View Full Version : **Chucky replaces Kornheiser on MNF**

Lott's Bandana
5/18/2009, 02:12 PM

Jon Gruden intends to coach again, but until that day, the man known throughout the NFL as "Chucky" will get to sharpen his teeth in ESPN's "Monday Night Football" booth.

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Gruden will join play-by-play man Mike Tirico and analyst Ron Jaworski in September, replacing Tony Kornheiser.
"This is a tremendous opportunity and I am very excited to be associated with ESPN and Monday Night Football," Gruden said in a statement released by ESPN. "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."
The 40th season of "Monday Night Football" kicks off Sept. 14 with a doubleheader; the New England Patriots (http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/clubhouse?team=nwe) play host to the Buffalo Bills (http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/clubhouse?team=buf) at 7 p.m. ET and the San Diego Chargers (http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/clubhouse?team=sdg) visit the Oakland Raiders (http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/clubhouse?team=oak) at 10:15 ET.
Kornheiser decided to step down after three years of MNF, citing his fear of flying.

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A collection of the best sound bites from Jon Gruden.

"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."
"If I could handpick a replacement of a football guy, I would cast a net and drag in Jon Gruden," Kornheiser added. "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 Wilbon until the end of time."
Gruden was fired by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/clubhouse?team=tam) on Jan. 16 and replaced by defensive coordinator Raheem Morris just weeks after a season-ending loss to the Raiders cost the Bucs a possible playoff spot.
At 60-57 in seven seasons, Gruden was the winningest coach in Bucs history and led Tampa Bay to victory in Super Bowl XXXVII. He also has coached the Raiders.
Gruden's first MNF appearance will come in an Aug. 13 preseason game that doubles as a Super Bowl rematch between the Arizona Cardinals (http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/clubhouse?team=ari) and Pittsburgh Steelers (http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/clubhouse?team=pit). Following four preseason games, Gruden, Tirico and Jaworski will call Bills-Patriots on Sept. 14.
"I can't express how much I enjoyed working with Tony the past three years," Tirico said. "It was a professional experience that I enjoyed and a lasting friendship that I will treasure. I think all of us on the show are better for the time we spent working with Tony.
"Looking ahead to this season, I am excited to welcome Jon to 'Monday Night Football.' Every time you are in his company, you come away so impressed by his energy and passion for the game. He will be a perfect fit with our group."
Gruden began his NFL coaching career in 1990 when Mike Holmgren, then offensive coordinator of the San Francisco 49ers (http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/clubhouse?team=sfo), hired him as an assistant in charge of quality control. Gruden quickly ascended through the ranks by learning the famed West Coast offense pioneered by longtime 49ers coach Bill Walsh.
When Holmgren left the 49ers to become head coach of the Green Bay Packers (http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/clubhouse?team=gnb) in 1992, he named Gruden the Packers' wide receivers coach. After three seasons in Green Bay, Gruden moved on to become the Philadelphia Eagles (http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/clubhouse?team=phi)' offensive coordinator under head coach Ray Rhodes. In 1998, Gruden was chosen by Oakland owner and general manager Al Davis to be the Raiders' new head coach at the age of 34.
A native of Sandusky, Ohio, Gruden grew up in a football family. His father, Jim, served as an assistant at Notre Dame in the late 1970s and later with the Buccaneers. Gruden graduated from the University of Dayton, where he was a backup quarterback. After graduation, he started his career as a graduate assistant at Tennessee in 1986. He also served as the quarterbacks coach at Southeast Missouri State (1987-88), and the wide receivers coach at both Pacific (1989) and Pittsburgh (1991) in the college ranks.
Gruden worked as a guest analyst earlier this year with the NFL Network during the NFL draft and scouting combine.

stoops the eternal pimp
5/18/2009, 03:12 PM
The reason Kornheiser gives for "quitting" is awesome

QUOTEBRISTOL, CONN. (AP) —Former Tampa Bay coach Jon Gruden is replacing Tony Kornheiser on ESPN’s Monday Night Football broadcast team.

The network said Monday that Gruden will be in the booth with Mike Tirico and Ron Jaworski when the show starts its 40th season this fall.

Kornheiser cited a fear of flying in his decision to leave after three years.

Gruden led the Bucs to the 2003 Super Bowl title and was fired after this past season. He worked as a guest analyst this year with the NFL Network during the draft and scouting combine.

He will debut with ESPN with a preseason game Aug. 13, a Super Bowl rematch between the Arizona Cardinals and Pittsburgh Steelers.

I think you sucking the life out of football may have had something to do with your decision

Scott D
5/18/2009, 03:26 PM
now if he can cite a fear of a television camera and they can replace him with well, anyone on PTI.

stoops the eternal pimp
5/18/2009, 04:04 PM
I just find it funny, 3 years after taking a job that he knows he will be doing a lot of flying, he can't overcome his phobia

Lott's Bandana
5/18/2009, 05:17 PM
TK works well in the PTI format. He is quick and funny although exasperating with his East Coast and Superstar worship.

On MNF he was an extraordinary SUPERFAIL.

Curly Bill
5/18/2009, 06:19 PM
TK works well in the PTI format. He is quick and funny although exasperating with his East Coast and Superstar worship.

On MNF he was an extraordinary SUPERFAIL.