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Ex-Bills coach Rex Ryan to call MNF opener for ESPN with Beth Mowins

Get ready for some late night Rex.

Former Buffalo Bills coach Rex Ryan will call the second half of ESPN's Monday Night Football doubleheader during Week One of the NFL season when he works the game between Anthony Lynn's Los Angeles Chargers and the Denver Broncos with play-by-play voice Beth Mowins.

Ryan, who agreed to a contract with ESPN to serve as an NFL studio analyst after he was fired by the Bills, previously called the Florida State spring game with Mowins, a Syracuse native who graduated from Cicero-North Syracuse High School and earned a master's degree from Syracuse University in 1990. According to a recent article on, she received the Newhouse School of Communications' Marty Glickman Award in 2015 and was inducted into the Greater Syracuse Sports Hall of Fame in 2009.

Mowins, who has been with ESPN since 1994, will become the first female announcer to call an NFL game since 1987 and first woman to ever do play-by-play on a national telecast. Gayle Sierens called a regional broadcast for NBC in 1987.

"Beth has been an important voice in our college sports coverage and she has experience calling NFL preseason games. She deserves this opportunity," Stephanie Druley, ESPN's senior vice president of events and studio production, said in a press release. "ESPN is committed to putting talented women in high-profile positions and we look forward to Beth and Rex's call."

Ryan made his ESPN debut as a guest analyst for Super Bowl LI in February. He is scheduled to make weekly appearances on ESPN's 'Sunday NFL Countdown' during the season.

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