It was rumored a few days ago, and now ESPN has confirmed it.
Per ESPN’s most recent press release, broadcaster Beth Mowins and former Jets and Bills coach Rex Ryan will call one of the Monday Night Football opening double-header games on Sept. 11 in Denver. Mowins will become the first woman to call a Monday Night Football game, and the first female play-by-play announcer in the NFL since 1987.
“Beth has been an important voice in our college sports coverage and she has experience calling NFL preseason games. She deserves this opportunity,” said Senior Vice President Stephanie Druley in the press release. “ESPN is committed to putting talented women in high-profile positions and we look forward to Beth and Rex’s call of this game on our MNF opening night.”
Mowins and Ryan — who joined ESPN after he was fired by the Bills — previously worked the Florida State spring football game for the network, so the pairing is nothing new. Mowins has been calling college football for ESPN since 2005, so she has plenty of experience and should thrive with the opportunity to call a Monday night NFL game.