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Louis Riddick: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

Louis Riddick: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

Louis Riddick: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

"Monday Night Football" has a new broadcast team this year. Louis Riddick and Brian Griese are the analysts, while Steve Levy is covering play-by-play. Here are five facts you may or may not know about Riddick (above, far left).

1. He is a two-time Academic All-American

Riddick played safety at Pittsburgh and was a four-year letter-winner. He was also a two-time Academic All-American while he worked to complete his degree in economics.

2. He played for both Bill Belichick and Nick Saban

During his seven seasons in the NFL, Riddick played for the Atlanta Falcons, Cleveland Browns, and Oakland Raiders. His stint with the Browns was from 1993-95 when Bill Belichick was the head coach and Nick Saban was the defensive coordinator from 1993-94.

3. He played in the XFL in 2001

After being out of the NFL for three seasons, Riddick was taken by the Orlando Rage with the 324th pick in the 2001 XFL Draft. The Rage went 8-3, losing to the San Francisco Demons in the playoffs in the XFL's lone season.

4. He was director of pro personnel for two teams

When the XFL folded in 2001, Riddick joined the Washington Redskins as a scout before being promoted to director of pro personnel, a position he held from 2005-07. He then took a scout position with the Philadelphia Eagles in 2008 before serving as a director of pro personnel from 2010 to 2013.

5. He was part of the "Monday Night Football" family before 2020

Riddick joined ESPN in May 2013 and has been part of its NFL coverage ever since. For the past two seasons, he has been on MNF's halftime and postgame shows. In 2019, he also was part of the "Monday Night Countdown" team.

— Written by Aaron Tallent, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network. Tallent is a writer whose articles have appeared in The Sweet Science, FOX Sports' Outkick the Coverage, Liberty Island and The Washington Post. Follow him on Twitter at @AaronTallent.

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