Gruden will join play-by-play man Mike Tirico and analyst Ron Jaworski in September, replacing Tony Kornheiser.Kornheiser actually stepped down voluntarily? For fear of flying? Couldn't they have picked up John Madden's bus on the cheap now that he isn't using it anymore?
Kornheiser decided to step down after three years of MNF, citing his fear of flying.
"I am totally grateful for the MNF opportunity that I truly enjoyed the last three seasons," he 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."
When I first heard this story, I thought ESPN had canned Kornheiser because he sucked on MNF. Kornheiser is fine on his show PTI, but added nothing worthwhile on MNF.