ESPN’s Louis Riddick was never a household name during his days as an NFL player. That’s because, despite being on an NFL roster for seven seasons, Riddick saw limited time on the field. Since his playing days, Riddick’s career has included a variety of interesting stops along the way. His latest as a member of ESPN‘s Monday Night Football broadcast crew is the culmination of years of hard work. Who is Louis Riddick?
Louis Riddick’s NFL career
Louis Riddick was a four-year letterman, a two-time Academic All-American, and a team captain his senior year at the University of Pittsburgh. In 1991, the San Francisco 49ers selected the safety in the ninth round.
He never played a down for the 49ers but instead played his rookie season in Atlanta, where he finished the season with a single sack and 74 tackles. Riddick played from 1993-95 in Cleveland but saw limited playing time.
He returned to Atlanta in 1996, where he had another sack and 25 tackles that season. Louis Riddick played his final season for the Oakland Raiders in 1998. He finished with 38 tackles and one fumble recovery. He retired following the 1998 season.
Louis Riddick moves into front office
A couple of years after playing, Louis Riddick found himself still immersed in the NFL as a pro scout. From 2001-2004, Riddick served as a scout for the Washington Football Team. In 2005, he received a promotion and was named the director of pro personnel.
For three seasons, Riddick served in that capacity. In 2008, he departed Washington and joined the Philadelphia Eagles as a scout. A year later, he followed the same career path as he had in Washington when he was named the assistant director of pro personnel. The following year, he was promoted to the director.
Louis Riddick worked for the Eagles for three seasons in charge of player personnel before he joined ESPN in 2013.
Riddick moves way up at ESPN
Louis Riddick’s cross-training experiences as a player, scout, and front office member proved appealing to ESPN. Naturally, he started as an NFL front office insider in May 2013. Since then, his roles have considerably expanded.
In 2015, he made his NFL draft television debut, and he’s been a fixture every year since. He also contributes to ESPN’s signature NFL shows: Sunday NFL Countdown, Monday Night Countdown, and NFL Live, as well as SportsCenter and ESPN Radio.
While Louis Riddick will team up with Steve Levy, and Brian Griese as the main Monday Night Football broadcast crew during the 2020 season, this isn’t the trio’s first time in the booth together. A year ago, the three called the Denver Broncos-Oakland Raiders game for ESPN.
It’s been a long journey from his NFL playing days more than 20 years ago. But Louis Riddick has earned his spot in the booth through his hard work on an off the field. And before long, NFL fans will remember his name.