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OFFICIAL: Tom Jackson To Retire After 29 Years at ESPN
Last month, it was reported that longtime ESPN sports analyst Tom Jackson most likely would not return to ESPN’s “Sunday NFL Countdown”.
On Wednesday, it was made official that Jackson would retire from broadcasting after 29 years at ESPN.
“I have been blessed in my adult life to work for two companies, the Denver Broncos and ESPN, to do two things that I love – play football and talk about football,” Jackson said in a release.
“Having joined in the early stages of ESPN and remained with the same company for 29 years is especially gratifying. The friendships made are too numerous to mention but I know that many of them will last a lifetime. I also want to thank all the fans who supported me over the years and made my job so enjoyable. This move just comes at a time when the priority of my life is spending time with my family.”
ESPN President John Skipper also released a statement:
“Tom has been an integral part of ESPN’s presentation of the NFL for three decades. His partnership with Chris Berman has been a signature for us and a treasure for fans. His influence as a trusted voice and mentor for the generation of players who followed him is an important part of his legacy. Tom is as widely respected internally as anyone in our company, not to mention beloved. He has been a pleasure to work with and he will always be an ESPN family member.”
ESPN has had quite the overhaul on Sunday NFL Countdown, parting ways with Mike Ditka, Cris Carter, Keyshawn Johnson and a retiring Tom Jackson, and replacing them with Randy Moss, Charles Woodson and Matt Hasselbeck for the upcoming season.