Monday Night Football on ESPN

Tony Kornheiser’s fear of flying finally has caught up with him as this year’s Monday Night Football schedule would have seen him flying all the time. So he decided to step down from his gig on Monday Night Football on ESPN.

“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.”

He has been replaced by former Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Jon Gruden who let was go by the Bucs on January 16th.

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