Former NFL defensive end Hugh Douglas is joining ESPN as a NFL studio analyst. He will provide analysis across a myriad of studio programs such as SportsCenter, NFL Live, ESPN2’s First Take and ESPNEWS. Douglas will make his ESPN debut today including appearing on NFL Live at 4 p.m. ET.
A 10-year NFL veteran who played for the New York Jets (1995 – ’97), Philadelphia Eagles (1998 – 2002, 2004) and the Jacksonville Jaguars (2003), Douglas was named the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year in 1995 by both the Associated Press and Pro Football Writers Association (PFWA). Selected No. 16 overall in the 1995 NFL Draft by the Jets, Douglas was a three-time Pro Bowl (2000, 2001 and 2002 seasons).
“I am very excited about becoming a part of the ESPN family,” said Douglas. “I plan to approach my role with ESPN with the same tenacity and commitment that I had during my 10-year NFL career.”
In his prime, Douglas was among the league’s best defensive ends. He is ranked fourth on the Eagles’ all-time sack list with 54.5 sacks in six seasons. Due to his influence and leadership in the locker room, Douglas was hired by the Eagles as a “Goodwill Ambassador” in 2005 after he was released by the team.
Since retiring from the NFL, Douglas has made a successful transition from the gridiron to media, having served as an on-air reporter and contributor for WTXF-TV, KYW-TV and Comcast SportsNet in Philadelphia, and as sports radio personality on Philadelphia’s WIP 610 Radio.
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