If your favorite NFL team will be looking for a head coach this offseason, you can cross at least one guy off your wish list. ESPN has signed Monday Night Football analyst Jon Gruden to a long-term contract extension that will keep him in the booth at least until the network’s current NFL deal expires in 2021. Gruden, who coached the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to a Super Bowl win after the 2001 season, has been paired with Mike Tirico on MNF since joining ESPN in 2009. He has won four Sports Emmys for Best Analyst and also has contributed to the network’s coverage of the NFL Draft, Super Bowl week and college football.
“I love calling big prime-time games every week and spending time with the best players and coaches on the planet, while also finding new ways to teach and talk about football year round,” said Gruden, whose brother coaches the Washington Redskins. “There’s no place I’d rather be.” Said John Wildhack, ESPN’s EVP Programming and Production: “Jon has been a game-changer for ESPN and for Monday Night Football, entertaining and engaging fans with his vast knowledge of the game and his dynamic personality. Jon has quickly become one of the premier analysts in all of sports, and we’re thrilled he’s made this long-term commitment.”