Salute: Legendary ESPN Sports Analyst Tom Jackson Retiring
BY: John “Hennry” Harris
Former Denver Broncos linebacker and ESPN NFL coverage cornerstone Tom Jackson, 65, is reportedly planning to leave his role with the sports channel, including Sunday NFL Countdown with Chris Berman, before the start of the 2016 season.
Jackson’s departure is a conclusion that he reportedly came to on his own and he was not asked or forced to step down by ESPN management. In fact, according to Sports Illustrated, ESPN executives were adamant that they wanted to work with Jackson for this season.
In a story by Richard Deitsch of Sports Illustrated Jackson joins Cris Carter, Keyshawn Johnson, Ray Lewis and Mike Ditka as former NFL coverage panelists who will not return for the 2016 season.
ESPN‘s NFL Sunday pregame staple shakeup comes as ratings for the Countdown program dropped 13% as competition increased across the sports media landscape.
Chris Berman, another sports anchor who has almost become synonymous with the NFL reporting is also expected not to have his contract to be renewed at the conclusion of this season.
The announcement of Jackson not returning to ESPN comes as training camps are kicking off around the league in preparation of the upcoming NFL preseason.
Reportedly there was no word of any rumblings of Jackson’s departure despite the fact ESPN’s NFL coverage was being shaken up.
BOSSes, I am not sure about you, but this is sad news for me. Tom Jackson, who spent 14 years with the Denver Broncos and earned three Pro Bowl selections, was known for his level-headed reported opposite of Berman’s excitable, humorous style has been a part of my NFL experience almost as much as the game itself.
I really wish Jackson would have stayed one more year with Berman just so they could have had one last hoorah and bow out together.
ESPN is ushering in a new era of NFL coverage, good or bad, it will be hard to replace someone like Tom Jackson who had the playing and analyst experience.
BOSS Sports salutes you Tom Jackson !!
This video of Jackson being upset that he was listed last on the wins and loss list after 27 years gives just may give a little insight as to why he chose to leave. At least he gets to leave under his own terms !!
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