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List of NFL on ABC/ESPN commentator pairings

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ABC Sports began airing Monday Night Football in 1970, until the program moved over to its sister, ESPN in 2006. ESPN originally started airing NFL football in 1987 airing ESPN Sunday Night Football. ESPN lost the right to Sunday Night Football in 2006 to NBC. The names of the play-by-play men are listed first while the color commentators are listed second; sideline reporters, when used, are listed last.

1970s[edit]

1970[edit]

ABC MNF

  1. Keith Jackson/Howard Cosell and Don Meredith
  • This was Keith Jackson's lone year as the MNF play-by-play man.

1971-1973[edit]

ABC MNF

  1. Frank Gifford/Howard Cosell and Don Meredith

1974-1976[edit]

ABC MNF

  1. Frank Gifford/Howard Cosell and Alex Karras

1977-1978[edit]

ABC MNF

  1. Frank Gifford/Howard Cosell and Don Meredith

1979[edit]

ABC MNF

  1. Frank Gifford/Howard Cosell/Don Meredith/Fran Tarkenton

1980s[edit]

1980-1982[edit]

ABC MNF

  1. Frank Gifford/Howard Cosell/Don Meredith/Fran Tarkenton

1983[edit]

ABC MNF

  1. Frank Gifford/Howard Cosell/Don Meredith/O.J. Simpson

1984[edit]

ABC MNF

  1. Frank Gifford/Don Meredith and O.J. Simpson

1985[edit]

ABC MNF

  1. Frank Gifford/O.J. Simpson and Joe Namath

1986[edit]

ABC MNF

  1. Al Michaels/Frank Gifford
  • Al Michaels replaced Frank Gifford as play-by-play, while Gifford was shifted to the analyst role.

1987[edit]

ABC MNF

  1. Al Michaels/Frank Gifford and Dan Dierdorf
  2. Gary Bender/Lynn Swann

ESPN SNF

  1. Mike Patrick/Roy Firestone

1988-1989[edit]

ABC MNF

  1. Al Michaels/Frank Gifford and Dan Dierdorf

ESPN SNF

  1. Mike Patrick/Joe Theismann

1990s[edit]

1990-1993[edit]

ABC MNF

  1. Al Michaels/Frank Gifford and Dan Dierdorf

ESPN SNF

  1. Mike Patrick/Joe Theismann

1994-1996[edit]

ABC MNF

  1. Al Michaels/Frank Gifford and Dan Dierdorf/Lynn Swann (Postseason only)

ESPN SNF

  1. Mike Patrick/Joe Theismann/Mark Malone

1997[edit]

ABC MNF

  1. Al Michaels/Frank Gifford and Dan Dierdorf/Lynn Swann (Postseason only)
  2. Mike Patrick/Joe Theismann/Ron Jaworski

ESPN SNF

  1. Mike Patrick/Joe Theismann/Ron Jaworski

1998[edit]

ABC MNF

  1. Al Michaels/Dan Dierdorf and Boomer Esiason/Lesley Visser

ESPN SNF

  1. Mike Patrick/Joe Theismann and Paul Maguire/Solomon Wilcots

1999[edit]

ABC MNF

  1. Al Michaels/Boomer Esiason/Lesley Visser

ESPN SNF

  1. Mike Patrick/Joe Theismann and Paul Maguire/Solomon Wilcots

2000s[edit]

2000[edit]

ABC MNF

  1. Al Michaels/Dan Fouts and Dennis Miller/Eric Dickerson and Melissa Stark

ESPN SNF

  1. Mike Patrick/Joe Theismann and Paul Maguire/Solomon Wilcots
  • Dickerson and Stark replaced Lesley Visser as co-sideline reporters.
  • Former San Diego Chargers QB Dan Fouts and comedian Dennis Miller replaced Esiason as color commentators

2001[edit]

ABC MNF

  1. Al Michaels/Dan Fouts and Dennis Miller/Eric Dickerson and Melissa Stark

ESPN SNF

  1. Mike Patrick/Joe Theismann and Paul Maguire/Suzy Kolber
  • Kolber replaced Solomon Wilcots as sideline reporter starting in 2001.

2002[edit]

ABC MNF

  1. Al Michaels/John Madden/Melissa Stark
  2. Brent Musburger/Gary Danielson/Jack Arute (AFC Wild Card Saturday only)

ESPN SNF

  1. Mike Patrick/Joe Theismann and Paul Maguire/Suzy Kolber
  • Stark became solo sideline reporter this year.
  • Former CBS Sports and Fox Sports analyst John Madden became MNF's new color commentator alongside Michaels.

