While ESPN is presenting the Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Ceremony (Saturday, 7 p.m. ET) for the 22nd year this weekend in Canton, Ohio, the overall event will also include a number of ESPN firsts.
ESPN will televise the Hall of Fame Game – Indianapolis Colts vs. Green Bay Packers (Sunday, 8 p.m. ET) – for the first time in the company’s history. The telecast also marks the debut of new Monday Night Football play-by-play voice Sean McDonough, who will be paired with analyst Jon Gruden and reporter Lisa Salters.
ESPN’s new Sunday NFL Countdown crew will also make its debut on Sunday with a one-hour pregame show (7 p.m.) featuring host Chris Berman and first-year NFL analysts Matt Hasselbeck, Randy Moss and Charles Woodson.
Hasselbeck is particularly well-suited to cover this year’s Hall of Fame Enshrinement Weekend. Just a year ago, he was the backup to quarterback Andrew Luck with the Colts, and early in his career he was a backup to Class of 2016 Hall of Famer Brett Favre in Green Bay. In the video above, Hasselbeck talks about his first Hall of Fame weekend with ESPN and how he’s looking forward to covering two of his former teams – and maybe watching his former landlord perform.
Jon McLeod produced the video above.