Mike Ditka has been replaced by Matt Hasselbeck in ESPN’s flagship NFL pregame show, but Ditka will remain on the air.
ESPN announced today that Ditka has signed a two-year contract. He’ll have what sounds like a reduced role, befitting a man who at age 76 would like to reduce his travel obligations.
“This new role is really a blessing,” Ditka said in a statement released by ESPN. “It’s something I asked for. After many years of weekend travel, I’m thrilled I’ll get to watch NFL games on Sundays and Monday nights in the comfort of my own home. I enjoy being part of the game and part of ESPN. I really do. So this is a great solution.”
A Hall of Fame tight end and Super Bowl XX-winning head coach, Ditka has been with ESPN since 2004.