Jeff Darlington




ALUM_40Under40_Logo-white-01.pngJeff Darlington

BSJ '04 |  Fort Lauderdale, FL

Sports Reporter
ESPN Productions
Sports and Entertainment


The winner of two Associated Press Sports Editors awards, Jeff has covered the NFL and other sports for various outlets since 2004 and joined ESPN as a reporter for SportsCenter and other platforms in September 2016. In addition to NFL coverage, Jeff’s responsibilities at ESPN include general assignment reporting on all sports, along with long-form enterprise and feature storytelling for multiple platforms.

Prior to joining ESPN, Jeff was a national field reporter for the NFL Network for four years, covering many of the NFL’s biggest stories from stadiums and team facilities to regularly appearing on the network’s Sunday morning preview show. He transitioned to the TV role from, where he was a national reporter in 2011, much of it following the playoff run of the Denver Broncos with quarterback Tim Tebow.

Jeff was Miami Dolphins beat reporter for the Miami Herald from 2006 to 2011. During that time, he began appearing on First Take and other ESPN programs to discuss NFL headlines.

After graduating from UF with a bachelor’s degree in journalism in 2004, Jeff was hired by the Orlando Sentinel as beat writer for Florida Gators sports. The next year, he moved to the Palm Beach Post to report on the Dolphins.

A native of Seminole, Florida, Jeff is based in South Florida.