This we know: Ron Jaworski won’t be a part of ESPN’s Monday Night Football come September.
Jaws was a guest of Mike Missanelli this afternoon on 97.5 The Fanatic.
He discussed the decision and his future with ESPN.
“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,” he said. “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.”
It’s interesting that Jaworski how explains Gruden is “the future” at ESPN, particularly given the annual rumors that Gruden will eventually return to the NFL as a head coach. To be fair, Gruden has never publicly flirted with any NFL team, but one has to assume he’ll be back on the sidelines at some point.
Regardless, Jaworski seems to have had little trouble coming to terms with the move.
“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.”
It will be interesting to see what type of programming Jaworski is referencing. And, hey, even if none of it ever comes to fruition–at least ESPN is paying him a lot of money.
You can listen to the full interview here.