After the departure of Skip Bayless, Colin Cowherd, and Bill Simmons, it looks like another name might be added to the list of those fleeing the Worldwide Leader: Tom Jackson. According to Pro Football Talk and the New York Daily News, the 28-year veteran could be leaving ESPN effective almost immediately. Apparently, ESPN was also planning to release Trent Dilfer, but resigned him only after Jackson decided to leave.
Over 29 years with the network (beginning in 1987), Jackson has anchored programs like NFL Primetime and NFL Countdown, and his shows have won seven Emmy Awards over the course of his career. This also means that Chris Berman, going into his final year at ESPN, won't get to finish out his career at the network with his longtime partner Jackson. At this point, it's not known where Jackson is headed, but retirement seems most likely. After an illustrious NFL career as part of the "Orange Crush" defense and almost 30 years in broadcasting, he probably decided it was time to hang it up and retire to a beach somewhere. While this fixes the situation for Jackson, we'll see what happens at ESPN this upcoming year. Could Berman stick around after this season? Will Dilfer be released and a new personality brought on? We'll find out in time.
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