Sean McDonough Replaces Mike Tirico in MNF Booth

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ESPN named press box jack-of-all-trades Sean McDonough its new play-by-play man for Monday Night Football.

“This is a dream come true,” McDonough said in a statement released by the network  “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.”

The former Boston Red Sox TV announcer replaces Mike Tirico, who left ESPN for NBC after a quarter century with the Worldwide Leader in Sports. McDonough’s late father Will famously covered the NFL for the Boston Globe as well as for CBS and NBC on pregame shows. Sean McDonough built his career on baseball before branching out to golf, tennis, college football, and a variety of other sports.

McDonough rejoined ESPN in 2000 after a stint from 1989 to 1995. The 53-year-old becomes Monday Night Football‘s fifth play-by-play announcer after Tirico, Al Michaels, Frank Gifford, and Keith Jackson.