Jason Kelce Trades Helmet for Mic in ESPN’s “Monday Night Countdown”


In the upcoming broadcasting season, you can expect to see a familiar face on ESPN’s “Monday Night Countdown.” Jason Kelce, who previously enjoyed a long and illustrious 13-year career with the Philadelphia Eagles, will be joining the show’s panel of experts, a move confirmed by an unnamed insider earlier this week. The official announcement of Kelce’s new role is eagerly anticipated in the upcoming ESPN/Disney presentation to advertisers on May 14.

As expected, this former Eagle is stepping into the shoes of Robert Griffin III, who will instead focus his attention as an analyst on college football. Last season, the “Monday Night Football” pregame show opened with Scott Van Pelt as host, and fellow analysts Marcus Spears and Ryan Clark providing expert insights.

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Public interest in Kelce’s post-football career has been high, with media companies vying to secure his services for the upcoming broadcasting year. Last year, he gained firsthand experience in the broadcasting concept during the NFL’s Broadcasting and Media Workshop, formerly known as the “Broadcast Bootcamp.”

During his time in the program, Kelce expressed his newfound respect for the broadcasting profession. He mentioned the challenges of live reporting that calls for immediate reactions and thoughtful commentary, admitting that it was uncharted territory for him.

Before joining ESPN, Kelce had already made a successful venture into sports commentary. During the Eagles’ bye week last season, he appeared as an analyst for Prime Video’s “Thursday Night Football” during a match between the Carolina Panthers and the Chicago Bears.

Even with his new television responsibilities, Kelce will be continuing with his “New Heights” podcast, which he runs in unison with his brother, Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce.

With Kelce securing a spot at ESPN, the spotlight now moves to Bill Belichick, former New England Patriots coach, who has become another highly desired figure for television companies. His performance as an analyst on Pat McAfee’s livestream during the first round of the NFL draft last week has certainly impressed many in the industry.

The NFL broadcasting landscape is indeed seeing a wave of significant changes. Earlier on Monday, CBS revealed that Matt Ryan is joining “The NFL Today.” Ryan, who recently retired from a 15-year career which he split between the Atlanta Falcons and Indianapolis Colts, will be bringing his on-field experiences and insights to the studio.

This announcement from CBS also came with the news that Phil Simms and Boomer Esiason will be stepping down from the show. Simms joined CBS in 1998 after the network secured the rights to the AFC and later transitioned to the studio in 2017. Esiason has been a part of “The NFL Today” since 2002, marking almost two decades of his contribution to the show.