After 29 years, Tom Jackson retires from ESPN

The ESPN broadcasting family got a little smaller on Wednesday when it was announced that Tom Jackson would be ending his career with the company after almost three decades. It was certainly an emotional day for him and the ESPN crew and it will be even more emotional this weekend as he works his final assignment at the NFL Hall of Fame ceremony.

Jackson played 14 years in the NFL as a linebacker with the Denver Broncos. Once his career there ended, he joined ESPN in 1987 as an analyst and a member of the newly-formed Sunday NFL Countdown, working alongside longtime broadcaster Chris Berman.

He has had a magnificent career with ESPN covering NFL and is a Hall of Fame broadcaster. He was honored by the Pro Football Hall of Fame last year when he received the Pete Rozelle Radio-Television Award for longtime exceptional contributions to radio and television in professional football.

From 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,” said Jackson.

“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.”

Tom Jackson is one of the most recognizable faces in all of ESPN and it has been a great career for him.

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