Ron Jaworski's New ESPN Deal Includes 'Mike & Mike' Appearances, But Not Monday Night Football
February 15, 2012 at 11:56 AM (PT)
RON JAWORSKI's new five-year extension with ESPN includes appearances on ESPN RADIO's "MIKE AND MIKE IN THE MORNING" but it doesn't include his highest-profile position, as the former PHILADELPHIA EAGLES quarterback gets dropped from the ESPN TV network's MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL broadcasts. ESPN will go with a two-man booth this season, with MIKE TIRICO and JON GRUDEN returning, in a break from the traditional three-man booth previously employed by ESPN and, earlier, ABC (two-man booths have been used six times in the history of MNF).
JAWORSKI's job is now described by ESPN as a "new, expanded multiplatform NFL analyst role that includes appearances on SUNDAY NFL COUNTDOWN, MONDAY NIGHT COUNTDOWN, NFL MATCHUP, NFL-branded specials, MIKE & MIKE IN THE MORNING, PARDON THE INTERRUPTION, and other platforms and shows throughout the year." The network says that "JAWS," at ESPN since 1990, will have a year-round presence on the network and will host his own NFL-themed SPORTSCENTER SPECIAL shows.
"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," said JAWORSKI in a press release.
"I thank RON for the great contributions he has made to MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL and look forward to the many ways he will enhance our studio presentation from our NFL-branded shows to SPORTSCENTER," said ESPN Pres. JOHN SKIPPER. "With two strong analysts in RON and JON, these moves will better utilize their strengths and benefit our entire NFL presentation."