Tom Jackson Retiring

ESPN's Tom Jackson Retiring After 29 Years to Spend Time With Family

This weekend at the Pro Football Hall of Fame enshrinement event, ESPN analyst Tom Jackson will wrap his 29-year career with the cabler, retiring to spend more time with his family.

“Having joined in the early stages of ESPN and remained with the same company for 29 years is especially gratifying,” the Hall of Fame broadcaster said in a statement. “The friendships made are too numerous to mention but I know that many of them will last a lifetime…. This move just comes at a time when the priority of my life is spending time with my family.”

Following a 14-year career as a Denver Broncos linebacker (where as part of the “Orange Crush Defense” he helped lead the team to a pair of Super Bowls), Jackson joined ESPN in 1987 as one of the nascent network’s first NFL analysts, working the NFL GameDay pregame show with Chris Berman. He went on to contribute to NFL PrimeTime (which ran for 19 years), Monday Night Countdown and year-round events such as the Super Bowl and NFL Draft.

Watch a retrospective of Jackson’s storied career, then hit the comments with your reaction to the news. 

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  1. Allen says:

    Thank you Tommy for 40+ tears of great memories.

  2. PatriciaLee says:

    The husband was sad over this one, “That’s a shame. I always enjoyed his sports commentaries. He always had lots of interesting things.”

  3. KLS says:

    Tommy was one of the few and first defensive players who got the analyst job without being flamboyant, screaming or anti-offense. He will be missed for his quieter, yet accurate and well researched POV. Enjoy retirement!

    • PatriciaLee says:

      When I read him your post, he husband said, “That was good. I like that.” and “On the field Tom Jackson was a tough linebacker. and he should have been in the hall of fame. He is a good person. He’ll be missed.” The husband remembers enjoying watching him during the games as “wild and ferocious”, and then his TV career, too.

  4. PatriciaLee says:

    The husband is so disappointed with the new NFL sports announcements show. I have to find some forums to post his comments for him. Tom Jackson, he misses your knowledge and humor, so much. You should start a seminar to teach the new guys how to do it. They need to relax and learn, too, not just the football players.