The Pro Football Hall of Fame announced today that it will honor ESPN NFL analyst Tom Jackson with the prestigious Pete Rozelle Radio-Television Award during the 2015 Enshrinement Ceremony in Canton, Ohio on Saturday, Aug. 8. Established in 1989, the award annually recognizes “longtime exceptional contributions to radio and television in professional football.”
Jackson joined ESPN in 1987 after a 14-year NFL career with the Denver Broncos. This fall marks his 29th season as an analyst on ESPN’s signature pregame show, Sunday NFL Countdown. He also appears on Monday Night Countdown and SportsCenter’s Sunday night “NFL Blitz” highlights segment and is part of ESPN’s annual on-site coverage of Super Bowl week and the Pro Football Hall of Fame enshrinement ceremony.
Jackson and veteran NFL host Chris Berman – the 2010 Pete Rozelle Radio-Television Award recipient – have worked together since Jackson joined ESPN. Among the duo’s most notable accomplishments is revolutionizing NFL highlights on the critically-acclaimed NFL Primetime, cable’s top-rated studio program during its 18-year run (1987-2005).
As a player, Jackson spent his entire career with the Broncos, anchoring the defense at linebacker. He played in three Pro Bowls and two Super Bowls and was inducted into Denver’s “Ring of Fame” in 1992.
“Playing in the National Football League was a dream come true, but never did it occur to me that I’d have a second career so gratifying and an award like this bestowed upon me,” Jackson said. “I admire and deeply respect the former recipients of the Pete Rozelle Radio-Television Award. I’m so honored to join this club. And to all those who have contributed to my success as a broadcaster, I humbly and sincerely say thank you.”