Former Eagles’ Star Jason Kelce Joins ESPN’s Monday Night Countdown

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After hanging up his football cleats earlier this year, the Philadelphia Eagles’ Jason Kelce will be stepping into an entirely different spotlight. The former gridiron gladiator is set to join ESPN’s “Monday Night Countdown” lineup, as revealed by a source who wishes to remain anonymous. Although the official announcement is yet to be made, expectedly at the ESPN/Disney presentation slated for May 14th, the news of Kelce’s new gig is already creating a stir.

Word has it that Kelce will be sliding into the shoes previously worn by Robert Griffin III. However, fans of Griffin need not fret since his insightful analysis will continue to enlighten college football enthusiasts. The “Monday Night Football” pregame show, hosted by Scott Van Pelt last season with Marcus Spears and Ryan Clark in tow, looks set to get a fresh jolt of excitement.

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Kelce, renowned for his 13-year tenure with the Eagles, was by far the networks’ prime target for the upcoming season. The former player had previously dipped his toes in broadcast waters at last year’s NFL Broadcasting and Media Workshop. Reflecting on the experience, Kelce admitted, “This is all new territory for me. I have even more respect for it now. It’s very hard to do something live, reactive of stimulus that just happened and having something clever and meaningful to say.”

His charismatic presence seemed to resonate with the viewers when he made a guest analyst appearance on Prime Video’s “Thursday Night Football” during the Eagles bye week last season. He held the analyst reins during the heart-thumping game between the Carolina Panthers and Chicago Bears. But that’s not all; he is anticipated to continue his “New Heights” podcast with his brother, the Kansas City Chiefs’ tight end Travis Kelce.

The exodus of Kelce to the colorful world of broadcasting puts former New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick as the most coveted TV free agent. Belichick recently received high praises for his expert analysis on Pat McAfee’s livestream during the first round of the NFL draft.

In other network reshuffles, the day proved to be active for NFL pregame show personnel. News broke earlier about Matt Ryan joining “The NFL Today.” Having recently bid adieu to his 15-year career with the Atlanta Falcons and Indianapolis Colts, Ryan is set to bring his on-field experience to the CBS studio.

Joining him on the exit ramp are long-time stalwarts, Phil Simms and Boomer Esiason. Simms, who migrated to CBS in 1998 after the network clinched the rights to the AFC, and Esiason, a regular on “The NFL Today” since 2002, are slated to sign off from the show.