ESPN has hauled in the NFL's greatest receiver.
The network has hired Jerry Rice as an analyst, SI.com has learned. The formal announcement will be made later this week.
Rice will appear on
The Hall of Famer's sports media experience includes co-hosting
Rice is the NFL's all-time leader with 208 touchdowns, 1,549 receptions and 22,895 receiving yards. He was chosen
His hire is the latest -- and by far the biggest name -- in a flurry of NFL moves by ESPN this month. The additions of ex-players Hugh Douglas and Damien Woody and former Browns and Jets coach Eric Mangini were announced last week.
Mangini's hire created the most chatter given his reputation for restricting press access. He is scheduled to start on Aug. 17 and will appear on
"I am excited to join the ESPN team for the upcoming season," Mangini said. "With my reputation for access and ease with the media, it seems like a natural fit. ... As for my new role, I have been preparing diligently, by picking out tribal tattoos for my lower leg and doing triple shots of espresso to match Herm Edwards' energy level."