Ron Jaworski has been with ESPN since 1990 and has been seen on just about every NFL related show the network has to offer. For the past five seasons he’s been part of the Monday Night Football telecast with Mike Tirico and Jon Gruden. Some liked him in the booth, others didn’t. Jaworski was #5 on a list of worst commentators, as voted on by NFL players. Many will remember him for this moment. Those probably were not factors, but ESPN has decided to go with a two-man broadcast team going forward for MNF and Jaworski is the odd man out.
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.
“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.
Jaworski will remain with the network (signing a 5-year extension according to the press release) and can still be seen on Monday Night Countdown, Sunday NFL Countdown, NFL Matchup, among other shows. With Tirico being one of the better play-by-play announcers in the business and Gruden a decent analyst Monday Night Football broadcasts should be fine going forward. The two worked well together on the call for Michigan State’s 33-30 win over Georgia in the Outback Bowl last month on ABC. The first Monday night broadcast next season is scheduled for September 10th.