Emmy award-winning journalist Jeff Darlington, who has been covering the NFL since 2005, joined ESPN in September 2016. Best known for his sit-down interviews and storytelling features, Darlington also reports from NFL stadiums during the season for Sunday NFL Countdown. During the offseason, he is a regular contributor to Get Up, NFL Live and SportsCenter.
While at ESPN, he has won a sports Emmy for his sit-down interview with Antonio Brown, while receiving another sports Emmy nomination for a feature on Dak Prescott. He has also sat for exclusive interviews with Tom Brady and Patrick Mahomes for Super Bowl Sunday broadcasts.
Prior to joining ESPN, Darlington was a national field reporter for the NFL Network for five years. He transitioned to the TV role from NFL.com, where he was a national reporter in 2011.
Darlington was Miami Dolphins beat reporter for the Miami Herald from 2006-2011, during which time he also began to appear on several ESPN programs including First Take to discuss NFL headlines.
After graduating from the University of Florida with a journalism degree, Darlington was hired by the Orlando Sentinel as beat writer for Florida Gators sports in 2004. The next year, he moved to the Palm Beach Post to report on the Dolphins. During that time, he won two Associated Press Sports Editors awards for breaking news.
A native of Seminole, Fla., near St. Petersburg, Darlington is based in South Florida.