Recently, it was announced that play-by-play announcer Sean McDonough will leave ESPN’s Monday Night Football booth after just two years and return to the network’s college football broadcasts.
Turns out, McDonough’s time on Monday Night Football proved to be a tough fit for him.
Speaking to WEEI’s “Kirk & Callahan,” McDonough opened up about his experience working on the show. He offered a revealing perspective, after it was reported last week that Joe Tessitore would be McDonough’s replacement on Monday Night Football.
“I say that after a lot of reflection and mostly a lot of belief that, ultimately, what is the most important thing in life is to be happy,” McDonough told WEEI. “As much as it was a great honor to be the voice of ‘Monday Night Football’ –– and you guys know me well enough, and certainly a lot of my friends and family do –– it wasn’t a tremendous amount of fun the last two years. When I took my ego out of it, when the conversation about a reboot of MNF came up, when I took the ego part of it out, and rationalized it, I really could be fine with not being the voice of MNF, then it became easy. I love college football. For me, it’s more fun, and that’s a personal taste.”
Clearly, it’s important to be happy in whatever professional path a person chooses. McDonough is no stranger to college football broadcasts. He has been with ESPN and ABC since 2000, calling a variety of sports, most prominently college basketball. He also worked a number of major college football games, including the 2015 Michigan-Michigan State game, which ended when Michigan muffed a punt and Michigan State returned it for a touchdown.
Chances are, he’ll enjoy being around college football again next fall. The move represents a significant change for him and his network. McDonough’s former partner on Monday Night Football, Jon Gruden, was named the Oakland Raiders’ coach in January.
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