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.
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