ESPN.com: Gruden joins ‘Monday Night Football’

From ESPN.com: Gruden joins ‘Monday Night Football’

Gruden will join play-by-play man Mike Tirico and analyst Ron Jaworski in September, replacing Tony Kornheiser.

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.”

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?

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.

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  • Reply Scott May 24, 2009 at 9:29 am

    Gruden will bring a lot of football knowledge to the broadcasting booth. Here is a question for you. Who was worse, Tony Kornhieser or Dennis Miller?

  • Reply MT May 25, 2009 at 10:12 am

    That’s a tough one, but I think Dennis Miller was worse. At least Kornheiser would try to add something sports related. Miller just went off on his own thing.

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