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Jon Gruden Replacing Tony Kornheiser on Monday Night Football

TAMPA, FL - OCTOBER 12: Coach Jon Gruden of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers directs play against the Carolina Panthers at Raymond James Stadium on October 12, 2008 in Tampa, Florida.  (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
TCorrespondent IIIMay 18, 2009

Former Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Jon Gruden will replace commentator Tony Kornheiser in the booth for the upcoming season of Monday Night Football.

Kornheiser, who co-hosts ESPN's Pardon The Interruption, cited a fear of flying as his reason for removing himself from the booth for the football institution's 40th broadcast season.

"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.''

Gruden led the Buccaneers to a Super Bowl title in 2003 but was fired after the 2008 season for losing four straight games, resulting in Tampa Bay missing the playoffs. 

Gruden will join former Eagles quarterback Ron Jaworski and play-by-play man Mike Tirico in the booth for the Aug. 13 pre-season game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Arizona Cardinals.

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