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ESPN officially assigns Steve Levy, Brian Griese and Louis Riddick to MNF; See full talent list since 1970

Current plans are for the voices to work live from stadiums. But the situation is fluid.

 

As it gets ready to celebrate 50 years since the birth of Monday Night Football, ESPN did right by their longtime staffers.

ESPN's new Monday Night Football team.Steve Levy, Brian Griese and Louis Riddick (r-l) have been appointed the network’s new voices of the historic series. The trio will replace last season’s duo of Joe Tessitore and Booger McFarland.

Levy becomes ESPN’s fourth play-by-play announcer since ESPN acquired the package in 2006. He was preceded by Mike Tirico, Sean McDonough and Tessitore.

The network also announced that Chris Fowler and Kirk Herbstreit will do game one of the opening night doubleheader on September 14th; Pittsburgh at New York Giants. Game two, Tennessee at Denver will be handled by the lead crew of Levy, Griese and Riddick.

Should ESPN wind up running NFL games on Saturday to fill the void of lost college football games, Folwer and Herbstreit would possibly get more NFL assignments. This past winter, there were reports that ESPN tried to extricate Al Michaels from his NBC contract and set up a lead team of Peyton Manning and Michaels. It never eventuated.

ESPN has two seasons remaining on its NFL contract.

Levy is in his 28th year with the all-sports network . He established himself in the studio during his first two years at ESPN. He did college football from 1999-2002 and returned to it in 2016. Last year he did one of the NFL games on opening night when ESPN traditionally runs a doubleheader. Levy has also done lots of NHL games.

Griese, a former Pro Bowl quarterback and Super Bowl Champion joined ESPN in 2009 and immediately began calling college football games and contributing to a host of studio shows.

Riddick, a former defensive back and front office executive, joined ESPN in 2013 and has covered the NFL Draft and the NFL Scouting Combine. He has also appeared on Monday Night Countdown, and is part of ESPN’s Super Bowl week programming. Th full MNF schedule is below.

 

