ESPN announces new Monday Night Football crew including Booger McFarland, Jason Witten

ESPN announces new Monday Night Football crew including Booger McFarland, Jason Witten

ESPN's Monday Night Football will have an overhauled look in 2018, and the company announced the first assignment for its revamped crew.

The network announced Thursday that they will be featuring former Cowboys tight end Jason Witten as an in-booth analyst (Gruden's old role) as well as former National Football League defensive lineman Booger McFarland as a "field analyst", to replace the loss of Gruden.

The foursome will make its regular-season debut when the Rams visit the Raiders in the second game of the opening Monday doubleheader on September 10.

Play-by-play voice Joe Tessitore will join analysts Jason Witten and Booger McFarland and reporter Lisa Salters for the broadcast's 49th season.

A first round pick by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the 1999 NFL Draft, McFarland played nine NFL seasons with the Bucs (1999-2006) and Indianapolis Colts (2005-06). Witten surprised his former team by retiring this offseason to take the TV role.

"This team will deliver a fantastic broadcast", Stephanie Druley, ESPN senior vice president for event and studio production, said in a news release.


ESPN has not yet named its announcers for the early game, featuring the Jets at the Lions. Booger's ability to share candid opinions and insightful observations has made him one of our best analysts.

ESPN moved play-by-play man Sean McDonough to college football shortly after broadcast partner Gruden left to return to coaching.

College football's loss is officially the NFL's broadcasting gain.

"Monday Night Football is part of the storied fabric of the NFL", Witten said.

Salters is returning for her seventh season as a sideline reporter. Having spent 15 years as a member the Dallas Cowboys, I am excited and proud to represent another iconic franchise and join the team at ESPN and MNF.

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