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Jon Gruden to replace Tony Kornheiser on Monday Night Football

Gruden_NFL_Network Former Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Jon Gruden is joining Monday Night Football for its 40th anniversary season this fall.

Gruden, who led the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to victory in Super Bowl XXXVII, will join Mike Tirico and Ron Jaworski in the ESPN booth.

He also will contribute analysis throughout the year on ESPN Radio and other platforms, in addition to being a part of ESPN’s 2010 Pro Bowl telecast and Super Bowl and NFL Draft coverage, according to a news release.

A conference call is scheduled for 2 p.m.

"This is a tremendous opportunity and I am very excited to be associated with ESPN and Monday Night Football," Jon Gruden said. "I grew up a fan of Monday Night Football, and whether I've coached on Monday night or watched, I've hardly missed a game all these years.

"To join Mike and Jaws in the booth and to work alongside this top-notch team is going to be a real thrill.''

Jon Gruden will replace Tony Kornheiser, who is stepping down after three years in the booth.

“I am totally grateful for the MNF opportunity that I truly enjoyed the last three seasons,'' Kornheiser said. "I feel we got better each year.  My fear of planes is legendary and sadly true.  When I looked at the upcoming schedule it was the perfect storm that would've frequently moved me from the bus to the air.  I kept looking at the schedule the past month and wanted to find a way to quietly extricate myself.

"If I could handpick a replacement of a football guy, I would cast a net and drag in Jon Gruden.  He is the two things you most want -- smart and funny -- and has the two things I don't -- good hair and a tan.  I love PTI and am looking forward to continuing to yammer and yodel with (Michael) Wilbon until the end of time.”

Said Jaworski, “I’ve enjoyed working with Tony. He’s a class act and a brilliant man. He sees the game from the outside in and I see the game from the inside out. He brought me a new perspective and helped me grow in my role as an analyst. I also thank him for his friendship.

“I first got to know Jon when he was a coordinator with the Philadelphia Eagles.  He was young, bright and energetic. He has a tremendous football mind and his career speaks for itself. He will bring a unique perspective to Monday Night Football and I am excited to work with him.”

-- TOM JONES, Times Staff Writer

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[Last modified: Monday, June 14, 2010 2:42pm]


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