A Hall of Famer is heading to Monday night and so will his longtime partner.
After two decades of commentating together, Troy Aikman and Joe Buck have signed multi-year deals to become the new ESPN Monday night football broadcast team, ESPN announced on Wednesday.
Aikman has spent the past 22 years with FOX as an analyst, while Buck has called NFL games for the past 28 seasons. The 2022 NFL season will be Buck and Aikman’s 21st together.
“The opportunity to be a voice over Monday night football, adding to his legacy and being part of the future of the NFL on ESPN, got me motivated and thoughtful,” Aikman said in an ESPN press release. “As a kid in California, the voices of Frank Gifford , Howard Cosell and My Mom’s Personal Favorite, Don Meredith, echoed through our living room every week. Joe and I are honored to be part of this same tradition that has existed for over 50 years through generations of football fans. I look forward to the next few years with ESPN and all of our new teammates.”
Aikman, the legendary former Dallas Cowboys quarterback, and Buck were FOX’s top broadcast tandem since 2002.
Aikman, 55, was the No. 1 selection in the 1989 NFL Draft before embarking on a playing career that would see him win three Super Bowls, appear in six Pro Bowls and be enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2006. .
After retiring in 2000, Aikman quickly transitioned to the pits and became one of the most recognizable and respected voices on NFL Sundays over the past two decades.
While Aikman and Tony Romo, each of them former Cowboys quarterbacks, are arguably the most prominent NFL analysts on the airwaves, Aikman will become the first Hall of Famer to become a member of the Monday night broadcast team since FMN moved to ESPN in 2006.
He will be the first former Cowboys QB in the Monday stand since Don Meredith, who was part of the very first FMN team and made two stays (1970-1973, 1977-1944).
Buck, 52, is an eight-time Emmy Award winner and Pete Rozelle Radio-Television Award winner.
“Everything on Monday night footballincluding broadcast, set the standard for the modern NFL experience,” Buck said. “My earliest memories of walking around football stadiums are with my dad as he called Monday night football on the radio. Returning to the stadium on Monday nights with Troy – with whom I have the greatest comfort and confidence – and starting a new chapter, for us and ESPN, has me excited for this season and our future.”
Steve Levy, Brian Griese and Louis Riddick composed the main show for Monday night football over the past two NFL seasons. Griese was announced earlier in March as the new quarterbacks coach for the San Francisco 49ers.