ORONO, Maine — Mike DeVito, a nine-year NFL veteran and former University of Maine football standout, will be in the broadcast booth for Black Bear football games this fall, the school announced Friday morning.

DeVito, whose NFL career included time with the New York Jets and Kansas City Chiefs, will join the broadcast team in a television and radio role for the 2016 season.

“I couldn’t be more excited to reunite with my Maine Black Bear football family,” DeVito said in a statement. “The football program at Maine is on track to achieve greatness under the leadership of Karlton Creech, Jack Cosgrove and Coach Harasymiak and I’m thankful for the opportunity to be a part of it.”

DeVito will join Dan Hannigan, a four-time Maine Sportscaster of the Year honoree, and will provide color commentary for UMaine’s locally televised games on WVII-ABC7/WFVX-Fox 22. The games those stations will broadcast will be announced at a later date. Those contests also will be nationally televised on Fox College Sports.

In addition, DeVito will be featured on the pre-game radio show on 103.9-FM.

“We are thrilled to have Mike join our broadcast team,” UMaine Athletic Director Karlton Creech said. “To have an alum of Mike’s caliber returning to UMaine following an outstanding NFL career is great for all of Black Bear Nation. Our fans watching the games at home or listening on the radio will truly be gifted with Mike’s insight and expertise.”

DeVito earned All-Atlantic 10 honors twice in his career at Maine and appeared in 110 games with the Jets and Chiefs, accumulating 250 tackles, 5.5 sacks, six forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries.

Maine opens its season against UConn on Sept. 1.

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