How does Sean McDonough and Jon Gruden sound for a Monday Night Football combo?
McDonough, a veteran and versatile play-by-play announcer, was promoted to ESPN's prime-time NFL gig after Mike Tirico's departure to NBC.
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“This is a dream come true,” said McDonough via a network news release. He will make his MNF debut at the Pro Football Hall of Fame game Aug. 7.
“One of my favorite memories of my childhood was watching Monday Night Football with my dad, who I know is smiling down on me today. I am humbled and deeply honored to have the opportunity to be a part of the most iconic franchise in the history of sports television,” McDonough added.
McDonough, the son of award-winning journalist Will McDonough, becomes the fifth play-by-play man in MNF's 46-year history, joining Keith Jackson, Frank Gifford, Al Michaels and Tirico.
“I have met Sean and I am excited about the opportunity to work with him. Like me, he comes from a family of three boys. Passion for sports has been a way of life for him and his brothers," Gruden said. "He’s a seasoned pro, who’s called some of the biggest sporting events, including lots of football. I’m looking forward to getting started.”
Lisa Salters will handle MNF sideline reporting duties.