FIFTY YEARS OF MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL

Year                                       Commentators

1970                                       Keith Jackson, Howard Cosell, Don Meredith

1971                                       Frank Gifford, Howard Cosell, Don Meredith

1972                                       Frank Gifford, Howard Cosell, Don Meredith

1973                                       Frank Gifford, Howard Cosell, Don Meredith

1974                                       Frank Gifford, Howard Cosell, Don Meredith, Fred Williamson

1975                                       Frank Gifford, Howard Cosell, Alex Karras

1976                                       Frank Gifford, Howard Cosell, Alex Karras

1977                                       Frank Gifford, Howard Cosell, Don Meredith

1978                                       Frank Gifford, Howard Cosell, Don Meredith

1979                                       Frank Gifford, Howard Cosell, Don Meredith, Fran Tarkenton

1980                                       Frank Gifford, Howard Cosell, Don Meredith, Fran Tarkenton

1981                                       Frank Gifford, Howard Cosell, Don Meredith, Fran Tarkenton

1982                                       Frank Gifford, Howard Cosell, Don Meredith, Fran Tarkenton

1983                                       Frank Gifford, Howard Cosell, Don Meredith, O.J. Simpson

1984                                       Frank Gifford, Don Meredith, O.J. Simpson

1985                                       Frank Gifford, O.J. Simpson, Joe Namath

1986                                       Al Michaels, Frank Gifford

1987                                       Al Michaels, Frank Gifford, Dan Dierdorf

1988                                       Al Michaels, Frank Gifford, Dan Dierdorf

1989                                       Al Michaels, Frank Gifford, Dan Dierdorf

1990                                       Al Michaels, Frank Gifford, Dan Dierdorf

1991                                       Al Michaels, Frank Gifford, Dan Dierdorf

1992                                       Al Michaels, Frank Gifford, Dan Dierdorf

1993                                       Al Michaels, Frank Gifford, Dan Dierdorf

1994                                       Al Michaels, Frank Gifford, Dan Dierdorf, Lynn Swann

1995                                       Al Michaels, Frank Gifford, Dan Dierdorf, Lynn Swann

1996                                       Al Michaels, Frank Gifford, Dan Dierdorf, Lynn Swann

1997                                       Al Michaels, Frank Gifford, Dan Dierdorf, Lesley Visser

1998                                       Al Michaels, Dan Dierdorf, Boomer Esiason, Lesley Visser

1999                                       Al Michaels, Boomer Esiason, Lesley Visser

2000                                       Al Michaels, Dan Fouts, Dennis Miller, Melissa Stark, Eric Dickerson

2001                                       Al Michaels, Dan Fouts, Dennis Miller, Melissa Stark, Eric Dickerson

2002                                       Al Michaels, John Madden, Melissa Stark

2003                                       Al Michaels, John Madden, Lisa Guerrero

2004                                       Al Michaels, John Madden, Michele Tafoya

2005                                       Al Michaels, John Madden, Michele Tafoya, Sam Ryan *

ESPN:

2006                                       Mike Tirico, Tony Kornheiser, Joe Theismann, Suzy Kolber, Michele Tafoya

2007                                       Mike Tirico, Tony Kornheiser, Ron Jaworski, Suzy Kolber, Michele Tafoya

2008                                       Mike Tirico, Tony Kornheiser, Ron Jaworski, Suzy Kolber, Michele Tafoya

2009                                       Mike Tirico, Jon Gruden, Ron Jaworski, Suzy Kolber, Michele Tafoya

2010                                       Mike Tirico, Jon Gruden, Ron Jaworski, Suzy Kolber, Michele Tafoya

2011                                       Mike Tirico, Jon Gruden, Ron Jaworski **

2012                                       Mike Tirico, Jon Gruden, Lisa Salters

2013                                       Mike Tirico, Jon Gruden, Lisa Salters

2014                                       Mike Tirico, Jon Gruden, Lisa Salters

2015                                       Mike Tirico, Jon Gruden, Lisa Salters

2016                                       Sean McDonough, Jon Gruden, Lisa Salters

2017                                       Sean McDonough, Jon Gruden, Lisa Salters

2018                                       Joe Tessitore, Jason Witten, Booger McFarland, Lisa Salters

2019                                       Joe Tessitore, Booger McFarland, Lisa Salters

2020                                       Steve Levy, Brian Griese, Louis Riddick, Lisa Salters

* Ryan filled in during Tafoya’s pregnancy / maternity leave

** Rotation of reporters (Kolber, Nichols, Nix, Paolantonio, Werder)

ABC – 1970-2005; ESPN – 2006-present

Full Monday Night Football Schedule – 2020

Week 1 Doubleheader

Sept. 14, Pittsburgh Steelers at New York Giants (7:15 p.m.)

Sept. 14, Tennessee Titans at Denver Broncos (10:10 p.m.)

Week 2

Sept. 21, New Orleans Saints at Las Vegas Raiders (simulcast on ABC)

Week 3

Sept. 28, Kansas City Chiefs at Baltimore Ravens

Week 4

Oct. 5, Atlanta Falcons at Green Bay Packers

Week 5

Oct. 12, Los Angeles Chargers at New Orleans Saints

Week 6

Oct. 19, Arizona Cardinals at Dallas Cowboys

Week 7

Oct. 26, Chicago Bears at Los Angeles Rams

Week 8

Nov. 2, Tampa Bay Buccaneers at New York Giants

Week 9

Nov. 9, New England Patriots at New York Jets

Week 10

Nov. 16, Minnesota Vikings at Chicago Bears

Week 11

Nov. 23, Los Angeles Rams at Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Week 12

Nov. 30, Seattle Seahawks at Philadelphia Eagles

Week 13

Dec. 7, Buffalo Bills at San Francisco 49ers

Week 14

Dec. 14, Baltimore Ravens at Cleveland Browns

Week 15

Dec. 21, Pittsburgh Steelers at Cincinnati Bengals

Week 16

Dec. 28, Buffalo Bills at New England Patriots

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David J. Halberstam

David is a 40-year industry veteran who served as play-by-play announcer for St. John's University basketball in New York and as radio play-by-play voice of the Miami Heat in South Florida. He is the author of Sports on New York Radio: A Play-by-Play History.

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