackson, Frank Gifford and Al Michaels, McDonough — the son of late Boston Globe sportswriter Will McDonough — will be only the fifth person in Monday Night Football‘s almost-50-year history to ever tackle the play-by-play job. “One of my favorite memories of my childhood,” McDonough told Deadline, “was watching Monday Night Football with my dad, who I know is smiling down on me today.”

McDonough assumes his new position with the Pro Football Hall of Fame game, which marks the beginning of the NFL preseason on August 7. Tirico officially joins NBC on July 1.

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