Award-winning journalist Jeff Darlington, who has covered the NFL and other sports since 2004, joined ESPN as a reporter for SportsCenter and multiple ESPN platforms in September, 2016.
In addition to NFL coverage, Darlington’s responsibilities include general assignment reporting on all sports, along with long-form enterprise and feature storytelling for multiple platforms.
Prior to joining ESPN, Darlington was a national field reporter for the NFL Network for four years, covering many of the NFL’s biggest stories from stadiums and team facilities and regularly appearing on the network’s Sunday morning preview show. He transitioned to the TV role from NFL.com, where he was a national reporter in 2011, much of it following the playoff run of the Denver Broncos with quarterback Tim Tebow.
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.
He has won two Associated Press Sports Editors awards for breaking news. A native of Seminole, Fla., near St. Petersburg, Darlington is based in South Florida.