NFL Legends Jerry Rice, Bill Parcells Join ESPN

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The former San Francisco 49ers wide receiver will appear on such shows as "SportsCenter," "NFL Live" and "Audibles," while the former NFL coach will be a contributor on "Sunday NFL Countdown" and specials.

NEW YORK - Former NFL coach Bill Parcells and San Francisco 49ers Hall of Fame wide receiver Jerry Rice are joining ESPN as NFL analysts, the network said Wednesday.

Parcells, who previously worked as a studio analyst on Monday Night Countdown in 2007 and Sunday NFL Countdown in 2002,  will contribute on Sunday NFL Countdown and specials throughout the year. Rice will appear on such programs as SportsCenter, NFL Live and Audibles.

“Bill Parcells and Jerry Rice are two of the NFL’s all-time greats and have five Super Bowl rings between them,” said Norby Williamson, ESPN executive vp, production. “They are among the most respected names in the game, and we’re thrilled fans will have the opportunity to hear their insights as part of ESPN’s comprehensive NFL coverage.”

Rice will debut on Audibles on Sept. 15 and will contribute to the show from ESPN’s LA production facility. He will work alongside the likes of Keyshawn Johnson and his former 49ers quarterback Steve Young.
"I am excited to begin this new chapter of my life working for ESPN as an NFL analyst," said Rice. "I am going to work as hard as humanly possible to bring viewers the best insights and opinions on issues around the league."

Parcells will make his ESPN return on Monday Night Countdown this coming week before a New York Jets-Houston Texans preseason game and be part of. Countdown’s regular season kickoff show on Sept. 12 before two of his former teams – the New England Patriots and Miami Dolphins - kick off the season.

“Over my years in football, I’ve had the good fortune of building terrific relationships with some of the folks at ESPN," said Parcells. "I look forward to working with many of those same people again and sharing my opinions and perspective with viewers throughout the NFL season."


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