ESPN has added another big name to its roster of on-air talent for its NFL broadcasts.
The company announced Thursday through a news release that it has added Jack Del Rio to its talent roster. Del Rio first rose to fame as the head coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars in the team’s early years. Most recently, he was the coach of the Oakland Raiders.
As the newest member of the team, Del Rio will make appearances on NFL Live, SportsCenter and ESPN Radio. He said in the news release, he is optimistic about his future.
“I’ve visited several training camps over the last few weeks, and I’m really looking forward to the upcoming football season and my new role with ESPN!,” he said.
ESPN Vice President of NFL and College Studio Shows Seth Markman spoke highly of Del Rio in talking about Del Rio’s addition to the network’s on-air talent roster.
“Jack was highly successful as a player and coach,” Markman said. “He sees the game from both perspectives and he doesn’t shy away from sharing his honest opinion. He will be a great addition to our ESPN team.”
Del Rio’s career as a player started at the University of Southern California. As a member of the Trojans, he was a consensus All American and co-MVP of the 1985 Rose Bowl. He would go on to be enshrined in the university’s Athletic Hall of Fame for his performance as a football and baseball player. He also received the school’s Silver Anniversary Award in 2010.
After college, Del Rio was drafted by the New Orleans Saints in the third round of the 1985 NFL Draft. That same year, he was named the team’s Rookie of the Year and a member of the National Football League’s All-Rookie Team.
Del Rio was named a member of the Pro Bowl team in 1994 as a member of the Minnesota Vikings. During his time with the Vikings (1992-95), he led the team in tackles for three consecutive seasons.
Along with his time with the Vikings and Saints, Del Rio also played for the Kansas City Chiefs (1987-88) and Dallas Cowboys (1989-91). During the course of his 11 years as a player in the league, Del Rio amassed 1,005 career tackles, 13 sacks and 13 interceptions over 160 regular season games.
Del Rio went from the player ranks to the coaching ranks in 1997 as an assistant strength coach for the Saints. He was eventually promoted to the team’s linebackers coach in 1998 before taking the same position with the Baltimore Ravens in 1999. He held that position until 2001, helping the team the NFL’s top prize in Super Bowl XXXV along the way.
After leaving the Ravens in 2001, Del Rio added another notch to his resume, becoming the Defensive Coordinator for the Carolina Panthers in 2002. That position led to Del Rio’s first head coaching position in 2003 with the Jacksonville Jaguars, which he would lead until 2011.
Del Rio headed west following his time as the Jags’ head coach, becoming the Denver Bronco’s Defensive Coordinator from 2012-14 before moving back to the head coaching ranks in 2015 as the head of the Oakland Raiders. He helmed the team until 2017.
During his head coaching time, Del Rio led the Jaguars and Raiders to three playoff appearances and 97 total collective victories.
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