On Monday night (October 15) there’ll be a first in NFL broadcasting — and it’s a father-daughter thing. Monday Night Football play-by-play announcer Kevin Harlan will be joined by his daughter Olivia Harlan Dekker as the sideline reporter for the San Francisco 49ers vs. Green Bay Packers matchup at Lambeau Field — a first for a national NFL broadcast.
“It’s probably every parent’s dream to someday get a chance to work side-by-side with their child,” said Kevin Harlan. “The fact that this will be at Lambeau Field where Olivia’s grandfather ran the Green Bay Packers for more than two decades, and where she used to play as a little girl and attended many games growing up, makes it even more special. To be a part of an NFL broadcast is always an honor, but to have our daughter as part of our crew is extraordinary and wonderful.”
Harlan Dekker added, “My Dad is my greatest coach, but I’ve learned the most just by watching him with admiring eyes my whole life. His perpetual drive to improve at his craft, the thorough preparation for every game, and the class and professionalism that he’s known for are the gold standard. To work an NFL game together on national radio is a personal and professional highlight for me, of which I’m so thankful to Westwood One for the opportunity.”
For the second straight year, Olivia Harlan Dekker will also work sidelines for Westwood One for the SEC Championship. She is currently working her fourth season of college football with ESPN as a sideline reporter for college football games.