Steele cherishes reporting role with MNF; Star Wars trailer debuts tonight

Michele Steele interviews Green Bay Packers star Randall Cobb after MNF.
(Photo courtesy of Michele Steele/ESPN)

ESPN reporter Michele Steele moved back to her hometown of Chicago last fall after working in Boston the previous three years. She covered the Cubs’ historic World Series championship in 2016, among other big events, and this year travels to ESPN’s Monday Night Football game each week to cover the game for SportsCenter and ESPN’s social platforms.

Before her lone home, Monday night game of the season tonight – Minnesota Vikings versus Chicago Bears (8:15 ET, ESPN), Steele discusses her season-long NFL assignment.

“When my manager told me I’d be assigned to cover the Monday night game for the season, I almost dropped the phone. I was fired up – and still am, to be able to see up close the well-oiled machine meets traveling circus that is responsible for football’s marquee franchise. It’s been an eventful season already – from Adrian Peterson playing his old team in Minnesota Week 1, to the return of Odell Beckham Jr. Week 2, Jerry Jones taking a knee with his players Week 4 and the [Kansas City] Chiefs staying undefeated Week 5, we’ve had no shortage of news. I’m happy to be bringing fans news and information on the game first thing in the morning for SportsCenter:AM. It’s a critical time when viewers are getting ready for their day, and teams realize that as well.”

Molly Mita contributed to this post.

Attention wookies, droids and jedi . . .
Star Wars: The Last Jedi (Illustration courtesy of Lucasfilm)

The new trailer for Star Wars: The Last Jedi will debut during halftime. Lucasfilm made the announcement yesterday, following its game plan from two years ago when the trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens debuted on MNF’s Giants-Eagles game.

“ESPN takes great pride in our ongoing partnership and collaboration with Lucasfilm,” said President of ESPN Global Sales and Marketing, Ed Erhardt. “This integration with Monday Night Football demonstrates the Disney Difference in action and the power and creativity of the Walt Disney Company.”

Following the trailer launch, tickets to Star Wars: The Last Jedi will be on sale everywhere movie tickets are sold. The film opens in U.S. theaters on Dec. 15.

In 2015, the Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer debuted during halftime of MNF Giants-Eagles game.
(Bill Hofheimer/ESPN)