One of ESPN’s longest tenured NFL analysts is taking a break from the network. Darren Woodson, who has worked for the company since 2005, is leaving to focus on other things.
In an announcement on ESPN Front Row, Woodson announced that he will refocus to his real estate company in Texas. He thanked ESPN for giving him his opportunity.
Television never came easy. Not on the first day – not on the last day, but it was always so much fun. Looking around and seeing the incredible effort of the ESPN team always pushed me to be the best I could be.
To every person at ESPN who helped me along the way, I thank you.
ESPN Vice President of Production Seth Markman praised Woodson for his contributions to the network and expressed his hope that he will one day be recognized for his football career with a spot in Canton.
“Darren’s longevity as an ESPN analyst the past 14 years speaks to his passion for football and how adept he is at sharing his knowledge of the game. Our NFL team will miss him moving forward but we wish him all the best as he focuses on his real estate business back home in Texas. We also look forward to one day celebrating him in Canton when he is recognized for his Hall of Fame playing career.”
Woodson was selected by the Dallas Cowboys in the second round of the 1992 NFL Draft thanks to a pick they acquired in the legendary Herschel Walker trade. The former Arizona State star quickly rewarded the Cowboys for their faith in him.
By his third year in the league, Woodson was a First-Team All-Pro and a two-time Super Bowl champion. He would go on to make five Pro Bowls and three All-Pro selections in his 12-year career.
Shortly after retiring in 2003, Woodson began a broadcasting career with ESPN. He contributed to NFL Live, SportsCenter, and First Take during his 14-year career.
Woodson was inducted into the Cowboys Ring of Honor in 2015.