Tom Jackson retires from ESPN after 29 years

By The Sports Xchange

NFL analyst Tom Jackson will retire after 29 years with ESPN, the network announced Wednesday.

Jackson, 65, is expected to work his final assignment with ESPN alongside host Chris Berman at the Pro Football Hall of Fame enshrinement this weekend in Canton, Ohio.


Prior to coming to ESPN, Jackson was a three-time Pro Bowl selection during his 14-year career with the Denver Broncos. He quickly transitioned into the role of an analyst in 1987, which was the first year that the network acquired NFL broadcast rights.

After 29 years at ESPN, Tom Jackson is retiring from broadcasting.

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"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 statement. "Having joined in the early stages of ESPN and remained with the same company for 29 years is especially gratifying. This move just comes at a time when the priority of my life is spending time with my family."

Jackson joined Berman to work on "NFL Countdown" and "NFL Primetime," winning seven Sports Emmy Awards for Outstanding Studio Show - Weekly. In July 2015, Jackson received the Pete Rozelle Radio-Television Award from the Pro Football Hall of Game.

"Tom has been an integral part of ESPN's presentation of the NFL for three decades," ESPN president John Skipper said. "His influence as a trusted voice and mentor for the generation of players who followed him is an important part of his legacy. He has been a pleasure to work with and he will always be an ESPN family member."

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