*After 29 years as an NFL analyst with ESPN, Hall of Fame broadcaster Tom Jackson is calling it quits.
The three-time Pro Bowler and member of the Broncos’ Ring of Fame – who spent his entire 14-year playing career in Denver – will work his final ESPN assignment this week at the Pro Football Hall of Fame enshrinement weekend in Canton, Ohio.
“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. This move just comes at a time when the priority of my life is spending time with my family.”
Jackson began his career at ESPN in 1987, months after retiring from the NFL. As an analyst, he won the 2015 Pete Rozelle Award from the Pro Football Hall of Fame, in addition to seven Outstanding Studio Show – Weekly Sports Emmy awards as part of “Sunday NFL Countdown” (1988, 1991, 1994, 1995, 2001, 2003 and 2007).
“As I look back on it—and it certainly has flown by—yeah, there’s a sense of pride taken into work and the fact that people appreciate it,” said Jackson, of winning the Pete Rozelle Award in August of 2015.
Jackson has been a mainstay on ESPN’s NFL programming alongside host Chris Berman for nearly three decades, making the duo more family than co-workers.
“Tom long ago became almost a brother to me,” said Berman. “I know every day he appeared on ESPN was a treasure for football fans. His knowledge, his passion, his insight, and his overall joie de vivre makes him special.”