Former Eagles quarterback Ron Jaworski has signed a five-year extension with ESPN for an expanded multiplatform NFL analyst role, but will no longer be a part of the broadcast booth for "Monday Night Football," ESPN announced.
His new role will include 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 said Jaworski will have a "greater year-round presence on ESPN" in his new role. Jaworski also will appear on SportsCenter regularly, primarily Sundays and Monday.
Monday Night Football will have a new two-person commentator team for the first time during the 2012 NFL season with Mike Tirico and analyst Jon Gruden.
“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.
“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 President John Skipper. “With two strong analysts in Ron and Jon, these moves will better utilize their strengths and benefit our entire NFL presentation.”
The Tirico-Gruden pairing marks just the sixth time in MNF’s 42-year history that sports television’s signature series will feature a two-person commentator team. In addition, this will be the first time in 15 years that ESPN has used a two-person lead team on its NFL game coverage. The last was Mike Patrick and Joe Theismann who called Sunday Night Football games together from 1988-1997.