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TV Analyst Profile: Ron Jaworski

Tuesday, November 27, 2007 , Posted by Christopher Byrne at 11:12 PM, under , , , , ,

Athens, GA (Nov 27, 2007) - Who knew that an NFL Quarterback from my childhood would still be a presence in televised football? OK, there are a few of them out there. Here is Ron Jaworski's profile as published by the ESPN Networks.

Ron Jaworski is one of the most popular and knowledgeable analysts covering the NFL today. Since joining ESPN in 1990, the former standout NFL quarterback has covered the league from virtually every angle – sideline reporter, game-site reporter, host and both studio and game analyst. This fall Jaworski assumed one of the most coveted positions in sports when he joined the Monday Night Football booth as an analyst alongside Mike Tirico and Tony Kornheiser.

A true Xs and O’s technician, Jaworski can breakdown a game and explain the finer points like few analysts can. Never far from the film room, Jaworski has an office at NFL Films in Mt. Laurel, N.J., where he tapes weekly editions of NFL Match-Up with Sal Paolantonio and Merril Hoge. He also appears as a weekly ‘Five Good Minutes’ guest on Monday editions of Pardon the Interruption from the MNF game sites with Kornheiser and Michael Wilbon and continues to be a major contributor to ESPN’s annual NFL Draft and Super Bowl week coverage.

In 2006, Jaworski was a fixture on ESPN’s NFL studio programs, including Sunday NFL Countdown, NFL PrimeTime and NFL Match-Up. Jaworski worked as an analyst during the San Diego Chargers-Oakland Raiders game with Brad Nessler and Dick Vermeil as part of ESPN’s 2006 season-opening NFL doubleheader.

At ESPN, Jaworski has lent his expertise to a number of the network’s NFL programs. He served as an analyst for Monday Night Countdown and contributed “Playbook” segments to both Monday NFL Countdown and Sunday NFL Countdown. He regularly appeared as an on-site reporter at NFL games for both Countdown shows, and he served as a sideline reporter for ESPN’s Sunday Night Football telecasts during the 1997 season. In 2006, Jaworski handled play-by-play for a couple of Arena Football games, as ESPN made its return to the AFL.

Jaworski played 17 NFL seasons as quarterback for the Los Angeles Rams (1973-76), Philadelphia Eagles (1977-86), Miami Dolphins (1987-88) and Kansas City Chiefs (1989). His finest year came in 1980 when he led the Eagles to Super Bowl XV – the first in franchise history, and he was the NFC’s top-rated passer, selected to the Pro Bowl, and named NFL MVP and NFC Player of the Year by UPI. He also holds several career Eagles passing records, including yardage (27,000 yards) and touchdowns (175).

It was during his NFL playing days when Jaworski adopted his popular nickname “Jaws” from then next-door neighbor Doug Collins, the Philadelphia 76ers all star guard and future NBA coach and television analyst.

Following his playing career, Jaworski became a sports commentator for WIP-AM in Philadelphia where he hosted the Ron Jaworski Show in 1988, and co-hosted Celebrity Sports Talk and the Eagles wraparound shows in 1990. In 1992 he became co-host of the Eagles post-game show on WYSP-FM. In addition to his ESPN work, Jaworski called Tampa Bay Buccaneers NFL preseason games for eight years (1989-2006).

A native of Lackawanna, N.Y. (outside of Buffalo), Jaworski attended Youngstown State University where he played in the Senior Bowl and the Ohio Shrine Bowl. He was the second-round draft choice of the Los Angeles Rams in 1973. A prep baseball standout, Jaworski was also drafted out of high school by the St. Louis Cardinals.

The president and minority owner of the AFL’s Philadelphia Soul, Jaworski remains actively involved in his community through charitable activities and a variety of business ventures, which includes managing three 18-hole golf courses and overseeing the oldest football club in America – the Maxwell Football Club of Philadelphia, of which he is the president. Jaworski sits on the board of PNC Bank, and, through his annual golf tournament, he has raised nearly $2 million for the Jaws Youth Fund, a partnership with the United Way that raises money for at-risk youth.

Source: ESPN Networks

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