2003[edit]

ABC MNF

  1. Al Michaels/John Madden/Lisa Guerrero

ESPN SNF

  1. Mike Patrick/Joe Theismann and Paul Maguire/Suzy Kolber

2004[edit]

ABC MNF

  1. Al Michaels/John Madden/Michele Tafoya

ESPN SNF

  1. Mike Patrick or Pat Summerall/Joe Theismann and Paul Maguire/Suzy Kolber
  • Legendary announcer, Pat Summerall, filled in for Mike Patrick who was recovering from heart bypass surgery.

2005[edit]

ABC MNF

  1. Al Michaels/John Madden/Michele Tafoya and Sam Ryan (Regular season) or Suzy Kolber (Postseason)
  2. Mike Patrick/Joe Theismann and Paul Maguire/Suzy Kolber

ESPN SNF

  1. Mike Patrick/Joe Theismann and Paul Maguire/Suzy Kolber
  2. Mike Tirico/Sterling Sharpe
  • This was ABC's final season as the MNF broadcaster.
  • This was also the last year of ESPN SNF broadcasts as NBC would take over those rights.

2006[edit]

ESPN MNF

  1. Mike Tirico/Joe Theismann and Tony Kornheiser/Suzy Kolber and Michele Tafoya
  2. Brad Nessler/Dick Vermeil and Ron Jaworski/Bonnie Bernstein
  • Starting with this season, ESPN would be the MNF broadcaster.
  • The #2 team would commentate during week 1 for the networks doubleheader.
  • Tafoya and Kolber would serve as co-sideline reporters.

2007[edit]

ESPN MNF

  1. Mike Tirico/Ron Jaworski and Tony Kornheiser/Suzy Kolber and Michele Tafoya
  2. Mike Greenberg/Mike Golic and Mike Ditka/Bonnie Bernstein

2008[edit]

ESPN MNF

  1. Mike Tirico/Ron Jaworski and Tony Kornheiser/Suzy Kolber and Michele Tafoya
  2. Mike Greenberg/Mike Golic and Mike Ditka/Suzy Kolber

2009[edit]

ESPN MNF

  1. Mike Tirico/Ron Jaworski and Jon Gruden/Suzy Kolber and Michele Tafoya
  2. Mike Greenberg/Mike Golic and Steve Young/Suzy Kolber

2010[edit]

ESPN MNF

  1. Mike Tirico/Ron Jaworski and Jon Gruden/Suzy Kolber and Michele Tafoya
  2. Brad Nessler/Trent Dilfer/Suzy Kolber

2011[edit]

ESPN MNF

  1. Mike Tirico/Ron Jaworski and Jon Gruden/Sal Paolantonio
  2. Brad Nessler/Trent Dilfer/Rachel Nichols
  • Kolber and Tafoya would both depart as sideline reporters (Kolber only worked week 1).
  • A number of sideline reporters would fill-in for the #1 team. Those were: Suzy Kolber (Week 1), Wendi Nix (Week 1, 4), Ed Werder (Week 3).

2012[edit]

ESPN MNF

  1. Mike Tirico/Jon Gruden/Lisa Salters
  2. Chris Berman/Trent Dilfer/Rachel Nichols
  • Lisa Salters became the new sideline reporter starting this year.

2013[edit]

ESPN MNF

  1. Mike Tirico/Jon Gruden/Lisa Salters
  2. Chris Berman/Trent Dilfer/Sal Paolantonio

2014-2015[edit]

ESPN/ABC MNF

  1. Mike Tirico/Jon Gruden/Lisa Salters
  2. Chris Berman/Trent Dilfer/Lindsay Czarniak
  • 2015 was Tirico's final year as MNF play-by-play man as he would move to NBC Sports.
  • ABC began simulcasting the MNF wild card matchup, returning as an NFL broadcaster.

2016[edit]

ESPN/ABC MNF

  1. Sean McDonough/Jon Gruden/Lisa Salters
  2. Chris Berman/Steve Young/Lindsay Czarniak
  • College Football broadcaster, Sean McDonough, replaced Mike Tirico.

2017[edit]

ESPN/ABC MNF

  1. Sean McDonough/Jon Gruden/Lisa Salters
  2. Beth Mowins/Rex Ryan/Sergio Dipp

2018[edit]

ESPN/ABC MNF

  1. Joe Tessitore/Jason Witten and Booger McFarland/Lisa Salters[1]
  2. Beth Mowins/Brian Griese/Laura Rutledge

2019[edit]

ESPN/ABC MNF

  1. Joe Tessitore/Booger McFarland/Lisa Salters
  2. Steve Levy/Brian Griese and Louis Riddick/Dianna Russini

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. Around the NFL staff (February 28, 2019). "Jason Witten ends retirement, will return to Cowboys". NFL.com. National Football League. Retrieved 28 February 2019.


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