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ESPN hires former Raiders coach Jack Del Rio as analyst

Jack Del Rio never shied away from giving his opinion as a player and a coach.

ESPN announced the hiring Thursday of the former Jacksonville Jaguars and Oakland Raiders coach.

“This excites me about being able to learn about myself and the media business,” Del Rio said during a phone interview.

Del Rio said he talked to Arizona State coach Herm Edwards about his nine years at ESPN before deciding to take the position.

Del Rio has quickly plugged back in during the preseason, visiting Saints, Rams, Cowboys and Chargers training camps.

Seth Markman, the network’s vice president for NFL and college studio shows, said in a statement that Del Rio’s ability to see the game as a player and coach makes him a great addition.

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