On Wednesday morning, Michael McCarthy of the Sporting News reported that John Clayton’s time with ESPN had come to an end. A few hours later, “The Professor” confirmed the news on Twitter, thanking the company for the past 23 years, calling it the second best relationship of his life, and adding that he’d be keeping the pony tail that he made famous during his memorable “This is SportsCenter” commercial.
ESPN’s NFL coverage may continue to be exceptional, but there’s no question that losing Clayton is a blow. His insight, ability to break news, and credibility and familiarity with nationwide audiences were a big hit during the better part of two decades. His exit follows the loss of another trusted reporter Ed Werder, and a couple of other valuable analysts and writers.
Although Clayton’s presence will be missed on ESPN, he won’t be out of the public spotlight. He’ll continue to host a daily radio show from 10a-12p PT for 710 ESPN Seattle, conduct a podcast for MyNorthwest.com, and make fill-in appearances on SiriusXM’s NFL Radio.
To hear audio of Clayton addressing his ESPN exit on his radio program click here.