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Matt Hasselbeck to audition for ‘Monday Night Football’ opening


Matt Hasselbeck wants the ball and he hopes to score.


The former NFL quarterback will call ESPN’s Pro Bowl telecast on Jan. 28 in what is expected to be a tryout for the open position on “Monday Night Football,” The Indianapolis Star reports.


ESPN executive Stephanie Druley told the Indy Star that Hasselbeck calling the game alongside play-by-play announcer Sean McDonough is “a great fit.”


“The process for determining our new Monday Night Football booth is already underway,” Druley said. “We are looking at both internal and external candidates and expect to have a decision made this spring. This is one of the most high-profile and attractive positions in all of sports broadcasting so we want to take our time to ensure we make the best decision.”


The position was left open after Jon Gruden accepted the head coaching job of the Oakland Raiders. Gruden had served as the color analyst for “Monday Night Football” since 2009.

Matt Hasselbeck is a candidate to replace Jon Gruden in the “Monday Night Football” booth.

(Charles Rex Arbogast/AP)


In a statement to the Indy Star, Hasselbeck said he “can’t wait” to call the Skills Showdown and Pro Bowl.


Hasselbeck spent 17 years in the NFL, playing for the Seahawks, Packers, Titans and Colts. He’s been working at ESPN for two years, appearing on “Sunday NFL Countdown.”


The ex-Seahawk has not been in the booth yet for ESPN, but he has called a game before, previously working a game for Fox Sports.

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