College Football Analyst
Four-time Super Bowl champion Matt Millen, who played in the NFL, served as a team executive and is in his second stint as a successful broadcaster, joined ESPN as an NFL and college football analyst in May 2009. He works both college football games and as a studio analyst, appearing primarily on College Football Live, Monday Night Countdown and SportsCenter during the season.
Millen is paired with play-by-play commentator Sean McDonough – whom he previously worked with early in his career at CBS – for Saturday college football telecasts on ABC. He also travels to the site of each week’s Monday Night Football game where he appears on Monday Night Countdown and the pre and postgame editions of SportsCenter alongside Stuart Scott and his former NFL teammate Steve Young.
Millen’s schedule is particularly busy in November and December. In addition to his dual college and NFL role with ESPN, Millen is the game analyst for the NFL Network’s eight-game late-season package.
With 30 years of NFL experience as a player (1980-91), broadcaster (1992-2001) and team president for the Detroit Lions (2001-08), Millen has an informative and unique perspective on the game.
Millen was a member of four Super Bowl championship teams during his 12-year NFL career as a linebacker with the Oakland/Los Angeles Raiders (1980-88), San Francisco 49ers (1989-90) and Washington Redskins (1991). A Pro Bowl selection in 1988, Millen finished his career with 11 sacks, nine interceptions and eight fumble recoveries. A second-round pick (No. 43 overall) in the 1980 NFL Draft by the Raiders, Millen was an All-American defensive tackle in college at Penn State.
Following his playing career, Millen began his television work in 1992, working on NFL games for CBS and later Fox Sports, where he earned much acclaim. Millen also provided analysis for Monday Night Football games on the Westwood One radio network.
He left broadcasting in 2001 and became team president of the Detroit Lions, where he worked eight years. Millen returned to television in the spring of 2009 as a guest analyst on NBC’s pregame coverage of Super Bowl XLIII and during the Wild Card round of the NFL playoffs.
Millen is a native of Hokendauqua, Pennsylvania.