Broncos legend Tom Jackson has received heaps of recognition for dominantly covering the football field from sideline to sideline as a punishing linebacker for the Broncos 'Orange Crush' defense of yore, and now he'll receive an award for his coverage as an analyst for ESPN.
The Pro Football Hall of Fame announced on Tuesday that Jackson won the 2015 Pete Rozelle Radio-Television Award, which recognizes "longtime exceptional contributions to radio in television in professional football. Jackson will be recognized for the annual award on August 8 during the 2015 Enshrinement Ceremony.
An outstanding player during his 14 years with the Broncos, Jackson began his television career with a brief weekly show in Denver before making the jump to ESPN in 1987 to join Chris Berman on Sunday NFL Countdown and later, NFL PrimeTime and SportsCenter.
"For almost three decades, Tom has brought the same enthusiasm to our studio shows as he did to Denver's 'Orange Crush' defense. He has strong relationships with players and coaches throughout the league and he has demonstrated the ability to connect with fans on a very personal level. He is highly deserving of this honor," said John Wildhack, ESPN's executive vice president of programming and production.
Jackson's broadcasting accolades are quickly catching up to his NFL career's, as Sunday NFL Countdown has won seven Sports Emmy awards for Outstanding Studio Show - Weekly, and Jackson won the 2009 Sports Emmy for Outstanding Studio Analyst.
"Playing in the National Football League was a dream come true, but never did it occur to me that I'd have a second career so gratifying and an award like this bestowed upon me," Jackson told the Pro Football Hall of Fame. "I admire and deeply respect the former recipients of the Pete Rozelle Radio-Television Award. I'm so honored to join this club. And to all those who have contributed to my success as a broadcaster, I humbly and sincerely say thank you."
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