One of ESPN’s most beloved sports analysts is stepping down. Former NFL player Tom Jackson is retiring after 29 years, he announced on Aug. 3. Find out why he decided to leave his job for good.
“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,” Tom, 65, said in a statement to ESPN.
“Having joined in the early stages of ESPN and remained with the same company for 29 years is especially gratifying,” he added. “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.”
Tom has had such an illustrious career over the past 29 years. His final assignment will be the Pro Football Hall of Fame enshrinement weekend on Aug. 6 and 7.
Before joining ESPN, he was a linebacker for the Denver Broncos for 14 years. He signed on to ESPN in 1987, working alongside Chris Berman on NFL Gameday. The two became the networks most-beloved duos. Tom has covered the NFL’s biggest events, including Super Bowls, NFL Drafts and Pro Bowls. He also contributed to NFL PrimeTime and Monday Night Countdown.
“Tom has been an integral part of ESPN’s presentation of the NFL for three decades,” ESPN President John Skipper said. “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.”
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