Former NFL Head Coach and Player Jack Del Rio Joins ESPN


Former NFL Head Coach and Player Jack Del Rio Joins ESPN

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  • Will appear on ESPN platforms year-round as an NFL analyst
  • Debuts on NFL Live – Friday at 1 p.m. ET

Jack Del Rio, the former Jacksonville Jaguars and Oakland Raiders head coach who has spent more than three decades in the National Football League as a coach and player, is joining ESPN as an NFL analyst. He will appear on NFL Live, SportsCenter, ESPN Radio and more throughout the year, beginning Friday, Aug. 16, when he makes his debut.

“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!” said Del Rio, who made an ESPN guest analyst appearance in March.

Adds Seth Markman, ESPN vice president, NFL and college studio shows: “Jack was highly successful as a player and coach. 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.”

A 12-year NFL head coach, Del Rio led the Jacksonville Jaguars for nine seasons (2003-11) and, more recently, the Oakland Raiders (2015-17), guiding his teams to three playoff appearances and 97 victories.

Del Rio began his coaching career in 1997 as an assistant strength coach for the New Orleans Saints. He advanced to linebackers coach with the Saints (1998) and the Baltimore Ravens (1999-2001) – where he helped shape the Ravens’ Super Bowl XXXV-winning defense – before assuming the role of defensive coordinator with the Carolina Panthers in 2002. In between head coaching stints, Del Rio served as defensive coordinator (2012-14) and interim head coach for the Denver Broncos (2013).

As a player, Del Rio was an accomplished NFL linebacker. Over 11 years he played 160 regular-season games for the Saints (1985-86), Kansas City Chiefs (1987-88), Dallas Cowboys (1989-91) and Minnesota Vikings (1992-95). He amassed 1,005 career tackles, 13 sacks and 13 interceptions.

Selected by New Orleans in the third round of the 1985 NFL Draft, Del Rio earned the Saints’ Rookie of the Year award and was a member of the NFL’s All-Rookie Team. He led the Vikings in tackles three years in a row and also earned a trip to the Pro Bowl in 1994.

Prior to his NFL career, Del Rio played football and baseball for the USC Trojans, and he is a member of USC’s Athletic Hall of Fame in both sports. A consensus All-American and co-MVP of the 1985 Rose Bowl, he received the NCAA’s prestigious Silver Anniversary Award in 2010.

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Allie Stoneberg

I advance ESPN’s communications and publicity efforts for NFL studio programming, Monday Night Football, the NFL Draft and our coverage of the Canadian Football League and the Arena Football League. I enjoy meeting journalists in person at games and events and delight in showing them around our Bristol, Conn., campus.
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