In a surprising development in April, Mike Tirico left ESPN for NBC Sports and, with the move, opened up a seat that few men have sat in. The play-by-play announcer’s chair for “Monday Night Football” had been held by Tirico since 2006, and it’s a prestigious title that a mere four men have ever held before — along with Keith Jackson, Frank Gifford and Al Michaels. The fifth man this season will be broadcasting institution Sean McDonough, who ascended quickly in the industry after growing up steeped in sports as the son of famed Boston Globe NFL writer Will McDonough and with two brothers who became executives in two different sports.
Charles Mann played in the NFL for 12 seasons. The former defensive end spent 11 years in Washington, where he was a four-time Pro Bowler, and he spent his final year, 1994, in San Francisco, where he won his third Super Bowl. Thus, Mann played in a lot of big games during his NFL career. One of his most favorite games, though, was a divisional playoff game against the Atlanta Falcons at RFK Stadium in January 1992. The Falcons were coming off a 27-20 win over the Saints in the Superdome, while the Redskins, who went 14-2 that season, were coming off a first-round bye. “The game against Atlanta was the most memorable from a couple of different vantage points,” Mann said on CBS Sports Radio’s