Former Eagles great and current analyst for Monday Night Football Ron Jaworski joins the DL to talk about his career on the field and life after football. Jaws lives and breathes football, and nothing in life excites him more than to talk about the sport he’s worked in – as a player, analyst, reporter, team president and owner – for more than 40 years.
We talk about Jaws’ career on the field and ask him who he thinks is the best quarterback in Eagles history. We also discuss the drama constantly surrounding the Birds and ask if he feels there was as much drama when he was a player. I ask Jaws if he thinks that a change of scenery helps a player, and while says he does in many cases, he specifically talks about the situation with Donovan McNabb.
Jaws also gives his insights on the changes to Monday Night Football for the coming season, and talks about the role of Tony Kornheiser on the telecast. We talk about the reduced role the sideline reporters will play and ask Jaws what he thinks of the shift in philosophy.
Next, we chat about his favorite part of the job – breaking down game tape. We discuss the NFL Matchup show, and I ask if he’s ever wanted to throw Merril Hodge through the telestrator. If you watch the show, you know you have.
Jaws also addresses the groundswell of animosity toward players who walk off the field and into the analyst chair without going through the years of work it takes to hone such a difficult craft. People are handed a lot of jobs they didn’t deserve, so we wanted to get Jaws’ thoughts on people like Emmitt Smith and Michael Strahan when he has worked for 17 years in television to get to his level of success.
To end the show, we talk a little Soul with their big playoff game coming up this weekend. We also talk about the philanthropic efforts of the team and how they are one of the most successful teams in the league, yet don’t make any money.
To close, I do my best duck and cover to take a quick jab at Jaws….and break some big news for next Monday Night Football season in the process.
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