Tom announced that he was leaving ESPN in 2016. In a press statement, he emphasized that his priorities have changed over the years and stated that he was eager to spend more time with his family.
“I have been blessed in my adult life to work for two companies, the Denver Broncos and ESPN, to do two things that I love — play football and talk about football,” Tom told ESPN. “Having joined in the early stages of ESPN and remained with the same company for 29 years is especially gratifying.”
“The friendships made are too numerous to mention, but I know that many of them will last a lifetime. I also want to thank all the fans who supported me over the years and made my job so enjoyable,” Tom added. “This move just comes at a time when the priority of my life is spending time with my family.”
The announcement came as a big shock to fans, many of whom had grown to love his dynamic with Chris Berman, his NFL Primetime co-host.
“Kinda sad watching Tom Jackson retire from ESPN. Grew up watching NFL Primetime,” wrote @JPriceDawgfan.