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, including a five-year stint on Monday Night Football from 2007-2011.
In February 2012, Jaworski signed a five-year extension with ESPN for a new, expanded multiplatform NFL analyst role that includes weekly appearances on Sunday NFL Countdown, Monday Night Countdown, NFL Matchup, NFL-branded specials, and more.
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 works several days each week and tapes weekly editions of NFL Matchup with Sal Paolantonio and Merril Hoge. He has appeared as a weekly ‘Five Good Minutes’ guest on Monday editions of Pardon the Interruption since 2006 with Tony Kornheiser – whom he worked with on MNF for two seasons (2007-08) — and Michael Wilbon. Jaworski also continues to be a major contributor to ESPN’s annual NFL Draft and Super Bowl week coverage, and he will develop his own NFL-themed SportsCenter Special shows during the course of his new deal.
In 2006, Jaworski was a fixture on ESPN’s NFL studio programs, including Sunday NFL Countdown, NFL PrimeTime and NFL Matchup. That same season Jaworski worked as an analyst during the Chargers-Raiders game with Brad Nessler and his former Philadelphia Eagles head coach Dick Vermeil as part of ESPN’s inaugural season-opening MNF doubleheader. A year later, he joined the MNF booth where he spent the next five seasons, including 2009-2011 with Mike Tirico and Jon Gruden.
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 Night 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 ranks No. 2, behind Donovan McNabb, in two Eagles passing records – yards (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, thePhiladelphia76ers all star guard and future NBA coach and television analyst.
Following his playing career, Jaworski became a sports commentator for WIP-AM in Philadelphiawhere 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 ArenaBowl XXII champion Philadelphia Soul of the AFL, 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 $2.5 million for the Jaws Youth Fund, a partnership with theUnited Waythat raises money for at-risk youth.