(From Sports Business Daily)
Citing his fear of flying, TONY KORNHEISER has decided to leave his role as a MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL (MNF) analyst.
He will be replaced in the booth by former NFL coach JON GRUDEN, joining MIKE TIRICO and RON JAWORSKI.
"My fear of planes is legendary and sadly true," Kornheiser said. "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."
A former WASHINGTON POST columnist and host of ESPN's PTI, Kornheiser has spent three years in the MNF booth.
He will continue to host PTI with MICHAEL WILBON.
Gruden had appeared on NFL NETWORK during that net's coverage of the NFL DRAFT and COMBINE. He was rumored to be in the running to replace CRIS COLLINSWORTH as an analyst on NFL NETWORK's live games.
As part of his ESPN contract, Gruden has committed to appear on ESPN RADIO and other platforms for ESPN's 2010 PRO BOWL telecast and SUPER BOWL and NFL DRAFT coverage.