Following an NFL postseason in which the officiating was at the center of a number of high-profile controversies, ESPN has added a veteran NFL official to its lineup as an officiating analyst for “Monday Night Football,” ESPN’s NFL studio shows, “SportsCenter” and other programs.
The network announced today that it hired John Parry, who has been an NFL official for 19 seasons and was head referee during Super Bowl LIII in February.
Parry has worked three Super Bowls: SB LIII (head referee), SB XLVI (referee) and SB XLI (side judge). His 13 other postseason assignments include two Wild Card playoff games, seven Divisional Playoff games and one Conference Championship. In 2019, Parry worked the Cowboys-Rams NFC Divisional Playoff game in addition to the Super Bowl.
“John’s role will be a first for ESPN’s NFL coverage. He will educate our commentators, staff, and, most importantly, millions of fans,” said “MNF” producer Jay Rothman. “John will appear on our array of studio shows throughout the season and be part of the ‘Monday Night Football’ team. With the attention to replay and rules at an all-time high, he is uniquely qualified to teach, add perspective and bring clarity to fans.”
Added Parry: “I will fully embrace this new position. We hope to leverage 20 years of NFL officiating experience to our talent and to our great fans. Bringing clarity to a complicated game will be both challenging and rewarding. ESPN is a perfect fit based on their dedication to educating and entertaining fans.”