NFL Sunday Countdown: Why You Should No Longer Respect Analyst Tom Jackson

Mark LeskoCorrespondent IIJanuary 19, 2011

ESPN commentator Tom Jackson  on Monday Night Football Nov. 13, 2006 as the Carolina Panthers host the Tampa Bay Buccaneers  in Charlotte.  The Panthers won 24 - 10.  (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
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Tom Jackson has always been the "old school" guy on ESPN's NFL Sunday Countdown show.

I respected him for that.

He always seemed more rational than Keyshawn Johnson or Cris Carter, who just like to blurt out crazy things.

Mike Ditka brings some "old school" too, but I always found myself agreeing more with Jackson and his thoughts on issues and keys to games.

However, that respect no longer exists.

After the New York Jets upset the New England Patriots on Sunday, LB Bart Scott called out Tom Jackson and Keyshawn Johnson for picking against the Jets (Jackson picked New England to win, 30-10).

Instead of being a man and admitting the Jets proved him wrong, Jackson chose to be a coward.

He went on the Mike and Mike in the Morning radio show to defend himself against Scott.

Jackson explained that his pick was meant to psych-up the Jets; to give the Jets that "us against the world attitude" they needed to win.


First of all, you are saying you wanted the Jets to win? I thought analysts were not suppose to do that, or at least make it known.

Second, you mean to tell me that every time you have been making picks on the show, they have secret hidden meanings behind them? Give me a break.

Why not stand up and say you were wrong about the Jets? Just like the 95 percent of Americans who picked New England, too.

There is no shame in admitting you were wrong. Especially, when the outcome was such an upset that only Jet fans saw coming.

How can anyone watch NFL Sunday Countdown and take anything Jackson says seriously?

I know I will not.