ESPN announced play-by-play man Sean McDonough will leave "Monday Night Football" after two seasons and rejoin ESPN's college football announcing team this fall, with assignments that will include a College Football Playoff Semifinal.
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McDonough said in a statement, "Being the "Voice of Monday Night Football" was one of the great honors of my life", but he said he missed college football. Marchand notes that he's never called an National Football League game, while also implying that the National Football League itself wasn't particularly enamored with McDonough as the voice of one of its signature properties. Now, it appears Gruden's former "MNF" partner will be leaving the program as well. He has called multiple sports in his career, including marquee events such as the World Series, NCAA Final Four, and the Olympics. He also spent 10 years at CBS Sports when he was the network's lead college football play-by-play announcer from 1997 to 1999.
Tessitore has been with ESPN since 2002, calling boxing and then college football. As first reported by the New York Post's Andrew Marchand, Sean McDonough is out as play-by-play announcer for the network's signature National Football League broadcast.