Ron Jaworski has been a clear-thinking, straight-talking voice on Monday Night Football that last five seasons, but we won’t be hearing his analysis on ESPN’s weekly telecasts any longer. The network announced today that Jaws has signed a five-year contract extension, but that he’ll no longer be part of the MNF telecast.
That leaves play-by-play man Mike Tirico and former NFL head coach Jon Gruden in what will now be a two-man booth.
“I thank Ron for the great contributions he has made to Monday Night Football,” ESPN President John Skipper said in a news release. “With two strong analysts in Ron and Jon, these moves will better utilize their strengths and benefit our entire NFL presentation.”
Class act that he is, Jaworski expressed gratitude for his time on the broadcast.
"I am grateful for having the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity of working on 'Monday Night Football' the past five seasons with Mike Tirico, Jon Gruden and so many other talented people behind the scenes who make the show so great, and I look forward to bringing my passion and knowledge of the game to more fans in more places than ever before on any and all football topics," Jaworski said in a statement.
We’ll miss Jaws in the booth, because he’s as smart and insightful about the game as anyone in broadcasting. He explained the game for every viewer, and took the complexities of pro football and made them understandable for all.