To our collective disappointment, ESPN announced last week that Ron Jaworski would no longer be in the booth for Monday Football starting this season. Instead they will go with a two man booth featuring Mike Tirico and Jon Gruden.
Jaws was a guest of Mike Missanelli on 97.5 The Fanatic, who asked why the decision was made?
"What I'm going to tell you is pure speculation, based on what I've heard ... from the leaders and captains of industry at ESPN. They just feel that a two-man booth was the way to go. Obviously, I'm the odd man out. I'm the 60-year-old guy and Jon's the young guy that they believe is the future. I'm not going to argue with that. ... I think what was crystal clear is they had great respect for me, incredible respect, which I truly appreciate. ... They put me in a position that is really, really good in giving me the platforms to develop some of my own programming to do some things that I've always wanted to do. And at the end of the day, they're paying me a lot of money, so I can't argue with any of that."
Jaws noted that just because he won't be on MNF, doesn't mean you won't be seeing a lot of him on ESPN.
I'm also very excited about the new initiatives that I'm going to be involved with at ESPN. One of them is going to be a national radio show. ... I'll be a part of Sunday Countdown, Monday Countdown, NFL Live, you name it, every platform that ESPN has, I'll be a part of."
To hear the full interview on The Fanatic click here.